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Write our Star Letter

Win a Teapot and Luxury Fruit Cake

Win an Abloom Teapot and Tea Balls plus a Luxury Fruit Cake from Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

From Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

Could your letter be the Sixtyplusurfers Star Letter? This month we're giving away a stylish Abloom Teapot and Tea Balls plus a Luxury Fruit Cake worth £44.98!

Turn every teatime into an event with the unique Abloom tea. Not only does the rare ‘Silver Needle’ tea taste delicious, but it looks spectacular, too. Simply fill the glass teapot with boiling water, gently drop in a tea ball and watch in amazement as a beautiful exotic flower emerges.

Simply fill the glass teapot with boiling water, gently drop in a tea ball and watch in amazement as a beautiful exotic flower emerges

The tea is light and sweet with a fruity aroma, perfect at any time of the day. Each tea ball provides three infusions. The teapot set also includes a strainer to use with loose leaf tea, and includes three tea balls: jasmine and peach, vanilla and jasmine.

Win an Abloom Teapot from Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

What better way to enjoy your tea than with a slice of rich fruit cake laced with fine Scotch Whisky? The cake is presented in a decorative hexagonal tin, net weight 300g.

Glenfarcas Malt Whisky Cake from Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

Both these items are part of a wide range of gifts that include fresh flower bouquets and baskets, indoors and outdoor plants, silk flowers, chocolates and hampers, and home and garden gifts.

Below is a selection of our customer favourites:

Pink Perfection Basket from Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

Pink Perfection Basket, £29.99

Carnations & Freesias Bouquet from Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

Carnations & Freesias Bouquet from £19.99

Bouvardia Houseplant in Zinc Cachepot from Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

Bouvardia Houseplant in Zinc Cachepot, £14.99

Teapot Bird Feeder from Rainbow Flowers & Gifts

Teapot Bird Feeder, £14.99

If you’d like to find out more visit www.rainbowflowers.co.uk

Each gift can be sent direct to friends and family throughout the UK, comes with a free gift card with your personal greeting and is despatched to arrive by your chosen date.

For more information call 0844 557 8090.

Star Letter Terms & Conditions

1. The winner of the Star Letter Competition will receive an Abloom teapot and Tea Balls plus a Luxury Fruit Cake worth £44.98.

2. This competition is only open to our UK readers only.

 To Enter the Competition

Send in your letters, photographs,  recipes, poems, and handy tips, for your chance to win this fantastic prize. Or write a letter using one of the suggestions below.

The best letter will win the prize!

This month you can write in about the following subjects
or choose one of your own:
 
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where you live
2. Tell us about something special or important that you have achieved in life
3. Tell us about something romantic that has happened to you or a friend
4. Tell us about a special afternoon tea or meal that you have had in a hotel or restaurant
5. Tell us about a recent holiday or a family day out
6. Tell us about your garden and what you like to grow
7. Tell us a funny story about your grandchildren or share some pictures
8.Tell us about your pets. And include a couple of photos
9. Share a favourite family recipe or a cookery idea and include a picture of the finished dish or meal
10. Tell us about something you have baked, cooked, sewn or made for your family as a gift
11. Have you had a cooking disaster? Tell us about it with lots of funny pictures
12. Have you recently moved home or downsized? We'd love to hear your experiences
13. Tell us about a prize you have won from Sixtyplusurfers
14. Tell us about something amusing that has happened to you or a member of the family
15. Tell us how you spend your retirement or leisure time
16. Tell us about your favourite hobbies and pastimes
17. Share your handy tips and money saving ideas
18. Share your tips about staying happy and healthy
19. Tell us about someone famous or inspiring that you have met
20. Tell  us something special that has happened to you
21. Tell us about a birthday, anniversary, wedding or family occasion you have celebrated
22. Tell us about your first car, school days or something unusual or exciting that has happened in your life
23. Tell us about your first job or an unusual job you have had
24. Have you appeared on a quiz show, talent show, or on TV? We'd love to hear about it
25. Tell us what you like about Sixtyplusurfers!
 

Please send your letters, pictures, poems, recipes and funny stories to sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk clearly marked Readers' Letters, together with your full name
and postal address.

Any attached photographs should be sent in jpeg format and you could win this month's fabulous Star Letter Prize!

 

Win a Sixtyplusurfers Fridge Magnet!

Win a Sixtyplusurfers Fridge Magnet

Sixtyplusurfers is giving away these great Fridge Magnets! We are offering all runners up to the Star Letter Competition one of these fantastic Fridge Magnets.

Stick it on your fridge to keep all your messages together - and use it to remind you to look at the Sixtyplusurfers website.

So get writing. Now!

Everyone who writes a letter and gets it published on this page wins a prize!

We can send magnets anywhere - within reason!

So don't worry if you live overseas!
 

Readers' Letters
Have Your Say!

Dear Sixtyplusurfers



I’ll be in the dog house next, if I get caught out again!

This is a picture of next door's cat loving to pose in a place where she really shouldn’t be!

Kirsty Meredith, Bradfield


Dear Kirsty

Thank you for sending in your amusing photograph.

Next door's cat looks very contented in her new home. I wonder if the birds are sleeping in her basket?

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

 

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 



Princess


Princess may be 5 but she’s a kitten at heart
Up and down trees through the woodlands she’ll dart
She loves to chase squirrels, badgers and foxes
As guardian of her territory she ticks all the boxes
But don’t get me wrong she’s an angel deep down
She’s the one who can turn a smile from a frown
Greedy for kisses and cuddles galore
She falls at my feet and rolls on the floor
From the moment we met she won me over with her charms
She loves nothing more than curling up in my arms
On her unconditional love I can depend
She’s not just my pet but my very best friend

Liz Denial, Nottingham


Dear Liz
 
Thank you for sending in your poem and photograph about Princess. She's beautiful.

