Not a bad year at Shoestring Cottage…

Fruit of the harvest

Fruit of the harvest

OK, so it’s not original, but I thought it would be interesting to look back over 2014 to see what we have achieved. This is where blogging is such a good hobby – I really enjoyed reviewing what is basically an on-line diary. We have had some trials and tribulations, but nothing that was insurmountable.

Redecoration, complete with new carpet!

Redecoration, complete with new carpet!

I started the year attempting to join in with the 52 projects challenge (dreamingofasimplelife.blogspot.co.uk). However, that was too ambitious. I simply don’t have time to do a project a week. Just getting the cleaning and shopping done at the end of a working week is challenging enough! In spite of that, we did manage to do a lot in the garden and decorate our awful shabby hallway. Mr Shoestring built a new shed from an old one we got from Freecycle and some scavenged wood, although he did have to buy the materials for the roof. We also had a very productive summer on the veggie patch and are still eating our preserved home grown food.

Shoestring harvest

Shoestring harvest

I started a new yoga class in January which is now going strong and we had several language students to help boost the household income.

Blue skies in Tenerife

Blue skies in Tenerife

We managed two holidays, which was amazing. A week in Tenerife (a first for me – accommodation courtesy of Mr S’s mum) and another in my cousin’s caravan in the Lake District. Completely different but both fantastic and rejuvenating. We also had a day at the Chelsea Flower Show for Mr S’s birthday – I loved that! We went as a family to see the commemorative poppies at the Tower of London and managed to do it before the crowds got too horrendous. It was an amazing spectacle and I am so glad we made the effort.

Poppies and people

Poppies and people

DD3 completed her GCSE’s and had her prom. She looked gorgeous – grown up and sophisticated.

Gorgeous prom girl

Gorgeous prom girl

I decided to give gluten free eating a go. I had spent a long time convincing myself that I didn’t need to, but feel so much better for it. I have had a few disappointing baking experiences though and the bread is horrible, but I can cope.

My new roofer

My new roofer

I spent several months fighting First Utility, who were trying to make me pay thousands of pounds that I didn’t owe them. Fortunately the Ombudsman got involved and decided in my favour. As a result I got a large pay out, which unfortunately was mostly spent on my car! If you look at the picture you will see the issue. We also had a leak into the roof which actually came through my bedroom ceiling. Fortunately Mr S managed to repair it without it costing thousands.

Crumbling car disaster

Crumbling car disaster

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Sunflowers at Chelsea

How has your year been? I hope it was happy and healthy and that your finances didn’t buckle under the strain! We are celebrating the New Year with friends and an Indian takeaway tonight. I will be back with my resolutions! Happy New Year and all the best for 2015!

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