Winter Boots From Hotter Shoes

I'm a huge fan of Hotter Shoes, especially their winter boots collections.  Each year I head over to their knee high selection but this year I fancied a change so I picked a couple of styles and colours and handed the decision over to my Instagram followers to decide for me in the form of a poll.  The final result narrowed it down to the Whisper ankle boots in dark tan

#HotterWakies : The Whisper Boot Is Perfect For Winter Dog Walks! Autumn leaves on a dog walk


I cover many miles when walking the dog and in the Autumn and Winter I want my feet to be toasty and comfy and the Whisper boot doesn't let me down. The upper and the inner 'sock' is made from leather whilst the sole is polyurethane which prevents slipping. The zips on both the sizes of the boot open which makes it easy for anyone to pull on quickly. 

What I was really interested in, though, was the construction of the boot itself. Hotter are well known for their comfort and this breakdown of the Whisper boot is fascinating.  A total of 32 separate components are used to create the boot itself. 

#HotterWakies : The Whisper Boot Is Perfect For Winter Dog Walks! The 32 components of the Whisper boot

These slouchy boots have hardly left my feet since I got them. I've styled them up with skirts for work and styled them down with leggings at the weekend but my uniform of skinny jeans and these Whisper boots has become part of my staple 'wardrobe'. 

The Whisper boots are available on the Hotter website, come in nine colours and three width fittings.  They are priced at £85.



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... And I Would Run 500 Miles

At the beginning of this year I set myself a goal to run 1000km by the 31st of December.  I had just joined Blackburn Road Runners and was wanting to get some serious training done to tackle my 10k personal best time.  Little did I know that I would end up training for a 10 mile race by the end of the month and then training for, and completing, two half marathons (Darwen and Southport).  Because of the way races and club runs are structured, I changed my Garmin into miles and promptly forgot about my challenge.

The October Run Down - running in Ibiza
Read more about my Ibiza run on Instagram


That was until I went for a quick run in Ibiza, refreshed my Strava profile and I noticed that I was within touching distance of 500 miles for the year.  I smashed through the 500 mile mark on a club run last week then I did a couple of calculations, realising that I was nearer to that 1000km goal that I thought I could be.

The October Run Down - hitting 500 miles
Read more about the run when I broke through 500 miles on Instagram


As it stands, there are 10 weeks to go until the end of the year and I'm 105 miles away from my goal (1000km = 621.3 miles).  I think I can manage 10.5 miles a week between now and the end of the year.  In fact, I know I'll be surpassing that most weeks!

I've only raced once since my 10k trail run in August and that was last weekend at the Green Drive Five, a five mile race through Lytham and Warton, organised by Lytham St Annes Road Runners.  I've wanted to participate in this race for a couple of years but I was injured in 2016 and on holiday in 2017.  I also missed out this year but managed to bag myself a transfer place at the 11th hour!

And I'm so glad I did... this race was going to be my test for pacing myself ready for the two 10k races I've got coming up next month.  I wanted to make sure that I found my "happy pace" again and this totally flat route would set me up in good stead for ensuring that I didn't need to slow down or walk any hilly parts.  Plus... bonus for me... this was the area that I went to school in during the 1980s.  Green Drive was where I used to sneak off for a fag had to run during cross country PE lessons and I knew that I could visualise mile markers before I'd even set off.

I had the best run ever, even managing negative splits (faster paced miles each time) for miles two through to five.  This is the first time I've ever experienced that and it felt brilliant.  I can't wait until the next couple of races where I'm aiming for a 10k personal best and to break through the 1h10m mark for that distance.

