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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 : Colour

Can you imagine only ever seeing the world in black and white?  Or not at all?  No, me neither.  And Tara's Gallery theme of colour really got me thinking this week.  I could have chosen a picture from my slightly obsessive collection of rainbows or something representative of a single bold shade until I saw the subject for my image right there in front of me whilst cooking tea.

I have no idea why cooking and baking has just fallen into place with me after so many years.  It's probably another part of theory of living life backwards falling into place.  But I've also realised that when attempting something new (as well as getting the family to try something new) it's all about the visual as well as the textural and the sensual.  And this is why this cried out to me this week.

chopped onions and peppers, colour


Do NOT critique the cutting technique. My chopping is shocking (there's a blog post title in there somewhere) and no matter how many times Jamie or Gordon demonstrate their chef-style knife techniques, I still cannot do the knuckle slide.  I've just about mastered cutting an onion fine enough and that is an achievement in itself!