Today I awoke quite early as Andrew has been watching The Masters from 5am the last few days. I couldn’t get back to sleep after he woke, so I spent a few hours reading and doing French exercises.
I enrolled into two French courses with the Alliance Francaise for the next few months.
The first course is a Skill Strengthening Intensive which is 2 hours every night next week. The second course is a 10 week B1 Intermediate Course. I finished up B1.4 but a few months ago but they’ve changed the curriculum in some way, so I decided to redo and start from B1 again. It’s a new book and exercise book and I just wanted to start at the beginning of the book – not in the middle of it. Besides, I don’t feel my level is high intermediate so I may as well just do more practice.
I speak with French people daily through an app called Hello Talk. Also I spend three hours a week chatting with two French friends. Half hour in French, the other half in English.
Later, I took my mum for a leisurely walk along Gardiner’s Creek. It’s a nice spot near their place and it’s picturesque with various picnic spots. Gardiners Creek runs into the Yarra River which runs through Melbourne.
This afternoon, I was invited to attend the Woodlands Golf Course for a welcome and a membership presentation. The club has about 1100 members, 150 or so are women. They created the excellent Introductory Women’s Program which I’ve been doing since earlier this year and it’s been fantastic. They presented details about the club, various rules and social events and what membership may look like. They offered a generous discount and now I’m thinking about it.
I have to sit down and do my sums to see if is of value. If I take it on, it means I have a “new place” or a “third place” which admittedly I quite like the idea of!
A place other than my home or my work. A space I can go to anytime to have a bit of a hit or a feed or a chat.
So I’ll have more of a think of it. We have until June to decide if we want to take up the offer. If I do, golf will now my sport.
This is what transitioning to retirement looks like eh? 🤣