Colin retired from technical writing in July 2017.

Although retired he still maintains an active interest in technical writing and continues as Sole Director of Colkea Pty Ltd.


  • No more travelling to work each day
  • Time to think (and be mildly creative)
  • More time to catch up with family and friends
  • More time to spend on my interests


  • Less opportunity to meet and work with interesting people of all ages, backgrounds and education, and learn more about them.
  • Initial feeling of isolation and being separated from the working world.
  • Thinking he’s no longer useful and won’t be contributing any more.


  • Catching up with family and friends
  • Gardening, mainly using Australian natives
  • Unpaid website administration for a social club
  • Bush walking and walking around the local area
  • Reading, particularly on regenerative agriculture, although he enjoyed the Shetland series
  • Driving
  • Listening to music
  • Keeping up to date with technology