I retired from veterinary practice (Reg Balmer & Associates, Barnes) in January 2002.
Starting as a small branch surgery next to the Sun Inn, I acquired the White Hart Lane premises in 1979 and continued to develop and expand the business until my retirement in January 2002.
My associate vets Katy Horton and Simon Kent formed a partnership to take over the clinic as Vets on White Hart Lane. They continued to develop and improve the practice to a high standard. The practice has now been incorporated (regrettably some might say) into the Medivet Group and Katy and Simon have moved on.
During my last few years in practice I had realised an interest in website development and produced a simple site for my practice. After retirement my interest continued and I began to develop websites for veterinary practices and some other businesses.
Over a period of 10 years or so I developed and administered over 30 websites for CVS UK Limited who manage over 450 veterinary surgeries in in the UK and Netherlands. These included the main business sites and many individual practices. The company have now redeveloped these 'in house' and my association with them has come to an end.
During these years I continued my sporting activities such as tennis, cycling and motorcycling as well as ticking off some wonderful places around the world from the 'Bucket List'. See some pictures on the Slide Shows.
Unfortunatley during 2014 & 2015 deteriorating arthritis in my knees had prevented me playing tennis and I took the decision to go for knee replacement to hopefully enable me to continue the activities I have always loved.
My bilateral TKR surgery was successfully carried out in February 2016 and I began the lengthy rehab process.
Fortunately I have made an excellent recovery and have become a committed MAMIL, completing the 100 mile Prudential Ride London in July 2017.
In 2018 I completed the Prudential 100 and also the challenging London Revolution.
The London Revolution is a truly unique 360° loop right around London covering 300km over 2 days, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May. I completed the 2 day event covering 190 miles in all. On Saturday it rained throughout the afternoon and we made it to Windsor Base Camp wet and cold! On Sunday the weather improved and we had a dry sunny ride through some lovely roads in the Chilterns with a few monster hills.
As my time now is largely taken up with 'leisure' activities, time for website business has diminished but I can still be tempted occasionally! :-)