At the end of the year I took some time to look back at the year and to tell the highlights, the poor lighting and everything in between. Take a trip back in time with me and find out about content that you may have missed.
It is difficult to think back to January. Oddly enough, my greatest memory of January is that HotpodYoga Bromsgrove opened, and I think I’ve attended about 15 classes this month.
Although I posted this post about Our Date in Birmingham and shared some overdue photos from our Center Parcs vacation, my main blogging success in January 2019 was writing The Walk That Didn’t Happen, which was later thanks to im Blogosphere Magazine would be released the wonderful Mrs. Shilts,
The best thing about my blog posts in February are those that are still in my designs! Maybe I’ll finish it by next February – there’s a mission. (If you’re interested, I’ve written some Lightroom editing guides that I find very funny, because I think I’ve come a long way since then.)
I hadn’t blogged about it at the time, but of course a highlight in February was seeing my Johnson’s Ambassador friends in London and getting the rosiest and nicest breakfast there Feya (My only criticism was the lack of bacon … it’s pink! It should have fit in exactly and after a night I had drunk the night before, I should have longed for it.)
Small gift at the Birmingham REP Theater
We had a wonderful day with an old friend at the M6 Theater Small gift at the Birmingham REP. This charming production made me grin from start to finish, and it’s a good memory to search the local theater brochures for what we would like to see as a family in 2020. Jim and I have already booked tickets for Seven Streams of the River Ota on The National Theater what I am ridiculous excited about.
Wow, I was just looking through my blog posts for March and I’m sorry people – it was pretty hard, wasn’t it? I wrote a little bit about our travel plans for 2019 and it’s a little depressing to report that we hardly actually traveled. Our tent was used only once (#deadfroggate – I’m sure it will appear in a later month!), We didn’t manage to go to festivals thanks to some unfortunate date clashes and we only managed one family vacation ( a trip to Bluestone from Monday to Friday).
Check out his little face in this picture showing the Moonlite Story Projector! It’s scary to think about how quickly it changes and grows up. And here the lump above his eye is clearly visible before it was removed in June.
With spring, you can see the longer days and warmer weather that allowed us to explore more outdoors, as suddenly many of my blog posts revolve around our days off. This month we spent a lovely afternoon at Hatton Adventure (although Pickle slept three hours while we were there!) And we ventured to Birmingham to experience Ice Age: The Lost Kingdom at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
April is always a special month for me because it is the month of our wedding day. We celebrated this year with a very delicious afternoon tea in the Laura Ashley The Tea Room in Solihull (fitting because we got married legally in the Solihull Registry Office).
Redditch Hockey Club awards night
Celebration was at the top of the priority list this month because I had a ball at our annual hockey club awards night. Our team, the Ladies 2s, received a special mention as the team that always tries, trains hard every week and sees many improvements. Playing with these girls weekly during the season is an absolute honor.
I was looking forward to working with Marks & Spencer for the first time. I have completely changed into her jeans and I can no longer go to an M&S grocery store without checking if fruit has been picked at Withers Farm. True story.
Day trip with the canal boat
I just wrote a blog post in May and what a post… A day on the Grand Union Canal. If I hadn’t climbed Snowdon this year, this would have been my favorite day of the year. My parents went on a canal boat vacation for a week and when they were driving along a pretty local canal strip they invited us to join them for a day.
Everything from the weather to the music we heard was perfect. The only minor inconvenience was that we traveled with two cars to leave one car at the start and one car at the end so it was easy to get home but forgot to bring both car keys! This resulted in a rather expensive taxi ride (we had to borrow money from my father since we had no money with us), but it was absolutely worth it.
In May we returned to Bluestone for an urgently needed family vacation. To be honest, my overwhelming memories of this vacation are the many tantrums we have had and the tears of disappointment (both from Pickle and from me!). I have so many beautiful photos that I have not shared yet and that definitely deserve space here Instagram Grid, write our vacation must also happen in 2020.
The flea retreat 2019
Another trip I haven’t blogged about since May was the Flea Retreat near Aberystwyth. It was a wonderful weekend for the soul, filled with unforgettable experiences like sunset canoeing, waterfall photography hikes and, my absolute favorite, canyoning. If you add a bit of Bushcraft, a few blog friends, and a hot tub, you have the recipe for a wonderful weekend getaway!
I remember June for the wrong reasons. It’s been a very tough month for me. It started with Pickle’s second febrile seizure, followed by a major meltdown before the exam and a particularly challenging series of events at work a few days later. I was frankly a woman on the edge.
