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!”

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#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”

Amazing over 50’s – Guest post

I’m excited again to be introducing 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 Sue Loncaric as my sixth guest to this series.

Sue has a fabulous blog called Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond which both inspires and empowers other women over 50 to live life to the full.  I have been following Sue for a while now and absolutely love reading her posts and watching her achieve her goals.

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#WordlessWednesday

I do love unusual clocks.

This unusual clock called The Hastings Clock stands proudly in Rotherham and was erected in 1912 to commemorate the Coronation of King George V & Queen Mary on 22 June 1911.

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I did wonder what the relevance of the hooves were under the large planter.

After doing a little research I came across this blog called ‘Memorial Drinking Fountains’ which explained it wasn’t only a clock tower, but also a drinking fountain.

The large planter was a drinking receptacle for horses, (hence the hooves).  There are smaller planters around the other side which were water fountains for the people of Rotherham to enjoy a drink of water.

If you fancy popping over to the ‘Memorial Drinking Fountains blog, click Here

I think it’s a beautiful clock and drinking fountain, what do you think?

#Throwback Thursday – A world without Trees?

Originally posted Aug 2017 on Lovingthefiftysomething.com

Can you imagine a world without trees?  Isn’t that a terrible thought? I was thinking this while I was on one of my many walks last week. Continue reading “#Throwback Thursday – A world without Trees?”

A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge

We bought ‘Head in the Clouds’, over sixteen years ago, she was an empty rusty shell and has been transformed into our home.  There are still many things needing to be done to her, but we were able to move aboard last October and so far, we love living the boat life.

You can read this post, ‘It’s time to sell up and live on a boat where I explain a little more about her and the transformation so far.  Although we’ve had her for so long, we have only, so far enjoyed short journeys, so we thought it was time to try a bigger trip and venture up to York, which was always one ‘cruising‘ journey we wanted to do.  We were quite excited about the trip, it was a big deal for us because:- Continue reading “A Slow Meander to York – Part 2 – The Selby Canal & Our First Challenge”

A Book Review – Salisbury Square by Geoff Le Pard

I love it when I come across a book which, not only did the front cover picture have me intrigued, but the plot kept me gripped.   Salisbury Square is a real page turner.

IMG_2401You can’t help but feel sorry for Jerzy Komaza, the main character of this quite dark thriller. He’s on the run from his home in Poland, having severely beaten his father while trying to save his sister.

He’s hoping to meet up with his old friend, Jan in London for help and to find work, but things go from bad to worse as we’re taken into the depths of London which most people, gladly would normally never see.

His meeting with Jan throws up some disturbing realisations and his life gets more complicated as he meets a young girl called Suzie who, he feels he has to help and protect as she is a vulnerable, homeless drug addict who is reliant on a violent boyfriend.

Then there’s Ola, Jan’s cousin, who becomes involved to the point where she is also in danger and Jerzy feels he must help her too. The problem is, can Jerzy trust Jan, Ola or Suzie?

Salisbury Square is a fast paced thriller, which keeps you turning the pages.  For me personally, to enjoy a book there has to be an interesting plot and I have to care about the characters, this doesn’t disappoint.

I can thoroughly recommend Salisbury Square.  It is such a well written book and I couldn’t put it down.

If you’d like to know more about the author and see all his books including his latest, ‘Apprenticed to my Mother’, then please take a look at his Amazon page Here

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing over 50’s – Guest post

I’m very 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 Danielle Tilley as my fifth guest to this series.

DeeDee, (as she likes to be known) has a blog called Invisible-No-More which, if you haven’t come across it yet, is well worth a visit, as you will be inspired by DeeDee’s attitude and determination to overcome not only her own, but her husband’s ‘Midlife Crisis’.

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