In April I did something I never thought I would; I got engaged. In August, I did the other thing I never thought I would, and got married. Both things happened in one of my favourite places, the South-West of France.
|I wondered whether to wear my favourite Birkenstocks on my wedding day...|
|...but in the end I wore pretty white ballet flats, and showed off my Birkenstock tan marks|
On both trips down to France I went on a good number of long walks - often in extremely hot temperatures. There was a MASSIVE snake on one of my walks in April. Five French spring walks here: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. And a dawn walk à deux, a few days before we got married in August.
|Walking through lush, spring grass in France in April|
|Orchids were everywhere when we were down in Tarn-et-Garonne in April|
|O ready for a walk, August|
|With O on St Cecile plage in Normandy, on our way home|
I also did a great deal of walking with Miss Moss Stitch in the first half of the year as we walked the length of the Thames in central London, and visited a few markets too. You can find our first ten weekday walks, covering most of our river walks, here.
|Treasure from the river|
|Estuary mud - at Silvertown in February|
|Self portrait at Bankside, on one of our river walks|
|Mudlarking again, on the Isle of Dogs|
One of the biggest things that happened to our family this year was Graham's Ironman race, which he did in Nottingham in July. In many ways it was a bigger event than our wedding, because it took much more preparation! I was so incredibly proud of him when he finished, and came home a whole half-hour faster than he had hoped for.
|I watched the marathon part of the race, lounging on G's quilt in the sunshine|
|Ironman training - muddy, bloody legs after a 3 hour run in Epping Forest in March|
I was also very proud when C did his first ever triathlon, in July too. He put in so much effort; and like his father, he trained properly and consistently leading up to it. July was a month of snickers bars, bike grease and dirty trainers.
|C's tired legs, after his triathlon|
|C's new trainers, and an award from Park Run|
At other points during the year we camped with friends, I made G an autumn leaf quilt for his 40th birthday, C started secondary school, I went to Kew Gardens regularly with family and with friends, I baked pies, I did a great deal of knitting, I found a new friend and I made a great deal of jam.
|Graham's 40th birthday quilt|
|First day at secondary school|
|Coming home from Kew - at Stratford station - May|
|In the school playground - June|
|C's big nearly-teenage feet, and cousin L's little baby feet|
|Knitting in the sunshine, while C sailed on Fairlop Water - June|
It has been a very good year indeed. Sending you all my very best wishes for a good year to come in 2012.
You can also see where I was in 2010, in 2009, in 2008 and in 2007. I have been blogging for nearly five years!