I finally finished work at the end of March - I quit my job with Magdalene and re- retired on 31st March. It wasn't half as exciting as the first time I retired in 2010, but hey ho - how many other people have retired twice by 45? Maybe Ill get another job in Canada just so that I can get my hat trick!!
The life of leisure wasn't quite as much fun as I had hoped however for two reasons -
1. I started to feel ill during my exit interview - a sore throat started which for the next week developed into a bad cold, headache, aches and pains and meant I spent my first week of mostly sleeping and coughing.
2. I don't really like to hide too much about myself. Anyone who knows me well may well also know that as a bloke, I sometimes make weird and bad smells as a natural bodily function. Well, Buffy and me had decided to try and see what foods cause these wonderful aromas to arise from my bowels. So a few weeks ago we started what is called 'The Elimination diet' as its called means cutting out wheat, dairy, gluten, added sugar, eggs, red meat, pulses, and a few others for two weeks before gradually introducing the one by one over a number of weeks. So for two weeks I ate plain rice, rice cakes, gluten, dairy and wheat free bread (Which is disgusting and is like eating clay) no beers, no crisps and basically nothing with any flavour except chicken - which gets really boring after two weeks with nothing else.
Anyway, after all this dieting and food control I have fund out that the only things that apparently make me smell are dark beers, peas, smoked fish and porridge. We haven't quite finished the diet yet and I still have eggs and a few other things to add but I am not affected by beef, lager, chips or cheese which is great! You may notice a lack of smell if you see us before we leave for Canada.
On the subject of Canada you may be aware that we are having a get together in The Urmston on Saturday 25th April. If you want to come along we would love to see you there. Unfortunately we wont be able to get to see many people before we leave as we now don't have a car anymore - it was sold yesterday.
|Our lovely little car has gone to a new home!|
|Down by the canal....|
|More canal views|
|More of Beetham tower|
|Buff taking pics|
|Cool views of Manchester|
|Town hall and fountain|
|Alan Turing statue|
|The Pev in colour|
|Beetham from below|
|Moody inside shot|
|Buff getting changed|
|Tiles from the 20's|
|The futuristic control panel for.........|
|The futuristic whirlpool|
|Entrance grand style|
We are hoping to get out and about the local area again to get more photos before we leave, so we will post more on here when we do.
For the family who read this I have completed scanning the photo album's from mum and dad in Skegness. They are all available to look at online with all of my photos...please fell free to take a look by clicking on this link....
Photos and albums