Inspired by What Katie Does, I've decided to show my year in pictures. And, looking back, it has been pretty awesome!
We woke up in Brooklyn on the first day of January. We stayed in the flat of some friends who were travelling and looked after their cats. It was the best holiday; lots of sleeping, seeing friends, exploring Brooklyn and eating the best Mexican food I've ever had, at the local bodega. And we went to see Liza Minnelli!
It was the year we claimed back our garden. The noisy Portuguese man who lived upstairs and terrorised us every time we stepped in the garden moved OUT. Yippee!
We adopted Hoops and Fred! I've been wanting to get cats for years, but after cat sitting in New York our minds were made up. And we now have two absolutely awesome cats. This was Fred when we went to see them in the rescue. I mean, honestly. Heartbreaker. She's climbing up the curtain as I type this, though. Little git.
I spent my birthday in Miami on a private island. We managed to swap our flat in Tufnell Park for an apartment on Fisher Island. Still not sure how we managed to pull it off, but it was amusing to sample a Miami blinger lifestyle for a couple of weeks!
We went back to New York for our friends' wedding. It was on a beach overlooked by the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, on a beautiful May day. With cakes from Baked. Totally awesome. (Congratulations again, dudes.)
We went up to Edinburgh to see Crosby Stills & Nash play at the castle. It was a weekend of drinking whisky, eating surprisingly well (The Outsider was a particularly memorable restaurant) and climbing up Arthur's Seat, an ancient volcano with views over the whole city.
We visited Sicily. The beaches were stunning, and reached by private boats run by pretend pirates. We went to beaches overlooked by live volcanoes, with white sand, black volcanic sand, white fluffy pumice stones, shiny black obsidian...it was like holidaying on the moon.
I saw Steely Dan play! I was in the midst of a Steely Dan obsession when they announced the dates in London. And they did not disappoint. Those two dudes are the coolest. Best show I saw all year.
We went to Whitstable, blew up rubber rings, and floated out to sea with flutes of prosecco. The sunburn and hangover were no joke, but it was as good as British seaside fun gets.
England won the Ashes! Yeah! Screw you, Australia. We were there on the last two days.
Other than that, we spent hours and hours on the Heath.
And the fun's not over yet! It's nearly Christmas! And we're going to Berlin the day after Boxing Day, to see in the new year with wurst and big beers. (See profile picture.) What are you all doing for New Year's Eve? And bloggers: get your year in pictures up, pronto!