The October Run Down - the Green Drive Five
Read more about the Green Drive 5 on Instagram


What I'm Wearing

I invested in a skort via our club kit store.  I never ever envisaged myself wearing shorts or this skirt/shorts combination but since I've lost a bit of weight, I've become more confident and invested more in my I-don't-give-a-fuck-look-I'm-running attitude.  The skort is honestly one of the most comfiest items of running gear I've ever worn and even wore it for the aforementioned run in Ibiza and the race last weekend! By the way, if you ever buy one, let me tell you that the upside down pocket isn't a design fault.  It's where you keep your balls!! (tennis balls, of course)

Also, I get LOADS of questions about the leggings that I wear.  My capri-length leggings are ALWAYS from Sports Direct and are the USA Pro range and I buy them when they are on special offer although it's like the DFS sales - they always seem to be on offer.  I also still love my Anne Stokes Gothic Skulls leggings that I wore on the 10k trail run.  They are from Wild Bangarang and I have a few other pairs from them that have lasted really well.  You can read my review from a couple of years ago here).

What I'm Drinking And Eating

I'm seriously trying to knuckle back down with my Slimming World eating plan.  It's helped me in so many ways this year both with my mental and physical well-being but the recent holiday took its toll.  I've set myself a goal to reach a total loss of three stone before Christmas (I'm almost at two-and-a-half stone now) and, even though this week hasn't gone to plan, I'm going to keep chipping away at it.  Normally the numbers don't matter to me but the "loss numbers" are a way in which I can visualise actual results, if that makes sense?

I've recently been trying out the Athletic Line Isotec Race from Scitec Nutrition.  These are carbohydrate-electrolyte drinks and you can use them before or during a workout.  I've been adding these into my increased water intake regime and I'm enjoying the flavours (raspberry iced tea is my favourite flavour so far).

I've also been enjoying the occasional 'superfood' bar from NutreeLife (I took a couple with me to the race on Sunday).  I was really glad this company reached out to me as they are based locally in Preston, Lancashire  Now... the bars are quite dry in texture so I found I had to drink lots of water with them (no bad thing) but they are gluten, soya and animal product free.  NutreeLife is a family run business and, after working for some of the UK's largest food an nutrition companies, the directors decided to create a product that was nutritional, clean, healthy and accessible to all - and, a huge bonus, all product are manufactured in-house so a close eye is kept on what goes into these bars. This definitely ticks all the boxes for me.

Coming Up

My races in November will be the Windmill 10k on Sunday 11th November and the Wesham 10k on Saturday 24th November.  As previously mentioned, it would be a fantastic achievement to get a new personal best time for 10k at either one of these events so let me know if I'll see you there! 

Don't forget that I micro-blog over on Instagram so you can keep up with each run over there plus a whole load of random day-to-day stuff on my Instagram Stories. 




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Learning About Diamonds With Peter Jackson

I don't own a lot of jewellery, but what I do wear are pieces that are fairly timeless and a bit unusual. I also have a couple of heirlooms that are safely stashed away (for what or when, I don't know but it's comforting to know that they are there). I've recently started to layer my jewellery and to try and get the most out of it by wearing it more, rather than saving it for a special occasion.  My current favourite collection of wrist wear is my Choose Life, Choose Love leather wrist wrap from Hope House Press teamed with my two Pandora bracelets and my new Thomas Sabo bracelet that has a uniquely engraved charm.

The Thomas Sabo bracelet is the latest addition to my wrist and it's from Peter Jackson the Jeweller. I was recently invited to an exclusive evening in their Preston store to learn about diamonds. I took my daughter, Rachel, with me so we could both have a 'grown up' night off.


To me, Peter Jackson the Jeweller has always been a name that promotes luxury jewellery in a local setting.  Their first store was opened in Preston in the early 1980s with more stores following in Blackburn, Southport, Carlisle and Bury over the years. The business is family owned and run and has a reputation as one of the leading jewellers in the North West, winning jeweller, retailer and training awards.

The Peter Jackson store in Preston | Photo credit : Jenny Higgins 

The event was held after the store closed on a Wednesday evening and Peter Jackson and team were on hand to look after us and answer any questions. We were greeted with a cheeky glass of Prosecco and then took part in various activities which cleverly took us through the process of getting diamonds into store.  

We were first taught about how diamonds are mined, learning how difficult it it is to spot a real diamond.  We then had the chance to identify different diamonds - some of which was easy because of their colouring but did you know that a ruby and a sapphire are essentially the same stone as they have the same chemical composition and mineral structure but it's the impurities in the gem that determines if it will be a (red) ruby or a (blue) sapphire! This lead us on to the diamond display where we had to guess the value of the display (I over-estimated the value and Rachel under-estimated the value).  Then we had the opportunity to have our own jewellery professionally cleaned at the "Sparkle Station".

