Category Archives: Getting Ready for Gap Year

Your Health is Your Wealth

I always remember my Granny saying  ‘Your Health is your Wealth.’ How many of us really believe it? For the last few days, I have been laid low with some sort of a bug. I have spent most of the … Continue reading

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Taking a Gap Year – At our Stage in Life? Are We Mad?

When we tell people we are taking a Gap Year it’s interesting to watch their reaction. Some say –“Great what a brilliant idea and you are right to do it when you can”. Others mutter something like “Great, well for … Continue reading

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The last Run for Topaz

My last engagement for Topaz was to take part in the Aware Run in the Phoenix Park on the 14th December 2013. I have always been interested in keeping fit and when Topaz asked all departments within the company to make … Continue reading

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Microwave or Washing Machine?

While ‘C’est La Vie’ is overall in great condition, we have had to make a number of improvements so that the boat will be comfortable for full time living aboard. This has raised many issues for us and with a … Continue reading

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Fire in the House

Last November when we were in the middle of planning our Gap Year and I was managing my departure from Topaz, we had a fire in our house. We were in bed, when at 3am Nuala woke me to say … Continue reading

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The house is up for rent – the car is up for sale – only seven weeks before we leave.

To help finance the gap year we decided to rent out the house and sell my car. After interviewing a number of renting companies we decided to give the task to Sherry Fitzgerald Lettings.

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A conversation with the barber about our Gap Year

As part of the planning for a gap year, both Nuala and I have had to do a lot of personal preparatory work. For me that included –eye tests – new glasses – dentist – annual check up with the … Continue reading

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Why no Blogs for a While

As you can see it is December since I wrote my last blog. I cannot believe how busy I have been getting ready for a gap year! Now that I have finished in Topaz, I thought I would have more … Continue reading

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Good Bye fish tank- Good Bye Motorbike!

Over a year ago when I realised I would be retiring from Topaz at 60, Nuala and I started to plan for our gap year. We sat down and looked at all the things we would have to do to … Continue reading

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