Happy New Year lovely people! Before I get stuck into all the plans for 2017, I like to pause for a while to savour all those special moments from last year that made me happy and to celebrate all the things big and small that I'm proud of. And for me, there's no better way to do this than by looking back over my photographs.
DISCLAIMER: This is most definitely a highlight reel! Not mentioned are the lows, the tears, the bad Chronic Fatigue days, the frustrations and the self-doubt. I choose to focus on the positives and look for all the things I have to be thankful for. For me, it's the only way.
Inspired by the lovely Hannah Argyle, I've done something a little different this year. Rather than just collect together my favourite images from my "big" camera, I created a favourite grid of images from Instagram each month that capture a wider set of memories. The mosaic above is my collection for the year. I think it's fair to say I'm still in love with colour!
A day of fleeting snow and lots and lots of painting walls white and deliberating over which white flooring to choose. Plus of course some walks by the sea and pretty sunsets over the rooftops.
Signs of spring just starting to emerge and some big blue skies to help the February blues.
My first attempts at brush lettering (makes me realise how far I've come!), decorating our bedroom and trips outside in search of spring.
Colour at last! Feasting on the happy colours of tulips and daffodils and savouring every minute of our week's holiday in Cornwall.
A floral extravaganza in the garden - reaping the rewards of planting out an entire back garden and most of our front garden. The most Peonies I have ever seen on one bush and the most amazing Lupins and Delphiniums. All the flowers above are from our garden.
A wonderful visit to West Dean Gardens in its prime, more flowers from the garden and some beautiful cliff path walks close to home.
Still enjoying the beautiful flowers from West Dean Gardens, plus happy visits from friends, more flowers from the garden, golden fields and walks by a mirror like sea. Oh and some improved brush lettering!
If you fancy taking a look at the full size images from my DSLR, head over to my 2016 Favourites set on Flickr, or click through the embedded album below.
So this just leaves me to wish you all a most wonderful 2017. I hope it is filled with many happy moments and kindness to yourself, doing more of the things that bring you joy.