It's wonderful that she brings you so much happiness.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

 

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

My name is George .... my owner should have gone to Specsavers!

Laura Nice, Surrey

Dear Laura
 
What a funny photograph.

That's a novel way to cope with the hot weather!


Melissa Braiden, Letters & Admin

 

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

What I like most about the Summer is the beautiful colours and things that grow in my garden. Everyday there is something new to enjoy and each has its own fragrance and beauty.



I love this rose bush which grows in my front garden. It has a fabulous smell and is so pretty. These are two of my favourite red roses from the bush. Each has the most glorious scent.



We also have a Buddleia bush in our garden and on a hot day it gets filled with lots of pretty butterflies.



My apple tree is just starting to produce fruit and as you can see, we'll soon be able to enjoy some delicious apples.


Gina Davies, London

Dear Gina
 
Thank you for sharing your lovely photographs.

We'd love to see photos of other people's gardens and the things you have grown.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor
 

Competition Winners From the July
issue of Sixtyplusurfers

The Winner of the Hipstreet Electron 8 inch Tablet in Pink is:
Helena Evans, London
The answer is Pink

The Winner of the Classic Red Espresso Coffee Pot from Dotcomgiftshop is:
Anthony Jakara, Warrington
The answer is Italy

The Winner of the ChillFactor Ice Cream Magic Tray for Children from Character Options is:
Cathy McTaggart, Wolverhampton
T
he answer is Spatula

The Winner of the Kimono from Damart is:
Gill Bond, Nottingham
The answer is Purple and Pink

The Winner of a Bundle of Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active Skincare Goodies is :
Caroline Madeley, Weston-Super-Mare
The answer is Ideal World TV

The Winner of the Bob Martin Essential Dog Bundle of Trusted Products is:
Rachel Butterworth, Barnsley
The answer is Somerset

The Four Winners of a Dobble game from Esdevium Games are:
Gary Hartley, Leeds; Anne Parmenter, Newark; Sara Macey, Chatham; and Bella Smyth, Swindon
The answer is Fish

The Winner of a Month's Supply of Cracker No Added Sugar Juice Drink is:
Sally Hay, Hull
The answer is Stevia


The Four Winners of the Dad's Army Goodies including a Mug, Notebook, and Badges from Universal Pictures are:
Paul Aislabie, Great Yarmouth; Louise Paton, Fleet; Margaret Dunlop, Fareham; and Andrew Wedge, Wigan
The answer is Captain Mainwaring

The Winner of a Bundle of Forever Friends Craft Goodies from docrafts is:
Joy Whitelock, Somerset
The answer is Bears

The Two Winners of Long Shadows on Vinyl by John Illsley are:
Neil Smith, Staffordshire and Doreen Stokes, Halesowen
The answer is Dire Straits


The Winner of the Star letter is:

Linda Guest, West Midlands
Alison wins a Cheese & Wine Hamper from Find Me A Gift

The Winner of the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter Competition is:
Matt McAndrew, London
The prize is a Luxury Wine Trio from the RSPB

The Winner of a Day Out at Borde Hill Garden in West Sussex with Cream Tea and a Plant to Take Home is:
Sarah Hearnden, West Sussex

The Three Winners of Bio-Gluco - the worlds first double-action, natural solution for blood sugar management are:

Joy Whitelock, Somerset; John Taggart, Cleveland; Stanley Hunt, Mid Glamorgan

The Winner of the Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Competition for a TP-LINK Power Bank to keep your phone and tablet charged on the go is:
Patricia Starkey

The Winner of the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise Competition to win an RSPB Adjus-table Bird Table with a Value Added Bird Food Mixed Pack for the best Photograph of the Month in the Photo Gallery on the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise page is:
Anyone for Tea? by 'Hebe'

Now enter our brand new August competitions!

If you would like to write a Star Letter for Sixtyplusurfers or enter one of our competitions please use our NEW email address to enter: 
sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

If you have problems or questions about entering any Sixtyplusurfers Competitions just contact us at:

jennyitz@hotmail.com

murraysixtyplus@hotmail.com

We'd also love to hear from you if you have any article ideas, pictures, funny stories, poems, or handy tips.
 

Contact Sixtyplusurfers

Contact Sixtyplusurfers

We really enjoy reading your letters, poems, recipes and stories. It's great to hear from you with all of your news and photographs. We want to keep this page buzzing with letters. So keep writing in with your news!

You can send in a funny story, a recipe, poem, handy tip, or photographs. Or if you've been on a nice holiday or had a day out, then tell us all about it! Don't forget to include plenty of colourful photographs too.

Email it to
sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk with the header Readers Letters. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Sixtyplusurfers Team

The Sixtyplusurfers Team

Contact us by email:

Jenny Itzcovitz
Editor

jennyitz@hotmail.com


Murray Jacobs
Managing Editor

murraysixtyplus@hotmail.com 

Kitty Jacobs
Letters and Admin

sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

Melissa Braiden
Newsletter, Competitions & Admin
Sixtyplusnewsletter@hotmail.co.uk

 

 Sixtyplusurfers Chat
  and Socialise Page

Visit the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise page

The Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise page is the perfect place to make new friends online. It offers you the chance to meet other readers, take part in live conversations, put up blogs, send in your photographs, add a thought to our message board, or join a group of like-minded readers with similar interests.

FREE of Charge to Join

It's easy to join in, and FREE of charge too! Just click on Chat & Socialise and this will take you straight to the log in page. Then fill in your profile and you're ready to get started.

