Not wanting to get stuck in a rut and coast into middle age, I decided to try at least fifty new things in 12 months – it was such good fun that I am going to keep going and say Yes to more new experiences !

Friday, 16 June 2017

Smelling the Roses

Another good reason to to enjoy urban walking at this time of the year is the beautiful smell of roses that waft from front gardens as you walk past!
They are still a popular plant in many  gardens and I love to stop and smell a rose as I walk past. Its often the less showy roses that smell the nicest!

Despite many attempts, I've never come across a bottle of perfume that can match the aroma of a real rose!

Friday, 14 April 2017

In Praise of Urban Walking

I know that many people love walking in the countryside, but I want to put a vote in for pleasures of walking in towns!

Today I went for a 45 minute walk around some quiet suburban roads in my home town. This included 3 roads that I am pretty sure I have never been down before, despite me living here for 40 years!

It is so interesting looking at the different styles of houses, spotting some stunning front gardens ( plus some absolute heaps!). I heard birdsong, saw beautiful spring flowers and felt safe and secure.

Most streets were empty, despite it being mid morning, with just the odd resident washing their cars or doing a bit of weeding. The only time I was stared at, was by a few cats who were mooching around. It was a real pleasure and made me feel good, whilst boosting my daily step count by 5,000!

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Some really good things happened in 2016

I saw this post from Matt Strange on Facebook and had to repeat it here to remind everybody that some really excellent things happened this year

 There's an Ebola Vaccine now
Child Mortality - Down across the globe
+9% survival rate in pacreatic cancer sufferers
Gene responsible for ALS found
Volunteers in India planted 50 Million trees in 24 hours
Suicide rates down globally
The Ozone layer is repairing itself
The Rabbinical assembly issued a resolution affirming the rights of trans and non conforming individuals
Wild tigers numbers up FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 100 YEARS
Giant Pandas - No longer endangered
A solar powered plane did a world trip
Global Malaria down by 60%
Measels ERADICATED from the Americas
93% of the world's children learned to read and write - the highest percentage IN HUMAN HISTORY
China plans to be completely renewable by 2020 and has a global plan for by 2050
Huge global push in renewable energy
Norway committed 0 deforestation
Manatees - No longer endangered
Wild Wolves - Back in Europe
Wild Salmon spawning in the Connecticut river for the first time since the American revolution
Columbian white tailed deer - no longer endangered
Sea World no longer breeding captive killer whales
Global aid - up by 7%
Americas most generous year EVER in charity and aid
China's most generous year EVER in charity and aid at $15 Billion

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Yes, some famous people you liked died, and you know what - more of them are gonna go too but take some time to look at the good and beauty in this world, good stuff is happening, learn it, support it, be part of it.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Weird & Wonderful Crisp Flavours!

This year there seems to be a competition to see who can bring out the strangest flavoured crisp or snack! These are sweet potato crisps with gingerbread flavour!

The trend started last year and I loved the prosecco crisps from Tesco's, they quickly disappeared off the shelves never to be seen again. M&S joined in this year with their Bucks Fizz crisps which had a very similar taste to them - wish I had bought 2 packets now.
I stumbled across these Limited Edition Irish Cream flavoured popcorn and I have yet to try out the Christmas Dinner crisps from the Co-op - apparently they include special sprout flavoured ones!

Monday, 24 October 2016

Proud Mum Moment

I was very proud to see my son graduate with a degree in Communication Technologies last week - I never thought we would have a Network Engineer in the family!

He has worked so hard for this - he did so well to be accepted as a BT apprentice 3 years ago, when there were hundreds of applications and acted a STEM ambassador promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to younger students. And now he is going to study for another year to convert the degree into a BSc  hons.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

And Jinny Makes 3!

Since our old tabby Pangur was put down earlier this year, we wanted another cat - but decided to wait until after our holiday before looking around.

There seem to be so many pairs of cats who wanted to be adopted together, but we could only have one. We wanted an affection cat - not a kitten, but a cat that had developed its personality. As we already have one timid cat, we didn't want another shy one.

So we have ended up with Jinny  - she is around 7/8 months old and came from Suffolk Animal Rescue. 

She is very lively and very nosy! She loves looking out of the window at the birds on the roof opposite.  Despite us buying a new cosy cat bed, she prefers to sleep in the washing basket.

We would like to change her name, but so far haven't come up with one that suits her.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Rollercoasters - Never Again!

I've just come back from a family holiday in Florida - whilst I was there I got talked into going on some rides on the theme parks.
Now, I love Harry Potter and couldn't wait to visit Diagon Alley and Hogsmead village at Universal Studios. I went on the 'Escape from Gringotts Bank' ride and hated it! I am not good with simulator rides where you get thrown around in from of a screen. If the warning signs say you should avoid of prone to motion sickness, then that is a signal to me to avoid!

So I should have known better when I then went on the 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey' ride - four minutes of torture! It was even worse and I had to spent the whole ride with my eyes shut. My legs turned to jelly getting off.

Now the Tower of Terror should have been OK as it is just drop ride - no spinning around. But I didn't enjoy this either as it was very bumpy and you get to look out over the park from a height.

I learnt my lesson and refused to go on the Rock N Roll Rollercoaster and many other rides
I know my limitations and need to stick to them!
Now this is my kind of ride - the Hogwarts Express train, great fun, a little scary and a different experience depending which way you travel.