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Friday, 30 December 2011

2011 Retrospective



It's a new year, and that means that - in what's fast becoming a blogging tradition - it must be time to look back at the past twelve months.

In January we said farewell to an old car, which had been sitting on our drive for much too long, and waved it off to its new life as a racing car.

February was a busy month, in which we hiked up icy mountains and started volunteering for the National Trust, and we also got our bedroom back after four months of complete redecorating chaos. (It would take until August to get the downstairs finished.)

We had a weekend in Devon in March, where I learnt to shoot with surprising success, considering I can barely make out the target at that distance.

In April I baked a traditional Simnel cake for Easter - which turns out to be a great all-purpose fruit cake recipe, which I've used several times since.

May took me to the US East Coast for a conference, and we headed to Virginia's Great Falls for a day off.

Then in June, another conference sent me to Portland, Oregon, where I spent a lovely afternoon wandering (and sipping tea) in the Chinese garden.

We spent the first two weeks of July touring the Baltics, a trip that I still haven't finished writing up here (though it's on my to-do list, I promise...)

In August I tried adding ginger to my favourite chocolate brownie recipe, with delicious results.

September's baking adventures took a more savoury turn, with the invention of a cheese and onion cookie recipe, now a lunchbox staple in our house.

We had an unexpected visitor in October, when we hosted the winner of a local poetry competition.

In November we went to Turkey to visit my dad, and I was impressed by the way that pomegranates fall apart on the tree.

December is always a busy month in "real life", and consequently rather quiet on the blog front, but I did have the pleasure of interviewing Melissa F. Miller, one of my favourite new authors.

Happy new year, everyone. Are you looking forward to 2012 yet? If you've written a similar retrospective post, I'd love you to share it in the comments.

19 comments:

Jeanne said...

This is great. Now I feel all caught up with you.

Not looking any further ahead than Saturday night, when I host my annual Toddler New Year's Eve bash.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Your year was certainly eventful and exciting! I wonder how much you have planned for next year... ;-)

I'm looking forward to my new job, re-painting our place and hopefully grow my blog...

Wishing you a wonderful and very happy new year. Lots of Love xo

Emma said...

What a jam packed year....we've had a similarly busy one. Here's hoping that you have a most marvellous 2012 x

Shaheen said...

Happy New Year Rachel. I haven't written anything like this on my blog ever, I may give it a whirl next year.

Take care.

Rachel said...

Happy New Year to you, too!

Personally, I'm still struggling to catch up with this year!

vocalised said...

Here's mine, thanks again for the inspiration! Happy 2012!

http://vocalised.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/2011-retrospective/

Louiz said...

Happy New Year! I'm not doing a retrospective this year, as I keep finding it's weeks since I last posted. I'm just going to post more often next year.

becky said...

I'm dying to know what kind of a job you have that allows you to visit all these marvelous places!!! I had a job that took me all over the USA but never all over the globe.

Slamdunk said...

I think I remember your May posts most of all--since you were close to my part of the world.

I hope you have a nice New Year.

Heather said...

Actually, I think your post is definitely as focused as mine, just on a different focus... It was great catching up on a few of the events I missed reading about this year! Hope you have a wonderful 2012!

Happy New Year!

Adrienne said...

Isn't it great looking back on your year? It looks like yours was fabulous. The ginger brownies sound wonderful!

Stephanie V said...

Happy New Year, Rachel!

Bagman and Butler said...

What a great blog for the end of the year. I'm impressed with all you've done. I'm not sure I can remember yesterday accurately.

Mo said...

A great year and wishing you a great 2012.

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you had a great New Year!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

It is great that you have a list of 2011...now looking forward to 2012

Jenny Woolf said...

Happy New Year, rachel!

Charlotte said...

You have had quite an eventful year full of travels, great eats, and reads. Here's to more wonderful adventures in 2012!

Mary said...

Sounds like you had a great 2011! Here's hoping that 2012 will be every bit as wonderful. Happy New Year!

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