To fill in your profile just enter a 'chat name' then tell us a little bit about yourself. For example your hobbies, interests, favourite music and pastimes. You can also include a photograph of yourself. If you don't have a camera use a picture from Google images at www.google.co.uk

Message Board

Once you have filled in your profile then you can take part in some of the conversations on our Message Board. We've already started some threads. But if there's a topic that you would like to talk about why not start your own conversation!

Share your Photographs

The
Chat & Socialise page also allows you to share your favourite photographs with other readers. So if you have been on an interesting day out, have some holiday photographs, pictures of your grandchildren, pets or garden, then send them along to the chat page.

Put up a Blog

Why not send us a Blog and tell us about something interesting that has happened to you. Or share your views and thoughts with other readers.

We have an Events page where you can tell us about your local events, social gatherings and meetings.

Groups

You can also join one of our Groups and take part in one of the conversations about your hobbies and interests.

Live Chat Room

We also have a Live Chat Room where you can chat to other readers and tell them about your news - Live!

   Win Two Puzzles
from Ravensburger

Chrysler Building 3D Puzzle Night Edition from Ravensburger


This month we've got a brand new competition on the Sixtyplusurfers
Chat & Socialise page. We're giving away Two Fabulous Jigsaw Puzzles from Ravensburger including Chrysler Building 3D Puzzle Night Edition and What if? The Wedding.

How to Enter the Competition

For your chance to win
these two wonderful jigsaw puzzles we're looking for the Best Handy Tip of the Month in the Handy Tips Group on the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise page.

What if? The Wedding jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger


Your handy tip might be an inexpensive way to entertain the grandchildren or children over the Summer holidays.

It could be a money saving suggestion, shopping tip or ways of reducing money on your household bills. It could be a health, beauty or safety tip. Or perhaps a fashion idea?

It could be a cookery tip, your favourite recipe,
or a healthy eating idea. Perhaps you have some household cleaning advice or a DIY idea.

You might have some craft and hobby ideas. Or things to make and do with your grandchildren.

It could be a gardening tip. Or pet care advice that you might be able to pass on.
Perhaps you have a photography hint to help other readers to take better pictures.

Maybe you have some words of wisdom that have been passed on from a wise member of your family. Or you might have some thoughts on ways to amuse your grandchildren on a rainy day. Perhaps to get them away from their computers and the TV!

Simply share your handy tips and ideas in the new
Handy Tips Group on the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise page for your chance to win the Chrysler Building 3D Puzzle Night Edition and What if? The Wedding jigsaw puzzles from Ravensburger

This can
be found in the Groups section on the Chat & Socialise page by clicking here!

Don't forget to post your entry in the
Handy Tips Group on the  Sixtyplusurfers
Chat & Socialise page.

The best entry will win the Chrysler Building 3D Puzzle Night Edition and What if? The Wedding puzzles from Ravensburger.

For full details about how to enter the competition, with terms and conditions, click on the
Our Friends page.

Join the
Chat & Socialise page

To enter the competition you must be a member of the Chat & Socialise page, so don't forget to sign up and join in.

It's FREE OF CHARGE!

Just
click on Chat & Socialise and follow the prompts.

Good luck!
 

Check to See if You Have Won a Prize!

Check to see if you have won a prize!

Don't forget to check our Winner's List at the beginning of every month to see if you have won a prize!

Please allow at least four to five weeks to receive your prize. 

If you have any questions about Sixtyplusurfers Competitions email:
jennyitz@hotmail.com

The closing date for this month's competitions is 31st August.
 

                Competitions & Letters

Win a 7 Night Stay
at Club La Santa, Lanzarote

Win a 7 Night Stay at Club La Santa, Lanzarote

Fancy enjoying a holiday that combines relaxation with activities, culture, cuisine, and beautiful scenery? We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a 7 night stay for two to Club La Santa, the world’s number one active holiday resort.

Activities and facilities

Situated on the breath-taking, North West coast of Lanzarote, you’ll find over 30 different sports to enjoy including yoga, pilates, Zumba, tai chi, aqua aerobics, swimming, tennis, badminton and cycling. Throughout the week you can take advantage of the free instruction and classes on offer.  

Throughout the week you can take advantage of the free instruction and classes on offer

The resort offers something for all ages and abilities – you don’t need to be a world champion to enjoy a holiday at Club La Santa!

A typical day during your stay may start with a short bike ride, followed by a game of tennis in the sun, a pilates session before ending the day with dinner and entertainment in the square.

Club La Santa is the only resort in the world to boast three 50 metre outdoor swimming pools

Club La Santa is the only resort in the world to boast three 50 metre outdoor swimming pools. You will also find a 400 metre running track, a fully equipped gym, air-conditioned courts for badminton and squash.

A golf putting and chipping green with all-weather surfaces is also available plus a dance studio, purpose built aerobics areas, ten tennis courts and road and mountain bikes for hire.

Throughout the week you can take advantage of the free instruction and classes on offer

The resort has its own Wellness Centre and Spa which offers guests the chance to indulge themselves. The hydrotherapy circuit is complemented by hot and cold pools, a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Club La Santa’s professional therapists also offer a full range of massages, therapies and treatments.

Dining at Club La Santa

There are four restaurants at Club La Santa including the Pool Bar offering tasty snacks by the pool


When it comes to dining, there’s no shortage of places to eat at the resort – there are four restaurants at Club La Santa including the Pool Bar offering tasty snacks by the pool, Restaurant Atlantico: the self-service buffet, a-la-carte dining at La Plaza and the El Lago restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating offering fantastic ocean views.


Accommodation

Club La Santa offers over 400 apartments, with a choice of up to four bedrooms

Club La Santa offers over 400 apartments, with a choice of up to four bedrooms. The prize on offer is a 7 night stay in a one bedroom comfort apartment. Apartments comprise of an open plan living/dining area which opens out onto a private terrace.

