Hi ! My name is Billy. I retired at the end of August 2013, after 35 years of primary school teaching. I enjoyed the work and interacting with the kids, but increased red tape, paperwork and rediculous expectations sucked the joy out of it. When the opportunity to retire presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands. It was time to move on and to begin afresh.
I began blogging a number of years ago but life, as they say, got in the way and my early attempt fizzled out and stopped. ” Life “, in the form of separation/divorce, moving house and eventually acquiring a new property, retirement, illness ( affecting myself but mostly the ones I love ), caring for and worrying about my elderly parents, had taken over my life. My fresh beginning seemed to come to a halt.
I am a musician,a song writer and a poet, with a great interest in photography. I began drawing and painting a number of years ago thanks to the encouragement of my lovely partner, Vivien. Retirement was meant to be a time when I could devote myself to those pursuits and in doing so, develop my potential, as I had tried to do for so many years with my pupils. I felt mounting frustration at not being able to do so. I have returned to blogging to take control of my life and to build a platform for myself.
Life for the last number of years has been emotionally,physically, mentally and spiritually exhausting. A roller coaster of a ride which is beginning to slow down somewhat and as a result I feel now is the time to refocus before any more of my time is frittered away .
So this blog will provide a platform, a release, for my outpourings whether artistic, musical or personal. A buffet for you to pick and choose from.
Please help yourself and let me know what you think.