I packed it in when i was almost 66, and like you can survive on savings and various pensions,now that i have time to do as i please, its my garden, DIY, and my weekly contributions to my local paper that keep me healthy and fit, mentally and physically. Our children, all now running their own households also require dad and his tools occasionally to fix, repair, install, and maintain their humble abodes, The community canal clean up and litter pick, is a nice way to mingle and give a bit back, and now with unlimited time, my books take pride of place. The national trust is an excellent way to educate yourself on times past and British history. Museums, gallery's, and local beauty spots are a pleasant way to spend a summers day, and as we are on the borders of Shropshire and staffordshire, the hills and valleys with their ancient towns and villages are always a nice day out.Once we’ve sold up and moved, money won’t be an issue. I have become resigned to retiring completely. The idea of starting in a new industry at 60 holds no appeal.
Touring more of Scotland was always a plan (I’m a native and we have spent one of our holidays each year visiting family and touring).
I’m looking for a hobby or pastime that will stop me sitting in front of the telly all day or having arguments on Arrse.
Their is a plethora of amusements of sights sounds and events to visit, antique fairs, farmers meadows car boot sales, county fairs, military museums, every big town or city has one, and even your local park, and if it has a restaurant, so much the better.
...And then there is always this.......
Install a large shed, kit it out with:-
A sturdy work top, fitted with:-
13a small plug in stick welder.
Strip lights. one over the work bench.
at least 3 two gang socket outlets.
A desk with draws.
Small Fridge ( 6 cans of beer , minimum)
Hand tools many, power tools various
Many many jars of screws,( All sizes) nails, Rawlplugs, bolts, nuts, washers etc etc
A cow gown, brown ,as worn by Arkwright in "open all hours.
You are now ready to take on the world, there is nothing you cannot, fix, paint, repair, bodge, weld, cut, screw and finally destroy, you will be the envy of your mates, make the neighbours jealous, and be a total pain the the neck to the wife, enjoy,..... Oh, and have a copy of yellow pages handy for when it all goes tits up.