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2013 – A year of changes..

by Clare Mansell
2013 – A year of changes..

2013 has been a big year for us. In  January we will still living in Northern Scotland patiently waiting for our tenant to move out of our house so we could relocate and start an exciting new chapter of our lives. Jim’s new job had started and so I was left 550 miles away counting the days till we moved south. We finally moved in on January 31st to a house that had, for the 4 years since we’d bought it, only really existed to us in photos.

We start January 2014 once again waiting patiently for another very exciting change to our accommodation. This time a six month complete remodel of our 1900s bungalow that will transform it into a New England style two storey house.

Enjoying the sunshine...

At the end of 2012 I had taken a break from blogging, but by April this year I resumed, tempted back by a bloggers competition. Although I didn’t win it, I did go on to become a Center Parcs ambassador, get a new office chair and win a house clean and John Lewis vouchers, none of which I could have done without the blog. A reminder to us all that blogging can be a powerful thing…

Although our house move meant I temporarily lost a dedicated space for sewing, it was still a busy year for my Pfaff. I completed two quilts, three pairs of shorts, two trousers, several bee blocks, three swap cushions and several applique t-shirts. By the end of next year Theo’s bedroom should have been transformed into my office and sewing space.

Several of this year’s highlights came courtesy of the brilliant and welcoming local community we moved into. There were tractor rides, woodland work parties, apple pressing days, open air films, bike rides and community picnics, nearly all of which we attended as a family, often roping in my parents too..

Maybush Copse picnic

And beyond the village we roamed the county on a (never-ending) quest to find the south-coast’s best breakfasts. Though the winter months have been quieter on this blog, as we head into spring I am looking forward to sharing tales of our build, along with cooking, photography, sewing and our life in the country. Our 2014 is looking pretty exciting already and I hope yours is too…

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10 comments

Fran December 31, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Lovely summary! Great sewing projects. Happy 2014 🙂

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Carie December 31, 2013 - 10:51 pm

You sew such beautiful things – I’ve no idea how you find the time but I suspect you’ve found a way to do without sleep! Happy New Year and here’s to a 2014 full of wonderful things and a lovely new house!

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Jeanette January 1, 2014 - 1:46 am

Happy New Year Clare, to you and your family. Your blog has been a busy place this year, and I for one, am glad you returned to it. Hey, we are going to a family wedding in Oxford in June-looking forward to it, and will do lots of day trips and end up in London.

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Just Sew Sue January 1, 2014 - 10:37 am

An exciting year ahead and whilst you roam the south coast, I think your family would enjoy being introduced to geocaching. http://www.geocaching.com

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moira January 1, 2014 - 1:41 pm

So glad your move had worked out so well. Looking forward to the house updates and first views if your new sewing space. Hugs all round x

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the running hare January 1, 2014 - 4:53 pm

You certainly had a productive 2013. Good luck with the building work- it always takes twice as long as you think it will!

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Isisjem January 1, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Happy New Year!

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Jo Jo January 2, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Happy new year, Clare! Hope 2014 is good to you all!

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Patti January 3, 2014 - 2:16 pm

I couldn’t believe you were talking about England with all the things you have done but you are! It just sounded so American.

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Laura January 6, 2014 - 9:51 pm

Love the photomontages! Happy new year, and good luck with the build x

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