Finally, I was able to personalise my Thomas Sabo charm (a gift for attending the event) and I chose to have my initial on one side and a skull on the other - it's now totally unique and personal to me.


This small blogger event was a lovely way to spend an evening.  We were also treated to luxury food from Shannon Kuspira of Bite Club and had the opportunity to have a professional make-over by Sonara Parker (check these guys out on Instagram - they are really talented and gave me loads of tips about my foundation and some new inspiration for lipstick colours). Official photography was done by Jenny Higgins. I also met the Manager of my local Blackburn store, Sharon Bibby. It's exciting times for this branch as they are moving from their original base, where they have been for 30 years, into new premises in The Mall very soon. I can't wait to see what the new store looks like! 

Thank you to the whole Peter Jackson team - those front of house and those behind the scenes too - for a wonderful evening and for my bracelet which is a beautiful reminder of this event.


If you are looking to buy anything from the Peter Jackson website you can use my unique discount code for 15% off any purchase (except clearance items) which will come in really handy as we hurtle towards Christmas!!   Quote voucher code OHARA18 at the checkout.




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Live on Chorley FM : Wake Up To The Weekend

Ever since I was a panellist on Sally Naden's daytime chat show on BBC Radio Lancashire, and then took part in a blogger take-over on radio stations around the UK talking about healthy breakfasts, I fell in LOVE with notion of presenting my own radio show at some point in my life. Fast foward a couple of years and I found myself promoting an adult learners course on a local community radio station (Preston FM - sadly no longer in existence) and was encouraged by one of the presenters to join the next training course to become a presenter

I wrote a two hour show that was based around the spoken word (poems, short plays, monologues) and then ended up hosting my own quiz show on Preston FM - The Big Cheese - which ran for six episodes and a couple of one-off specials.  I also had the opportunity to be part of an actual radio play - Welcome To Our Village, Please Invade Carefully - which is very funny, you should have a listen! But volunteering takes up valuable time and sometimes real life and jobs that pay the bills has to take precedence. So I put the dream on the back burner for a bit. 

Until now... 

Live on Chorley FM : Wake Up To The Weekend - Chorley FM logo

Through a certain amount of circumstance, I found myself back in the studio today with my fabulous podcast co-host, Rowena.  We bagged ourselves an hour on Chorley FM (yes, THAT Chorley FM - it really does exist, and NO we are not allowed to say "coming in your ears" which is a bit of a challenge...) from 9am to 10am.  

Our show was hopefully mindful, motivational and a little bit mad (people may say, exactly like its presenters) and it was totally live.  There were a couple of hiccups and we had to get used to the workings of the studio but we were literally thrown in at the deep end with a quick "this is the desk and this is how it works" training session beforehand. Luckily, Rowena has worked that type of desk during her time on hospital radio but I'm definitely going to be learning and refreshing on the job.

I'm not going to lie, I was SO nervous.  I think it's the first time Rowena has seen me like that and she found it hilarious! Rather than calm me down, she just told me to get on with it and laughed at me - but that was probably the best course of action. It's no good pandering to me because I'll just carry on panicking. 

Live on Chorley FM : Wake Up To The Weekend - working the desk at the radio station
Trying not to break 'the desk'


We did advance warn our friends that we were going to be broadcasting to the nation local community and they very kindly joined in with our request to contact the studio for a "Saturday Shout Out" so it was lovely to see that we had support from the outset.  We were also broadcast live to the runners at Blackburn GroupRun's Saturday session (thanks John!) and lots of people outside of the area listened online and gave us some awesome feedback.  I wish I could share the show with you but that facility isn't available just yet. 

There's a few extra pictures on my Instagram account if you want to go and have a look.  I want to go back and do it all again RIGHT NOW! Hopefully, there will be that opportunity in the not too distant future.  Stay tuned!!


