Glyn Rees, a coffee, a new life and a pile of books
IT'S an understatement to say the least, but life is a little different for Glyn Rees these days.
The former councillor, relaxing at a favourite cafe in Allora said he'd taken some time out to come to terms with a slower paced life.
"I've only started to get back into things in the past couple of weeks," he said.
"I felt a bit direction-less.
"To be honest, I was pretty disappointed I didn't get voted back in and felt a lot of embarrassment too.
"There was a lot of criticism levelled at the previous council and as the only one that didn't get back in, I got to feeling like it was all a bit my fault.
"The last four years have been pretty trying, it's a full-on job (being a councillor), despite what some people might think."
Mr Rees said despite the trials and tribulations he enjoyed the council work immensely.
"Working with people; if you could do something to make someone's life a little easier, it was definitely all worth it," he said.
"It's a great job for a communicator and a problem solver.
"One of the parts of working on the council I miss the most is dealing with all the great people on the Southern Downs.
"I miss the travelling around, meeting all those people and hearing their stories."
So at the age of 57, the former Cr Rees finds himself in an unfamiliar position - in the job market.
"I've taken a bit of work at the Blue Cow Pub here in Allora, so I'm one of the smiling faces behind the bar.
"I filled for someone a few weeks back and quite enjoyed it so I've taken on a bit more.
"I like it, I'd prefer to be on the other side of the bar of course, but I have a well-known sense of humour and there are a few people down there I love catching up with.
"I'm also doing a bit of part-time work at the Allora Hardware, but if anyone out there thinks they might be able to use my skills, please get in touch."
Aside from the time taken to reacclimatise, Mr Rees said it's been great to snaffle a bit of family time.
"I spend a bit of time right here as well, outside the cafes, reading and watching the Allora world go by, which I really haven't had a chance to do for a while.
"I'm a fanatical reader, mainly non-fiction; sport of course and english history.
"And I've backed off on all the community stuff, but I'll be getting more involved now and I love that side of life.
"There are a couple of organisations around I'd really like to get involved in, so that's next."