Pete and I also seemed to just be drifting along; working, eating and sleeping. For years our life had been about sailing, getting out as often as we could, going to new places and exploring. We thoroughly enjoyed that time in our lives and have some great memories to look back on. But for the past few years all our time has been taken up with the barge. Carpe Diem (our yacht) suffered when we lived on it full time and then took a battering during a storm when it was put back on its mooring. It is now out of the water being renovated and will shortly be put up for sale. We had to make a decision about whether to buy another (smaller) yacht or not. We decided on the not, but still felt that we needed to do something to add some spice to life. A campervan was our first choice, but to be honest, at the moment is a little out of our price range for something decent. Another option was a caravan, but Pete didn't fancy towing it and again, if we wanted to take it abroad it would prove more expensive.
As you know, the last couple of years we have had some short breaks camping and have loved every minute of it. Our tent was bought second hand for £40 and has served us well, but there were just a few niggles with it. So we decided that for the next few years we would concentrate on camping. As we are getting a little older (!) we thought that we should make it as comfortable & easy as possible. So we have bought an amazing blow up tent that goes up in 10 minutes apparently, some super duper extra large, brushed cotton lined sleeping bags and a couple of beautifully padded chairs. The new tent has a sewn in ground sheet, carpet, a porch for cooking and sitting under and is big enough for at least a couple of grandchildren. I cannot tell you how excited I am that we are going to be off exploring and looking forward to our adventures. We plan on going away at Easter, though I think we may practise putting the tent up first so we don't look complete idiots!
I don't want you to think I am miserable because I am definitely not, life is actually good. The grandchildren are all great and growing up way too fast. I am very lucky to be able to spend a lot of time with all of them and have a great relationship with them. We have another granddaughter due in June and my Mum and Dad celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary in July. Pete reached the grand old age of 65 and now gets his state pension, unfortunately being 'considerably' younger than him and changes to the state pension age, I have to wait another 10 years before I get mine. But I do get my teachers pension in two years and eight months, not that I am counting, and I have dropped down to part time work. The government might think we should work until we drop, but blow that, we want to enjoy our retirement and enjoy it now!
So I have decided that my blog is just going to stay being a simple diary of a simple, but fulfilling, life along with all its ups and downs. Nothing fancy but then that's me all over. I am looking forward to catching up with all my blogging pals who I have neglected so badly in recent months, I have actually missed you all. Take care and speak soon. Oh, and here is a totally gratuitous picture of my wonderful grandchildren having a ball at Bobby's 2nd Birthday party xxx