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Sunday, 31 December 2017

A Look Back at 2017

Wow, 2017 is nearly over.  Here we take a look back at all our adventures in 2017.  Just click the links to read more:


Last year we celebrated New Year's Eve as usual and had a lovely family evening.

On New Year's Day, mum was very ill and we had to call an ambulance.  We spent New Year's Day at hospital and sadly mum had to be intubated.  So that was our January, hoping that everything would be ok.   It was a very strange start to the year, especially for mum, who basically lost a month of her year but we're so grateful she recovered and eventually came home to enjoy the rest of 2017 with us.


In February life began to return to normal.  Dodge the Dog came to stay and we had a lovely day out (in the rain) at Freshwater West, which was the location for Dobby's Shell Cottage in Harry Potter.


In March, Great Nanny Critten turned 90 and we had a lovely time at her family party, seeing family from home and away.  It was lovely to have a catch up with everyone and very special to celebrate a 90th birthday.

During half term me and the kids enjoyed a "Survival Day at Colby Woodlands".

My Mother's Day wish was to watch the sunset on the beach with Dave and the kids.  We had a lovely evening chasing sunsets and watching bats at West Dale.

In March we also attended the Little Heart Matters Open Day near Birmingham.  Looking back at photos I can also see that 2017 was the year that  Rebecca broke her arm (Caitlyn broke hers in 2016).


During the Easter Holidays we explored the new "Myths and Legends" sculpture trail at Scolton Manor.  

The kids had fun (and modelled clothes) at Lindsway Bay, a beautiful place that we need to visit more.

In April we also celebrated Jo, Dave and Danny's Birthdays.


In May I finally got around to writing up our day at Heatherton for Danny's birthday.  We also had a fire down our local beach.

Rebecca and I attended the launch of "Gaslight" by Eloise Williams.  It's a must read book for older children (and adults) and we're already looking forward to her new book being released next year.

We went swimming in the rain at Broad Haven Beach.


In June we took Toby for a lush walk down Castle Pill Woods.

We went to the Town Band's Open Air Concert at the Memorial Gardens, part of our town's Founder's Day celebrations.

The highlight of my whole year was our family holiday to the South of France.  I still have lots more posts and videos to share of this special time.


In July we watched our local town carnival, hopefully we will take part again this year.

Rebecca and I went to Caldey Island with Springboard as part of our John Muir Award.

We also learnt lots about hedgehogs from Ginny at Pembrokeshire Hogspital.


In August it was my birthday and I had a lovey time in Carmarthen with mum and the three kids.  Rebecca was in Switzerland with Guides but did get to ring me on the day thanks to her lovely leaders.  In August Danny also went on a PGL trip with Little Heart Matters.


I finally blogged our Summer Holiday visit to Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre.  I loved this family adventure.

Caitlyn played "Wheres the Wookiee?" at Withybush Woods.

I blogged about our impromptu stay at the Lower Lode Inn, near Tewksbury.  It's strange now looking back that Rebecca wasn't with us for many of our mini breaks this August.


Marilla's Raspberry Cordial Recipe Anne of Green Gables #shop #cbias

In 2017 we began rereading the Anne of Green Gables books with the kids.  We also watched the new Anne with an E series on Netflix and rewatched the Megan Follows series (I still prefer this one!).  I made Marilla's Raspberry Cordial.

We visited Hilton Court Gardens, one of our regular favourite places.  

We enjoyed a lovely day spotting seals at Cardigan Farm Island Park (I've sadly not blogged about this yet).



We wrote our letters to Santa.

We took part in the Lantern Parade.

We enjoyed seeing Santa when he came to town.

We decorated our christmas tree.

It was Christmas Eve...

and then a wonderful Christmas Day.

Now we've reached New Year's Eve, the last day of the year (and the last time that all adults were born in the 1900s, and all minors born in the 2000s- fun fact).

As I've mentioned our year didn't have the best start, but we were lucky and mum pulled through and we've had an amazing time during the rest of the year.  Sadly, we have lost loved ones and it is sad to think of going into a new year without them, but we know they'd want us to be happy.  I'm sending lots of love to everyone who has lost loved ones this year.  

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne! 

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne. 

Thanks for reading our blog and coming along on this journey with us, we wish you all the best and more for 2017. 

1 comment

  1. Amazing year for you all
    Im sure 2018 will be filled with so much love and adventures to
    So glad YOUR mum was ok x


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