Well, I have managed 8 gallons of cider this year, but have collected hardly any fungi and no chestnuts at all! Where does the time go? Like everyone else working in the public sector life in the workplace is no bed of roses these days. Roll on retirement, in 7 months from now I can start to reduce my hours. I cant wait. In my working life the past year has been amoung the most difficult. Its no way to end a career, no way at all, but it seems that the days when someone who was leaving was shown any appreciation and thanked are a thing of the past. What a sad indictement of society. It all changed with Thatcher, I remember a time when staff were valued, it seems a very long time ago. Like a lot of people I just wish I could pack it all in.