One of the things I love about keeping a blog is looking back through old posts. I don't read posts I wrote a long time ago very often but they're a bit like a diary, I can look back at them if I need to know when I did a particular thing or when something happened and when I do, I find myself reading more from that particular time and I enjoy the memories.
I thought I'd end this year by taking a look back through each month of 2018.
January saw us taking A Woodland Walk through Middleton Park. My mood, just like the sunlight, can dip in the depths of winter but getting out and about is a great pick me up so even when it's cold and grey, I like to make the effort and go for a good walk.
In February, we went to Meet The Penguins at Lotherton Hall. A colony of Humboldt Penguins, capybaras and a tapir have all arrived at Wildlife World this year so we went to visit them. They've certainly made themselves at home here.
There were a few Itty Bitty Craft Projects completed in March. My craft time is taken up with mostly knitting these days so I especially enjoyed making the little felt star which had come in kit form, a gift from my lovely friend, Lisa, from Jumble and Jelly.
Eleanor's lovely long locks were cut off in April, Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. She donated a 17 inch ponytail to The Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides wigs to children and young people who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. Since then, Eleanor's gone even shorter with her hairstyle.
The Temple Newsam Rhododendrons bloom in May so we took ourselves off to see them. It's such a riot of colour, not to be missed, especially as the weather was so good this year which made them look even more colourful, if that's possible.
We try to visit as many theme days and events as we can at Lotherton. We have an annual pass and most of these are included in the price. There was a Wartime Weekend being held there in June so we allowed ourselves to be transported back to the 1940's. A good time was had by all.
We had A Wonderful Holiday in Cornwall in July. We weren't going to bother having a holiday this year but we booked at the last minute after being offered a good deal. I'm so glad we did as we had some fabulous weather and we all came back feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Snap! That's the sound that was heard in August when I broke my toe. Who knew that a break in such a small bone could be so painful. It actually took a long time to mend and still aches from time to time now.
It was my big birthday in September, 50, so we had a weekend away with the family on Mersea Island in Essex. It was the perfect way to celebrate and a little holiday I'll always remember.
In October it was Time To Say Goodbye to my trusty old car. I was sad to see it go to the big scrap yard in the sky after it served me well for nineteen years. I've been managing fine without a car since then so I doubt I'll be getting a new one anytime soon.
I've been knitting a few baby items this year for A New Arrival. One of Eleanor's friends had a baby girl in November, born on her mummy's 21st birthday, what a perfect gift. These little socks have to be the cutest thing I've ever knit.
Eleanor and I went to see The Nutcracker at the start of her Christmas break from university. It was a lovely way to kick start the festivities and we both thoroughly enjoyed the ballet.
Many thanks to everyone who has stopped by my blog this year, especially those who have subscribed and those who leave comments, they're always very much appreciated. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.
Happy New Year!