About me

I’ve realised over the years that the more you rush around & stress over things the more you tread water and get no-where.

I’ve also learnt that you always feel a whole heap better if you politely distance yourself away from those negative people who just like to try to pull you down for no apparent reason other than the fact that it may make themselves feel better – stay with the positive people in your life, you’ll know who they are.

I’m Sam, I live in Yorkshire, England, I’m fifty something and never felt better.   Like most people, I’ve had many life experiences both good and bad.  Many have been happy & exciting, some devastating and some quite boring.  Since turning fifty I have now realised it’s time to take a step sideways, maybe step out of that box, out of that comfort zone, do those things that others may raise an eyebrow to, and Laugh – a lot.

Fifty is just a number 🙂

Life’s been a roller coaster just like so many other peoples’ and because of some of my experiences I feel I have grown, having learnt so much along the way.
With a loving family and childhood behind me, a difficult time at school, a strange choice of higher education, one emigration to USA and back again, a surprisingly varied number of  jobs, three very different businesses under my belt, along with having two amazing children, post natal depression, a few close family bereavements, one great marriage and then a sad divorce, along with early menopause and the second, hopefully last, steady relationship of my life – I can safely say life’s been interesting.  But I’ve made it past 50, (which, when I was a kid I thought was ancient!) and I’m happy, busy, fit and active.

My children are now young men who are happy and getting on with their lives.  I’m a very  proud mum.  I am very lucky to have been in a loving and happy relationship for many years now with a fella called Jon, who never keeps still, always busy doing this and that which in turn keeps me very active.  Along with our dogs, Rosie (Border Collie) and Millie Puggly (Pug), we mainly love to walk, surf and cycle.  We have a camper van and enjoy time away in her, (we call her Polly).  Over many years, Jon’s been building a broad beam narrow canal boat which we’ve had many an adventure in already and one day hope to live in, (read more about that Here).  We have also, over the last few years, learnt to snowboard.  This was a total challenge for both of us, which has given us a few great holidays up various snowy mountains, we are now hooked and even went on a dream snowboarding holiday to Whistler, Canada, (I wrote a post about this Here).

We intend to live life to the full doing the things we enjoy; Mountain biking, Walking, Travelling, Snowboarding, Campervan travelling and Barging about on the boat, (soon to be our main home…I’ll be blogging about selling the house and moving onboard hopefully)…with many adventures to come, I’d like to Blog about it so hope you’d like to follow us 🙂


13 thoughts on “About me

    1. Thank you Hugh, that is much appreciated feedback. I am very much a learner to blogging and WordPress so am always appreciative of any feedback or in fact good advice. I shall be going through your past posts in search of help 🙂

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  1. Thank you so much for gracing me by following my blog, Sam. I don’t follow back instantly as a general rule, but rules are made to be broken, non? And I am breaking the rule for two reasons – 1) I loved this about page and possibly more importantly 2) you have a pug in your backpack (Millie Pugly is a marvellous name) and that made my heart sing. Consider yourself followed and I very much look forward to the ride alongside 🙂

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    1. Awww hi & thank You for the follow & for your lovely comments. Yes Millie Puggly is a Character & she comes everywhere with us, (well not snowboarding to be honest 😂) I’m going to grab some time to read your stories, your blog looks lovely. Thanks again for visiting & nice to ‘virtually’ meet you 😊

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  2. Hi Sam your blog caught my eye, when you said about your move to a canal boat and your love of travel, I started my blog in may, it’s been a long learning curve, and love the interaction on on Instagram and Twitter, but I really am keen to read like minded blogs, and if honest ( same age) people who r going through the lovely ‘M’ word, I feel we should be discussing Menopause, hence my Blog post on it ….http://funnyat50.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/menowhat.html
    Look forward to reading more of your exciting adventures

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    1. Hi Amanda thank you for your comment and visit to my blog, I’ll be popping over to see yours soon. Hmmmm yes the dreaded M word – I was actually an early ‘M’ sufferer and so have been there seen it, suffered it and now through the other end, although still suffer those attacks of flushing and sweats, although not half as bad. Look forward to reading your posts.


  3. Hi, Samantha – It was a pleasure to meet you at Hugh’s site. I enjoyed your Guest Post and your About Page. I believe we have much in common (50’s, love of travel/adventure/nature/dogs). I have been blogging for less than two years. It has been a very steep but rewarding learning curve. I have just signed up to follow your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  4. Hi Sam
    I found you via Hughs blog, you sound like a fun person, with a great blog, I’d never have known that you are a newbie, it all looks very professional! I am interested in your canal barge, I too live on a boat, at least for the summer months, we have a yacht in Greece and sail round the islands. That was why I started my blog a couple of years ago, to write about our adventures. But now we are back in the UK over the winter and my blog posts aren’t quite so fabulous, haha, and I resort to taking part in writing challenges and photo challenges. I look forward to following you and reading more of your posts.

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    1. Hi there and thank you for the vote of confidence with my blog 🙂 Ahhh Wow a yacht in Greece! Now that’s what Jon would love to do, I bet you have some amazing Summers. I’ll take a look at your blog and look forward to seeing what you’re up to 🙂

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  5. Hi Sam, I saw that you followed my blog and came to take a look and I really like what I see! Seems like for many (for you and for me) life begins at 50 (Met my husband at age 49 who got me into windsurfing and SUPing). Looking forward to reading more about you!

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