It hadn’t occurred to me before but Stephen’s retirement is very timely. The end of March signals the start of Spring (weather – hopefully – getting warmer), the clocks go forward (so nights start to get lighter), it’s the end of the financial year and – this year – it’s just before Easter.
For us, with older children still at home, this means we’ll get to spend a whole four weeks with Harry home from college, and two weeks with Grace. So, the first four weeks of retirement will probably seem like an extended holiday for Stephen.
Of course, that is tempered by all the jobs I have planned for him – some in the garden, some around the house – let alone those he has planned himself, including taking on his mum’s gardening.
Friends, colleagues and neighbours have suggested he might get bored. We’ll see…
We have lots planned: getting (and keeping) fit is top of the list and no doubt you will soon be bored rigid with accounts of cycle rides and walks. We’re both keen film fans and intend to take advantage of cheap matineés at the cinema. And then there’s a list of places and friends we’d like to visit. Watch out… It could be you!