Friday, 2 January 2009

Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009

In 2008 ...
  • I discovered some amazing new places: St Lucia and St Kitts in the Caribbean, Mykonos and Simi in Greece, the lovely Turkish coastline, The Trossachs in Scotland and Ely in Cambridgeshire
Little Venice, Mykonos by me
  • N and I bought a tent and went on our first camping adventures: first at a friends hoe-down party on her farm in the Cotswolds, second in the garden of a friend's holiday cottage in Norfolk.  In true N style our tent has a lighting system and we took a blow up double mattress, sheets, duvet and pillows!!! Okay so it wasn't proper camping but now we have eased ourselves in gently we're going to properly rough it in 2009
  • I attended 4 weddings: I danced a ceilidh in stunning Stirling, Scotland, had a fabulous time at the wonderful wedding of one of my university flatmates in a castle by the sea in beautiful Dorset, watched my man be the best man at our friends nuptials in Ely, Cambridgeshire, and attended my cousin's wedding in beautiful Wales.  Whew!
  • Brilliantly my business has hit the ground running.  It has been somewhat of a gamble, In order to finance establishing iced I have had to leave London and N to return home to Wales.  I have had to work two jobs and have often found myself stopping work at 2.30 in the morning to go to bed for a few hours before having to get up and start the next job.  But this year has been amazing.  Hard work but amazing.  I have made so many wedding and celebration cakes, and despite the current financial crisis, orders are coming in.  Although I may have a few more dark circles under my eyes, I am loving absolutely every minute of achieving my dream. 
  • I have learnt how to: knit, ride a quad bike ... and of course, write a blog -  this blog.  I have loved writing it.  Thank you for reading my rambling mumblings and thank you so much for your comments.  
I am so looking forward to this year.  I have no resolutions but I am going to do my best to make the year count in every way.  As I write N is on his way to Wales as we are heading to the Cotswolds for our 'gettingtogetherversary' / Christmas present weekend away.  I can't wait!


London bride said...

So so jealous of all your holidays! Sounds wonderful. All the best for 2009. LB x

Being Brazen said...

Happy New YEAR!!! I hope your 2009 is wonderful and filled with new adventures :)

Miss Meep said...

Wow, really jealous of your holidays too - I went to... erm... the Yorkshire Dales.

Happy New Year!

The Cwtch said...

Thank you! Happy New Year to you all too! I was a bit lucky with holidays last year as I was taken away by my family and N's family. This year N and I are heading to California (which I am super excited about) for his cousin's wedding but we are trying to do it on the cheap - so far we have booked to stay in a yurt for two nights which is as close as we can get to camping without needing to take a tent on the plane!