Live on Chorley FM : Wake Up To The Weekend - the girls take over the studio
WHO RUNS THE WORLD STUDIO? GIRLS!

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Struggles with Sharing a Bed? Solve Your Sleep Problems



Sharing your bed with a partner can be a big adjustment, especially if you've got used to sleeping alone for a while. Sometimes, you just need some time to settle into it and feel comfortable being next to each other. But there can also be fundamental differences between you that are extremely difficult to resolve. Neither one of you is going to change your mind about how you prefer to sleep, and sometimes it's nearly impossible to alter your sleeping habits, so you need to find solutions that help both of you. Here's how you can do it.

Get the Right Mattress


Mattresses can play a big role in how well you sleep next to your partner. You might have different mattress preferences, or one of you might move around a lot, disturbing the other. One solution might be to have separate mattresses, particularly if one of you prefers a firmer mattress. Getting the right mattress can make a big difference too. If you look at Mattress-Guides, you can find reviews of some of the top mattresses. Mattresses that help to stop transference of movement are a good idea, helping whoever is moving around to avoid disturbing their partner.

Sort Out Snoring


Snoring is a huge problem that affects many couples. If you're fed up of poking your partner through the night, you need a more permanent solution so that you can both sleep better. Firstly, you need to see if you can find the cause of the snoring. A variety of things can cause it or make it worse, from drinking alcohol to sleep apnea. If you can't get rid of the snoring, blocking out the sound is the next best option. A wall of pillows between you or a set of earplugs will help to keep things quiet.



Pick an Agreeable Temperature


Some couples disagree about the temperature in their bedroom, which can make it difficult to get your sleep environment right. If you can't decide on a comfortable temperature, there are a couple of things you can do. You can try to pick a temperature that's in between your personal preferences so it works for both of you. If you can't find something that you're both happy with, you could have separate covers so one of you can have more layers or a thicker duvet. You can also change what you wear to bed to feel more comfortable.

Solve Bedding Problems


Another common issue between partners sharing a bed is the struggle for covers. If one of you tries to keep them all to yourself, it can be a constant battle of the blankets. This is another issue that could be solved by separate bedding for both of you. While it might be nice to get under the covers together, it's not always the most practical option. If you each have your own, there won't be any fighting and your problem will be solved.

It can be hard to share a bed, even with the person you love the most. But if sleep problems are causing a rift, you need to find solutions for them.


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Instrumental Music & Noise Sources for Writing

Instrumental Music & Noise Sources for Writing

One of the problems that many writers face is an inability to work while listening to music that contains any form of lyrics or words. When crafting text, it's tough to focus on what you want to say when you're hearing something else: it's similar to having two people talking at the same time! Since a large chunk of music these days contain lyrics, you'll sometimes struggle to get a decent playlist or artist that's able to provide you with what you want. That's why I've decided that today, I'm going to offer you my best sources for noises that contain no language whatsoever!

A Soft Murmur


This isn't actually musical in nature, but I find it a fabulous source for noise. What the website does is essentially give you access to a soundscape of various things that you might find calming or useful, such as the sound of rain, waves, fire, birds, white noise and so on. The page is incredibly easy to use and completely free: they've even got some apps for iOS and Android devices if you'd like to have a version that's available on the go. I generally have this going in the background for a little ambient pleasure and sometimes, I use it by itself when I'm not feeling like some upbeat music.

Nas Kingston on YouTube


Whether I'm writing up a movie review, blogging on finance or just looking for some porn deals worth taking advantage of, I'm convinced that Nas Kingston's YouTube channel is a premium source of instrumental hip hop. There are hundreds of tapes uploaded here featuring some of the best work from the likes of Dr. Dre, Hi Tek, 50 Cent, The Beatnuts and DJ Premier. I'd say that 98% of the play time is without vocals and I've literally listened to every single upload that Nas has: I'm addicted! Definitely check it out if you're a fan of the flows that hip hop has to offer. Some absolutely stellar collections here.

