Chez l'abeille

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That was the year that was…


2015. The year that scarred me. Literally.

Whatever it was that bit me in Devon is still unknown, but the hole it left in my forehead remains as a souvenir of the week I went to Arvon.  This was the year I did a lot more learning about picture book writing but a lot less sending out stuff to agents. Seeing the brilliance others achieve is somewhat daunting and I feel a confidence boost is needed to go back to the things I have completed and get them sent out. That is my first 2016 ambition. I was tremendously flattered by the poem inspired by my blog post though- thanks Al!

I saw the northern lights by accident and popped over to Paris but didn’t travel as much as usual. All my spare money went into essential repairs at the tail end of 2014, but as a result I have a lovely spare room/work space with the ever ready aerobed which welcomed many visitors in 2015, including the not seen for ages Mary, Alicia and Mardi. I did finally get to the great home owning milestone of paying off the mortgage, so maybe there will be more travelling in 2016. I’m already coming up with ideas for Christmas and would really like to go back to Iceland.

I discovered I really enjoy unravelling murders. MOOCs have entertained and enlightened throughout the year and I have several waiting for me in 2016. I also walked a lot and went to places in London I had never seen before. There are still many sections of the Thames Path to tramp along and new street art to seek out, so watch out for more Streets of London reports next year.

2015 map

Finally, I achieved my blog target of at least two posts a month and more than doubled my visitors and views. A lot of people around the world came and visited me in cyberspace. If you were one of them, thank you and may 2016 be a great success for you. I would love to have more of your comments and thoughts so please feel encouraged to leave them!

I am thinking about how to refresh and build the blog next year so watch out for more doings here at Chez L’abeille in the year to come!

Happy New Year! Cx

©Chez l’abeille 2015






6 thoughts on “That was the year that was…

  1. A work space is a wonderful thing. Your year sounds eventful in interesting ways! Have a great and creative 2016


  2. Hurrah! Thrilled to have been even just a little part of your year. Hope our paths cross again in 2016. Best wishes for a scar-free 2016 xxx


  3. Happy New Year to you! I look forward to more of your great blogs in 2016! xx