#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”

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”

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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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”

I’m a guest on Featured Writer Friday

I’m a guest on Featured Writer Friday

I was so happy to be asked by Dan Sword to be a guest on his ‘Featured Writer Friday’ series.  I’ve been following Dan for quite some time now because his tips on blogging are  very helpful.  I talk about my blogging journey as I’m into my third year as a blogger now and let’s face it, if anyone else is blogging and if you’re anything like myself then the blogging world is an everyday learning curve with obstacles around every corner, so I urge you to check out Dan’s site because I’m sure he’ll have covered most, if not all of your blogging conundrums.

I’ve closed off comments here, but if you fancy reading my guest post, where I talk about my experience so far as a blogger, you can catch it HERE over at Dan’s blog 😊

Have a great day 😎 Continue reading “I’m a guest on Featured Writer Friday”

Honoured to be asked to contribute

Honoured to be asked to contribute

 

I’m a big fan of Sue over at sizzlingtowardssixty.com as she’s such a fabulous role model for many, but particularly for the over fifties.  Sue inspires all to keep fit and healthy, instilling positivity and enthusiasm.

I was taken aback, in fact quite honoured to be asked by her to contribute to one of her latest posts, which features five women, including ‘yours truly’, to share their ‘secrets’ to keeping active over 50.

Here’s the link to Sue’s post

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Friday’s Feel Good Therapy

Friday’s Feel Good Therapy

 

Want some Free Feel Good Therapy? Then get your trainers on and get to your nearest wood or forest, because it’s there waiting for you and I guarantee you’ll be feeling great the minute you start walking amongst nature.

Anyone who follows my blog may know that I absolutely love nature and walking, so it’s a no brainer for me when it’s time to walk the dogs that I usually find myself heading for the local woods to get some of that FREE Feel Good Therapy. Continue reading “Friday’s Feel Good Therapy”

Amazing over 50’s – Geoff Le Pard

Amazing over 50’s – Geoff Le Pard

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 am very happy to introduce the first male guest to this series.

A big welcome to Geoff Le Pard as my thirteenth guest. Geoff is an established author and blogger who I had the pleasure of meeting last year at the Annual Bloggers Bash as he was one of the many smiley faces who welcomed me, (with an unusual blue beard, I might add).

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

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?”