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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

A sneak preview of presents for the grandchildren...

Have you seen this dolls house that I've got my hands on for the girls for Christmas?  How cute is this?  It's from a company called Dolls Houses.  This dolls house is wooden (I love traditional toys) and is really sturdy.  It also comes with all the furniture you can see and one Princess doll (note to self: buy another Princess doll to save any arguments between grandchildren).  If you click on the image below you can see this dolls house on the website and at the time of publishing, it was retailing at £35.00.  

dolls house


We've also got a tree swing for the girls but it's down at the allotment ready for the nicer weather next year.  It'll be great to take them down there in the spring and surprise them with it.  Again, if you click the image you will go straight to the sale page (£24.00 at the time of publishing). 
wooden swing

Don't you just love traditional, wooden gifts that you know are going to last for ages?