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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 Postcard From Ghana

It doesn't feel like 25 years since the first Red Nose Day, does it?

If you've been following any of my social media channels (TwitterFacebookGoogle Plus) you will have seen me sharing updates from a group of blogging friends who have been reporting live from Ghana.  Tanya, Annie and Penny have shadowing Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross and the amazing Comic Relief team seeing how donations have been used.  

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Hi Nickie
These children are all in the nursery attached to the Virtuous Women's Bakery.  Essentially the African Women's Fund donated money to the bakery to buy ovens so they could expand.  The women themselves set up the nursery to ensure their children are safe and off the streets when they are at work.

I was sent this digital postcard from Tanya after she visited the Virtuous Women's Bakery on Monday.  I love everything about this project and Tanya explains more on her blog.  Please visit all their blogs (links below) to read more about their visit.


This is a digital postcard sent from TeamHonk 
during their travels with Comic Relief in Ghana celebrating #goodwork.

For the past 25 years the money raised through Red Nose Day has been changing the lives of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in the UK and Africa. Let’s Keep Up the Good Work. Find out how at

For other digital postcards please do check out the linky on