Annual Review

31 Dec
Bramall Hall, in the County of Greater Manchester.

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The last day of the year seems like a good time to re-hash the last twelve months – not much point doing it next March, is there?  I won’t include links to previous posts because I don’t expect you to go and read them again; I’m just glad you showed up at all today.

On a personal level, we acquired a new dog and six fish (now, sadly, five fish).  I went on a back-to-work course; had a work placement and one interview but still no job.  I was in the audience for the first leaders’ debate and was given a new kitchen and bathroom by my landlord.  The whole of my downstairs and part of my upstairs has been re-decorated this year, and it’s all hidden by the Hub’s ever-growing mountain of crap.  I discovered I am two inches taller than I thought I was; and Glee.  I celebrated my 25th wedding anniversary; witnessed a police siege in my street; and won £100 in shopping vouchers.  The Hub’s CFS/ME got steadily worse and he was diagnosed with anaemia and restless leg syndrome, so I doubled my fun-poking efforts.  I became a pirate for a week; had several colds and infections and a wisdom tooth extraction; and still claimed to be as healthy as an ox.  Have you noticed that you never see oxen anymore?  Spud had three holidays – two courtesy of friends – and Tory Boy helped win the election (sort of) and saw the Pope’s back while interning in Westminster.

The general election threw up my favourite quote of the year:

Paddy Ashdown: 

The British people have spoken; now we just have to work out what they’ve said.

As far as the writing goes, I was published in several poetry ezines and two collections; was counted part of the Manchester blogging scene; and saw one of my poems turned into a piece of art work.  I took part in April’s NaPoWriMo and November’s Poetic Asides Poem A Day challenge; performed at Bramhall Hall with Manchester Camerata; and at Stockport Art Gallery with its vanishing audience.  I completed an excellent creative writing course at a local college and was a founder member of Stockport Art Gallery Writing Group.

My blog was given a makeover and I had three guest bloggers.  This blog is growing exponentially.  In March I was thrilled to reach the magic figure of 5000 hits; in the nine months since then I have had over 21,000 hits with the figure at this moment standing at 26,671.  I started a new blog for my South African poems and sometimes it gets as many as three readers a day. 

Not a bad year, overall.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to share it with me.


The prompt for Big Tent was to write a list poem.  I was inspired to write a haiku by today outside:

A Stockport Winter

dull grey cold muddy
miserable the same as
a Stockport summer

18 Responses to “Annual Review”

  1. gigihawaii December 31, 2010 at 14:43 #

    Congrats! You have a good memory. I can’t even remember what I did yesterday. lol. Happy New Year or as we say in Hawaii: HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU.


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2011 at 10:20 #

      Not a good memory – a blog archive 🙂 I just trawled through it looking for high points.

      HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU to you too! Now, please teach me how to pronounce it 🙂


  2. flo December 31, 2010 at 18:02 #

    What a perfect poem!


  3. slpmartin December 31, 2010 at 19:05 #

    Have a wonderful new years eve and may next year bring to you and yours …nothing but joy!


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2011 at 10:19 #

      From your mouth to God’s ears…thank you 🙂


  4. Carolee Sherwood December 31, 2010 at 19:47 #

    happy to read your year review and your haiku — thanks for spending some of 2010 with us!


    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2011 at 10:18 #

      I was glad to be there! Thanks for having me 🙂


  5. Donna Vorreyer December 31, 2010 at 20:48 #

    I enjoyed your haiku – have a lovely new year.


  6. 1sojournal January 1, 2011 at 00:57 #

    Loved your review. I have done a general one in my journal, but not as detailed as yours. Like the haiku and that list of dreary day descriptions. Hope the New Year brings you good things and a lot more poetry, Tilly,



    • Tilly Bud January 1, 2011 at 10:14 #

      Rightbackatcha Elizabeth! Happy New Year 🙂


  7. wayne January 1, 2011 at 03:36 #

    nicely done and thanks for sharing your words….have a great NY


  8. pamela January 1, 2011 at 23:13 #

    I love the review and the haiku is great.
    Happy New Year to you Tilly.


    • Tilly Bud January 2, 2011 at 23:36 #

      And to you, Pamela. Thanks for all your visits this year.


  9. Chloe January 2, 2011 at 14:11 #

    A wonderful re-cap of what sounds like a really busy year for you. Keep on blogging…you have lots of followers and bring a smile to a lot of people’s faces 😀

    Happy 2011 my friend xx


    • Tilly Bud January 2, 2011 at 23:34 #

      What a lovely thing to say! Thank you 🙂

      I look forward to meeting you soon 🙂


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