Still Alive and Kicking!

For obvious reasons I have been pretty quiet on the blogging front since Sally died. It has been, and still is, a difficult time for me. Sally was my life for 22 years… that love and companionship will never leave me and nor would I ever want it to. But Sally wanted me to make the most of the rest of my life and so I am doing exactly that. To that end, I know that I still had a lot to offer and I miss being in a partnership so I decided to seek a new partner. On-line is the modern way and I joined match.com and have now met Tracy.

Some of you may feel that 4 months is too quick after the death of a partner to start out with someone new but having gone through it myself all I can say is that the time is right when you know it is right.

Some of you may feel that 4 months is too quick after the death of a partner to start out with someone new but having gone through it myself all I can say is that the time is right when you know it is right. You have to experience the loss of a partner before anyone can really know what it is like. Sally wanted me to make the most of my life and not to spend too much time mourning and I respected her enough to know she meant it. I have already mentioned in previous posts that I am returning to full-time study for at least 3 years to get the degree I have so much wanted all my working life. I am signed up and paid up and now just waiting for the courses to start in September. Tracy is also a mature student studying History. She graduated this year and starts her Masters in September so we will be studying in parallel. She lives in Torpoint and has two grown-up children of  18 and 20. Her study area focuses on slave emancipation in the 1800s and so I may find myself accompanying her on a research trip or two particularly to the USA. So I am now embarking on a new adventure in life and I am ringing in the changes in other ways too.

I am now accustomed to the idea of being a student and so I have now decided to stay in this house at least until I finish my studies

I am now accustomed to the idea of being a student and so I have now decided to stay in this house at least until I finish my studies (3-4 years I expect). So now I feel I should go ahead with some of the renovations and upgrades that are so needed: new kitchen and bathrooms and a general lick of paint throughout not to mention a tidy-up and paint on the outside. The driveway is breaking up so needs doing too. All very exciting but right now it seems like a mountain of work. I shall try to get some of it done before my courses start but it may take a year to get everything done but at the end of it I will have a superb house in a great location in which I can study in a relaxed environment.
Cessna 152 - This is one of the aircraft in which I will do my flight training
Cessna 152 – This is one of the aircraft in which I will do my flight training
Some of you may know that I am a qualified pilot. In fact, I learned to fly before I learned to drive (at 17) and have had a love of flying all my life. I qualified as an instructor and then as a Commercial Pilot. All of that is now lapsed.  Sally was a pilot too and we flew together in our early years even buying a small plane together. Well our circumstances changed over the years and we stopped flying and sold the airplane.

I learned to fly before I learned to drive (at 17) and have had a love of flying all my life.

I have decided that now would be a good time to re-kindle my love of flying (not that it ever left me!) and to get my licence back. I have a lot of flying hours and so it should be quite straightforward to re-qualify so I will. I am very excited about this as flying was the main reason I left school without going to university so in a way, what with the studying and now the flying, I am going back to my roots… 20160624_000022I have now had my Vauxhall Ampera for a few weeks and although I loved the Nissan Leaf it is very clear that I made the right decision to swap it for the Ampera. Unfortunately someone bumped into it whilst I was parked but apart from that all is going well. I am stepping back now from the Electric Car community. I feel I have offered all I can and want to move on now. I still feel electric cars are the way forward for personal transport and will always try to have an electric car if I can afford one and my circumstances allow it but I will gradually step back from the on-line community. It has been a fascinating time in these early years of EVs. I hope they continue to grow in popularity. So there we are. I finally feel comfortable with the way forward and it is interesting and exciting. I will post about the house and about my return to flying, amongst other things, so please come back and follow along as I recover from what has been a very hard and distressing few years. Sally will always be in my heart and always in my thoughts and she will be with me always as I embark on these new adventures.

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