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 …

Not so manic Monday

Now that I'm not working anymore 🙂 Mondays don't have that awful Manic Monday feel to them - in fact every day is pretty cruisy. This morning I had an early morning walk booked in with a friend and this gorgeous view was on display from my front door. I love the layers of rippling red, …

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 …

On being made redundant…..

My thoughts on being made redundant Meaning: not or no longer needed or useful; superfluous. Synonyms:  Unnecessary, not required, inessential, unessential, needless, unneeded, uncalled for, dispensable, disposable, expendable. unwanted, useless  Back in 2016, I was sitting and talking with my sister at her hospital bed and it was therapeutic for both of us.   For …

Today I’m a radical!

I wouldn't have thought I was a radical but recent events have made me question myself. I will admit that I'm passionate, I'm excitable, I'm enthusiastic, I'm a fighter and I'm determined. Today I'm also adding the word radical to that description as I'm taking industrial action and am on strike for 24 hours due to …

Jailhouse Blues by Murray Cook

This article was written by Murray Cook, a fellow teacher at Long Bay Correctional Centre in Sydney and was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on Saturday 27/8/16.  He sums it up very well and adds a human element to our case. Jailhouse Blues: Premier's decision will rock may lives Pottering around the Blue Mountains …

Partners in crime

partners in crime, now out of a job

These lovely people are just some of my partners in crime! I have worked with many of these good people for well over 10 years, (I'm the one on the far left of the photo). I have been in this workplace for over 20 years and their Manager for all of this time.  In all …

Education beats crime every day

Education beats crime

The importance of Education in jails I know I've mentioned it before on my blog (Not a good week, Wednesday 11/5/16, and this BuzzFeed interview) but I thought I'd share my latest foray into speaking out about this very important issue.  I was interviewed by a local TV station during the week and I don't know about you but I …