Farewell 2012. Hello 2013.

The eve of a new year presents the chance to look back on the one just gone. I remember this time last year, thinking how predictable the coming few months seemed. In the days that followed I was granted the opportunity to visit New York. Never in a million years did I foresee 5 days in a place I’ve always dreamed of going…it just goes to show, you never know what’s just around the corner. So, aside from an unexpected trip to NYC, what else have I enjoyed this year?

  • a wonderful 5 days in sunny Nice with plenty  of Nutella crepes
  • a whirlwind 48 hours in a very soggy Paris
  • a dozen lovely trips to Oxford with a number of exceptional BLTs from Oxfork
  • one 1st birthday with lots and lots of balloons
  • quite a few, but certainly not enough, trips to Jamie’s Italian
  • half a dozen glasses of Prosecco on the Hall & Woodhouse roof terrace
  • somewhere in the region of 20 to 30 Lychee and Grapefruit Cosmopolitans
  • quite a few, but still too few Saturdays spent shopping with Mum
  • maybe 1 or 2 Triple Chocolate Ben’s Cookies
  • 2 Michelin starred lunches at The Bath Priory and The Hand & Flowers
  • a couple of memorable trips to London with a few visits to The Builder’s Arms
  • an amazing Coldplay concert amidst torrential rain
  • 24 hours engrossed in 2 addictive seasons of Homeland
  • and more bags of Mini Eggs, Caramel Nibbles and Cadbury’s Buttons than I care to remember.

There’s certainly more to add, but right now it’s time to open the Prosecco, sit back and welcome in the new year.

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Christmas Eve

As the sun set on Christmas Eve, Mum and I took a little stroll around the village. We hurried round the usual circuit, stopping to pick ivy along our way, and got home just before dark. With the fire lit, a glass of wine in hand and the presents all wrapped, Christmas is now just one cosy evening away.

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Counting down the days…


Ever since this little wonder was born, I’ve managed to pay her and my sister a special visit every fortnight or so…except for now. I’m counting down the days until Boxing day, when we can have a cuddle frenzy for the first time in 6 1/2 weeks. I feel like I’ve missed so much in just this short time and am excited to spend a few days with this inquisitive little person and her repertoire of new tricks! 5 days to go…