Retired and I collect Beaches!
by Norman Whye
*From an old issue of my pen pal newsletter, Inky Trail News -- just to show you there is something for everyone -- hobbies and odd collections galore! Wendy
Several months ago a friend who lives in Indiana sent me a copy of your newspaper, Inky Trail News, and on the back page she wrote "idea" and sent it off to me.
It's been quite some time since I read the paper through and last evening I thought, well, if they want a little story, then I certainly have one, which I read over the telephone to our radio. It's different, and many amuse you.
I have lived in this small seaside town for for nigh on 62 years and have walked our unique beach for 61 of these years.
I found interesting items, which I popped into my jacket, but amassed a collection which now comprises most of my home. I have displayed a part of this collection to many organizations, and consequently the contents have given pleasure to many people, whereas, in most collections, they are stored, never to be seen.
Just a bit about me, I am retired now, having never been unemployed all my working life, so now I do have time on my hands, but I find myself so busy nowadays, I wonder how I ever found time to do any earning work!
Thirty years in the Motor Industry, eleven years as a Club Steward, seven years general gardening, and now I plan to decorate my home, do my own small garden, make my own beer, and have been on stage, on radio, and in a film (an extra).
I am single, and write to several people abroad and do not use a computer--preferring to write to people, as I feel it is more friendly to do it.
As for the story--well, is it fact, or fiction, or another yarn from an old Anglo-Saxon! Or was it?