The bathroom comes with a shower, and the kitchen is equipped with a two-ring hob, fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave.

There are also 96 luxury suites* – one, two or three bedrooms – which offer spacious interiors with comfortable furnishings and a large terrace. Views either overlook the beautiful local scenery, Atlantic Ocean or the resort’s lagoon.

*Upgrades on the prize are available at an additional premium, subject to availability.

Exploring Lanzarote

Whilst you’re in Lanzarote, the Green Team Guides can help you with information on excursions and getting around the island. Whether it’s exploring parts of the island and its numerous tourist attractions or renting a car to tour Lanzarote at your own pace, there’s plenty on offer.

Lanzarote has a warm climate all year-round, the average temperature only fluctuates about 8°C between summer and winter.

Lanzarote has a warm climate all year-round, the average temperature only fluctuates about 8°C between summer and winter

To find out more about holidays to Club La Santa visit www.clublasanta.co.uk 

  For Your Chance to Win

Tell us how many
50 metre outdoor swimming pools does Club La Santa have?

       a) One
       b) Two
       c) Three
       d) Four

   To Enter the Competition

     Please fill in the form below with
    the answer to the above question,
    together with your name, address,
         email address and telephone
      number. Then press submit
            when you have finished




      Competition Terms & Conditions



1.
The prize is a 7 night stay at Club La Santa in Lanzarote, staying in a comfort one bedroom apartment for two people.

2. Flights, transfers, meals, travel insurance and spending money are not included.
 
3. The prize winner must travel.

4. The prize is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.

5. The prize is valid for selected dates in September, October and November 2016.

6. You can upgrade your apartment at an additional premium, subject to availability.

7. The prize must be accepted and booked within one week of being notified as the winner.

8. The winner is responsible for ensuring he/she meets the entry requirements for Lanzarote.

9. Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

10
. By entering the competition you agree to receive further information from Club La Santa.
 
11. The competition closes on 31st August 2016.
 

Readers' Letters

Sixtyplusurfers Star Letter 

  Dear Sixtyplusurfers




As a 15 year old my ‘life plan’ was to leave school, get a job in a shop, get married and have a family. My careers advisor was not impressed! But that is exactly what I did.

Later on in life, with no regrets, I realised that my low paid job was no longer fulfilling, my family had grown and I wanted more out of life. A friend told me about Open University, I thought I wasn't clever enough but he said anyone could do it but to pass you needed determination and commitment.

In my 40s, with my husband’s support, I enrolled in the Open University. It was a whole new world and I loved it. The tutorials were great, I met interesting people and was able to talk about my love of reading and books. I was surprised because I thought it would be all young people but it was a real mix of ages, backgrounds and cultures.

I learned so much and couldn’t wait for the next reading list, the next assignment and the next course. I also made new friends. The OU staff are so helpful; giving me good advice about courses I would enjoy.



I finished a degree course in English literature and language and by the age of 50 I’d also passed a Master’s degree. I was the first person in our family to get a degree and I was so proud to collect it from Symphony Hall Birmingham at the graduation ceremony, my nephew and niece later went on to get a degrees themselves.

Now I have a brilliant job as a school library manager and career advisor and I have confidence in my own abilities. It’s never too late for a change of direction and embracing lifelong learning was certainly life changing for me.


The picture at the top shows me with both my degrees taken recently and the second picture shows me, on the second left holding my degree with my mum, sister and nephew at my graduation ceremony in 2006.

Linda Guest, West Midlands

Dear Linda

Thank you for telling us about yourself and you fabulous achievements. Thank you also for sharing your lovely photographs. It's wonderful that you have achieved so much through your determination and commitment with the Open University and also your new job as a school library manager and career advisor. It's definitely never too late to do the things in life that you want to.

We are delighted to let you know that you are the winner of this month's Star Letter Competition. Your prize is a Cheese & Wine Hamper from Find Me A Gift.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor
 

  Dear Sixtyplusurfers


Changing Times

We met and we married a long time ago
We worked for long hours, when wages were low
No TV, no wireless, no bath; times were hard
Just a cold water tap and a walk in the yard

No holidays abroad, no carpets on the floors
We had coal on the fires and we didn’t lock doors
Our children arrived, no pill in those days
And we brought them up, without any State aid

They were safe going out to play in the park
And old folk could go for a walk in the dark
No Valium, no drugs and no LSD
We cured most of our ills with a good cup of tea

No vandals, no muggings there was nothing to rob
We felt we were rich with a couple of bob
People were happier in those far off days
Kinder and caring in so many ways

Milkman and paper boy would whistle and sing
A night at the pictures was our one mad fling
We all got our share of troubles and strife
We just had to face it ’twas the pattern of life

Now I am alone, I look back through the years
I don’t think of the bad times, the troubles and tears
I remember the blessings, our home and our love
That we shared together, I thank God above

Patricia Starkey, Somerset

Dear Patricia

Thank you for sending in your beautiful poem. It's lovely that you have so many happy memories and thank you for sharing them.


Murray Jacobs, Managing Editor

 

  Dear Sixtyplusurfers

 
 

We haven't had much summer weather yet, though I live in hope. But that hasn't stopped us getting out and enjoying the beautiful places that our county of Yorkshire has to offer.

One of my favourite days out was to Brimham Rocks. Not far from Harrogate with plenty of parking for a few pounds. It's a place with the most remarkable rock formations as well as some Heather moors and wild bilberries.

There's the usual sort of visitor's shop as well as a refreshment kiosk that sells pies, pasties and cakes that aren't too extortionate.

I couldn't resist perching on a giant mushroom and doing my pixie impersonation.

