Friday, 26 April 2013


In the time since my Dad died my life has changed out of all recognition. I was a Nomad travelling where and when I pleased and photographing my world, something I have given up for now. 

But as in so many cases as a door closes another opens. 

I now take care of my Mom and will do so for as long as I need to. I am also no longer just "I" but now part of "Us", Marci is the most wonderful woman the one I have looked for all my life. 

Although I did not know it as the time she was what I was looking for on my travels and I am now more contented than I have ever been in my whole life.

Besides these changes, I gave up my job and started selling my photographs and whilst this project is still a work in progress I am still loving it.

I was also surprised to get a letter last year from the Government informing me that the years I spent working for them as an advisor on Ocean Issues entitled me to a pension 7 years earlier than the now current retirement age!!!

Now early retirement was not in my plans, but when I enquired if I could defer the pension I was told NO!!!! 

It would not accrue any more and I would simply lose the income until I decided to retire! 

Clearly a no brainer LOL! So I am now officially semi retired.

You know something? I was surprised to find what they say is true and I am now busier  than I was when I was working. 

I volunteered and took on the task of leading " health walks" at the Local country park and have also started leading the longer country walks which venture further a field and last half a day.

I am cycling most days and have had to put in extra work in the garden after the postponed Spring! 

Basically I have never been so busy in my life.

Last Summer I shed almost 40 pounds and amazingly it has stayed off? Although I had a couple of bouts of illness in the last 6 months I am actually fitter than I have been since my 40s. Which also makes life very good.

On thing that has also changed in a major way is bogging.  I persevered after Multiply closed, but its just not there, the motivation has gone, mainly I suspect because of all the above. 

I am leading a full and fruitful life and have little or no time to post let alone get around and read posts from others. 

I have made a huge effort to keep up with the groups to which I still belong, Picture This , Creative Challenge and Images and Words, I have dropped out of Picture Perfect because I don't believe its right to post when I don't have time to get around to look at other  peoples posts.

But to be honest more basic than that is a I have no inclination to post much anymore save for a few images now and then, I think for me the time I used to spend at the computer is better spent doing the things that fill my day outside "Cyber World".

So for now, I will mainly be on-line to keep in touch with my many friends here and  posting to the three groups I am still involved with and posting a few pictures now and then, but honestly not much more than that.

I value my friends here a great deal but am clearly not going to be around as much as I was in Multiply days, so If any of you feel the need to remove me from your list I promise I will not be offended LOL;)

Have a great weekend and may your God be with you xxxxx


  1. my blogging days are dwindling as well
    I am happy for you and your changes :)
    take care of YOU (and mum)!

  2. I got to know you through Marci and Mitch. You have been given a wonderful gift to be able to take care of your mother and to live a full life. I don't get around the blog world much any more either. Thank you so much for your kind and generous help in navigating Blogger.

  3. Pity, there are just 24 hours in each day... Keep being busy...

  4. I've never been much of a blogger to begin with, only saying something when I need to say it. Like you, I've been busy myself. Now that spring is here, I'll be spending a lot of time outside working in the yard, but that's gonna have to wait a bit as I've broken my shoulder. But once that's healed, I'll be out!

    Mitch and I had a wonderful time in the Southwest and we both hated to see it end. He flew back home this morning, and I took the train to my house, and just collapsed on the couch as I've also got a horrendous cold. Its just a good thing it came at the end of the trip and not at the beginning.

    I'll see you when I see you, Baz, and one day maybe me and Marci will be over there at the same time and I'll finally get to meet her.

    Love and big hugs for both you and Peggy.

  5. I have found myself in the same boat as you Baz. The old saying of 'the older you get, the faster time goes.'Certainly applies to me. LOL

    I think just about everyone has gone to facebook. I am no longer there, their lack of security bothered me.

    I value your friendship so you be still on my list.


  6. Hi Baz,

    So life changes and mostly thankfully in a nice way, such as in your case. Wishing you and Marci all you best and thank you for all the friendship through the Multiply days.

    Lois from NZ