Retired Blokes is written by Spencer Feeney, who worked as a journalist in the British regional press for more than 40 years until he retired in 2012. During this time, sales of regional newspapers in Britain steadily declined, but he doesn’t think it was all his fault. In fact he is quite ridiculously proud of the fact that the last newspaper he edited – the South Wales Evening Post – grew to be the largest selling Welsh regional newspaper during his ten years in charge.
He lives in Swansea with his wife Jacqueline – also known as The Current Mrs Feeney (No, there hasn’t been another. It’s just his little joke. My, how she laughs) – and their daughter Sophie – aka The Daughter Who Left (But Returned). Their son Lewis – aka The Gamekeeper – lives with his wife and family in The Cotswolds.
They are frequently joined by Milo – aka Next Door’s Cat!! – but only when he thinks they have sufficiently weakened to feed him ham and chicken and other delights.
Spencer’s mum died, aged 95, on December 2 2015. His dad died, aged 101, on March 14 2016. Spencer and The Current Mrs F have started The Garden Project to create a new garden at his parents’ former home.
When Spencer launched his blog, the idea was to create a place where retired men could gather to sympathise, offer mutual support, and generally bitch about the world. Retired Lives is an occasional series of interviews with men, who have finished full-time employment, about what they did next.
Meanwhile, his blog has evolved into a record of the rich tapestry of his retired life (otherwise described by The Current Mrs F as his harebrained schemes). They are listed on the home page of the blog.
Comments – and contributions – are welcome from anyone who is on the same journey, navigating through modern times without a compass.