#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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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”

The Stranger With A Cage

The Stranger With A Cage

 

The following short story is my own theory as to why a young stranger dressed as he was, carrying a strange item was walking in a wood.  We crossed paths in my local wood one morning early in July, you can read about it Here. I also invite you to write your own interpretation of this unusual young mans story.

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Jaideep watched as his mother sat heavily in shame, head in hands as he gently broke the news to her.

“How are we going to deal with this?” She exclaimed, “you know they don’t have any more chances Jaideep, what are we going to do?”

Jaideep slowly sat down opposite his mother.  He was a smart, gentle young man who, under unfortunate circumstances had become the head of the family at an early age, but had taken on the responsibility extremely well.  His twin sisters, on the other hand Continue reading “The Stranger With A Cage”

A Strange Encounter, You Write The Story

A Strange Encounter, You Write The Story

I thought I’d already seen many strange things in my lifetime, but it turns out I hadn’t.  This all became apparent on a morning dog walk through my local wood.  I  came across the strangest encounter I have ever had.  Certainly more strange than seeing two legged, large pink rabbits snowboarding down a mountain or grown men, purposely wearing their trousers so they fall beneath their ass line, whilst trying to hold them up from the front and walking as if they’d had a bad accident in them.  No, this latest encounter left me a little perplexed.  I’ll explain… Continue reading “A Strange Encounter, You Write The Story”

Amazing Over 50’s – Cara Achterberg

Amazing Over 50’s – Cara Achterberg

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 Cara Achterberg as my sixteenth guest.  Cara is an author and blogger, but she is also a heroine when it comes to fostering dogs in need.

Welcome to Loving The Fifty Something, Cara

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#SundayStills – Scenes of Stillness

#SundayStills – Scenes of Stillness

Scenes of #Stillness

When I think of the word – Stillness I’m taken back to many memories of where I have stood or sat in a place and realised there was no or very little noise, no movement, just enough silence for me to close my mind and to absorb what was around me, the breathtaking scenery, nature – the beauty that is our planet.

It’s important for your health and mind to take yourself to places of stillness as it’s a fabulous time to… Continue reading “#SundayStills – Scenes of Stillness”

We Made It To York!

We Made It To York!

Last Summer we took our first big cruise from South Yorkshire to York in our floating home.  By car it would take around an hour to get to York from where we have our permanent mooring in South Yorkshire, but on our canal boat last summer, we enjoyed a leisurely week or so of cruising, with a few exciting moments and experiences along the way, a truly enjoyable cruise along, approximately 19 miles of the industrial South Yorkshire Navigation, 6 miles of the very straight, yet interesting New Junction Canal with it’s, quite different swing and lift Bridges, then 9 miles of the Aire and Calder Navigation with it’s stretching views over the English countryside.  We then met the tranquility of the Selby Canal, with it’s 5 miles of Continue reading “We Made It To York!”

5 Ways To Have A Re-fresh

5 Ways To Have A Re-fresh

 

Have you ever felt life was just ticking along.  All’s ok, but wouldn’t it be nice to do a few things a little differently, just take a little risk now and again, be a little impulsive to spark some excitement or jolt a little enthusiasm through your body?  There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.  Trying new things is great for the mind, it gives your brain a re-boot, takes you away from doing the same things day in day out and you never know, you may just add something else to your life that you love or find something new that you’re good at.  Being adventurous is good for the soul.

Be impulsive!

Being impulsive is exciting. Continue reading “5 Ways To Have A Re-fresh”

Amazing Over 50’s – Terry Corwin

Amazing Over 50’s – Terry Corwin

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 Terry Corwin as my fifteenth guest.  Terry is an inspiration when it comes to positivity and fitness after 50, especially as a ‘CrossFitter’.

Let’s get straight into finding out more about her… Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Terry Corwin”

#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere

#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere

 

I’ve been meaning to enter Terri’s Sunday Stills for such a long time, so this week I’m in!

Here’s my take on this weeks theme – Playground

A playground can be anywhere and you don’t have to be a child to enjoy it!  Continue reading “#SundayStills – A Playground Can Be Anywhere”

Walking The Lizard – Church Cove to Cadgwith

Walking The Lizard – Church Cove to Cadgwith

 

If you’ve ever visited Cornwall, UK you may know that ‘The Lizard’ is the name of the peninsula in southern Cornwall, UK, with Lizard Point being near the most southernly point of the British mainland.  Whilst down there over Easter, we did some beautiful walking Jon and I, along with Jon’s mum, dad and their dog, Gordon and of course our two furry friends, Rosie and Millie.  We filled our trusty backpacks with a few bits and bobs, including some lovely freshly made Cornish Pasties and headed out for a good ramble. Continue reading “Walking The Lizard – Church Cove to Cadgwith”