Come to my on-air retirement party oh – and drop me a line to tell me how YOU coped!

06.00-10.00, GMT, on BBC Radio Solent will be quite a morning – feels a bit like a wake without the sausage rolls, but I get to hear the memories, blush and cry. Although what I really want to hear (privately, not on-air although I might ask if I can share your story on my website) is the truth from you about the first 6 months or so of your retirement. No cliches, no “you’ll wonder how you had time to go to work”, but how you coped without the structure of work and seeing colleagues and being home all day. Drop me a line at

One more sleep and I’m unemployed!

Getting a bit emotional – such wonderful messages today from listeners of BBC Radio Solent – it’s very humbling. Made me wonder what the point of the website is!! It’s not a business but I’m hoping it will become a community to chat, share stories, challenge perceptions of retirement and old age, help us all understand the world we live in a little better, whatever our age and circumstances. I always felt folk should never retire in case the brain cell got lazy – lets stay curious together!

Things that touch my heart

Sometimes you read something that makes you go “woah”! The story of the Burnley parish, so deprived, supported by their two pastors, and now the world. PLEASE read this – from BBC News

Moving on from the Utility Room!

Since lockdown (March, 2020), I’ve been broadcasting from the utility room! It’s pretty amazing that a few bits of equipment mean it’s as good as any BBC studio (although minus colleagues). I’m blooming’ lucky to have an area where it can be left out – a desk rather than an ironing board to put it on – my Great Granddad would be amazed!

I’ve been the voice of BBC Radio Solent’s early morning traffic bulletins for…oh gosh…about 20 years! For most of that time I’ve worked remotely from Broadcasting House – a guest of the Road Management System for Europe teams, first in Southampton and then in Winchester and been grateful to have been given a nest and make new friends in both locations.

Going to miss them….panic is setting in ….will I start talking to myself A LOT (worried about annoying husband, Peter at 5 o’clock in the morning when I’m used to getting up, too!).

2021 will bring so many new beginnings!

Redundancy beckons for December, 2020… what can an oldish bat get up to in the New Year…all sorts of plans…stories to tell you from the stuff in the house, sewing and recycling adventures for, yup, the stuff in the house, adventures through Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, some on my trike, some with the grandson. All to come…I hope you’ll come with me….oh, and lets share some stories, too…..

Cushion 93 for the Southampton Area Talking Echo!

I know, I was going to stop at 92, but I’ve been invited to the SATE Anniversary party today.

Iwas part of the team that record and distribute Talking Newspapers for a couple of years or so. Loved it, but when I became the Early Show Presenter at Bbc Radio Solent for about 5 years, an awful lot of things had to be sacrificed for that 3.00 am wake up call. I helped work on a database for them, too, Chris and I spent hours with a bloomin’ “if, then, else” statement!


I love these guys and what they do, it would be rude to go without a cushion!




A cushion for Childsplay, Romania

Sheila Price and her team, based at Shirley Baptist Church, Southampton, are passionate and hard working in their support for Childsplay Romania who support young people in Romania, in all aspects of their welfare (health, education, etc). They’re going to have a special event later in the year when their cushion will make an appearance.

The last few cushions are on black velvet, there was just enough to take me through to the end of the project! It’s been lurking in the cupboard for years. I had made a pair of posh trousers from it, and had to patch them up when I was bitten by a dog in a pub! It put me off using the rest of it for clothes!

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All done!

Somewhere in this heap is the 92nd and final cushion! Just got to scuttle about delivering them and then hope all the amazing people who work so hard for charity can turn them into loads of pennies!