Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Work In Progress

It's been a couple of rather noisy days here to start the week. It wasn't too hard to guess at the source, though, as we had been forewarned earlier in the summer that there would be some work done on the railway nearby. Yesterday I did not bother about going out to check; but today when going out for a walk, I brought my camera and snapped a few photos. Whatever they were doing, it looked rather impressive. (I think they're exchanging the tracks.)

Meanwhile (and totally off track from the railway) I'm currently trying to get my head round the fact that from next month, I'll be an Old Age pensioner. Various letters from Authorities reminding me of it have kept dropping in all summer. As I've already been in work-injury-related retirement for several years, how I actually spend my time probably won't suddenly change very drastically.  However, one thing that will change is my pension. (A fact that does not come as a total surprise, but will probably still call for recalculations every now and then along the way.) At the moment, I have to confess I'm struggling a bit to find more positive aspects of becoming an OAP. ... I'll work on it ...


  1. here in USA we get more money for being retired than we get for disability checks. from what you said here you will get less? i know how noisy those machines are, we had several in our street for a few weeks. at least they shut down around 4 in the afternoon

  2. So this would make you in your mid sixties, I am thinking. How will your pension change? Will you get more money, or less? I would think maybe more. I like how you snapped modern trains and kind of old fashioned as well.

  3. Well having been an OAP for many years I don't even think about it now any more that I did when I became one. The track-laying train looks impressive.

  4. Construction work noise is one of the worst - there are few things in life I hate more than being woken up by noisy machines and builders shouting at each other across that noise!
    But of course things need doing, and as long as they do not start too early in the day, that's fine.
    Will you now have more or less money than before? Does it make a big difference?
    Actually, during the past months when I have enjoyed more walks than usual (although I have always been walking lots), I have often thought how nice it would be to take early retirement. But as I am only 52, I have many more years to go... I like my work, but I wouldn't be bored without it, either!

  5. Bence her yere tren yapılsın. Daha konforlu.

  6. From all the questions, it seems I was a bit too vague about my upcoming change from early to proper retirement. It will mean a reduction in income, not an increase. The reason is that work-related injury compensation will cease when I turn 65 (='standard' retirement age here. It's being discussed raising it to 67. Maybe even decided - I don't quite recall.) This does not come as a surprise, it's just still a bit vague how things will add up in the long run. And the whole world economy just now affected by the corona crisis does not really make fortune-telling any easier!

  7. Here in NZ retired people don't actually get that much in benefits, I'm hoping they don't raise the age once I get to that point.


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