#5 Happy Things #42 | 5th Blog Birthday Edition

January 7, 2019

Wow readers, it’s been 5 whole years since I started my blog! Where has time gone?! I only started out planning on sharing places I’d been/recipes I’d made, I never expected to reach this milestone.

I do really enjoy blogging and this last year feedback, comments and readers trying my recipes/restaurant recommendations has spurred me on to blog. So I thought today I would go back over the last year and share the high points of 2018. It was an up and down year, so focussing on the good things is important. I’m hoping 2019 will continue with some more fun adventures for me and my little blog.

View of Ben Cruachan Dam and Summit - Rainy Holiday in Scotland

#1 Bringing in 2018 in the mountains

We started 2018 in Scotland. The one day it didn’t rain we were all too hungover to climb the mountain (peak in the distance in the above photograph). It was a wonderful start to the year despite the rain. We spent our time visiting nearby towns, sitting in the hot tub and playing board games. I’m a little sad we didn’t go away this year, but I did have a relaxing fortnight off at home with Dr W. We had friends visit, we went on day trips and just generally had a lovely Christmas break.


#2 Making new friends

Where would I be without these lovely ladies? I had met most of these lovely ladies in 2017, however 2018 was the rise of our friend group. I’m not sure how I’d have survived 2018 without them if I’m honest. We have had so much fun (and drunken antics) together. Go check out their blogs – FayLauraGeorgeVicky and Chloe. Thank you ladies – here’s to 2019 adventures!


#3 We bought a house!

We made a huge decision around this time last year to put all our savings together to buy a house. Gosh it was just such a fab decision and I do love our little home. I got to see it being built and I even got to blog about life in a new build for our builders. I’m looking forward to getting the paint out this year and making the house more of a home.


#4 A mega birthday treat

In June I turned 30 and Dr W treated me to the best meal ever at Harborne Kitchen. It was wonderful to have the full on tasting menu experience, with 8 courses and paired drinks. I got to try some amazing English sparkling wine, Earl Grey Sake and read my post to find out all about that onion!


#5 Leaving the country!

Making the most of that pre-brexit travel flexibility… We went to Switzerland where Dr W took me for an epic day in the mountains. I got to see The Eiger, which has been a dream of mine since forever. A last minute trip was also planned for Prague, where we mainly drank a lot of beer and ate a lot of food. I’m hoping I’ll be able to plan a holiday abroad this year (we’ve already got Scotland in March) but who knows what s**t brexit will bring (I am not optimistic in any sense).

How was your 2018? What were your high points and best adventures? Let me know in the comments,


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  • Reply Jasmin Charlotte January 7, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Woo happy blog birthday!! x

    • Reply MissPond January 8, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you lovely lady x

  • Reply Sarah Irving | The Urban Wanderer January 7, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    All the congratulations on your blog birthday and on buying your home too! What a great year. I have just written up my review of 2018 too and it is amazing how much I managed to fit in (and how much I am yet to blog about!)

    Happy new year to you and here’s to another brilliant one! x

    • Reply MissPond January 8, 2019 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you lovely 🙂 It’s amazing how much we all fit into our years isn’t it?! Happy new year to you too x

  • Reply Ellie January 7, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations on 5 years, such a milestone! Sounds like you had a pretty epic year too 🙂 here’s to 2019! Xxx

    • Reply MissPond January 8, 2019 at 9:15 pm

      Thank you Ellie! It was a pretty great year. Hope you have a great 2019! x

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