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Doors open and close….. and you welcome new opportunities

Doors open and close….. and you welcome new opportunities
15th December 2019 Admin

Hi again ! About ten days ago, I began to tell you the story about how Ron and I changed our lives totally, moving from a commuter belt colour co-ordinated house in the north east of England ……………………………to our beautiful and totally rural Anglesey small-holding.

 

I’ve had some great feedback from the first blog. Not just comments on Facebook and the website, but also from customers who have come into our farmshop. So, here is the second blog………… about Ron and I…… and our journey to a very different life…

You remember that I told you that our life paths almost crossed in the long, hot summer of 1976……. in Germany ? It was a bit like the film “Sliding Doors” – have you seen it ? Very entertaining film. However, we didn’t actually meet until 2007. By this time, I had spent 21 years at the chalk face, teaching in secondary schools in Hartlepool, Halifax and Plymouth. Then, I moved back up to Sedgefield to work for Durham County Council as an Education Inspector. Ron had returned to England, too. He spent many years running his own business in his native Runcorn. He then went back into the building trade – moved to Ireland, then to Anglesey and finally, to Wynyard – the village next to Sedgefield in 2006.  So there we were……. living only about three or four miles away from each other ……

We still might never have met……. but both decided to look for a partner on line…. Yes – we met on an internet dating site.   The builder and the teacher !! Or at least we were then ! And so it started……… and continued…… for a couple of years…… me working for the council and Ron in his own building business… Enjoying spending time together………..What could possibly change our lives ???

But then something happened ……….. the 2010 general election. The Conservatives won the most seats but needed to go into coalition with the Liberal Democrats.  Recession hit the country. Nobody believed that it would be so devastating ….. In 2011, Durham Council offered early retirement and voluntary redundancy for anyone aged 55+. Guess who was just about to have her 55th birthday !!! Whoopee ! It was a no-brainer ! It was a brilliant package and a one time opportunity  ……. so the black work stilletos went into the bin, along with the brief case.

 

The recession also hit Ron’s business. So, he decided to retire, so that we could spend more time together ! There we were…………….. both retired in Sedgefield…… central heating….. manicured garden….. walking our dog Buster at the weekend.

 

In the next blog, I’ll tell you how – within a couple of years, Ron was working in the professional kitchen of a five star hotel and restaurant and I had my own limited company…… Happy days !!

Merry Christmas to you all, Margaret x

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