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I've just had stroll round in the fading light. It's fabulous out there. Possibly the first evening that's been warm, dry and still. The blackbirds serenaded me, I can still hear them now. Bats are stirring and chatting in the roof. 

Certain plants are really standing out, the white sweet rockets and foxgloves were shining.  Island Sunset iris as well, the colour more saturated in the low light. 

If I hadn't seem the weather forecast I would think summer was here at last


Sounds lovely. My drive home was lovely. So annoed its going to pour down on my day off


that's not fair Dhc. But the forecast has been wrong so often lately maybe it won't be much.


Daisy you're not having much luckweatherwise- you need to change your working days! 


retirement makes it worthwhile being old 



Haha so true nutcutlet - I'm counting down to mine, only 20 years to go!!


I had a midlife crisis about 20 years before I retired, I'd been working for years and years and I'd stil got years and years to work. Thought I'd never stand it but I did. 

Woodgreen wonderboy

I retired as i moved to the New Forest and my new garden, which was 0.8 acres of blank canvas... lots of fun and pleasure over the years and I now am the owner of thousands of plastic pots, my legacy to the world.


Love walking round the garden in the evening - and first thing in the morning too.  Perfect way to start and end a day.

Daisy, it might be 20yrs now but retirment age keeps creeping up, who knows when we'll retire. In the mean time I'm thinking a shorter working week to fit in all the gardening  

Pennine Petal

Just got my notice today to tell me I will retire when I am 66. I can't remember stuff now, so I probably won't be able to remember by name by then.


What are you going to do when you find them CN?

The the garden a clean, glistening look ESP now sun is making an effort.  Today I planted orange  echinaceas behind a coleus......I know, I know, it's an annual,but the colour with orange, red yellow in it looks right to a blue agastache with a foreground of thymus silver Posie alongside a purple euphorbia.  The rain makes it all so fresh


I'm just waiting for it to stop raining so I can  go and water the seedlings I potted on earlier and havn't watered in yet.

hollie hock

Sounds beautiful nutyes it really is a lovely time especially when all the elements come together

Part time work is great, I'm calling it my early semi retirement I feel completly different by reducing my hours and it has given me the time and freedom  to get on with the important things in life




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