Friday, 19 May 2017

Celebrate #12

Welcome along to another Celebrate post where the name of the game is to reflect on the small things in life that have given us pleasure in our busy lives.  Led by Lexa Cain and her co-hosts - Tonja Drecker and LG Keltner - everyone is encouraged to take a minute and give thanks :)

This week, I am celebrating doing something I've never done before!  My Wordless Wednesday post this week gave a glimpse of what I saw and so to reveal I was at the very top of -
an 18th century windmill!
Right in the cap of it where the windmill sails would have been attached.

This windmill is only open to the public twice a year and so Hubby and I took advantage and had an amazing tour and talk led by a guy who actually used to work in a windmill!  There are not many like him left I'd imagine - and he was such a super tour guide being able to answer all our questions. We really hadn't expected to be so blown away by our visit but it really was very interesting and being allowed so high climbing up rickety ladders and under enormous wooden machinery felt very exciting.  Only three of us plus tour guide made it to the very top!  It's truly lovely when something turns out much better than you'd hoped :)

More things to celebrate this week were some good charity shop purchases - things to add to my wardrobe, my vintage sewing collection and gifts for others (it always amazes me the things that still have their tags on that people have never used and are kind enough to donate).

Lastly I want to celebrate passing an Open University course on Understanding Parkinson's for Health and Social Care Staff.  This all came about from meeting another person with this disease last Friday on one of my Nordic walking taster sessions.  After the session, I was invited to come to the next meeting of the local Parkinson's club so that more people with the disease could have a go. Although I knew about different research projects that showed Nordic walking could be beneficial for Parkinson's patients I did not feel I really knew much about the disease itself.  I came across this FREE course on line and worked through the four modules plus the final test to receive my digital badge and found it to be such a worthwhile course and think the more people that know about the progression of Parkinson's and what useful things they can do to help those with it the better.
If you click on the badge above it should take you to the course and you can sign up if you'd like to do it too.

Now I'm looking forward to hearing all about new places you been, new things you've bought or even new things you've learnt so leave a comment below and have a very happy weekend :)


  1. Hi Senco - oh good it was a mill ... looked like it; how wonderful to have the tour ... must have been very enlightening - especially as the guide had actually worked there.

    How interesting to have done the Parkinson course ... I keep picking things up about different problems having seen my mother through over 5 years of being badly stroked and in a Nursing Centre ... and my uncle on my father's side who had cancer ... I certainly live and learn. Congratulations - cheers Hilary

  2. I went years ago to a windmill In Surrey, I should have guessed from your earlier photo what it was. It's good to buy from charity shops as it helps so many people in many different way.
    Excellent post Senco.


  3. Congrats on passing the course. Great achievement, and yes, I love it when things turn out better than expected. I would have really enjoyed the windmill tour because I think stuff like that is cool, and when I travel I always try to find unusual. off beat things to see and do.. Have a great week.

  4. Congratulations on passing your course and well done on making it to the top of the windmill, I'm not sure I could've done that myself, especially with rickety stairs!

    Cait @ Click's Clan

  5. Windmill. Very nifty. I would have liked that tour. Congrats on your course. You had quiet a variety this week. I was boring and that's okay. Enjoy your weekend

  6. Congratulations on the course! It sounds like you had quite the week. The windmill looks lovely...especially with such a guide!

  7. Congrats on passing the course and on getting to know more people who have it and may benefit from your group. The windmill is awesome! You should tell some of your fellow climbers that if they took your Nordic walking classes, they'd have made it to the very top too! Have a good weekend!

  8. Well done on passing your course. Bet it feels amazing :) How amazing is that windmill... I love the photos and would be there climbing it if were there.

  9. Congratulation on all of your accomplishments and adventures this week!

  10. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, glad to find yours! I like the idea of wordless Wednesday, might have to look into that.

  11. i really likes your blog and You have shared the whole concept really well. and Very beautifully soulful read! thanks for sharing.