If You Only Had Five Minutes, What Would You Save?

 

Here is my entry for The Bloggers Bash Blog Competition 2019′.  The theme this year is ‘Five’ and only 375 words can be used.

If You Only Had Five Minutes, What Would You Save?

– By Samantha Smith

“Five minutes. Save five things.”  Talking calmly, he left me on the floor beaten and crying.  “Five minutes isn’t long enough!” I pleaded.  He walked outside, I sensed he was smiling, “Tick tock” he taunted, looking at his watch.  “This house is special to me, you’re going to burn it down?” I jumped up panicking, hands on my head, scrunching my hair in my fists, spinning round on the spot.  Only five things, I had to act fast.  I began running from room to room, not thinking straight as he watched from outside.  “Five things, five minutes,” I kept repeating to myself, “why?” I didn’t understand, but I did know he was serious.  Continue reading “If You Only Had Five Minutes, What Would You Save?”

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#ThrowbackThursday – Mud? Who cares!

I originally posted this review around a year ago and because our recent dog walks have been quite muddy lately, I thought I’d post it again…

For as long as I can remember I have been around dogs.  I grew up with dogs and as soon as I left home and was able to care for one myself well, I didn’t hesitate.

Dogs have been a major part of my life and I can’t imagine my life without them.

I have spoken in previous posts about selling up to live on a boat, well the business I sold in 2017 was a Dog Walking and Petsitting business which I set up and ran for four years and if we hadn’t made the decision to move away and live on our boat, then I’d still be there dog walking and Continue reading “#ThrowbackThursday – Mud? Who cares!”

#BookReview – Tipping Point by Terry Tyler

 

813786867Back in May last year, I interviewed Terry Tyler as a guest in my ‘Amazing over 50’s’ series, which you can read Here.

As many of you are already aware, Terry is an accomplished author and has many books under her belt and at the time of the interview, she had just finished UK2, the third book in her series, Project Renova.  That was ten months ago and since then Terry has written and published ‘Legacy’ which is the fourth and final part to her series. Continue reading “#BookReview – Tipping Point by Terry Tyler”

#WordlessWednesday – A Walk In The Park

Sometimes all you need,

to induce a smile

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to instil calm

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Amazing over 50’s – Terri Webster Schrandt

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.

Terri at WCThis month I introduce Terri Webster Schrandt as my twelfth guest.

I started following Terri a while ago as she caught my eye showing her great outlook on life and sporty lifestyle.  Apart from being a keen wind surfer and stand-up paddle boarder, Terri is also a fabulous photographer, blogger and author.  There’s also a lot more to Terri as I found out during her interview…

Continue reading “Amazing over 50’s – Terri Webster Schrandt”

How Arriving In Fernie Became An Education – La Niña Who?

 

Ever heard of a Polar Vortex, El Niño or La Niña?  They’re words I’ve heard of, but until now, not really known the meaning of.

View from the top of ‘The Bear’ chair lift

As we landed in Canada on our snowboarding holiday, we expected more snow.  We came here last year and the snow was incredible, it was the powdery snow skiers and snowboarders dream of and apparently here in Fernie, it was pretty much nailed on to be the same every year, because on average they get up to 37 feet of snow falling every year. Continue reading “How Arriving In Fernie Became An Education – La Niña Who?”

#WordlessWednesday – Where is everyone?

 

We’re on holiday in Fernie, Canada at the moment, enjoying the snowboarding season, but have you noticed anything from these photo’s?

Where is everyone? Continue reading “#WordlessWednesday – Where is everyone?”

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Are Coming Soon! You Can Nominate Your Favourite Blogger From Today 😀

 

If you have a favourite blogger who you’d like to put forward for the awards, then

Go ahead – Nominations are Now Open!

You don’t have to be a blogger to nominate either, just follow the instructions in the link below, then in the form you’ll need to add your name and email and then give the details of the blogger(s) you’d like to nominate and the category’s you think they belong in 🙂 Continue reading “The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards Are Coming Soon! You Can Nominate Your Favourite Blogger From Today 😀”

Amazing over 50’s – Elizabeth Lamprey

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.

This month I introduce Elizabeth Lamprey as my eleventh guest and first of 2019.

Elizabeth is a published author and business woman.  Elizabeth is also an inspiration when it comes to picking herself up from a difficult time in her life, to creating positive life changes.

Continue reading “Amazing over 50’s – Elizabeth Lamprey”

No Excuses – Lets Just Do It!

 

I learnt how to snowboard in my early forties.  One of the main reasons for me was because both my sons were learning to snowboard at that time and they were naturals, making it look so easy.  They took to it like a duck to water and as I watched them from the viewing area of the indoor ski centre, strap on their boards and slide down the slope with grace, ease and without fear I wanted to be out there with them, it was something we could do together.  Oh the holidays we could have, I was quite excited at the thought.  I remember approaching Jon with the idea knowing he wouldn’t hesitate because he’d be up for the challenge and Oh yeahContinue reading “No Excuses – Lets Just Do It!”

#WordlessWednesday – Which Way Does The Wind Blow?

 

I thought the formations of these trees on my dog walk yesterday were amazing, and although it was such a still day, you can guess which way the wind normally blows, can’t you?

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Here’s To Another Year In The Blogging World

A Happy New Year All!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time over the Christmas and New Year period, whether that be a quiet time or big celebrations. Continue reading “Here’s To Another Year In The Blogging World”

Amazing over 50’s – Rachel Ward

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 Rachel Ward as my tenth and Christmassy guest to this series.

Rachel is a writer and artist and although she has had to deal with quite a stressful few years, she has managed to keep going by writing and publishing novels and developing her artistic talents.

Continue reading “Amazing over 50’s – Rachel Ward”

#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”

#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”