The Haul Part 2.A birthday would not be a birthday without something sweet to indulge in. I am a sucker for fruit pastilles and chocolate Brazil nuts with the matchmakers adding a little tone to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl....
First of all a very big thank you to all that wished me well yesterday on the occasion of my 60th birthday - the thoughts and good wishes were very much appreciated.
I had a quite wonderful day out with my wife and daughter at Colchester Zoo - not our usual birthday celebration for sure - and a really nice family meal in the evening when my son was with us after finishing work for the day. The zoo was really good and my daughter took some stunning pictures of the assorted wildlife - we managed see all the big cats up close - and even the weather turned in our favour with sunshine but not too hot to walk around in.
I received a goodly haul of presents and so felt thoroughly spoilt!
Now 60 is not really a significant birthday as such other than being the end of another decade. Having said that the circumstances around this birthday did give me pause for thought. My wife and a very good friend of ours were all 60 this year and, pre pandemic, the plan was that the four of us (Including our friends husband) were going to celebrate on a joint basis. This was supposed to ave happened in May but was obviously cancelled - we had planned a weekend away. Our friends husband has an auto immune disorder and so has been virtually a prisoner for best part of a year now - we last saw them both in September of 2019 although have been in contact via phone and FaceTime etc. They live just outside of Exeter and I wonder when we will be able to get together again.
As I write this I am sitting in my man cave surrounded by my ‘stuff’ with a gnawing feeling of unease. How much of it do I need? How important is it all? Is my collection fit for purpose or is it an overblown caricature of what I actually can find a use for?
My next decade will be an important one as retirement will be featuring at some point, potentially with a downsizing as well. With this in mind many decisions will need to be made, some hard, others less so. More than ever my birthday has drawn attention to the fact that the clock is rolling ever onwards and so I need to be sure of my future direction in our hobby and so can make my plans accordingly.