2018 has been a slow burn year. When I first think of it, I don’t think of it as where anything crazy or life changing happened, but all those happy moments, successes, worries, late nights, and time added up and suddenly 2019 is upon us.
I didn’t change jobs, graduate, move house or do anything crazy like it seems I have done the last few years but it was still a year filled with so many lovely memorable moments.
I worked really hard at my full time job, I made 50+ films, some of my shots were used in a cinema ad and I learnt so much more about my craft.
I completed some freelance work, some of which is now on display in one of the biggest theatres in the region.
It snowed in the south west for the first time in years; we got sent home from work and ended up sledding down our front garden.
I got to travel to see my parents in Singapore with S and we spent time in Borneo seeing the most incredible wildlife up close; monkeys, orangutans, a crocodile, bird life and river dolphins. We slotted into their Singapore life for 2 amazing weeks, eating dinner at their lovely place, hanging out with them and their friends and trying not to melt.
S & I spent weekends walking by the sea, exploring the moors, and dreaming up plans for the future. We grew some fruit and veg in the garden and spent time with our hands in the soil.
I had friends from Montana visit me in Plymouth and we had the best long weekend showing them the best of the south west along with all the local delicacies.
There was the UK heatwave and as a result, lots of outdoor swimming in the lido, the sea and in a river on the moors. It was the most amazing weather and lasted for so long. I really made the most of living by the sea.
Our house became more of a home, and although 2019 will bring more work for it and hopefully some changes, we have made it a lovely cosy place to come home to. Our view of the river never gets old and makes getting up early in the morning much easier.
My sister and I travelled to the USA, my first time back since I lived there 3 years ago, and we went to our lovely friend’s wedding which was the most incredible day, we went hiking in the mountains (+ performed emergency first aid on a fallen hiker), spent time with our amazing American ‘family’, ate a lot of ice cream and took a billion pictures.
I did a pottery evening course, and learnt how to throw pots which was the most amazing creative outlet (+ one I am planning to continue into 2019!).
We also had a visit from Ash (our American sister) and spent cold autumn days in London and Oxford, having art time and warming up inside cosy cafes.
S and I welcomed many visitors to our humble abode and loved showing them our adopted city.
I continued my monthly video series (now going in to its 8th year!) and loved having a creative video project as always. It’s so fun to watch back the really early ones too, and think about how much life has changed since I started making them aged 17!
There were new friends made and the begginings of community in this little city by the sea.
There were many miles travelled and driven, back and forth between family and home. The miles are always worth it and we are so grateful to be able to do it so often. And many stop offs in Wiltshire/Somerset to break up the journey.
And then of course, ending the year with a family filled Christmas in London, catching up with friends, seeing family and carrying out all our favourite traditions.
But there was also the hard stuff too, the day to day worries, the work politics, the hard days where flat tyres, bad news and ridiculous weather all combine to make it a monster day of craziness. Family illness made this last part of the year hard and overwhelming, being so far away, travelling back and forth and just generally coming to terms with the fact that ill health is hard for those you love.
But really, life is always (and has always) been in the moments that make you feel most alive. Those times when the morning fog or the light from a sunset makes you catch your breath, when the wind is so strong it makes your eyes water, when you are bobbing about in the sea and can’t feel anything else but the cold water on your skin and the moment you are in. There were plenty of those in 2018 and I can only hope for more in 2019. I am so grateful for all the amazing opportunities I had in 2018, the family and friend time, the support from them and the ability to travel. And of course, so grateful for S and all the adventures, road trips and homey days we have had this year.
Here are some of my favourite images from 2018. These are of course the highlights and I am sure there are so many I have missed out! And this does not include any phone pictures (i.e. all the random selfies with friends!)