Heather Haigh, West Yorshire

Dear Heather

Thank you for sending in your fabulous photograph. You are very brave sitting on top of those rocks!

Brimham Rocks looks a fascinating place to visit.

We'd love to hear from other readers who have been to interesting and beautiful places.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

 

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

Borscht Recipe (Ukrainian national dish)

Ingredients

· 2 quarts beef, chicken, or vegetable broth
· 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
· 2 onions, diced
· 2 garlic cloves, minced
· 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
· 2 celery stalks, trimmed, thinly sliced
· 2 parsnips, peeled, thinly sliced
· 1 carrot, peeled, thinly sliced
· 1 leek, white and light green parts, thinly sliced
· ½ a head of savoy cabbage, shredded
· 1 bay leaf
· 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
· ½ a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
· 2 beetroots, peeled, grated
· ¼ cup of dill, minced
· 2-3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, or as needed
· ½ a cup of sour cream

Method

1. Bring the broth to a simmer while you peel and prepare the vegetables. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat with the oil. Add the onions and garlic.

2. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are tender and golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in the marjoram.

3. Add the celery, parsnips, carrot, leek, and cabbage. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are slightly tender, about 8 minutes

4. Add the broth and the bay leaf. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook, partially covered, for 10 minutes before grating the beets directly into the soup.

5. Simmer, partially covered, until the soup is flavourful and the vegetables are completely tender, about 15 minutes.

6. Stir in the dill. Then add the red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to taste.

7. Garnish the soup with sour cream and serve.

Oxana Murphy, Northwich


Dear Oxana

Thank you for sharing your recipe. It sounds delicious.

 

We'd love to hear from other readers with tried and tested recipes, family favourites or cooking tips.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

 

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

Handy Tip


My brother in-law passed on this great cleaning tip.

If you have brass, locks, coins and other metal items that you want to clean around the home try using HP Sauce!

It really works, and has made the lock in my bathroom come up a treat!


Mary Dawson, Devon

Dear Mary

Thank you for sharing your handy tip. We'd love to hear from other readers with tips and ideas for around the home.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

 

Please use our New Email address for Competitions

Don't forget to use the NEW Sixtyplusurfers email address for our competitions.

It is:
sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

You will notice that some competitions also have our sponsors' email addresses for entry - so do check each competition before you enter!

Please label all the competitions with the title given so that we can see which competition you are entering. Avoid putting the competition answer as the title of your email as this takes us more time to sort out your entry and can be confusing. And please ensure the competition title is spelled correctly!

And try not to leave the title of your email blank - as your entry may get lost in our Junk box!!! And then you will have less chance of winning a competition prize. Finally, please don't forget that each competition must be entered separately with the correct title as shown on the competition. Closing date for this month's competitions is 31st August  2016 - so don't forget to enter.

If you live overseas, but would like to enter a UK competition on the Sixtyplusurfers website - please let us know if there is someone in the UK who can accept the prize on your behalf. Please let us know in good time if there is a change of address, you are moving house, going on holiday, or if you would like your prize to be delivered to a different address.

Please allow around 28 - 36 days for delivery of your prizes, as they are sent out by our competition sponsors rather than Sixtyplusurfers. But do let us know if you have any problems.

 

Sixtyplusurfers
Press Information

Please let us know if you would like to receive any information about Sixtyplusurfers

We are always happy to consider editorial and advertisements for Sixtyplusurfers. Editorial should be sent at least one month in advance to ensure that it appears in the latest issue of Sixtyplusurfers.

   Sixtyplusurfers Media Pack

We have a brand new Sixtyplusurfers Media Pack for 2016 with full rates and information about Sixtyplusurfers, so do let us know if you would like to receive one. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about advertising or featuring on Sixtyplusurfers.

     
  Monthly Features List

We also have a monthly Features List with details about forthcoming features and seasonal articles - so please contact us if you would like to be included on the mailing list.

We can offer Advertorials, Features, Videos, Reader Surveys, Competitions, Reader Offers, Links to your Website, Logos, News Items, Book Reviews, Celebrity Interviews, Advisory Articles, Theatre, Exhibition, Concert listings and Classifieds.

    September/October issue

We're now compiling the September/October 2016 issue of Sixtyplusurfers. So don't forget to send your articles in good time. Please contact us with any editorial contributions or enquiries. For details about editorial, advertising rates, and to receive a Media Pack contact the Sixtyplusurfers Team.

Jenny Itzcovitz
Editor

jennyitz@hotmail.com
 
Tel: 0208 866 3686
Or: 0208 357 2540

Murray Jacobs
Managing Editor

murraysixtyplus@hotmail.com

Tel: 0208 440 3340

 

         Terms & Conditions
     For Sixtyplusurfers
         Competitions

Sixtyplusurfers reserves the right to withdraw any competitions or to substitute a prize in the event of a competition sponsor going into liquidation or administration.

If you have won a prize, please allow at least four to six weeks to receive your gift - as many of the prizes have been supplied by different sponsors.

All competitions must be entered separately! And please clearly label your entries with the correct name of the competition you are entering to help us sort through your entries!

Please note that competitions can be entered by all ages. You don't have to be 60 to enter.

Please can you also ensure that you use the correct email address for each competition entry - many competitions use the Sixtyplusurfers inbox - but some are also from our sponsors and these may have a different email address.

If you have any difficulties entering any of the  competitions featured on Sixtyplusurfers  please email: jennyitz@hotmail.com

Some prizes do take longer to send out than others especially the higher value items, so please be patient. However, if you have waited more than 28 days to receive a prize, then don't hesitate to drop us line and we'll chase it up for you.

