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Monday, December 31, 2012

Curtain Close For 2012

As we close the door on 2012, I'd like to thank you all for sharing it with me and contributing your wisdom, comments and support. You were all particularly adorable and loving when my husband went away to work for the first six months of the year. It was your thoughtfulness and steadfastness that made it so much easier to bear.
I would have to say that was the most significant thing for me this year. It was so good to be able to SKYPE and see his face every day. He is home now and getting plenty of work here now thank goodness.

The most viewed post for 2012 remains the waffle blanket tutorial which still averages 300 page views per day! Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy knowing there are millions of people in the world getting their crochet on. Declining craft? I think NOT!

The most read post of 2012 was the review I did about "Why I Bought A Thermomix" and the second most popular is my Nan's Green Tomato Pickles

Living Better With Less continues to be a popular topic and I am so very happy that after the class groups finished in April this year we went on to form an interest group that meets on the last Thursday night of each month (and on special occasions in my kitchen!) to share and learn from each other. I'm even happier that readers in other states also decided to form their own groups and continue supporting each other too.

2012 seemed to be the year of the cordial round here;
In summer we made rhubarb cordial
In autumn rosehip cordial
in winter lemon cordial
and in spring elderflower cordial

Our most topical life post this year was "What Would You Do" and we talked very candidly and frankly about depression and suicide in the post "The Secret Of Happiness" and it was also the post that attracted a lot of comments second only to "Breaking All the Rules-Pavlova" which proves my point that you guys are with me through thick and thin!

We learned how to knit socks, make Christmas cakes, rescue echidnas and how to use pintrest.
We learned all about cutlery, clove oil and Tasmania.
We debated the environment, ditched plastic wrap, seed raising, animal husbandry and the value we place on food.
We talked our heads off about Christmas gift ideas again this year.
If you want to revisit any of these stories I suggest typing into the search box that I have over on the right in the side bar there somewhere.

Creating my cookbook was another big achievement this year and it has been a huge success this Christmas with the family and friends. If you contemplate doing one for your family I suggest you start now. It takes many, many months to get it to print stage so don't leave it to November!

There is still so much I want to do but one of my resolutions for next year is to say "no" more I'm afraid. I
have let some volunteer work go that wasn't quite fitting with my life style anymore and I am now setting my eyes towards more local community groups like National Trust and the CWA.
It's been a huge year and a fun year.
Thanks for being along for the ride.
What will we get up to next year?
What is your next focus for the new year ahead?


  1. Wow!! What a year! I hope you and yours have a fantastic 2013 Tanya xx

  2. How nice that you put the effort in to getting your family cookbook finished! I hope to do one because my family favorites are inside my head! Happy New Year from the North Woods of Idaho (USA)

  3. A really lovely post, Tanya. Happy New Year to you, Craig and all your family xx

  4. I've learnt quite a lot from your blog this year, and something else you could help me with is - what's the difference between a view and a read?! I can see when my posts have been viewed but how do you know if they've been read?

    Wishing you all the very best for 2013!

  5. Hello Tanya,

    Happy New Year. I have just found your blog, enjoyed reading about the Chive Vinegar, very pretty and practical.

    Happy days.

  6. Happy New Year Tanya,
    Congrats on your cooking book... :)) A fabulous idea...
    Looking forward to the birth of 2 little grandchildren, both girls, so that will be a lot of fun.. :))
    Cheers for now ..


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