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… 
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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!”

Why I Almost Gave Up Blogging

Why I Almost Gave Up Blogging

Blogging has its ups and downs.

Thank you to Hugh for asking me to be a guest on his blog ‘Hughs Views And News’ where I write about my own experiences on starting a blog.

I’ve closed off the comments here, but you could hop on over to Hugh’s blog to have a read, hope to see you there 😊

The link is…

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2019/10/14/why-i-almost-gave-up-blogging-a-guest-post-by-samantha-smith-sam50something/

How To Fall In Love With Bees

How To Fall In Love With Bees

My partner, Jon turned 50 at the beginning of September this year and he is very difficult to buy for!  He always says he’s easy to buy for, all he wants is a sailing boat!  No, he didn’t get that, maybe next year!  He did, though get a great present from his mum and dad – A Taster Beekeeping Course At Buckfast Abbey.

It was brilliant that they booked the day for both of us, we were quite excited.  Jon has always talked about keeping bee’s and we’re hoping one day we’ll be in a position and place where this could happen.

We were up early as we had a couple of hours to travel from Helston where we were staying, up to Buckfastleigh in Devon, on the fringes of beautiful Dartmoor.

I was not only looking forward to attending the beekeeping course, but I was hoping Continue reading “How To Fall In Love With Bees”

Amazing Over 50’s – Donna Connolly

Amazing Over 50’s – Donna Connolly

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 Donna Connolly as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series.  Donna writes a blog, Retirement Reflections, which I love to follow as she is always busy doing something fabulous!

Welcome Donna, to Loving The Fifty Something and the ‘Amazing over 50’s’ series

Do you remember what turning 50 meant to you and how you feel now in relation?

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Absolutely. My husband and I were living in Beijing, China, at the time. He arranged a large party at a local Mexican Restaurant. It was an awesome night. (I still have the banner from that evening.) As I lived and worked in Beijing from my early forties until my mid-fifties, I viewed my 50th as just another birthday (with a really great party). The most significant age for me was 57 when my husband and I retired and moved to Vancouver Island. That took a huge leap of faith. Although I loved my work life, and our time overseas, I am incredibly grateful for this chapter.

How do you stay fit and healthy?   

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I am far from being an athlete, but I love being active. My husband and I live in a relatively small town, surrounded by stunning hiking trails. This gives us the opportunity to walk daily both for transportation and for pleasure. We have also completed four Camino Trails — three in Spain and our most recent one in Italy.  It is so true that once the Camino gets into your blood, it does not easily let go. You can read about our Camino adventures here and here.

In addition to the above, my husband and I try to eat a healthy diet, maintain a balanced lifestyle, surround ourselves with positive people, and explore new things.  Currently, I am taking a course on Natural Medicine at Elder College, (part of Vancouver Island University).  It’s a great reminder to:

– Stay Active,
– Be Social,
– Contribute,
– Have a sense of wonder,
– Eat fresh, unprocessed food.
It also emphasises that you can’t outrun your fork!!

I loved reading about you and your husband walking the 400 km on the Camino trail in Italy, you described it all so well, and the photo’s are stunning.

What are the things that you feel most proud of after turning 50?

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I am grateful that I had a fulfilling career that I loved, a family who I adore and a husband who makes me smile every single day. I am thankful for being able to retire young, to live on an island that is often (correctly) referred to as paradise, and to be able to fill my days with people whom I admire and passions that inspire me.

Are there other messages and advice that you would like to give others who are considering retirement?

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So often, I have heard people struggling with the concept of retirement because of fears of boredom. Then when they do retire, they wonder how they ever had time to work! I have been retired for four years and cannot imagine being bored. Instead, I constantly find myself trying to juggle my calendar to fit in everything that I want to do. Retirement today offers so many incredible opportunities. The choices can be endless.

You and your husband certainly seem to be living the ‘Retirement Dream’.  

Thank you so much for being another inspiring ‘Amazing over 50’s’ guest.

More about Donna

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Donna lived in Beijing, China for fourteen years, where she worked as a Middle School Principal/Deputy Director at The Western Academy of Beijing.  Leaving international life behind, she and her husband retired to Vancouver Island, Canada, in June 2015. To document this transition, I initiated ‘Retirement Reflections.’

Comments are one of her favourite aspects of blogging.  You can connect with her there, or on any of the social media links below.

