Sunday, 2 January 2011

NEW YEAR, NEW PHOTO

I hope you enjoyed the end of 2010? We had a few days in Sussex with walks, family, and an incident with a ladleful of flaming brandy. A night in London with friends, drinks, pulled pork, and pizza. A New Year's Eve with chicken tagine, my first experiments with filo pastry, and the realisation that we could see two of Edinburgh's seven sets of fireworks from our sitting room windows.

Last week I talked about waking up on the 1st ready to get out for a walk to welcome in 2011. Instead I read, ate crumpets, watched Back to the Future, and finally got dressed sometime in the afternoon. But we did manage a walk. We walked down a very closed Leith Walk, we talked about how many 1st of Januaries we had spent together and spotted cafes and restaurants we need to eat in this year. Then we headed home to watch cookery programmes and to eat; scotch pies for him, a sausage sandwich for me. And once I had eaten I opened up my new diary and filled in birthdays and wrote that small list of resolutions that I can never resist making. This time though they are smaller goals, things that make me happy, things I have been meaning to learn. I want to sign up for a crochet class, paint my nails more, bake bread, travel. I want 2011 to be a positive year, a year where we do things we love, see friends, visit some new and some favourite places.

And here, for now, one small change. I had been using the old photo for far too long so new year, new photo.

6 comments:

charlotte said...

i love the ritual of a new diary :) a very, very happy new year to you both, gemma, may it be a cracking one! xx

Foodycat said...

And a very nice photo it is too!

All the best for the new year, Gemma! Painting your nails isn't entirely compatible with baking bread, in my experience. Baking bread is more satisfying!

Gemma said...

Thanks FC! Baking bread is more satisfying but I do love that moment when your nails are freshly painted and they still look perfect - shame it never lasts! Happy New Year x

catty said...

Happy new year! I love happy goals, ones that fulfil the soul rather than the pocket. I also want to paint my nails more.. and style my hair more! sounds ridiculous to some but you know it's the little things that perk up your day, and these matter! x

Gemma said...

Hi Catty, happy new year to you too! Gx

bferry said...

yes, here's to a very positive 2011!