We’ve begun to realise that, if we’re not careful, retirement will end up looking rather like the job we’ve left behind. We’ve both been busy with lots of extra meetings etc for Lent, and Hub more so as the parish clergy team is one priest down and he’s offered to fill in some of the gaps.
Anyhow, I got fed up and pointed out that the stuff we’re involved in needs to be done round the edges of our retirement … and NOT the other way around… It just gets ridiculous when we can’t find a spare day to go out somewhere together!!
So … yesterday we decided to head for Morwellham Quay. We’d seen it on TV when we’d enjoyed ‘Edwardian Farm’ and there were evidently quite a few other things to explore there too. We set off.
It was pouring with rain. It was foggy. The lorries speeding by covered us with spray from their wheels. Hub was not enjoying the drive at all. Not even slightly.
We passed a sign to Buckland Abbey, just as we realised we’d taken a wrong turning at the previous roundabout. Hub, muttering darkly, looked for a suitable place to turn round. I dug out the NT book and looked up Buckland Abbey.
Hey, I said, as we came to a stop. Buckland Abbey is open every day …
… so we went there instead. And we really enjoyed it – very well-organised tour round the house, and lots of interesting history which we both like, and of course the usual delicious NT food at lunchtime, sitting next to a log fire.
By the time we were done and ready to go home, the sun was coming out.
We agreed we’d get to Morwellham Quay another day. Preferably when it was dry. And sunny.
(image from http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey/ )