Live, Laugh, Love with Linda 5




Linda has recently retired. She now has the time to embrace life, laugh a lot and do all that she loves. Discover what that looks like for her and let her adventures inspire you…



One of the pluses of my age is the events tailored to tempt me. My friend and I set off for two hours of fun at Dance City. Yes, it was the once or twice a year Dance City Over 55’s Taster Day! We arrived for two hours of exercise – yippee – and were greeted with the words ‘Hello, would you like a coffee or hot drink ? ‘ A fab array of herbal and green teas were also on offer, accompanied by a custard cream. What a great way to start a class. The first session kicked off with Pilates. It was a wonderful warm up with a wonderful teacher. Ballet followed, with the first five positions being our aim. The graceful arm movements were relaxing and toning. Tap was a brisker session with lots of fun. Finally came Salsa with a sinuous lady, who walked us through the basic moves. Her mobile hips were in tune with the music. Feeling energised, we finished with the promise to join a class. What a fab way to spend a Sunday afternoon dancing – and all for £2!


On Saturday night, we decided to have a film night. My grandson chose the DVD- Mall Cop II. Not normally a fan of corny American cop films, I put the popcorn in the microwave, poured a drink and sat back. After a slow start with an American mall cop attending a mall cop convention with his daughter, there was a crime gang stealing the famous art at a hotel. There were some hilarious slapstick moments, where we all shrieked out loud. It was definitely a funny film at the end. I will now have to buy the first film as it is even funnier, according to the grandson.


linda-5On my quest to try new coffee places, I visited Tanfield. There, nestling in the village, is Bayberry Hollow, a cafe and country furnishings and gifts shop. What a delightful place! After a ham and coleslaw sandwich for me and carrot and coriander soup for my friend, I was full. The home cooked gammon and coleslaw with salad oozed out of the seeded bun. Yummy! The soup was also good, but neither of us then had room for the dazzling selection of scones. The three eating areas were needed for the constant stream of ‘ladies who lunch’. Haha! The shop was full of tasteful design ideas for the home and gifts. I left two hours later, smiling and happy. I shall definitely take the other half next week. He always benefits from my quest to visit new places. We will have to try the scones and coffee next time.

I try to live, laugh and love each day xxx


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