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Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« on: April 24, 2018, 08:26:58 AM »
Hi fellow UK MMMers.

I'm just copying in the following post I've made to the 2018 cohort - just because I'm excited!  Best wishes and good luck to you all.

PD

"Just three more days for me and Mrs PD!  Yesterday was our last ever alarm-clock Monday morning! Can't quite believe it....

She and I got together about twenty years ago, after financially ruinous divorces.  We pretty well started off again in our early forties with next to nothing.  We put together a plan about eight years ago to be mortgage free and to FIRE on her sixtieth birthday.  Our plan has worked out beautifully.  In fact, we've gone about 25% past our number, and we pulled forward a couple of months because we became grandparents and, well because we could.  We are both healthy, happy and, to be honest, more prosperous than pretty well anyone else in our circle of friends and families.  We feel truly blessed. 

I'll report in on Friday with hard confirmation, and to write in the all important "CONFIRMED" on the table.

Good luck and best wishes to all of the 2018 cohort, from Glasgow, UK."


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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2018, 08:35:09 AM »
Oh my goodness, this is SO EXCITING! I am absolutely thrilled for you! Congratulations!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2018, 08:47:11 AM »
Thanks SLTD - love your journal BTW!

PD

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2018, 08:48:50 AM »
Congratulations! Sounds like you are not too far away from "conventional" retirement age. Any special plans? Time with the grandchildren? Travel?

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2018, 09:18:44 AM »
Hi Cerat0n1a

Yes, not too RE I know, but a lot better than it could have been I think.

We have lot of travel planned over the next year.  Trips to London, Marbella, Cornwall, New York and Miami are all planned, as well as jaunts to Exeter to be with our grandson and her mum and dad.  I'm worn out just thinking about it all!

We kind of came to the conclusion that we'll take the rest of this year to just "decompress" before coming up with any major rest-of-life plans.  We're just glad to be out of the rat race after four decades or more.  It may all be a litle strange to be honest.  But, we're going to be quite busy!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2018, 09:36:02 AM »
Congratulations - well done!!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2018, 10:12:46 AM »
I had a terrible Monday this week so to have had your last working Monday is a fantastic achievement! Very well done and many congratulations. I like your plans and agree that some down time is good before making too many serious decisions. As happy an event as it is it will still take time to adapt to a different way of living. I hope it really goes well for you both.

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2018, 07:06:09 PM »
Thanks NGaU, Londonstache and everyone else.  Your kind words are appreciate.

Never forget that you have the gift of youth, the greatest blessing of all!  Make the most of it and God  bless. 

PD

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2018, 07:36:16 AM »
Congratulations... quite an achievement!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2018, 01:48:57 AM »
Congratulations!!! Decompression and travel sounds like an excellent plan.

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2018, 02:47:23 AM »
congratulations!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2018, 03:08:59 AM »
Congratulations!

Enjoy your decompression, then get out there and have fun!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2018, 01:11:17 AM »
Many congratulations :-) Wishing you and Mrs PD a very happy future.

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2018, 02:56:07 AM »
Congratulations! 

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2018, 04:42:52 AM »
Congrats again, and bon voyage :) So happy for you!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #15 on: April 27, 2018, 08:51:51 AM »
That’s it, we’re done. Party time!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2018, 01:07:30 PM »
That’s it, we’re done. Party time!

Congratulations! Really happy for you guys ☺

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2018, 02:07:16 PM »
Well done do keep us updated on your travels etc :)

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2018, 12:58:37 AM »
Our first retirement trip starts today. Flying to Heathrow, off to our hotel at Marble Arch then walking to the theatre to see the Book of Mormons.  Tomorrow, off to Exeter by train for a spot of grandson babysitting and our son-in-law’s 40th birthday.

On Monday, travelling on to Nottingham for a family funeral, not so happy but essential none the less, then flying home to Glasgow on Tuesday from East Midlands.

Phew!  Who ever had time to go to work?  😀

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2018, 04:40:24 AM »
We had a great day in London. The Book of Mormon was phenomenal, really funny. Mrs PD managed to fit in a bit of shopping of course!

We’re off to Exeter now by train for our grandson sitting gig. 

Retirement is fun!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2018, 10:49:06 AM »
Sounds good poppydog. I hope the funeral went ok and your flight. It appears as though you’re too busy to go to work.

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #21 on: May 10, 2018, 04:59:41 PM »
Hi everyone. We had a great time grandson-sitting in Exeter over the weekend. We took baby to the seaside, Torquay!  Great little train journey vis Dawlish and Newton Abbot.

It was our son in laws birthday on Sunday, so he had a family barbecue to celebrate which went well. The weather was outstanding!

On Monday we traveled by train to Nottingham, where the following day we had to attend a funeral for a much loved family member, on Mrs PD’s side.  We flew home on Tuesday evening from East Midlands.  It was great to home after travelling so much!

In nine days we’re off to Marbella on holiday.  Can’t wait!

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Re: Update from Mr & Mrs Poppydog
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2018, 05:05:56 PM »
I love the Dawlish line and have travelled on it in blazing sunshine and when the waves were high enough that they sprayed onto the carriage windows. However, it is a bit bonkers that it's the only line into Devon given how often it just falls into the sea.