I am a retired ‘gentleman of leisure’. That doesn’t mean I am rich and have servants to do all my chores for me but it does mean that I have every day more or less to myself and not burdened by getting up to go to work every morning. My days are my own to do with as I will. I am also old enough to have earned the right to express my opinions freely, people either agree or think its just an old man going on a rant and ignore me. Either way I win, I can get it off my chest. My two big hates are ‘Political Correctness’ and ‘Health and Safety’ and most of my rants are based on one or both of them.
My time is divided between household chores and maintenance (then repairs if the maintenance has failed !), shopping, day trips out sightseeing and caravanning trips ranging between a few days away or a month in France. All of those are usually on a shared basis. My own personal interests encompass cycling, photography and blogging.
My cycling consists of not only actually doing it solo and with Team MK but also watching racing on TV and ‘live’ when I get the chance. My own solo rides usually vary between around 30 miles and 60 miles which when the conditions are right I try to do 2 or 3 times a week. The club rides are on a Saturday and are around the 45 – 50 mile mark so I get in around 600 miles a month in summer and 300-400 in the winter.
I have been blogging on a casual basis since about 2009 but latterly, since retirement and the acquisition of better technology it has taken up an increasingly bigger proportion of my time and interest. It is a good way of keeping records of my other interests for myself and I don’t mind sharing my experiences with anybody else who might be interested.
Photography too is taking up more of my time now. I have always enjoyed photography and taking nice pictures. I have often been criticized for not including many photos of people in my pictures. In fact I often go out of my way to get people free shots. I have now acquired some decent equipment and software and spend ages on YouTube finding out how to do stuff.
I was born in 1943, I am married to Jan with two daughters, three stepsons, five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. Life is good.