Final – 17 for 2017

Last January I made a list of what I would like to do in 2017 and below I list what I have achieved, or failed to achieve in some cases!

17. Help seventeen people learn more about their environment.

Completed with numerous pollinators course, work with community group and schools.

16. Send sixteen mammal records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Fell short here. Six sent plus two (a hare and a fox) seen last week of December, but still to send in.

15. Give away fifteen homegrown flower or vegetable plants to worthy homes

I may have fallen short here, but I did also give away some wild flower seeds I had collected, to some worthy community groups I worked with over the year.

14. Fourteen fun days out with the family

Union wood, Enniscoe House,  Longford Demesne, Ross beach x 3 times, four days out in Wales, Beltra beach in October,  ice skating in Christmas rink just before new year, Belmullet bee day, Foxford Riverfest and Belleek woods,  which make 15.

13. Learn thirteen new words

I think I can claim 11 new words. I will publish as separate post.

12. Write twelve blog posts (ideally one a month) on an environmental topic

So having looked back at my posts for the year I think I can claim 10 to be environmental.

11. Read eleven new authors

Complete, click here to see.

10. Complete ten butterfly and or bee monitoring transects this year

I completed nine in the end.

9. Find 9 ways of encouraging more wildlife into our garden

One new small area of flower meadow, and two new flower beds. Have also tried to enhance area around pond with more flowers and less rushes. A new brash pile for insects. The wet weather this autumn and winter though have stopped me doing anything else.

8. Discover 8 new things

Again falling short. Two from before. We got a great new game for the children – it’s called Discover Europe and the aim is to make your way around the board which is a map of Europe in the shortest possible time. It’s good fun and educational, though you can find yourselves heading for Reykjavík when you want to be in Athens!

We also found two new walks, both in County Sligo, but not too far to drive.

I am sure there were other new things, one is always learning after all, but I haven’t recorded anything else, and despite racking my brain can’t think of any others!

7. Send seven letters to friends

Completed for Christmas.

6. Try six new recipes

Right failed on this one last year and only did a little better in 2017. But have adapted a recipe for thai fish cakes which is going down well. Have also adapted my gluten free mince pie pastry recipe and it was the best yet. Have also been experimenting with almond flour pancakes which just use a small amount of wheat flour.  We had a productive bean season, so I tried pickling some beans which was quite successful.  I think if we have good bean season in 2018 I will play a little bit with the recipe.

5. Have five swims

I think there was only 3 at most 4 – very poor show!

4. Find four positive ways of helping those in need

Together with my brownies we did a food collection for Saint Vincent de Paul for their Christmas appeal. And I also made some donations of clothes and children’s toys that my two had outgrown. But would like to do something a bit more meaningful.

3. Plant three new vegetables or fruit that I did not grow in the garden last year

I stuck with the old reliables this year!

2. Record two new species for the garden

Completed. In fact there was three as the Irish hare was also a new “garden” record too!

1. Attend one cultural event

We accidentally came across a street  festival when we were in Wales and went to a play. While it was for children, like all good productions, it was entertaining for the adults too! It was called Two can the Toucan and was based on a children’s book by David McKee.


So that is it. There are some of the above that I would like to do again this year but I am planning a different type of list. Watch this space!


Walk, Co Sligo

Walk, Co Sligo





36 thoughts on “Final – 17 for 2017

      1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        We can all fall into those ruts, in many different aspects of our lives. But seeing them is the first step in getting out of them:)

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  1. nanacathy2

    I was impressed by your 17 for 2017 when you began and I am most impressed with so many achievements. This kind of list does have it’s uses when you need to focus on some things rather than the problems of every day life. I too am not doing a18 for 2018, but I do know what I would like to do in January. I look forward to reading your new type of list.

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  2. The Snail of Happiness

    I’m very interested to see how everyone did with their lists… I got rather obsessed with mine to the exclusion of other things at some points. I have no goals for 2018 as a whole, but a whole bunch of things that I’d like to do… and I want to be open to new ideas and not constrained by beginning of the year thoughts.
    Yours was a fabulous list and you achieved such a lot.

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Mrs. Snail, Am still working on exactly how to do my 2018 list. I find it is nice to have some goals for the year, but I need to remember that I may have to adapt to what life throws at us too.


  3. dust4yj

    Fun, educative and kind – that’s the nature of your lists for me. Personal development and structure – for yourself too. I have broad objectives which get fuzzy throughout the year and I think some more detailed ones (total of 18?) would pull it together. But it needs your self-discipline in recording all this – most impressed. Also impressed with what you’ve achieved. Strong lady.

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  4. Leya

    A developing and very well thought through list – well done finishing so much of it! Maybe I should write a list as well. You really inspired me. It is easier to see what you have done or not done a year if you can rely on a list to tick off.

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  5. cherielanglois

    You did much to be proud of this year! Hooray! Thanks again for inspiring me 🙂 I’m definitely doing 18 for 2018, but 2019 and 2020 might be a bit much 😉

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  6. aj vosse

    I did the challenge as well… because you dared me! I think you did a whole lot better than me!!
    It was fun trying to get to some of the targets but I fear it is also a slight negative… because one doesn’t do something else because you’re aware that it will distract from your targets! Blah, blah blah!! (Just me making excuses!!?

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Sometimes it just worth challenging ourselves for the heck of it. The advantage with 17 challenges is that we should have some kind of success. The disadvantage with 17 challenges is there is going to be some non-successes, but that is ok. That’s life!

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