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July 2023 interim replace – Quietly Saving Receive US

Simply an replace on the month with no numbers as determined to get this out whereas I might and there’s clearly another working day for my portfolio numbers to alter, dividends to be paid and many others.

A blur of a month, felt like quite a bit was happening at residence and at work.

Tennis

One other 12 months of being fortunate with Wimbledon tickets, this time, I received to see a few cracking quarter-final matches. The climate was nice and even the trains ran on time, so it was a fantastic time out.

NHS

The information continues to be filled with doom and gloom concerning the NHS however for me just lately, the NHS continues to chug alongside, doing its factor within the background.

In addition to getting invited for routine cervical screening, I’m now of an age the place I additionally get invited for routine breast most cancers and bowel most cancers screening.

None of those screenings are notably nice (though no less than with the latter, I can do the check at residence) however after I get these invites, I’ll at all times attend/settle for as a result of it’s the one time it looks like ‘somebody’ (aside from myself) is looking for me.

I received my outcomes once they mentioned I might get them (no points) and that’s that for now, till the following screenings.

Within the meantime, I’ll proceed to take care of myself and my well being in order to attempt to keep away from counting on the NHS unnecessarily – sadly, it looks like all’s tremendous while you don’t really want them however maybe a unique story if/while you do.

Life

I thought of one more ‘attempt earlier than I retire’ exercise, by attending a life drawing session for the primary time.

The final formal ‘artwork lesson’ I had was after I was 13 earlier than I selected my choices in school (I ended up doing Physics as a substitute of Artwork).  I’ve solely ever actually carried out doodles and cartoons so I wasn’t certain how one can use charcoal or pastels.

Anyway, it was a difficult but fulfilling expertise, which I discovered ‘mind-opening’! There was no educating or steerage, it was only a free-for-all, with attendees’ abilities starting from enthusiastic freshmen to extra skilled artists. My mates thought my drawings have been good however all I might see have been the imperfections.

Funds constraints imply I in all probability received’t attend many of those classes however I’ll actually see what sort of free on-line assets I can discover in order that I can enhance my drawing abilities. And now I’ve discovered one other factor which I take pleasure in doing, which I can do in retirement.

Placement

Having simply accomplished sitting his GCSE exams, my nephew did per week’s work expertise at our firm. It was bizarre seeing him within the workplace and I resisted being a ‘helicopter aunt’, largely avoiding him so he might simply be himself.

A product of impartial education, colleagues commented positively on his confidence and ease at coping with adults in a brand new/unusual surroundings.  In his phrases, he ‘discovered a bit and had a proper snort’ (he was with the Advertising and marketing workforce). I’ve additionally gone up a degree within the ‘cool aunt’ stakes as he reckons I work for an excellent firm! 🙂

Garden

I used my birthday cash to purchase a lawnmower (a small Flymo). To this point, I’d been mowing the garden with a strimmer, a bit time consuming however fairly efficiently, I’d add.

The strimmer nevertheless is an vintage, a 40 12 months outdated Black & Decker mannequin, and whereas it nonetheless features, it’s on its final legs so ought to in all probability simply be used for edging and borders.

For the reason that new lawnmower has massively diminished mowing time, it has meant that I’ve been in a position to squeeze in ‘quick cuts’ throughout temporary sunny intervals earlier than downpours – yay!

And at last, Buddies Fired

I used to be stunned (but in addition not so stunned) to be taught just lately that a few my uni mates (we have been course mates) have retired on the age of 55.

I wasn’t stunned as a result of they have been at all times the poster couple who I assumed would ‘make it large in life’. Met at uni, they have been the primary of our bunch of mates to get a mortgage (so grown up!), theirs was the primary wedding ceremony I attended with out my dad and mom, they’d 3 youngsters in fast succession, in between each juggling what seemed to be vastly profitable careers.

Nonetheless, I used to be stunned they’d retire early as a result of ever rising measurement of their home (the final one I used to be conscious of was a 6-bed mansion) and his penchant for tinkering with basic automobiles. Success has come to them by ambition and laborious work (so far as I can inform) but it surely appears to be like like as soon as all their offspring had completed uni/education, they evidently realised they’d ‘sufficient’, and determined sufficient was sufficient.

They’ve by no means talked about FIRE earlier than (however who does?), but in true FIRE-fashion, they first trialled after which purchased a motorhome and will likely be making some street journeys in that! It’s been some time since I caught up with them correctly so I hope to seek out out extra after I see them subsequent.

A latest message to me was “Retirement is fab, do it as quickly as you’ll be able to!” Consider me, I’m making an attempt! 😀

Anyway, want to complete my packing for my hols – will type out a numbers replace after I get again.

Hope you all had a fantastic July!

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