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A Year in Review 2011


We welcomed in the New Year with friends, I had a minor bloggy crisis (but survived, as you can see …. still blogging) and my son lost a front tooth (not major news …. just an excuse for a cute photo of him!)


I had a makeover (!), definitely out of my comfort zone, but here you go – a photo of me!

We enjoyed living it up in the Manor in foggy Fermanagh (the county of my birth!) when we took a short hotel break with the kids as a treat for my middle daughter working so hard for her Transfer Test.


Despite having surgery (hyperparathyroidism – I’m just proud I can now say it and spell it!) it was a busy and sociable month:

St Patricks Day (went to photograph the parade in Belfast as usual)

the Irish Blog Awards, and then the Taylor Swift concert

meeting up with a lovely blogger from North Carolina

and the first meeting of Digimumpreneurs


Over Easter we had our 3rd house swap to Galway, with glorious warm sunshine (better than we had in the summer!)


and of course there was the Royal Wedding


I took part in a local photography course in May, and these were a few of my favourite images


In June we were uncharacteristically spontaneous and went for an unscheduled trip up to our cottage and enjoyed a fire on the beach with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows

We had primary school sports day

Our middle daughter had her last day ever at primary school, so lots of excuses for photos!


We enjoyed a house swap to France

With a day in Paris


We spent some more time up at the North Coast in N Ireland

I spent a day at the Auld Lammas Fair in Ballycastle

And our middle child started “big” school


In September we had the Back to School photoshoot (3 fingers for Primary 3 this year)

And a photoshoot from Janmary Designs

and a new logo


Who would have thought it, but in October I had a business trip with Lisburn City Council on a trade mission to Atlanta

Followed by the SITS blogging conference

Yes I was THAT  close to Mama Kat!


We started with some beautiful weather in November

We had a wedding in November


My month of daily blogging was back

We had nativities

And trees

Nesting Santas

And crackers

This was our Christmas card

And my favourite photo from Christmas Day had to be this one :

So, that was the year that was!

I’m linking up today to Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop and Four Plus An Angel & My Front Porch Swing – which asked for 12 photos or 12 words to sum up 2011 – NO WAY could I cope with either just 12 words or just 12 photos!!!

Looking back I feel SO much better following my surgery, and loved my trip to Atlanta ….who knows what next year will bring.

So how has your year been?

(the storms continue at the cottage – nearly blown away, but went out to take a few photos, and will share them tomorrow)

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  1. How wonderful it’s been looking at your year.

    Your heading caught my eye because I love Ireland (have been twice) and now I’m off to read about your house swaps.

    Fancy a trip to South Africa? 🙂

  2. I am so glad you linked up and gave me the chance to visit your beautiful blog. Your photographs are amazing and what great travels you have had this year. Love the last photo in December!

  3. You have such a wonderful years! I enjoy reading and reviewing this post very much. There are many wonderful things in the next year 🙂 Have a great day!

  4. I was enticed by the tag on Mama Kat’s but I stayed for the photos–sbsolutely stunning! And I’m so jealous. I want to house swap!

  5. Isn’t it amazing when you look back at how fast and how much was done in year- looking forward to 2012 and all that it will hold for my family – lots of changes I believe – have a blessed new year and stay warm by that fire

  6. Loved looking at your year in review! That first pic of your son missing his front tooth is adorable! So is the one of him in the bag. Oh, and have I mentioned I love the “JOY” nativity? I’m glad we’re friends girlie! Have a great New Year!!!!

  7. Wow! What a fantstic, fun-filled year! Enjoyed seeing these pictures. Happy New Year!

  8. You have such a beautiful family! It looks like you’ve certainly had a wonderful year! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to getting to know you better in 2012! Happy New Year!

  9. Lovely to see a traveling family. I have dreams that one day I will brave airports, passports and the like to take my family of 6 of some adventures. Loved getting to live vicariously through your end of the year wrap up.

  10. Thanks for let me be in your family – I love your photos and stories. We all wish you and your family a wonderful new year with much fun with your family.

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