2017 was an amazing year for me – James and I bought a house, moved to Woking (Surrey) and got engaged in Toulouse! We also went to three beautiful weddings and had a summer holiday in the Channel Islands. The only downside was that our weekends were so full, I didn’t really have much time to blog and what I did have to blog I was often filled with self-doubt about whether you’d find it interesting or not.
But when I looked back at the 2017 wishlist, I realised that I didn’t do all that badly at exploring new places. I also realised that I still managed quite a few things in London, even though we moved to Surrey much earlier than I thought we would.
In case you’re writing your own wishlist right now, I thought I’d share my review of The 2017 Wishlist.
Here’s what I ticked off the wishlist last year:
Visit Ham House and Petersham Nurseries in spring. We visited Ham House one sunny afternoon and I got so swept up in Wisteria Hysteria I totally forgot about Petersham Nurseries. It’s definitely worth putting on your list if you’ve never been before.
Exploring Walthamstow was one of the first things we did in 2017 and we had a great time. It’s still evolving at a rapid pace so I’m sure we’ll try and go back one day.
Visit Wakehurst Gardens. It was such a lovely way so spend a Saturday, I reckon when we finally get a car I’ll be a regular visitor.
An autumn wander at Winkworth Arboretum. A must-see in autumn, as we’re not all that far away I’ll definitely be back this year.
Book tickets for the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House for me and my sister. Thanks to Germaine (sorry sis!) I finally got to see the ballet in London. We booked tickets for Alice in Wonderland and it was brilliant. I still want to see The Nutcracker and hopefully I’ll be quick off the mark when the tickets come out this year.
I’m giving myself half marks for:
Druid Street Market for Saturday lunch. We actually made it to this market one Saturday but I was really disappointed with the food I picked up and ended up heading up to Maltby Street Market. I reckon it’s probably great when the right food stalls are there, and probably best done alongside a trip to Maltby Street Market.
Afternoon Tea, ideally at Sketch. I didn’t make it to Insta-worthy pink heaven, but I was treated to a massage and afternoon tea at Sofitel St James just before the end of the year and it was lovely. At the end of January I’m off to Nottingham for a Harry Potter Afternoon Tea with my best friends and I can’t wait!
Here’s what I didn’t manage:
A trip to Hampton Court when the leaves are green. Most of the summer was about the house and our summer holiday to the Channel Islands, but I’m hoping living in Surrey will help make sure we get there this year.
Dishoom for the bacon naan and bottomless chai. It’s been on my list for years, I don’t know how I haven’t been here for brunch yet.
The Rumpus Room at the Mondrian Hotel for cocktails. It was a bad year for cocktails in 2017, maybe 2018 will be better?
A Sunday at Seven Sisters. I made two trips to Brighton but Seven Sisters wasn’t meant to be. But we’re heading to Eastbourne for a wedding this summer and hoping to spend some time by the sea!
Wander around Syon House. I totally forgot this was on my list. Oops.
A day trip to Oxford. Definitely one I’m going to do this year.
A weekend in Wales. I still want a Welsh weekend away but as we save for a wedding I suspect that overseas city breaks might take our weekend break funds.
Coming soon – The 2018 Wishlist! And more about what to expect on the blog this year.