Sunday, 28 December 2014

2014 Recap, 2015 Hopes

2014 is drawing to a close. This blog has been running for ten months and because of it, I've probably done more this year than I might otherwise have done! Success!

So here's a look back on what I got up to this year, and some of what I'd like to achieve in 2015

In March, I started this blog! HELLO, WORLD!
I also went to the Ideal Home Show at Earl's Court, London.

Bunty's Tea Room in Lincoln. Excellent for tea and cake.

April was my 'Month of Doing'.
I took a trip to Lincolnshire, bought vintage clothes at a kilo sale, sold handmade goods at a craft fair and much more!

The Tight Modern: tiniest temporary gallery ever!

May heralded the start of Brighton Festival & Fringe.
Activities this month included a couple of comedy shows, art exhibitions, some music (with added humour) and the Volks Electric Railway (the oldest working electric railway in the world).

June was a quieter month but I did get to the South of England Show in West Sussex.
I also wrote one haiku each day.

With July came warmer weather.
I started to post a new art/writing project, Folk Tales of the Sea People, had a picnic, and went to an annual village fair, which has run for over 700 years. I also signed up to Bloglovin', so if you use it, you can follow me there!

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

August was another quiet month, but I got on with a few 'indoors' goals.
I painted a whole bunch of pictures, continued posting Folk Tales of the Sea People, and toured around Brighton Museum and Art Gallery with a friend.

September brought a few more things to do!
I rode a bucking bronco, went to London for a gig, saw more art, crafted with willow, went to a wood fair and sang in front of people! Phew!
...and continued to post Folk Tales, of course :)
I'd like to share a live clip from the gig I went to, but I didn't record any, and at any rate, live recordings tend to be rubbish unless professional, so here's an official video instead (note: language is Japanese, video probably NSFW and yes, he really can hit all the notes. Flawlessly.)


After a busy month, October was a Month of Doing...Nothing.
I read some books, and finished posting Folk Tales of the Sea People, ticking off one of the goals from The List.

November was another pretty quiet (and cold) one.
In my defence, I spent the first two weeks participating in NaNoWriMo, and reached my target (and the end of my novel) in the second week.
I spent the rest of the month catching up on my reading and eating chocolate...but also took time to watch some fantastic TED talks. Here's one from Amanda Palmer, which is simply brilliant:

And now we're in December!
I've been to countless Christmas fairs that I haven't blogged about!
My focus this month has been on finding those last little gifts for my family, so Doing Things has fallen by the wayside somewhat. I have, however, kept up the reading! I also found time to discover exactly how muddy some of the local footpaths are, and how broken my camera is.

As for 2015, here are 10 goals in particular that I hope to begin, or complete:

It's an experience that isn't appallingly expensive!

003. Go to the cinema alone
It really shouldn't be hard. I don't even have to go to an evening screening, as plenty of cinemas start showing films in the daytime!

010. Visit 30 museums/art galleries/exhibitions
Admittedly I'll be looking at the free ones first!

012. Complete 3 photography projects
If I could manage to complete one in 2015 I would be pleased! I used to love photography, but have become lazy with it.

013. Go swimming
A pool is probably only a couple of bus rides away. I need to dig out my swimsuit...

018. Go llama trekking
This one might be a little more difficult to complete (as it requires a Person With Car to drive me to said llama trek) but I really want to do it!

038. Go on the Brighton Sewer Tour
It's there, and it's one of the more unusual attractions on offer in Brighton, so why not!

059. Go to 5 music events
Alright, so this mostly banks on there being a music event that I want to attend. However I do manage to find one or two each year, so if I can add another one to the list, I'll be happy!

067. Sell unwanted things at a car boot fair
With the money that Doing Things costs, it would be great to make some back by getting rid of some stuff I don't want! Let the bargain-hunting madness begin!

079. Go to see a play
There are so many theatres around, some of them only a walk away, some of them a bus ride away. There are plays being put on all the time, so in 2015 I want to get around to seeing one! 

You'll note that I don't have any of my 'Staying Indoors' goals on this list. Most of those are listed as things to do when I want to do something but don't have the cash/motivation/health/weather/transport/time to Go Out And Do Something.
So I'll continue to watch TED talks on YouTube, read books, eat new chocolate and write stuff!

You may have also noted that 084. Climb the O2 is at the top of this list, whilst the rest of the list is in numerical order. That's because I really want to do it!

2015, I'm waiting for you.

P.S. Look! I found a link party to join! Hooray!

MultiMEDIA Splice #5


  1. When I move nearby, if you have not done Llama Trekking or the sewer tours I WILL JOIN YOU!

  2. You accomplished so much! Good for you. I wish you luck with your 2015 goals. I just explored climbing the O2--looks really cool! (I would be scared to death, though.) Llama trekking sounds like so much fun too.

    Thanks so much for linking up to MultiMEDIA Splice. Next week's theme will be "blue." (I'm going to share a collection of blue travel photos, but anything blue-related would work well.)