Friday, 30 December 2011
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.