There seems to be a trend today about Christmas being ‘over’. As I only managed Christmas Day with my family yesterday, it is still only Boxing Day, and therefore left over pigs in blankets and an entire selection box in front of the fire are called for.

For those of you already back at work, I send my condolences. For those of you enjoying some quiet time out for reflection and rest, I bring you my 14 things to be thankful for in 2014:

14 things to be thankful for in 2014

  1. Moving to my favourite city in all the world
  2. Changing from a distinctly non-ideal job, to one I enjoy, am passably good at, and lets me work with some of the most wonderful people and clients to be found anywhere
  3. Geeking out history style with O (firing cannons, cavalry charges, Henry VIII’s banqueting haul, guided tour of the Tower, etc etc)
  4. Discovering street food fair after street food fair, round the corner from home
  5. Taking my nine year old niece on her first guided tour of London: from hot chocolate on the balcony at Laudree to admiring the Christmas decorations at Somerset Houseto shopping at the fragrance hall at Harrods.
  6. A first holiday abroad with my love
  7. Learning to take my camera onto manual
  8. A whistle-stop day trip to Paris to visit the home of those famous little red boxes
  9. Four visits to Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red
  10. Long country walks and exploring the southern countryside
  11. My first fashion week
  12. Picking up a new camera courtesy of British Beauty Blog and Olympus
  13. SNOW
  14. Our first Christmas Day together as a twosome, roaring log fires, selection boxes and time with my favourite people.

What you loved most from Thoroughly English in 2014:

Dear Bloggers, Love from a PR x
Fantasy Dinner Party – Inspirational Women
HummingBird Bakery Pistachio Loaf

Which leads me to ask what you would like to see more of in 2015? It seems to me that lifestyle and diary posts perform far better than recipes – even though recipes are the bread and butter of what I write about. I’d love to know what you enjoy or do not enjoy. Advice posts, explanations etc are getting much higher views and engagement. perhaps that is where I should place my focus for next year?