Doing a lot of reading just now.
After the 2016 Danish ‘Hygge’ thing that we all fell in love with, I’ve been reading more about the Swedish lifestyle of ‘Lagom‘, which in a similar way is about making positive life choices and trying not to be excessive in things, enjoy each moment for what it is and be more aware of it. So recently, we’ve also been trying to be better at spending time with kids outdoors and being more in tune with the world around us, from walks in the countryside, visiting nature reserves and simply feeding birds in the garden and being more aware of the natural world.
Between balancing a marriage, a working life, three children, and any kind of social calendar and personal hobbies and interests, it can be difficult to find place for it all and time. But we’re trying.
We took Amélie to the Birds of Prey Centre at Loch Lomond shores for her 2nd Birthday, it was fun. It would be nice to see them fly and be a little more free though.
Well, that was 2013. A quick year in our household, Amélie appears to grow a little more every day and in every imaginable way. As I write this I’m battling a cold and have conjunctivitis. So, not on the finest form, and pretty much feeling sorry for myself. I thought however, that this was an ideal time to stop and look at the moments that shaped our 2013. These simple moments that follow are in no specific order at all, except really the order in which they came to me as I thought of the past 365 days or so.
One of the great advantages of keeping a photo diary on great websites like Blipfoto mean its easy to look over your year(s) to see what you actually did and when you actually did it. .
- We decided to visit our favourite little log cabin in Canonbie near Dumfries for the holidays at Hogmanay and New Year 2012.
- We took Amélie to Edinburgh Zoo for her first birthday on the 6th January.
- My good friends Chris and Jennifer had a little baby girl on January 7th called Simone.
- I managed to get back to boxing training this year for a while.
- I took my Dad to our first ever experience of a 5 nations International Rugby game, we went to Murrayfield to see Scotland beat Italy.
- I had two whole weeks with Amélie in February as Joni had decided to work full-time for a month.
- I was involved in filming a piece for Vito Dance Theatre called Withdrawal.
- The Catholic Church has a new Pope, Pope Francis I. Amélie and I watched the election on television live from the Vatican.
- I was involved in a 5 aside football tournament as a fundraiser for Callum’s Cabin and managed to really damage my left foot in a tackling incident.
- I finally had the opportunity to see Icelandic musicians: Sigur Ros and Ólafur Arnalds
- Our garage was broken into and two bicycles were stolen, thankfully the police retrieved one and managed to catch one of the people involved.
- I was lucky enough to have my first photograph placed in an exhibition in gallery.
- Attended some bicycle maintenance classes as part of the Glasgow Bike Station.
- Margaret Thatcher died.
- I attended two stag parties: we travelled to Bolton to enjoy a day of hospitality to watch them play Blackpool for my friend Paddy’s and then had a day at Auchentoshan Distillery (2nd visit) and greyhound racing for my brother in law Liams’.
- We had a trip to Morecambe for Joni’s Grandmother’s 80th birthday party.
- I visited Glengoyne distillery (2nd visit) with my good friend Sace and we spent the night in his hut in Carbeth.
- I had my very first rides on a Brompton folding bike, a Dahon folding bike and even a Penny Farthing on the Harris Tweed Ride.
- My Dad retired.
- I was asked to host the Refugee Week end of week showcase.
- My brother in law Liam was married to Lyndsey.
- My good friend Paddy was married to Nicola.
- My good friend Findlay’s had a daughter called Lucy.
- We had our first family cycling / camping trip to the outer Hebrides, to Barra.
- I toured Arran twice (by bicycle), once with my good friend Alasdair and once on my own.
- We had plenty of time in the garden, eating outside, playing with Amélie and enjoying whisky by the chiminea.
- I had a few experiences of up-cycling, I created a pallet bookcase, a pallet mirror, made a gate and also made some fencing around our plants.
- We enjoyed another Harris Tweed Ride.
- My good friend and I had a tour of the Glasgow Velodrome.
- The Clydebank Town Hall has a new exhibition space, so we enjoyed visiting the Jolomo exhibition and the Harry Papadopolis exhibition.
- I rode 110 miles for the Glasgow to Edinburgh Pedal For Scotland. (3’350 miles this year)
- Amélie got her very first passport and we had our first fortnight trip abroad to Kefalos, Kos. It was Amélie’s first time on an airplane and she had a great time.
There will be many many things I’ve missed. Until next year!
A trip to a park outside Glasgow today with Joni and Amélie, it was a great way to spend my second year as a father to my beautiful daughter.
Another great little documentary piece on one of my favourite items of clothing and fabric, Harris Tweed. I love the way this focuses on the artisan nature and sheer art of creating the fabric.