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LOOKING BACK AT 2012

 February 2012 Snow!

It was a sad start to the year with the loss of a close family friend.  A funeral in January reminded me very vividly of the loss of my dear mum 15 years earlier at the same time of year and of how quickly the years pass by.  But January also had us negotiating the purchase of our little house in France.

In February Bella turned one.

Bella

And when the Easter holidays came we were en vacance to France to seal the deal at the notaires and become the proud owners of our own little house in France.  And it didn’t disappoint, which was one of my worries as we had only seen it once back in October 2011.

Le Petit Coquelicot

In April my god mother sadly passed away, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.  She was a lovely lady and this meant another funeral.  It was a beautiful sunny day and was a real trip down memory lane at the wake afterwards.  Lots of pictures from my old home town and childhood days.

Mum, me, Auntie Ruth and Uncle Stan

It was Cal’s last year at primary school and so there was an outdoor activity week in February and then SATs in May and then Cal and Hubby went for a few days to France while I was marking.   The weather was not so good and it was clear that there can be stormy weather too.

Love that storm

Love that storm

When the summer school term ended it was straight off to WOMAD.

Womad 2012

Then back for a few days and then down to London for the Olympics.  Such a buzz and an event I’m so glad we didn’t miss.

Olympics 2012

Once back home Cal turned 11 and there were a few days to recuperate and then it was off to France again.  This time in 40 degree heat, so it took some getting used to.

Upside down

Boys love water

It was also the year that I tasted fresh figs for the first time!

Fresh figs

Then in september it was Cal’s first day at secondary school.

Secondary school uniform

Then half term saw us back to France again.  Not as warm this time though.  Once back to Blightly I was doing my amateur dramatics thing in 3 episodes of Fawlty Towers.  A quiet Christmas day with all the family over on the Thursday afterwards.  Then new years eve at my good friend Es.

It was also the year that Cal did snow boarding, fencing and started playing table tennis.  What a busy boy!

Snow boarding with Adam

At fencing

And so that was 2012.  Looking forward to an even better 2013.  Happy New Year. X

SOMEONE HAD A BIG BIRTHDAY? CHRISTINE WHO? NO! SHE COULDN’T POSSIBLY BE, COULD SHE?

When you have a big birthday, it’s only right and proper to pamper oneself.  Well you couldn’t choose a more fitting venue than Rudding Park close to Harrogate, where a VERY good time was had by all.

The Cake

The Cake

The Hotel Room

Zena & Elaine

Chris & Jackie

Sue & Chair

OF COURSE WE WOULDN’T HAVE CHOSEN JUST ANYWHERE, IT HAD TO BE STYLISH AND WELL DESIGNED.

Console Table

Orange Chairs

Patchwork Sofa

Patchwork Sofa

Sofa

Orange Chair

Bubble Light

Water Colour Rudding Park

The Vases

The Stairs

Garden

The Box Trees

A VERY GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL – THE END (to be continued next year?)

DIET WHAT DIET?

Well it’s that time of year and to kick start my “my body is a temple” year both myself and my other half did the Atkin’s two week purge.  Both feeling good so now it’s how to manage the food intake.  For example today I have had crisps and some Angel Delight, guilty pleasure, satisfied.  X

Oh forgot to say am also making my own cakes and bread.  So today it will be bread rolls.  Bread rolls on the Atkin’s diet I hear you say.  Well you are allowed some carbs.

New blog design

This has been a bit of a slow road but it’s soon the Christmas holidays and I fully intend to redesign this blog.  More pages more information and definitely more pictures, honest.  Coming up then.  The next bakelite hunt, on Saturday 11 Dec.  The girls Christmas do!  Pictures from the fantastic 30 Seconds to Mars gig in Manchester (if I can get them) and then generally much, much more in 2011.