So as we start the new year, what happened with all those 2018 goals?
1 – Finish the 1000 piece jigsaw we started just after Christmas.
Yes we did! And we started a new one this Christmas, which is almost complete!
2 – Complete five Heritage in Schools visits.
I did 6 and it was great meeting the children and seeing their enthusiasm for nature.
3 – Maintain blog growth
Work commitments meant less time for blogging this year, so I have posted fewer posts and hence less views but I am happy I maintained what I did.
4 – Continue to create wildlife friendly habitats in my own garden and encourage others to do likewise.
This was our new wildflower area in the summer – was very please with it.
Though my work in 2018, I had the opportunity to give biodiversity workshops to a number of community groups which has been very rewarding.
5 – Have fun days out with my family.
We had quite a few. I just love these sort of days.
6 – Growing food
Not as much as I would have like so hoping for more this year. Apples were by far our best crop in 2018.
7 – Read 18 books
Not sure I achieved 18, but there is always a book by my bedside!
8 – Clutter
Still clutter everywhere!
9 – Friends are so important. Try not to miss birthdays .
Upps, I have missed a couple especially those with birthdays in the later quarter. Apologies!!
10 – Learn to identity more bugs and plants.
I was very lucky to spend a day with some BSBI members. Learned lots about plants.
11 – Do something new.
I downloaded the duolingo app to try and refresh my Irish language skills both for myself and also to help my children with their Irish homework!
12 – Reduce use of plastics
This has been harder than expected. So much is covered in plastic and often outside packaging is in cardboard but inside is plastic. This will be an ongoing challenge for this year.
13 – Do a couple of crafty projects
I worked with another mum completing a recycled art project with our local school . This was fun. Also my daughter and I brought a ‘make your own stuffed unicorn’ kit but we came to standstill when the instructions no longer made sense!
14 – More exercise
Need to try harder!!
15 – Good work/life balance!
Another difficult one especially when one is self employed. Again something to work on.
16 – Appointments
Actually did this and have my dentist appointment already made for 2019!
17 – Try and record another new species for the garden list
18 – Do ten bee and butterfly transects
I did 11 butterfly ones but only 6 bee once. Worryingly bee numbers were down though butterfly numbers were up, possibly a result of the sunny and warm June and early July.
So that is it. A review of last year. And 2019 – well still working on an idea – watch this space.