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daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Culburra Beach , NSW, Australia

I live in Australia, my ancestry is in Cornwall. a Celt. a hedgewitch of sorts. I am an Earth Healer. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. A gypsy. An eccentric. a mystic. I am a searcher, a seeker, a pilgrim on Earth. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. I love to dream, to walk and to wonder

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

August 17, 2005

thoughts on living

last night we went to some friends home for dinner * all very nice * delicious food * great fun.. however he has just retired at age 53 and they are now facing their future into their older years...so they have started up what they call their portfolio and are busy buying properties for investments... I am not business minded at all but they kept urging me to keep an eye on dear Joe's plan for our twilight years..honestly I am not interested... I trust him that way... I guess I am a simple soul as I told them that all I wanted when I get older and Joe retires is to be looked after * a lovely comfy home, home made bread on the table, lavender plants growing, a small garden, some chickens & hand knitted cardis... sitting on verandah with my soul mate.. rocking with a crochet blanket on my knee and visited from time to time by family and friends...I told them of an old german man who walks past my gate daily and stops for a chat.. he was a builder, has retired and said the other day.. as long as I can walk and have my fresh bread, I am happy. I want to be like that

they thought I was absolute nuts. Am I ????


Blogger Alice said...

No, Robyn, you're not nuts. To be able to appreciate the simpler things in life and create a lifestyle which brings you and others happiness is definitely worthwhile.

I guess it depends on what you want to do with your time. Perhaps your friends want to be able to travel, etc. which is expensive, and we do keep hearing that the Govt. won't be able to support the ageing population in the future due to the falling birthrate and fewer people to pay taxes, and so on.

However, I wonder how much of life is appreciated by people who are spending every moment working and worrying. I know that it's difficult to purchase a house, car and other necessities on one income these days, but there has to be more to life than always running after that extra dollar.

9:36 am  
Blogger Kali said...

Robyn, if you ask me...NO!
I am getting simpler in my 'wants' & it's definitely different strokes for different folks, but through a lot of my heartache and loss in the past, came the realisation that so much in this life is fleeting, so I look for the pleasures in 'today' and more and more they from the 'money can't buy' list.

10:42 am  
Blogger Amy said...

Nope you're right on target!

11:27 am  
Blogger Finn said...

My thought is that you are as clear as a bell on a cold winter morning..*S* And Kipling's "If" comes to mind..are we losing the common touch and the ability to appreciate simple things,wind dried sheets, the fragrance of flowers, sweet sleeping babies, playful kittens, reflections in rain puddles? It's a sad thought.
The world seems to have such a hunger for "more" of everything, especially what it takes money to acquire.
Give me Tasha Tudor or Gladys Tabor anyday..I love your blog, you are like sunshine on a cloudy day.

12:37 pm  
Anonymous Amy said...

No, you're not nuts, you appreciate the simple things in life which is a good thing to do.

1:51 pm  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Imagine being able to retire at age 53. It seems like I have waited my whole life for my hubby to get home from work. We too are trusting God to take care of us in our twilight years. Why, when Mom had that bad stroke, she had excellent nursing care insurance and it turned out to be quite a nuisance. Thats a long story but I guess what I'm saying is, things work out the way the red tape dictates usually but we see the Lord's hand in it all, taking care of us. Your German neighbor is a rich man. He has his health and he has contentment. What more can anyone ask for than that, except of course....Our Salvation. I loved the way Finn expressed herself with 'clear as a bell on a cold winter morning'. Thats lovely. Thanks for the lovely comments and encouragement you left me Ms*Robyn ! I don't have a pattern anymore for the soap bottle apron, but I'd be happy to trace it off to share. (I think you asked about that). Better get to bed here..... I hear that glorious autumn is on the way = ).

2:33 pm  
Anonymous Shirley said...

It's a real gift to be happy with the simple things of life

8:28 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

53...well, I am 57 and still working, and Ken is 62 and still working. We don't have any money put aside for our old age, which is stupid I guess, but we own our house (sort of...), and we both have superannuation. So we shouldn't be poor. But our wants for old age are also simple -we won't be looking for trips around the world or even around Australia! In fact I am trying to offload as much stuff as I can in the next few years, so we can move into a smaller house. Determined to keep my linen collection though!

2:02 am  

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