Southern Yacht

My little take on plus size fashion, life, travel and smurfs

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The best of 2017

It was a funny old year - I won't lie, it's been more downs than ups. But after seeing other people reflect on their highs and lows of the year, I thought I'd take a look at the highlights of 2017 - because it wasn't all bad you know!

First up - regular readers will know how much I love Smurfs and the wonderful friends I've made through collecting these little blue guys for over 40 years (how long?!?).

In March, we descended upon Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent for a day of smurfs, laughter and fun.

The Smurfs movie display

Me with my smurfy friends

The Smurfs movie preview day

In June we spent a lovely week in Devon where we revisited old favourites and discovered new ones - I spent far too much time on the dodgems....

Knightshayes Court in Devon

Bumper cars at the Fairground museum

Riding the carousel at the Fairground museum

I found there were beautiful places on your own doorstep if you look hard enough.

Portsdown Hill in Hampshire

Bevois Valley artwork

The old walls in Southampton

I got to drive a posh new car for a while - which made me realise how short I was every time I got in it and couldn't see out the rear window...

Rental car

I attended the M&Co AW press day in London and caught up with friends old and new.

M&Co AW press day

M&Co AW press day

Also in London we went to the Star Wars Identities exhibition at the O2 and I found out which Star Wars character I would be (a pink furry Ewok - obviously!).
Star Wars Identities at the O2, London

We decided a break was in order in September so took a week travelling north to visit some of the places we always said we'd go and see 'one day'.

Bamburgh Castle
 Bamburgh Castle

Stood outside Bamburgh Castle


The Poison Gardens at Alnwick
 Alnwick Gardens

Alnwick Gardens

Alnwick Castle
 Alnwick Castle

Hartlepool Marina
 Hartlepool Marina

Middlesborough Transporter Bridge
Middlesborough Transporter Bridge

A day out in York
York - where I discovered I didn't have such a head for heights as I thought...

Luckily the timing of our trip up north coincided with the Curve Fashion Festival in Liverpool which was an amazing day.
Curve Fashion Festival

Curve Fashion Festival

Curve Fashion Festival

In October, France and Belgium beckoned. We've been so many times, it's like revisiting an old friend (and of course, there were more smurfs...)

Blue Paradise Smurf Fair
Blue Paradise Smurf Fair

Falais Castle in Normandy, France
Falais Castle 

Falais Castle in Normandy, France

Falais Castle in Normandy, France


Arromanche Beach in Normandy, France
Arromanche

Arromanche Beach in Normandy, France

Cite de la Mer in Cherbourg, France
Cherbourg

Cerisy la Foret in Normandy, France
Cerisy la Foret

So that's my round-up of the year. It's actually been so helpful doing this as it's far too easy to think about only the bad things that happen during the year. And no matter what happens, it's never as bad as you think.

Thanks for reading & a Happy New Year

Cathy
xx
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