Retirement Voices | Add your story to this important new book

Life after retirement. Having been made redundant, life is looking good.

I have just completed an easy questionnaire on the subject of retirement. I found out about this project from another midlife blogger and decided to add my voice to the story. If you are a woman and you're retired I highly recommend you join up and share your story and thoughts, it's for a good …

Reblog: Not a good week!  – Deb’s World

Wonder Woman

I can't let today, 10 May 2017, go by without mentioning that one year ago today we were told our jobs as educators in the State's Correctional Centres were to be axed by the end of 2016. It started a dreadful time of worry, concern, upset, ill health and general malaise.  We were all summonsed to …

Remind me again why am I doing this?

Remind me again why I'm doing this?  Running I mean! I haven't written a post about just running since July last year but I have been running, on and off,  in the meantime.  The months after July were wet, miserable and cold.   I was also suffering from looking down the barrel of redundancy but …

A hammock and a tree – Weekly Photo Challenge

How does a hot summer's day, a hammock and a large tree sound?  Relaxing, peaceful, delightful and comfy! This combination, to me, is a great match and fits the theme for this week's photo challenge perfectly 🙂 A good match  - This week, share a photo of a satisfying pairing from your own life.... You can mix …

Against the Odds – Weekly Photo Challenge

I'm away from home this week, taking in the city lights, enjoying a different pace of life, seeing new things, playing tourist and unexpectedly meeting up with some blogging friends. I decided for this week's photo challenge to focus on a great movie I saw this week.  It was called Lion and is a classic …

Girls just wanna have fun!

Underwater smiles

On the subject of FUN: This video shows my daughters and I racing at a trampoline park while on holidays over Christmas. We're not at all competitive! I'm the little one in black just in case you can't pick me!  One daughter yells out 'I've won' as she throws herself into the airbags, one does …

2016 – the year that was!

Tumba-bloody-Rumba was the winner as the most viewed post on my blog in 2016.  Did you see it? In looking back at my blog stats for 2016 I have been very surprised about what featured in my top 10 based on views.  Posts on local government issues, travels, photo challenges and ongoing issues with my forced redundancy collected the top …

Anticipating anticipation – Weekly Photo Challenge

Is it possible to anticipate anticipation?  I like to think so. With summer holidays upon us and family members from near and afar preparing to gather, I am anticipating the anticipation of us all being together again for the first time in over a year. I love spending time with my family 🙂  My three …

Wordless Wednesday – goodbye and good luck!

Farewell cake

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday  Farewell cake for the teaching staff at our centre,  as we've all been made redundant - not much more to be said!  It was a very yummy cake 🙂 Debbie PS.  I'll change the subject soon I promise - just a few more days to go until I finish work so please bear with …

Vanish, invisible mending – a poem I found

While cycling in New Zealand recently I found this poem in a delightful little book about the local area. Reading through it, I found it really hit a chord with me.  The book was one of many available for visitors to flick though in one of the guest houses (Tiger Hill Lodge) we stayed in, …

Relax and unwind – Weekly Photo Challenge

This sunset! Relax is the prompt for this week's photo challenge.  As Hakan B says: Life can be stressful. Work commitments, family trouble, financial obligations: the list goes on. And sometimes, it can all get a little too overwhelming. That’s why it’s so important to make time to just relax. Whether through meditation, a quiet walk, …

Mantra for the future

Mantra for the future

As our redundancy date draws closer the farewells have begun.  I have just two weeks to go! After a lifetime (well 22 years in the one workplace anyway) it is a massive change to  come to terms with.  All my staff are taking redundancies so it will be the end of an era. I was completely …