A look back at 2014

December 31, 2014

New Years Eve, a time to start making new goals for the year ahead but also a time to look back and reflect on the years highlights. It has been a good year and I have really enjoyed writing my blog this year and wanted to take the time to thank you all for reading. I hope that more exciting things are ahead in 2015 and would love you to continue sharing the journey with me. Why not take a second and subscribe to my blog by email and keep up to date with all my latest posts.


We have had a lovely year with plenty of local days out. In March we took at trip to visit the Toon Times Exhibit at the Discovery Museum. This was a free exhibit showing the history of Newcastle United football club. My husband and son are keen football supporters so this was of great interest to them. Later in the year they were delighted to find that their photographs had been immortalised at St James’ Park in a mural outside the ground.

Toon TimesOver Easter we had great fun visiting the Rising Sun Country Park and also took part in a treasure hunt around Newcastle where you had to find balloons in order to win prizes. We had great fun chasing down the clues on twitter and my son was lucky enough to find a balloon and win.

Finding a toon balloonIn May we took a trip to Kielder Water and Forest Park, visiting a vintage car rally. Kielder is always a stunning place to visit with the backdrop of the reservoir and the forest. It is also a dark sky park and we intend to make a visit and see the sky at night. The vintage car rally was fascinating, although we did get a little rain.

Kielder vintage car rallyThe summer was a busy time, we took my son go-karting at Karting North East which he thoroughly enjoyed. He had to get dressed in the full racing gear before spending half an hour tearing round the track with his friend.

Karting North EastWe also thoroughly enjoyed a day at Flamingo Land where the bravest of us went on the rides and the less adventurous enjoyed looking around the zoo. There was something to suit everyone and it was well worth the drive.

Flamingo land splash zone

August saw us travelling to the Highlands for my brother’s wedding. As a family we had wanted to travel there for sometime but never got round to it. We had a lovely few days with family in a large house for the wedding and then spent a night in Inverness before travelling home. The Highlands are beautiful and I hope to go back soon.

Loch NessWe also managed a trip over to Northern Ireland to visit my parents and managed several days out. Mount Stewart is a gorgeous National Trust property where we wandered round the gardens. We also ended up at Crumlin Road Gaol, which was interesting as well as disturbing. The highlight of our trip was visiting  Titanic Belfast which is absolutely fascinating, a look at the history of the Titanic from it being built until it’s final demise.

Titanic BelfastRecipes

This year I have been doing a lot more cooking on my blog and two of my recipes ended up being featured, one in a recipe book and one was professionally photographed for Kelly’s Ice Cream. My recipe for Singing Hinnies ended up in the Intu Great Taste Cookbook which you could get at Intu shopping centres. I was very pleased with the photographs for my Banoffee Ice Cream Cake which professional photographer Kate Whittaker make look amazing.

Banoffee Pie Ice CreamSome of my favourite recipes of the year were my recipe for potato soup which tasted fabulous and is a great winter warmer. It has become a great family favourite.

Potato soupAt the end of the year I was overjoyed to win a breadmaker which has been in constant use since I got it. My cider apple bread was a big success.

Cider apple breadLooking Ahead

2015 is on the horizon. I now need to sit down write some goals that I am going to achieve next year. I hope that you will all join me on the journey. All that remains is to wish you a very happy new year and I hope it brings you all you wish for.

5 responses to “A look back at 2014”

  1. Galina V says:

    Happy new year, Alison! Here’s to another fruitful year of memories and posts! You have travelled quite a bit this year. And posted lots of delicious recipes as well.

  2. Nina says:

    You’ve certainly had a full year. Can I ask, how many hours a week do you spend on blogging?

  3. It looks like you had a great year. Full of delicious food and travelling.
    Your post has reminded me that I really want to go go-karting again. It’s so much fun.

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