Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013: A Year in Pictures


January: Snow and more snow. A wintry weekend away to the Yorkshire Dales; marmalade; cake; lots of snuggling under blankets and walks to and from nursery with the sledge.

February: Hearty food; my birthday; Valentine's biscuits. Kite flying and beach walking.

March: More snow; knitting; Easter and spring flowers. Painting the bathroom yellow and the bedroom white; hot cross buns.

April: A wonderful anniversary break in Copenhagen; the garden comes to life; spring cleaning. Weekends spent in the garden centre and doing lots of crochet.


May: Warmer weather; bluebells; Angus turns four. Lots of time in the garden and flowers in the house.

June: Long, light evenings; lemon curd; day-tripping to the Yorkshire Dales and the Northumberland coast. Making jam and picking wildflowers. 

July: Gloriously hot weather, a proper summer; buttercups; strawberries; gifts for teachers. Summer days spent at village fairs and lavender farms, and being tourists in London.

August: Busy and colourful; visiting family, visiting friends. A fantastic fortnight in France; sun, swimming and long, leisurely meals outside.



September: Back to school; the tomatoes are harvested; sunflowers. Picking blackberries; crochet and Yarndale; pickles and preserves.

October: Days out in the autumn sun; Bolton Abbey; apples; falling leaves. Blankets and cushions; pumpkins and nature tables.

November: Temperatures drop; Bonfire Night and sparklers; woodland walks; making Christmas gifts. Celebrating big birthdays and domestic pleasures.

December: Birthday and Christmas preparations; mulled wine and party bags; sparkle and glitter. Bella turns seven; food, family and coastal walks.



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One of the best things about blogging is the way you can look back over old posts and remember things anew. It was especially fun going all the way back to posts from the beginning of this year, they seem such a long time ago now. I like the way a rhythm emerges from each month; without me intending it, certain images, colours and themes arrive and then leave again in the same cyclical way that the seasons come and go. 

I'm glad I write this blog. It gives me a place to record and celebrate the things that are special to me. It was fun to look back and see what 2013 gave me and I'm wondering what 2014 has in store. Should you want to, you can see my review of 2012 here. I'll put together a round up of this year's crochet, knitting, sewing and general creativity in the next few days. In the meantime. thank you so much for visiting and reading, and I very much hope you get as much pleasure from this space as I do. Will you join me in 2014? 

I wish you and your families much health and happiness for the year ahead! 





55 comments:

  1. Happy New Year Gillian. A lovely round up . I will certainly be following you in the New Year and hope its a really happy one x

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  2. I really love looking back at your year. Your photos are always really evocative and I feel like I'm there too. You did a lot of interesting and fun things this year. I've enjoyed following along with your family. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2014!

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  3. Loved reading through your review of the year.

    Happy New Year to you all!

    Helenxx

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  4. Many best wishes for 2014 Gillian. I have so enjoyed visiting your blog and will back again and again I'm sure in 2014,
    Kate x

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  5. What a lovely review. I am sitting here collating crochet photos - I appear not to have been as organised as I thought. I want to do a "year in photos" too! Have a great evening and wishing you and your family a great 2014. x

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  6. Happy New Year Gillian ... here's to may more blogs in the New Year.

    Vicky x

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  7. A lovely round up and look forward to 2014.

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  8. I love your yearly round ups Gillian ... wishing you and yours a wonderful New Year full of happiness and fun ... Bee xx

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  9. Always great to reflect back on our blogs Gillian, I always try not look back until the end of the year. a wonderful and happy, healthy new year to you all too xox Penny

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  10. You have packed in a heck of a lot in 12 months! Here's to a fab 2014. X

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  11. Thank you for these beautiful images!
    Happy New Year! Hope it will be great for you and your family!

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  12. Of course I will be joining you! I love tuning into your blog and spotting the mirror moments like my own family life. Happy New Year! Jo x

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  13. Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative 2014 Gillian and I look forward to your blog posts in the year to come. Jane x

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  14. Happy New Year to you and your family Gillian, and what a lovely review of what seems to have been a year filled with lots of fun! Look foward to seeing you again in 2014. xx

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  15. Happy new year!! Hope 2014 will be a great year for you and your family!
    Looking forward to more lovely photos and posts from you!
    Marion x

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  16. Gillian, wishing you and your family New Year blessings from just up the road.....fabulous post...looking forward to seeing you next year xx

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  17. Happy New Year Gillian! I agree with you. What a perfect way to end the year by going back and seeing all the wonders that had taken place. May you New Year be full of lovely moments :)

    Sophie xo

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  18. Enjoy your blog so much.
    Happy new year Gillian xx

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  19. I'm glad you write this blog too. Happy New Year. Jacqui xx

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  20. Happy New Year Gillian, looking forward to another year of visiting your lovely blog.
    Jacquie x

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  21. Looking forward to sharing your 2014 happy new year.

