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sallysimmons Jan 1st 2013 2:22 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
What a gorgeous morning it was! Just got back from a long walk with some stunning views and wanted to say happy new year to everyone here, many of whom inspired me to make the move back (and for that I can never thank you enough).

I posted some of my favorite pictures of the year on my blog, so if anyone is homesick, you can see them here: http://fingerrollsandfoldingchairs.w...best-of-times/

Sometimes it's hard to get round to blogging with so much else to do, but one of my resolutions for next year is to post at least a photo every day as I know how many people long to see glimpses of home. I also hope to actually get out of Yorkshire sometime in 2013 ;-)

May everyone's dreams come true in the coming year!

Derrygal Jan 1st 2013 2:46 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Beautiful photos Sally - glad you are enjoying being back home. The North of England (and Yorkshire in particular) is really beautiful. Happy New Year Everyone!! For all of you planning a move back this year - I hope everything goes well for you and your dreams come true. For those of you who are still living in your "adopted" country and feel that moving back is not likely to happen (I'm including myself in this) Happy New Year and I hope you all find peace and contentment wherever you are living.

curleytops Jan 1st 2013 5:10 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10457722)
Rain is music to my ears.
Santa was very good to me. One item was a movie camera, or is it a video camera. I think I was given it for our trip to England this year.
I peaked at a birthday present and my daughter got me a Susie Ormon document file. I think it is a hint to get my will written up. She says she can't say anything because she hasn't done her own will yet.

So how are things going for you?

Again, a 'appy New Year to you.

Cheers

All's well thanks particularly as we finally got a beautiful day today! Make sure to get lots of practice on the new camcorder before your trip so you're well versed on how to use it - don't do what I did and miss heaps of great footage because you were consulting the manual :rofl:

trottytrue Jan 1st 2013 9:53 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Jasper123 ....Thankyou for the kind words. I have been trying to log on for a couple of weeks but it would just not work. Finally I went through all my old emails and found the update to my password.
I am doing fine things are not working out as they should, seems the fates dont want me to return to the UK. My husband is now sick and I am not sure what is going to happen. I try and take one day at a time and thats what keeps me going.

Dontheturner....So nice to see read your posts and all the others old and new. We have been on such a journey I am so glad that many made it back home.I found a list of all those that had been posting on the forum and were in the process of returning home, such alot of people...

ED.... I think has was one of the first we said goodbye to and she has had such a hard struggle I do hope in 2013 she finally finds happiness. She was an inspiration to us all.

Charleygirl....Hope things are better for you what did you decide to do.

A Happy New Year to you All.........:)

charleygirl Jan 1st 2013 11:42 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Aw lovely to come here and read some old names.. sad too though as so much has changed.
I spent my New Years eve alone but I was okay.. my girls called me at 5 a.m this morning to wish me a Happy New year. it was lovely to talk to them even if they did wake me.

I will come back and update, havent posted much as I thought most had gone as the old thread is no longer here.

I wish you all to have your dreams come true!
trotty do you still have my email address, I seem to have lost yours:confused: can you email me please.

Rodney sorry we never got out day out, I wonder if we can sort something, at the moment I am taking care of my mum, trying to get some respite care for her though so I can get away for a day or two...how do you get about, train bus, I am thinking of coming to Brighton maybe we could meet half way..worthing or somewhere.
Be back soon to update on my thoughts and how things are.
Happy 2013

Fish n Chips 56 Jan 2nd 2013 2:23 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by jasper123 (Post 10457742)

Fish my very good friend, your posts have been an inspiration to me to say the least, we agree on so many things, its like we are Brothers, everything good goes out from me to you and your lovely wife, and I know for sure you will both be back in England one day where you truly want to be.
I wish everyone a very HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR, wherever you are in this wonderful world !!! :)
Loads of Love Rodney. and thank you ----- one and all!!!!

Thanks for your kind words Rodney, youre a class act, I hope you and the rest of us here on the Forum have a wonderful 2013, I usually see 13 as an unlucky number, but for some reason I see 2013 as being a good year, I'm full of positive thoughts, So a Happy and Healthy year to you all...

trottytrue Jan 2nd 2013 2:55 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Charleygirl....I think I still have it I shall email you something tonight if you dont get it post something on the forum to let me know.

Fish and Chips....I do hope your 2013 is a good one. I am going to look at two houses in the town my daughter lives in tomorrow. I just want to see what there is. I am not in the mood for buying but it keeps my husband happy.

Celticspirit Jan 2nd 2013 5:40 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by jasper123 (Post 10457742)
curleytops a happy new year to you too, yes your right even in the early afternoon you have to have the light on sometimes in the winter, the rain is good though :thumbsup: dont think I will ever get tired of it!!!!!

cheers a very happy and healthy new year to you and your lovely wife too,
I wish everything good for you to happen in 2013, if its to return to the U.K. then so be it, if not -----

trotty I hope you have a wonderful new year and in fact the best on ever, and I am so keeping my fingers crossed for it to happen for you in 2013, to finally come home to your birthplace, ----- but if not then at least live every day to the full with your hubby and your whole family, and lots of real love goes out from me to you and your whole family, I mean that!!!!!

