RETIREMENT DATE … 23RD JULY 2004
23rd July ’04 … my 65th Birthday. And after twenty (20) years service … I gave my boss Chris Colyer, at the Town of Cambridge, (a Local Government Authority … in the Capital City of Perth, Western Australia) notice of my retirement, from 20th August ’04. At the same time presented him with an album of photographs of `SV Tsunami’ the catamaran yacht I have bought to live on in retirement. He had no answer, as it is policy to attempt to talk you out of retirement. About five minutes later the CEO wanted to see the album … and his secretary, who is a sailor-at-heart, was in tears … I was leaving her behind!?
The album was produced from photographs I had taken when inspecting the yacht on Pittwater, 20Km north of Sydney, New South Wales, about three weeks before, to satisfy the questions I knew I would get from hordes of people wanting to learn of my plans … and it has been well worn since the announcement.
My philosophy is: Many people … `dream their dream’: however, to `live the dream’ you must be a little reckless! My theory … if I was to work on and not make this move when I was healthy and financially strong enough … I would be disappointed to the grave.
If for some reason the dream turns into a nightmare and I fall on my face … I have an excellent asset in the Catamaran to enable me to get most of my investment back!
I could then take up picture framing again … a Hobby originally started to frame the best of my own photographs, taken over many decades. This hobby soon grew into a skill which took peoples fancy and I found myself working nights and weekends to keep up with demand. The work was done in the spare bedroom deserted by one of our daughters. I have kept all the tools to come back to this activity … however, after fifteen (15) years; it has become sooooooooooo boring though!
MOVE FROM RENTAL HOUSE …. 10th SEPTEMBER 2004
The worst aspect of retirement has been the pressure involved in moving from my rented house, packing and disposing of scores of objects and clothing … and then wrapping items of all shapes for long term storage!
My daughters, Melanie and Arianne and their partners John and Srdjan had offered me storage space … and this was to prove a great asset; more convenient and so much cheaper than renting storage on a weekly basis.
TRIP TO ALBANY (Melanie’s visit/farewell … `The Big Kid’)
Had to see the `Big Kid’ before I left for the East! This visit was done in tandem with the need to take three large items of furniture down to Denmark (445 kilometres SSE of Perth, Western Australia, W.A.) for storage in Johns (Melanie’s partner) large new shed. Perfect!
The bulk of my goods and furniture was stored in the garage of Arianne (My younger Daughter … nicknamed `The Kid’) and her husband, Srdjan, in Hilton, WA. This meant some work on the shed and the strengthening of security. All done, but a real race over about five weeks.
SORTING GOODS TO TAKE TO `SV TSUNAMI’ … 23RD SEPTEMBER 2004
Following my `rough sort’ of about half-a-tonne of various items, I asked Erica (Mother-of-our-Daughters, whom I had separated from and subsequently divorced, a couple of years previously … but, whom still remains a very good Friend) to help go through a `fine sort’! This resulted in two large cases full of clothes going into storage at Arianne’s. There still seemed to be a huge load to carry across Australia to Sydney … and I expect I will be lucky to get one third of this load on the yacht?