But it wasn't all work: I did some gardening, did lots of visiting and went to a lovely wedding, went on our first family holiday to Cornwall, made some things with a sewing machine and a peg loom and did a few sporadic gigs with the band. The last two months I haven't worked at all and I have focused on doing fun things with my son that don't cost money, making things and having a lovely first Christmas in our new house.
Here are some Christmas holiday pictures, because we had a really lovely time. I cooked the turkey lunch and it was a big success, we saw family and went to some lovely places:
|Our beautiful tree (can you see Niroot's amazing pop up Night Before Christmas Book?)|
|Christmas treats - Dundee cake (in the tin) and my best ever thing: Carluccio's Chocolate Grissini|
|One excited boy|
Christmas dinner with my mum, her partner and my sister!
Peregrin spotting by the cliffs in Chepstow
A boxing day gig in Llantwit Major with my Irish band
The fire was stoked, the wine was nice.
|The view from Broadway Tower|
|Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds with my dad and his wife - the light was incredible!|
2014 is the year of the house decoration.
We have already made a start - we have painted Mostyn's room after my mum's partner (who is handily a painter and decorator) prepared all the walls for us over Christmas. We are going neutral because this isn't our 'forever' house yet.
.... DARK ORANGE.
Getting this replastered/skimmed, and painted is our next step, followed by new skirting boards and eventually, a new floor (after 134 years when we have saved enough money). Until then we must live in this distressed, womb-like cave.....
I hope my readers (all two of you) have a prosperous 2014 - this year I want to try and put into practice in my life things I have been reading about this year, (mainly on Tumblr), particularly about feminism, equality, child rearing and role models for children.
I'm going to keep trying to do things I haven't done before, get a bit fitter (I say this every year), maybe start running and get married. Oh yeah: After seven years together, a mortgage and a two year old, we are finally getting married, particularly because Huw gave me this beautiful teeny diamond ring on the 1st Jan that he had secretly had made for me: