Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

The end is in sight!


The last six weeks have been a trial.  In February we sold our home of the last 32 years.  We built it then to replace the home that my wife grew up in until we were married 44 years ago. Thirty two years of raising three sons and accumulating life’s possessions, plus those possessions that flowed out of the old house, have made the last few weeks difficult at times as decisions needed to be made on to what to keep and what to re-house elsewhere.  Yesterday we left the house with just three small cartons to top-up and close.  Our life is now housed in a storage facility awaiting rediscovery when we find a new home some time in the next year.  Finding a view of the end over the last two weeks has been difficult, but yesterday it emerged.

In two weeks we leave for a three month holiday that will take us to China, Europe, the USA and Canada.  Needless to say, we are really looking forward to the adventure. Just like the last few weeks, transmission over the next three months may be a bit patchy as we search for internet connections and time to update posts. Every attempt will be made to create a regular stream of posts and express views on what we discover.


8 responses

  1. carol forrest

    a rare chance to create new beginnings , its powerfully exciting for you both 🙂

    Have a superb holiday , come back refreshed to begin an amazingly awesome adventure .

    July 14, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    • Thanks Carol, We are looking forward to the next stage of the adventure after we have had a rest in the next two weeks.

      July 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm

  2. Bon voyage for your travels and best of luck finding a new home. 🙂 I look forward to reading about both endeavors.

    July 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    • Many thanks for your kind comment. It has been a big change in our lives and we are looking forward to the next stage. The trip has been the big incentive (and distraction) that has allowed us to step into the unknown with relative peace of mind. Chris G

      July 15, 2013 at 10:43 am

  3. twoscamps

    Hard to imagine sorting through 32 years of living in one house and letting go! You will have so many adventures! The possibilities are endless. Bon Voyage! We hope to see you in Utah.

    July 15, 2013 at 11:28 am

    • Hi Maureen. Yes, 32 years accumulation and memories are hard to let go. For Valerie it has been most of her life, having been born in the same street and moving to the old house at one week old. Looking forward to our new adventures, especially in Utah, and the possibility of meeting with you. Thanks for your encouragement. Chris

      July 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

  4. Look forward to anything you can find time to post! Good luck wtih the travels Chris!

    July 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    • Thanks Tina. Will do my best. Thanks for helpful suggestions about NYC. The countdown to departure has started! Chris

      July 15, 2013 at 9:45 pm

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