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16 for 2016!

Happy New Year! Time for my 16 for 2016, which this year are designed to challenge me and take me out of my comfort zone, so much I want to do, time to get on with it!

16 swims

15 minutes x 2x 5 , ie five 30 minute walks per week!

14 lbs lost- yikes!

13 outings/places visited.Can be new or return visits

12 Cooking posts,ie monthly- I have such a list of things I always wanted to cook but didn’t, such as cheese souffle, or any souffle.

11 Flower photographs- unlike the animals last year they don’t move so much

10 Handmade cards

9 Garden posts- anything to get me weeding!

8 Stash/Kit Busting- I really really don’t need such a big stash of fabric/ wool/ craft materials

7 Sewing/Embroidery Projects

6 Acts of Kindness

5 Reading- I have become a bit lazy in my reading, novels  and more novels, time to challenge myself with a bit of Non Fiction. Any recommendation?

4 Knitting and Crochet Skills- Again I have a got a bit lazy and it’s time to try some new skills, like cable or 4ply, socks, a shawl-yikes!

3 Bucket List- Now this could well overlap with other things on the list, but I can and will count them twice, like Make a Cheese Souffle, this is on my bucket list

2 Railway Journeys

1 Bus Journey

0 Magazine purchases. I already have far too many I DON’T NEED ANY MAGAZINES!

Wish me luck, and I would love to hear of your aspirations for 2016.

 

15 for 2015- December

Inspired by Laura at Made in Oxford I set myself some goals for 2015. Looking at the post I wrote to go with them when I drew up the list I think I knew then that my family was not through the darkest of days. I clearly knew that I would need the support of others, that I would have a temptation to hunker down and would need to push myself to do nice things for myself and others. The list was achievable and fun and did indeed get me through 2015, so I could support others and come out of the other side , ready for 2016. I get ahead of myself. Here’s the last update for 2015.

15 minutes walk x 4 times a week, I eventually felt that I lacked ambition on this one but in the early days going out for 15 minutes was an achievement.

14 bags to a charity shop- When my Dad died and we put his house on the market I knew the temptation would be to fetch too much home and become a hoarder who couldn’t get in the front door for stuff. Little did I know it would take so long to sell his house. Fingers crossed we actually do so very very soon. I have 6 more bags from his house ready to go to charity shops as I write, but decided a couple of weeks ago to do the unthinkable. I took a bag of yarn to a charity shop asking for wool. It hurt! Deep down I knew it was surplus to my requirements, but still it hurt and when Mr E said WHY ARE YOU TAKING WOOL? it was all I could do to go through the doors and hand it over.

13 animal photos. Easy to take pictures of animals, but hard to take good ones. I achieved this quite early on , but kept going because it was such fun. My favourite is on the Page “15 for 2015,” but it was hard choosing just one. The family of ducklings were just so sweet,  this one really made me laugh a dog at the Malton Food Festival.

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He so wanted to Jump, the food on the stall below smelt so delicious.

12 meeting ups with friends and family- I really appreciated how good it was just to be with other people and not just sitting at home worrying about stuff. And I got to meet fellow blogger Rachel from The Little Room of Rachell.

11 New savoury recipes tried– well I tried 11 and some more. However I had a tendency to change ingredients or add them according to our taste with the result that they tasted like inferior versions of meals we already liked. Only one was a total disaster.

10 handwritten letters sent- and of course ten letters written back to me, which was just lovely.

9 handmade cards made and sent- loved doing this and the recipients said nice things about them.

8 Sewing or embroidery projects done. Loved this one too. Here are the hand stitched gifts that went to my secret Santa partner.

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A little box onto which I embroidered a woodland scene. This was my favourite piece all year long as it came straight from my heart.

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A lavender heart which I also embroidered.

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I made this little box into which I put

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a Dorset button brooch.

7 new yarns tried. I failed here, only trying two , mostly because I couldn’t find any but also because I make garments for children and their Mums/Dads like them to be machine washable.

