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Monday, 25 April 2016

Making the first moves....

     Oh hello my friend, you must excuse my recent absence for I have been preoccupied with a couple of changes hereabouts which are perhaps related to some recent posts found herehere, call it a lifestyle change if you would. Again it boils down to the fact that I am trying to simplify my life, in part to decrease life's pressures on my oft stretched mind but also just to get back to being less material and to be more in contact with the important things in my life such as the love of my woman, simple food, fishing, walking and immersing my self in nature. Of course sometimes the move to leading a simpler life can initially involve some financial outlay to achieve one's goals. For instance I have recently part exchanged my faithful Audi, Bertha, for a proper estate car which will allow my to carry the dogs, walking gear and fishing tackle far more easily. But this came at a cost as the value of the new car was deemed more than the Audi even though it is older and has far more mileage upon the clock.... 


Yet to be named

       .....but she is a beauty and a joy to drive.

      Talking of finances this is another thing I am changing by stopping my impulsive spending that happens when the Black dog threatens to bring me down and being far more disciplined with money management. With this in mind I am once more selling upon 'Flea-bay', at the moment tis stuff that I have either bought impulsively (the Morris being one of these 'impulsive buys' and which is due to be picked up tomorrow) or items that I no longer use. I have been quite ruthless in this and it is just turning the corner and making me a small profit.

       I have also started another blog that I hope has a different 'feel' to this one, something a tad more primitive is what I am aiming for. Please do not look so concerned my friend this blog will still ramble on in its usual disjointed fashion. Speaking of writing I have started something that I have dabbled with and thought about for some years now and that is actually write a book which I intend to self publish upon Kindle, who knows maybe I will become famous? But seriously the writing of this book, or maybe books? is just to explore other avenues of expression and hopefully will prove to be as relaxing as I hope it may be. Although I did have an impulsive moment the other day when offered a small sailing dinghy for the princely sum of £0.00, yep free. Fortunately there is little work required to have her upon the water this year so I gratefully accepted the offer and now I am able to dream of sailing still waters, cruising along flowing rivers and perchance trying my hand at some inshore fishing once more.

Not much to see but adventure lie beneath that cover I tell ye....

     As for the other stuff that has kept me away from taking a seat with you, well mainly it has been work and after careful consideration I have come to the conclusion that working for my present employers is not in the best interest for me and it is time to scour the region for a more suitable employer. Besides work, walking has been the order of the day and my fitness levels are now showing a marked increase. So much so in fact that I am considering training for some long distance walks in the future, walks that take days not hours through the best that the British countryside has to offer. The garden has also taken some of my time, but only to sit and ponder on the plans to bring in more change and simplify my life even more.

      Ah how fleetingly time passes, please feel free to sit and ponder but I must away and prepare tonight's simple fare of baked potatoes covered in tuna. Until we have the time to let pass by together once more take care my friend.

John the Cook

      

12 comments:

  1. You mention managing your finances. The most educational thing that I ever did was to record every cent of income and spending for a couple years. It was a real eye-opener!

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    1. Mr Smythe, that is exactly one of the the things I have employed of late and yes even after a short time it is producing some quite scary and eye opening facts about my lack of financial savvy!

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  2. Good man. Sounds like you are making solid progress. Keep it up!

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  3. Nice looking car; very shiny and rust free. I wish I had friends who would give me a small boat!

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    1. Not exactly what I envisioned buying Cro but it does kind of fit the bill, as for the boat? well there was a tad of piracy involved.

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  4. I'm laughing my head off here, I'm also singing
    Oh lord, won't you buy me , a Mercedez Benz. Laughing BC you are saying you are sorting finances and bam, a picture of a shiny expensive ve hickle!!!
    I wish you well in your endeavours my lovely bloggy chum. Never give up!

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    1. You know what Rach I did not see the irony in the post until your comment popped up, singing the same and chuckling away to myself as a type this reply. You are a bloody star my ickle friend.

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  5. Let me walk trough a couple things. The Mercedes is a beauty. The boat is a project that a little fiberglass might fix, and if walking is improving your health, get on with it. The book, go for it. If you need anything, since I published mine, let me know.

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  6. Well Mark there'll be no fiberglass apart from tape on the seams of my little dingy, she's an elderly lady and made from wood, indeed my health is improving although walking has been limited this week due to several factors contriving to keep me away from the trails. I didn't know you'd published my friend you must tell me more.

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