#ThursdayThrowback – How To Create a Utility Room on a Boat

I first wrote this post in February last year when we’d only been living on the boat for three months and were short on space.  Well, this ‘utility room’ is the most useful room on board and it would be so difficult to live without it now.  It is a spare room with double bed, and yes we have had guests sleep in it.  It is the cats room, where the litter tray is and where they are fed, it’s a great store room, cloak room and it’s where the washing machine lives and we have lines up along the ceiling creating a great drying space.  It’s proved to be a brilliant room so thought I’d share it again.  Here’s the post again explaining how it was created:

In October of 2017 my partner and I picked up the last of the packing boxes, handed over the keys and walked away from our house which we’d lived in for 14 happy years. We did this with certainty in our minds that we were doing the right thing as time had very quickly, but inevitably moved on, my boys had moved away and were happily getting on with their own lives so it was now time to think out of the box, move away from a dangerously boring ‘rut’ we could’ve easily have settled in to and do something a little different ourselves.

We moved onto our canal boat, aptly named, ‘Head in the Clouds’.  No, it’s not beautifully finished, in fact there’s still quite a lot to fix, maintain and build, but hey… “we’ll manage to live on it while we finish doing it up right?” we had both said. Continue reading “#ThursdayThrowback – How To Create a Utility Room on a Boat”

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#WordlessWednesday – Back On The Boards

It’s that time of year again when myself and my better half start looking forward to getting back on our boards and tripping off to find snow up in the mountains somewhere.  These are just a few photographs of last years trip to Fernie, Canada and the stunning scenery which took my breath away.

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Etsy Holiday Gift Guide

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Where have I been?!

I’ve only just come across Etsy and I love it! Why? Because it’s the ‘go to place’ for anything handmade, vintage, custom and unique.  Yes all those ‘different’ gifts you’re searching for!

Oh my word, I love it!

Also, if you’re one of those really clever people who makes amazing things at home, then it may be worth taking a look at Continue reading “Etsy Holiday Gift Guide”

Amazing over 50’s – Guest post

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

Amazing over 50’s

I’m 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.

This month I introduce Debbie Harris as my ninth guest to this series.

Debbie is the author of one of my favourite blogs ‘Debs World’ and describes herself as an Australian midlife, travel, adventure and lifestyle blogger.  I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie in May of this year at the Annual Bloggers Bash where she won Runner Up in the ‘Hidden Gem’ Award!  I have to say the main thing you notice about Debbie when you meet her, is her amazing and contagious happy smile!

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My 7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling

Lately I’ve been a little… not sure what to call ‘it‘, ‘that feeling“.  I’m sure everyone’s felt it at some time?  That feeling…when you’re just a little ‘out of it’, not unwell, but a little…fed up?  

Is it the change of season? Am I affected by SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder?  I’m not sure, but Continue reading “My 7 Ways To Stop That Strange Feeling”

A Slow Meander to York – Part 4 – Enjoying Naburn and On To York

Here’s Part 4 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.  

 Naburn Lock to York

We enjoyed a great cruise from Rotherham to York.

If you’d like to catch up with our big canal journey then below is;

Part 1 – A Bumpy Start

Part 2 – A Challenge On The Selby Canal

Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear – The River Ouse Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 4 – Enjoying Naburn and On To York”

Amazing over 50’s – Guest post

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

Amazing over 50’s

I’m 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.

This month I introduce Sandra Danby as my eighth guest to this series.

Sandra is the author of ‘The Identity Detective Series’ the first novel being; Ignoring Gravity and the second being; Connectedness. 

 

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#WordlessWednesday -Wood Carving or Not?

Whilst wandering around Kielder Forest last weekend, we came across these guys, but were they carved out of trees or made of plastic?

We had to get really close to make sure.  We did a little knocking and staring, but it didn’t take us long to realise they were definitely wood carvings – So glad they weren’t plastic! Continue reading “#WordlessWednesday -Wood Carving or Not?”

An Antique Thingy And I Don’t Mean My Mum!

I had a really enjoyable afternoon out with my mum yesterday.  She’s, let’s say…the latter side of an 80 something year young woman and we often enjoy afternoons out together.

I genuinely enjoy spending time with her, not just because she’s my mum and I love her to bits, but because she’s funny and a pleasure to be around.  She finds it hard to accept her age, because in her head she’s still in her 60’s, if not younger.  I’m the same, I can’t believe I’m 53, because in my head I’m in my 30’s.  Yes she’s got a few niggles with this and that health wise, well actually, a lot of niggles, in fact I’d be here all blooming day if I had to list them all, but you don’t get to mums ripe age without gathering a few ‘blooming nuisance‘ (as mum puts it), aches and pains, but let’s just say she can’t do any cartwheels the way she used to. Continue reading “An Antique Thingy And I Don’t Mean My Mum!”

#ThrowbackThursday – 3 Things To Do If You Find An Owlet

Yesterday, as I was walking through the woods, I was thinking about the time we found an owlet.  We learnt a few things that day and I often wonder if the little fella survived.  I wrote about it in June 2017.  It was a day we’ll always remember and I thought it was worthy of a #Throwbackthursday…

3 Things to do if you find an owlet (posted June 2017)

Wharncliffe & Greno Woods is a beautiful place near Sheffield and every time we go we seem to discover different paths for walking and find more mountain biking trails too. Continue reading “#ThrowbackThursday – 3 Things To Do If You Find An Owlet”

A Book Review – Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Graeme at the Bloggers Bash in London in May of this year.    As a new, fairly nervous attendee, I was delighted when many people came to introduce themselves and made me feel so very welcome and at ease.  Graeme was one of these people.

When I first saw the cover of Graeme’s book, Ravens Gathering.  I was immediately drawn in.  I love to read a good thriller and both the cover and synopsis told me that’s exactly what it would be… Continue reading “A Book Review – Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming”

#WordlessWednesday

Power kites are so much fun! 

Whenever Jon sees an empty beach and feels a good breeze then the kite bag comes out and the dogs get excited.  I become the photographer and the Continue reading “#WordlessWednesday”

Amazing over 50’s – Guest post

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

Amazing over 50’s

I’m 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.

This month I’m so pleased to introduce Julia Gibbs as my seventh guest to this series.

Julia is a professional proofreader

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A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear – The River Ouse

 

Here’s Part 3 of our ‘Slow Meander to York’.  

Selby Lock to Naburn Lock

If you’ve read parts 1 & 2 of our cruise to York, I would firstly like to thank you for persevering, reading my ramblings and secondly, you may have realised we were not looking forward to The River Ouse part, because we’re wimps?  Yes maybe, but also because we’d heard many boaters speak of their own experiences which ranged from being enjoyable to having to be rescued by the coastguard, (more of that story in a later post).  Other boats were doing this run everyday, (well probably not in extreme weather conditions unless they were totally nuts) so we kept saying, “If we want to take the boat to York, we have to cruise the Ouse – Let’s do this!” Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 3 – Tackling Our Tidal Fear – The River Ouse”