Well, it is that time of the year again where we look back over the highs and lows of the last 12 months, be grateful for what we have and start looking forward to a new year.
I had a low-key start to 2012, welcoming in the New Year with my love in our old flat with some great wine, good cheese and Jools Holland on the TV…perfection!
2012 was a really important year career-wise for me. I passed my NQT year, found a job I absolutely love and have slotted in to the rather wonderful school I work in.
The biggest event for me and Ian in 2012 was our move from being renters in a cool, city-centre flat to owning a lovely house out in the country.
I think we have settled in well to the more relaxed way of life out here and I love the friendliness of being in a village, being outside more and definitely the great pubs we have nearby!
Having bought a ‘project’ house, a large chunk of our salaries and weekends have gone into redecorating which has been exhausting at times but we are now three rooms down…not too bad for two people who don’t really know what they are doing and work full-time! I will post some before and after pictures in the New Year.
Another thing I have loved has been having a garden. This has been one of the wettest years I can remember, so we haven’t done as much to the garden as we had hoped but we have big plans moving forwards. We have tried to make the most of the few days of sunshine we did have with al fresco meals and BBQs. We were lucky to have moved in to quite a well-established garden and it has been lovely to see it change throughout the year with daffodils in the spring, roses in the summer and berries in the autumn.
One sacrifice we have had to make this year was our big annual summer holiday and I have to admit I did miss it! I did however try to have several short breaks away and make the most of these, from camping in Dorset for my birthday, weekends in Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Salisbury and Startford-Upon-Avon, and a fantastic wedding too.
One of the most interesting set of posts I have done on my blog was my Euro 2012 cooking challenge where I cooked my way through dishes from all 16 participating countries! Definitely a challenge but very rewarding to try a lot of new food!
In recent months, I have tried to improve a skill that I really admire and that is nail art! I have played it fairly safe so far but having gone to the effort of growing my nails, I really want to show them off in a creative way and I have watched some great online tutorials recently so have some new ideas to share soon.
There have of course been lots of other highs and lows throughout the year but it is now time to look forward and focus on the next 12 months.
Ian and I are hosting a little ‘bad jumpers’ New Year’s Eve party tonight and I have food to prepare, a house to clean and cocktails to make. I will be back next year(!) with my resolutions and hopes for 2013…although this will depend on the hangover I may have in the morning!
Thank you for all your support over the past year and I hope you have a great New Year’s Eve tonight!