Here I am! I used to think I was quite a complex creature with a largish brain and a competitive intellect, slightly circum-loquacious after a few glasses of wine, enthusiastic, creatively innovative and only slightly off the beaten track!
Dearie me, looking back, I actually sat my GCSEs a year early so I could take more A levels! Little did they know I would discover boys; I was a real Eve and they were the apple I shouldn’t have bitten!
Well, I just never ever thought I would reach 60 and now I am here, I had thought I would be much wiser!
I am still left with that feeling ‘ So much to know and not enough time to know it in, so much to do and not enough time to do it in, so much to read and etc etc’ It’s Life’s journey and I am going to enjoy the path and hope it’s a bit longer because if you reach the end that’s it; I am still learning and still very excited about new experiences and ‘buzzing’ with ideas and projects and soooo loving all the things I have time to do!!
I have just retired after 20 years of teaching 7 to 13 year olds and I am euphoric! So much time to garden, paint, play the piano and write to you! Funnily, I used to drive to school playing Likki Li or Santana or Little Dragon, full blast, to hype me up to cope with the day. If my husband used my car he used to jump at the volume! I’ve turned the volume down and cruise along at the correct speed now (new year resolution, along with not swearing at creative drivers!) singing along, and I must say, I appreciate music much more. I am having a brilliant time but have decided not to venture out too much to garden centres during the week; shock horrors watching the ‘long-retired’ trying to make ‘the where to actually park’ decision or ‘shall I let this person, three along, have my space’ WOW!! I am going to lie low for a while and discover who I am and the meaning of Life! Ho Ho Ho!
I am still vain and like to look good! I am still trying out new clothes, shoes, make-up etc. Even more so, as I am trying to re-invent myself in my new era and I am not ready yet, to go down’ the turquoise anorack and sensible shoes’ track! Still trying to be elegant and tastefully mature and waiting for the Sales! I once went to our local shoe shop sale and couldn’t decide, so took all 7 pairs of shoes, and the boxes! I love the boxes and the tissue paper and unwrapping them and always keep shoes in the original box !!!
I am going to stop meandering on and just hope that you will keep checking out my web site as I have a long list of product reviews and ideas and so much to write about that I could write every day! However, unlike Ruth, I have no self -discipline, so it will be once a week!. My eldest sister ( there are six of us) has written a diary every day of her life, this year she is 75! I used to write a diary when I was little, but was so wicked, I had to burn them, and anyway it’s only interesting writing a diary when you have been outrageous and need to tell a page rather than a person! Years later, it’s hard to read words and actually believe that you were that person! Interesting though! It’s a bit of a cathartic exercise perhaps that should never be re-read? I am all for burning and moving on! The memories can be much more colourful and imaginative!
I am quite a novice to this form of communication, and have refused to be part of Facebook, so can’t believe I am tackling a new form of communication skill, with only educational programmes, ‘Smartboards’ and ‘Learning Platforms’ behind me in my last career, and now not having Ruth to look through for inappropriate phrases, I feel quite vulnerable. I have taught for most of my life: Lecturer in Textiles, Primary school and Head of Art with Maths, Technology and R E as second subjects. I have had art studios and at one point in my career managed to eek out a living from my Art and I have been a residential artist holding workshops in some interesting environments. I have made the decision not to venture back into education ever again and am declining offers for supply work with the excuse that I am practising for my new career as a pole-dancer, but who knows, I could be anything I want and I am going to take ages to make the decision, lots of reclining in Spas perhaps?
I started this draft in April but have no idea now how to get it onto the website so will be back when I have been talked through by Ruth,who is a wonder and a complete whizz at these things. I am wondering actually who on earth wants to read this and so if you are on Ruth’s website could you get your Mums to click into mine somehow and give me feedback?