Remix Rotation


This used to be my favorite source of music if I'm honest with you, but the website has changed over the last few years and has become a bit more commercial and hard to use (it was very simplistic when it first launched). Still, I head on over to Remix Rotation from time to time when I want different genres of music to enjoy. You'll find liquid DnB, trance, dubstep, minimal and deep house here, as well as lots of genres I've never heard of before! It basically curates the top-selling tracks on various platforms and finds them on YouTube for you to enjoy for free. Simple and convenient – just how I like it.

Thanks for reading – I hope your next writing adventure with some sounds to listen to has been greatly improved by this article!

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Tips For Creating A Beautiful Flooring On A Budget

The fascinating look of the home comes as the first priority to any home-lover. As they are much conscious about the look of their home. So here your choice kept a great role to give your home the splendid look. Do you know that what is key to give beauty to your house? It’s the base of your house!! Yes, you’re Floor. Nowadays, flooring has become a center of focus to attract and raise the beauty of any house. Don’t worry we are here to share you some genuine tips which will match to your choice at the low price.




• Things You Should Remember:


The choice of virtuous stuff can really make your room to look mind-blowing. But always keep in mind that choosing the area for flooring is most important than looks. You should always deal with the strength keeping material along with having no trouble in the installation of that material while flooring. Although many flooring pieces of stuff are very costly and in case of any drawback you may have a great loss of your money and time too. So you should have to follow some tips for beautiful flooring & also to save your money to buy new accessories.

• Always Choose Best Material For Flooring:


You can make your room beautiful by buying beautiful flooring stuff. Always try to check the durability, installation capacity, sustainability, peel and stick capacity, water-resistance and luxurious look of your material. These facts work to increase the beauty of your room. There are many flooring stuffs like Laminate Floor, Luxury Vinyl Plank Floor, Bamboo or cork Floor, Peel & Stick Vinyl Floor, and Carpet Tiles. These materials are best to choose that have the variety of models that came under cheap price.




• It’s Better To Choose Laminate Flooring:


Laminate is over-all the best choice to make your floor jaw-dropping and it’s cheaply too. There are the variety of laminate flooring materials that resembles the hardwood, cement & stone flooring. Many homeowners prefer to have laminate flooring in their house because it is budget-friendly, easy to clean and it has enough durability. Moreover, you can save your money by installing it on your floor by yourself. Another quality of laminate flooring is that it can fade through sun exposure & also water-resistant.


• Prefer To Install Flooring Material By Yourself:


Always buy that stuff which can easily be installed. Because you can save you enough money by doing handy-work. But you should have to be known from the procedure for proper installation and that’s not a big deal to learn how to install floor properly, you have a great approach to solve this problem by searching it on Google, YouTube and so on.






• Have Some Concession On Budget Of Your Stuff:


You can ask for some concession and discount with the dealer. You can demand a more good looking stuff at the low price by gonna bargaining in good manners. If you have enough knowledge about any product you can deal perfectly.





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What’s the best way to ask your employer for funding?



With the right knowledge and training, many adults can bring more to their job and company. However, it’s possible that many people think that they can’t speak to their employer and ask them for education funding. Perhaps they believe that this is an inappropriate question to ask, or they don’t think that their employer would agree. In reality, employees that have been invested in by their place of work often have a higher well-being and are more productive — bringing more to their company. 

If you do want to speak your employer and ask for more funding, how should it be done? There are certain things to remember when approaching an employer and asking them for training. Members of the Newcastle College adult learning department give us their advice:

Spend time assessing your options

It’s important that you do plenty of research into your options before going to your employer. With many training and education providers, you’ll find that there are a range of courses and options available. From night courses to part-time degrees, to higher apprenticeships, you can find a course that will fit nicely around your work/life balance. 

You should bear in mind that university is not your option to further your education. Speak to your local college and visit their website to see what they have to offer — it’s likely that they run a course related to your field or around a topic that you’re interested in.

Courses are flexible


Put yourself in the shoes of an employer — they’re more likely to support your funding if they think it won’t affect your work productivity. Again, this is all about doing your research and demonstrating to your boss that there are flexible courses out there – designed for workers like you! 

Assessment in many courses happens on the job. This means that you wouldn’t be sacrificing any working hours for exams and your ability to complete tasks at work shouldn’t be affected. 

