PBPA LAUGHINGSMALLI started blogging in 2009. I had only one reader- a friend I cajoled into reading my post – and I wrote about what me and my retired hubby got up to – tales of moles that couldn’t be caught, hobbies that went disasterously wrong and life as a woman facing 50 and all it entails. The blog set out to make people laugh. There isn’t enough laughter in the world and I wanted to share as much as I could.

As some of you may know, the blog became hugely popular and the posts became the backbone for my first novel, Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines. My writing went from strength to strength and I wrote more books, found publishers, won awards, wrote for other websites including the Huffington Post and magazines and was commisioned for even more articles…

I have now reached an impasse. My books have “taken off” and I must devote time to publishing contracts and writing novels. Deadlines and continued ragged health are making it implausible for me to continue blogging as once I did.

So… it’s time to say goodbye to Facing 50 With Humour and all of you who have supported me over the years. I couldn’t have done any of this without you and you will always hold a special place in my heart.

I shall still be active on social media sites and you will be able to watch new Grumpy Travel Show videos on YouTube and chat to me on Twitter or Facebook and yes, there will still be dreadful jokes posted there but this blog will be taking an early retirement. After seven years writing it I have to confess I am no longer facing 50!

Wishing you all love, light and happiness and remember …smile while you still have teeth.

Thank you all. Goodbye and love from me and Mr Grumpy