taking stock + january calendar

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The start of a new year seems the perfect time to take stock*. And particularly since it’s been a month since the last one.

Appropriately, “me today” was Saturday’s prompt in photo-a-day. I took a Bridget Jones-inspired approach [and then watched the movie last night!]

Making … A mess, usually
Cooking … As simply as possible
Drinking … A few too many wines [’tis the season]
Reading … Sunday papers
Wanting … My own holidays to come a little faster
Looking … For my favourite pen
Playing … With new cameras
Enjoying … The slower days
Waiting … For these hot days to be over
Liking … The light of summer
Wondering … If I can stick with the now weekly photo challenges
Thinking … I need to take more photos
Loving … The fact the magicians at Fixstation managed to fix my iPhone!
Smelling … Sunscreen
Admiring … Our firefighters and emergency services volunteers – amazing service to their communities!
Buying … A few things in the sales
Watching … The birds play in the water baths around the garden
Disliking … The hot weather – still
Snacking … Berries
Hearing … The smalls continue their music practice through the holidays
Wishing … Everyone a wonderful, creative and productive 2015!

Plus, ’tis the season for new calendars and not to be outdone, as I needed some, a January only calendar. Do you use the monthly calendar downloads? We use both versions ~ I like the horizontal one to plan my blogging and it sits under my keyboard. The smalls use the vertical one, hanging in the kitchen, to record whose turn it is for chores.

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Download the horizontal calendar or the vertical version

*I’ve modified Pip’s “taking stock” list [you can see hers here] into a shorter version for me.


a word for the new year


I’m not one to get too touchy-feely with the end of the year and all that, really, but I’m not making resolutions this year as they are becoming too hard to live up to.

But there is one thing that has struck me this year that I would like to improve on and so I have gone with one word for the new year.


That’s what I would like to achieve in 2015.

I like it because it can apply to many thing and I like it because it’s not too lofty to live up to.

  • I want consistency … in my blogging.
  • I want consistency … in taking photos.
  • I want consistency … in drinking enough water each day.
  • I want consistency … in my diet.
  • I want consistency … in my exercise.

Surely, it’s not too much to ask and aim for. But it’s particularly the photography I want to become more consistent with. It’s completely fallen to the wayside in the past few months. I need to bring it back into my life.

Are you a resolutions or a word kind of person? What are you aiming for in 2015?

calendars and reflections


And so here we are, the final day of 2014.

I promised to come back on the weekend with some link love but … well, relaxation and family took over. We’ve chilled, read, watched, lounged and it’s been grand.

So I’ve saved that post perhaps for this weekend.

In the meantime, a bit of a bumper post to round off the year.

First, two calendar downloads for 2015.

The first, is the DIY calendar which I’ve done the past couple of years. There’s a spot at the top to include your own images, children’s drawings, post-it notes, scribbles or whatever takes your fancy.

Download the DIY calendar

The second is the calendar with a Dr Seuss quote to inspire you each month.

Download the 2015 Dr Seuss calendar

These are the top 5 posts for 2014 according to WordPress. None of them are from this year but are mainly downloads from years past. And that’s OK, nothing wrong with longevity.

And that is 2014. You’ve been grand. Nothing to ostentatious or dramatic but it was a big year of settling into a new job and a new routine. I think of it as something like a gap year, preparing us for perhaps a bigger and better 2015.  The eldest heads off to high schools [gasp!] and for the rest of us and for Lime Lane, who knows? Opportunity awaits.

[In the meantime, I will be doing my damnedest to get this fixed today!]

Happy new year!


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