2018 was Decisions, Challenges and Changes

In 2018 I made some decisions, took on some new challenges and had some changes thrust upon me. I found new entertainment, I embraced some age issues, and I made sausage rolls, totally unheard of for me. Oh and I definitely went overboard on the dog photos.

New challenges

I started the year as a new committee member of my local WI. My role is to grow our social media presence. We are now connecting with other WI’s and community groups across the country and around the world. It’s been really fun and will continue this year.

Fun pyjama night at our women's institute meeting


2018 saw me bake sausage rolls, totally unheard of by me as I’m not and never have been a lover of cooking. My teen loved the pork & black pudding rolls I made. I’ve since made cinnamon rolls so hey 2019 could be GBBO for me.

homemade sausage rolls



After letting my roots grow and giving the grey a chance I finally had the last of my colour cut out. I have totally embraced my grey hair. I love it and received so many compliments which have given my confidence a boost.

letting my hair grow grey


Thrust upon me

My boy turned 18 this year and after dropping out of Alevels with only 6 weeks to go before exams I was so stressed about it, he was so relaxed. But he said he’d get an apprenticeship and he did. Now 9 months on and he’s loving it. He’s been so lucky as it’s a very good company he’s working for. If you ever find yourself in a position like this I’d definitely repeat what my husband said to me at the time,  ‘don’t panic, he’ll be fine’.



Facing up to the fact of having arthritis for 30 years! and I’ve finally embraced the flat shoes. Partly because there’s so much choice, and the fact you can wear them with anything. Winning a pair of Vionic Cece boots on my birthday reinforced my decision to buy comfortable shoes, even if I have to spend a bit more.

cece boots by Vionic footwear



Thanks to a recommendation by Jess Soothill, creator of Mothers Who , I discovered a love of podcasts. I’ve always been a talk radio fan but now I’ve a listening collection from fashion based to comedy.

My absolute fave is from the Telegraph fashion team Fashion Unzipped, I love their honesty when discussing trends, designers, fashion and style. My culture fix is from The High Low with Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, and for creative chat there’s Hashtag Authentic from Sara Tasker blogger at Me and Orla.

For a  comedy fix I’m absolutely loving the new and very funny podcast Older & Wider, with Jenny Eclair & Judith Holder (the writer/producer of Grumpy Old Women). They’ve had some fab women on as guests so far, I look forward to hearing what’s next.

If you like talk radio and have never listened to podcasts have a look, there really is something for everyone whatever your interests.

podcast images


Obligatory dog photo

…… and just because I mentioned the dog photos I’ll end with our Ralf. A rescue dog who has brought an extra something into our life for the past two years.

I hope your 2019 is as fun and busy as my past year has been.  What are you looking forward to this year?

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  • Oh I love all of this. I would LOVE to join the WI but I think it will have to be when the kids are older. Our Ralf brightens my day so he just shine through yours. I also love your hair.
    I hope you have many more exciting adventures this year. Lots of love 🙂

  • Aw I love this Lorraine, and in regards to the teen and A Levels, it just goes to show that if they take a different path it will always end up ok. Though I am sure you had some sleepless nights at the time. I embrace flat shoes too as I can’t stand wearing heels. Looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for you x