Hello to all the bold and beautiful people out there!
How’s my bold year going so far?
It’s been a weird year in many ways hasn’t it? I still can’t believe we are getting so close to the end of the year, and I’m desperately hoping things start to get better from now on. I have to say September was a much better month than August, and I embraced a takeover with the advent of Spring!
This comment was left by Denyse on my post last month, to me it sums up my midlife adventure just perfectly, and she kindly gave me permission to use it.
We’re expert body surfers Deb, going with the waves and not fighting them!
Showcasing my bold photo for September
Each month I try to have a photo that shows boldness. Instead of one photo from the month, I’ve included a gallery of my favourite nature photos which I took during September – in my view, nature is bold in so many ways we can only hope for. The colours, the textures, the light, the randomness…
There is no better designer than nature.Alexander McQueen
So how did September go for being bold?
My words for BOLD this month are Bikes, Orange, Looking (back) and Dashing – let’s see how they played a role in the month.
Bikes – I am known as a bike rider, nothing special or competitive, but just for fun. I used to take my daughters out for rides in the baby seat on the back of my bike when we were all a lot younger, and now I ride for fun and fitness. I have an electric bike which gives me the added bonus of helping me up the hills when I need assistance – it is just brilliant and all my friends now have them too so we have fun social rides along our rail trail.
This month my Rotary Club took delivery of two trioBikes, an electric bike with front facing seats for two people (with seatbelts), a cover for inclement weather, a bright red fleecy blanket to keep passengers warm and rechargeable batteries. We are now training volunteer pilots (person riding the bike) to enable them to take aged, people with disabilities or those unable to ride a bike for whatever reason, out on our rail trail so they too can feel the wind in their hair! These trikes aren’t cheap coming in at $16000 each and we raised money from our local Rotary Club, our community, grant funding and donations from generous people. There will be no charge to those being taken for a ride 🙂 and we can’t wait to get out there and share the trail with these senior citizens who used to catch the train to Wagga Wagga when it was still running. They will enjoy seeing what’s been done to make the old railway line a user friendly activity for all ages.
I was lucky to be a volunteer passenger on the trial run with some other friends, and we called it the Granny Tour! It was a lot of fun.
Orange – We got a new car during September, although we’d ordered it at least 2 months beforehand. Things are taking a while to arrive during Covid! When we were deciding which car to buy, they told us one was arriving in the next delivery that might suit our needs. It was a Sport model Subaru Forester, white with orange trim!!!!! Well anyone who knows me, knows that at that very moment I was sold on it and even the Mathematician rolled his eyes and said – of course it has orange trim! I am a lover of colour as I’ve written about many times and just this month I wrote another post about this very subject for a #SundayStills prompt.
Anyway the new car still has that delightful new car smell and is a delight to drive with the orange touches adding that something special je ne sais quoi – the only problem is that due to everywhere we want to go being in lockdown, we can’t actually drive it anywhere!
Looking back – It seems I’ve been BOLD for quite some time without even realising it! September had me looking back at memories of a fabulous trip we did with family 10 years ago this month. What a BOLD plan it was and it worked!!
It’s 10 years ago that we left UK on the Eurostar to meet up with family in Paris, a major feat of organisation on its own, stayed in amazing accommodation with our multi-generational family, enjoyed the high temperatures of an Indian summer in Paris, then hurtled off on a 2 week barge and bike tour from Paris to Bruges – with my parents (and did I mention dad had Parkinson’s Disease?). I wrote a post about this trip, a few years ago and it is still so fabulous to read it, to relive those wonderful times. It’s also sad in its own way as dad passed away 3 years ago and often said that trip was one of the best holidays he’d ever been on. I agree with dad – best.trip.ever!I wonder if my children will take me on a cycling tour when I’m in my early 70s? Start planning now girls 🙂
Dashing – I dashed to town to do some jobs recently and decided to pop in to my favourite cafe for a quick hot chocolate and a quiet sit down on my own. As I entered the cafe, two of the staff immediately complimented me on my attire, telling me I was the coolest Granny they knew and they wanted to be like me when they were my age!
In case you’re wondering what I was wearing to get this reaction, I had on jeans, my orange top with the pink star as featured in my Bold post in July, my orange converse sneakers which were in my January Bold post and a big happy smile on my face! It really made my day, and I’m getting better at accepting a compliment!
Now I know that dashing is usually attributed to men who would ‘cut a dash’ but I’m using it in this context because I’m feeling bold and dashing is another word for bold according to the Mathematician’s crossword dictionary!
What else did I get up to in September?
- We celebrated my granddaughter’s 3rd birthday with a Zoom party, as my daughter’s family was in lockdown. It was a coordinated part time wise, so relatives in England and around Australia could join in. Although it was fun, it wasn’t the same as bing there. I still have some birthday presents for her, just waiting for the day we can be together in person.
- Participated in a daily one word photo challenge with Denyse over on Instagram and I enjoyed the challenge of finding a photo for each word every day. I blogged a weekly summary Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4
- I exercised more regularly, joining a group of friends for an online session twice a week and making sure I ran, walked or cycled on the days in between.
- Read a lot of books as it rained a lot during the month – and I just love reading! It helped that we were in lockdown for much of the month too.
- Had a cooking catchup with my online bookclub where we made Bakewell Tart slice together over Zoom, after finishing our discussion of Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. It was delicious and so easy to make – luckily it froze well as there was a lot of it!
Sunday Stills – Sports and Hobbies
I’m including this post as my #SundayStills post as it seems to cover most of my hobbies really well:
- Exercising: walking, bike riding, running (I’m building myself up to start running more). I mention many of these activities in my posts.
- Rotary – As mentioned in this post I am a member of our local Rotary Club and love helping the community, being involved in projects like these trikes, and being a part of an international volunteer service club, with the motto of Service Above Self.
- Photography – usually with my iPhone – I always include my photos in my posts and love sharing what I see around me. I also enjoy participating in photos challenges and seeing how others interpret the prompts. I like challenging myself to see things from a different perspective.
- Reading – such a great hobby. I belong to two bookclubs, one local and one online with a small group of friends. I read a lot as it helps me escape into different worlds. I’m glad I’m not one who has been impacted by a reading slump during the pandemic, in fact I’d go as far to say I’m reading more than ever. I’m also proudly involved as a co-host in a monthly #Whatsonyourbookshelfchallege – we’d love to have you join us!
- Blogging is a great hobby for me which I started back in 2012. I love the interaction, the engagement with others (like you) from around the world, the creativity we have, the sharing of knowledge and sometimes I even get to meet my favourite bloggers in real life!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest edition of Becoming Bold. Let me how you’re going at the moment, I’d love to have a chat with you.
Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your visits 🙂
Although not known for my gambling prowess I offer my trifecta +1 of blogging challenges I’m joining this week:
I’m wondering if I can also link up for Becky’s #PastSquares as these photos all cover the past month and some are squares???
My favourite posts for the month of September have been:
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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