Don, you and Tippawan have become very goods friends of mine, I dont have more then four friends in my life ----- (period) and two of them are long term really great friends, both American living in America, and the other two are you Don and your wife, you invited me into your home last year for a three day stay, and you have no idea how much that meant to me,
I love Shopshire, real people there, no bullshit people, thats the people I love,

Barb thanks for all your posts ---- and thanks for all the great advice and support you have given me over the years on this thread, I love you,

Rosie thanks for all the pictures, they really all were fab!!!! and you have been a real good sport, and thanks for all your great posts and help!!!!

MITF, your a young lass but full of wisdom beyond your 50 plus years, great posts and wonderful advice and knowledge,

Fish my very good friend, your posts have been an inspiration to me to say the least, we agree on so many things, its like we are Brothers, everything good goes out from me to you and your lovely wife, and I know for sure you will both be back in England one day where you truly want to be,

Sally, you and I are very much on the same level of thinking too, the biggest delight for me is that finally I am away from all that religious bull shit thats always in your face in America, all those false money making hippocrates that are called evangelists ---- who make hundreds of millions of dollars on TV,

I could go on and on recalling so many people that have been an absolute delight and honor to have met on this thread but it would take me forever, there were so so many of us when this thread started,

And please forgive me everyone that tI have not mentioned, but I love you all and you know who you are ---- all you wonderful people out there who has helped me so much, and charleygirl and that lovely Woman in Malta, are you still there?

And Jackie that came home for 6 months then found it did not work out for her and decided to return to her ----- and my old home town Las Vegas, Jackie I so hope everything worked out for you, and I so hope that your health is now good!!! and that you are happy, wish you would post again!!!!

And John & June, thank you for meeting me in my home town in Portsmouth, it was great meeting both of you, and I hope to visit you in your town one day,

Denise one and two, daffy duck, dunroving, and those two cool guys who left Canada and bought a B & B in Cornwall, my memory is fading for a name sorry but please post an update!!!!

And lastly my biggest inspiration ------- easterndawn (pegie) who was taken from Scotland by her parents to Canada when she was a child, was raised in Canada and lived most of her life there, but about 3 years ago after I think 42 years living in Canada decided to return to her birthplace, on her own, going it alone without her Husband and two lovely dogs that she left in Canada, they were all going to follow her back home as soon as the house was sold in Canada, she went through 3 or 4 Jobs she couldn't find the right one, one was a very bad company from hell, I would love to know how this very gutsy lady ended up, did her hubby and dogs finally make it back to Scotland to join her? I would love to know, ----- does anyone know? ---- all her posts from the start were like from a non fiction novel, the trials and absolute hell this Woman was put through in Scotland were terrible, but throughout it all she was so brave, even after going through a bad depression when everything seemed an impossible dream,

I wish everyone a very HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR, wherever you are in this wonderful world !!! :)
Loads of Love Rodney. and thank you ----- one and all!!!!

Happy New Year Rodney. You are such a kind, honest and faithful member of this list. It is good to know you are one of the members whose move back "home" has been a great success. You and I have spent most time in the USA.....me since 1972, the difference being I have tried it twice already over the years and now am embarking on a third attempt. All three during vastly different circumstances. I consider myself very blessed to have one more opportunity. For some of my "stuff" it will be third trip to the UK. I love to hear your positive approach to your return, Rodney. I do believe there is no perfect solution once one has spent an extended period abroad. Life is a compromise.......xx

Celticspirit Jan 2nd 2013 5:43 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Derrygal (Post 10458226)
Beautiful photos Sally - glad you are enjoying being back home. The North of England (and Yorkshire in particular) is really beautiful. Happy New Year Everyone!! For all of you planning a move back this year - I hope everything goes well for you and your dreams come true. For those of you who are still living in your "adopted" country and feel that moving back is not likely to happen (I'm including myself in this) Happy New Year and I hope you all find peace and contentment wherever you are living.

Derrygal......this is your city's YEAR OF CULTURE UK and the first city to be chosen. Congratulations :-)

sallysimmons Jan 2nd 2013 8:15 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Fish n Chips 56 (Post 10458889)
Thanks for your kind words Rodney, youre a class act, I hope you and the rest of us here on the Forum have a wonderful 2013, I usually see 13 as an unlucky number, but for some reason I see 2013 as being a good year, I'm full of positive thoughts, So a Happy and Healthy year to you all...

So nice to hear from you - you've been quiet lately! Glad you're feeling positive and I am sending all the positive vibes that I can, hoping that this year is the one for you.

Charleygirl, nice to hear from you too. I hope you are able to get some respite care for your mum and get to take that break.

scot47 Jan 2nd 2013 8:45 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
It is not so much the weather. It is just so DARK in the winter. Anyway the solstice is now past and days arfer getting longer.

Hey ho, so it goes.

J.JsOH Jan 2nd 2013 10:59 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Hello everyone,
Just to give a New Years update to those old and new "over 50's..."

