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Written by Rachel Searle on 18. Jun, 2012
Loved your blog Jacqui
Written by caroline champion on 15. Jun, 2012

Love reading your blog and excellent photo in the paper yesterday. caroline x
Written by Shirley Zeman on 4. Jun, 2012
Greetings from our holiday in the good ole US of A!! Hope your last days at Arun were suitably celebratory and that you have some happy memories! Shirley & Nigel x
Written by Dan Hughes on 3. Jun, 2012

Your new retirement mantra of "because I can" reminded me of this poem, which you probably know, but thought I'd share with you anyway!


When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension
on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Written by Sarah Dennis on 25. May, 2012
You can't possibly be retiring already! I'm sure you will have a fabulous time.
How much of the Southdowns way have you walked? It's something I definitely want to tackle - albeit in bitesized chunks!
I wish you a very happy retirement and look forward to seeing your reports of your achievements as a 'lady of leisure'.
Written by Dan Hughes on 23. May, 2012
Symbolistic even! Apologies for the bad typing; I'm sending this via the wonders of technology from a beautiful campsite in North Devon!
Written by Dan Hughes on 23. May, 2012
I love the title picture of the horses escaping the carousel! Very simbolistic!
Written by Tina Merritt on 23. May, 2012
Hi Jaqui, you must feel quite strange now you're so close to finishing work and starting the next chapter..... I know you will be very much missed at Arun but deserve reep the rewards for all of your hard work and committment. Enjoy every minute of it - would love to see you here in Portugal if you ever fancy it! xx
Written by Colin Combes on 23. May, 2012
Great idea Jaqui, look forward to reading!

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28.12 | 07:41

This wonderful blog has summed up the true meaning of A Christmas Day. Once the dread of a restricted day had sunk in, other ways were invented. Thank you

22.12 | 09:20

So sorry to hear that Brian is in hospital. It would be bad at any time but at present....... It must be true agony for you. You'll both be in my thoughts. xx

22.08 | 02:02


I'll be able to help you with information on the usher's as Thomas Henry Usher is my aunt's ancestor as well can you please email me so we can talk

22.08 | 02:00

Hi Karen,

I thought I would try again to see if I can get a response from you again please email me so we can talk further. My email is: lol-emma@live.com.au

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