Friday, 17 January 2020

2019 Was The Year...

This is the third 2019 wrap-up post, and there's a fair few more to come. So I hope you're enjoying them. If not, come back in a week or so for a return to our regular scheduled programming! Today I'm looking back at 2019 and some of the highlights. So, let's get started!

Harley turned four.
He's growing up so fast! I can't imagine life without him now, though. He's such a sweet boy and I always look forward to our morning cuddles. He's very vocal, and he always lets us know when he wants something. He's also a total scaredy-cat. I swear he's afraid of his own shadow. But we love him and wouldn't want him any other way. Well, maybe a bit less of a coward!

I took part in the Chrohn's & Colitis 10K WALK IT. And smashed it. Mind you, there was a massive hill towards the end of the walk and I honestly didn't think I could make it up. That was a killer. But I did it, and I'm hoping to do it again this year and raise more money for a very important cause. My mother-in-law has suffered with Chrohn's Disease since she was 18 so it matters a lot to my husband and I to support the charity that help advance life-saving treatment and cures.

I turned 29 and began to freak out at the fact that I'm approaching the big 30. I swear I was only 19 yesterday. And now it's a decade later? How has that happened?! Never going to be too old to have a Colin the Caterpillar cake for my birthday though. 

Played crazy golf. A new crazy golf centre opened up just around the corner from us, so over the summer holidays a few friends and I went for a few rounds. There were lots of laughs had, ice-cream consumed, and cold drinks downed. It was a very hot day and I came home with a little bit of sunburn. But we had a great day and I'll definitely be returning. 

Saw Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone In Concert. This was my birthday present from my grandparents, and I went with my granddad who is the person who got me into Harry Potter in the first place and also a huge Harry Potter fan himself. It was a fantastic event, and a wonderful evening out with one of my favourite people. Huge thanks to my husband, too, who spent his Friday evening sitting in a pub on his own so I could go to this because I was too anxious to drive down to Bath on my own. He's a good egg.

We got fish! We had fish when we first moved in here over six years ago, but when they died I vowed not to get anymore. They're actually a lot of hard work and require a lot of maintenance. But I find them immensely relaxing and soothing to watch. So we went out and bought a new tank, ornaments, and, most importantly, fish. The set-up cost a lot, but it was worth it. We also got snails and shrimps, which are meant to keep the tank clean, and they do do a remarkable job.

Went to a police open day with Luci. That was an experience. We got to sit in police cars and in the back of  a custody van. The army cadets were there and the two boys we took with us got to practice their CPR skills on a dummy. There was a bouncy castle full of smoke to find your way through from entrance to exit provided by the fire brigade and plenty more besides. Luci was most excited to try the siren on the police car!

I got asked to be my best friend's Maid of Honour. And of course I said yes. I was totally gobsmacked and beyond speechless. I've never been a bridesmaid or a Maid of Honour before and I'm so excited for her wedding this year. I'm going to do everything I can to make it the most amazing day for her! 

Visited Raglan Farm Park with my friend Tanya and her three children. It was a fantastic day out; there was lots for the kids to do and I enjoyed petting all the lovely animals. One goat became particularly fond of me, and kept sticking it's head out the gate to try and follow me whenever I walked away. Don't worry; I went back to give it more head scritches every time. We even saw two teeny-tiny kittens who were born to a feral farm cat. One of them looked just liked my cat, Harley, when he was a baby! I wanted to take them home.

Observed the Tewkesbury Remembrance Day Parade. Tewkesbury always puts on a lovely service for Remembrance Day and we have the perfect view from our office. A group of us usually meet up, get coffee and a bacon/sausage sandwich and watch the parade and observe the two minutes silence. I really love the placing of the wreaths on the cross.

Went to Welland Steam Rally. Welland is something we do every year, as a rule, and it's always a fun day out for all of us. I usually come home laden with some weird and wonderful goodies. Last year? A black and white china cat mug. This year? A carrier bag holder! This year, they had the steam train up and running and making short journeys up and down a small bit of track. My mother-in-law and I took a trip on the steam train and it was quite the experience - very bumpy!

Visited Dudley Zoo. Chris and I decided to visit a zoo we'd never been to before in 2019 and opted for Dudley Zoo, which actually isn't that far away from us! I felt like the animals were lacking in enrichment and their pens weren't really suited to them which made me sad so I won't be returning. My Christmas present from Chris was two tickets to Whipsnade Zoo, one of the biggest conservation zoos in the UK and I'm looking forward to visiting there!

Visited The Bell Inn in Moreton-In-Marsh. The Bell Inn was the inspiration for the inn of The Prancing Pony which features in J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and was an inn he visited. I was most excited to stumble upon this place, purely by chance, on a day out over a bank holiday weekend. I adore The Lord of the Rings and remember reading it when I was about 13/14. 

I upgraded to an iPhone 11. And I have no regrets. Before the iPhone, I had a Huawei. Which was okay, but I've never really been an Android fan. I'm an Apple fangirl through and through. Even if the new iPhone's are ridiculously expensive (nearly a grand for a phone, are you having me on?!) I love the colour options for the iPhone 11 and, of course, opted for the lilac/lavender colour. 

I built my first Lego set! With a little (okay, a lot of) help from my husband. He bought me the Friends Central Perk Lego set for my birthday and we spent a rainy Sunday putting it together. I think it must have taken us around six hours but it was so worth it, and the finished product now sits proudly on top of my bookcase in the living room for all to see!

Phew! Turns out, 2019 was jam-packed with highlights. So how was yours? 

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