Well, 2018 was just packed with adventure!

As I draft today’s post, I’m slowly recovering from the Christmas holidays where time off work has seriously messed up my sleep pattern! It’s 4.07am and I’ve turned almost nocturnal. In fact, on Sunday, I didn’t even see daylight as I went to bed around 7am and work up at 4.30pm just as the light was beginning to fade! Whilst I’ve worked a few days since the new year, it’s been through bleary eyes and often going straight to bed after contact with clients in the morning.

I don’t know about you but I sometimes find that when the house is quiet and everyone’s asleep, it’s a time to reflect, to plan, to quietly potter. The other day, I posted about going on a road trip this June so I’ve been googling all kinds of things over the past hour or so and I’m watching George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces as I find the programme so inspirational. Someone’s renovating a camper van on the latest episode….now wouldn’t that be cool to hire for a week as I go on my tour to wherever?! Or rather than go around Europe, shall I hire a cottage in the stunning Scottish highlands on the edge of a lake? Or how about a week travelling Cornwall, the Scilly Isles and Wales? I’ve already blocked out time for my holiday but I just need to work out where I’m going.

But I then realised whilst I start contemplating about the year ahead that I haven’t yet reviewed 2018. I can’t believe that it’s now 10 January and it’s taken this long to blog about what I got up to. My ethos for last year was ‘You never know what’s round the corner so make it happen now” and goodness I packed so much in! I just thought I’d list the main things but you can read up on all of these by checking out my posts. So, these are just some of the things that I did in 2018:

  • went on a P&O cruise
  • went on a road trip around England
  • ate at the beautiful Alnwick Treehouse in Northumberland
  • explored Gretna Green in Scotland where I tried whiskey for the first time
  • loved my first visit to the Lake District where I also went in a hot tub for the first time
  • fed monkeys their breakfast at a monkey forest before it opened to the public
  • saw Romeo and Juliet performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • was memorised at the Harry Potter Studio Tour just north of London
  • won a local photography competition
  • watched the sun rise over London whilst eating breakfast at the Duck and Waffle
  • watched the sun rise over Beachy Head in East Sussex at about 4.30am!
  • had afternoon tea with hubby at Highclere Castle (known as Downton Abbey to many people)
  • started my photography bucket list
  • explored 10 English cities including Wells, Salisbury, Chester and Newcastle
  • slept in a 4 poster bed
  • learnt to knit…..rather poorly!
  • learnt to play the ukulele
  • found the ‘Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town’ in London by walking through a Smeg fridge!
  • went up the Shard in London at night time
  • visited 10 film locations including Bridget Jones, Love Actually, Hot Fuzz, etc.
  • visited Europe’s largest collection of neon signs known as God’s Own Junkyard
  • joined the National Trust and made very good use of the membership throughout the year
  • did my first snow angel when it last snowed!
  • stood on the Meridian Line in Greenwich
  • had owls swoop on my arm
  • went to Winchester Christmas market in Hampshire
  • did 50 hours of voluntary work which I’m continuing to do
  • went to a jazz festival in Keswick, Cumbria…..and decided that jazz isn’t my thing!went to the ballet with hubby…..where we discovered that ballet isn’t our thing!
  • donated food to a food bank
  • had a henna tattoo at a Diwali-themed event on the Isle of Wight
  • went to the Diwali festival in Trafalgar Square, London
  • watched a sporting event at the Olympic Stadium in East London
  • explored Portmeirion in Wales which made me feel like I was in Italy!

And so, so, so much more! Out of the above, there are a few things that I’d love to share with hubby next time which are the treehouse restaurant, the Lake District, Harry Potter Studio Tour, Portmeirion and breakfast at the Duck and Waffle. And, top of my list with hubby, a cruise! One day, one day!

So, with the year ahead, I want to pack in as much as I can…..not go over the top or anything like that but perhaps do something special each month whilst continuing with my photography and travelling. To be honest, I think I have a touch of the post-Christmas blues but this is where I like to think that positive thinking and just ‘doing’ is going to make put that spring back in my step!

What puts the spring in your step? Do you have any plans for 2019? I’d love to hear! xx

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