Friday, 7 July 2017

Learning to Work Together


This time last week Alan was on his way home for the last time, no more weekly commuting to a place far, far away for the day job.  Working from home is now the order of the day, both for our company and for the smallholding ... it's a good feeling when a long worked for plan comes together.


 .... and that is exactly what we are doing together  :-)



There has been a lot of work over the last week and with the two of us pitching in so much more is achievable each day.  Areas that we have turned a blind eye to for a long time as other more pressing jobs were tackled in preference, have now been tidied up.


The grass has been cut every where ...


... and even the chickens are benefiting from nice short grass in outer Chicken World.


Alan turned over the last few remaining manured beds that were not yet in use on the Veggie Patch, and then while he went indoors to do his 'day job' on the computer ... now from the comfort of our office in the house ... I spent the next few days filling them with Butternut Squash, Cabbages and then this mornings planting was sixty four Leek seedlings ... my 'day job'.

It's nice to see it all looking so productive.


And it's very nice to take a step back after a good mornings work and enjoy the view.

Now we have to get used to a whole new way of working.  Sometimes together lifting and shifting, sometimes we will be working in different areas of the smallholding on completely different jobs, sometimes we will be each doing different tasks that compliment the whole plan ... as in the veggie patch with Alan digging beds over and then me following with the planting.  Sometimes one of us is indoors and one of us outdoors, we need to begin sharing the computer ... and I have to learn to be quiet and unobtrusive during conference calls. 

It might take a bit of getting used to having that man of mine here all the time ... but up to now he's been very well behaved  ;-)

Sue xx




24 comments:

  1. Start as you mean to go on with that man of yours now that he is retired. \don't let him drink all that port!

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    1. Haha ... no it's all his, I'll stick with the white wine 😊

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  2. Getting jobs done quicker means more time to things you enjoy together too xx

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    1. Definitely, that's something we're enjoying too. In fact we're having an evening out to celebrate tonight.

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  3. I wish you happiness for your new life together.

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  4. How wonderful, you will love him being home, I know I do with my man, nothing like team work, your in it together, I shall look forward to hearing more of what you both have been up to.

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    1. It's brilliant already 😊

      We've both been looking forward to this for so long.

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  5. Perhaps buying a computer/laptop for yourself? :-)
    I am pretty sure you'll soon get used to working together.
    What do you mean by 'working for our company'? Do the two of you own a company, besides the smallholding?

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    1. We have our main computer in the office, Alan has his work laptop and I have just bought a tablet, which I'm learning to use by replying to these comments 😀

      Yes we have had an engineering safety consultancy since 2008. Alan works through this company for various employers that need his skill set. I have managed things from home on my own until now. Now everything is run from here together.

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  6. My husband retired one year ahead of me, getting everything ready for our cross-country move. We've been retired here for 14 years and like you said, sometimes working together, sometimes on our own.

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    1. It makes for a strong team when you can work apart and together doesn't it 😊

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  7. Shirtless gardening, enjoy doing it myself too, or whatever I call gardening which is essentially just me standing in a garden, reading.

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  8. My husband and I (blimey, I sound like HRH!) have worked together for seven years now and it's the best thing we've ever done. Hope you both now enjoy living the dream.

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  9. Congratulations to the two of you and I hope you enjoy your celebration. New adventures await!

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  10. Hi Sue, congratulations! Both hubby and I took early retirement last July. It was a massive leap of faith but we were so fed up at the way our jobs had changed and for several reasons decided we wanted to retire. People said oh how will ypu amnage financially? What will you do all day? There are only so many pub lunches you can have etc etc etc...... Well almost a year later we are totally loving every minute of our new life after teaching and don't regret it one bit. Yes we have had to tighten our belts a wee bit and can't just spend money willy nilly but we are enjoying the new challenges and it has made us look at life, possesions and money ina totally new light. We have our lovely holiday home in North Wales to escape to when we fancy a break and have been able to potter about out of schoo, holidays for the first time in 34 years. We love it! Best of all we get to see more of our lovely grandchildren and families. Early retirement is highly recommended to anyone brave enough to take the plunge. Enjoy xxx

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  11. You have such a lovely view. So glad that you are both able to be together and enjoying your small holding more.

    God bless.

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  12. The Prof will never retire thank god!

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  13. JUST TO WISH YOU MANY HAPPY YEARS TOGETHER; HOPEFULLY AS GOOD AS YOUR LOVELY DAD AND I Had.
    Love you lots MUM XXXXXXXXXXX

    LOVE YOU LOTS MUM XXXXXXXX

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  14. Congratulations to you both, for achieving what you set out to do. Working part time is the ideal situation, keeps the grey matter ticking along and pays the few bills you'll have. You better slow down a bit though, everything will be done and you won't know what to do with yourselves. ;) Haha... on a small holding that never happens!

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  16. Many many congrats to you both! Retirement won't be happening for me anytime soon but I moved jobs recently to an organisation which seems more open to flexible and part-time working if I can ever afford to in the future. Enjoy your time together. My husband will be 72 by the time I retire. The aim is to be working 3 or 4 days a week so that we can at least have long weekends together.

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  17. Yay! I know you've been anticipating this day for a long time. A long and happy retirement to you both. Now he'll discover just how busy life can really be!

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  18. Congratulations Alan! Now the real work begins!!! Best wishes for the future!

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