Guest Post Series: Reflections on My First Year of Retirement

Our retirement home at Hobbiton New Zealand

Holiday Greetings to you all from the Land Down Under! Donna at Retirement Reflections kindly invited me to be a guest in her 'Sundays at Six' series and gave me free rein as to what I could write about. Donna has many interesting bloggers join her in her series and it's great reading what everyone is …

Sizzling at 60 – Meet Sue!

Sue's marathon finish

Recently I have enjoyed hosting a few guests on my blog as part of my People of Interest feature where I share interesting people with you my interesting readers. I have been posting these every Tuesday over the past few months. I believe everyone has a story to tell.  It's true, everyone has a story and …

An awesome travel blogger who will blow your mind!

Cycling to Peyto Lake

As I have enjoyed being a guest blogger a number of times, I decided to start a feature on my blog and share some interesting people with you my interesting readers. I post these every Tuesday. Everyone has a story to tell. Yes, even you! It's true, everyone has a story and sometimes we just …

People of Interest #2 – Meet Donna

Retirement Reflections is a guest on my blog

As I have enjoyed being a guest blogger a number of times, I decided to start a new feature on my blog and share some interesting people with you. I have always liked the quote:  “Everyone has a story to tell. Everyone is a writer, some are written in the books and some are confined …

A sentence a day for September: a writing challenge

A different sort of green and gold flying over Wagga Wagga

 September - in a Sentence a Day I joined in with some wonderful bloggers for the Sentence a Day writing challenge for the month of June and July and August!  It's now time for September, how can it already be September? In the first week of the new month, a group of like-minded bloggers link …

Layers of Life


Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. I am probably cheating a bit here by not sharing one of my own photos for this week's photo challenge, instead I am sharing an old photo of my beautiful parents in the bloom of their life. …

That feeling of déjà vu


It hit me as I walked down the steps and across the tarmac. That feeling of déjà vu. I started remembering all the times I'd arrived at this same airport, in my eyes it hasn't changed much over the past 40 or so years. I can't even begin to add up the number of times …

I DID it – my way!

Meeting up with Annie and Janette at Run Melbourne 2017

Run Melbourne 2017 Last week I wrote a post about my upcoming Run Melbourne 2017 event - I CAN do this - and I am pleased to say not only did I do it, I did really well! This is a quote from my post last week: I'm not fast, I'm not stylish, I tend to run …

Travel Loving Parents

My very clever and talented daughter from the Wandering Darlings wrote this lovely post about us, her Travel Loving Parents, so naturally I just had to share it with you. Spoiler alert – it’s touching, heartfelt and moving.

I’m proud of our daughters and believe that taking them travelling when they were young really helped shape them, and taught us many lessons, but believe me it wasn’t always easy! Hosting Rotary Exchange Students from all over the world has been a real joy and something we’re still very much involved in today.

Yes we do love travelling and we know we are fortunate to do what we do. Life is full of opportunities and sometimes you just have to grab them and go!

If you enjoy reading Melanie’s post, please feel free to leave a comment over on the Wandering Darlings site, rather than mine. She deserves the credit, not me!

I enjoyed reading it very much – as I’m sure you can imagine 🙂

the wandering darlings

My parents have recently retired which, when they are still in their very early 60s/late 50s is really bloody early. I had like 5 mins worrying about what they would do with this new found freedom of the daily grind then I realised they are going to be even busier now than ever before.

You see my parents don’t sit still.

They get involved, they travel, they give back to the community, they find new places, they see different sides to places they already know, they challenge themselves.

I spoke to them last weekend and mum reeled off a list of everything they have planned till Christmas and every month they have something exciting planned in. New places, new experiences and new adventures and that on top of everything they have already done this year I just don’t know how they ever had time to work before.

Being the offspring…

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I CAN do this!

Run for your life, forest running

  Running has been a part of my life for quite a while now.  I've written quite a few posts about it over the years and here comes another one!! I'm not fast, I'm not stylish, I tend to run a bit heavy, I'm sometimes happy when it's over and I'm no longer what you'd …

52 weeks – a photography project

Self Portrait week in 52 week photo challenge

52 weeks equals a year! I have joined with 5 (much more talented than me) photographers to take a photo every week for a year, one theme at a time. Each week we are given a new theme and must take a photo, add some words and submit it to Tim, who will compile a …

How I made friends with Pinterest

social media

Since retiring in January 2017, I have had lots more time to spend on blogging, social media and learning new skills.  I know that as you age you are supposed to keep your brain busy, so I treated my blogging/social media as if I was learning a new language. I was in fact learning a …