When I started my photography diary and this blog in January I didn’t know if I’d be able to stick at it every month. Life always seems to get in the way if you know what I mean. But I should never have doubted myself. One thing that never gets put to one side in my life is photography and capturing beauty in the every day. I’ve really loved keeping this photography diary, it’s made me open my eyes and see things I wouldn’t necessarily have seen otherwise. And it’s made me get outside a lot more which I’ve found very good for the soul. Some days there is nothing better than just putting on your boots and getting outside, whatever the weather. I’m looking forward to keeping this up in 2017 – it’s so lovely to be able to look back at all the lovely places I’ve been and things I’ve seen, and also to see the year moving through the seasons. Here’s a round up of some of my favourite photos from the year. Enjoy!
December this year seemed to go by at super speed. It’s always the way though right?! You spend so long in the run up to Christmas rushing around, buying presents, attending parties, finishing up at work, full of anticipation and then, before you know it, it’s Christmas day and it races by full of lovely time spent with family, sharing presents and eating and eating and more eating. Then comes my favourite time of year – those few days just before New Year where you never really know what day it is or have too much to do except spend time with family and friends and eat some more! This year we’ve used the time to make a head start on our spring cleaning and it’s been so cathartic. Then comes new year and *bam* it’s 2017. I know for many people that 2016 has been tough but for me I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and others. I’ve sought a lot of comfort from this blog and keeping track of the things I’ve been doing. I hope 2017 brings everyone love, laughter, health and happiness xxxx
Last year I came across this lovely recipe for Christmas granola courtesy of Livia’s kitchen. I only actually managed to make a batch after Christmas during the time before New Year where you don’t know the time of day so I thought I would wait until this year to share with you. It’s a lovely recipe for breakfast on Christmas day as the flavours are deliciously festive. It would also make a great gift, perhaps you could take a jar with you if you are staying with family and friends for Christmas day.
Now I’m not a fan of the traditional Christmas pudding although I do love how festive they look drizzled with brandy cream and topped with some holly leaves, evoking something of the Christmas season. But I’ll tell you one thing I am a fan of and that’s chocolate… So when I came across a recipe on the BBC Good Food website for chocolate crispie Christmas puds they were straight onto the “must makes” for Christmas.
Just before Christmas last year a friend from work brought in a variety of lovely Christmas biscuits – she had spent the weekend baking with her mum and sisters in what is an annual event for their family and we were lucky enough to receive a few spares. Being the good colleague I am I set about to taste test all the varieties but kept coming back to the beautiful sweet (and boozy!) cinnamon biscuits which I came to learn are called “etoiles à la cannelle” (which translates as stars of cinnamon or cinnamon stars).
These biscuits look like the ones you see in a Christmas market and can never quite reproduce at home…until now!