A Busy Year

2017 has been a busy year for me. It has brought a lot of changes, some proud moments and some big challenges, but it’s been a great year.

The year started with my first exams since leaving school in 1999. It was really nerve wracking, but I did well and was really pleased with my results. I also had interviews at universities in January, and was delighted to be offered a place at my first choice, the University of Huddersfield, to study architecture.

In February, we celebrated my 34th birthday and QWeb’s 4th birthday. Our company is still doing well and we’ve been busier than ever this year. Read more

A Very Potter Trip

Back in July we celebrated the girls’ birthdays with a very Harry Potter themed two night stay in London. It was pretty amazing, so good in fact that I am condensing the highlights of the trip into a one day mini trip with my sister, as my christmas present to myself. I’m so excited about the trip that I thought I would share it with you.

The main event on both trips was/will be the Warner Brothers Studio Tour, a trip behind the scenes of the Harry Potter movie series. If you’re a fan of the series, this really is a must visit. It includes exploring the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, Snape’s classroom and the Gryffindor dormitory among others. You also get to walk down Diagon Alley and along Privet Drive, and there are thousands of props and costumes on display including the Knight Bus. Read more

The Forbidden Corner

The most exciting place we visited during our crazy fortnight with my brother and sister was the Forbidden Corner in North Yorkshire. We had all been before but it hadn’t lost its charm.

The Forbidden Corner is difficult to describe. It is part garden, part fairy tale, part quest, part maze, part adventure. It is a wonderful place filled with gardens, woodland, tunnels, statues, gates, doors that only open from one side, rooms with multiple doors, some leading nowhere, and all sorts of whimsical things. Read more

A Long Fortnight

My brother and sister visited for a fortnight and left today. I have really enjoyed having them over, and we went all sorts of places and did all sorts of things. It was a lot of fun, but exhausting, and settling back into our normal routine will take some effort. I will post about some of the places we went over the next few days as I get back to normal. In the mean time I will be catching up on housework, gardening and all the other things that took a back seat while I enjoyed having my family here. Read more