We've been back two and half years or so and things are quite settled down and routine now, back to close how our life was before we moved away.

We are healthy and well and have had little need to use the "free at point of use" NHS, access to which was June's top concern and reason to move back here from US.

Our past USA life adventure is now a pleasant memory. We expect to make a vacation trip there in the next couple years to visit friends and to see places we didn't get to while we lived there.
We had enjoyed our 18 years there and don't regret going at all. It needed effort to go and settle in at 40+ yrs old and more effort to come back and settle back in at 60+ years old but the overseas experience was well worth it. Rather that than have been in a stale rut here through those years and just wishing we had done it.

We are both now fully retired with no intent to return to paid work and are enjoying our freedom from work regimes. We do have some loose schedule; cleaning days, shopping days, and the important "free" days when we leave the house for a walk/visit/trip. I am doing a bit of unpaid activity on committee of a local Arts Society.

Our main pleasure is walking in lovely countryside, although occasionally we fit in visits to towns we are not familiar with.
One such was a nice trip to Portsmouth - cheers Rodney, we'll be back to see Mary Rose museum before our 1 year ticket expires.
We have continued enjoying traveling to abroad; Spain, Italy and Germany in 2012. More to come in 2013, home and abroad.
Neither of us have close family but we do catch up with family and old friends from time to time.

My Mother has advanced Parkinson's and recently entered a Residential Home. This my first exposure to a Home and I am quite pleased with it. Pleasant building and staff, spacious, individual rooms and bathrooms. Strikes me as odd that all the medical professional staff are from overseas and the 'british' employees are the cleaners, cooks etc. My Mother had been in NHS hospital for a few weeks and I had no complaints about the service although getting appointments with Dr and Specialists was a long wait.
My step father is home (warden monitored) by himself and coping well.

As for chores, we are in process of getting a UK Will set up.
Tax filing seems ever present as we are naturalized USC and while we don't owe US tax the paperwork chores have to be done in addition to UK Self-assessment forms.

Christmas / New Year was our usual low key time spent at home with a couple drinks / meals out with friends and a visit to family and walks out in what has been quite pleasant and mild weather.
On Christmas Day we went to nearby Sandringham to view the Royal family attending church.
We used to go away on holiday over the Christmas period but now we not working we can choose less expensive times to make trips away. We don't have children so never have engaged in the frantic activities of the season.

Happy New Year to you all and I hope your ambitions come true.

John and June

Derrygal Jan 2nd 2013 11:32 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Celticspirit (Post 10459050)
Derrygal......this is your city's YEAR OF CULTURE UK and the first city to be chosen. Congratulations :-)

Yes it is - I was back there in October and the news was all about it and the city was getting ready for the big year. They were making a video/movie when I was there and several schoolchildren (from both Protestant and Catholic schools) were singing in a choir by the new Peace Bridge. It brought tears to my eyes - how times have changed. When I left in 1977 things were very different and it was a scary place to live. I would love to go back again this summer and attend some of the planned events, but honestly couldn't afford it after going just a few months ago - also my youngest daughter is pregnant (due in June) so I shall be taking my vacation time then to help her with the new baby. This will be my third grand-child and it will be exciting to have a new baby in the family (the other two are ages 7 and 5).

jasper123 Jan 2nd 2013 11:35 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by charleygirl (Post 10458744)
Aw lovely to come here and read some old names.. sad too though as so much has changed.
I spent my New Years eve alone but I was okay.. my girls called me at 5 a.m this morning to wish me a Happy New year. it was lovely to talk to them even if they did wake me.

I will come back and update, havent posted much as I thought most had gone as the old thread is no longer here.

I wish you all to have your dreams come true!
trotty do you still have my email address, I seem to have lost yours:confused: can you email me please.

Rodney sorry we never got out day out, I wonder if we can sort something, at the moment I am taking care of my mum, trying to get some respite care for her though so I can get away for a day or two...how do you get about, train bus, I am thinking of coming to Brighton maybe we could meet half way..worthing or somewhere.
Be back soon to update on my thoughts and how things are.
Happy 2013

charleygirl, Im doing the same as you right now, caring for my Mum, she came out of hospital on Christmas Eve after an 8 day stay there, her lungs are getting worse, she could hardly breath, she has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension along with a string of other things,
Up until this latest turn for the worse she was doing pretty good for her age,
now not so good im afraid, she couldn't eat for the longest time, but since she has been home she is starting to get her appetite back and she looks a lot better and is starting to put a little weight on gradually, she has got so thin though, anyway Im taking very good care of her, trouble is im afraid to leave her on her own, only to walk down to the high street to get some shopping in, and I try to get back within the hour, and I just dont feel right about getting some respite care for her, even for a day, but Denise we will get together soon and we will get that well deserved day out in London, just not yet thats all!!!!
Take care,
Rodney.

sallysimmons Jan 3rd 2013 10:52 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Oh Rodney, I'm so sorry to hear about your mum.

I hope you consider some respite care if things get too much - even just for an afternoon now and then. It can be so hard to be the sole carer.

I'll keep everything crossed that mum continues to recover under your care.


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