JustLyn Female (66) from Cheshire

I am in a relationship with a man I met in April 2012 in a happy "living apart together" scenario 20 miles between us. It brings a "2nd home" to both of us, especially since we are both retired. I divorced in 2007 and his partner of 28 years had died in 2010 at age 58 of cancer so we just met for a meal, a potential new friend for coffee, cinema, theatre and country walking...well cities can be good to explore too.

I stay here because although I never really looked for a relationship, just friends, just was advised by a man I met that in 2008, MSE had a few members who arranged walks. As a result, from being in a "joined at the hip" marriage for 28 years and had no friends, I made genuine real life friends from this site who I am in regular contact with off site and now my partner is included in those circles.

I have retired as an NHS nurse (Jan 31st 2020) in a GP surgery where I specialised in diabetes management.

Since my son has autism, I am involved in our local carers' organisation and attend our local autism support group. I also like to keep learning and keep fit. Now I have retired I have bought a second bike and hope to enjoy more cycling and walking throughout our warmer seasons. One is a folding E-bike and the 2nd one is a standard hybrid, useful for up to 10 miles locally, along the River Mersey and ex railway trails.

More recently, and during lockdown I took up a free 3 month tuition from Fender on how to play guitar as B had left an old no-brand Spanish guitar at my house. I have since bought a used Crafter travel guitar to see how far I can get learning past retirement. My partner is a fluent player on guitar but he likes Irish music, but I'll be pleased to play Yankee Doodle!

I periodically try to improve my French. A bit like my music, I know the chords and words, but not that great at stringing them together.

I am an honest and caring person, but like to look deeper into issues and get frustrated by superficial solutions that can create more problems down the line. I detest injustices.

Doing a degree later in life (graduated age 40), introduced that the more we learn and think we know, the more there is to be discovered rather than jumping to what we may think is obvious with the bit of knowledge at the time. This also means it is important to always consider an alternative view that we may disagree with and consider that too.

I hope to enjoy polite debate and discussion with friendly members who don't have to prove themselves by putting others down.
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Individual thinkers rather than people who have to boost their ego behind the shield of herd mentality and tribal behaviour.

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I'm 66 years old and come from Cheshire in the United Kingdom. I'm attached with three children. I'm 5' 10" tall and of average build. I don't smoke and I drink occasionally. I'm here for friendship.

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