So, as I finish in the day job until 2016, and spend the next two days running about like a complete idiot who left all her shopping to the last minute, I started to think about the last 12 months.

It’s been a bit of a corker hasn’t it? 

I’ve met some fantastic people, been on some amazing adventures, and started my own company, written in magazines, appeared on BBC Radio (can you appear when you can’t be seen??).

I’ve worked with some amazing brands, and reviewed some less amazing ones too. I’ve eaten, drunk and run all over the place (again). 

Highlights have included the Rugby World Cup.

The Great North Run.

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Meeting a few famous faces.

I’ve travelled a fair bit too. Spa-ing it with Cheryl at Thornton Hall…

Yarnbombed Coronation Street with these lovely ladies (as you do).

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And selfied on buses, trams, trains and any bored moment travelling somehow somewhere I could fit in.

Throw in a drink or two, all over the country (Leeds, London, Newcastle, Liverpool – the list goes on) and it’s been a pretty good year all round.

And I also got to welcome my niece Emily Jayne to the world.

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But what for 2016?

I’ve a lot of restaurant reviews still to post, so look out for full reviews from Pier Eight, Quill (swish) and Ziya (delish). 

I’ve decided to run my first ultramarathon, the Canalathon in March, and am still hoping to manage Manchester Marathon a couple of weeks later… Time will tell if my body can manage it. 

More travel beckons for 2016 too – I’ve got my first trip of the year down to London booked already for January – and that looks to have a bit of a shellfish theme.

Plans are also afoot for a visit to Norfolk for some eating and drinking, as well as having friends in the vicinity, I’ve also got a family connection that needs investigating. 

And I’m hoping next year I can finally revisit my birthplace, Bournemouth – I’ve not been since I was 3 1/2 years old, and I’ve already been checking out Bournemouth accommodation options (thanks to #TravelodgeTopTowns I’ve seen that there’s one near where our family lived in Christchurch, so that’s one part of the trip sorted!).

And there will, of course, but much more gin, more tastings, more events – after all, we still don’t seem to have reached ‘peak gin’ yet, even now with 600+ gins in the world. Best get some tonic in.


But before I sign off for the year, I’ve a question.

What would you like to see? What would you like me to write about?

What were your favourite posts for this year? Or the ones you were less fond of?

Answers on a postcard, or in the comments section below.

For now, merry Christmas, happy new year and I’ll see you in January 2016. 

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