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One of the most irksome aspects of getting ‘older’ is….you get forgetful ..like forgetting a word you know you know, but…it sits on your tongue and when you no longer need it, it pops into your head. ūü§™ūü§™ūü§™ How often do you say “where are my keys, or phone? – usually it’s in your hand ūüėāūüėāūüėā or going into a room and forgetting why you’re there. Annoying, to put it mildly.

But one of the things that annoys me the most……I forget to flick the switch. My phone battery usually lasts much the whole day depending on my activity. But now and then I have to charge it up to last till bedtime. So I plug it in and carry on with my day. A few hours later I go to unplug it and continue my use. Except….

Except when I look at the battery it hasn’t charged. I curse the phone; bloody rubbish they make these days….and then I realise ūüôĄūüôĄūüôĄ I forgot to flick the switch. Urgh

How often does that happen to you?

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On the cusp of my Naturalisation as a British Citizen I have stopped to take stock of the places I have been in my life as a Carer since 2007.

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The places have been as varied as the clients. I have travelled far and wide in the UK; the places shown here do not include the many many other countries, cities, towns and places where I have been on holiday, since I arrived in 2001.

One of the benefits of my job as I‚Äôve mentioned before is that I get to travel around the country…not just in England but Scotland and occasionally Wales too. Since 2007 I‚Äôve travelled east, south, north and west of the UK with the current agency.

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Cities I have worked in

In that time I‚Äôve pretty much been to nearly every county in England (21 at last count), and 3 in Scotland and over the border, then out again, but never yet worked in Wales. I’ve yet to work in Northern Ireland although I have been on holiday. I haven’t included in my list the countries/counties/places I’ve been to on holiday that would just be too long…..but those listed below are all the places I have been since 2007. I’ve created a video out of some of the photos I’ve captured in the last 8 years+, albeit not all the places I’ve been to; I’ve worked for almost 300 clients, so that would be a tad too much!!

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London! I always jump at the chance to work in my favourite city

At my current assignment I‚Äôm working in East Sussex, not for the first time, but in a new place. I was chatting to my client just yesterday while we were sharing travel stories (she‚Äôs also quite well travelled), and just for fun I had a look at the map of Britain and listed all the counties I had either worked in, or travelled to during the course of my job‚Ķ..i.e. some¬†clients enjoys driving so we get to travel far and wide. Needless to say I do the driving ūüėČ

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seaside towns I have been to and worked in

I’ve worked on farms and been to villages so small that they don‚Äôt even have a Post Office never mind a traffic light or stop street, where the evening traffic jam is sheep going home! I‚Äôve worked in numerous towns, and quite a few cities‚Ķnamely London of course‚ĶI always jump at the chance to work in London although I‚Äôm not sure why since my breaks are so short I seldom get time to do much exploring‚Ķbut still it‚Äôs a constant thrill to me to wake up in the city that never sleeps. (most areas I’ve worked in London were with the first agency I worked for).

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farms I have worked on…as a Carer ūüėČ

So, heading round the country, these are the counties I have worked in and travelled to:
ENGLAND
Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Shropshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Hampshire Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Greater London
SCOTLAND
Inverness-shire, Fife and Ross-shire and Cromartyshire

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working in Scotland

On studying the map, I have noticed that there are still quite a few counties to go, particularly in the Midlands‚ĶI’m guessing I need to ask for more assignments up that way!! Perhaps I’ll see you there ūüėČ

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seaside towns I have worked in or visited while working

One of the most advantageous aspects of this job of mine is that I go to places I would probably never have considered, simply because they‚Äôre not on the ‚ÄėVisit England‚Äô tourist trail so to speak. However, these places invariably have a fascinating history and if you visit the one thing you will find in every hamlet, village, town or city‚Ķ..the church!

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deceassed the 12 of May 1570 – Grinstead

Reading the epitaphs and headstones, you gain a fascinating insight to the history of the area. I’ve even been into a church where there are marks on the entrance where knights of yore used to sharpen their swords!!! Mind-blowing. You will learn the often times extraordinary history of the area…sometimes stretching back as far as pre-Norman times.

