This website is undergoing reconstruction! So am I...
There was more to retirement than I anticipated... there is the transition to someone completely new. Transitions are never fun in my experience.
I found a paper on the process which explained much about the ups and downs of my last six or so years: Psychological effects of the Transition to Retirement (John W. Osborne, 2012. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Vol 46, no 1, p. 45-51)
Lockdown has given me much sorting out opportunities and pruning my professional and (ever hopeful) writing material - the shredder has been going full blast.
I am currently attending a course, Writing Your Family History, which is taxing my brain but providing interest and some motivation to get on with the story of my family. As a 'young elderly' person, (courtesy of Dr Julia Buckroyd, whom I saw whilst in the middle of this transition and feeling like the rug had been pulled from under me), it seems a good time to tell the family stories, find out what great grandparents had really been doing, and having a social connection with others on the course.
My husband and I enjoy travelling abroad but that has been curtailed due to COVID-19 restrictions. In the better weather we made full use of exploring the UK in our 'studio flat on wheels': our caravan. We are back now to Lockdown 2...
I have a Twitter (@BSJeffries) and Instagram presence and occassionally offer a few 'nuggets' on my 'sharmansworld' blogsite which you can find on https://drsharman.wordpress.com/