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    • kittie
    • By kittie 1st Apr 08, 8:14 PM
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    SKI-er, skater or just spending now to preserve any cash that you have
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    • 1st Apr 08, 8:14 PM
    SKI-er, skater or just spending now to preserve any cash that you have 1st Apr 08 at 8:14 PM
    3 years after my last edit in 2012 and circumstances changed drastically in february 2015 when my husband of 45 years died. Sorting and clearing is now pretty well done and I am well into the acceptance stage, part of which means that I have been able to move on and am now creating a life for myself.

    I have had a thrifty life and much of it was frugal, this enabled both of us to build up good savings and to have a decent income. When someone you love dies then it suddenly brings it home that life really is for living and if that involves spending money then so be it. Our children will still inherit if I stay well, so I have re-joined the skiers group with a vengeance. Posts will know continue as from today 16th october 2015
    Last edited by kittie; 16-10-2015 at 7:31 PM.
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    • missile
    • By missile 3rd Apr 08, 5:27 PM
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    We are flying to Valencia next week (got cheap flights) so will be in your part of the world Donny-gal. We're renting a car and travelling to Javea and that area as a number of people on here have said it a lovely area.
    Originally posted by Francophile
    May I suggest you visit Denia, where you will find an excellent beach, a port, a castle to visit and some nice shops. A freind of mine owns a hotel there > http://www.hostalloreto.com/index_eng.html
    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    Ride hard or stay home
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 3rd Apr 08, 5:54 PM
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    seven-day-weekend
    missile - you're a bloke!

    I thought you were female like most of us here!

    Sorry about that.

    Anyway we used to go biking a lot in our 20s and then when our son came along we couldn't get three on a bike (OK, I know they do in Spain!), so the next lot of biking we did was in our early 50s when we bought a 20-year-old BMW.

    This was one of the things that had to be sacrificed so that we could afford to buy the house in Spain outright.

    My husband is now looking at getting a Motoguzzi. Either a Californian or a Nevada. We want to tour UK and Europe on it.

    Whatever we get, an overweight nearly 60-year-old shortR$e like me has to be able to get on the back (so, not too high!).

    Would appreciate your thoughts.
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    • CAE
    • By CAE 3rd Apr 08, 11:32 PM
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    I am more of a Skater than a Skier, not having any kids, with a team of similarly situated friends. So far this year we have had a month in Tenerife in Jan-Feb (to be repeated, what wonderful sunshine, not to mention fresh fish ) and an Easter excursion to Chichester in West Sussex.

    The South of France out of season also looks interesting for later in the year.

    Where are all your favourite spots?
    Originally posted by EdInvestor
    Ed - Hope you enjoyed your trip to my home town of Chichester.

    Carol
    • missile
    • By missile 3rd Apr 08, 11:39 PM
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    SDW,

    Easy mistake, I am often called a big girls blouse.

    There are so many good bikes, it is down to personal choice which is "best". Not a choice I would recommend, but I know one girl 5ft 4in and in her late 60s who rides pillion on a BMW R1200GS, like Ewan McGreggor rode round the world. The guzzi is a fine motorcycle with a lot of character. The obvious choice for a tourer is a Honda Pan European or if you want to fly the flag, you could consider a Triumph Sprint.
    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    Ride hard or stay home
  • EdInvestor
    Ed - Hope you enjoyed your trip to my home town of Chichester.

    Carol
    Originally posted by CAE
    Hello Carol

    Yes, had an excellent time, visited the cathedral, walked around the city walls and toured a gallery with a terrific collection of modern art. Also enjoyed several good meals.

    Battling the snow on the Saturday gave me an good excuse to buy a new hat, got a wicked brown corduroy trilby to go with my new suede coat. Very good bit of skating, that
    • cornerstone13
    • By cornerstone13 4th Apr 08, 9:36 AM
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    Hello all,

    I'm SKI-ing upwards (if that's the right expression) - taking my elderly Mum on a trip to Jersey next month, as she's always wanted to go. So she'll SKI and I'll SKI and a good time will be had by all.

    If any of you have been, can you recommend places to visit ? We are hiring a car and she is not too mobile and gets tired easily. We both love gardens but wonder if she might find that a bit much. Also any ideas of the best places to visit in case of rain - we have three days.

    Thanks

    • cornerstone13
    • By cornerstone13 4th Apr 08, 9:39 AM
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    Hmm - emptying the loft. Now my theory is, the more junk that's up there, the better the insulation is and the more money we save on heating. Can't think of a good reason not to tackle the garage though unless, of course, we bought a nice little soft top which would have to be kept inside.

    We plan to downsize in 5 years time - have to do it then, I guess. But in the meantime, out of sight ...........

    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 4th Apr 08, 9:55 AM
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    seven-day-weekend
    Thanks Missile! The Pan-European is already on his list! Anf he's making 'hmmmm' noises about the Sprint.

    Thanks very much for all your advice.
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    • Francophile
    • By Francophile 4th Apr 08, 10:40 AM
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    Must be Spring in the air or something similar, we had a new loft-ladder installed a couple of weeks ago and on Monday morn I thought well its now or never, so I got myself up in the loft and took one look and nearly came down again, but I steeled my 'feint heart' and first threw down the huge Christmas Tree that we brought with us from our old house (its too big for this house) then started on the two 3ft piles of Computer mags my son put up there.. you won't believe how heavy they were... anyway I got one whole carload down on Monday and made a whole lot of space up there... there is maybe another carload but I left that for another day but god did my butt cheeks ache the next day it must of been all that up and down the ladder...

