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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

Recipe : Orange Smoothie

orange smoothie, recipe, method,
Sticking to my ethos of attempting recipes and making mistakes so that you don't have to, today's "recipe" is Orange Smoothie.  Now, bearing in mind that I cleaned the kitchen from top to bottom today and found a blender that I forgot I had, this was just a "chuck in what I think is supposed to go in" attempt at a smoothie.


orange smoothie ingredients, oranges, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cream, ice cubes, blender,
  • A blender (it doesn't have to be new)
  • Some oranges or satsumas (I used five medium sized satsumas)
  • 2 cups of milk
  •  of a cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • Some ice cubes or 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream


Pith Artist, oranges, pith,
  • Squeeze the living daylights out of the oranges and extract the juice.  Don't do what I did and just pick all the pith off and throw them in the blender because you don't have a juicer as you'll end up with "issues"*.  However, this does give me an opportunity to share this picture with you that hasn't had enough attention over the last two years. I entitled it "Pith Artist" back in 2010.
  • Put the orange juice/oranges, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, ice cubes/ice cream into the blender.
  • Blend ingrendients together**.
  • Pour into a glass and drink.

straining the pith and skin
*  If you used orange pieces instead of orange juice then your first glass of orange smoothie will be spat out and given back to you.  You will then have to strain the smoothie so that all the pith and skin is taken out of it. If you live in this household you won't own a sieve so you will have to rely on the good old tea strainer method that served you well when making ginger cake.  You will also forget which tea strainer (for there are two) was last used to extract the goldfish from their tank last time you cleaned them out.  But what people don't know doesn't hurt them, right?  And everything was washed properly...

**  If you are using a new blender, like me, try to remember where you put the instructions because you'll not be able to work out why the on/off/pulse button doesn't work until you lock the jug into place properly.