My name is Tessa. I am a Midlander, once a Londoner, now living alone in the heart of England. A mother, a survivor and a shopper. Pensionista.co.uk is about life over seventy. It is dedicated to my mother Mary.
About the Site
Pensionista is a three-part perspective on living alone in much-later life and one of the biggest adventures of the 21st century – growing older in your own way. A guest post on this theme was published on a colourful American site in April: www.wowblog.me
Like most creative endeavours, Pensionista is also a way of reaching out – and I hope, connecting with – other people.
The core part is a collection of essays in short story form, which follow a train of thought…all inspired by personal experience of real events or conversation.
Notes from the Diary, posted weekly, belong to a familiar, more traditional genre, but in distilled form. The focus on the mundane or routine is deliberate, because everyday incidents or encounters with the inanimate are subjects in themselves and often neglected – but fun to write about!
In the Basket, the third page – is the monthly, maverick bit: a selective list of the items that find their way into one woman’s shopping bag or trolley. It may – or may not – amount to a micro-narrative of its own.
The illustration side of Pensionista is a work in progress. An Index of themes and dates will be added shortly.
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