2009 was my first whole year of blogging. I know I didn't have many readers at the beginning of the year, so I hope this review is fun for everyone who wasn't reading a year ago. It's been hard to pick only one post from each month, especially since I was averaging around one post per day at the beginning of the year, but it's certainly been amazingly enjoyable for me to read back (while wondering how a whole year disappeared so quickly!).
Way back in January 2009, I got a new camera and took it out to play with the frost in my garden - as well as generating my first-and-favourite self-portrait (yes, my jumper matching my mirror was entirely coincidental). It's funny to read back and reflect on the days when I didn't have a 'pro' account on Flickr, and remember how terribly worried I was about spending that amount of money and whether it would be worth it.
I had my first (vegetarian) marshmallow in February, and conducted a series of culinary experiments to try and find out what I'd been missing all these years. The rocky road was definitely my favourite.
In March my husband and I went on a National Trust working holiday at Winkworth Arboretum, with the intention of learning how to coppice our woodland. As an added bonus, on our day off we had a behind-the-scenes tour of Petworth.
April was the first month I cooked Thai by myself, something I've done so many times since then that it's funny to think it was only eight months ago!
In May I learnt to sail, which was quite possibly my highlight of the entire year (at least in terms of skills-acquisition) since I'd been wanting to do it for pretty much my entire life. I was thankful not to fall in.
June was the first of a few travel-centred months when I went to Boulder, Colorado for a computational linguistics conference, and I was intrigued by the massive Greek houses at the university; thankfully a few of my blog buddies were able to shed a little more light on the mysteries of fraternities and sororities.
In July, I told you a little about one of the most fascinating aspects of the landscape on our summer driving-and-camping tour of the Outer Hebrides: the Machair, a unique coastal environment.
As much as I'd like my highlight for August to feature something from my trips to Washington and New York, I really can't escape from the fact that sharing a friend's apple chutney recipe has brought more traffic to this blog than any other post. Ever. It was also a useful way to preserve the massive apple harvest we had last year.
My thoughts in September turned to sex - more precisely, how to write about sex in an appropriate manner for any particular story. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to post an excerpt for your thoughts...
In October I committed myself to learning Greenlandic, and though it's slow progress, I am progressing ("Qanoq ateqarpit?" "Rachel-mik ateqarpunga" and so on...).
November was NaNoWriMo, so I wrote a lot about writing, but the star of the show was certainly the green woodpecker who showed up outside my window.
Most of December's highlights were food-related, with the florentines being my personal favourite.
And that, more or less, was my year, though I haven't even mentioned our anniversary weekend in Brussels, various short trips within the UK, or any of my now-favourite soup recipes. There was more, of course - there's always much, much more than even makes it onto the blog. It was a very full year... but I've no reason to suspect 2010 will be any less hectic. Shall we go and find out?
Happy New Year everyone!