It’s the end of another year – it’s hard to think now that I have been blogging for over 5 years – almost my whole married life and since moving to Scotland!
So in true blogger form, I thought I’d remind myself of five highlights that 2017 has bought!
- Opportunities to take more photographs
In April I attended a taster day photography course down in Newtonmore in which I spent a day learning about the ins and outs of portrait photography. This was one of the shots that I was really pleased with (despite it being slightly over-exposed) as it was a candid smile captured amongst lots of posed shots.
In the autumn I followed this up with another day course which then saw a small group of us head out into a Highland estate to capture some landscape shots. I’m definitely a lot more confident to shoot on manual mode now and hope to hone my skills more next year, both for the blog and for getting some good shots that could be printed and displayed at home.
2. Cake Fest Challenges
I’m still involved in organising Let’s Bake Inverness, and as well as our five events this year, four of us embarked on CakeFest 2016, making Fort George solely out of cake! It was great fun and as well as making the cake, we appeared on a special BBC Scotland Kitchen Café radio show too. You can read all about our Cake Fest adventure here!
3. Exploring Scotland
There’s been loads of Scottish exploration this year. On the few good days we had during the school holidays, we often took ourselves along west to the NC500 and the stunning Achmelvich Beach on the north west coast. We can’t wait to head back there next year!
A highlight I’ll definitely recommend to any visitors we get next year will be the Dolphin Spirit boat tour – I went twice and on the second trip we saw both dolphins and seals.
Our most recent holiday was to Orkney, and we had a really relaxing couple of weeks there. We ate fantastic food, met some lovely locals and enjoyed some beautiful scenery.
4. Foodie experiences
I’ve enjoyed some amazing experiences this year, including my first ‘press-trip’ type experience at the Feast of Fife, a tour at the Caorunn gin distillery, and lots of lovely items to taste and review – most recently I received some Fierce Beers to trial some recipes with!
5. European travel
This summer we took a road trip of the Netherlands. We love the European culture and although the weather didn’t quite play ball when we were in the Netherlands, we loved the contrast of cities like Rotterdam with traditional places like Utrecht and Delft.
I even managed to sneak in a little trip to Berlin at the beginning of December too! I had never been and visiting the Christmas markets was a highlight of the whole weekend which was spent walking around the different neighbourhoods and memorials to the modern history of the city.
So, that was 2016, in a nutshell! I’ll be taking a bit of a blogging break at the start of the year, but will be back soon with more adventures from my Highland kitchen and beyond!