Two years ago I started an experiment to see if I could afford to retire on my Civil Service pension at 60. With the State Pension age at 66 I had to be sure I could learn to live on less money. I discovered that by growing a little more in the garden, changing the way I shopped and by tweaking others things I could indeed live on my pension without altering my lifestyle or feeling deprived. So in October 2016 I retired. Its officially the best job I've ever had.
Monday, 26 June 2017
Thank you all for guessing what was so carefully opening and eating my peas! The consensus is MICE. I have never seen any mice in the garden or droppings in any of the out buildings (garage, shed, workshop) so they are obviously on holiday from the SAS bearing in mind all the netting and bits I've got protecting the peas and trying a bit of Pick Your Own! I'm just going to have to try to get there before them.
Its been a really warm weekend, not hot like last weekend but 20 degree warm. We had lots black clouds, swirling windy moments and threats of rain but nothing more than a few spits of rain. Tomorrow the chance of rain on the Essex coast goes up to 90% so fingers crossed it does. The rain butts are dry and its getting tiresome watering with cans from the tap.This is when I wonder if I could really cope with a small holding.
Once again the kayak had an outing, hubby wanted to take the youngest grandsons out on it as one is particularly frightened of boats despite being a strong swimmer. If the truth be told its why hubby bought the kayak to try to rationalise his fear as nothing as ever happened for the fear to manifest itself. We choose to go to Alton Water which is about 11 miles away from home as the local tides were wrong. Alton Water is a manmade reservoir. It is the largest in Suffolk, with a perimeter of over 8 miles. Due to a shortage of water in the Ipswich area in the 1960s, a list of 20 potential sites for reservoirs was made, with Alton being the chosen site. The land was mainly farmland, but was also home to a mill and Alton Hall. The mill was dismantled and reconstructed at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket.
Smiles all round!
Daughter, hubby and youngest grandson.
Waiting to have another go!
Well as you can see it worked and a great time was had by all. Hope you had a great weekend. Back soon. Tx