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A Retirement card featuring a tube of paint and a stick of chalk and text 'Enjoy Your Retirement'

– Blank inside for your own message
– Printed in the UK on premium card stock
– Supplied with a white envelope

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A Retirement card featuring a tube of paint and a stick of chalk and text ‘Enjoy Your Retirement’

The idiom ‘at the coal face’ has been around for years. It means, of course, in the real world rather than in an office remote from the actual challenges faced when doing the job. And using the example of the work that a coal miner does is a graphic way of describing the difference.

What greater contrast than the conditions below ground in a coal mine? One can imagine that the ‘planners and pen pushers’ would be hesitant about even visiting the coal face.

The more modern variant is ‘at the chalk face’ – meaning of course the work that school teachers do and the actual conditions faced in the classroom. Here though, the chalk is not for teaching but for experiencing.

Say ‘retirement planning’ and I bet a lot of people will think of money. But of course the big question is what to do with all that free time.

Which is where the ‘chalk and paint’ image comes in, of course. Doing creative things is a hedge against boredom and of sitting staring at the television.

So – chalk, paint, free time, and a message to enjoy retirement.

Rennie Mackintosh Allan Glens

The font used for the words ‘Enjoy Your Retirement’ is named Rennie Mackintosh Allan Glens.

It is based on one of the hand-drawn designs created by the Scottish architect, designer, and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the foremost Art Nouveau artist in the United Kingdom in the early part of the 20th century.

Together with his wife, Margaret MacDonald, they created some stunning interiors.

Mackintosh’s furniture designs, his buildings, and his artistic handwritten texts are known worldwide. Not so well known are the wonderful watercolour botanic specimens that he painted. Grab the chance to see them if you can.

By the way, the The Allan Glens part of the name of the font relates to the school that Mackintosh attended.

SKU: C0191


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A tube of paint and a stick of chalk and text 'Enjoy Your Retirement'