Monday 22 February 2016

50 Things to do before I'm 60 - 11 to 15

Hi there everyone

Well, last week I let you know how I was getting on with the first 10 of the 50 things that I want to do before I'm 60.

This week I want to share the next 5 things that are on my list so here goes ...

11 - Either go camping again or ...... get rid of all the camping stuff!

It may not sound like it, but this is a big decision for us.  We love nearly everything about camping and we've had some really lovely camping holidays.  The one thing that we really don't like though, is having to pack up in the rain and we've had to do this the last two times we camped.  What this means is a marathon effort when you get home to dry everything out.

Added to that we have both Martin's and my ever increasing creaking and aching joints, which makes the getting up and down from airbeds not the most fun activity.

Actually, I don't really like peeing in a bucket in the night either and as for the showers .........

I think I know what I need to do with this one, but I can not tell a lie, it will be a sad day.
Well ... having written all of that and convinced myself that camping was no longer for me, and now having hunted out photos for the above collage, I didn't realise how many times we'd been camping and I've remembered just how much we do love it.

I'd also forgotten how slim and fit my lovely husband was when we first met!

Perhaps I'm not really ready to sell on the gear after all.

12 - Have a cottage holiday on one of the Channel Islands

Yay!!  Another one done.  We had a lovely holiday on Guernsey last year, which you can read about here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

13 - Run my own Business

When I wrote this goal, I never really thought that I'd do it.  But my little craft business Hand Made at Number 27 is up and running.  Its definitely in its infancy and nowhere near being in profit as yet.  I'm not sure how far I want to go with this but, for now, I'm enjoying making all sorts of different bits and pieces and really enjoying the feeling I get when other people say they like my stuff.

14 - Finish off the Explorer 232 Geocaching Series
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Our caching exploits really seem to have tailed off over the last year.

We started this series, what seems like years ago, and it involves finding a cache in 232 of the grid squares on the OS Explorer map 232, which covers the Nuneaton, Tamworth, Lichfield & Atherstone area, so it's pretty local to us.

We started out really well and have already completed caches in 191 of the squares, so just 41 left to do.  Maybe this will be one for when Martin retires later this year and we can get out and about a bit more.

15 - Visit Rosslyn Chapel

Like lots and lots of other people I was enthralled by Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.  A number of years ago I visited Paris, with my brother, who was also enthralled and we visited The Louvre and followed the Rose Line at the St Sulpice church.

Ever since I saw the film, I've wanted to visit Rosslyn Chapel, it just looked so beautiful ... and fascinating.

Knowing that this was something I really wanted to do, my lovely husband planned in a surprise visit, on our way back from The Cairngorms last year.

It did not disappoint.  It was an absolutely beautiful chapel, in a lovely spot.  Inside is as fascinating as I hoped it would be, though the film considerably extended the crypt!

It's somewhere that I'm really pleased I've managed to see and I would most definitely recommend a visit if you're considering it.  It was well worth the trip.

So that's 11 to 15 on my list.  Not bad going so far, really need to make that decision on the camping front this year though.  Will we risk another trip to see how we get on, or will we come to terms with the fact that our camping days are over?  Watch this space ...

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