We’ve had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too. We’ve celebrated Christmas at home, as we always do. These days my husband and I had a couple of discussions about what home means. Mainly because I was asked twice if I’m going home for Christmas. The Queen mentioned home and what it can mean in the Queen’s Speech. Anyway, let’s go back to the Christmas celebrations.
Can you see what is written on our Christmas jumpers? “Brussels Sprouts Fan”. I had no idea that my husband will agree to this, but he was the one mentioning the jumper. We had matching jumpers last year, and we’ve decided to buy matching jumpers this year too.
Festus was very keen on the newest gift under the tree: a bunch of carrots, all wrapped up with a bow. He loves carrots.
In February we had a date night in Manchester. After that we’ve started going to see movies more often. It’s a nice thing to do, even if we can see plenty of movies at home, just as nice, with the surround system my husband made. We went to The Philharmonic Dining Rooms and I’ve enjoyed that. We’ve also been to Coventry.
I’ve decided to make a roundup of all the goals I’ve made earlier this year. I joined together my blogging goals, my travel bucket list and my personal goals. For next year I’m going to make only one list, as it will be easier to remember it like that.
3. Cake Club. At the beginning of the year, I wanted to start Cake Club with a blogging-friend. In the end I let go that idea. Instead I’ve started a personal challenge, besides Taste the World that I was already doing. This new challenge is called Royal Recipes, recipes that are related to the Royal family. It’s very exciting.
7. Social media & Pinterest. Done, more or less (the less part being Pinterest).
8. Update the layout of my blog. Done.
9. Update the About me page 2 times. I did it once.
10. 1 Photo an hour. I’ve been meaning to do a post like this for a while after seeing them made by bloggers I love. I hope that by adding it to the list I will be more inclined to do it. I plan to do it in a few days, let’s see if I can. I have a cold right now and I’m not as excited to do it.
1. 365 Project. Yes, a few more days and it’s completed. I didn’t share all the pictures on Instagram or twitter though.
2. Sew more. I did transform an old dress into a long skirt, but nothing fancy, only so I have something suitable for my volunteer work.
3. Make 5 from 40 before 40 list. 01Run in a 5k race in under 40 min. (no1) I did at Women’s Running Race Series, 5k in 39 minutes. 02Complete an yearly book challenge. (no2) I didn’t set it up from January, but in March. Anyway, I had the goal to read 52 books this year and I did it. I finished the 52nd book in early October. 03Volunteer to an event or with a charity. (no6) – I started volunteering at a local stately home in August. I was involved in Victorian Christmas too. 04Improve my Photoshop skills. (no13). I did learn a few things that I’m using now more and more. 05Make my own cheese. (no29) I will make it this evening. It’s a very interesting recipe that I’m very keen on trying.
4. Craft. I did a Make Your Own Advent Calendar post and I enjoyed it a lot. I planned to do this for a while, a few months or even more. It’s something I will do again next year because it was great.
5. Good things jar. No. Maybe I will try again next year, it’s not as exciting as it was in the beginning.
9. Peak District. We had a few days out planned with locations in Peak District, but on the day the weather was not good or something else happened and we’ve changed our minds. Until it snowed and, as we had almost no snow in Liverpool, we went to Peak District to enjoy it. It’s not what I had in mind at the beginning of the year, but it was fun. We’ve also stopped at the Peak View Tearooms.
10. London. I went there twice, not as often as the previous year. I saw the Design Museum, I stopped by at Osterley Park, but it was closed for the public that day.
I did quite good, most of them are done and I’m pleased with that.
I thought it would be interesting to make a list of the most popular posts this year on both my blogs. First of all, I was amazed by what were the most popular, I wouldn’t have imagined this. Obviously, most of them are from Spring-Summer, as I get traffic from google and more time a post spends on the blog, more time it has to be searched for. Some of the most viewed posts were from last year and two years ago, but for this post I’ve chose only the firsts posts I wrote this year.
These are the 5 Most popular posts this year on my blog.
1. Frodsham, see more details about the town.
I would have never guessed it would be so popular. This inspired me to add a goal on my list, to visit small towns or villages. I love doing that and, by the looks of it, my readers love to read and see them too. It’s a win-win situation.
2. ASDA Wonky Veg Box, wonky veggies in a box.
I’m happy this is one of the most popular. I care about reducing waste and I’m glad I was able to raise awareness about ASDA’s program.
3. Makeup organizer, see the pictures with both make-up organizers.
Another surprise, as I’m not a beauty blogger. I have two organizers that are amazing. One I have at home and the second one is at the caravan. It’s so much easier for me to have everything in one place instead of drawers.
4. Behind the scenes of blog photography: backgrounds, wooden and paper.
I shared my backgrounds because I thought other bloggers would like to see them, maybe they get inspired. I had no idea though it will be so popular. Next year I’m going to talk more about the unseen parts of blogging.
5. BlogOnXmas 2017, details about the conference, including the goodie bag.
It was a lovely conference and my readers seem to enjoy reading about it too. How nice is that. It’s good for me to know that my posts about different blogging events are interesting for the ones that are reading my blog.
I didn’t plan to blog about volunteering at Victorian Christmas, until the last day finished. I talked with my husband about it, being so excited about everything I’ve done, so I thought it’s a great idea to blog about it. Of course, I need to be quite vague about it to keep the magic alive for anybody that might read this post, but to share a lot of things, to make it exciting.
Isn’t this outfit amazing? I love it.
Unlike other Victorian Christmas organized by other museums and trusts, the one I’ve been involved in, at Croxteth Hall, is very different. Volunteering at Victorian Christmas at Croxteth means playing a role, but, the children are involved too, it’s a hands on experience for them. Around 1,500 children enjoyed a special and magical experience at Croxteth this year and I’m happy to know that I’ve been a part of that.
Because it was my first year, I had to learn quite a lot, but all the other volunteers were so helpful that it proved to be something easy to do in the end. There are groups for outdoor staff, like Stable hands, Wood boys, and Gardeners. I’m yet to shadow those roles, but I will do it next year if I have the chance. Other children are grouped in Guests, Butlers, Housemaids, Kitchen maids, and Dairymaids.