6 Trips to museums/theatre/ cinema etc. Just wonderful to go out for the day and see new places, so often prompted on where to go by the Photo Challenge. So glad I have got to collaborate with three others on the 52 week photo challenge for 2016.

5 projects for charity. Completed this one this month with a blanket for memory boxes for bereaved parents.23.12.15 002

Still a bit curly and in need of more blocking.

4 new walks- achieved but not as long as I’d hoped for, due to damaging my heel in Greece. By the way it doesn’t hurt so much now except if  I stand on it for a long time. Hopefully longer walks will be possible soon.

3 Craft workshops- well I couldn’t find any I fancied so instead I built on ones I had attended before and did three projects inspired by workshops from previous years.

2 New cities visited- not the two I expected, mostly due to not being able to link my schedule to others. Salisbury was wonderful.

1 railway journey- not the one I expected, but I did travel by train, twice in both directions. And it was a good experience. Always next year.

0 impulse purchases- I wrote very thorough shopping lists all year!! But still failed and it was Charity Shops wot did it! Jugs , books and magazines. Could have been worse.

So here ends 2015.Have a very good New Years’ Eve and see you in 2016

 

 

 

15 for 2015 ( November)

One month left to go and by and large I have been occupied with everything I wanted to do for Christmas. However,there is quite a bit of time between now and 2016 to achieve my goals for this year. 31 days in fact!

15 minutes walking 4 times a week- still plodding on!

14 bags to a charity shop- still 10 but I have two ready to go. Surely I can do this!

13 animal photos- DONE

12 Meetings up with family and friends-10, had a wonderful weekend away with extended family and friends in November.

11 New Savoury Recipes tried- DONE

10 Handwritten letter sent- DONE this month , and I still have all my Christmas cards and letters to do.

9 Handmade cards made and sent-DONE

8 Sewing or embroidery projects completed- DONE this month, been busy on my Secret Stitching Santa, can only do a sneaky peek for now but here you go

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and

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7 New yarns– not happening, two only

6 trips to museums etc- DONE

5 projects for charity- still 4 but plenty of time left!

4 new walks- DONE

3 craft workshops- since I changed this to follow ups from previous workshops I have done two, one more to go

2 New cities visited- DONE

1 Railway journey- DONE

0 Impulse Purchases- Failed, but I have learned to keep out of charity shops, especially the book and jug sections!

15 for 2015- July update

How can it be the end of another month? It’s been so busy round here. A trip to lovely Dorset, gardening, picking blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and bilberries. Lots of meetings up with family, Mr T and his family, my stepbrother and his family and a visit to Wales to see my Mum, brother and sister in law.Mum has Alzheimers, and I spent a long time on several drafts of a post about that visit, but I couldn’t get it right and so judged it best to delete the lot. Suffice to say we had a lovely time together , even though Mum had forgotten I’d been within hours. And birthdays this month, three of them which means CAKE.

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Please note museum qualtiy kitchen in the background!!

So how am I doing on my 15 for 2015. There is a full list, just updated on the page you should be able to see above.

15 minutes walking x 4 times a week. This was too easy a goal, I can see that now, but yes still managing this

14 bags to a charity shop, none taken this month

13 animal/bird photos- ACHIEVED! I have enjoyed doing this so much I shall keep going and then choose at the year end my favourites. I may even share the disasters of which there have been far more. Here come the first two from this month

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12 meetings with friends- this month was all about family Here’s a picture of one of my brother’s dogs, he has four. Mum won’t call him by his proper name. ” I call him Whiskers”, she says, you can see why. Actually he’s a rescue dog from Cyprus and you can just imagine how his life might have been, starving, scavenging for food ,sleeping  in the middle of a dusty Greek road. He doesn’t know how lucky he is, hours away from being put down when my sister in law saw and fell in love with him.

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11 New savoury recipes. I was struggling with this in June , but Rachel suggested I bought a cookery magazine. Clever idea, I did and I made a Moroccan chicken dish. Very tasty. Total now tried is 8.

