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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

My Planescapes

I caught an article recently which showcased a style of photography that has been dubbed "Planescape" - taking a picture of the scenery from the window of an aeroplane *be still my geeky heart*.  

This is something that I've already attempted and whilst they are not the clearest of photographs (taken on either a mobile phone or a cheap digital camera) they represent a glimpse of our world that not many people have the chance to see. Here are my favourite four:


© Nickie O'Hara 2009, planescape, portugal
Portugal - taken in March 2009

© Nickie O'Hara 2009, planescape, Spain
Spain - taken in July 2010

© Nickie O'Hara 2009, planescape, France, England
The French (top right) and English (bottom left) coastlines - taken in July 2011

© Nickie O'Hara 2009, planescape, London
London - taken in July 2011
Planescape - Tunisia 2014
Tunisia - taken in July 2014


Planescape - Sardinia 2014
Sardinia - July 2014

Planescape - Corsica 2014
Corsica - July 2014

Planescape - South Coast of England 2014
England - August 2014
(flying over Folkstone looking over the 
Dungeness National Nature Reserve)


You can see a few more (original) pictures in my Facebook album.