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Well, I have longer to think about things than I expected. It appears the software which is to replace ours does not do the job, and implementation will be deferred from May to October, so they'll still be using our software until at least then and will require our support. The boss has asked me to stay on for that time and as I've nothing else planned yet I'm willing to carry on for now.

I'll still be looking for something new to do after this, but at least I know I have longer to consider the options and make a plan.
 

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I really haven't got a clue what I'm going to do at the moment. Even though I've changed employers several times since 1978 I have not had to look for a new job since then; I've always been offered the new position, twice just before the company I was working for at the time folded.

I really would like to get away from the office environment for the last 6 or 7 years before I'm due to retire, but I don't feel cut out for retail (I'll do it if I must, but would rather not: bad for my spleen:tantrum:).
 

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I've spent a few days visiting my dad in the Midlands; he lives in the south of England's "second city", Birmingham.

Dad recently finished a 30 week course of chemotherapy for bowel cancer. He still has a bag but an appointment with the specialist is booked for a couple of weeks time, when he hopes to be given a date for its removal. He has been slowly building up his strength and suggested going for a country walk, a proposition to which I readily agreed. We went out Saturday morning for a couple of hours walking on the Waseley Hills, a country park in the north of Worcestershire only a short drive from dads home.

I wish I has know he would suggest such a walk: I could have taken suitable footwear. There has been a lot of rain recently and the paths around Waseley are just dirt, which had turned in placed to thick, slippery mud: I fell twice, dad fell one, but we had a great time. For an 84 year old with a colostomy bag and a lack of exercise for 12 months dad did very well: good to see him getting fitter again.

Here's a few pictures I took on our walk...



West of The Waseleys by Phil Gayton, on Flickr
 

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[QUOTE="squirt, post: 5014574]looks like it was a lovely day for it! :bravo:

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Recent weather has, as is normal for the UK, been variable: sunny, dry days like this alternating with wet and dull days, so it was just a case of waiting for the right weather and grasping the opportunity.
 

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Having had a few days off to see family, things regarding my redundancy have changed again: seems I'll be employed at least for the rest of the year now, so I don't have to worry about arranging anything until at least 2018. :grin:
 

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Lovely to hear that Phil ~ for anyone going through what Dad has been through is an ordeal at any age, but at 84, and wanting to go for a walk etc ~ quite amazing ~ I do wish him all the very best...........
P.S. the shots are great as well..........LOL
 

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I'm not sure, but I think my niece Nicola took this in 2010 when I was visiting my family in the Midlands.

I didn't know she had it, but Nix (as she prefers to be known) has just tagged me on facebook with this photo with my dad, with the comment "nice hat". I still have and wear that hat; it's quite grubby but probably the way many people know and recognise me around here.

Both of us have changed a little since the picture was taken; both lighter and my hair is (currently) not quite so long, and both with much more experience of our wonderful (despite what government is doing to it) National Health Service.


 

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Funny thing.... There is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Banff, Alberta who wears an identical hat! His name is Graham. He is quite a character and can tell you, just as you do, legends, facts and interesting tidbits about the area. Most of the time, after his work hours, you will find him sitting at the bar reading a book or out on the patio, taking a few puffs from his skinny cigar. He normally keeps to himself, but if you happen to ask a question about the town, he will come up with an immediate answer. We love this man.
 

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and rightfully so, as he does interact with folks as said and I bet his face just shines when he did tell them their answers,,,,,, what a guy, no wonder folks like him so much :blowhearts:
 

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Phil ~ are you truly asking me to accept that people recognise you around town by your hat!!?? ~ with that amazing beard, along with the hair, you could wear a nun's habit, and they would still know it's "our Phil"........... :thee:
 

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[QUOTE="Romford Lad, post: 5041653]Phil ~ are you truly asking me to accept that people recognise you around town by your hat!!?? ~ with that amazing beard, along with the hair, you could wear a nun's habit, and they would still know it's "our Phil"........... :thee:[/QUOTE]
Ah, but I have everything trimmed down to a "number 2" twice a year, and people DON'T recognise me without the hat. :grin: