Monday, 31 December 2012


I can't remember if I had any New Years Resolutions last year, but I do remember I had some aims.  One of these was to master growing Brasicca's and grow my own sprouts for Christmas dinner.  Which I have done!!  We had lots of sprouting broccoli in the spring, the cabbages are doing well and we ate some sprouts for dinner on Christmas day.
Not sure what my aims are for next year- watch this space

And on to my highlights...

We planted two trees on our allotment, a quince which didn't produce anything and a cherry which did fruit, but the birds got them. (note to self - cover the cherries while they are ripening!)


 First ever time skiing- it was quite challenging!  Went to St Anton in Austria, where Alice was working as a chalet host.


Won the cup for the most points in show at the Horticultural Society Spring Show.


 The arrival of Marjory, Henita and Betty and the first of many eggs


The wonderful Diamond Jubilee, celebrated with afternoon tea and bunting at home.  Followed by music and fireworks at the village playing fields, met up with lots of old friends and drank lots of Prosecco!

 Also time to pick the elderflowers and make elderflower cordial.  Made elderflower champagne as well, but 3 large coke bottles full exploded all over the kitchen one afternoon, which took me hours to clear up.  I will never attempt it again.

The most awaited event of the year, the Olympics.  We booked two weeks holiday from work and made the most of it, watching loads on the telly and.....  our trip to the Olympic Village

 I managed to get tickets to the velodrome and watched world records beaten and medals won
Another day we dressed up and went to London, just to be part of it all, we watched the big screens in Hyde park.   Alice had volunteered and was a games maker, she got to be a reporter for the water polo.


I had an operation on my foot which left me "off my feet" for 4 weeks and off work for 6 weeks in total.  At one point I thought I would never walk or drive again, but it soon healed and now no pain at all which is wonderful.
 The allotment continued to keep us well supplied with raspberries - good job that we love them.
 Thirteen pumpkins!  Two made into lanterns for Halloween, one made into wine and another for pumpkin cakes.  Some left in the shed, but have had a couple go mouldy - uuughh....




Baby Arlo, my nephew was born far away in Hong Kong, I had knitted this blanket for him.  (still waiting to meet him- only two weeks to go now)

A trip to the Good Food Show started the month, two swaps swapped and a crocheted star garland.

Well that was my year and wonder what lies in store for 2013?


joy said...

Happy New Year, Lizzie, Joy xx

moonstruckcreations said...

What a wonderful year you had Lizzie!

Happy New Year to you and your family, Helenxx

Tammy Chrzan said...

This was fantastic! Now I'm going to have to copy you and do my own best of 2012!! Thank you Lizzy... Oh and if you have 2 years of photos to go through then it's time you got cracking isn't it? I will be round shortly and we can scrapbook together :)Actually our stores here in the States are starting to call in "Paper Crafting"... I guess because people are doing all sorts with paper these days. Oh and I broke my leg in London this past summer, so we were both off of our feet for awhile... and yes, I do visit the Tower of London every single time I go to London, it's so gorgeous! I hope you have a very peaceful and prosperous 2013! Love, Tammy xx