That’s another year done!
I can safely say that 2017 was one heck of a lot better than 2016 (a.k.a “The Year to Forget”). I’ve done fun things, had new experiences, visited new places and met new friends. What more could someone want?
At the end of last year I promised myself I’d get back into crafts in 2017 and I did, not as much as I wanted to, but I certainly made a start. I’ve had a go at making my own leather traveller’s notebooks (a friend, Dad and my niece have all been gifted one each during the year) and I took part in a silver clay workshop to make my own silver pendant. I also tried writing with a spiral glass dip pen, made my own Christmas cards (Sorry, not everyone got one, I started a little late!) and even got around to making a few Christmas presents.
Back in April, I got “old skool” and had an introduction to letterpress. It was only a brief introduction, but when I’ve got a spare moment I plan on doing Mostly Flat’s Letterpress Workshop. The only problem is I’ll then want my own Adana press and I don’t think I’ve got anywhere to put one!
I bought myself some watercolour paints a couple of months back, but I’ve only got as far as sampling them so far. So that’ll be a challenge for 2018!
I took my letter writing to new levels in 2017 and took part in InCoWriMo. The aim of InCoWriMo (short for International Correspondence Writing Month) is to write a letter every day in the month of February. It doesn’t have to be a long letter, it can be a short note, postcard or greeting card, and it can be hand-delivered or popped in the mail. I really enjoyed taking part in InCoWriMo 2017 and I even made a few new penpals and introduced one or two friends to the joys of snail mail. I’ll definitely be taking part in InCoWriMo 2018. Will you?
Days out and trips away included fairly local places such as Berrington Hall, Wenlock Priory, Buildwas Abbey and Acton Burnell Castle, as well as longer journeys to Cardiff, Birmingham, London, Stonehenge, Salisbury and Southampton.
The summer was a busy time with 3 concerts in one month (Take That, Robbie Williams and Kiefer Sutherland), but I also managed to find time to catch up with old friends, as well as make new ones.
In July I was lucky enough to be given a pair of guest passes to the 2017 British Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff. We were given access to the pits on both Practice Day and Race Day to get up close to the bikes and riders. It was an amazing weekend and I can only hope that 2018 brings me similar experiences.
In October I got to spend a day onboard a cruise ship (which had stairs made from Swarovski crystals, costing up to 10,000 euros per step!) in Southampton. I’m still unsure as to if I’d want to spend a week or a fortnight on a cruise ship (as I like to explore), but at least I can now say I’ve been on one.
After helping a friend out with family history research, I delved back into my own and discovered a wealth of newspaper articles relating to a direct ancestor of mine who seemed to like a drink or two! I’ve also dipped my toe into the world of DNA ancestry, discovering distant cousins and validating my paper trail research.
So that was 2017!
I’m looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings. Already planned are a trip to London in the new year and a Gary Barlow concert just after my birthday. I’m hoping to plan a trip to Scotland too.
Did you have a good 2017?
All the best for 2018!