Friday, 8 January 2010

Two Jags.... I mean, tags!

I've been tagged. Twice. Well, thrice. This happens sometimes. It's happened before. Sometimes I forget to do it. This time, I haven't. What I have done though, is mixed the two tags up. One - via Wendy Mallins, Amy (And 1 More means 4) and Insomniac Mummy - asks me to find a photo that makes me happy; the other, via Hazel HotCrossMum and The Wife of Bold requires me to make a 'what makes you happy?' list (actually, Wendy tagged me for that one too, but I've been so tardy I've forgotten all about it). Slothfulness, and a certain amount of cider, demands I write just one post for both tags. So, a photographic record of the things that made me happy in 2009 begins with...

These two... They have kept me happy all year... as well as busy!
This was taken on Bournemouth beach - another 'happy' place - in May last year.

This person has kept me happy too (as well as solvent and free from hunger).
I love you, and love this photo of you (taken at Belton House in July)

This place - the Yorkshire Dales - made me very happy in August. We rented a small cottage next to a working farm (Pott Hall, north of Masham if you're interested - can't recommend it highly enough) and had one of the most idyllic holidays ever. The weather helped, of course. As did having nothing to do but picnic in freshly-mown fields of hay and paint and draw all day.

This - my first royalty cheque - made me quite deliriously happy, quite out of all proportion to the sum involved (tastefully blurred in the above pic!). I almost didn't pay it in and had it framed instead.

Finally this place - Alcudia - made me extremely happy in October. We had a wonderful week of sun, sand and Sangria, just what was needed after a hectic start to the term for my wife and before a record-breakingly cold winter. I still can't quite believe I was swimming in that sea on October 31st.
It certainly makes the winter seem an awful lot shorter.

Now, on to the baton-passing business. If you'd like to do either of these memes , either properly (ie. listing five highlights of the year and posting one fave photo) or like me then please feel free. Just let me know below so that I can take a look. Having mucked about with the memes, however, I ought to tag some people properly. So... if you're responsible for the following blogs, you're now 'it':

  1. The Life and Times of a Househusband;
  2. Zip and Tizzy;
  3. Frazzled Daddy;
  4. New Mummy; and
  5. Catharine Withenay...
Over to you!
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