So this is it, not only the end of a year but also the end of a decade. A quick look back on the decade brings to mind;
The birth of a business, I started Dream Acres back in 2005, a step into the unknown. Those dreaded words 'a steep learning curve' (yuk, how I hate those words) spring to mind. Learning, learning, learning all the way. From doing my own p.r. and getting my business and products into magazines and even on to television thanks to the lovely Janey Lee Grace of Radio 2 fame, to research in herb history and recipes, gardening trials and errors (oh the mints saga!), sewing, sewing, sewing every day, always learning new ways to make things work (and sometimes not work), doing fairs both big and small and learning how to sell, sell, sell (and sometimes not unfortunately). Oh yes, it has been learning, learning, learning all the way.
There have been some great highs (appearing in Country Living, big successful fairs) and some real lows (greenhouse destruction, mouse wars and stress and money worries), but all in all the joy of sitting on the deck of HQ in the summers sewing away making things that will sell later in the year, and in the winters being snuggled up in there with the stove heater fugging the air and hot coffee beside me, it has been wonderful and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
The death of my father in 2004. A huge loss, something that brings me to tears at the mere mention of his name. I miss his unhurried calmness, his strength, his humour, his love.
School; My little girl has almost finished her time at little Dunlop primary school, from a little tot in nursery to a charming and articulate 11 year old in year seven. She has blossomed and grown, learning, learning, learning all the way.
The death of a marriage, the end of an era.
Animal friends, some have come and gone like dear little Martha, others are stars of this blog in their own right – Harry the ferret.
Hank my gorgeous and fiesty little pal.
And Berti, the most depressed cat in the world, my gentle giant.
Photography, rekindling my forgotten passion for this subject, all due to this blog.
Blogging – a meeting of minds and hearts all over the globe, friendships forged, ideas shared and hopes and dreams explored.
Lots of bits and pieces make up the decade for me. Perhaps the most important is friendships, and the frienship of these two reprobates in sunny France is worth the world to me. Martin and Ann with their 'Tamara' in the mountains of Spain this summer.
That neatly brings me up to this year, 2009. Looking at my list of things I wanted to achieve in 2009 as written on my blog this day last year;
No, not yet but trying hard
Calm down (do not stress out, but be chilled and level sort of person less of the Basil Fawlty type)
Hmmmmm, did do better on this one re the pre Christmas work load
Wear size 10 jeans
Aha, did it. Oh okay only briefly and there was a tad of the sausage in a skin look about them!
Have successful business
Hmmmmm, bad year sales wise, like many the recession had its dastardly effects.
Find romance (realise Johnny Depp out of question, have set sights just slightly lower in bid for realism)
Lose flabby stomach (without surgery)
Still there I'm afraid
Run round the 4 mile lane twice per week (still be upright at end)
Now this is one I can be proud of, have been running 4 miles 5 days a week since the summer, who'd of
Go to France more than once
Yes, yes yes, three times so far and off again tomorrow, so that will be the grand total of 4 visits to La Belle France.
better Mum (stop shouting, do fun things without counting minutes till
l can be doing own things again, remember to not forget things l have
suggested to do in first place)
Okay maybe not a huge success on this front, but definately trying to be better
Sometimes, not enough
Now what are my aims for 2010. A new decade, a new life!
France, France, France
Get into those size ten jeans and not look like a sausage
Make business a success and profitable
Be better Mum……
Romance (one can but dream…..)
Flat stomach (hmmmmm another dream)
Keep up the running and improve on it
A brand new me and a new lifestyle
So that's it guys 2009 in the bag (almost) and looking forward to the new year and the new decade. I am off to France tomorrow morning to bring in the New Year with Martin and Ann.
See you next year!
Many, many thanks for your support this year, you are wonderful friends out there in Blogland and I shall raise a glass to you tomorrow night, and I shall hope that we all have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.