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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

Where Shall I Holiday This Year?

avenue of trees, park
When I was 11 my parents took me on my first holiday abroad.  We went on a caravan holiday to France. It was a catalogue of disasters including dad forgetting to disconnect the fridge from the car battery during the ferry crossing, a completely bizarre trip to see the Baueux Tapestry and some entertainment from drunk parents.  

We stayed in Granville, Normandy for two weeks, in the grounds of a beautiful chateau  We attempted to immerse ourselves into a French holiday experience from the get-go; trying local cuisine in traditional settings which included purchasing fresh croissants and baguettes from the on-site bakery first thing in the morning and dining at a local restaurant where we retained the same plate all evening, cleaning it with a small piece of bread in between courses.  I'm also sure that my parents sampled plenty of the local plonk too.

Nowadays, we're not a caravan family (although we tried it when the children were younger) but if we wanted a similar experience then we might try Alfresco Holidays.  In recent years we have ventured a little further afield (Ibiza, Tunisia and Turkey) experiencing the all-inclusive package holiday but maybe we need a halfway point between this and 'back to basics'?

The holiday websites are currently among the more popular tabs in my browser at the moment.  It's so cold in the UK at the moment that anywhere with a bit of sun, a beach and local places of interest is favourite.  I'll let you know where we decide upon.  But in the meantime, you can read all about my first holiday to France because I wrote about it a few years ago.  I'm still traumatised so be gentle with me!

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