 

 

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Are there any ‘Mid-lifers’ out there who are enjoying life over 50?  Are you happy to shout out about great health, fitness, lifestyles, work or any achievements since turning 50?  Do you embrace this time of your life with pride and open arms?

If so, then please contact me Here and maybe you’ll be featured in this series of

❤️ ‘Amazing Over 50’s’ ❤️

 

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

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#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies

#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies

Terri Webster Schrandt’s #SundayStills Photography Challenge

This weeks theme is…

Favourite Sports and/or Hobbies

This may be a long one, oh heck where do I start?  As a child I was never still, always doing something, trying new things and I guess, as a 54 year old, nothing has changed there 😀

Hobbies

Drawing & Painting

My dad was a very good artist, I guess he passed that love of drawing down to me, because I have been known to sit and sketch and get totally lost in it.  I particularly love to draw animals.

I have a diary which I started when my two boys were little, hopefully one of them will want it when I pop my clogs.  I write about what’s happening in mine and my families’ lives and accompany the writing with little drawings.  They’re not brilliant drawings, but I enjoy creating this book to pass on for my boys in the future.  Here’s a little sneaky peek Continue reading “#SundayStills – Favourite Sports or Hobbies”

Planting Trees With Ecosia

Planting Trees With Ecosia

Big News – Have You Heard?

You must have been hiding under a rock if you haven’t been aware of the devastating fires roaring across the Amazon rain forest.  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you why there are so many reasons why this is a terrible catastrophe, from the suffering and killing of the poor wildlife and ecosystems that live within the rain forest, the destruction of the homes of tribes living within the forest and of course Continue reading “Planting Trees With Ecosia”

Amazing Over 50’s – Jon and Jo

Amazing Over 50’s – Jon and Jo

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 my first ‘amazing over 50’s’ couple, Jon and Jo. Together they write a fabulous blog, which I personally love reading, called JWalking.  A few years ago they made an interesting and brave life decision, which has taken them all over the world.

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

I’ll hand you straight over to Jon and Jo…

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Hi, we’re Jon and Jo a fifty-something couple originally from Kent but currently on a little adventure that takes us all over the place. Just over four years ago we quit our jobs, sold our house, and gave away all of our possessions in order to wander off and see what life had in store for us. We’d brought our three wonderful sons up in Maidstone, Kent and absolutely loved being Mum and Dad to them but when they left home we suddenly felt that there may be more to life for us rather than just tread water waiting for retirement. Our home had become just a house and we’d never been possessions orientated so we just decided to let go of everything and go. What was the worst that could happen? Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Jon and Jo”

#SundayStills – Let’s Look Closely

#SundayStills – Let’s Look Closely

For Terri’s Sunday Stills photo challenge this week, the theme is Macro or Close-up Photography.

So let’s look closely at a few things I’ve seen lately…

Don’t you just love a Daisy? Especially with Rose the Collie in the background 😍

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Continue reading “#SundayStills – Let’s Look Closely”

Cruising UK Canals and Avoiding High Waters

Cruising UK Canals and Avoiding High Waters
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All packed up and ready to go!

During July we, (myself, Jon, our two dogs and two cats) set off again, on our annual cruise from our mooring in South Yorkshire, in our home on the water.  Last year, we travelled up to York and loved every minute of it.  This time, we said we’d like to explore other areas of the canal system, but with Jon’s work primarily being around the York area this summer we decided to head up to that magnificent city again, and why not?

The whole journey is fabulous from the South Yorkshire navigation to the Aire and Calder River, onto the beautiful Selby canal, braving the rapid Ouse river toward Naburn and then a sedate trip into York.

There’s always so much more to explore there too, especially as I’m a bit of a history lover so York again?  Absolutely!  Who knows, we may just head up further along another stunning stretch of water, the Ripon canal which leads to the heart of Ripon, if time allows, well that was the plan…

As we set off on a glorious, late afternoon one Friday, our first mooring wasn’t too far away. Continue reading “Cruising UK Canals and Avoiding High Waters”

Amazing Over 50’s – Darlene Foster

Amazing Over 50’s – Darlene Foster

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 Darlene Foster as my seventeenth guest.  Darlene is an author and blogger.

Welcome to Loving The Fifty Something, Darlene

Can I ask you to tell us a little about yourself  

Of course you can, but you might be sorry. I’ll try to keep it to the Readers Digest version. I was brought up on a prairie ranch in Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Darlene Foster”