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  22. A very happy New Year to you and yours.

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  23. A lovely round-up, Gillian - and here's to all that's wonderful in 2014. Wishing you and your lovely family a happy & blessed new year. Xx

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  24. I love looking at everyone's review posts.~ Happy New Year to you and your family ~ hope it's a good one for you all :O)x

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  25. What a wonderful way to end the year, I've loved looking through your lovely pictures and reading your blog. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year....Caroline x x x

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  26. Your words and pictures have given me so much pleasure this year, it has been a joy following your 2013 journey. Here's to a happy and creative new year ahead, I hope it brings you rainbows!
    Much love, Lucexxxxxxxxxxx
    ps we really must get together soon :o)xxxxxxxxxxx

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  27. A very Happy new year- lovely posts and pictures, long may it continue:)

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  28. Such a lovely year with beautiful pictures and words. I love how you make the most of every opportunity.
    Looking forward to sharing the year with you in blogland! x

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  29. A great collection of snippets from your year - lovely photos and memories. I love the 'recording' aspect to blogging and being able to look back and remember so many events through my blog.

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  30. Such lovely warmth in your photos, it's fun to look back isn't it? Happy New Year to you and your family x

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  31. lovely to catch up with your blog and such a lovely post - your photos are amazing so full of life - wishing you a very happy 2014 x

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  32. Happy New Year! Hope 2014 is good to you :)
    Sarah x

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  33. Happy New Year, Gillian! I love your year in review... just lovely photos. And yes, I will most definitely be following you this year! Your blog is such a happy one! I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year!

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  34. Lovely post Gillian and although I'm running a bit late I'd like to wish you and the family a Happy New Year and hope 2014 is a good one. I've done a re-run through my as well and will post a longer one over the weekend. Take care.

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  35. I certainly will be joining you here in 2014, your blog is so beautiful and indeed a happy place. Such lovely photos, you're right, it is nice to look back at everything you've done over the past months. Wishing you and yours a very happy New Year. CJ xx

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  36. Happy New Year Gillian! I look forward to hearing what it brings you.

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  37. Happy New Year to you and your Gillian. Looking forward to reading more in 2014.

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  38. Great blog,happy new year :)

    Visit http://becoolbepositivebeyou.blogspot.com/

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  39. A very big Happy New Year to you too! Loved your year in review - such a good idea :-) x

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  40. I'm definitely coming along for the ride with you this year. I can't wait for all the wonderful entries you're sure to share with us in the coming months!!! Best wishes Gillian x

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  41. Beautiful pictures and a wonderful year. You left a very similar comment with me but I can't help but just echo your words, that it's been a pleasure to discover and follow along with your blog this year. I get such a lovely feel from this place you've made and I'm so looking forward to seeing what you get up to in 2014! :D

    S x

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  42. What a happy year!! For you and your readers too!
    Wishing you lots of joy and happiness and can't wait to see what you get up to in 2014!

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  43. Lovely pictures Happy New Year
    Clare x

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  44. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your beautiful blog and to wish you a wonderful 2014,
    Jo x

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  45. You've certainly had a full year! May 2014 bring you lots more good times x

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  46. What a year you have had hope 2014 is just as full!

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  47. Happy New Year Gillian!! A great review of 2013 and I am very much looking forward to joining you in 2014. Sarah xo

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  48. I love keeping a blog for the same reason, it helps count your blessings!
    Happy new year
    X

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  49. This would make a fun blog link up..have you considered it??

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    1. Oops, hit publish too soon. Happy new year, thanks for your lovely blog. Xx happy new year.

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    2. I hadn't, to be honest, I've seen it done in so many blogs I'm not sure I could really claim it! But it's a good idea. And happy new year to you too Andrea! x

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  50. I, for one, have been truly blessed by your blog and absolutely adore it.
    I hope that you have an amazing 2014!
    Much love to you, Tammy

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  51. Happy new year to you Gillian. I've loved reading your very special blog and photography and look forward to every post. Have a wonderful 2014. x

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  52. I wish you and your family a wonderful Year 2014. I love your review, you have beautiful pictures. Yes, the good thing about writing a blog is the memory, which I lack very much.

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