Happy & Glorious: 2018 Edition

Happy New Year!

I knew it had been a while since I’d posted something here but didn’t realise it had been a whole year!  And what a year it has been!

img_1009I’ve finished (and passed!) my masters, got a new job and moved to a new County; I’ve also lost a cat and two horses, been subjected to gaslighting (again), and had a long and frustrating journey to get a graduate job, but overall it’s been a good one.  This is the 6th year that I’ve been doing my Happy & Glorious ‘year in review’ and it’s a great exercise – something really lovely to look back on, especially if you’ve had a challenging year to remind yourself that even the hard times can come with a bit of joy.

This next bit is mostly for me; so I can look back at what I’ve done whilst being very ‘good’ and throwing out all the tickets and stuff – riding the fine line between wanting to keep hold of everything and also not wanting to keep ‘clutter’.  Read on if you want, but I won’t be offended (or know for that matter!) if you don’t.


  • 3rd: Archy being able to tolerate having an ultrasound guided steroid injection – still an uncertain outcome but hopefull (as it turned out it came out on the ‘bust’ side of ‘shit or bust’ for dear Archy).
  • 5th: Lunch with Rosie S-C at Wagamama in Winchester.
  • 12th: Finished Semester 1 exams!!!  5-weeks of revision and the stress of exams survived without any CFS/Fribro fall-out.
  • 12th: Celebratory end of exam dinner at the Wild Duck, Ewen (yum) with Rosie M, Lindsey, John, Fin, Olivia, Elspeth, Hannah, Katy, Ben, Leo, Molly & Sophia.
  • 15th: Trip to Gainsborough to see the lovely Ali, Danny & Jensen.
  • 20th: Weekend in Evesham to see Lucy & Dom and many pooches.
  • 27th: Went to see the new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – didn’t dissapoint.


  • 12th: Went Jiving in Cheltenham – 2-hours of dancing made my soul happy
  • 19th: Results day… passed all exams and all semester 1 modules!
  • 19th: Went to see Black Panther (with Lindsey & Leo I think).  Loved it.
  • 27th: Went to see Black Panther with Gabrielle… so good I saw it twice!

March & April

  • Mostly filled with coursework and study… nothing noteworthy that I remembered to put in the tin aparently.  However, there would have been a few pizza nights out with Gabrielle, making use of discount offers!


  • 8th: Avengers: Infinity Wars at Showcase cinema in Southampton (love those seats!).
  • 14th:Got 85% for planning coursework- very chuffed!
  • 19th: Rosie C to stay; trip to Cheltenham for some bimbling about and another trip to see Infinity Wars.
  • 23rd: Got Farm Buisiness & Enterprise Management coursework results – group project with George, Leo & Tommy – we got marks in the 80s and top of the class!
  • 26th: Trip to Twickenham – meeting up with Dad & two of my sisters to support Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva premiership final.


  • 4th: went to see Deadpool 2.
  • 8th: RAU Summer Ball Polo with Gabrielle.
  • 8th: RAU “May” Ball – pre drinks at Jess’ then made it through to dawn and the survivors photo… well worth the CFS flare a couple of days later.
  • 25th: My 40th!  Had a lovely day on the beach with my parents and sisters; a real indulgence, just the six of us being out without other halves and children.  Can’t remember the last time we did that.
  • 28th: Results day – passed all my exams (with two in the 70’s!) – passed all my semester 2 modules!
  • 30th: My 40th, continued!  BBQ with a select group of friends to celebrate, lovely evening and fabulous food (lamb fingers anyone?).


  • Mostly taken up with hiding from the heat and working on my dissertation apart from…
  • 6th: Mum’s new horse (eventually named Taoiseach as he’s been there, done that and got the ‘t-shirt’ and it was the only name he responded to)
  • 25th: a week in Treyarnon in the campervan with B & the kids (in their tent) and catching up with Matt & Juliette, Su & Gareth, the Manns, and Hughes, et al and getting in to trouble for being too loud!


  • Mostly taken up with hiding from the heat and working on my dissertation apart from…
  • 23rd: another camping trip to Devon with B & all the neices & newphews to be down in Teignmouth for a surprise party for my Aunt’s birthday.
  • 31st: Good interview with the National Trust for a graduate job based at Lanhydrock in Cornwall – nice guy I’d be working for but it is a long way from the animals (didn’t get the job but was a ‘very close second’ and advised to apply for another NT job).


  • undated: got interview for a graduate job for the National Trust based at Killerton in Devon.
  • 23rd: Handed in Dissertation!


  • 5th: Dinner at the Ivy Brassery in Winchester with Rosie S-C
  • 8th: Interview for graduate Job with the National Trust at Killerton – went well.
  • 11th: got the job at Killerton!  Start on 3rd December.


  • Mostly working to earn some pennies after this expensive student life
  • 2nd: Dinner and a catch up with the lovely Rosie C.  Always a delight.
  • 24th: Poppy Day.  Birthday present for my niece – a day with me, with some shoppping, lunch and a cinema trip.
  • 24th: loosing weight on my ‘milk’ diet – replacing two meals a day with milk (tastes much better than diet drinks and I already take all the vits & minerals they have in them).  A diet I enjoy – who knew it was so simple!


  • 1st: moved to Exeter for the new job; lovely winter let of a little holiday cottage – gives me a chance to find the right place.
  • 3rd: Started my new job at Killerton!  Lovely people and beautiful place.
  • 8th: Family pre-christmas gathering.  Lovely to be all together
  • 9th: Overcome with a feeling of incredible contentment during the pause for personal reflections during mass.
  • 14th: Work Christmas lunch & drinks.  Loving the job so far!
  • 18th: Can now put MSc after my name!  Passed my dissertation and passed my masters!
  • 25th: Christmas day in Godalming with the Bartletts.
  • 31st: New Years Eve murder mystery at Rosie & Kev’s with Ali & James… and Chester, the star of the evening!

So, here’s to 2019 and all that it brings!

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