Winter has just blown through with an icy blast and the dark nights are tinged with a whitish glow from the snow settling to give an untouched carpet of glistening threads. The cosy evenings have been spent curled up in my favourite chair looking back at 2014 and the smiles that it gave me. The photographic bounty that myself and Mumsy have collected over the year is worth more to me than any piece of jewelry. Those memories that can instantly take you back to the places that have filled you with emotion and joy, the excitement of showing my two teens places that I have known and loved all my life, the discovery of going to places with them for the first time and then sharing these with you. Yes, 2014 has been a good year, and in a way, one where I have learned much more about myself than previous years.
Twelve months ago I chose 'Change' as my word for 2014, but what word could I choose for 2015? Words have floated around my head for days now but three came to me and they filled my heart, 'Inspiration', 'Time' and 'Patience'. I love to write but noticed in my recent blog writing that this wasn't coming through as I wanted it to. Maybe because I am in such a rush so often with a full time job and the trials and tribulations of guiding two teenagers into adult life. Sometimes as I write a blog post or thoughts in general, I am interrupted to the point of distraction, I need time and inspiration to create and my patience is tested. At the end of a trying day, it is nice to have those moments to yourself where you can be, well, you. How I would love to sit in a book lined study at a circular table filled with papers, notepads and pens, overlooking the garden and letting my creativity run onto pages, but sadly this is not my reality. So, one of my goals for 2015 will be to create a little area just for me where I can shut myself away for just an hour per day to gather my thoughts, and plan our days out.
My main aim for 2014 was to keep teaching Miss Teen about the delights of London, letting her get the feel of the place. My heart has obviously always belonged to Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs, however Miss Teen certainly felt more at home in Camden Town and the South Bank. Mr Teen only came on one trip due to his start at College but with his visit to St Pauls he certainly made me climb further than I had before - to the very top!
There have been four outstanding moments though for me in 2014, things that will not be repeated and were real memory makers.
♥ Lunch and attending an installation into the House of Lords. How I would have loved to have taken photo after photo in there, but there were security restrictions. Memories of that day will always remain with me and my thoughts of my Grandad walking those very same corridors during the War, but not as a Lord of course! (memories of the day can be read here)
♥ Visiting the Archbishop of York's Palace, Bishopsthorpe, back in July (my post on this day is here).
♥ Visiting the Tower's poppy installation, hearing my ancestor's name being read at sunset and then receiving a poppy. (My posts were here and here on this truly once in a lifetime event)
♥ And then of course one of my happy days in work where I climbed the scaffolding on Peterborough Cathedral! (my dizzy heights were written about here)
This year I took many many photos!! However my favourite photo of the year? Well it had to be these two sharing a joke outside Buckingham Palace!
Crafting has taken a back seat this year unfortunately, I really must make more time for this!
However the writing continues for my Grandad's book, there is a lot more to do and maybe to spur me along, I need to include this more in my blog writing.
So, to my lovely Readers, a very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. Thank you so much for following me along my journey this year and joining me on my days out. Your support and comments have been so special to me along with the friendships built up as we follow each other along the way. Here's to a fantastic 2015!
Oh, and my word for 2015, encompassing 'Inspiration, Time and Patience'... "BALANCE"... 2015 will be my see saw year where I try to balance those three words.