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castles I have seen on my travels

It is my goal to buy a motor-home within the next few years…by my 65th birthday in fact, and I plan to travel the width and breadth, and length of this country…visiting outlying islands, historic cathedrals, ancient villages, quirky pubs and the furtherest points of the island; north, south, east and west.motor home
Initially I had planned on buying a campervan…those cute little symbols of the 60’s, but since I will be spending a lot of time travelling and living in the motor, I prefer something I can actually stand up in…so the search is on.
caravan Once I find what I am looking for, I shall be off. I plan to travel and work, work and travel. Mostly in the spring, summer and autumn months and in winter I shall head to Europe. What a plan!!! ¬†ūüôā Why not come along with me and see all the wonderful things I shall see.
If you have any suggestions of quirky traditions or places you think I should add to my list, then please leave a comment and I’ll add them to my itinerary.

As mentioned earlier I have been to almost 300 different places in the UK. Since that would be way too many to upload, I’ve made a short video of some of the lovely villages and places I have been.

Have a fab day.

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Travel; what is it about that word that conjures up a whole vista of possibilities?¬†¬†¬†Could you imagine what¬†your¬†life would be like¬†without travel?¬† Is it possible to not travel?¬† ¬†Whatever you do and whatever your reason, ¬†travelling is a part of most¬†people’s lives.

For centuries now people have been travelling, not just locally, but right around the world.¬†¬† The reasons over the centuries have been different and yet remain the same, just in a different context.¬†¬† Our forefathers travelled.¬† Ancient civilizations travelled.¬†¬† New world’s were discovered, different civilizations and¬†different cultures.¬†¬† Their reasons for travel were vastly different and yet remain the same; to explore and conquer.¬†¬† We all travel in one way or another.

There are different reasons why people travel:

1) Many people travel because they want to see their families and friends, whether they live near or far. Invitations from families and friends, for weddings, birthdays, or any other form of celebration are a good reason to pack your bags and travel.

2) Some people may travel seeking love,¬†because they want to¬†find their soul mates, believing that there is only one person for them and if they haven’t had much luck in their area, perhaps¬†they¬†will be luckier elsewhere.¬†¬†¬†With millions of people around the world, there is a possibility¬†they¬†could find¬†love in some other place.

3) People travel to seek employment, perhaps having been unlucky nearer to home, possibly because they want to have a different experience e.g. volunteering.   Admittedly work may be hard to come by in your hometown or country and so some people decide to work abroad because they are looking for greener pastures.  They could earn more money abroad or perhaps their expertise is not favourable where they currently reside.

4) People travel because they want to learn about other cultures, to experience¬†the differences between their’s and other cultures.¬† They travel and learn¬†because for them learning while¬†travelling is fun.¬† ¬†One very popular reason for¬†travelling to another country¬†is to¬†enjoy and learn about¬†the food.

5) People travel because they enjoy writing.   They want to share relevant information about the places they visit, write articles for their readers or find information for a novel perhaps.  There is a whole industry based just on travel writing.

6) People travel because they want to explore the landscape of different countries, take photographs as souvenirs or for commercial purposes.

7)  Many businessmen travel to promote or extend a current business, or start up a new business in other countries for expansion to increase their profit margins.    Business is nothing without profit.

8) And today, more and more people are travelling for pleasure, on vacation to exotic places.¬† Baby Boomers are currently¬†the driving force behind the travel industry.¬†¬† Born between 1946 and 1964, many of these people are now retired or coming up to retirement.¬† They’ve worked hard all their lives, invested sensibly and now they want to make the most of their later years, enjoy different experiences, see different countries and perhaps even relocate to warmer climes.

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To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1, actress/vocalist Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan’s Radio¬†City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the musical numbers she performed was “My Favorite Things” from the legendary movie “The Sound Of Music.”¬†

Here are the actual lyrics she used:
Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
 
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
 
These are a few of my favorite things.
 
