From Snowy Slopes to Lockdown Blues

From Snowy Slopes to Lockdown Blues

I don’t need to tell anyone that it’s a really really weird time at the moment right?  For everyone, the whole world!  Bizarre! I for one am quite happy to have said goodbye to the month of March and, like many wonder when this will all be over.

In February we’d obviously heard and were talking about the virus, and how terrible it was in China, but with it being so far away, we here in the UK got on with our lives whilst keeping a close eye on the news.  Late February, myself and Jon set off on our booked holiday, snowboarding in Canada.

Glad to be back

We had a wonderful holiday, I wrote about ‘The long haul to Sun Peaks and a book dilemma’, as we set off, but I’ve yet to write about our actual experience there, (I guess it feels strange to write about wonderful holidays at the moment, so I’m leaving it for a while).  We were due to be travelling back to the UK early March and although we were in our own little world, on top of a beautiful mountain in a small ‘out of the way’ resortIMG_7381 having a fabulous time, we were, of course catching snippets of the news, all of which seemed to be about this horrible virus, which was creeping across various countries at quite a rapid rate.  As we were sat in the local ‘Apres Ski’ bar, with other skiers and snowboarders after a great day boarding, enjoying our beers and nibbles, there was one TV screen with the news and one TV screen with Canadian curling matches, quite exciting I must say.  Our heads were switching between the two screens, but on the news channel we were catching snippets of how many cases of Covid19 were in the larger cities of Canada.  The virus was moving quickly and it didn’t seem so far away anymore and by then it was also in the UK.

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Going home – boarding our first flight from Kamloops to Calgary

We expected problems with our flights on our return, delays checking in at the airport and holdups as we landed in the UK for possible screening, but none of that happened.  We had a great flight and were actually quite concerned that we weren’t screened at Heathrow, as we would have welcomed being checked.  They obviously didn’t have any systems in place as yet.

After being home a few weeks it became apparent that COVID19 was now affecting the UK and obviously we are now, in a ‘lockdown situation’.  Although we feel lucky that we had our holiday, it felt good to get home safely.  A couple of weeks after we left Canada, Sun Peaks ski resort closed down due to the virus.

Anxious

If I’ve seemed a little quiet in the blogging and social media world lately, it’s probably because all this has made me quite anxious and very concerned for friends and family knowing that this can hit anybody.  At one point, I was struggling a little, feeling Continue reading “From Snowy Slopes to Lockdown Blues”

Amazing Over 50’s – Georgia Rose

Amazing Over 50’s – Georgia Rose

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 Georgia Rose as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series. Georgia is a published author having written five mysterious and romantic novels with many more to follow, I’m sure.

Welcome to Loving the fifty something and to the Amazing over 50’s series.

Georgia, can I ask you to tell us a little about yourself?

IMG_1892You certainly can Sam, thank you for inviting me to be on your lovely blog. For the purposes of this post I am Georgia (not my real name), I’m 54 and I live in a lovely village in Cambridgeshire, England, these two facts are totally true. I’m self-employed. By day I manage the businesses and bookkeeping for several clients under my real name, and by night I write novels as Georgia Rose. The nights are always considerably more exciting!

I write mysterious and romantic adventure stories for adults. My books are set in the countryside, as am I, and most feature horses, which have always played a major part of my life, as well as the occasional dog or cat.

One of the most thrilling things for me at the moment is that I am now a grandma, a Nana actually, to a beautiful six-month old boy called Oliver. He has captivated me in a way I never expected, as I’m not particularly maternal, but I love every moment I get to spend with him, which is just as well as in a few months’ time I will be helping out with childcare by having him for one day a week.

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

I don’t remember being particularly worried about it (although my memory is notoriouslyIMG_0694 unreliable) but then I am fairly practical and feel you just have to get on with stuff. However, Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Georgia Rose”

The Long Haul To Sun Peaks And A Book Dilemma

The Long Haul To Sun Peaks And A Book Dilemma

Our annual snowboarding trip had arrived and after looking initially for a week in Europe, then comparing prices to our favourite destination, Canada, we found that for a little more, we could have 10 days, two for one lift passes, which is worth around £400, and snowboarding in one of the best destinations in the world, (in our opinion, who, by the way, hasn’t been to that many snowboarding destinations, so has no real authority to comment).  No brainer, Canada it is, again, 4th year running, you only live once right?.

IMG_7205Honestly, travel gets better every year due to technology advancing rapidly.  We checked in online 24 hours before travelling, including having printed our own boarding passes, with seats already allocated, sent to our phones.  For us, it started with a 3 hour drive to London Heathrow where parking was booked online and consisted of a very easy process from the moment we pulled up, to 20 minutes later being inside Heathrow standing at a self service machine where we were putting in our flight details and printing out our bag tags, then walking up to where we say, “goodbye, please be there a million miles aways at the other end of the journey,” to our bags and realising we hadn’t queued for anything yet.

Security was next, where there was ‘some’ queuing, but to be honest as you zig zag round all the strategically placed tape and bollards, we didn’t stop moving.  We soon got to the security area where shoes come off, belts off, coats off, everything out of bags and put in trays ready to be scanned?  No, none of that anymore, just coats off and bags with contents left in, on a tray and through the scanner they go while you walk through the human scanners and hope you don’t beep.  I’ve never got through security so quick and easily! Eh Voila, we were in the main hub of departures looking for somewhere to have lunch.

I honestly think Heathrow is a fabulous airport, there are so many choices of places to eat, and it’s like being in a large shopping mall.  You think you have hours to wait before boarding your plane, but that time soon goes.

