This is my usual hat post with an added twist at the end – I have some news for you, my friends!
OK, it’s the end of another year and another hat to share with Judith and her #hatattack session.
It’s quite cold here in the UK. We’ve had some frosts, which makes the day bracing but also lovely if there’s a blue sky to go with it. Today, though, is that damp foggy cold that’s so typical of English weather.
Although I love my Toulouse hat, when I wore it last week I found my ears got cold, and the same would go for today.
So, despite my love of hats with big brims, these days you can usually find me wearing one of these two woolly hats. They’re great because they’re big and sit over my head in an almost snood-like way.
They’re in two colours, so I wear each one with an appropriate coat; the purple one with a black coat, the mustard one with my green parka and so on.
I love sharing with Judith. She writes many posts, and her latest talks of her love of writing her blog posts. Oh how I share that love of writing. Like Judith I cannot not write my posts. And just like her I’ve found that writing is a discipline, a muscle that I cannot resist. I must use it. I sit at my laptop and words pour out of my fingers. So much so that I now have another blog for more serious subjects.
But I don’t have enough time for my writing. Mr Frugalfashionshopper and me, we do lots of things in our community. Soooo, to cut a long story short (because we have, the two of us, deliberated long and hard over this) have you noticed the little hints I’ve dropped in one or two of my posts – the weeding out of my hats, the culling of my wardrobe? Yes, we’re retiring from our community commitments and moving away from them. And, moreover, we’re down-sizing big-time to a flat in a retirement block.
I wonder what you think of that?
We’ve had some very varied comments and reactions ranging from, ‘oh, what a good idea’, to ‘what!‘, and ‘no way, you’re far too young‘ (I’m 70), to ‘you must be desperate’. Hmmm.
I shall write more about that in another blog, because I’m absolutely fascinated by people’s reactions.
But what I haven’t said is that we are moving to a retirement flat in Brighton. Woo, hoo! Yes, back to that wacky, buzzy, urban city with a big cultural life, which I can dip into at any point because it’ll be on my doorstep. And I’ll wear a big brimmed hat every day and never get a backward glance because that’s Brighton for you!
But the clue to one of the reasons for a retirement block is the price difference between where I live now and Brighton (hint, it’s very big, that difference) and retirement blocks are the cheapest and only way we can do this move.
And there are other cogent reasons, which I’ll write about in another post, for putting yourself into one of these places, but in the meantime, we’re embracing the whole thing, me and Mr Frugalfashionshopper. We are go for the bright lights of Brighton, we are.
But what do you think? What are your thoughts on this, what is for some, quite an epic change to our lives?
And yes, last but not least, what’s driving this change is a yearning for fewer responsibilities (I long to be a bit more irresponsible). And why wouldn’t I want this? I’m 70, ffs, it’s my time now, and in doing this I’ll have more time to communicate more often with you! Why ever not.
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. The move is not imminent – lots of hurdles to get over, not the least, we have to sell our house first! But the idea is a given.
P.P.S. Sharing with Judith and Catherine Summers and her weekly #iwillwearwhatilike post.