Ring out wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson ~1833
Welcome to my FIRST post of 2017! A Year of Awards, Travel & Recipes – 2016 was a hugely successful year for me professionally, but ended with heartache when my dad died suddenly on the 1st of December; dad was one of my biggest fans and “followed” me all over the world on my travels, and commented on all of my travel posts (and my food posts) here, on Lavender and Lovage, as well as on Facebook…….obviously the loss of a parent is a hugely emotional, but I am determined to carry on as usual throughout 2017, as dad was so proud of me and what I’d achieved; and I intend to go from strength to strength, to be as creative as always, as well as continuing to travel, write, create recipes and remember that although he may be gone in the physical sense, he will ALWAYS be with me in my heart and mind.
Christmas was a quiet affair this year, but as soon as I opened my new desk diary on New Year’s Day, I felt that although there are personal challenges to overcome this year, and that nothing will ever be the same again, there was a sense of hope and renewal……the chance to make my mark and continue with what I love to do, both here on Lavender and Lovage, and behind the scenes with my freelance work. Today’s post is a selection of photo collages from last year, from January to December – which was a year of fascinating travel opportunities, and also a year where I won TWO major awards and worked with some pretty amazing British brands, magazines and supermarkets.
Also, there is a new look on Lavender and Lovage! My logo has been updated to incorporate TRAVEL…..what do you think? I love it – for me, it says and conveys exactly what is covered on my blog and all my social media feeds……it’s all about FOOD and TRAVEL with a few wild cards such as gardening, lifestyle and hotel and restaurant reviews in between.
I’d now like to wish all my readers a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR and may 2017 be kind to you, as well as being happy, healthy and filled with joy! Karen
In November last year, I was shortlisted along with The Curry Guy, Deliciously Ella and Hungry, Healthy, Happy for the Best UK Food & Drink Blog award with Vuelio; and guess what? I WON! I was over the moon, and as I was in the Czech Republic that the time, my daughter Hannah accepted the award on my behalf at the lavish awards ceremony and dinner.
In August last year, I was thrilled to be told that I had won the Best British Food Blog as voted by the readers of one of my favourite magazines, Great British Food; Debbie and Andrews, who sponsored the Food Blog category,I was also featured in the magazine, which was hugely satisfying and also featured me on their website, along with a recipe that I created for them.
In 2016 I co-authored TWO cookbooks:
2016 was a VERY exciting year for travel, and I was so busy travelling that I had to turn down lots of trips, as I was away or just needed to recharge my batteries between trips! From Qatar and Astypalea to Arctic Canada and Sri Lanka, I travelled AND cruised extensively in North America, Asia, Europe and on home soil in the UK too. You can see all my travel posts here:
I also have lots more posts to add from trips to Canada, the Dordogne Valley, the Czech Republic, a River Cruise in Germany, Italy, Spain, picking olives in Provence and more…….so DO keep popping back to see where and what I did here at home, and abroad during 2016.
Click on each month and the link will take you to the appropriate month to view the recipes and posts
Five of my Healthy Recipes under 500 calories as featured in November’s edition of Sainsbury’s Magazine
(I have worked with many more brands too, too many to mention in one post! But they are all listed clearly in my individual posts)