10 handwritten letters- none this month, total stays at 4. But the really lovely thing about writing three letters in June is that I have had replies to them all. Just so nice to have a proper letter.

9 handmade cards- all those birthdays, I had a card making afternoon, result ACHIEVED.

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8 and 7 no progress, but persevering with two projects towards these goals

6 trips to museums etc- 5 down now with the trip to Corfe Castle and to the Castle museum in York.

5 through to 1, nothing to update,

0 impulse purchases, already failed, and again this month with an impulse purchase of a jug in a charity shop in Dorset. It was a question of buy straightaway or not all as we wouldn’t have been there the next day. Two impulse purchases can’t be so bad can it?

Couple of final horse pictures from the New Forest, taken whilst we were in Dorset.

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I might try flower pictures next year, al least they don’t run away!

 

 

No resolutions, just a bucket list!

Happy New Year to one and all. May 2013 be a time when dreams really do come true.

This year for the first time ever I have made no New Years Resolutions. Why not? Because I never achieve them. I had a good think about this and decided that the problem was that my resolutions were essentially negative in tone- give up this, don’t do that…boring and so eerrrr!

I came across some Bucket lists this year in blogosphere. Some made me laugh- 30 things before I am thirty- and included items like fly a kite, read Jane Eyre, and I thought why don’t they just do these things. Some lists made me sad- 15 things to do before a child is 11 and included climb a tree, play pooh sticks, make a snow angel, pond dipping- all things I thought were just part of growing up.

Then I had a think about what would be on my bucket list- and one good thing about getting old is you get more things to do in ten years , the older you get.. so I have a HUGE Bucket list, and yes it does contain things that I thought why don’t I just do them..

Now the good news is I am not going to regale you with the whole list- we’d all loose the will to live! But I am going to write down some here.

Top of my list is something I have been meaning to do for several years but just haven’t and time is running out. When my parents divorced my Mum took all the family photos and as soon as I had a home of my own she dumped the lot on me. Since then boxes and boxes of slides have lived in various cupboards in 5 different houses. My Dad would like to see them again. All I have to do is locate the boxes, sort out the slide projector, put up a screen and invite him over. Not hard, not rocket science- all I have to do is do it. So that is top of my bucket list.

Next are two things I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember, but they cost money. I would like to do a hot air balloon ride and a helicopter ride. Year after year I have dropped hints and not so subtle hints about this around my birthday and Christmas. All fell on deaf ears . So last year (2012!) I started saving my pennies and now I have enough for the hot air balloon. So that is second on my list. All I have to do now is book it.

When I was a child I grew up here- well just around the corner. There is a field I love and in it a tree I love. Ever since we came back here to live nigh on 11 years ago I have thought what a good project it would be to take a photo of this tree on the first of every month or as near to the first as I can manage and just see how it changes with the passing of the season. So that is third on my bucket list.

Just one more to tell you about.. I love walking but since my lovely dog Montmorency died nearly 4 years ago I have found it hard just to go for a walk minus a dog. And what I really want to do is to start walking again, gradually increasing how far I go. Today (because I did go out and take a picture of my tree) I found that I don’t feel self conscious at all walking by myself if I have a camera in my hand. And then joy of joy I have found the blog Country Girl Does Norfolk- or cgdn.blogspot.co.uk, and she organises a monthly photo scavenger hunt- 12 subjects for 12 photos. Perfect, with this project in hand I can go a walk with my camera and feel I have a purpose.

So that is just four of the things on my bucket list.

1 Slide show

2 Hot Air Balloon ride

3 Photo of tree every month project

4 Walk regularly.

I’ll post an update at the start of every month. In the meantime here is my tree ( oh and there are three photos, because I just couldn’t decide which was the best viewpoint) ( oh and there’s a fourth pic because I liked it!)

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It’s the tree to the left.

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From higher up the hill

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From the other side.

Which is best do you think?

Next is the extra picture because I like it.

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The castle!

Love to hear any thoughts- any resolutions or bucket lists to share?

 

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