Lifestyle Fifty, Photographs and Memories, Johanna Castro
Maggie, my Grandmother’s housekeeper going to a wedding probably in the 1960’s, with my Grandmother and Grandfather.

Just to let you know that I’ve started a new blog called “Lifestyle Fifty“. It’s for fun, feisty and funky women of a certain age, and together with guest posters I’ll be writing about issues relevant to women as we get older – gracefully of course. Come join us as we chat about ageing, travelling, style, adventure and family issues and yes, have your say.

Here’s a teaser from the very first post.

Lifestyle Fifty

“I was checking out some old family photos the other day; sepia tinted black and white, absolutely gorgeous but so old fashioned.

And I couldn’t believe how fast and furiously the time has gone past but how much those memories are still part of me. I was reminded of some Great Gatsby quotes by F. Scott Fitzgerald and one seemed particularly apt …

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

And it reminded me of that feeling of moving through life as a small slice of a much bigger whole to which we belong.

Weight issues were uncommon

What struck me about the photos though is how slim and trim everyone looked. You know, when you think of the population today with so many people struggling to maintain a healthy weight, and many others clinically obese, you wonder how they did it.

My parents idea of fast food was the occasional hot sausage in a bun at the annual county show, and when I was a child a Knickerbocker Glory was a once a year ice cream treat.

My grandparents had undergone food rationing in two wars, and like my parents were slim and trim and despite the fact that they had no modern exercise equipment or gym memberships to tone their gluteus maximus’s, they looked pretty good in their tailored clothes.

Daytime TV?

In the 1960’s there were few labour saving devices and leisure time was hard won. A sit on the couch to watch a TV programme (then in black and white) was a treat reserved for after dinner.

Daytime TV was unheard of.

There was The Wimpy for fast food, but it wasn’t all that nice.

We had big appreciation for life’s little pleasures and in a way sensed that life was short and each moment had to be lived to the full – Well, our parents knew the reality of war at close hand and they knew the meaning of deprivation too.

I can also remember being given lots of memes for living well, and when I saw the film version of the Great Gatsby recently this one stuck in mind …”

You’ll have to go to Lifestyle Fifty to read the full article – or would you prefer more lifestyle posts for sassy older women here on ZigaZag?

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  1. Hi Jo, I have popped over to your new blog and commented there. Congratulations on the new blog by the way – as a fifty something gal I am looking forward to the journey with you.
    Perhaps teasers on this page, leading to your other page might work, and keep Zigazag more for anyone at any age!
    My parents suffered deprivations during WW2 and the Depression. No wonder we always had to eat everything on our plate whether we liked it or not, and my mothers used to stay “you don’t know what it is like to be starving” – she did know.

  2. Denise Gillies

    Hi Jo
    Great to see the new blog up and running.
    I enjoyed the look-back in time. I’m sure we all have lots of stories of how things have changed. We don’t even need to go back to our childhoods.
    Sent from beautiful Esperance

  3. Thanks Denise and glad you enjoyed the trip down memory lane. You’re right, we don’t have to go back too far in order to see how much has changed. Enjoy beautiful Esperance!

  4. Thanks Jill for commenting here and for popping over to Lifestyle Fifty – here’s a *Toast* to the new journey and having you on board too 🙂 Yes, I too can remember being told to eat everything on my plate totally unaware of the deprivations our folks had gone through and the reality of knowing what hunger feels like.

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