We do not accept automated entries from these competition syndicates: Win24, Prizedrawcentre, WeWin4U, easypost.net or mailsort.org

Please note we also do not accept multiple entries from the same address. Please enter the competitions once only. Entering more times will REDUCE your chance of winning a prize
 

         More Competitions
       For You to Enter

More Competitions for You to Enter

If you enjoy entering competitions take a look at some of these fantastic Competition Websites:

www.loquax.co.uk www.competitorscompanion.com
www.theprizefinder.com
www.competitionhunter.com
www.magicfreebies.co.uk
www.PrizeDeck.com
www.MyOffers.co.uk
www.whichbingo.co.uk
www.win4now.co.uk
www.citybingo.com
www.ukwins.co.uk
www.compaholics.co.uk
www.ttfreebies.co.uk
www.winnersworld.co.uk
www.justcompetitions.co.uk 
www.GetMeATicket.co.uk 
www.competitionstoday.co.uk
www.ukcompetitions.com
www.compersgrapevine.co.uk

www.ukcompetitions.com

www.competitions-time.co.uk
www.offerx.co.uk
www.quizfactor.com
www.topfox.co.uk
www.latestdiscountvouchers.co.uk
www.hotukdeals.com
www.winholiday.co.uk

www.competitionstracker.co.uk
www.emperola.com
www.compersforum.co.uk

Win prizes at The Prizefinder: www.theprizefinder.com

Tell us about your Competition Website and we will list it for You!

Tell us about your website and we will list it for you

If you hear about any new competition websites, or run your own competition website then please tell us about it, and we can list it here for you.

And don't forget to send in your letters and photographs to the Sixtyplusurfers Competitions and Letters page at:

sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

 

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If you have any questions or enquiries about the competitions or letters featured on this page or would like to advertise with Sixtyplusurfers please email or call: 0208 866 3686 or jennyitz@hotmail.com

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the information on Sixtyplusurfers is accurate, neither the Editor nor contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or damage caused by errors, views, advice or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause.

Sixtyplusurfers does not officially endorse any advertising material included on this website. You may be contacted by the sponsors of some of the competitions which are being run independently of Sixtyplusurfers.

Please specify on your entry if you do not wish to receive any future marketing information or correspondence from our advertisers.

 

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     about Sixtyplusurfers


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If you like visiting the Sixtyplusurfers website, then tell your friends all about us. The more visitors we have, the better prizes we can offer you!

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             Competitions


How to enter Sixtyplusurfers competitions
 

The closing date for Sixtyplusurfers Competitions is 31st August 2016.

Don't forget to enter each competition separately and give it the correct title!
Please include your full name, address and telephone number in case you are a winner.

If you have any questions about Sixtyplusurfers Competitions please email Jenny Itzcovitz

Email: jennyitz@hotmail.com


Please note, our competitions are open to all ages.
 

      We're always
        Here to Help


Keep calm, we're here to help

 

Sixtyplusurfers is always here to help you. So if you would like help joining the Chat and Socialise page, entering the competitions, or anything you see on Sixtyplusurfers, don't forget to ask.

Just give us a call or email:

Jenny Itzcovitz
Telephone: 0208 357 2540
Or: 0208 866 3686

jennyitz@hotmail.com


Murray Jacobs
Telephone: 0208 440 3340

murraysixtyplus@hotmail.com

 

For Sixtyplusurfers Enquiries Please
Contact the Team


Contact the Sixtyplusurfers Team with your enquiries

If you have any questions or enquiries about the competitions or letters featured on this page or would like to advertise contact:

The Sixtyplusurfers Team:

Jenny Itzcovitz
Editor
Tel: 0208 357 2540

jennyitz@hotmail.com


Murray Jacobs
Managing Editor
Tel: 0208 440 3340

murraysixtyplus@hotmail.com

 

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition 

    Win
a Dash Cam

a Mio MiVue 658 Dash Cam worth £159


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Mio MiVue to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Mio MiVue 658 Dash Cam worth £159 to help you drive safely.

A dash cam offers peace of mind to any motorist, from new drivers to more experienced, cautious drivers who want the reassurance of having a personal eyewitness on the road.

The
Mio MiVue 658 WIFI offers a high quality glass lens, extreme HD recording, and a wide viewing angle to ensure everything that happens on the road is captured accurately.

a Mio MiVue 658 Dash Cam worth £159

These features allow the
Mio MiVue 658 WIFI  to record details that other dash cams simply can’t. Safety camera alerts with free lifetime updates are also included, helping users to drive safely within speed limits.

The WIFI functionality of the dash cam also allows users to connect the camera to their phone for easy sharing and backup of video footage.

With some insurance companies offering discounts on premiums to dash cam users, it could also help you save money in the long term, leaving you more to spend on the good things in life.

  For Your Chance to Win

Tell us what can
the Mio MiVue Dash Camera help with?

a) Safer driving
b) Weather warnings
c) Charging your phone
d) Wildlife photography


  To Enter the Competition

Tell us what can the Mio MiVue
Dash Camera help with? Then send
 in your answer, together with
your name, address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email
address as shown below:

sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

* Please label your entry
Mio MiVue Dash Camera Competition

          * This competition is open to
                   our UK readers only

 

Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter Competition


Win a Picnic Blanket and Shortbread

Win a Picnic Blanket and Shortbread from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill


If you enjoy visiting the Sixtyplusurfers website and entering our competitions, then why not subscribe to the
Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter.
 

Free of charge, we send out the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter once a month to keep you up-to-date with all of our news. Find out about all the new competitions running on Sixtyplusurfers and all the latest features and articles we have planned.

 

To receive the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter once a month, just email your name, postal address and email address. And you can receive a monthly update of all our news.

