Amazing Over 50’s – Brigid Gallagher

Amazing Over 50’s – Brigid Gallagher

Once again, I am excited to introduce another guest to my series:

Amazing over 50’s

I am inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are happy to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work or their achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride and open arms.

This month I’m happy to introduce Brigid Gallagher as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series. Brigid has written an inspirational self help memoir and also writes a blog called Watching the Daisies.

Welcome Brigid, to Loving the fifty something and to the Amazing over 50’s series.

Can I ask you to tell us a little about yourself? Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Brigid Gallagher”

#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind

#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind

Warning – There are a few photographs towards the end of this post which may be upsetting, although there is a happy ending…

Birds are fascinating to me.  There are large birds, tiny birds, they are resourceful, clever, delicate yet tough little beauties, they survive harsh weather and have to dodge so many predators.  They are beautiful.

Here is my contribution for this weeks #SundayStills photography challenge, ‘For the Birds‘ hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt.

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We’ve had a few bird encounters over the years, here are a few… Continue reading “#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind”

Exploring Kirroughtree Forest

Exploring Kirroughtree Forest

IMG_9008Back in November 2019, we decided to take Polly, our camper van and do some touring of Scotland, initially around the Dumfries area, then we’d see where Polly would take us.  We were also on the hunt for, not only some great walking, but some good mountain biking trails.

Our first Brit Stop seemed to be just a car park off the beaten track in Caerlaverock, near Dumfries.  It was late and very dark so we didn’t really know what our surroundings were.  Little did we know that we’d stumbled upon a beautiful nature reserve.  I wrote about this here, where I also explain what Brit Stops are.

From there we were heading towards Newton Stewart, then north toward Galloway Forest, in search of a mountain biking trail we’d heard of at Kirroughtree.

After only a few hours driving and of course the enjoyment of Scotlands beautiful

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The start of our forest walk, whilst above me was the end of the mountain biking trail.

scenery we found ourselves pulling up at Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre.  A quick tour around the centre familiarised us with what was on offer and we were excited.  There were various walks around the forest and what looked like a great mountain biking course, in fact it was one of the 7 Stanes courses, which in the mountain biking world are well sought after as they are award winning trails, eight to be precise, dotted around south Scotland and you don’t have to be an expert to ride them as they have varying skill levels within each trail.  Jon was happy, I was happy and the dogs were so excited as they were first on the list to enjoy a big long walk and explore in the forest.

We set off walking one of the harder trails of the forest and it didn’t take us long before we were walking in what seemed to be an enchanted magical mysterious forest, as everything was covered in moss.  It was so very still, quite eerie, and stunning in a strange kind of way.  It was a fantasy story waiting to be written, my mind was running wild with fairies and goblin’s. Continue reading “Exploring Kirroughtree Forest”

#WordlessWednesday – Wood Carving Mysteries

#WordlessWednesday – Wood Carving Mysteries

Wordless Wednesday – Let your photo’s do the talking!

You can make up your own story for this fella.

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Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday

Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday

Once again, I am excited to introduce another guest to my series:

Amazing over 50’s

I am inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are happy to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work or their achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride and open arms.

This month I’m happy to introduce April Munday as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series. April is an author of historical romance novels and also writes a fascinating blog called  A Writer’s Perspective, where she shares her love of history.

Welcome April, to Loving the fifty something and to the Amazing over 50’s series.

I’ll hand you straight over to April to tell us what she’s been up to since turning 50.

I’ve been over 50 for the best part of eleven years now, so I’ve almost got the hang of it.  Three years ago, at 57, I retired.  Before that I worked in procurement for more than 30 years. For most of my 50s I was working all hours for a large company. When I wasn’t working, I was commuting or asleep.  Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday”

#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?

#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?

This weeks #SundayStills Photography Challenge is hosted by Hugh from ‘Hughs Views and News’

The theme is…

Round

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Rounds are everywhere, if we look for them…

Every morning I look out of a Round porthole window

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Taken from our boat while moored in York

This beautiful caterpillar preferred to go Round as I gently moved it away from danger Continue reading “#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?”

Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!

Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!

It’s amazing the things you forget.  I often look back and reflect on the things we’ve experienced, but more so at this time of year. I find that photographs help immensely with jolting my memory, so I turned to my mobile phone to reflect on the photographs of 2019.  I found myself, smiling and laughing along with remembering a few things that I’d totally forgotten we’d done.  I do curse these mobile phones sometimes, but by far the best thing about them, is they allow you to be quite a good photographer!

We’re nearing the end of 2019 and it’s a good time for reflection.

Personally, I’ve found 2019 to be an interesting year…

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Fernie, Canada where the weather can be interesting!

It started out with a snowboarding trip to Canada in February where experiencing  strange weather was an education, you’re never too late to learn right?

A new bathroom for the boat where we live, with a homemade composting toilet, (I’m sure I’ll get around to that blog post some time in the New Year!)

Twice in 2019 I was honoured to be a guest blogger, once for Dan Swords, where I was asked to talk about what I’d learnt from my short time as a blogger and also I was asked by Hugh for his blog, Hughsviewsandnews.com to write about my experiences as a blogger, where I wrote about how I almost gave up.  Writing both these pieces were a little different to my normal writing style, a little out of my Continue reading “Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!”

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Happy Christmas All!

Happy Christmas All!

I’ll start with an apology – Sorry all for being too quiet lately both in writing for my blog and catching up with you all.   No excuses other than…where the hell did December go??!

