The year that was 2014

One thing I really enjoyed doing at the end of last year was putting together a little round up of the year’s highlights and it is lovely to have a blog on which to feature the happy memories!

So without further ado:


Light PrincessI started the year on a bit of a high, full of positivity and ready to take the blogging world by storm having been a bit of an occasional dipper into cyber waters up to that point. I actually wrote a post at some point patting myself on the back for publishing five posts in one week! I now know that there are people out there publishing three posts a day!

Went to The National Theatre on London’s South Bank for the first time in many years (a bit of a spiritual home for me where I have enjoyed some of my happiest hours being brilliantly entertained over the years) and saw the Tori Amos penned musical The Light Princess with my friend, sister and nieces.

Took JJ to his first panto – Cinderella starring one of his faves Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble).


Polka TheatreAlong with my mum, took the boys to the Polka Children’s Theatre in Wimbledon for JJ to see a modern version of Little Red Riding Hood and EJ to explore everything else that the fabulous venue has to offer little ones.

I finally purchased my new compact digital camera and began a journey of discovery and a slight photography obsession!


JJ and EJ at Miller's Ark

Along with some of our NCT friends we took advantage of the “free entry” day at RHS Wisley, enjoying the sight of blossom and daffodils and stopping for an al fresco tea at one of the cafes.

Enjoyed an impromptu pancake day cook up over at our friends house.

Took the boys to Miller’s Ark farm in Hampshire with another set of friends to witness the live birth of a little baby goat and wander amongst free roaming turkeys, play in the hay bales and grab an ice cream.


Easter sparkly eggWe really made the most of the improving weather, with the hubster’s mum and dad treating us (step daughter included) to a day out at Fishers Farm Park in Sussex for picnic and play which they loved.

My mum and I took the boys for a little adventure at Hobbledown in Surrey which we really enjoyed.

Easter happened – one of my favourite times of the year. Took the kids to Clandon House and took the opportunity to become NT members. They took part in the Easter eggsplorers Easter Egg hunt and it was a really fun day out.

The kids had another little Easter egg hunt at my parents house on Easter Sunday – huge amounts of chocolate were consumed!!


This was the month that we finally had our bathroom renovated! Woo hoo! Truth be told I can barely remember what went before – and now colder weather has kicked in I’ve been loving luxurious baths under the spotlights!


Norfolk Blickling buggy pushWe took our last school term time holiday to North Norfolk, opting to stay in a lovely three bedroom cottage in the pretty village of Overstrand. Unfortunately the boys both succumbed to the Chicken Pox whilst we were away but it didn’t stop us from enjoying steam train journeys, paddling in the sea and sneaking onto the set of the movie Tulip Fever as it was being filmed inside Norwich Cathedral!

Myself and the boys had two mini outings this month with my mum – the first to Ham House – a National Trust property – where we played hide and seek in the rambling grounds and then took a little foot ferry across the Thames to a busy recreation ground and back. The second was our slightly less successful trip to see the Wimbledon Windmill!


Clown cake pops pre smudgingI do believe that July was all about enjoying time in the garden, and most importantly, the frantic planning and organisation of EJ’s Circus themed birthday party. I took on the world of Pinterest to try and create something a little bit different and impressive – in the event it seemed that the little details were less important than actually having an entertainment strategy! I had fun designing and trying my hand at those little clown cake pops though!


Devon EJ at Anstey'sOur family holiday to Devon happened this month (sadly without the hubster as he had work commitments). Highlights of the trip included our visit to the Living Coasts attraction, our beach day at Teignmouth, re-visiting the steam train and Totnes in general.

The hubster and I took the boys to Trilakes one sunny afternoon for a change of scene, and we even had one day to ourselves and indulged with a little jaunt down to Arundel Castle and home via Petworth House.


JJ the PirateJJ’s Pirate Themed Birthday party happened after lots of planning and again, that Pinterest inspired effort to get it all just so. He couldn’t’ve cared less as long as there was a bouncy castle!

JJ also started Big School in the same week as he turned five and this is a huge step forward for him and us as a family as we have had to learn to adapt to the rigidity of school timetables.

Met up with the lovely Elfa of Californian Mum in London for my first real blogging event at John Lewis in Kingston where we were treated to beauty products and prosecco galore! I also met the lovely Steph of Sisterhood and All That for the first time too.


Manydown slideI launched my new linky, The Truth about… which has been really well received and I think I can even say I have a few regular linkers, bless ’em!

I made my first real solo outing with both boys to Manydown Farm in Hampshire to partake in some Halloween inspired festivities (or just a lot of sliding down a giant inflatable in reality!).

We had a bit of an autumnal romp round the play trail up on Box Hill with my sister and her family, partaking heavily in National Trust cake afterwards!!

Visited the New Forest and it’s coastline for a lovely Sunday outing with the Hubster’s family, and the hubster and I took the boys over to Alice Holt Forest to check out the Gruffalo one day too.


Osterley - meeting SantaBlogFest!!! My first experience of a blogging conference and very interesting and enjoyable to be a part of and meet so many great people.

The Christmas build up began in earnest with a trip to the local garden centre to see Santa arrive on a monster truck, and later in the month, our trip to Osterley House to actually meet the man himself!

This was a month of great labour for me with regards the Christmas planning, crafting, and projects which rapidly tapered off in:


Christmas treeChristmas!!! Days of family celebration lie before us as I write these words and despite December having been full of coughs and colds and viruses and wiping me out a little bit, I’m ready to relax, enjoy the festivities and look forward to another great year in 2015. Merry Christmas all and thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings this year!

12 thoughts on “The year that was 2014

  1. What a brilliant post about all your highlights of the year. Your first photo is absolutely stunning! She really looks like she is floating. I would frame it! I didn’t realise you’d gone to Devon solo. I am not sure I would be able to drive on my own with the kiddos in the back to go on holiday. Hat off to you, lovely! Have a wonderful Christmas. It’s been fab meeting you through your blog this year, and seeing you in person briefly at Blogfest. x
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    • Thanks so much Mel! That first photo is from the publicity stills for the production at the National and yes, I agree, absolutely beautiful! I did have my sister and then my mum in the car with me and the boys on the way to Devon so it wasn’t too bad! Hope you and your family have a very special Christmas too – it was great to get to know you a little bit this year too Xx

  2. Wow what a wonderful year in review. I love these and to go back and relive all the many great adventures. Love the first photo! Stunning! Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me and the continual linky support for 2014! Hope to see you again in the new year. Happy Holidays! #sharewithme

    • Ah thanks Jenny – hope you had a lovely birthday yesterday – I didn’t realise your birthday was on Boxing Day! Thanks for being such a great linky host! I’ll definitely be back in the New Year. Xx

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