Tagged: The Decade I and II

A big thank you and shout out to Mrs Holliman over at God’s Courage and Steve at Steve’s Country for this tag. Please head on over to their blogs, check them out and, if you don’t already, give these lovely people a follow.


Tag rules

  1. Please share a link to the creator of  the tag: jesusluvsall.wordpress.com
  2. Share some of your highlights over the past decade and, if you want, a few low points
  3. Tag whomever you wish
  4. Ask them some questions
  5. Use any picture appropriate for such a tag

My major highlights from the past 10 years

Anyone who’s a regular reader of my blog knows I only have highlights. In fact our life in France is pretty much one long highlight.


If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! Please answer any five of the questions below.

Mrs. Holliman’s questions

1. What regrets did you have 10 years ago?

I work on the basis that we regret only the things we haven’t done. No one ever said: “If only I’d spent more time in the office!” Ten years ago we’d already made the permanent move to France and if I look back and think hard, I can honestly say I had no regrets then or now.

2. What was your favorite thing to do a decade ago?

I do the same things then as I do know. I love spending time with my beloved and recently, thanks to you know what, we’ve been spending a lot of time together, cycling, watching live sport, cooking and travelling.

3. If you change anything in your decade, What would it be?

My father passed away in 2014 after devoting the last few years of his life to caring for my mother who died of Alzheimers in 2013. I would give my father a few extra years to do all the things he wanted to do and to be able to spend more time with him.

4. What was your proudest moment in 10 years?

Cobbles Baby!

That would probably be cycling from London to Paris. 

5. What was one of your highest moment in your decade?

You know what it’s hard to pick one from so many. My life is really made up of lots of little highs rather than peaks and troughs.

Steve’s questions

1. What place did you enjoy visiting the most in the past 10 years?

Hands down Australia! There are lots of posts (total understatement) on my blog about our trips in September 2010, January 2016, January 2017 and August 2019.

2. How many different places have you lived in during the past 10 years? (houses, apartments, flats)

Just the one. We’ve lived in this partment for 15 years and we’re not planning on living anywhere else. If you had this view or this garden, would you?

3. Have you made any changes to the way you do things, in the past 10 years?

No, not really, nothing major which makes me sound rather set in my ways. Perhaps I am………….

4. Is there anything specific you would like to do in the next 10 years?

No, more of the same please!

Playing Tag Along


Okay, I’m taking part in a game of tag just because I can and because it’s fun. I was tagged by Dippy Dotty Girl who blogs at http://www.thetravellingdiaryofadippydottygirl.com.

Describe your 2016 in three words

Reducing an entire year to just three words is going to be tricky, but here goes:-

  • Busy
  • Rewarding
  • Fun

I try to pack as much as I can into each year, time is a finite commodity. I maintain the key is plenty of planning and preparation which is something I love doing. So you’ll be unsurprised to learn that much of 2017 is already planned out and it’s going to be another amazing year.

Two people who made 2016 what it was

Life is what YOU make it. So that would be my beloved and I.

The most beautiful place you visited in 2016 and why you chose it

We stayed in so many lovely places. Some for the first time, while others were revisits. However, given that we spent the start and finish of 2016 in Australia, I guess it gets my vote. Now Australia’s a big place, and I’ve only visited a very small part of it, nonetheless, I put together a mosaic of some of my favourite spots.

The most delicious dish you have tasted in 2016

Funnily enough that was probably something I cooked for friends for dinner, a lobster curry from Adam Handling’s Smile or Get Out of the Kitchen. Mine didn’t look quite as beautiful as his but it tasted spectacular. I had a bit of a wobble while cooking it and his restaurant, The Frog in London E1, kindly responded to my queries – how’s that for service?

Chicken & Lobster Yellow Curry by Adam Handling (image: Tim Green)
Chicken & Lobster Yellow Curry by Adam Handling (image: Tim Green)

An event which left its mark upon you in 2016 (even a global event counts) 

Brexit – nuff said.

The finest purchase you made in 2016 (and if you want you can link up a photo of it)

I’m always on the hunt for the perfect (for me) pair of trousers and I found them in a shop in Chicago. It’s a German company, has been around for a while but had slipped under my radar. Since buying my first pair in February 2016, I have acquired many more, along with some tops and dresses. I’m what might be called a serial purchaser, when I find something I like, I buy in bulk. Probably won’t need to worry about buying another pair of trousers ever again!

Three good intentions for 2017 

  • Work less, ride more
  • Spend more time in the kitchen
  • Make the most of every day

One place you want to visit in 2017

I’ve promised myself that we’ll go and watch another MotoGP race this year, either at Catalunya or Mugello

One dish you want to eat in 2017

There’s lots of dishes I’d like to be able to eat but I’ve kinda accepted I’m going to have to stick with the fish eating vegan regime from now on if I want to remain healthy. So my dish would be a great plate of seafood – lobster, octopus, oysters, prawns, clams, mussels.

I would like to Tag………

I’m going to follow the example set by my tagger. I tag whoever reads this and wants to do this tag. Your choice but looking back on 2016 might just bring a smile to your face as you recall recent fond memories.

Rules for this Tag

  1. Mention the creator of the blog:  David from The Guy Who Said Always No
  2. Use the image that you find in this article
  3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you
  4. Answer the questions
  5. Mention 9 blogger friends and let them know through a comment on their blog

My work is done here. Now it’s your turn. Have a great day!