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Mid August and it feels already like the first day of autumn, the vegetation still green but the summer gone. The trees are laden with fruit, sadly not yet ripe. Soon it will be time for jam-making and log fires in the inglenook - not that we have an inglenook, or a log fire, though we do have a chimney down which the rain runs when the Atlantic storms blow in. My father had a love of big open fireplaces which inevitably smoked. When he moved to France he installed an enormous masonry fireplace in a rather small sitting room. The one dwarfed the other. Still he was content. Another man might have bought a fast car; his passion was a grand fireplace. I have inherited a dilute version of this passion which is content to find inglenooks in other people's houses.

My dentist is no longer 'My Dentist' - a commercial chain of dentists in some financial difficulty according to the newspapers. The local branch has reverted to its former ownership with signs that say 'Under Old Management.' So yesterday when I went for my check-up I had to complete a new set of forms detailing my health. I ticked 'no' to everything. Am I on medication? - yes, but I refuse to take it because it makes me more ill than before. So have I a problem? Tick 'no.' The forms ask for your occupation. For the first time ever I wrote 'retired.' It seemed the simplest thing, which reminds me that I must update my facebook page which is twenty years out of date, although on facebook it tells you that you 'work at' being retired, which I suppose isn't far from the truth. There are always (too many) things to do.

Still there is a sense of liberation in being retired. A sense of shedding responsibility of being 'free' at last or at least until the next obligation comes along. It is the autumn of life and let's hope for an Indian summer. But there's still two and a half months to go. Still like the year we are winding down.
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Posted at 15th Aug 2018 - 11:33AM   Posted by Fennie   Autumn Comments: 5

Fairy Nuff's Avatar Sitting here taking a break from rubbing felt eating cherries and looking out on a grey damp afternoon it seems more Autumn than Summer here too. A little too warm for the roaring fire in the inglenook but we have blipped the heating on for an hour or so the last few nights when we got home.

I suppose the dentist only needs to know what you are taking in case it clashes with the Novocaine etc they use in the surgery - there can be some surprising clashes, HO's blood pressure medicine can't be taken with grapefruit! Blink
I suspect we will have a few demob happy newly retired teachers in next week when our schools go back - they nearly always have an away day out on the first day they DON'T have to go to school.Laughing

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 15th Aug 2018 at 03:54PM

Lampworkbeader's Avatar Summer gone Fennie, not here in West Sussex it isn't! It may be a bit damper around the edges, but at 23 degrees it's still high summer here.

Posted by: Lampworkbeader on 15th Aug 2018 at 04:36PM

Withy Brook's Avatar OH was only saying it felt like autumn a few minutes ago!
Let's hope we have a bit more decent weather before the real autumn hits us.
I have been "retired " so long that I can't remember what it was like before!
Have you got your previous dentist back?

Posted by: Withy Brook on 15th Aug 2018 at 06:37PM

Fennie's Avatar Sadly not, Withy. He was under contract to 'My Dentist' and so had to move with them. He was Greek but a most personable fellow. The new dentist is a woman called Phoebe who looks as though she has just walked off the set in a play wherein she plays a 'blue stocking.' But she is nice enough and even calls me 'darling,' which is somehow incongruous as her appearance suggest ultra formality. Very HappyVery Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 15th Aug 2018 at 09:12PM

Camilla's Avatar Love that old pic Fennie that we have seen before here on Coo. I too love grand fireplaces something so cosy about them. Before we moved to this cottage here we made an offer on a lovely Georgian house not far from here with a huge inglenook fireplace, sadly we were pipped to the post with house .

Summer still here it was about 28 degrees here yesterday afternoon!Very Happy

Posted by: Camilla on 16th Aug 2018 at 10:51AM

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