"I don't know how I had time to come to work"
For Bob McLachlan and Peter Munro, they've got a perfectly good excuse not to go to work this week at Clarence Valley Council.
They're just too busy.
The pair, with more than sixty years between them working for the council, were recognised for their long-service at their retirement ceremony at the Townsend council depot last week, and say there's more than enough to keep them occupied.
"When I worked, I used to only get the opportunity to do stuff around the house on Saturday and Sunday, and come to work Monday to Friday," Bob said.
"Now I don't work Saturday or Sunday any more, and I can work on the house during the week, if I feel like it," he laughed.
The pair worked in various jobs throughout the council including on construction, quarry work, weeds inspecting, and for Peter, who is an avid diver, his skills underwater could lead him into some sticky situations.
"I remember they told me to come out and do some diving work one day, but wouldn't tell me where I was going," he said.
"Next thing I'm out at the treatment works and diving down about 1.5m to do some 'cleaning' work."
Peter, or "Dutchy" as he was known affectionately to his workmates, regaled the gathering with stories of his travels to work, often walking or riding long distances into work.
"If I had a chance I'd have a swim at lunch, I'd take a spare change of clothes and go, and no one ever minded because you'd always come out fresher."
Peter says between his daily 8km walk, gardening, volunteering and his hobby of catching lobsters he won't have time to think about retirement.
"I don't know how I had time to come to work," he laughed.
Both men said it was the people they would miss about their years with the council.
"The old-timer's would have a practical joke, and it was always good fun to have a laugh with everyone," Bob said.