Digital Detox: going off-grid for the weekend

I was half-way up a hill in the wooded, wilds of North Devon on Sunday when my phone leapt into life, bombarding my pocket with a string of family Whatsapp messages from my three adult offspring. It was all kicking off in London, says Elaine Kingett. ‘Anyone heard from Mum?’ ‘Nope.’ ‘Did she get there?Read more

Creative Women at Work: meeting Rae Feather

When we meet, Rae Feather is not what I expect at all. Having followed the accessories entrepreneur on Instagram for some time, I’d imagined a 20-something, trust-fund-tastic Sloane. Then there she is, warm and sunny and 50-something with a gorgeous Irish accent; bringing the coffee and making wry jokes. You could knock me down withRead more

Caring for an elderly parent and finding joy in the meantime

One of my friends recently had to pack up her London flat, pack in her job and move back to Canada to care for her elderly mother. I’ve been chatting to Alexia a lot recently via email and suggested she write down her experience for That’s Not My Age; as caring for parents and lovedRead more

Pilates is the new clubbing

‘If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young,’ so said Joseph Pilates. I am reminded of this quote when I attempt to  take up running again and it’s a bit stop-start-y. On the day I buy a new pair of running shoes ( Asics Gel Kayano 24;  I overpronate) myRead more

Down with ageism in the workplace

In a week that celebrated the centenary of some women winning the right to vote (those over-30, who were married or owned property. Men just had to be over the age of 21) we are still battling for equality. The gender pay gap, equal representation in parliament, sexual harrassment and ageism in the workplace areRead more

Something to look forward to: Laura Linney on stage in My Name is Lucy Barton

Our Christmas gift to each other was a smart TV – we’ve joined the 21st century, people. Many an evening is spent scrolling through Netflix on the settee – and we do actually watch stuff, too. While revisiting The Squid and the Whale recently, I concluded that Laura Linney is one of those actors who has appearedRead more

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

  We’re having a quiet, minimalist Christmas at That’s Not My Age Mansions and are just about ready to hunker down with a box set and a bag of shortbread biscuits. Let the lolling begin! Thank you so much for all the lovely feedback this year; I’m always delighted when readers take the time toRead more

Inspired by the 80-something Superagers

  Two things have made me want to start running properly, again. One was the travel journalist I met in New York who began entering marathons in her 50s (we cheered her on at around the halfway mark) and the other is Superager Irene Obera, 84. ‘You have to move it or you’re going toRead more

Have yourself a Small Business Christmas

  Christmas is a small business at That’s Not My Age Mansions. And this together with the Blue Planet 2-effect means I’m scaling things back this year. Not that I have much to buy; a lot of my friends now live outside London and by telepathy and a tendency not to see each other as often as we’dRead more

Christmas cards you’ll want to receive

Every year I frugally plan to send Christmas cards to the friends and family I don’t see very often – and say Happy Christmas, in person, to those I do. But then the festive season arrives and I go all or nothing. Women To Look Up To is a brand that aims to shine a light on modern female roleRead more