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 – 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”

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”

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!”

#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”

Amazing Over 50’s – P J Skinner

Amazing Over 50’s – P J Skinner

 

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 P J Skinner as my fourteenth guest.  PJ is an exploration geologist who has travelled worldwide, she is also an author and blogger.

Continue reading “Amazing Over 50’s – P J Skinner”

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”

No Excuses – Lets Just Do It!

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!”