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Old 3rd July 2008, 20:17   #1 (permalink)
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retirement and time on your hands

Hi all

Having bought our place in the sun, and looking forward to our retirement I am wondering what will I fill my time doing. I know we can not work in turkey and I wouldn't really want to but I am very active in my job now and I can not imagine winding down to turkish time.

Just interested to find out what others did when they first moved out there and how they coped with all those hours.

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Old 3rd July 2008, 20:56   #2 (permalink)
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Re: retirement and time on your hands

One of the reasons we changed our minds about moving to Turkey was exactly what you have highlighted i.e. what the dickens to do all day, I find I'm getting kinda twitchy after 3 weeks!
Its not so bad for me because I paint, so what about taking up a craft. The turkish seem to engage in lots of crafts from ceramics, painting, woodcraft etc which, I guess, means that materials and equipment must be available and you could always sell your made items for charity. A friend of ours who lives there permenantly has recently taken up knitting, but we did have to take patterns to her from the UK coz she was getting some very strange shapes trying to knit from turkish instructions!
Anyone can engage in a craft of some kind, its just a matter of working with a material you enjoy.
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Re: retirement and time on your hands

well one thing for sure mo ya not spending all ya time at ours drinking my tetley tea lol.

the things i am looking forward to is to be able to read at my leisure and to sit down and do crafty stuff. to get back to cooking from scratch rather than grabbing a jar out of the cupboard just for quickness. to go for a swim and explore the local area. and just getting to know people and having some kind of social life. and ofcourse spending lazy days with that bald guy i happen to be married to lol. getting on a dolmus and just seeing where it takes you. not to have to wear a watch. just think maureen 'what ya want when ya want'. well thats the plan. but am sure it wont all be plain sailing but life is what you make it hon.
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Re: retirement and time on your hands

Try waking up on a morning and first of all be pleased that you did actually wake up.
Then have a regime where whatever exercise you find beneficial is done each day at a time to suit you.
After that, spend your time doing whatever you want to and at the same time thinking of all those who cannot have your advantages due to work, families etc. If you find that you have a gap in your day which is too much, is there anything you could do locally to benefit not yourself but the community.
That way you can have a full day of retirement with a sense of worth and hopefully retain good health.
In the evening enjoy the company of those close to you and enjoy a bevvy !

That is my plan and I cannot wait to try it , in about 2016.
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well one thing for sure mo ya not spending all ya time at ours drinking my tetley tea lol.

the things i am looking forward to is to be able to read at my leisure and to sit down and do crafty stuff. to get back to cooking from scratch rather than grabbing a jar out of the cupboard just for quickness. to go for a swim and explore the local area. and just getting to know people and having some kind of social life. and ofcourse spending lazy days with that bald guy i happen to be married to lol. getting on a dolmus and just seeing where it takes you. not to have to wear a watch. just think maureen 'what ya want when ya want'. well thats the plan. but am sure it wont all be plain sailing but life is what you make it hon.
I agree, I love to read but for an hour or two not in little snatched moments. I enjoy making greeting cards but I'm not quick at it. I work full time now and comming home to cook is an effort. I long for the time to fit it all in.Next year I hope!!
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Re: retirement and time on your hands

hi, this might be an idea that will suit you try this......EBAY advertise items etc maybe clearance stock etc and forward buyers details on to supplier could be a nice little hobby and an earner as well. good luck anyway, Steve
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I agree, I love to read but for an hour or two not in little snatched moments. I enjoy making greeting cards but I'm not quick at it. I work full time now and comming home to cook is an effort. I long for the time to fit it all in.Next year I hope!!
I make greeting cards too. Brought all my craft stuff here with me. It comes in very handy when anyone cant find the right cards here. I love retirement.
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There's bound to be a charity looking for helpers. Volunteer for one or two days per week or for a couple of hours every day.
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I make greeting cards too. Brought all my craft stuff here with me. It comes in very handy when anyone cant find the right cards here. I love retirement.
I have been wondering if it will all fit in one case,did you have stuff shipped over or just bring it with you? we are just starting to try and declutter in the uk with a view to selling up. but it is mind boggling when you have a home with 30 years of clutter to sort!!
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I agree its very stressful de-cluttering. I had it all shipped over, boxes of it and left all my furniture behind.
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