Cadillac’s and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
 
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
 
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
 
These are a few of my favorite things..
 
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
 
When the knees go bad,
 
I simply remember my favorite things,
 
And then I don’t feel so bad.
 
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
 
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
 
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
 
These are a few of my favorite things.
 
Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin’,
 
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
 
And we won’t mention our short, shrunken frames,
 
When we remember our favorite things.
 
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
 
When the eyes grow dim,
 
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
 
And then I don’t feel so bad.
 

Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores. Please share Ms. Andrews ‘ clever wit and humor with others who would appreciate it…….that’s you ūüôā Pass this on if you enjoyed it ūüôā

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Making the most of retirement.

Things have changed dramatically for the current generation of retirees.¬†¬† These days when we retire, we hopefully have some 25-30 years of active life ahead of us.¬† It’s a huge opportunity.¬† However the change from a work situation, to one where there is no structure, is one of the biggest challenges of our lives.

Whatever the length of time we worked and spent travelling to work, and whatever aspirations we have for retirement, filling 40-50 hours each week’s on top of previous leisure times, for the next 25 years, is a major feat!

That’s why going on a pre-retirement course can be one of the best things you can do.¬†¬† A 2009 study of University of Greenwich found a highly significant increase in life satisfaction among people who had attended such courses, as did a survey by retirement specialists ‘Laterlife Learning’.

What is a pre-retirement course?

There are many such courses, which are purely, or largely, financial.¬†¬† However we’re concerned here with those that focus mainly on the lifestyle aspects of retirement and also include financial.

The courses help you to think about retirement and the implications, in all it’s aspects and challenge many pre-conceived ideas.

The purpose of such courses is to encourage participants to think seriously about all aspects of their forthcoming retirement in a structured way, so as to increase their chances of enjoying and making the most of this potentially fulfilling phase of their life and avoiding some of the common pitfalls.

A good course will be highly interactive, led by an experienced facilitator and will engage participants in thinking through the changes they are going to undertake and specifically looking at each area of their retirement plans from their own perspective.

As a result of attending the course, participants will often see retirement in a way they won’t have done before and as a result clearly identify issues, opportunities and pitfalls and have lots of ideas and new areas to consider.

For those worried about retirement it will also overcome concerns and fears, making retirement an opportunity to look forward to.

Retirement these days is a time of opportunity and choice.

for more information visit: http://www.retirement-courses.co.uk and http://www.laterlife.com

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According to the Sunday Times of 08.11.09 the jobless graduate tally has hit 100,000.

The number of jobless university leavers is expected to break the 100,000 barrier, heightening fears of a “lost generation”.

Tens of thousands of out-of-work graduates from the class of 2009 have joined the 70,000 from last year who have still not found employment, official figures are expected to confirm.

The flood of applicants for the shrinking number of graduate jobs had led recruiters to become increasingly tough in their entrance requirements.

Unemployment data published by the Office for National Statistics will also show that the total number of jobless under 25 passed the 1million barrier in October, up from 946,000 in August.   The number of new graduates unable to find a job means the nearly 8% of those aged under 25 with a degree are now without a job.

So where does that leave the over 50’s?

As the years have gone by employers tend to employ people who are younger rather than the over 50’s and ageism has crept into the workplace, despite protests to the contrary.¬†¬† Reaching 50 can be quite daunting and it is extremely difficult to compete with the younger generation for jobs, especially if you are returning to the workplace after a break.

Did you know: the number of Baby Boomers alive in 2030 will be 57.8 million!   And far from dwindling into the mists of time and irrelevance, born between 1946 & 1964, Baby Boomers are the largest demographic segment today!

I was reading an article in the November 2008 issue of Good Housekeeping and came across an article about women who had made major changes in their lives, and one of them really caught my eye.

The lady in question at the age of 52, divorced her husband, went to America to retrain as a Life Coach, set up her own business and now has her own home and freedom she never experienced before.

Was it easy?   Probably not!

You could settle for the Job Centre route, becoming a statistic on a long list of people waiting for employment, or you could take a leap of faith and start your own business.

