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Things to do in 2014

For the last few years I’ve written a list of things I’d like to do in the coming year. This isn’t something I pay much attention to during the year but it is interesting to look back and see how I got on.  I’ll try and reflect on last year’s list later but for now here is my list for 2014:
1) Go and watch a pro cycling race
2013 was the year I properly got into pro-cycling. This year I’d love to go and watch some (we saw a bit of the Tour De France a couple of years ago but I mostly remember it being very, very wet!). The good news is that there are plenty of options – Le Tour starts in Yorkshire, the Tour of Britain is running both a mens & a womens race and there is the Tour Series of criterium races as well.
2) Go on a 50+km bike ride
I’m cycling a lot at the moment which is fun but I haven’t ridden more than 20km in a day since before we moved to Bristol. I’d like to do a few longer rides at some point and I’d love to do a multi-day trip as well although that is perhaps less likely.
3) Go on a pilgrimage of some sort
There was a brilliant documentary on the BBC before Christmas about pilgrimages and we decided that they look like a great idea.  I don’t know where we’ll go but, in a year of significant change for us as a family, I feel like it is something that we need to do.
4) Find a replacement for taking Charlie to Lawrence Weston Community Farm when we move to Whitchurch
One of my highlights of our time in Bristol has been taking Charlie to the farm every week where we volunteer. I would love to find something similar in Whitchurch, there is a Shropshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve which we might be able to volunteer at.
5) Learn to identify 10 common birds by sight
I’ve always loved birds and when I was younger I used to be able to identify a good number but I’ve lost the skill.  I got some binoculars for Christmas and hopefully this year I’ll get better again.
6) Take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch
As a follow-up/incentive to number 5 we’re going to do the RSPB’s big garden birdwatch at the end of January.
7) Carve a nativity set
8) Carve a walking stick
One of last year’s aims was to carve a wooden spoon and I really enjoyed it. This year I’d like to have a go at carving a nativity set and a wooden spoon (for no reason other than that I think they would be interesting things to make!)
9) Write a song for the college choir to perform
This year I am conducting the college choir which has been a lot of fun. For Christmas I arranged a song for the choir and by the end of the year I’d like to write a whole song for us to perform (I’ve written a few before but wimped out of giving them to John who used to lead the choir).
10) Learn (and blog?) a folk song each week
A while ago I went, on the spur of the moment, to an open Mic night that I used to play at regularly. Because I hadn’t planned to go I didn’t have either a guitar or any lyrics with me and it made me realise how few songs I actually know so I’ve learned a few folk songs off by heart and it’s actually really fun so I want to do more of it this year.
11) Do a month of daily blogs on something
Last September I did a daily blog on all things bread-related for #SourdoughSeptember. It was hard work but lots of fun. This year I’d like to find a similar challenge to do.
12) Pass my degree!
I know this seems obvious but it would be nice to get through this academic year unscathed!
13) Go veggie for Lent
I have no intentions of going totally vegetarian but we are trying to eat a lot less may and it seems to me that the best way to discover good veggie recipes is to just do it for a while.
14) Take a wicket in a cricket match
I’ve played for the college cricket team for the last couple of years after not really playing since school. 2 years ago I took a wicket but it was at the end of a 15 ball over and was more by luck than judgement! Last year I really got my bowling rhythm back in the nets but I ended up not bowling in the 2 matches we played. This year I’ll hopefully have chance to bowl my dodgy leg spinners in anger and it would be nice to take a wicket or two!
So that’s a few things I’m hoping to do this year. How about you?


3 responses »

  1. What an excellent list! Good luck with them all and particularly with your move.
    I’ve committed to getting better organized and to a number of sewing projects. In 2013 I loved playing my sax more often and baking bread, so hopefully more of those. I’ve also promised to help out at the recorder group at my daughter’s school. Happy New Year!

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