Time marches on. It’s a year since I last posted, and 4 years since I started this blog. In that time I have established a new ‘life pattern’ – my house is almost completely renovated, I am well established in my job, my daughter is at Uni and my son in sixth form – both … More Struggling
Where does the time go? In October I promised you multiple updates, and I am still to deliver on those I had planned… So, I decided New Year was a good time to write an update on one of the ‘developments’ of 2018. First, a few retrospective glances are required. September 2014 saw the break … More Kissing frogs in 2018
Two and a half years late is still better than never in my book. Especially when you’ve finally bought yourself something that’s been on your wishlist for about 8 years! 2012, British Flute Society convention, Manchester… British Flute Society 2014 convention, Warwick… Wonderful Winds Flute Day 2017, Devon… All of these events had in common … More My belated 50th gift to myself
Back in September 2017 I blogged about Being brave and (literally) moving on. The pictures that accompanied part 2 of that blog probably gave you the idea that the house we were moving into needed some work doing to it (possibly quite a large understatement right there!!!). I’m amazed that just over two weeks ago, … More Home sweet Home
I can’t believe that it’s over 6 months since I last posted on this blog. It’s not that nothing has been happening… far from it! There is much to report. And after getting a couple of messages recently from blogger friends who were wondering whether I’d dropped off the face of the earth, I have decided … More Updates are available…
One of the most enjoyable things about blogging, apart from the writing itself, is discovering other interesting blogs and fantastic writers. One of those I follow and relate to most closely is Authentically 50 written by Janie Leeds, whose life experience on turning 50 and getting divorced mirrors (sometimes quite scarily!) my own. Recently, there … More Am I brave enough?
Challenge #18 back in May 2016 was to ‘Be a speaker at an event’ and that event was Ignite Cardiff. My talk then detailed the challenges I had accomplished between January and May, and a brief look at the things to come. I had always had it in mind that it would be amazing to … More Re-Ignite!
Last weekend, I ‘treated myself’ to a weekend away in beautiful West Wales – The village of Llansteffan with its 6th century church and ruined medieval castle lies on the Tywi estuary, and boasts views over the Gower peninsula to the east and Pembrokeshire coastline to the west. There too, you will find Hill House (www.hillhouseretreats.co.uk) … More Oversized baggage …
It can’t have escaped your notice… that pretty, but rather inconvenient ‘white stuff’ that arrived at our Cardiff doorstep last week… I’m not a great fan of snow, I’ll be honest. I am still traumatised by childhood skiing holidays (more like torture than fun), have never enjoyed being confined to barracks by the weather, and … More Fun in the snow!
I’ve been to the opera before. Quite a few times actually. So why, I hear you ask, does this night at the opera warrant inclusion in the 50shadesofbrave blog? Well, dear reader, this was not just any old opera house… this was Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Google it, and the most likely tag line you … More A night at the opera…