George's second wife left him about three months ago, and he finds himself alone for the first time in almost 12 years. While George agrees that "the marriage has been over for a long time," he has found it difficult to adapt to day-to-day life on his own and often feels lonely.
Nancy (his ex) is staying with her daughter until she can reach an agreement with George about what to do with the property, but George knows he will have to move out soon. As he admits, "The house is just too much for me to manage on my own. Nancy was the one who did the garden; that was her labour of love, and with all the cleaning and maintenance ... I just don't think I can keep it up."
George's brother Patrick is also single and has been encouraging George to look at flatting - maybe get a flatmate into the house so he has a bit of company and can share the costs. That's what Patrick's done, and he feels it's worked well for him.
One or two of George's friends have suggested he move into a retirement village, where he wouldn't have to worry so much about gardening and maintenance and there would be plenty of people to chat with.
However, George is not sure what he wants to do yet. "Someone else mentioned Abbeyfield - although I'm not sure I'd qualify for that ... There's a lot to think about, that's for sure."
He thinks he might like to buy a smaller house, if he could find something that suited in the same area. But he is also thinking about going to visit some friends in Perth and "see a bit of Australia."
He actually really wants to just take some time out to weigh up his options. "I don't want to have to move again any time soon after this, so I want to be sure I'm making the right decision."