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2016 in pictures

Over the past 12 months, I’ve developed a real love affair with Instagram. The thing I love most about it is the fact that it’s so wonderful to look back on. One of my favourite Christmas presents this year was a gorgeous photo album. It will make me get around to printing some photos, so I’ve used the opportunity to reflect on our year.


In January, I decided we needed to make the most of the time with Libby before she went back to school. So on a random weekday, we all headed to the beach. There are no beaches nearby as we’re in the midlands but it was well worth the journey to see the girls running around on the sand.


In February we had a fabulous day out at Drayton Manor Thomas Land. Despite the rather bracing temperature, we all had a brilliant time.


March was all about stopping to smell the flowers. I love this time of year when the temperature finally starts to rise and the daffodils come out.


In April, the highlight was a day out at a local miniature steam railway where my uncle volunteers. It was a brilliant opportunity to spend the day with family away from technology, just enjoying each other’s company.


In May we spent a week at beautiful Blairmore Farm in Scotland. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and spent lots of time outside at the farm. We also explored Loch Levens and Loch of the Lowes.


June brought another fabulous holiday, this time to Bluestone in West Wales. We weren’t quite so lucky with the weather there, but we still made it to the beach as well as using their fantastic leisure facilities.


July was my birthday month and I headed to The Malvern Spa for a day. It was quite literally the best birthday I’ve had as an adult. I had an amazing hot stone massage and felt thoroughly relaxed afterwards.


In August, I spent a few days away from the girls for the first time ever, as I headed to the Black Forest on a press trip. It was a lovely area and I intend to go back with the girls really soon.


September was all about the first day of school for Libby, and we had an exciting day out at Eastnor Castle where the girls learned hobby horse jousting!


For me, October was all about going for a run with the dog. But it wasn’t an ordinary run – or an ordinary dog! Bubbles accompanied me on the Run Walk Crawl Gower 50 ultramarathon – a 50 mile circumnavigation of the Gower coastline.


I had another trip on my own in November, this time I headed to WTM London – a global travel conference. It was great to meet some fellow bloggers and catch up with my sister.


This year was the first time both girls have totally bought into Christmas and it was truly magical. The highlight for me was a ride on the Telford Steam Railway Polar Express. I’ll be reviewing this in the spring when this year’s tickets go on sale. It sold out so quickly this year that I ended up removing it from my West Midlands Christmas days out roundup as it had sold out by September!

Looking back over the year has made me realise how many fantastic opportunities we’ve all had this year. It has been a year of holidays, days out and weekends away. If 2017 brings more of the same I’ll be delighted!



  1. January 3, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    I love Instagram too, I loose hours scrolling through photos. I can’t believe it was May you went to Scotland, it only seems like the other month I was reading about it. Doesn’t time fly!!! A lovely look back of the year X

  2. January 3, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    Such gorgeous photos! You’ve had a lovely year. Hope 2017 is just as good for you all. X

  3. January 3, 2017 / 11:01 pm

    What a lovely look-back over your year in photos. I always love seeing your photos on my Instagram feed. That one from your ultramarathon is stunning and I do love the expression on Lia’s face in the final photo 🙂

  4. January 4, 2017 / 12:01 pm

    Your photos are absolutely stunning I love looking at them on instagram – one day I will get to grips with my camera 🙂

    • January 4, 2017 / 10:24 pm

      Oh thank you Laura! Most of my instagram photos are taken on my phone, I only use the big camera for blog photos.

  5. January 4, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    What a lovely year, I love you year in review in photos. I love photos they capture so much. The beach looked fab I love trips like that. The polar express also looked so much fun. I really wish they had something like that near us x

    • January 4, 2017 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you Tanita, it was so lovely to look back on the photos. It has definitely made me want to get to the beach this month while the weather is still cold and the sea will be lovely and dramatic!

  6. January 5, 2017 / 7:46 am

    January and December arey favourites here! You have such cute children.

    Stevie x

  7. January 5, 2017 / 9:51 am

    What beautiful images – July’s spa looks lush and the type of thing I love too. You’re kiddies are so cute! I’d love to do the Polar Express with my two xx

  8. January 5, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    Hi Nat, your photographs are always lovely and you are right, Instagram is a great way of looking back and remembering things. I am sure your album will be lovely to look back through once yo have filled it. Choosing the photos may not be so easy though!


    • January 5, 2017 / 11:52 pm

      Thank you Debbie! And you’re right, choosing will be a nightmare!

  9. January 7, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    A lovely photo diary. It’s great to hear that you got a photo album, and are planning to use it too. It so easy to spend loads of time snapping photos to simply store them on a computer to never be seen again. My dad was a big photo album fan and every holiday, family event and day out has it’s own section. What makes it really special is being able to look back on your family’s life as you get older.
    Great work.

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