30 Dec 2014: End and Beginning
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I came to a conclusion that there isn’t a perfect time to start blogging again. There’s always the “too busy with work” or “too busy with Christmas”. Now that Christmas is over, i really don’t have much excuses left.
With only two days left in 2014, at least i can say better late than never!
I have to be honest, back in January i wasn’t looking forward to 2014 with 2012 and 2013 being terrible years for me as i had lost my dad to cancer and i have been battling with illnesses and surgeries. But when you have hit so low, there really isn’t that much lower you can get (though i clearly wasn’t this optimistic then!).
Jan 2014 – Road trip around Iceland
Since the year is ending, it’s a probably a good time to recap on travels and other bits and bobs of 2014.
We started out 2014 with a long booked trip to Iceland in January. The trip alone deserves its own post! Alex and i both fell in love with Iceland from incredibly friendly locals to amazing sights in the mountains and countrysides. It has become one of our favourite countries and would love to return the next time during summer for more adventures!
During the weekends, if we are not venturing into markets in Manchester, we like to explore the UK. Despite having been there many times, we went to Edinburgh again in February and to Cotswolds in April for the first time. Alex surprised me by finishing the trip with a last stop at Downton Abbey, oops i meant Highclere Castle 😉
It was a great experience being a huge Downton fan and seeing it all come alive. No pictures were allowed inside but it was still good.
Managed to squeeze in a day out at the Safari and strawberry picking at Kenyon Hall Farm before being house bound post surgery!
July 2014 – Received our allotment plot, 38C
Not about travel but quite an important bit of 2014 for us: We finally received a plot after waiting for 4 years! There were 3 choices of plot to choose from but we chose the smallest as both us are new in gardening and it is a huge responsibility. If we get better, it’s never too late to expand! Can’t wait to grow more and for the plot to look all green with vegetables, fruits and flowers, so excited!
Whitby and York are also two places we have been before but it was still great to explore both cities and having fresh fish and chips in Whitby.
Also not our first time here, but you can’t go wrong at Yorkshire Dales. My brother was up in Manchester for the bank holiday so we decided to bring him to Wensleydale and Haworth. We were blessed with such a good weather on both visits. Yorkshire dales is always so picturesque and quaint. Of course, we picked up some cheese from the creamery, yum!
The last time we went to Bath was a few years back so i thought it was high time we gave the city another visit. I always find Bath so pretty and i just can’t say no to the thermal spa each time i am there 🙂
Alex enjoys the outdoor activities very much and he inspires me to do more of it. Our colleagues have gifted him on this experience and he bought another for me. I was really nervous during the drive there but i think being strapped in and flying off took all the fears away. There were 2 zip wires: small zipper and big zipper. The big zipper goes across the quarry which has an incredible view from up above.
Though Manchester has a lot of christmas markets and is one of the largest ones in Europe, we also like to visit other smaller markets during the festive season. There were plenty of local delights to buy and there was a bakery stall in Skipton where Alex went crazy for all the amazing and very affordable cakes.
I was actually going to say we should do more travelling next year but having done the recap, 2014 travels wasn’t too shabby after all. I do look forward to 2015 with more travels, crafting and the allotment!
See you in the new year 🙂