The Retirement Thread

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Dirk, 6 Apr 2017.

  1. Dirk

    Dirk If 6 Was 9

    Devon's Gold Coast
    A thread specially for 'persons of leisure' and independent means, or those with aspirations.
    How do you while away those lazy days?
    How do you cope financially?
    When did you retire?
    Is retirement what you expected?
    How long did you take to adjust?

    Tell us what you are up to today or what plans you have.
    Or just have a bit of silliness to while away those lazy hours.

    I've been busy today. Hilly 15 mile ride in North Devon, took dog for a stroll along Saunton Sands, cut the front lawn, leisurely pub lunch at the Tarka Inn overlooking the estuary, bit of shopping and now going to nap off my lunch. Never a moment spare! :smile:
    Last edited: 2 Mar 2018
  2. Bobby Mhor

    Bobby Mhor Wasn't born to follow

    Cycle most days,
    Housework, awfy small garden to look after.
    Other hobbies take up a fair bit of time.
    I have found out knowing and seeing others who 'retired' same time as me, who keep busy and who don't...
    I'm two years and 6 days into my early retirement.

    not the same but manage by.

    The first couple of months it felt like an extended holiday, since then, it feels like sometimes not enough time in the day (and the option to just roll over if you can't be bothered)

    Advantage cycle wise? picking and choosing the time out and time in, warning - I can go out for a two-hour cycle and take 4 plus on occasion. Socialising its called.
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  3. Drago

    Drago Flouncing Nobber

    How do you while away those lazy days? - Lounging about (too much of it, if I'm honest). Reading, good long walks, cycle rides, SAR voluntering. Sort of half heartedly looking for a part time job.

    How do you cope financially? Pension + Injury Award, Mrs D's pension, savings, profit from previous house sales, small rental income from my other place.

    When did you retire? Officially in October 2016, but my last actual working day was in July.

    Is retirement what you expected? Yeah.

    How long did you take to adjust? I'm not entirely sure that I have yet, but I'm only 48 so plenty of time.
  4. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    ...on the slake
    Isn't there a smug section we could stick this in?

    Vintage, it could go there.

    Or how about a new Dignitas zone.
  5. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    Thread ignored - hopefully it will stop the green eyed monster in me.
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  6. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    ...on the slake
    Fecking grumpy paying for your pension you lazy get.
  7. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    Bugger, I can't join in here for another 4 years. Pah!
  8. Reiver

    Reiver Ribbit, Ribbit.

    Everything about it is brilliant, I used to think the lack of money may be a problem, but now I couldn't care less, more time to fix things and find new stuff in skips ^_^
    Been retired about 8 years, fully for 4. will still be about a dozen more before my pension kicks in by which time I will be completely pennyless - LOL

    I have had two 30 milers already this week and a 60 planned for the morrow. So today was a rest day - got up about 9, breakfast, watched birds on pond, then been sunning myself in the front garden doing my pilates exercises, fell asleep for a while, think I will head up onto the moor later and listen to the lapwings curlews, then get the bike sorted out for the morrow, dinner then arse around a bit more on here then off to bed.

    I really can't understand now how I ever coped working.
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  9. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    I still do some part-time work but most of my time is taken up with grandchildren care, damage limitation gardening, housework, shopping, cooking, and some way down the list, cycling.
    Financially, I'm able to tick over with a smallish pension, savings and my pin money.
    My son, being a butcher, means that fillet steaks are free...:hungry:
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  10. Hill Wimp

    Hill Wimp Fair weathered,fair minded but easily persuaded.

    Keep it up chaps.

    I have 300 odd working days to go at most then I too will be doing one of the gazillion things i never get enough time to do because work gets in the way.
  11. Rooster1

    Rooster1 I was right about that saddle

    I hope to subscribe to this thread one day.
  12. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    300 exactly? Are you ticking them off daily? :smile:
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  13. arch684

    arch684 Veteran

    I retired in february 2013 .Bikes and cycling takes up some of my time,gardening and doing stuff for my daughter, 2 gardens to look after.I have enough money with my state pension and my works pension.
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  14. I did 25 years in the Royal Navy and semi-retired in 2010.

    Worked as a freelance safety consultant for events and exhibitions, working maybe 50-60 days a year, 90% overseas...............................

    ........................until this year when I went back full time as a safety consultant.

    I was bored with all the time off, I needed something to keep me occupied and although I have increased my work-rate, I am loving it.
  15. postman

    postman Legendary Member

    Meanwood ,Leeds
    Royal Mail decided in it's wisdom to allow thousands of senior staff all grades to retire at 56.You got your pension and a tax free lump sum.It was a no brainer.
    So i did loads of charity work first of all.Then my knee started playing up,so i was asked to rest it for four months.It correctedit'self.I stoppedv charity work for a couple of years.
    I started again at a lunch club,i gave that up as i was feeling tired all the time,sleeping was a problem due to the prostate,but i did not know this at the time.
    So now i am general dogsbody,cleaner,chef,housemaid,all round do it all bloke.Sometimes i get fed up.But money wise we have no worries,i am enjoying my two at Uni,we visit regular when they need something.
    Started cycling again gardening again after enforced layoff.Read a lot.just general life things,but have more time to do things.August 2006 it all began,i don't know how Royal Mail could let us all go up and down the country.It does not make sense,but i'm happy.
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