Why not speak to your local college to find out more about the module structure and methods of assessment? 

Demonstrate further benefits


Are you aware of the benefits that you can bring to the business if you further your training?

You might be able to fill a knowledge gap in the company, for example. This is knowledge you can share with your colleagues. It’s also possible that after your training, you could be bringing in financial benefits for the business, for example if it means they don’t have to employ somebody else to fill a role or an external company to pick up that area of work. Think about what your new qualification could allow you to do and present this to your employer when asking the question. 

The happiness and satisfaction of employees is important to many company bosses. Let your employer know what this training would mean for you. Will it make you feel more confident in your role? Or, more valued and empowered? If so, express these feelings to your boss. 

Gather the information for them


Before you ask them about training, make sure you give them all the information they need upfront. This allows them to fully review all the information at a later date and saves them from doing in-depth research themselves. 

Bring information such as; module overviews, assessment methods, course testimonials and information about websites or open days so that they can find out more if they want to.

Remember that you’ll have to commit to giving up a significant amount of your personal time to complete a course, especially if your employer isn’t able to give you time away from the workplace. Make sure your employer knows the sacrifices you are willing to make to improve your performance at work.

One last thing to note is that you should never be afraid to ask the question for funding. You and your employer can enjoy the many benefits. 

As you can see, there are ways to approach your employer and ask them for funding. Don’t be afraid to ask the question — you and your employer can both enjoy the many benefits.


Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

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The Snowman Tour 2018 | Blackburn

The Snowman Tour 2018 - The Snowman and Violin - photo credit : Gareth Widdowson


Earlier this year I was asked to be an official blogger for The Snowman Tour, especially as the tour is coming to my home town and being presented in Blackburn Cathedral on 11th December.


Carrot Productions bring you the magic of the iconic film, The Snowman, with a full live orchestra and additional festive treats in a unique setting. It's a beautiful, fun introduction to the orchestra and a perfect pre-Christmas outing for all the family.

The show is in two halves - both around 35 minutes long - and aimed at children aged three and above. The first half will feature a wonderful Christmas overture followed by an animated film of the award winning book, The Bear and the Piano (written by David Litchfield and narrated by Joanna Lumley) which promises to enchant all ages. The second half of the show leads into the film itself with a surprise conductor during the Snowman Waltz.

The musicians are drawn from orchestras around the country including the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and BBC Scottish amongst others with players chosen for their musical skills and their fun, friendly nature. The orchestra is conducted by the BBC Symphony Orchestra's Steve Magee who is an expert in syncing music to film.

I don't want to share too many spoilers but I heard SO MANY great reports about this tour last year so I'm really excited to be taking the grandchildren this year. You can watch this sneak peek from two performances last year, one being at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool. Just see how magical it all looks!!


As I mentioned above, The Snowman Tour arrives in Blackburn on 11th December and you can buy tickets here. You can also find all other tour dates from around the country here. It promises to be a feast of sights and sounds to thrill the whole family. See you there!

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The Snowman Tour 2018 - The Snowman and Piano - photo credit : Gareth Widdowson



Image Credit : Gareth Widdowson - reproduced with kind permission from Carrot Productions
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Holidaying once the children have grown up and moved out

Now that I am edging slowly towards fifty, I wonder how I would feel once I am on the other side. When I look back, I feel life has been good and kind. My kids are now 19, 25 and 27, and I am no longer in my thirties. Life is certainly changing as the numbers grow in our age. 


However, I have not allowed it to change my desires and zest for life. I know that my children will not always be there with me as they move on in their own lives. My nest would be empty, but I plan to fill the big empty with wonderful possibilities. I am going to celebrate my life and make a new beginning all over again. Have any questions about life after 50? Click here to know about the amazing possibilities at this golden age. 



As I love to travel, I have already made a bucket list of where I would travel once I am alone and my children move out. I already feel like a free bird!




Greece is my favourite

I love beaches, and I have heard that the beaches are the best in Greece, so this is my first travel destination, especially after visiting Corfu last year. The climate is warm and sunny, and it would be great to enjoy the beaches, explore the islands and hike. Moreover, the locals are friendly, and the food is healthy and delicious too!

