Saturday, 29 December 2012

Reverb12 days 15-21

I don't like to start something and then not finish it, which is why I was in two minds about doing this Reverb12, in case I didn't have the time to do it justice. However, with only three days left of this year I finally find I do have the time to get it all done and dusted, so without further ado here are the next 7 prompts:

Day 15  What was the most extraordinary dish you sampled in 2012? What made it so magical? 

It needn't be the most extravagant dish, just the one that knocked your socks off with its flavour, texture, aroma, freshness, colour, significance, timing… whatever.

A home-made Lancashire hot-pot, using beef instead of lamb, from a recipe I picked up on the web. It was so mouth-tingly scrumptious, and very likely the loveliest meal I have ever eaten. Here's the link

Day 16  Who inspired you in 2012? And why?

What gifts did they give you? And how will you carry these forward in to 2013?

Three people inspired me during 2012 and you can read about them here, they are all authors, and ladies who have followed their dreams. I am not saying that I too want to be an author, but I think it's incredibly important to follow your dreams, and that's what I'll carry forward into the new year.

Day 17 Think of one person whose life you made a difference to in 2012.

What did you gain from this?

How will you continue to make a difference in 2013?

Referring back to the previous prompt, and the link back to my blogpost about the authors who've inspired me, I would like to think that I've made a difference to Amy's life, by helping her out with proofreading and editing her work. My own gain from this was the realization that I can put my proofreading skills to good use and maybe even provide an income, albeit a small one. Hopefully during the coming year I'll continue to help Amy, and any other would-be authors who need use of my skills.

Day 18  What colour best represents the year you had in 2012? And why?

What colour would you like to invite into your life in 2013? 

Be as literal or metaphorical, clever or crazy, or just plain off-the-wall with this as you choose! 

The colour of my year, gosh, I'd like to choose a bright invigorating colour, but unfortunately the colour that first springs to mind about this year would have to be grey! It has been such an uninspiring year weather-wise, with so much rain and so little sunshine. I had been hoping to grow some vegetables, despite having a late start to the season due to the house move, but the weather was so disappointing that nothing much grew. We had not much more than one helping of runner beans, a few baby carrots, a couple of servings of potatoes, possibly a dozen tomatoes and a handful of strawberries, and that was it. Next year I would really like a bit more sunshine, as we are intending to grow as much as we can to eat, so I'm hoping 2013 will be a yellow year.

Day 19 How did you nourish your beautiful body in 2012?

What self-care practices will you take with you into 2013?

Not so much nourishment of the body, but more nourishment of the soul, by encompassing daily meditation (again, please see the link to my blogpost above), which I shall most definitely continue into 2013.

Day 20 What was lost in 2012? What do you intend to find in 2013?

The first four months of 2012 were "lost", we had been hoping to move house in mid-January, but didn't, in fact, move until the end of April, so those four months were spent just treading water and waiting for other people to get their acts together. Since we intend never, ever to move house again, I am hoping to find firm roots growing in our new home town and community.

Day 21 What items did you tick off your dream list in 2012? What other, unexpected, dreams came to fruition?

What are the top three items on your dream list for 2013?

Most of 2012 has been about moving house and settling in to our new home. The new home was the biggest item on the dream list, and that is obviously now crossed off. Having viewed the house on a couple of occasions, and visited the town in which it's located only briefly a couple of times, it was a real pleasure to find after the move that the house, and its location, are so much more than first impressions led us to believe, we are so happy here, and even after 8 months of being in the house the only surprises we have had are pleasant ones!

Dream list for 2013:
1) establish temporary raised beds in the garden and grow as much produce for our own consumption as is possible.
2) re-instate healthy eating and exercise regime
3) re-establish our pastime of hill-walking, we are in a lovely part of the UK with plenty of hill walks within easy distance of home, some we can even see through our upstairs windows.

Please come back tomorrow for Days 22-28.
Linking to Reverb12 hosted by Kat@Isawyoudancing

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