Month: September 2016

Going Swiss:Loved it

September: Has been and almost gone but what warmth and sunshine we have enjoyed. Recovery: Well on the way, not as fast as I would like, but slow is best. Retirement: Is going OK, and started with a great emotional and fun BBQ (on the only wet day in September) for friends and family and ex-colleagues. Everyone contributed to a Retirement Bucket List for me, and it’s going to be fun working through them. I might just share a few here as I tick them off! The first one was to travel first class, and enjoy a new city, so off I went by train to Zurich to meet an Australian friend that I had not seen for 35 years. Did we talk and walk??? Oh yes! What did I love about Zurich and Switzerland? Clean streets Gorgeous, good looking people Mega efficient trains, trams and buses and boats Fondue Rosti Sitting in awe of so many Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky, Braque originals in the art gallery in Zurich. A great place to …

That Forever Friday Feeling

Retirement When I left my full-time job at the end of July, I looked forward to having more time and focus to devote to blogging. I decided to give myself a few months at the start to enjoy some ‘away from the clock’ time, not only to recover from cardiac ablation number 3, but to adjust to a freer schedule and figure out my own rhythms. There are times of the day I’m better at writing and creating, and others when I’m better able to knuckle down for more routine or repetitive tasks. Can I just say I’m LOVING not having to go to my office along the landing every day at a certain time. I’ve kept myself quite busy without even really trying and now am ready to get a bit more of a handle on my schedule and where I’m going. Time to make a plan!! But first a belated retirement BBQ was such fun Guests wrote up some retirement bucket list suggestions for me. Here are a few, what would you suggest? Be a super Grandma Travel …

Lady In The Van:The Peppered Pig

Afternoon Tea in a van called Lola! Hidden away off a country lane near Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire is a place that has all the charm of a rustic barn-conversion and all the excellence of a serious player in the restaurant world. I know I’m getting straight to the point here. That’s how impressed I was. The Peppered Pig is an unpretentious, laid back, cosy, welcoming restaurant at the bottom of a gravel drive, and food fans could be forgiven for not even knowing exists. It’s in East Cowick. Sitting neatly in the corner overlooking farm fields proudly sits Lola. She is a resident VW camper van, doors invitingly open and as booked in advance of our arrival, afternoon tea was all laid out with vintage china on the table in the van. As is the protocol for afternoon tea, the bottom tier of the plated display held sandwiches, with a Yorkshire appetite in mind, made using their own in house freshly baked bread. Today’s selection included ham from Anna’s Happy Trotters …