    When the loft is finished there is another place I need to go look at THE GARAGE.... I can't even imagine all the stuff in there ....
    Originally posted by tanith
    Good for you. You've made a start. That's always the hardest bit.
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    • Francophile
    • By Francophile 4th Apr 08, 10:48 AM
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    It is mostly old duffers like me who ride bigger motorcycles here. I guess the youngsters can't afford the insurance.

    Most of us are (well) over fifty, some girls and a mixture of nationalities - Brits, Germans, Scandinavians but only one spanniard (fortunately he owns a pub)

    My wife is terrified of motorcycles and it was only after many years, she eventually gave in and told me to go buy one.
    Originally posted by missile
    My DH has done his own bit of SKI-ing. He has recently at the age of 56 passed his motorcycle test and has bought himself a bright shiny cruiser which is now his pride and joy. He had to get all the leather gear etc and I would say it's a mid life crisis but I thought he's a bit past that. I'm just waiting for him to grow the ponytail now. I think the children think there is no fool like an old fool and that he is really loosing his marbles, but if it keeps him happy why not. You never know maybe I'll get the leathers as well and go pillion. Now that really would be a sight to behold
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    • Francophile
    • By Francophile 4th Apr 08, 10:49 AM
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    May I suggest you visit Denia, where you will find an excellent beach, a port, a castle to visit and some nice shops. A freind of mine owns a hotel there > http://www.hostalloreto.com/index_eng.html
    Originally posted by missile
    Thanks Missile. I do intend to visit Denia.
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    • missile
    • By missile 4th Apr 08, 11:15 AM
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    My DH had to get all the leather gear etc
    Originally posted by Francophile
    That is half the fun and no one can tell how old you really are with a helmet on
    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    Ride hard or stay home
  • evelyn-b
    Please may I ask: what is 'skating'? I understand the ski-ing bit but this is a new one to me! (sorry if it's been explained earlier - I couldn't find it).
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 4th Apr 08, 1:51 PM
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    SK-ater is an acronym I thought of for people without children (and therefore can't be SKI-ers). It stands for Spending Kash And Totally Enjoying Results.
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  • evelyn-b
    Ah, I see! Thank you! I have noticed that with each year that passes my grown-up nieces and nephews take a ... how can I put it ... certain kind of interest in me. D'you know, I think I might manage to fit in a bit of skating this weekend.
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 4th Apr 08, 2:04 PM
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    Go for it evelyn! I'm sure it's equally as enjoyable as SKI-ing!
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    • donny-gal
    • By donny-gal 4th Apr 08, 9:02 PM
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    Hi again everyone
    Not been deserting you, but had a link to the old thread to tell me when you posted, and didn't think to put it on the new one - fixed now!

    Lofts! - it's on our list for retirement - whenever we find the time! Garage is DH's pride and joy he has spent this week on it - we keep Freecycling now anything spare, had two collections today, saves us going to the dumpsite.

    Re the Javea area, are you aware that if you are over 60 there are some very cheap rate hotels out of season? The food is on a self service basis at both places with full board including wine and water if you wish. The cost at the moment for the hotels is Benidorm 20.00 and Javea 17.40 per night for a minimum of 7 nights. If anyone wants any more info pm me and I will give telephone nos. One of the ladies from my Spanish class uses them.

    As for making decisions, I agree with the overall assumption, but the way I look at it now is that we ask ourselves if we were not here and our DS fancied that would he get it, the answer is usually yes, so we anyway
    DG
    Member #8 of the SKI-ers Club
    Why is it I have less time now I am retired then when I worked?
    • furndire
    • By furndire 5th Apr 08, 1:40 AM
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    All these stories just remind me how much junk I have stashed. Used to have a second hand shop 20 years ago, so anything I liked, I used to pack into boxes and forget about it ~ so not got a clue what half of it is.
    We have a Merc Sprinter van which we rig out as a camper of sorts, and are planning on clearing off down to the South of France in about 3 weeks for a couple of months. My son lives in Marseille, and says its quite warm down there. Then we are going to carry on to Italy on to the Adriatic Coast ~ there is a small beach that we found, and you can park on it. Last time it got too hot, so had to head back north earlier than we intended. I would love to travel to Poland as well. That's where my father came from ~ he came over in the war, and never went back.
    When we come back, I want to start a good clear out ~ start ebaying some stuff, as money is a bit too tight to throw it out. So that's my plan for the summer.
    We were thinking of clearing off to Spain for 6 weeks or so over next winter.
    • kittie
    • By kittie 5th Apr 08, 7:25 AM
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    furndire, my dad was Polish too. Came over after the war because he couldn`t go back to Poland as it was too dangerous. Last time I went to Poland I was 15 (45 years ago) and it was 9 of us in a bedford van, which my dad converted. It was quite an adventure and my mum was driving at one point and we nearly went into Berlin. I still remember the fast about turn and seeing tanks in the distance
    • furndire
    • By furndire 5th Apr 08, 2:34 PM
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    Thanks Kittie. I bet that was a great holiday.
    My dad was always worried about going back, (and my mother didn't encourage him) but never did, even though friends of his did. They once tracked down where his family was, and came back with a letter for him ~ way back in 1970s. He spent hours writing a letter back, but when he didn't get a reply he gave up. With hindsight, I wish that I had got him to teach me some Polish, as I still have the letter they sent to him, so if I'm brave enough, I may do a bit of searching for him.
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