I wrote one of these posts for 2010. The 2011 one is still in my drafts and this one is a little late. But still, I think it would be nice to recap some of the awesomeness of 2012. Like most years, and life in general there were ups and downs. Plenty of tough times and challenges. But I want to focus on all the positive and by picking out the best bits of last year I can truly appreciate how lucky I am, challenges and all.
Without further ado, here are my best bits from 2012:
We saw in the New Year in Hebden Bridge. On New Year’s Day we hosted our friends for dinner, drank lots of cocktails and played Trivial Pursuit until the early hours of the morning.
We popped along to the Malvern Flea Market one chilly Sunday morning.
I launched a little vintage shop called Three Jelly Moulds and a Wardrobe.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day with an indoor picnic . We do love a good indoor picnic.
We went to see Labrinth at the Birmingham HMV Institute.
We moved to a cute little Victorian terrace house in Northampton.
I went to the WIWT party.
I appeared in The Sunday Times Style magazine sharing my collection of vintage china and telling the world how I think the Queen is rad. She is. She really really is.
We were kindly lent some tickets by the boyf’s boss so we could watch the Northampton Saints vs Leicester Tigers rugby match. It was my first time at a live rugby match and I loved it!
We went to see Imelda May at the Royal Festival Hall. We had a box and everything. It was so fun. I love that venue and Imelda May is the bees knees.
I won a ticket to attend the Cybher blogging conference in London. It was very interesting.
It was our 2 year anniversary. We went for Thai food. It was apt. We met in Thailand.
I met David Hasslehoff.
We celebrated my Mama’s 50th with a big family meal. The best bit was a spontaneous song and dance by my baby sister who finished with the line “and 50 is old….” ha!
We hosted a little house-warming party.
I organised a little night out in London to celebrate my BFF’s last few weeks as a single lady.
We pottered over to Toronto, Canada for my bestie’s wedding to my childhood friend and I was honoured to take up bridesmaid duty. We spent a week there on wedding preparations and celebrations and then took a very very very long megabus journey down to New York City for a couple of days. It was amazing.
I was the festival blogger for the lovely folk at Alpro for this year’s WOMAD festival. It was great weekend of camping, music, art, and awesomeness.
We were incredibly fortunate to get tickets to TWO Olympic events, the Women’s Hockey and the Synchronised Swimming. Who didn’t love the 2012 London Olympics? It was a summer of inspiration and I was really impressed with how well the Olympic park turned out.
We went to the boyf’s best friend’s wedding. It was my first Indian wedding and I got to wear a sari. In fact, the boyf’s Mum dressed me in one of her sari’s and it was such a special moment. It was a truly wonderful day.
We took my not-so-little baby sister blackberry-picking and got inspired by the upcoming Autumn.
For the boyf’s birthday we had an indoor picnic on the floor of our living room. I went a bit crazy with loads of M&S food and wine. It was delicious! And then on that weekend we drove to the Cotswolds for a couple of nights in Bourton-on-the-Water. I would totally move to the Cotswolds, it is just too darn pretty.
I had a little column published in More magazine about some tips on finding vintage bargains.
I got into the full swing of Autumn by decorating my fireplace.
We celebrated Diwali with the boyf’s Mum. We ate lots of delicious vegetarian Indian food that week including some amazing Masala Dosa.
We went to visit the boyf’s new nephew in Manchester and I got to visit the lovely Thrifty Mrs for tea. It was a fun weekend of laughing and babies and food.
We had a date night going to eat Thai food (standard) and watching The XX gig in Wolverhampton.
I had a full page report published in Mollie Makes (issue 22).
I spent time with my Grandparent’s and listened to my Grandad’s childhood stories from Burma.
And of course, celebrating Christmas with family and the boyf was just lovely. I made a huge Christmas dinner, the kids squealed with delight that Santa had been. I nearly died playing Just Dance 4 on the Wii. Papa Rosalilium bought me a food mixer. I was given far too many chocolate’s and sweeties. Mama Rosalilium fixed my ring (it used to be her old engagement ring). And the boyf opened his very first stocking of gifts. It was wonderful fun.
Happy New Year!