It’s a funny old thing. When I started this blog I decided I would update it at least every other day. But somehow retirement has been so all-consuming that I never have the time!
We still look forward to the weekends for some reason, but maybe it’s just habit. Or perhaps it’s because we often get to see Holly, Mike and the kids. It’s great being grandparents because we get to spoil them all.
They all came over for lunch today and we had roast beef. Very nice too, although it was quite warm to have the oven on all morning. Anne did all the trimmings – roast potatoes, yorkshire pud, carrots, swede, greens and gravy. Everyone in our family loves a traditional roast so it went down well. I’m not sure that Holly does all that much real cooking so the kids always look forward to Anne’s dinners. Then for pudding we had blackberry and apple crumble, with apples from our own trees and blackberries from the local hedgerows.
Harry has joined scouts so he was full of all the wonderful things they have been or will be doing. He’s particularly looking forward to camp, although that’s not till next summer. Probably can’t wait to get dirty and not wash for a week.
Clara is into her sports and loves tennis especially. She’s getting quite good so is now having extra lessons once or twice a week, which I think is stretching the budget, so good old Grandad helps out a bit.
Charlotte isn’t really sporty at all, but she loves singing and dancing. She’s also into her computer games and has a little console she takes everywhere. I have no idea what it’s called but sometimes she shows me games and I have to admit she seems very good at them. I’m not sure too much of that is good for her though as she’s quite introverted anyway.
So all the kids are well and Mum and Dad are mostly working or looking after the brood. When they’re a bit older I’m sure they’ll be able to find their own interests and hobbies but for the moment their family is all-consuming.
It was lovely to have them over and we all went for a walk in the sunshine. Couldn’t believe how warm it was for October, but I hear rain is coming tomorrow.
So I’m very happy to report that retirement is certainly living up to expectations, although it’s a little more time-consuming than I’d anticipated. Wouldn’t want to go back to the old day job though. Unfortunately many oldies like us have to carry on working to make ends meet, although I think many just don’t want to give up. Embrace the change I say! It’s fun.