The only thing that made me more like myself during this difficult time was being outside. We had so many wonderful outdoor adventures in May that I had to recreate some of this magic to guide myself through it, and as I mention in one of my recent posts (Combating Attention Economics with Nature), it’s the best escape mechanism.
I really enjoyed a day in the Peak District courtesy of Blacks and The North Face and it was the first of many hikes I want to share with my mother.
I also spent an unforgettable night in the Ricoh Arena with some of my best girls and the Spice Girls. BIG grins all night and we were really lucky with a couple of hospitality tickets which meant very easy access to the bar. When I think about it … I loved the leopard print top I was wearing that night and haven’t seen it in ages. Gotta dig that up and find it!
Sunrise Snowdon summit
Without a doubt, this was the absolute highlight of my year. Starting from Llanberis at midnight, it was so magical, memorable and (without wanting to sound super cheesy) absolutely transforming to see the sunrise on the summit of Snowdon. I loved it. From start to finish and everywhere in between.
Aside from Snowdon, we enjoyed a wonderful day at Warwick Castle as a family, and especially enjoyed their War of the Roses LIVE tournament. I finally found the time (reviews) to write our disastrous camping trip. The campground, Golden Valley, was brilliant and we may come back in 2020. However, if you haven’t heard of #DeadFrogGate yet, read my blog post for all the important details.
August is usually a time for a family vacation, but unfortunately, as a family, we couldn’t get away. Shortly before Jim’s birthday, we had the opportunity for a happy weekend to celebrate the wedding of a good friend. This was a wonderful opportunity to meet friends to have a good conversation, drink lots of wine and dance a healthy dose.
August was also an unforgettable month when my car was packed. I’ve been without a car since then and I’m glad I spent at least a Monday with Lucy from the nearby National Trust estate in Baddesley Clinton Real mom reviews,
When my college studies started again at the beginning of a new semester, I am grateful to Louise Three little handicrafts for the invitation to an unforgettable day of fun on the water on the edge of the Cotswolds. Paddling everyone in a kayak was so much fun, and I hope there will be more adventures like this in 2020.
We also took the opportunity to visit our family near Portsmouth to spend another day at Paulton’s Park. We expected to spend the day at Peppa Pig World again, but Pickle surprised us when he preferred the larger family outings. He’s still talking about the Caterpillar ride. Another thing I can’t wait for in 2020.
As of now, there are not many blog posts that can be shared. After completing such an exam in June, I knew that I had to spend more time studying to prevent it from happening again. We spent a few nice days, including a very magical day that I worked as a bridesmaid at my best friend’s wedding.
Taking a break from writing was a good thing. And frankly, I didn’t feel guilty. There have been times when I have put a lot of pressure on keeping my blog up to date, but in reality, apart from commissioned work, it doesn’t necessarily have to be at the top of the priority list.
My personal highlight in October was our trip to Conkers. I have been trying to write down our day since then, but the best days are often the hardest to write because I feel the strange pressure to do the day justice. When I’m finally done, there’s something exciting for you too – I’m happy to have a family card as a giveaway so that one of you can experience it yourself.
November passed in a blur of revision and hockey games. While the season was in full swing, it got cold and then hot on various astro spots in Worcestershire on Saturdays, and in the evening various accounting procedures were memorized. (Minimum revenue provision: Debit General Fund, Credit Capital Adjustment Account!).
I hardly took any photos in November, which shows how little we have done and how focused I have been in concentrating on passing the next exam. However, I have one Great giveaway at the regatta and a happy Instagram follower has won four sets of rubber boots and rubber boots for his family.
Thank goodness that my exams are always at the beginning of the month. From December 6th I was free of exams and was able to fully get into the Christmas spirit. We had a great family time visiting Santa Claus at Attwell Farm (I would 100% experience it, we will definitely be back next year) and Pickle and I had a lovely trip to Birmingham for one last Time to visit the seals.
I also ended my second year as Johnson Ambassador by writing about some of the things we learned at our August meeting. If you are interested in mindfulness and attention economy at all, this is worth reading: Combating the attention economy with nature.
Christmas was a magical week full of toys, excitement and far too many minced meat pies. Pickle’s understanding of the celebrations was great, and as always, we celebrated Boxing Day with a walk up the Clent Hills. In the past few days I have made many plans for 2020 and I am happy that our year is already full of some nice things to look forward to: running races, going on excursions, theater trips and much more.
Roll on 2020
And then let’s go until 2020. I’m always excited about the opportunities that a new year will bring, and 2020 will be a big year for us. In the next few weeks we will be home owners for the first time. Hopefully I will be a fully qualified accountant by the end of the year. And Pickle will go to school in September! It will be fine and I can’t wait to share everything with my wonderful family.
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