One thing about retirement I’m looking forward to is the ability to go out for the day. We did it earlier in the year as a trial run if you like, and went to Bristol. I say a day, but in truth we decided to stay the night at The Bristol Hotel which is situated on the quayside. It was a lovely, end of summer day with plenty of sunshine (at least to start with). After parking up and sorting out the room, me and Dolly Clackett, otherwise known as the wife, went for something to eat at one of the many river side bars.
I live in a city, the UK’s second city, Birmingham. It’s an urban sprawl spread over a vast area. There are canals, parks and areas of historical importance such as the world renowned Jewellery Quarter’. The parks are mainly small areas apart from Canon Hill and Pype Hayes.
I have always loved music, all sorts of music. From Beethoven to Beatles and a lot in between. My earliest memory of a song was hearing Buddy Holly on the radio singing ‘Raining In My Heart’ when I was about 3 or 4 years old. I grew up in an age when probably the best popular music ever was created. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, The Kinks and of course, Tom Jones.
By the way, that’s not me in the photo of the couple dancing. I felt I needed to point that out! So, this is my very first blog post and it’s finally happened to me. Retirement! I’m only 59, and after suffering with Emphysema and a couple of other problems following a bout of Pneumonia in 2013, my employer, with the help of Doctors and Consultants decided that it was in everyones interests to let me retire.