My book dilemma

A good lunch, a few items from duty free purchased and my favourite thing to do in a departure lounge…losing some time in the book shop, choosing that holiday book, or in my case, three!IMG_7308

I had decided to have a change to my normal genre.  I normally love and have recently read two Tudor based novels The Kings Curse and Three Sisters, Three Queens both by Phillipa Gregory, which have been excellent, but I seriously need a break from the dark Tudor days and well, they were brutal in those days, weren’t they?  I’d normally then reach for a gripping thriller or Continue reading “The Long Haul To Sun Peaks And A Book Dilemma”

Amazing Over 50’s – Brigid Gallagher

Amazing Over 50’s – Brigid Gallagher

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 Brigid Gallagher as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series. Brigid has written an inspirational self help memoir and also writes a blog called Watching the Daisies.

Welcome Brigid, to Loving the fifty something and to the Amazing over 50’s series.

Can I ask you to tell us a little about yourself? Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – Brigid Gallagher”

#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind

#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind

Warning – There are a few photographs towards the end of this post which may be upsetting, although there is a happy ending…

Birds are fascinating to me.  There are large birds, tiny birds, they are resourceful, clever, delicate yet tough little beauties, they survive harsh weather and have to dodge so many predators.  They are beautiful.

Here is my contribution for this weeks #SundayStills photography challenge, ‘For the Birds‘ hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt.

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We’ve had a few bird encounters over the years, here are a few… Continue reading “#SundayStills – Encounters Of The Bird Kind”

Exploring Kirroughtree Forest

Exploring Kirroughtree Forest

IMG_9008Back in November 2019, we decided to take Polly, our camper van and do some touring of Scotland, initially around the Dumfries area, then we’d see where Polly would take us.  We were also on the hunt for, not only some great walking, but some good mountain biking trails.

Our first Brit Stop seemed to be just a car park off the beaten track in Caerlaverock, near Dumfries.  It was late and very dark so we didn’t really know what our surroundings were.  Little did we know that we’d stumbled upon a beautiful nature reserve.  I wrote about this here, where I also explain what Brit Stops are.

From there we were heading towards Newton Stewart, then north toward Galloway Forest, in search of a mountain biking trail we’d heard of at Kirroughtree.

After only a few hours driving and of course the enjoyment of Scotlands beautiful

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The start of our forest walk, whilst above me was the end of the mountain biking trail.

scenery we found ourselves pulling up at Kirroughtree Forest Visitor Centre.  A quick tour around the centre familiarised us with what was on offer and we were excited.  There were various walks around the forest and what looked like a great mountain biking course, in fact it was one of the 7 Stanes courses, which in the mountain biking world are well sought after as they are award winning trails, eight to be precise, dotted around south Scotland and you don’t have to be an expert to ride them as they have varying skill levels within each trail.  Jon was happy, I was happy and the dogs were so excited as they were first on the list to enjoy a big long walk and explore in the forest.

We set off walking one of the harder trails of the forest and it didn’t take us long before we were walking in what seemed to be an enchanted magical mysterious forest, as everything was covered in moss.  It was so very still, quite eerie, and stunning in a strange kind of way.  It was a fantasy story waiting to be written, my mind was running wild with fairies and goblin’s. Continue reading “Exploring Kirroughtree Forest”

Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday

Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday

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 April Munday as my next guest on the Amazing Over 50’s’ series. April is an author of historical romance novels and also writes a fascinating blog called  A Writer’s Perspective, where she shares her love of history.

Welcome April, to Loving the fifty something and to the Amazing over 50’s series.

I’ll hand you straight over to April to tell us what she’s been up to since turning 50.

I’ve been over 50 for the best part of eleven years now, so I’ve almost got the hang of it.  Three years ago, at 57, I retired.  Before that I worked in procurement for more than 30 years. For most of my 50s I was working all hours for a large company. When I wasn’t working, I was commuting or asleep.  Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – April Munday”

#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?

#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?

This weeks #SundayStills Photography Challenge is hosted by Hugh from ‘Hughs Views and News’

The theme is…

Round

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Rounds are everywhere, if we look for them…

Every morning I look out of a Round porthole window

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Taken from our boat while moored in York

This beautiful caterpillar preferred to go Round as I gently moved it away from danger Continue reading “#SundayStills – Can You See The Rounds?”

Happy Christmas All!

Happy Christmas All!

I’ll start with an apology – Sorry all for being too quiet lately both in writing for my blog and catching up with you all.   No excuses other than…where the hell did December go??!

Like most, I’ve been so busy this month as my new little business has taken off, I’ve started attending a regular market as a trader, which I love, and of course it’s silly season, so all I’m going to do now as I’m rushing off for yet another little festive shin-dig is wish you all a fabulous Christmas and I’ll be back in the New Year with a proper catch up of what’s been going on, oh and I may have some ‘personal’ special news for 2020!

🎄Here’s to lot’s of Fun and Frolicking over the next few days or so! 💃🕺

🎉Happy Christmas and Happy New Year to All! 🎊

I’ll leave you with a few photo’s of Millie, taken last year, while not being the best of models as I was trying to take her festive photo, I gave up in the end!

Millie Christmas

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

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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?”

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”

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/

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 💕

If you fancy keeping in touch and following Loving The Fifty Something, here’s where you can find me…

I’m here on Instagram

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I’d love for us to stay in touch 🙂

 

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Millie our ‘Funny’ Puggly

 

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