Why start your own business?   There is a tremendous risk involved with starting up your own business.   There are many issues to be considered, particularly finance, and yet, in this age of insecurity and retrenchments, with more and more people being made redundant, the option of a job becomes less and less likely and less attractive.

So what are the options?

The first thing to consider is what experience do you have, what do you enjoy and what are you passionate about?   Statistics have proven that if you really love what you do, you will make a success of it.

Get together with a group of friends and brainstorm some ideas.¬†¬† You would be amazed at what our friends know about us! ūüôā

Do you enjoy writing?¬† You could do a course and put together a book, it could be about something you have a lot of experience in, a ‘How To’ if you like.

Do you enjoy dancing?   You could set up a group for your peers and charge them per session

Do you have expertise in sewing?¬†¬† You could offer basic lessons to the mothers at the local school, in today’s economic climate many women would probably like to save a bit make their kiddies clothes.

Perhaps you had a career in Accounting; consider setting up a training course on how to set and manage budgets.

You could also consider joining an MLM or Network Marketing Company.¬†¬† The set up costs are usually minimal and the industry has produced more millionaires in the last 50 years than any other industry in the world, ever.¬†¬† In 2008 Avon received a massive boost when a young lady, Debbie Davis who had lost her job, became an Avon representative, aged just 29 she became Britain’s most successful seller.

You could set up a Joint Venture with someone, pool your experiences and offer your services.

On another level, you could offer courses at the local Community Centre.  What about painting, or drawing or cooking; think Nigella Lawson.

Are you good with your hands?   Many women are exceptionally handy with their hands and have had years of experience fixing things in the house; d.i.y.   You could offer a basic service in the neighbourhood; changing light bulbs, plugs, whatever; offer a service.

What is available for women our age, the Baby Boomers?

And as we explore those options, let us celebrate the unalienable fact that we have so many more opportunities open to us than our mothers did.   We are no longer constrained by the rules of society, we have a choice and in exercising those choices we are able to experience the freedom that brings.

I would be interested to hear what you think!

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I am a great one for ignoring sell & use by dates, mostly because they are quite absurd and there is nothing wrong with the food.  So much food gets thrown away as it is, and the sell by dates play it safe in my opinion.  I was therefor quite interested to read the article. I have posted the link to their site at the bottom of this article, for your perusal

Over 60’s are particularly susceptible to this potentially fatal form of food poisoning.

Many of us, especially the older generation – think we’re being frugal by eating food that’s past its use by date, preferring not to discard produce that’s ‘a little past it’s best’.¬†¬† However, this seemingly thrifty lifestyle can leave the over-60’s particularly vulnerable to a virulent strain of food poisoning.

Listeria is a bacterium that can live and grow in food: in particular, chilled produce such as pates, cooked sliced meats, soft cheeses and smoked fish.

According to research by the Food Standards Agency, many older people are unaware that consuming food after the ‘use by date’ or having their fridge set at the wrong temperature could put their health at risk.

Although the number of people affected by listeria is very low, one in three of those who do contract it tragically die as a result.

Rather worryingly, cases of listeria amongst the over-60’s have doubled in the past nine years – and, in 2007 alone, increased by 20%.

So, adhere to basic food hygiene guidelines and you’ll minimise your chances of contracting listeria.

Three key ways to avoid listeria

Don’t eat food past it’s ‘use by’ date.

‘Use by’ dates appear on foods that can go off quickly (these are different from ‘best before’ dates, which are more about quality that safety).¬†¬† Even if food looks and smells fine, consuming it after the ‘use by’ date could put your health at risk.

2)         Set the correct fridge temperature

If fridges are kept at between 0c and 5c (32f and 41f) – this will help stop food-poisoning bacteria from growing.

3)         Follow food storage instructions.

Food that goes off quickly often has special packaging and storage instructions, stating how long it can be kept and if it needs to go in the fridge.¬†¬† Once opened, it may go off fast, hence guidelines such as ‘use within two days of opening’.

For more information visit http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/listeria

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