Tuesday, 11 May 2021

I'm A Twirly!

It's official - my OAP Concessionary Bus Pass has arrived.[which is more than you can say for my OAP payment] And I'm officially a "Twirly" [for non-UK readers- bus passes in England work from 9.30am - if you try to use them before that, they say you're "Too Early"]

At least the photo is better than the one on my Driving Licence and Passport. Bob does not get his pass till November. I can get into Dereham [eg for the Bank] quite quickly- the bus runs every hour, and takes about 15 minutes. 

It takes an hour and a half to get into Norwich bus station [that's three times as long as going in the car - is it worth it?]  On the other hand, I can also use the pass for buses in both London and Manchester, which may prove useful on future family visits.

Bob has just renewed his car insurance- and found that the best policy came via Saga["Now I am feeling old too!"] 

I'm approaching all this retirement stuff with a Positive Mental Attitude- after all, my word of the year is adventure 



13 comments:

  1. It must be so weird to have so much time on your hands after being busy for so many years! You will do good things with your time, I know!
    The bus pass is v useful. My mum used it even if the journey would be significantly longer.

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    1. I can see that I will be able to read books on the journey, instead of concentrating on the road. That is a plus

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  2. Thank you for the reminder as I keep forgetting to apply for a bus pass, but then how many buses are there in North Dorset?!

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    1. Fewer than there used to be, I suspect

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  3. Retirement is brilliant! And it keeps getting better.

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  4. Sounds like you're embracing the Golden Years admirably, Angela. I would get rid of my car had I not have to travel for school pick-ups and further afield to see my youngest grandchild. I've managed thus far with the expense since retirement but I fear it will become a luxury the older my car gets with big garage bills, etc. I love getting the express bus into Edinburgh from here, it only takes under the hour and no parking to consider when I get there. Maybe there's an 'express' bus to Norwich?I also just changed my car insurance when it came up for renewal last month, despite me asking the insurers for a cheaper quote. Apparently, they couldn't get me a better deal so I said 'bye bye' and got a really good deal online through 'Compare the Market', which included breakdown cover so I could cancel my AA subscription which was also becoming too expensive. Just changed my broadband provider too. I'm on a roll!!

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    1. Don't bother with a B&Q seniors card. You have to spend pounds to get a few pence back!

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  5. Congratulations!
    I was so cross not to get mine on my 60th birthday that when the day finally came I was on the doorstep of the council offices at 9am! I used it quite a bit, it saves on petrol and parking fees when you have plenty of time but the dreaded virus has put a stop to that for a while.

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    1. Covid19 has put paid to many trips for many people

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  6. Did you ever read Marigold Jam's posts on her travels with bus pass? i think she covered many miles on her jaunts.

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    1. I'd completely forgotten about MJ, yes they were fun posts!

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  7. Love the story behind the twirly! Cheers

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