The New Year

What am I doing?

Happy New Year – may it be the best ever!

Timothy went back to school yesterday.  We dragged ourselves out of bed, our minds still in a holiday haze.  Now I have the house to myself, I start to plot and plan for the year ahead and think to myself, ‘What am I doing?’

Now I’m not one for new year’s resolutions but I am a fan of a yearly ‘to do’ list and I’m usually pretty good at getting everything crossed off by the end of the year.  I think the success of my new year’s ‘to do’ list is mostly down to the fact that there is some flexibility in the order and timing of when things have to be done.  It’s not a situation where, come the morning of the 1st January, I have to start working on achieving the things on the list all at once.  Throughout the year, I just pick and choose and make sure I’m on track to be where I want to be by the end of the year.

So…I said that I was usually pretty good at getting everything crossed off by the end of the year but one year I came up short – literally!  One thing on my ‘to do’ list for 2016 was to finish making the stained glass panels for our front entrance.

Victorian terrace hallway.

I beetled away for hours, days, weeks and months getting all the panels ready.  Everything was all set for me to have the whole lot finished by Christmas 2016.  I had eight of the panels installed but when we came to install the two side lights they were FAR TOO SHORT!!!!!!!!!!

Stained Glass Panel

BOY WAS I IN A STATE!!!!!!!!!! This was days and days of work and the whole lot would have to be pulled apart and I would have to start from scratch – drawing new patterns, cutting new glass etc.  My mum gave me some good advice…she told me to put them away for a while and come back to them when I wasn’t feeling so frustrated, and that is exactly what I did.  I packed them away and didn’t touch them for months.  Disappointingly, this job had to be transferred from the 2016 ‘to do’ list to the 2017 ‘to do’ list.

Happily, I did finish it by the end of 2017 and the relief I felt was immense.  It took me a very long time to finish this project and, if I am honest, I didn’t really enjoy it 🙁 Each panel takes 2-4 solid days and I had no option but to work in the kitchen and dining room.  So when I worked on the panels, these rooms had to be shut down for normal usage and it was really difficult to find space in the calendar when that would be ok!  It is a messy task too – with glass, lead, cement, whiting powder etc getting everywhere.

Stained Glass Panel

Stained Glass Panel

Stained Glass Panel

Stained Glass Panel

It’s done now though and it’s looking good.  It also fits in perfectly with my plans for our hallway makeover, which I haven’t forgotten…I am nearly done and will share a few pictures soon!

I am definitely focusing on the hallway first this year but I have also been thinking about other goals for 2018 and thought I would share some of them with you.

I want to walk more hills and mountains!  When I lived in Canberra, Australia there were a few mountains or hills dotted around the city and a few times a week I would walk through the bushland, up to the top where I would always stop and take a moment before heading back down.  Although I walk our dog, Humphrey, in our local park – I miss the mountains and hills.

Mt Kosciusko
Here I am, taking in the view from Mt Kosciuszko – the highest mountain in Australia.

I would like to swim in beautiful blue waters.  I took this photo from my hotel window while holidaying in Italy in 2003.  It was taken right before I trotted down for a swim.  This was the last time I went swimming, which is terrible because I really enjoy lolling about in warm waters.  This was shady warm waters, which was even better!

My big crafting project for the year is going to be a pale and pretty quilt with scattered hexagons.  I think this will be a nice contrast to my dark and cosy interiors.

Our under stairs cupboard is one hot mess!  It is in desperate need of decorating and organising.  Just like our little laundry – although it’s small, it’s also a very important space.

You’ve had a sneak peak of part of our outdoor entertaining area when I did a tutorial on bunting but I am eager to show you the whole space.  I have avoided it so far because I need to give our bamboo screening a permanent home and some TLC.

Our front entrance, just needs a little tweaking.  Historically, the walls of our porch would have been tiled and I am keen to get my hands dirty doing the tiling myself.

Our master bedroom was one of the first rooms we did when we moved into our house just over six years ago and our style has really changed.  We love the dark, cosy colours.  They really suit the period of our house as well as how we live the seasons, so a change is gonna come in there!

Master bedroom

So not many pretty pictures to see at the moment but I look forward to sharing the tales and photos of the finished products as I work my way through my ‘to do’ list.

I wonder…are you a list person, like me, or do you do something different?



  1. Count me in on a hiking holiday! And, we can do another swim.😜 Love the stained glass. Can’t wait to see what you do with the hallway.
    I do a list of hopes for the new year and at the same time check my prior year’s list to see what I achieved.

    1. Thanks Susan! I wondered if you’d recognise the photo. I hope a trip to this side of the pond is on your ‘list of hopes’ for the year 😉 xx

  2. Love your stained glass, it looks incredible. Not good at planning a year, other than holidays. I should make a list and maybe that would spur me on to do what I need to do.

  3. I’ll be eagerly awaiting your next edition of
    Edna & Ossie!
    Ps: You’ve inspired me to write a list for 2018 …. and to climb a mountain once the weather cools down.

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