I reckon on being one of the lucky ones! I mean I've lived a long life, enjoyed a challenging, interesting and varied life.
 I've not managed to keep much of the money I've made and I always reckon I made much more for other people than for myself, but that's life. I'm rich in health and experiences. 
I found Janet, my life partner when I was past thirty at a time when I was beginning to think my companion on life's passage would be a bottle- Thank the Lord we got that sorted out. 
We're a forward looking couple and when the time came they wouldn't let us work anymore and forced us into retirement, we saw that as another challenge.
The choice was simple, shut down and do nothing except wait for the  call to the hereafter or do something. So we sold up in England and moved to France- new people, new culture, new language, new friends! 
Like I said, I've lived a long time. My earliest recollections is being held in my mother's arms with neighbours outside our house looking at the red sky to the south - London burning in the blitz. Of course I didn't know it at the time. Then when I was four, this was  just before what I learned was D-Day- but when I was much older. 
That trip on the train to scotland and those GI's who sat opposite. Do you know I can see their faces now! all these years later. How they laughed when I said 'Give us some gum chum,' when they asked me to talk. It's what the bigger boys in the street said. I often wonder if they made it? 
I'm so grateful to them and the thousands like them that gave us our freedom today! 
I hope they were lucky ones too!

Just to let you know I'm dragging myself into the 21st century and am now on Twitter, @pgtHobnails. When I find out how to work it, I'll be posting there regularly.

And i've been told to tell you that I won the 2014 Limousin Writers Short Story competition with 'Second Chances." Seems a bit self-aggrandising to mention it, but I was told you'd want to know.
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Description: Englishman Greg Mitchell has served only two Gods in his lifetime- Making Money and Himself. Now at 35 years of age and after his second divorce and loss of his business he faces a future with no family or friends- he does have some money in the ban...

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sauthca posted a message to Hobnails
Hi Peter, This is from one of your old followers, in every sense of that word. Hope your hinted at stress is only something to do with paintbrushes or potatoes, if not, feel free to rant about anything else if it helps. 
Best wishes to you and Janet. Carey

@CarolinaC Thanks Carlina. I had a word with Greg and he told me the bat is still doing nothing, lying in the boat yard at IslaMorada in the Florida keys. I told him you wanted it and had a lake nearby and he says if he can get it on the back of Fisher’s truck going to your part of Canada, he’ll send it up.

My research revealed that people will pay up to $50  for a 20 pound box of heirloom potatoes. Seems a lot to me, but that’s what research in the Chicago area told me. I just hope the research is accurate.
Greeting to all followers new and old, by which I mean recent and earlier followers and nothing to do with age. That’s a beauty of this Wattpad experience- it effectively crosses any age barriers.
O just wanted to say that life continues as a blur right now and that I have not found a clear space to update anything and that also means I might not have sent a personal acknowledgement to my new followers- who are valued and admired equally with all others. Please accept this as my welcome and if you have any questions for me please send me a message and I’ll get back to you.  
Best Wishes