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  1. I am a huge believer in finding that work-life balance and it sounds like you are moving towards just that. I’m glad you will post occasionally though, and as you say, by removing the pressure to feel that you must post, perhaps it will seem more of a creative joy than a necessary chore. Enjoy life – and try not to work too hard! 🙂

    • D > Thank you, Sandra. Oddly enough, we suddenly seem to be finding lovely things to post about – but are trying to be more selective. That said, I see J is working on something right now. Yesterday, he came back from the beach with a trailer full of seaweed and a very self-satisfied look : in addition to the tools, he took a camera with him.

  2. I’m glad that you’ll still be posting, albeit less frequently. We too are negotiating our way towards a fairly distant retirement and know that we must shift the working pattern to make more time for family, adventures and creativity. Having spent a lifetime where the farm always comes first, that may prove more difficult than it sounds.

    • D > Thanks for your comment, Anne. We’ve grown-up children, as you will know, but they’re not exactly waiting in the wings. They’re interested and willing to help when they are here, but they have – as we’ve always encouraged them to do – found their own path in life.

  3. I think a lot of us are in relatively the same position. I am now thinking about how many more years I can care for the goats and do what I have been doing for so long. I will continue to enjoy your blog as long as you are posting. Love this little glimpse into your corner of the world!

  4. What a well thought out decision you have both made. I suppose that those less fortunate with their health would have been put in the position of havng to drop something, however unwillingly; like you, our interests largely revolve around activity of some sort (although not in a commercial way) and as we don’t intend to move from where we are we would hope to just continue as we are, whilst recognising that that may not always be possible, Hopefully the ‘occasional’ post will go some way to satisfying J’s creative needs!

    • D > That’s true, Cathy. I may be no Amazon, and J often jokes that he’s no prime specimen of manhood, yet even so we’ve enjoyed good health, and have always been fit and able. Until relatively recently, that is. I’ve had a couple of operations for internal problems that make it problematic for me to do anything that puts a lot of strain on the lower abdomen. J’s capabilities are now significantly limited by what does seem to be ME/CFS. Others might not see much difference in what we do, but we can feel it!! We do not want to find our achievements going into reverse, because we won’t acknowledge and and address the reality. Others get retirement because they are entitled to it ; For us, it’s more a case of negotiating successive adjustments to our daily lives.

      • Sorry to hear that there are already limitations creeping in for both of you – and your last statement sums this up so well. Well done to both of you for what you have achieved and for the decisions you are making now to ensure successive adjustments

  5. I will miss you both! I will miss hearing about the sheep and the spinning, the wild ponies, the antics of the ducks, chickens and cats, the edible and yarn related goodies you sell, the profound beauty of Uist, and the daily adventures you both experience. Your posts have made me smile on days when I have been so sad. I will always be grateful and remember the posts and pictures you have shown the world about your lives.

    • J & D > We’ll still be posting from time to time – and perhaps they’ll be better crafted. We’ll still be following others, as we too value the conversation – the company! – of other like-minded bloggers.

  6. Enjoy your time as grandparents and doing the things you want and love to do! You’ve been a wealth of information and inspiration.

  7. Dear me. As much as I understand what you’re saying and feeling and as much as I think you’re making the right decisions for yourselves, I am sad about this. I’ll miss you both a lot!

    • J & D > We’ll be posting from time to time, and we hope you’ll continue to follow us. We will still be calling in on your blog – and others, because we get so much inspiration from you across The Big Pond!

  8. Thank you so much for your blog and we can appreciate the decision that you have arrived at. Nevertheless we look forward to the more occasional posts. Thanks!

    • J & D > Thank you for your support! Life on Tiree has much in common with Life in Uist, but your perspective is refreshingly different to our own, and we do very much enjoy your posts. Your photos remind us of what life here, too, has to offer – and which we seldom find time to experience.

  9. All the best as you move onwards. I hope it evolves peacefully for you. I really expected to move on to part time work, then gradually to retirement. The employment market did not work out that way. At 65 I finally found myself unemployed full time and eligible for a retirement pension, and had to just let life unfold from there. It is good that you still enjoy Uist.

    • D > In the time we have left here, we want to enjoy life more, and that’s not going to be possible without working less. But, as you found, the best laid plans of mice and men … Who knows how things will turn out. We’re concerned that attempting to cut our workload significantly could easily result in merely cutting income – without cutting costs : in short, insufficient income. Over the past decade UK state retirement age has been progressively changed from 60 women / 65 men to 68 for both men and women (and is expected to become 70 in some years from now). For us, it will be 66 – and that’s one of the principal factors determining thow long we have to keep working.

  10. I so understand. I just turned sixty, and l am very mindful that my energy is less than it was when I was fifty. For me, the emphasis is writing, and everything else must revolve around that. I have even stopped volunteering, something I have done for nearly forty years. Anyway, best to you going forward. I will be reading your blog for as long as you continue with it.

    • J > Oh Laurie, this is so difficult for me – this blog is my only creative outlet! Thank heavens we have an utilitarian justification for keeping the blog going, albeit at reduced frequency. But that also makes it easy to post more often, again, in the future. If we could cut back on other things instead of the blog, then I for one would be very glad! I want to write (and photograph) more, not less.

      • Good luck finding the right balance. Not an easy thing to do. I really enjoy this blog, and I am glad you will be continuing with it.

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