It’s been a pretty full on year. I am sure all my friends have said the Same thing about this year, it’s gone by really quickly but so much has happened this year.
I cannot grumble though as I have been incredibly lucky and had some wonderful adventures throughout 2012, here’s my favourites:
Hot air balloon ride
My Christmas present from Richard last year and one that took several attempts to get off the ground.
This is one experience I will not forget. It was so lovely to simply drift up above the trees and to watch the world (or rather Essex), float by beneath us. Breath taking. And I was lucky enough to fly on one of the nicest days of the year.
The running, all the running!
2012 was the year I defied the odds, my hatred of exercise and my general sneering at joggers and became a runner.
Whether it was an epiphany, a mid-life crisis or a genuine want to get fitter it has been transformative. The second half of this year has been a steep learning curve and I have gone from walking to running 10k in around an hour with relative ease.
I’ve raised £1,800 sponsorship for Alzheimer’s Society and my local hospital whilst enjoying my new hobby and used it to clear my mind and tone up my body.
I’m on a bit of a running sabbatical until we get past Christmas but I am eager to sign up for more races and get back on the road in 2013.
The MoRun 10k in Greenwich park is an event I won’t forget in a hurry. Thanks again to Enda for signing me up and Janice for the in-race coaching (Dude!).
Freya is a bubbly, energetic bundle of joy and we have enjoyed watching her grow up through 2012 (mainly through social media though as we live a couple hundred miles away).
6 years of martial bliss
Call it a Civil Partnership, call it Marriage, whatever it is – Richard and I tied the knot 6 years ago and I have never been happier.
We were both surprised and touched when a friend of ours (thanks Dave), found a video of our vows and uploaded it on You Tube on our anniversary. We have some wonderful friends…
In the rain but not getting wet
Visiting the Rain Room at The Barbican in London during November reminded me why I like London and what I am grateful for.
This is a fantastic exhibition where you walk through a room where it rains but you don’t get wet. Considering the rain in the UK this year, this is truly remarkable.
The visit was also made memorable as I went with good friends Paul and Em. I have some truly wonderful friends and they have been an absolute rock to me this year. I am honoured to know such great people and to be able to call them my friends.
The combination of such great events and such wonderful people has made this year unforgettable.
Major Events in the UK
It really has been the best time to be in the UK. Regardless of the travel chaos, the crap weather and all the tabloid scepticism, the UK has globally been the centre of attention this year and rightly so.
First we celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen then we had the summer full of the Olympics.
Both events brought about a new-found national sense of pride and it feels that both events have gone a long way to reinvigorate the United Kingdom.
I don’t think anyone will be able to forget the Olympics and the Jubilee for a long time.
And of course, well done to Team GB – you did us proud!
We have been away a couple of times this year and although we did our usual trip to Spain in April, our other trips stood out this year.
Richard gave me a surprise trip to Amsterdam for my birthday. We had to postpone it a couple of months due to the snow in February but we had a lovely day wandering around the canals. We visited the Foam Photography gallery, enjoyed a boat trip along the canals and had a very bohemian lunch.
We decided to break from our traditional holiday destination this year and went to Cyprus for an all-inclusive holiday in an adult only hotel.
It’s safe to say we both got into the relaxed atmosphere of the holiday pretty quickly and we spent our days lounging by the pool and soaking up the local culture.
Essex and Suffolk
We are both very much enjoying our move to Essex in 2011 and I am sure we can say we have made the most of living on the border of two such beautiful counties.
It’s been a lovely, packed year as you can see. Lets hope this continues throughout 2013.