Thursday 4 April 2013

Enjoying Retirement at Last

We have got a new allotment at last. We've been waiting a couple of years to get one on the site about five minutes walk from our house with no luck. Then Himself had a chance meeting with the Chair Woman of the local Allotment Association, who told him that there were some free ones in Farncombe, which is a five minute drive from our house. A phone call later to the steward and I had an appointment to view the next day. 

I had the choice between a 10 rod and two 5 rods, I opted for the 10 rod as I have big plans for growing this year, plus we are allowed to put chickens on the plot, I would like too, but not going to rush into it at the moment, need to be sure I can spare the time for livestock.

Last week my Silent Sunday was the state of our new allotment, then my Photo of the Week was of Himself turning the soil over. As you can see the first bed is now finished and the potatoes are planted, the second be has been turned over and will soon be ready for planting.

Happy days, we have a lot more digging to do but first we need to get some fleece to cover the potatoes, as the lovely weather we had over Easter has now turned back to snow and it's freezing cold again. I think those four days may have been Spring and Summer wrapped into one!

Since I moved my PC upstairs, I'm not spending so much time on it now and getting on with the things that I had planned for my Retirement. I'm really disappointed that I didn't complete #BlogFash2013 last month, if you want to see the posts I did manage to complete, they can be found in the archives.

I went with my son to an open day at Winchester University as it's one of the five universities he's been accepted at to check out the accommodation, what an amazing place and the rooms are all new and modern. The biggest surprise was seeing the sheep up on the roof, I thought they were real ones and felt concerned they may fall off the roof as there is no fencing, but turns out they are only models lol, think they caught a lot of people out with them.

I'm now so glad I retired when I did, I'm really struggling in this cold weather and it would have been a nightmare having to work outside in it. Although still no luck finding a local part time job, I can't even seem to get an interview. I'm sure it's because I need a stick to walk, they must think I'm not up to it so don't bother to call back.

I've been knitting away and recently started Giant Knitting. I'm making a rug for the kitchen, that's right a rug, using tee-shirt yarn. It's pretty heavy so it's a bit of a slow process at the moment. This picture is my first attempt but I've since frogged it and started again as this one was too small, it's now twice this width.

I'm also knitting one of those retro pleated tea cosies my granny used to make and were all the rage when I was a kid, I have an awesome new china tea pot just crying out for one.

I recently went to a card making workshop run be Jill Spain of Christmas Pie Crafts which you can read all about here, and made a great card of an Art Deco train, it was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it I think I may have a natural flair for card making.

If you are interested in a card making workshop or booking Jill for a session then drop her an email 
It was a lot of fun and she is a great teacher.

So that concludes what I've been up to the last couple of months, seems like an absolute age since I last wrote a proper blog post, instead of cheating and posting pictures with a few words.

Me, Myself and I


  1. You won't have time for a part-time job Dawn; that's the trouble with retirement so little time, so much to do :0)

    Thank you for the workshop mention - it was great to have you there and I am working on running some more very soon.

    1. Thank you for inviting me Jill, it was a great evening and very informative too. I'm so busy at the moment you wouldn't believe it xxx

  2. That's a great catch up, Dawn, on what you've been up to. You have been very busy, and looking back now, you must feel a sense of achievement. The right part time job will come up for you.

    What a great card you made at Jill's workshop x.

    1. Thank you Lesley, it has been a while since I've really sat down and done a proper blog post, things are a bit manic around here at the moment xxx

  3. I enjoyed the card workshop too...could easily become addicted to yet another crafty project! LOL I'm actually looking forward to the day when I can retire...of course, I don't know when that will be, but I know I won't ever be bored! See you soon, Dawn. xx

    1. I dreaded retirement Michele, but so glad I am now, although the days just seem to whizz past as there is no structure to them now xxx


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