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Hello from England and a National Trust walk on Dartmoor

I've been doing a lot of 'When-We'ing' this week. As in "When we used to" or "When we went to" and I make no apologies. You see I'm in England where I was born, and where I grew up, staying with my Mum and visiting family in Devon. I'm really lucky to have my grown-up daughter with me too, … [Read More...]

boho chic

Boho Chic for the Weekend Hippy in You

There's nothing I like more than a little boho chic, and it goes back to my hippy youth I guess. In those days I had strange fashion sense, I can remember dyeing a sheet, cutting a hole in the top and stringing a piece of rope around my waist before trotting off to a disco. I must have looked like … [Read More...]

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Why Women Over 50 still need Life Insurance

Sponsored Guest Post. I was chatting to some mates the other day about the morbid side of getting older and the topic of Life Insurance came up. "Well if my hubby has life insurance, why do I need it too?" asked one of my friends. If you’ve got no dependent children still living at home, a … [Read More...]

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How to wear Floral Trousers

Continuing with the 'I'm not a fashion model series' I've been having a little fun with floral print trousers. Since I've got to the age where I feel that time is running out I no longer keep clothes in my wardrobe 'for best' in quite the same way as I used to. In my twenties I definitely had … [Read More...]

Why hanging out with young people is good for you

19 Reasons Why Hanging out with Young People is good for you

Last night I was lucky enough to be asked to speak on a Meet the Blogger panel at a Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) event at Murdoch University. To say I was a little nervous would be an understatement, and I was called as the first blogger to get up and talk which had my tummy … [Read More...]

perfect fit trench coat

A perfect fit trench coat to make all your worries disappear.

Today Don't sweat the small stuff Just be you. Do you have days when you just feel like you've given up on the will to live? It might be because of niggling worries that overtake you, or a big setback or just a fed-upness that won't go away. Lots of little things can put me into the 'oh crikey … [Read More...]

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Lucy in the sea with dolphins – and where to see dolphins in Australia

I love it when I get emails and photos from readers, especially when they're filled with the joys of living an active, healthy and engaged lifestyle. I met Lucy a few years ago, via the internet. Here's a post I wrote some time ago about online friendships. She lives in the United States, and I … [Read More...]

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Blogging Tips – How to find Great Ideas

Welcome to Bloggie Friday, the day when we talk about all things blogging and blogging tips. If you're not into writing or blogging, kindly look away and click Here Perhaps for a mystery post from the archives. Enjoy! "S'pleasure ;) I receive lots of emails from beginner bloggers asking, "How … [Read More...]

how to wear ponte pants

How to wear Ponte Pants and look a Million Dollars

Wearing tight fitting clothes is always a conundrum as we get older. Yes, they can accentuate lumps and bumps and Yes, they can have us looking like mutton dressed up as lamb if we’re not careful. Now I know a lot of you feisty Lifestylers will retort, “I don’t think or worry about being mutton … [Read More...]

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Retirement ideas – The art of Protirement

It seems the new retirement trend is not to put our feet up and close the door on contributing to the economy, but to actively jump in with both feet and pursue our passions to make a little money and keep us busy. Retirement ideas - liberating or confining? Okay, while many might view this as a … [Read More...]

blogging tips

10 Blogging Tips to Surprise and Delight your readers

One of the reasons I love blogging is that it keeps me continually on my toes and learning. Learning not only about technical stuff to do with the internet but also how to be a better human being, because ironically although blogging means being holed up alone in a room with a computer for long … [Read More...]

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My Top 20 Movies and The Clouds of Sils Maria

I was lucky to be invited to a movie premier the other day and trotted off in a bit of finery to see The Clouds of Sils Maria, a movie I hadn't heard about. Going to see movies which we may not have especially earmarked as must-see is good for us I reckon, and takes us out of our movie comfort … [Read More...]

self worth

Do you struggle with feelings of low self worth?

I had an email from a reader the other day that brought tears to my eyes. She said that she was struggling to find her style now that she's into her sixties and at the crux of the matter she really didn't think she was worth spending money on anymore, and deep down couldn't be bothered about how she … [Read More...]

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Blogging Tips : How to write a popular blog

Why do you get excited about reading some blogs and turn away from others? Which newsletters have you signed up for because you can’t bear the thought of missing out on a single blog post update? These are questions we should keep asking ourselves in the quest to write meaningful, engaging content … [Read More...]

keep fit and healthy tips

21 Must-Do Outdoor Pursuits for the Young at Heart

Today I started a new keep fit and healthy regime. Well, I don't actually like to call it a regime, because to tell you the truth it's a bit of a "Me-Time-Project" and as such I'm looking forward to it. You'll have to wait until Friday for the first episode, and I hope some of you might join me for … [Read More...]

Mother's Day

10 lovely ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother's day comes twice a year for me. Once when I appreciate all that my Mum has done for me on the British date which is in March, and then again a couple of months later in Australia when I'm the one being acknowledged on Mothering Sunday in May. I feel very blessed. I realise that not … [Read More...]

Blogging Tips

Blogging Tips – Omit the Noise but Leave the Signal

Hello everyone and welcome to Bloggie Friday. If you're not into blogging, please don't go away, why don't you catch up on some of the posts you might have missed in the past - you'll find a selection of posts to help you with the 'art of aging and living the good life' right here: Popular … [Read More...]

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The Nepal Earthquake

The sight of bloodied children on stretchers, news of so many dead, photos of utter devastation, images of thick dust and rubble now the only remains of centuries old architecture - have been haunting my days and nights. The scenes of desperation as small teams of people tear through bricks and … [Read More...]

How to live the good life

Are you Living The Good Life?

As I've been trawling the Perth city streets in search of a new place to live, I've thought a lot about what makes a place, a suburb or an area really desirable or not. Actually, scratch out the word 'thought' and insert 'drawn blood'. I've agonised too much. I'm always in search of elusive … [Read More...]

inexpensive fashion

Stylish, inexpensive fashion and Win a $50 clothing Voucher.

When I was growing up I was reliably informed by an elderly relative that the colour black was only for funerals. Over the years I've struggled with black because of this deep seated aversion which brings up sepulchral visions for me, and yet black suits me well and I always feel great in … [Read More...]

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What health checks should I have after the age of 50?

This is a sponsored post by Health Insurance Comparison I don't know about you, but as I've moved into my 50's an awful lot more time seems to be spent getting health maintenance checks done. I like to think that's what it takes to keep this vintage model on the road, and I'm a strong believer in … [Read More...]

Mothers Day

Magical Moments with Mum for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is coming up and despite it's commercial nature I'm always keen to acknowledge my wonderful Mum. All too often my reflex action is to send her a lovely card and a big bunch of flowers (because she lives in England) and I thought this year it would be nice to show her how much I love her … [Read More...]