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.
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This is the second time I have attended the 1940s Festival in Bridlington
old town, which is where the recent Dad’s
Army was filmed and merits a visit of its own.
The area is transformed with men, women and children dressing
up in the garb of the 1940s right down to the makeup and underwear. There are
UK and US private and military vehicles with music, dancing and street stalls
contributing to the atmosphere.
None of the participants were around in that era, but they
definitely had an affinity to that age and go to the many Festivals which take
place so there is a camaraderie that adds to the ambience.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ...... Is there a decade to which you relate?
Over the years I have had a bash at this without
much success.I’m not the hoarder
portrayed in those television programmes, more that I have a “just in case”
mentality. Recently, however, I’m having a really
good go at it and realise that you have to feel ready to succeed, no matter
what all the self help articles say. Since retiring I have reconfigured my
wardrobe, pruned my total number of clothes and thought carefully before
purchasing new pieces.Now I can see at
a glance what I have in the wardrobe, I wash and wear throughout the season and
no one has ever remarked on how often I have worn a certain item.Some of the clothes were not “quite right” on
me or perhaps the life style I aspired to and they had to go to the charity shop
and maybe they suit someone else better.I haven’t been able to cull my collection of scarves and handbags yet. At my age, I have accepted that there are
some skills I will never master and some pending projects which will never come
to fruition so that paraph…