Life begins at 60?
Since I retired I have become a writer, flower arranger,judge for Yorkshire in Bloom assisted in and presented on a local radio station, volunteer on an allotment for adults with disabilities and help to run a social enterprise with profits going to mental health charities etc etc
I live in West Yorkshire and spend much of the summer at the Yorkshire coast.
The accidental gardener After a long and time-consuming career as
a high school teacher, I reckoned I’d earned my retirement at age 60, although
I was rather anxious about how I would fill my days.I had always preferred gardening to housework
and enjoyed visiting gardens and stately homes, so I approached the RHS (Royal
Horticultural Society) to offer my services as a volunteer gardener at one of
their local properties. I was most surprised to receive a response
informing me that if I wished to become a judge for Yorkshire in Bloom, a
prestigious gardening competition for villages, towns and community areas, I
should submit a short statement explaining why I considered myself to be a
suitable candidate.This made me
chuckle and even blush as I am the proud owner of a small, handkerchief sized
plot of a garden but then it got me thinking.I had the skills of report writing as well as assessing and grading the
work of my students against set criteria.Also I had a keen interest, one could e…