Well into Year 2 PI

No not the mathematical PI, the PI here means Post-IBM (sorry!). I parted company with IBM UK on January 6th 2015. Its been an interesting 20 months. When I left, I was still very focused on continuing to work. I did a small amount of work as an independent, but actually came to the conclusion i enjoyed NOT working more. So I guess I have moved from semi-retired to COMPLETELY retired.

One of the non-technology options I did a lot of research on was setting up a Gluten Free shop in my local town. I spent a lot of time researching what the major supermarkets offer to see where a niche could be. As it turns out, the supermarkets have broadened their ranges greatly, leaving little space for a small independent shop. Add to that the initial set up costs and it rapidly became non-viable.

I did (earlier this year) pass my motorbike tests and gained my licence. I subsequently¬† bought a new bike and have been having a lot of fun – earlier in the year I made a ‘road-trip’ to visit a friend on the Dingle Peninsula in SouthWest Ireland, which was fabulous and documented in an earlier post.

I became a grandparent last year and early next year will become a grandparent x 2!  Its a strange feeling.

BREXIT seems to have scuppered our plans to downsize, so we have parked the idea for now and are upgrading our existing house. I did vote to stay, but have to say that given the way the EU seems to be going, I think BREXIT may be the right choice. Nuff said.

So, Summer is definitely over, at least in my part of the UK. Christmas is 3 months away. Where has the year gone? Thanks for reading this short update.


Morning Moonshine (and others..)

As the Autumn has moved slowly into the first stages of Winter, there have been some fantastic sunsets. The sunset has moved from the North West Horizon, to the SouthWest Horizon, making the days very short (of for the Winter Solstice, not too far away).

Here’s one from late october.. still has a fairly ‘warm’ feeling to it…


Moving in a little closer to the sunset…


How things change as we move into November..


A much ‘cooler’ sky, with the clouds being driven…


You can get a sense of the turmoil here…


On the plus side.. no SNOW as yet! Thanks for reading..Oh I almost forgot.. the title of Morning Moonshine… taken at around 8am!




Autumn is definitely here

We’ve had Halloween. Bonfire night (Guy Fawkes night) is rapidly approaching and Christmas is NEXT month. A really misty one today. Delays/cancellations at the airports in the London area. Not hard to see why..


The mist does show up things you’d miss normally. The intricacy of cobwebs for one..


And on the pine trees..


Some trees are stubbornly refusing to let go if their last few leaves..


Where did 2015 go? A year of change for many, me included. Thanks for reading.

Sunrise always makes me smile..

Well when I can see it. Nothing this morning but misty murk.. but.. over the last few days, we have seen some SPECTACULAR sunrises… here’s one from a couple of weeks ago…


Apologies for the wacky angle… but it was the only way I could capture it all… hum ho. Anyway, then a couple of days ago, I was up early (as usual) to make a cuppa, happened to open the curtains to THIS… flecks of gold in a pale sky… just amazing.


Hope you enjoyed – thanks for reading….