Saturday, 1 August 2015

Month 7 ~ 10 of 50 things to do before I reach 50

Well here we are at the end of July and I only have a few weeks left to go. Life has gone by very quickly this last few weeks and I have been ticking things off my list at a fair old rate!.

The garden was our main priority. We pulled down the old fence and had the very large trees cut back so I started with almost a blank canvas, 2 months later and is just about finished,  I did most of the work myself with help from OH, though not that we have been able to enjoy it very much with the poor weather mind!

here's the before and after shots

now all we need is some fine weather so we can enjoy it!

Next on my list was to create a scrapbook from our travels to Egypt, Morocco and New York, and sort out our photographs. Well the poor weather helped there not much else I could do on wet days so heres a pic of the scrapbook and our photos are all now in proper albums.

Also ticked off my list was a trip to a butterfly house, which was fabulous, a very scary trip underground at Big Pit mine museum and a spin around the London Eye.  On out trip to London we walked over 17 miles and I was able to tick walking 150 miles this year off my list.

I ate lobster at an outdoor carnival, so that was two more things off the list and walked across the Barrage in Cardiff.  I have been making a real effort to spend less time on the computer and be more active instead, which is helping with the weight loss. After a bit of a blip I'm back on track, and 13lb down (no where near my original 25lb target but it's going the right way) and I'm hoping to reach a stone before the big day.

I also entered a competition with a painting and was awarded 5th place, which was a lovely surpise and visited a proper art gallery The Tate. This is the painting I entered

All in all I ticked some 20 things off my list in the last few weeks, including some more unadventurous things like sorting out my craft stash which is now all tidy and improving my on line shop with new pictures and cutting back on coffee (I drink more tea now lol!). There is just a few weeks left before the big day and I have just 6 things left on my list, two of which are already organised so I think I'm going to make it! 

I'll leave you now with my art journal entry covering the past 3 months so it's bye bye for now and I'll see you on the other side of 50 with my final blog for the past 12 months journey.


  1. Sounds like you're having an amazing year and your journal will be a wonderful way to share your adventures with the grandkids :)

    1. It has been a real journey for me this year and it's been great putting it all in an art journal, I have enjoyed it so much so that I'm going to continue my journal and add more in the future it will be a lovely keepsake :)

  2. Great article! I enjoyed reading about your many activities and tasks completed! Good luck achieving the final handful. :o)

    1. Thank you Julia, at least it's taken my mind off being 50 lol!

  3. Well done you! Great idea, I might make my own list. I'm a long way off 50 tho!