The big 60 for me in December. I have scaled back over the last couple of years, down to 3.5 days a week now.
I always thought i would carry on for another 5 to 7 years as i enjoy running my businesses, until the mega migraines started a couple of years ago.
The tiredness and short term memory are manageable on a shorter week but now i have found i rather like being part time.
The plan for next year is 10 weeks holiday, increasing again the following year.
Fortunately i have excellent staff, most have been with me for over 25 years.
As the owner I have a responsibility to my staff, who are all late 50s, we are all a bit set in our ways so selling to new owners would be a big shock for them, one I don't want to inflict.
Our joint plan is to carry on with them stepping up a bit more and bring my son onboard, he is currently training as a surveyor whilst working as an estate agent.
I could have retired a few years ago but thought I was immortal
I do find the extra long weekends onboard each month are great for recharging my batteries, my excuse is it is doctors orders.