Like most, I’ve been so busy this month as my new little business has taken off, I’ve started attending a regular market as a trader, which I love, and of course it’s silly season, so all I’m going to do now as I’m rushing off for yet another little festive shin-dig is wish you all a fabulous Christmas and I’ll be back in the New Year with a proper catch up of what’s been going on, oh and I may have some ‘personal’ special news for 2020!

🎄Here’s to lot’s of Fun and Frolicking over the next few days or so! 💃🕺

🎉Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to All! 🎊

I’ll leave you with a few photo’s of Millie, taken last year, while not being the best of models as I was trying to take her festive photo, I gave up in the end!

Millie Christmas

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Me with Crazy Rose (left) and our beautiful, (late, but always remembered) Jenna 💕

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Millie our ‘Funny’ Puggly

 

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Amazing Over 50’s – Nancy Dobbins

Amazing Over 50’s – Nancy Dobbins

Once again, I am excited to introduce another guest to my series:

Amazing over 50’s

I am inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are happy to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work or their achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride and open arms.

This month I’m happy to introduce Nancy Dobbins as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series. Nancy writes a wonderful blog called Defining Third Age where she shares stories, anecdotes, and information about transitioning into retirement, “third age”.

Welcome Nancy to Loving The Fifty Something and the ‘Amazing over 50’s’ series.

Can I ask you to tell us a little about yourself?

Some of my “facts and figures”…I am currently 61 years old and in my second year of retirement from a career in teaching and education leadership.  I grew up and lived most of my life in Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Nancy Dobbins”

#SundayStills – A Few Favourite Shots

#SundayStills – A Few Favourite Shots

Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge

This weeks theme is…

Your Favourite Photo’s

Oh dear, I found this quite difficult as I am always snapping photo’s and have so many to choose from, but after much thought, I have chosen these…

The header photo was taken on Gwithian Beach, Cornwall, one of our favourite beaches. I love the reflections on the sand.  Below is Continue reading “#SundayStills – A Few Favourite Shots”

What Is A Brit Stopper?

What Is A Brit Stopper?

“What is a Brit Stopper?” we asked, while chatting to a couple who had parked their camper van in the car park of a pub.  We were staying in a nearby campsite at the time and had visited the pub for a meal.  “You just buy the annual Brit Stop’s book and all the places you can park are listed, it’s great!” they said.

As soon as I could, I got on the Brit Stops website and ordered our book, £28 I believe it was, which is around what you’d pay for one nights stay at a campsite.  Don’t get me wrong, campsites are brilliant with the facilities they offer and security, but sometimes, especially while travelling in a camper van, all you need is a safe parking space, knowing you’re not going to get moved on.  That’s exactly what Brit Stops’ is all about.  They’re businesses such as pubs, restaurants, shops, farms, vineyards etc offering you the use of a parking space on their land for the evening.IMG_6389

Some Brit Stops offer facilities, such as being able to fill up with water or get rid of grey water, toilet waste or rubbish, but sometimes its just a welcome parking spot.  All very helpful and it’s manners to maybe have a few pints of their best beer, or tantalise your tastebuds with what they have on offer from their menus or take a peek in their shop.

With Polly the camper van packed up, the Brit Stops book in hand and route, more or less sorted, we were heading north toward Scotland! Continue reading “What Is A Brit Stopper?”

#SundayStills – A Burst of Yellow

#SundayStills – A Burst of Yellow

Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge

This weeks theme is…

Yellow Autumn Or Leaves

This is such a beautiful theme for me personally, as leaves are from one of my most favourite and loved things in the world – Trees

It’s wonderful how in autumn, when leaves are beginning to fall and wither away, how nature wants to give them one last burst of life and colour

From deep green to bright yellow, turning to brown then falling…

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Autumn, along with rain and dull skies, usually gives us intermittent bursts of blue skies too, just to give that extra wow factor as you look up… 
Continue reading “#SundayStills – A Burst of Yellow”

Amazing Over 50’s – Suzanne Vosbikian

Amazing Over 50’s – Suzanne Vosbikian

Once again, I am excited to introduce another guest to my series:

Amazing over 50’s

I am inviting and featuring ‘Mid-lifers’ who are enjoying life over 50 and who are happy to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work or their achievements etc, but more importantly who are embracing this time of their lives with pride and open arms.

This month I’m happy to introduce Suzanne Vosbikian as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series.  Suzanne, along with her husband Malcolm, write a wonderful blog, Picture Retirement, which I have recently come across and already enjoy reading regularly, as they obviously have that zest for life.  Here, Suzanne talks honestly and openly about how retiring early was something they both had to take time to get used to. Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Suzanne Vosbikian”

A Family Fun Day In The Mud!

A Family Fun Day In The Mud!

A few months ago, I saw something on Face Book, which caught my attention.  It was an advert to take part in ‘The Muddy Dog Challenge‘ to raise money for Battersea Dogs Home. I’d never heard of it before, but the video looked like so much fun.  It’s a 5K run with your dog with obstacles and plenty of mud!  Who wouldn’t want to do this?!

This was definitely my thing, doing something which looked like a lot of fun with our dogs.   The 5K part?  Well it’s been a long time since I’d run a 5K, I fast walk that distance regularly, but running?  I’d worry about that later.

I got in touch with my two sons and it was a YES from them and my youngest niece was also interested to run it along with her boyfriend.  I would run with Rosie, our collie, my eldest son would have Millie the pug, which would be interesting!  My youngest son would run with his dads collie, Blue and my niece and boyfriend would run with her sisters dog, Bruno.  We had a team! We signed up! Continue reading “A Family Fun Day In The Mud!”