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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

The Gallery : The World Around Us

I am really lucky to live in Lancashire as I have the whole of the Fylde Coast at my disposal within 40 minutes of my doorstep.  One of my favourites is 'Granny's Bay' - a small area of the Ribble Estuary, nestled between Lytham and St Annes, at Fairhaven - just behind the famous White Church.  As a child it was one of my favourite afternoons out, it's become a beloved place for me to take my own children and will probably become a treasured place for me to take my grandchildren.

When the tide comes in, the flatness of the Fylde Coast and the calmness of this bay makes it the ideal place for stone-skimming.  You first have to search for decent 'flatties' among the many pebbles at the bay, then you can perfect your skimming technique.  We've also been collecting driftwood here when the tide has been out and here is one that looks like a Hippogriff (you may have to squint and tilt your head sideways a little to see what we see...)!

Alongside Grannys Bay is Fairhaven Lake, a municipal boating lake which has a park, a cafĂ©, tennis courts, crown green bowling, a skate/BMX park and a well-tended path around the whole of the lake.  There are LOADS of ducks and swans to feed here so take plenty of bread with you.  If you think you've got enough bread then double that amount - don't say I didn't warn you.

Approximately one mile to the East, along the coast, is Lytham - famous for its Windmill - and one mile to the West, along the coast, is St Annes-on-Sea.

This blog post was submitted for the weekly Gallery over at Sticky Fingers.  This week's theme was 'The World Around Us' and this one of my most favourite places in the world.

This digital art Gallery is all linked at Sticky Fingers and you can see all of this weeks entries >>> here <<< 

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this is an edited post of one I wrote for "Only Footprints" which you can view, in full, here: