Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Favourites

I usually do some kind of end of year round up post, where I go through month by month and describe the best bits of each month. But 2016 was so odd-all extreme highs or crushing lows, with enough emotional weirdness to keep a therapist in business for decades-that I'd rather not dissect it like that. Instead, I'm just going to pick out my overall favourites, and choose to focus on the positive parts of this year. And then move on to a hopefully better year! This also takes the place of my December favourites post-I haven't really had time to develop any favourites this month!
Favourite posts from my blog

Mermaiding with Emily Cuttlefishlove

A Mermaid Guide To Cardiff

The Magical Castell Coch

The Real Life Fairy Tale Village Of Blaise Hamlet

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The Barbican Conservatory

My Visit To A Cat Cafe

Sensational Butterflies

OOTD: Plum Tulle and Fairy Shoes

A Deer A Day 1-10

Inktober2016 1-10

Mushroom Hunting

Favourite things that happened

Seeing TesseracT live.

Going to Cardiff with my partner, especially getting to visit Cardiff Castle, National Museum Wales and Castell Coch.

Having a daytrip to Oxford with Laura.

Visiting London for the first time in many years, and finally visiting a cat cafe.

Getting a spinning wheel and a merfin, two big purchases I had wanted for ages and hope to use in 2017.

Going on a boat and a steam train.

Going to Blaise Castle Estate and Blaise Hamlet, places which are like a fairytale come to life.

Walking across Clifton Suspension Bridge for the first time

Being consistently creative throughout the year.

Seeing deer up close on our Yule walk.

Finally moving to the city I feel at home in.

Favourite music/tv/films

Devin Townsend Project's Transcendence album, which is just what I needed to get through the last few months.

Banks' unapologetic album The Altar, which helped me lay some ghosts to rest.

Jessica Jones, which was both painful and healing to watch, and which I am still thinking about almost a year later.

Harold and Maude, which I finally watched this year. I can't remember the last time I was so touched by a film.

My favourite thing I bought

was my beautiful deer antlers.

My favourite thing I created

was my castle shelf (which I thrifted and re-painted).

So that was 2016. I guess it wasn't all bad. I hope everyone has a happy and safe new year and that 2017 brings you joy.


  1. I'm so happy you found so many good things in 2016 after all, no matter how hard the year was! Tomorrow is a new year, fresh and without any mistakes and with all the chances and opportunities in the world. Have a great New Year's Eve, love!

  2. I loved reading about all your adventures, art and crafts this year. Thank you!
    I hope you have a wonderful 2017! xx