 

If you are already receiving our Newsletter, you might like to recommend a friend or someone from your family - so they can also keep in touch with Sixtyplusurfers on a regular basis.

 

This month, Sixtyplusurfers is offering one lucky reader who joins the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter mailing list or recommends a friend, the chance to win a fabulous Edinburgh Woollen Mill Royal Stewart Tartan Picnic Blanket and a box of Walkers Shortbread.

Win a Picnic Blanket and Shortbread from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Make the most of the British summer with a classic tartan picnic blanket, worth £40, exclusively from James Pringle Weavers at The Edinburgh Woollen Mill. With its own handy carrier and buckle fastening, this waterproof accessory is the perfect travel companion, come rain or shine, and can be easily wiped clean.

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill will also be throwing in a tasty summer treat – a box of Walkers Shortbread - for the lucky winner.

With more than 380 stores across the UK and an extensive online catalogue, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill houses stylish gifts and clothing for him and her.

Browse this season’s sartorial styles from popular in-house womenswear line Country Rose, and enjoy signature prints and knits in its Botanics, Brighton Pier and Espirito collections.

Shop eight striking capsule ranges from popular brand Isle or take home easy care, easy fit fashions from classic brand Honor Milburn.

And don’t miss versatile occasion wear from Emma Blake – perfect for wedding and garden party season.

Gents, you can refresh your wardrobe with everyday staples from new label One Valley. Featuring two collections, Marine and Seascape, think layers, with textured shirts, striped polos and print jersey wear.


Snap up the latest styles from firm favourite James Pringle and opt for country casual with PG Field’s functional gilets, layered shirts, knitwear and new printed t-shirts.


Put a swing in your step with golfing leisurewear from Colin Montgomerie, Golf Company and Hippo – ideal for the course or the clubhouse this summer.

View The Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s full collection of clothing and gifts online at www.ewm.co.uk

For Your Chance to Win
   the Picnic Blanket
      and Shortbread


To enter the Newsletter Competition just send us your name, postal address and email address and then tell us if you would like to join our regular mailing list.

Then send your contact details to us at:
sixtyplusnewsletter@hotmail.co.uk

One lucky winner chosen from 'the hat' will win a Edinburgh Woollen Mill Royal Stewart Tartan Picnic Blanket and a Box of Walkers Shortbread only from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

This prize is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged.

* Please Note - this competition is only open to those readers who are not yet on our mailing list but would like to receive the monthly Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter.

You can also
recommend a friend to sign up for the Newsletter for your chance to win the prize!

* To ensure that your email server does not reject the monthly Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter, we suggest you add the email sixtyplusurfers@gmail.com  to your contacts list or your safe list of senders.
 

Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Competition


Win a Book
Rest Lamp


Win a Book Rest Lamp from Prezzybox

From Prezzybox


This month we've teamed up with Prezzybox for
  our Sixtyplusurfers Facebook competition.

We're offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Book Rest Lamp. Perfect for those who love a good page turner and can't get to sleep before you have read a few chapters. The Book Rest Lamp will be a perfect addition to your bedtime reading routine while looking seriously stylish on your side table.


Win a Book Rest Lamp from Prezzybox

You may love getting lost in a book, but there’s nothing more annoying for the avid reader than losing your page! Solve the problem of finding your place (and finding your bookmark on the floor) with this ‘novel’ idea - a lamp that doubles as a book stand.

Cuboid in design, the stand emits a frosted glow allowing you to read peacefully without the need for harsher, more jarring spotlights. You’ll easily slip into your favourite story, be free to indulge in the latest gossip in your glossy magazine or delve into an epic biography, safe in the knowledge that you can literally ‘house’ your book by resting it like a roof atop this lovely little lamp.

Win a Book Rest Lamp from Prezzybox

The perfect, thoughtful gift for bookish buddies, the Book Rest Lamp is made from hand blown frosted glass. Price is £37.95

Please note, the book is not included.

For more information about the Book Rest Lamp click on www.prezzybox.com


 How to Enter the Competition

Win a Book Rest Lamp from Prezzybox

 

For your chance to win this super cool Book Rest Lamp in the Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Competition just click on the Sixtyplusurfers Facebook page and tell us why you would like to win this fantastic prize!

And don't forget to give us a 'like' and a 'share' while you are there!

The best entry will win
the prize.

Win a Book Rest Lamp from Prezzybox


Once you have entered the Facebook competition just let us know your full name and address to send the prize by emailing:

 
sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk


              * Please label your entry
         Book Rest Lamp Competition
 

 Don't Forget to Enter    our Fourteen Other
  Competitions in our
    August 2016 issue

Enter our Chat & Socialise Competition


Win Two Fabulous Jigsaws from Ravensburger including Chrysler Building 3D Puzzle Night Edition and What if? The Wedding. To enter send in the Best Handy Tip in the 'Handy Tips' Group on the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise page.

Win Two Fabulous Jigsaws from Ravensburger including Chrysler Building 3D Puzzle Night Edition and What if? The Wedding. To enter send in the Best Handy Tip in the 'Handy Tips' Group on the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise page

 

Click on the Our Friends page for full details about how to enter the competition.
 

Win a Europe Break with Silver Travel
 

This month Silver Travel are offering one lucky reader and a guest a 5 day European Christmas Market Coach Break from Shearing Holidays.

This month Silver Travel are offering one lucky reader and a guest a 5 day European Christmas Market Coach Break from Shearing Holidays

 

Click on the Travel & Holidays page to enter the competition.
 

Money to Spend on your Holiday
 

Win an Escape Currency Card loaded with £150.

Win an Escape Currency Card loaded with £150

 

Click on the Entertainment & Travel page to enter the competition.
 

