Hi everyone. For those of you who already know me, you will need read no further. For anyone else…

I retired in 2012, then aged 60, and moved from a busy life and work in Central London, to Beetley, in rural Norfolk. I thought I would start this blog to share my thoughts about life in general, and my new life in Norfolk in particular. My wife Julie is still working in a local bank, so I am at home most of the day, accompanied by my four year old Shar-Pei dog, Ollie.

My interests include local and global history, politics, and cinema and film. I also enjoy music; Motown, Soul, Jazz, along with many modern singers and styles.

After 22 years as an Emergency Medical Technician in the London Ambulance Service, followed by 11 years working for the Metropolitan Police in Control Rooms, it took some adjustment to being retired, and not working shifts.


I am updating this info on 18th April, 2016. Ollie is now four years old, and is still a great dog to own. The blog has continued to grow, and I have now posted over 900 articles. I currently write a bit about films, just short reviews and suggestions; and I did write a lot of anecdotes about my years in the Ambulance Service. I have written a lot about past travel and holidays, and also about architecture. I also post a lot about music and songs, those that have a significance in my life for one reason or another. The core of the blog remains the same though; my experiences of my new life in Norfolk, walking my dog, and living in a rural setting.

I have had my blogging ups and downs; attracted some followers, both loyal and fickle, and gained a great deal from the whole process. I have written articles published on other blogs and websites, as well as trying my hand at some fiction pieces. If you are considering starting a blog, I would suggest you give it a try. I really would. It may not change your life; but then again, it just might.

You can contact me at petejohnson50@yahoo.com

Me with Ollie  on the North Norfolk coast
Me with Ollie on the North Norfolk coast

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  1. I love the way you write. I find it quite inspiring. Love the piece about your move to Norfolk. I will soon be a displaced Essex-er living in South Wales. It’s comforting to know that moving away from what you’ve always known can work out for the best πŸ™‚

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    1. It worked out for the best for me, but then I also retired from work. I miss the restaurants, and the cinemas in walking distance. But I enjoy the dark nights, the feeling of safety, and the peace and quiet.
      Thanks for your kind comment.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Pete, can you please send me your e-mail address and I want to wish you a very happy and fulfilling 65th birthday. Mine is: john.liming783(at)gmail(dot)com. (You have to substitute the @ for (at) and a period (.) for “dot” in order to make it work.

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    1. Thanks very much for following my blog, Jenny. Lauren and I are near-neighbours in Norfolk, so that’s how we ‘met’ on the blog.
      Glad you like Ollie. There are many more photos of him here. Just type ‘Ollie’ into my search box.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. That is a pretty comprehensive list! However, much of the comment is conjecture. If even half of this is anywhere near correct, I have certainly seen no evidence of it from over here. As I generally do, I conclude that what Americans consider to be ‘Communism’, is better known by the term ‘Liberal Democrat’ in Europe.
      Best wishes, Pete.


      1. It’s all too correct, though I’d have to do a rather extensive post on the many ways this has occurred; especially in areas concerning our educational system, the so-called”art” that has replaced real art, and the willingness to accept that which is unseemly.


  4. Hello Pete! I found you via milly’sguidetohappiness. I notice here that you ‘updated’ your about page…I’m in the process of updating my own (way over due – but I did get the welcome page updated just yesterday!). So, this updated page is inspiring to me – HA!
    I’m following as there is lots to read here that interests me.


  5. I came across your blog via a comment you made recently on Marina’s Letters from Athens. You sound an interesting person, and I look forward to reading more about you. I love your beautiful river photo at the top of your page.


    1. Thanks very much for your kind words. I have to confess (as I have told many others) that I did not take the header photo. It is a stock wallpaper image, from an HTC mobile phone. Where I live, there are no distant hills or mountains, though there is an place very like the foreground, where I walk with my dog. I do post quite a few photos about the area though, which can be seen if you use the search box and type ‘Photos’.
      Best wishes, and happy new year. Pete.


  6. Hey Pete! Wow 900 articles is an impressive feat – I think I’ve only made it to 30 so far. Looking forward to following your blog and catching up with what life is like in Norfolk these days. Love your dog ! πŸ™‚ From Millie in the New England (Aussie version)


    1. That’s the only one of me on this blog. Sort-of Yoda meets Bob Hoskins and gives birth to Anthony Hopkins, if you get my drift. That one is two years old now, so only the eye-bags are bigger!
      I will always think of your Darko image, even if I saw a real photo…
      Cheers mate, Pete.


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