The Shedders are six friends who set about creating a community where we could retire together, share interests and provide support for one another. We’ve done it, and in the process we’re finding a healthier and more invigorating way of ageing.
This blog explores the mix of fun, social awareness and passion that it takes to make a real community.
I crossed the Great Divide between middle age and elderly this weekend. There is suddenly a barely-fathomable “7” at the front of my age-digits. I decided several months ago that I might as well use this coming upheaval as a cause for celebration—after all, as they...read more
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This is my true account of how six friends in our fifties and sixties confronted the process of growing old. Retirement was looming and none of us wanted the normal pathways to isolation and introversion: an affordable flat with a spouse and a television, a gated retirement community, or a granny flat with the relatives. Studies showed that people who are active, engaged, and keep learning live longer, contribute more and feel more fulfilled. We wanted that.
You’re lucky I don’t yet own an underwater camera. Otherwise, this post would be a well-intentioned swarm of amateur photos of tropical fish, taken more in the spirit of enthusiasm than expertise. That’s because we’re recently back from a holiday in the Cook Islands,...read more
Eight years ago Rick and I retired, moving to Mitchells Island to create our shared dream home in our dream location – confident we had enough savings to last us as long as the fates might allow us breathing time. Five years before that, I was gnawing my nails about...read more
I am not the complaining sort. “If you cannot be positive, then at least be quiet,” is a rule I’ve tried to abide to. At the age of five, I was much-influenced by Thumper (Bambi’s best friend) who said so solemnly, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’...read more
One morning several years ago, new to this area and missing the camaraderie of my Sydney book club, I wandered into the Waterbird Café to ask its all-knowing proprietor if he’d heard of any local book clubs. “Funny you should ask,” he said. “A woman was in the other...read more
This blog is about human beings interacting (for better or for worse) in a quest for intimacy and integrity in our relationships. I got a new angle on that vocation over the last half year. It began when our writers’ group, the Taree Scribblers, teamed up with Taree...read more
Last Wednesday I dropped in to see my orthotist, a guy named Doug Long who most days works out of his home in coastal Laurieton. I asked him to make me another shoe insole. “Sure,” he said, “and look at you walking!” I mentioned that it was exactly one year ago today...read more