Win a Luxury Hamper of Dog Food
 

Win a Luxury Hamper filled with Cuffleberry & Co’s delicious Gourmet Dog Food worth £35.

Win a Luxury Hamper filled with Cuffleberry & Co’s delicious Gourmet Dog Food worth £35

 

Click on the Pet Care page to enter the competition.
 

A Swimming Costume from Damart
 

Win this gorgeous Tropical Print Swimming Costume  from Damart.

Win a Tropical Print Swimming Costume from Damart
 

Click on the Fashion & Accessories page to enter the competition.
 

Soothe Your Eyes and Win a Bag

Win Clinitas Soothe and a Makeup Bag. We've got two to give away!

Win Clinitas Soothe and a Makeup Bag

Win Clinitas Soothe and a Makeup Bag

 

Click on the Body Maintenance page to enter the competition.
 

A Professional Action Camera
 

Win a Go-Pro Action Camera from surveys.co.uk.

Win a Go-Pro Action Camera from surveys.co.uk

 

Click on the Crafts & Hobbies page to enter the competition.
 

A Fun to Play Family Game
 

Win The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game from Rascal Games. We've got two to give away!

Win The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game

 

Click on the Shopping & Gifts page to enter the competition.
 

Gorgeous Eco Soapia Products
 

Win Eco Soapia Hand & Body Wash in Rose Geranium and Sicilian Orange. For two lucky winners!

Win Eco Soapia Hand & Body Wash in Rose Geranium and Sicilian Orange

 

Click on the Beauty & Hair Styles page to enter the competition.
 

To Help You Keep Young & Youthful
 

Win a Year's Supply of Turmeric with BioPerine® from JustVitamins.co.uk

Win a Year's Supply of Turmeric with BioPerine® from JustVitamins.co.uk

 

Click on the Personal Health page to enter the competition.
 

A Year's Supply of Walkers Crisps
 

Win a Year's Supply of Walkers Crisps from surveys.co.uk.

Win a Year's Supply of Walkers Crisps from surveys.co.uk

 

Click on the Food & Drink page to enter the competition.
 

Fabulous Vintage Films on DVD

Win a Bundle of Six Hollywood Classics DVDs.

Win a Bundle of Six Hollywood Classics DVDs

 

Click on the Our Friends page to enter the competition.
 

Win a Pair of Tickets to the Cinema
 

Win a Pair of Cineworld Unlimited Passes from surveys.co.uk.

Win a Pair of Cineworld Unlimited Passes from surveys.co.uk

 

Click on the News & Book Reviews page to enter the competition.

 

Win 'Believe' by Jonathan Antoine
 

Win 'Believe', the new album by Jonathan Antoine. We've got three to give away!

Win 'Believe', the new album by Jonathan Antoine

 

Click on the Music page to enter the competition.
 

Thank You for Your Wonderful Letters!

Thank you for your wonderful letters

Thank you very much to everyone who has sent in a letter to Sixtyplusurfers this month. We really appreciate your letters, poems, photographs, recipes, handy tips and stories.

We always try and include as many letters and pictures as we can so if you don't see your letter this month, look out for it next month!

Please keep your letters coming in to email: sixtypluscomp@hotmail.co.uk

All letters should clearly be marked 'Readers Letters' and pictures should be sent as jpegs.

Don't forget to include your photos


And don't forget to include some of your photographs too!

These should be sent as jpeg attachments, rather than embedded in your email.

But if you have any questions please email Jenny Itzcovitz:
jennyitz@hotmail.com 
 

Don't Forget to Give Your Competition Entries a Title!

Don't forget to give your competition entries the correct title

Don't forget to label all Sixtyplusurfers competition entries with a title if you are entering by email!

All of our competition emails are automatically sorted according to their title, but if you leave your email
blank it may end up in the Junk Box!

The title of your entry for example might be
Dog Food Competition.

The
correct title should always be included as the subject heading of your email to avoid it getting lost and help us enter you for the competition.

And please enter each competition separately, including your full name, postal address and telephone number.

And let us know if you are moving or if your address has changed since entering the competition.

The closing date for this month's competitions is 31st August!

 

Good luck!

 

Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Page

Catch up with Sixtyplusurfers news on Facebook

Catch up with all the latest news about Sixtyplusurfers on Facebook.

And don't forget to enter our monthly Facebook competition.

This month we're giving away a Book Rest Lamp from Prezzybox for one lucky reader!

Visit Sixtyplusurfers at Facebook on:

www.facebook.com/Sixtyplusurfers

 

Follow Sixtyplusurfers News on Twitter

Catch up with all the latest news, competition updates and information about Sixtyplusurfers on Twitter.

Catch up with Sixtyplusurfers News on Twitter
 

Follow Sixtyplusurfers by clicking on: www.twitter.com/Sixtyplusurfers

 

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Please Click Here to read the full Terms & Conditions for all the competitions, features, articles and information which is included on Sixtyplusurfers.

This will take you to a full page of Terms & Conditions.
 

Make a Splash

Make a splash and advertise with Sixtyplusurfers

      And advertise with Sixtyplusurfers

Have your advertisement on the Sixtyplusurfers website - and let our readers know all about you and the services you offer.

We can include classified advertisements, reader offers, advertorials, a reader survey, promotions, reader offers, logos, banners, pictures, videos, events and competitions.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you would like us to send you the Sixtyplusurfers Media Pack. We are now compiling the September/October 2016 issue of Sixtyplusurfers. So do keep in touch if you would like to be included.


Call us for more information

Jenny Itzcovitz
Editor

jennyitz@hotmail.com
Telephone: 0208 866 3686
Or 0208 357 2540


Murray Jacobs
Managing Editor

murraysixtyplus@hotmail.com  
Telephone: 0208 440 3340