I saw this challenge and thought it would be worth trying. I’ve always enjoyed looking through piles of old letters and cards and I imagined this challenge would be similar.
2012 was a mixed year for me; parts of it have been pretty near perfect, while other parts were decidedly less so. I’ve treated this challenge as an exercise in reflection.
My birthday meal – the original plan was for my best friend to cook for me. Unfortunately, she had the world’s craziest flatmate who decided to bin all the ingredients “because she didn’t want the flat to be noisy”. Fortunately, we live near some very nice restaurants and so still managed to have a great evening.
It snowed! I had a hard time deciding which picture to choose. In the end I chose this because I love the movement of the people. It just perfectly captures the atmosphere that day. We don’t get much snow in England, so whenever it does snow everyone goes a bit mad. This picture reminds me of how carefree I was that day.
I was on the train, going past the East Midlands Parkway. It’s a journey I used to go on quite regularly, travelling between Nottingham and London. This picture has managed to capture the industrial quality of the place and I think the reflection in the window of the other side of the aisle gives the picture an extra dimension.
Outside the Natural History Museum, meeting up with old uni friends.
At the end of the day, walking through Kensington Gardens towards Bayswater in search of Chinese food.
Lunchtime at St Thomas’ Hospital
Having lunch at Chives Cafe on the top floor the Canterbury Waterstone’s, looking down at the cafe across the street.
Fourth event down – one of the most important days of my career.
8th July 2012- Roger Federer beat Andy Murray in the Men’s Singles Final 4–6, 7–5, 6–3, 6–4. It was such a dramatic match and I’m so glad I finally got to experience Wimbledon.
The Whitstable Oyster Festival.
View of Canterbury Cathedral from the High Street.
The view on part of my running route. This was a rare occasion when I took my phone with me.
Best seat in a cafe in Canterbury. It’s in a tiny side room, just big enough for two tables. Unfortunately countless other people have now found this spot and I’ve not been able to sit there since I took this picture.
One of the most impressive bookshops I’ve ever seen – the Birmingham New Street branch of Waterstone’s. I asked around and it turns out it used the be the former site of a Midland Bank branch.
One of my best friends decided to get me a ticket for the Christmas ball where I used to work. It was such a great night and made me realise that even though I am jobless and my savings are rapidly declining, I am still so incredibly blessed.
Onward to 2013!
I had to be quite ruthless in selecting pictures for this challenge, and I definitely did not manage to cover all the aspects of my year. Nevertheless, after completing the challenge I can conclusively state that I had a great year and that despite my disappointments, I don’t think I’d change it.