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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: Nature

After a couple of weeks break it's time for me to join in 

the weekly Gallery over at Sticky Fingers.  This week's theme was 'Nature'.  This digital art Gallery is all linked at Sticky Fingers and you can see all of this weeks entries >>> here <<<

For this post to make sense I'll have to give you a bit of background.  When  I was  in Junior 1 (now known as Year 3) my dad sat me down and helped me to design a fantasy picture  for an imaginary world that we had created.  We drew a pumpkin house and a toadstool house.  I practised and practised drawing these all the time and created my own little world for the fairies, pixies and goblins (yes, I was brought up on a diet of Enid Blyton too).

At work we have a little grass courtyard and yesterday there was a blanket of mushrooms/toadstools covering the courtyard.  Living in such an urban area, not having a garden and working full time in an office means that sometimes, just seeing a little bit of nature make my heart swell and this time it bought the memories of my toadstool house drawings flooding back too.

And yes, I did look a bit of a tit, crouching down in the courtyard with only my mobile phone camera to hand, squelching through the grass after all the rain we had this morning...  The staff in the office facing must have thought I was on the hunt for mushrooms of the magic variety!!

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