Italy for its rich history and culture

I would love to explore the canals in Venice or look at the astounding art treasures in Rome and Florence. I have heard that Italian trains are very affordable and it would be great to explore regions such as Basilicata, Umbria, Puglia or Le Marche. 



The sunny and colourful Mexico

I’m a big fan of Mexico, and the city seems to be cool and pleasant. I am attracted to its foods, customs, handicrafts as well as archaeological sites and the colonial towns. Moreover, it has an exploding food scene and is a very affordable city.

Japan for its politeness and bullet trains

I do not know a single word of Japanese, but feel very excited at the thought of travelling in Japan. It would be great to experience Japanese politeness and the delicious food in person. Those ultra-punctual and speedy bullet trains would make travelling a breeze.



Laos for Buddhist temples and orange-robed monks

I have always been fascinated by Buddhism and so have placed Laos on my bucket list. It would be very relaxing to explore the peaceful towns and small villages. I would love to hike in the beautiful countryside.

The vast and interesting Argentina

I would love to have a longer holiday in Argentina as there is so much to see and do. I could hike up the mountains and go around the lakes or take a boat to a glacier. I am excited as in Argentina I would get the chance to see the biggest waterfalls in the world. Then there are churches a, museums to explore and lots of shopping to enjoy!

My bucket list is open-ended, and I look at it as a motivational force to cheer me up and move towards a yet better and fruitful life after 50!




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Beautiful Property Fences



If you would like to add beautiful property fencing to your yard but don't know where to start, you are not alone. Many people would like to install a fence in their yard but don't know what option they should choose to reach the outcome they want. This guide explains the steps you can take to choose a fence that makes your property stand out in a positive way. 

As you move forward, you can select a parameter fence in a colour that matches the rest of your home. Installing a privacy fence is another option from which you can choose. Review the rest of the information to learn about other fences worth considering, and you won't have trouble making your decision. 

Chain-Link Fencing


The chain link fence is the first option you are going to explore while deciding what path you should take. This option comes with a simple design that won't enhance the visual appeal of your property. Although it does not look pretty, a chain link fence is cheap and durable enough to do its job without issues. A lot of people use this type of fence in their backyard so that their children can’t leave the property and endanger themselves. 

Others use chain-link fences as a parameter fence that goes around their entire yard to keep unwanted guests at bay. Some people move forward without first measuring their yard. If you want to avoid unneeded complications, make sure you know how much fencing you need before spending your money. 

Pool Fencing


If you own a pool and don't want anyone to get hurt, having a pool fence is a vital element you can't afford to overlook. You can have peace of mind and put your worries to rest when you have a quality fence around your pool. The type of fence you choose does not matter as long as it's sturdy enough to keep children from entering the water without supervision. Some people opt for a simple chain-link fence to reach their goals, and you can do the same. 

Looking for pool fences that enhance the look of your pool and yard is another option you should consider. No matter the type of fence you choose, make sure it's so tall that children can't climb over it. Keeping your needs and goals at the front of your mind allows you to choose a fence that looks great and keeps everyone out of harm's way. 

Garden Fencing


Protecting your garden is important if you don't want wildlife to ruin it, destroying everything for which you have worked. People will often use the first fence they discover when looking for smart ways to keep deer, rabbits and other animals at bay. 

But not getting a fence that meets your needs gives wildlife a perfect opportunity to sneak past your defenses. Rabbits can squeeze into small spaces when they are determined to get food, so make sure your mesh openings are smaller than 1 inch in width. A fence that is at least 10 feet high is what you want when your mission is to keep deer at bay. 

Final Thoughts


Increased safety and a beautiful property are what you can expect if you install a fence that meets your needs. No matter if you want a pool fence or something to keep animals out of your garden, the information you have discovered can make things much easier. 

Choosing a fence will be simpler than you once thought possible when you keep these tips on hand. When you buy a fence and see what it can do for your property, you will be proud of yourself. Your fence will grab attention and let you achieve the result you have in mind without much effort.



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