December 31st 2013 – the end of another year and the eve of a year of awaiting opportunities and lots of new adventures. It’s been an interesting year and I thought it would be nice to recap it like so many tv shows are doing tonight and share with you some of my favourite moments.
|January – Covent Garden|
We went to loads of cool places this year, too many to mention so thought I would just include the ones where we stayed for at least one night. So in alphabetical order – Cardiff, Clun, Cornbury Festival, Edinburgh, Mickleton, Sydney, Whitby, Whitstable, and Wynyard. The gorgeous Bertie Boo is a very well travelled puppy dog having been on five of these breaks with us.
|February – Gargoyle Tring|
Now anyone who has been reading this blog for a while will know that whenever I see an Australian flag I have to take a picture of it – over 2013 there have been eleven Aussie flags featured. I guess you can take the girl out of Australia but, well you know the rest.
|March – Australia House London|
Apart from the three beautiful furbies that we share our lives with, over the last year we have been blessed by meeting (within the blog) 72 of God’s creatures including: dogs, goats, sheep, alpacas, cats, cows, squirrels, birds, rabbits, devils, pademelons, wombats, koalas, butterflies, a donkey, a bison, and one tiny mouse.
My three animal highlights were getting to pat a young Tasmanian devil, seeing the cows let out at the Hare Krishna temple, and finding a small park in London dedicated to a stray cat that the locals had known and loved.
|April – Letting the cows out|
I guess I have a little bit of a reputation for visiting places that not everyone would consider the best place to spend a few hours. Thankfully I have a very understanding husband who indulges my love of cemeteries – there is so much history hidden amongst the graves. This year we have enjoyed and shared with you 15 delightful graveyards.
|May – Nunhead Cemetery|
There is a famous saying about London by Samuel Johnson – “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life”. I happen to agree – there is so much to see, do, and enjoy. What we really enjoy is going off the regular tourist routes and seeing the unusual bits of the city.
|June – Selfie in the London cable car|
We attended three very different festivals this year – the Clun Green Man Festival, Cornbury Music Festival, and Peace in the Park at the Global Retreat Centre. All three were fantastic in very different ways – we welcomed the coming of spring with the Green Man, we stayed in a wooden tent whilst enjoying great music at Cornbury, and we meditated in the sunshine at Peace in the Park.
|July – Festival Ken|
Throughout 2013 we’ve tried to pay it forward as much as possible – if everyone on the planet did more for others imagine the possibilities. It doesn’t have to be a huge gesture, even putting your name to a petition can make a difference to something. Buy the Big Issue, give to charity tin shakers, take your unwanted clothes, books, etc to a charity shop.
|August – Suspended Coffee Edinburgh|
There have been to many cakes to count but they were all scrummy – my advice to all of you is that life is too short not to enjoy cake.
|September – Cakes on the South Bank|
We’ve made several visits to our local dogs trust this year to support the charity but also to say hello to the puppy dogs – if we owned a big property we’d love to take several of them.
|October – Harefield Dogs Trust|
There have been so many fun moments in 2013 shared with my beloved and we’re looking forward to many more in 2014.
|November – Me and friend in Cardiff|
Christmas is always a magical time of the year, and December is always special as it’s also when we celebrate our anniversary – 14 wonderful years.
|December – Christmas shopping at Westfield|
So that’s our 2013 in a nutshell and now that it’s the New Year how many of you have made resolutions? None for us, just hopes for a peaceful and happy year having lots more days of fun.
Until next time, be good, stay safe, and take a moment at the start of this new year to remember all the things you have to be grateful for.
Pamela and Ken