Friday, 30 December 2016

2016 - My Year In Photo's

Hello everyone, I can't believe it is the end of the year, it has definitely flown by and I agree that it does get faster the older you get. I wanted to first of all say thank you for all of your support this year as well as welcome to the new followers I have recently gained. I absolutely love blogging and the sense of community you get and I hope to continue to grow my blog all the while creating better content.

For today's post, I wanted to share with you my highlights for the past twelve months, I hope you enjoy it...

January

So the year began with a failed family selfie 

Before we had to say goodbye to a wonderful lady
February

By February, we wanted to get out the house a bit more and chose to go to the Wildlife & Dinosaur Park in Combe Martin. It was great being able to walk in amongst all the animals.

March
The month kicked off with dressing Trixie up as a sheep for fun. 


I was also invited to a lovely Downton Abbey tea party with some friends, where we ended up watching a few of the very first episodes to console ourselves with the fact that the programme was over for good.

After all of that cake, a walk along the beach was certainly needed.
And a walk up Brean Down certainly got the blood pumping!
April
This is my favourite month because it is my birthday month and I well completely spoilt this year.
For my birthday day out I chose to go to Monkey World in Dorset. Going here on my birthday has been a tradition for the last 10 years and I love watching how the money raised is improving that lives of Apes not just there but around the world. Not to mention, I could sit outside the nursery all day and watch them all play, they are just so comical!

On the way back, we were able to stop off at the beautiful West Bay, a place I have enjoyed visiting for years and one which had become even more popular since Broadchurch was filmed there. 

Stopping off for fish and chips along the marina is always a must for me.


April is also Trixie's birthday month, I can't believe she is 3 already, time certainly does fly!

The end of April also signifies the Bronco fan day and the first of many aviation events of the year. Catching up with old friends is always and added bonus, as is the amazing food at AV8!


May was the time for our annual holiday and I got to return to Malta after ten years of asking! Of course I had to pay a visit to the church at Mosta, I think I have had my photo taken in this spot every year we have visited the island. We lit a candle inside for Mary, who we lost earlier in the year, which was something we felt we needed to do. It was an poignant trip, because it was the only holiday Mary ever went abroad, when we took her when I was eight and I know she loved every minute of it, including all the walking at the age of 74! Everywhere I looked, whether it was on the beach, walking through the streets of Mdina or sitting in the cafe where the above picture was taken, I was reminded of Mary, so for me, it was the perfect time to go.



  I was so happy that I finally got to visit the Marsaxlokk to see the pretty fishing boats and to explore the market. I have wanted to do this since I first visited the island in 1997!

I loved the hotel we stayed in, looking over Silema, however, I didn't like the drop from the balcony, being six floors up and hanging over the busiest road in the area.

June


The weather was so lovely that lots of walks in the countryside were on the agenda this month


Although someone was not impressed when they fell in the river!


We also got to visit the pretty seaside town of Seaton and watched the tide come in.


We also got to sit in the shelter at the top of the cliff, where I used to sit as a three year old with my grandad and eat fish and chips.


I loved looking around the Babbacombe model village, although I got the shock of my life when I looked into one of the house windows!


I loved walking through the Victorian streets in the Bygones museum as well as exploring upstairs where they had things from throughout the decades. There were even things that I remembered from my nan's house!


The end of the month saw the return of Tankfest which I always enjoy. I could spend hours walking through the re-enactment village and I love the main battle they do at the end of the day although the explosions always make me jump!

July


This was the month of some of my favourite airshows with the first being Yeovilton


Where I also spotted what car I would like!


It was then onto the Royal International Air Tattoo where I ended up bumping into some old school friends as well as having one too many Pimms!


One of the longest days is always for RNAS Culdrose airshow because it takes a good three hours to get there and just look at the fog behind me!


With nothing flying, we ended up listening to the military bands inside the hanger which sounded lovely.

August


I spend most of August working, however I did get to go to the Great Dorset Steam Fayre this year which I haven't been to since I was at school. I managed to persuade my mum and nan to go on the Carter's carousel and we had a blast. Trying to get nan back off the horse was a different matter!


The entertainment is always great and watching the sheep dance during the sheep show was just as funny now as it was all those years ago.


And watching Big Pete in the arena is always great.


This was the first time in all the years I have been going to the Great Dorset Steam Fayre that I actually got to stay to watch the evening entertainment and the Scarborough Fair Collection didn't disappoint - the atmosphere was great and we got to listen to the likes of Freddie Mercury, Meatloaf and Elvis and before I knew it, it was midnight!


At when the clock strikes midnight, all the steam engines (which normally total about 400) sound their whistles for a good five minutes. The atmosphere was electric and we even got to watch a proposal!

September


September marked the last of the airshows for this year and it was held at Duxford, the home of part of the Imperial War Museum. So as well as watching a lot of flying, we were able to explore all of the hangers that are kitted out as a museum all year round.


A new exhibit inside the American museum held there was this part of the twin towers and what was even more poignant was the fact that we were there on the 11th September. 

October


A trip to the Grand Pier at Weston Super Mare was needed to kick off the month. We actually ended up winning quite a few tickets that we could trade in for prizes without spending much money!


October is my favourite time to go walking because of how colourful the leaves on the trees are. I love it when they start to fall as well because the child in me comes out and I like to run through them and kick them in the air.

November


For me, November is a time to remember and to pay my respects to those who fought for us. I always like to go to our local service, which had a great turn out this year, especially by families of those affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


It was also the time when the bestie came back from uni to visit. Of course we had to have a cocktail or three!


I also picked up Trixie's Christmas outfit for this year complete with leg warmers and bootie's - I don't think she was too impressed!

December


We had a new member of the family in the form of Ernie the Elf


And he certainly made himself at home


And was a bit naughty along the way too!


I also got whisked away for a weekend in Plymouth and spent a long time looking around the shops.


On the way back we popped into Trago Mills, where we got to listen to carols, do some shopping and explore the animal park.


Later in the month, me and mum got to eat fish and chips along the seafront 


And got to watch this stunning sunset


Before visiting Trinity Rise to see the street all decked out in Christmas lights, all in the aid of charity.

And that was just a few of the photo's I took throughout the year. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support during the year and would like to wish you a happy and prosperous new year!

Until next time

KellyDianeReportX














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