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.
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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.
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
We gathered last week for the interment of a dream. Here’s the story: Some years ago housemate Daniel and I started kicking around the idea of jointly buying a 6-foot tinny for puttering around the local waterways. The Manning Valley has some 150 kilometres of river,...read more
My intention is not to make you jealous, but beware, it could happen—I'm about to describe our community choir. I joined this choir some six or seven years ago. We meet weekly in a country town about a half hour’s drive from here. The town is Wingham and the choir is...read more
This week housemates Eve and Daniel were visited for three days by good friends of theirs, and as is usually the case the guests wove their way in and out of our lives throughout their time here. Afterward, Eve said, “Thank you for including our friends and making...read more
I’ve just been engaging in one of those post-New-Year’s projects: sorting through holiday photos. It’s put me in the mood to tell you about our five days in New Zealand, as those November memories still sit very pleasantly with me. You might remember my recent post...read more
Eve and I were approached this week by Focus, a local community magazine, to be interviewed for an article on the Shedders. We do get a fair bit of publicity, and each time, I am reminded about what a smart (not to mention interesting) phenomenon we have created here...read more