Friends in the countryside, Wiltshire
Mum at the top of the tate, London
Birthday Celebrations for a friend, Wiltshire
Supermoon from the garden, Plymouth
Foggintor Quarry, Dartmoor
Plymouth in the snow, Devon
Sean at Whitsand, Cornwall
Making a snowman at work, Plymouth
Mornings at home, Plymouth
Goldfinches in the garden, Plymouth
Filming for a recruitment campaign, Dartmoor
Sean and Gracie on one of the windiest days of the years, Watergate Bay
Adventuring with my partner in crime, Wembury
Amazing Architecture, Singapore
The best dumplings, Singapore
Tropical Oasis, Singapore
Tea in my favourite mug, drunk while watching the snow fall, Plymouth
Snow in March, Plymouth
Underneath the Blossom trees, Plymouth
the bright city lights, Singapore
Celebrating a 60th, Cambridge
Golden Fields, Cornwall
Crawling Cousin, Suffolk
City Blooms, Cambridge
Celebrating a 53rd, London
Sunset over the River, Kuching, Malaysia
The city streets, Kuching
Noodle lunch, Kuching
Gorgeous tiles, Kuching
Hiking with Juliet, Devon
Natalie making friends with the locals, Dartmoor
Saturday morning wander, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall
Cornish Clifftops, St Agnes, Cornwall
A very rainy walk with Nat & Kate, Wembury
24th birthday picnic, Totnes
Sunset at the beach, Bovisand
Sandy shoes, Bovisand
A favourite summer read, Plymouth
Golden hour sitting, Plymouth
Neighbourhood Cat, Plymouth
Veggie Heaven, Plymouth
Sean at work on the Dartington Estate, Devon
Garden grown Strawberries, Plymouth
Isaac at 8 months, London
The shambles, Bradford-Upon-Avon
Evening watering the garden at grandads, London
Grandad and his tomatoes, London
Sean on one of the hottest days of the year, Bath
A happy sunset, Plymouth
Fresh summer strawberries, Abingdon
A spot of DIY, London
A family gathering, London
A picnic with friends, London
Building Sandcastles, Watergate Bay
Shipwreck at Sunset, Plymouth
Balloon Man, Bristol
S sorting out the family’s DIY, Watford
Dinner on the hoe, Plymouth
Matching outfits, Cambridge
Feathered Friend, Cambridge
Lu & Tim, Suffolk
Pirate turns 1, Suffolk
Butterflies in the park by our house, Plymouth
Foraging blackberries, Plymouth
Fresh summer salads, Plymouth
National Firework Championships, Plymouth
Veg patch haul, Plymouth
weekend walks, Dartmoor
Tor Climbing, Dartmoor
Misty Sunflower Field, Devon
Brownies for friends, London
Friends and babies, London
A walk with Annabelle, Penzance
Cosy bed, London
Showing my dad my favourite local spots, Cornwall
Lido days, Plymouth
teaching my grandad the art of the selfie, Suffolk
Jenn and Tyler on their wedding day, Washington, USA
The Bridal Cottage, Washington, USA
Connor at Rattlesnake Ledge, Washington, USA
Cici at home, Washington, USA
Lu at Rattlesnake Ledge, Washington, USA
Golden hour dancing at the wedding, Washington, USA
Pinecones, Seattle, USA
Braided babes, Seattle, USA
Meeting a new family member, Somerset
Grandad’s Dahlias, London
Rima at the lake, London
Lunch at home, Plymouth
Lu on a walk, Abingdon
The cosiest evening, Abingdon
Mum and a beautiful leaf, London
Coastal path yoga with Juliet, Cornwall
October swimming spot, Cornwall
In my natural habitat, London
Sean in the park, Plymouth
Sunset walk with my love, Plymouth
Ash on a rooftop, Soho
Sean at Illuminate, Plymouth
An autumn walk with Lici, Cornwall
Amazing views, Burrator
Chai tea on the moors, Burrator
Remembrance pebbles, Plymouth
A self portrait, home
Making cakes with Grandma, London
Golden light at my grandparents, London
Windy beach walks with Sean, Newquay
One of my handmade bowls, London
Our skating tradition at Christmas, London
Frome dressed for the season, Somerset
Eucalyptus & my cosy bedroom at my parents
Festive scenes at my parent’s house, London
Christmas table, London
Christmas dinner for 10, London
St Pauls dressed for the season, London
Me at St. Paul’s, London
Thanks for following along this year! There are so many moments in this that I am sure I have missed out! And well done if you got to the end of this very long post! Here’s to 2019 – wishing for it to be happy, healthy and full of joy!