2017: A Year in Review | Happy Things

December 31, 2017

I know the world and his wife have been writing their year reviews, but I’ve decided I’m joining the club so I can reflect on the year just gone and try to remember the good bits!

2017 has been a year of ups and downs for me, and probably more downs if I’m honest. However, to remain positive, here is my round up of lots of the happy things that I experienced in 2017. All I can say is bring on 2018! We have some good plans already and have saved enough for a deposit on a house, so things will definitely be different this year…

5 Happy Things Sunny Days


The new year started with all the thud of opening a flat bottle of coke. I really didn’t start the year on the best footing if I’m honest. But I did try and turn things round. It was Dr W’s birthday and we had a great night out for it with good friends, as well as some fun date nights in. But January was definitely a month for a countdown to February!

No 35 Wine Bar Gin Cocktails


This month was jam packed with plans after a really flat January. I had a great weekend with Sarah, who came to visit me in Worcester for the first time. February also brought with it Mummy Pond’s birthday. For which I won an afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin in Birmingham, and used this as part of my present for Mummy Pond. It was such a good month! Not forgetting the end of the month involving our holiday… 

Scotland Holiday Miss Pond


Our holiday took us to Aberfeldy in Scotland. We had epic snow, we climbed Munros and Corbetts and we ate our weight in haggis. It was such a fun holiday. You can’t really beat a week away with your best mates in the depths of Scotland with all the gin and a hot tub! It was great to get away, but upon our return we came back to earth with a thud after receiving some bad news about a family member.

Spring Time Balcony Vibes


April saw a bit of drama in work and in life, it was rather a difficult month. When things calmed down Dr W and I planned our next holiday for June. In a twist of events we saw him get a new job too and the weather turned around as well. Sunnier evenings and weekends meant we got out on our wonderful balcony more and made the most of that view. We will definitely be moving in 2018 and I will definitely miss that view the most!

Pirlos Dessert Parlour - Chocoholic Crepe


As April ended and my blogging became more regular again I saw myself breaking into Brum Blogger life. I was invited along to several events, including Pirlo’s First Birthday. This led me to meet some wonderful Brum Bloggers, who have now become firm friends of mine. I am seriously looking forward to 2018 with these guys, I’m sure we will get up to all sorts of foodie adventures.



The middle of the year and it brings with it my birthday, which to be honest was a bit dull this year. I didn’t really plan anything, but I’m not the biggest on birthday celebrations so I was ok with this. Mainly because earlier in the month Dr W and I had a fantastic trip to Northumberland to escape everything before him starting his new job. It gave us time to reflect on our year so far and talk through a few things. At this point 2017 hadn’t actually been easy at all, so we really needed some time together to regroup as a team for the next 6 months of the year!

The Botanist Birmingham - Cherry delight


Another month that brought with it more fun blogger events in Birmingham. I had a really good time at Botanist in Brum making cocktails with some other lovely bloggers, we got to create our own drinks too! The night led us to head back to the Botanist later that month to play musical bingo (and of course drink more cocktails!) and further solidified new friendships.

YO Sushi Worcester Chicken Katsu


In August the new Cathedral Square complex opened in Worcester (we’d been waiting for this since before we moved to Worcester). It’s mainly full of food outlets including Yo! Sushi, but also some wonderful new shops like Hotel Chocolat. It really has been a great addition to the city, and has given us more places to head too for date night!

Dorset Holiday - Swanage View


September brought with it another holiday! We headed to Swanage in Dorset for our annual break with Mummy and Daddy Pond, as well as some other family members this time. It was great fun to get our walking boots on again and do some more of the west coast path. We also flexed our National Trust membership cards again and did some exploring. It really is a beautiful part of the country, well worth a visit if you can.

Kelham Island Street Art


In October we had an epic weekend trip to Sheffield planned. Catching up with two of our favourite people, that mainly involved eating our weight in food at Kelham Island. But also dinner at my favourite ever gin bar Trippets. I love Sheffield and I can’t wait to head back in 2018 and spend more time exploring the city, I have Eccy Road on my list next…

Dr W and Miss Pond on a Hike in the Malvern Hills


With the run up to Christmas, November saw no sign of slowing down. Work has been fairly ridiculous in the run up to the Christmas break. I spent most of my weekends at home and without plans because of being exhausted! Although it was quite nice to have some time just Dr W and I. We did get a chance to head out hiking in the Malvern Hills though, which was really good fun. I’m hoping we get to hike more in 2018.

Rock Rose Gin Bottle next to Gin and Tonic


And there we have it. Our year finishes with December. A month that involved lots of Christmas parties, hugs from family and friends, and new bottles of gin for my gin shelf. I’m currently in Scotland getting away from it all with my friends and this is my last blog post for 2017. I shall be back in January after a few days off, as I think I need a bit of a rest. We have two Munros planned for New Years Eve, then a night in the local pub to bring in the new year! I won’t be sad to say good bye to 2017, but it’s not all been bad, there have been some good moments. But I also won’t lie, I’m definitely looking forward to 2018 more though.

So how was your 2017? What was your high point? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Kassy January 2, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I am sorry to hear that you didn’t have the greatest year, but I think it’s good you made this post and can see some of the positives. Hopefully, 2018 will be a wonderful year for you!

  • Reply Alan Moore January 1, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Your March trip to Aberfeldy looked amazing. I have a great affection for Scotland. I think my highlight this year was spending Christmas day 2017 on the snow slopes of the French Alps. Awesome place and holiday. Happy new year:)))

  • Reply Claire December 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    What a lovely round up! Looking forward to keeping up with your adventures in the year to come.

  • Reply Lizzie December 31, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Looks like a good year overall – very jealous of your holidays! Here’s to a good 2018 for you!

  • Reply Linda Hobbis December 31, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    It looks like you had a fabulous year. Blogging brings so many brilliant opportunities doesn’t it? Not sure what our high point was. In all honesty we’re hoping 2018 is a big improvement.

  • Reply Sophie December 31, 2017 at 9:59 am

    hiking, gin, katsu curry! not bad highlights, Emma! but like you say, more good things and good times to come in 2018, I hope it’s better and full of happiness for you both. happy New Year for later and enjoy Scotland, it must be freezing up there! x

  • Reply JESSICA BROWNE December 31, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Love this round up Emma!Sounds like you have had a fun year!

    happy 2018! (nearly) x

  • Reply Elizabeth December 31, 2017 at 9:45 am

    What a wonderful year you’ve had! Here’s to 2018 and a whole heap of new adventures for you all. 🙂

  • Reply Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan December 31, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Last year was a great year for you, and I know you’ll have an even better one this year.

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