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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

Interflora - you ROCK!

Look what greeted me when I got home from work today.  Interflora had delivered a surprise* bunch of flowers with the attached note:

To Nickie, 
We've sent you these flowers simply because we love your blog.  The bouquet has been designed around your blog colours.  We hope you like them! 
Love Interflora.

Well, lovely people at Interflora, yes I do! Thank you very much.  These flowers have definitely brightened up a week that I was almost prepared to write off.  Here are a couple of pictures which do the bouquet no justice whatsoever.  They are going to last a long time too as there are some closed buds in the bouquet which I am sure will open up soon.

P.S. Thank you to Easthams Secret Garden for delivering them.

*a semi-surprise as they had to ask for my address