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”

Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!

Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!

It’s amazing the things you forget.  I often look back and reflect on the things we’ve experienced, but more so at this time of year. I find that photographs help immensely with jolting my memory, so I turned to my mobile phone to reflect on the photographs of 2019.  I found myself, smiling and laughing along with remembering a few things that I’d totally forgotten we’d done.  I do curse these mobile phones sometimes, but by far the best thing about them, is they allow you to be quite a good photographer!

We’re nearing the end of 2019 and it’s a good time for reflection.

Personally, I’ve found 2019 to be an interesting year…

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Fernie, Canada where the weather can be interesting!

It started out with a snowboarding trip to Canada in February where experiencing  strange weather was an education, you’re never too late to learn right?

A new bathroom for the boat where we live, with a homemade composting toilet, (I’m sure I’ll get around to that blog post some time in the New Year!)

Twice in 2019 I was honoured to be a guest blogger, once for Dan Swords, where I was asked to talk about what I’d learnt from my short time as a blogger and also I was asked by Hugh for his blog, Hughsviewsandnews.com to write about my experiences as a blogger, where I wrote about how I almost gave up.  Writing both these pieces were a little different to my normal writing style, a little out of my Continue reading “Reflecting Back On 2019 While Looking Forward To An Exciting New Year!”

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”

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/

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 – 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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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”

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”

#ThrowbackThursday – Mud? Who cares!

#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!”

#WordlessWednesday – Which Way Does The Wind Blow?

#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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#ThursdayThrowback – How To Create a Utility Room on a Boat

#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

#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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#ThrowbackThursday – 3 Things To Do If You Find An Owlet

#ThrowbackThursday – 3 Things To Do If You Find An Owlet

Yesterday, as I was walking through the woods, I was thinking about the time we found an owlet.  We learnt a few things that day and I often wonder if the little fella survived.  I wrote about it in June 2017.  It was a day we’ll always remember and I thought it was worthy of a #Throwbackthursday…

3 Things to do if you find an owlet (posted June 2017)

Wharncliffe & Greno Woods is a beautiful place near Sheffield and every time we go we seem to discover different paths for walking and find more mountain biking trails too. Continue reading “#ThrowbackThursday – 3 Things To Do If You Find An Owlet”