Drink coffee with friends

Meeting in a coffee shop for a drink and a chat is has become a major part of weekly retirement activity – perhaps too major?  I have two places that I often go so have loyalty cards for. The first is the SP2 coffee shop & community centre, where I volunteer on a Thursday morning….

Have a day in Bournemouth

As another of my “days out instead of a holiday” I had been planning to take the bus (using my bus pass!) to Bournemouth.  I really wanted to go before the school holidays proper started, so as things worked out it had to be the day after visiting the “dig”.  As my grandparents used to…

Visit an Archaeological Dig

I have been doing a short Future Learn course produced by the University of Reading called “Archaeology: from dig to lab”.  The first week of this described their work in the Pewsey Vale, between Stonehenge and Avebury, where there have been digs for the last two years and again this year.  On further investigation I…

Faint…..

Having been told I had a bloodshot eye one evening, I foolishly looked at it first thing next day.  Even more foolishly, I then thought about it – I am very squeamish about eyes….. I then thought that I was feeling sick……  Next thing I couldn’t work out what way up I was or where…

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Having failed to book a holiday this year, as I wasn’t up to thinking about it, and then realising I wouldn’t have the energy anyway for my usual walking holiday, I decided to have a series of days out, instead.  There was the trip to the Hawk Conservancy, of course, but that was giving a…

Prepare things for “Samara’s Appeal”

Samara’s appeal has been running for several years now and some people from our church are registered collectors and have been taking clothing, blankets etc to Brighton to send to Iraq and Syria.  Last year or the year before, I spent a long time sewing up squares that (mostly) other people had knitted, to make…

Visit the Hawk Conservancy

A friend, T, had a birthday in January, but I didn’t know what to give her.  From some discussion we had I thought she would like a day’s experience as a falconer, at the Hawk Conservancy but that was too expensive, so instead I gave her a voucher – looking something like this: This voucher…

Make Lime Marmalade

I really like Roses Lime Marmalade, so I have been thinking of trying to make some, but there hasn’t been much time (the Future Learn course “Gravity” was quite challenging and took a while to work through) and limes are quite expensive.  Then I saw some limes going quite cheap on one of the market…

New glasses and tiny piece jigsaw

Having had my eyes tested I ordered and then collected my new glasses.  The close sight in my left eye has got so bad that the NHS contributed to the cost of them – all of £37-40!  When I got them they didn’t seem quite right, but the girl persuaded me that it was because…

Keep up with Sudoku!

I was given a Sudoku book for my birthday with one to do each day – so I have to keep up! There was about a month to catch up with first, so I did the right day and then managed to do extra, so within a week or two I was up to date….