Friday, 31 December 2010

Bring on 2011

My last post for 2010.

What a year.

Saying I'm glad it's over would be the biggest understatement EVER!

Mixed in amongst the horrible there were some lovely things....and it is nice ( & in my nature) to reflect on the positive.

So here is some of what made this year a little better for me......

It has turned out to be so much more than I ever imagined.  For years I have had friends asking me (begging me) to do something with my cooking. The name GourmetGirlfriend came from one of those friends.  She used to email me with questions & advice about cooking.  I don't pretend to be any kind of guru- I just love food & cooking and this blog is intended to be a look at that journey as I try to manage the wrangling of five young boys. It has helped me to stop and spend more time reflecting.  For giving myself that in my very busy life I am very thankful. It has been the biggest bonus of all that my audience seem to really enjoy it too! So thankyou a million times over to all of you who have taken the time to read & to those of you who have commented.  I REALLY appreciate it!

To those of you who know me this paragraph kind of goes without saying! I used to make cd compilations for friends as a means of sharing my musical loves & new finds.  That was before the wonders of iTunes & youtube! Now I put a youtube link at the end of EVERY post to let you peek into the window of my listening pleasures. As usual music has been my saviour- to help me with my sorrow felt at losing a very precious loved one in horrific circumstances to helping me celebrate the good times with my beautiful friends & family.   Music helps me feel, it helps me breathe, it helps me through each &  EVERY day.

My extended family & our friends have experienced a significant & tragic loss this year.  It has been the most difficult of times for us all.  But through this we have strengthened our love of each other, and made & developed new friendships & reconnected with some old friends too.  I look forward very much to the continuation of those friendships I have made.  And thankyou to all those very special people who have supported me so wholeheartedly when I needed you most.   You know who you are!

Always...... always I come back to my divine, fabtastical, magnificent, cherished, fun, crazy, wondrous, mental, awesome lunatic family! You are what make me whole. You are also what drive me crazy with frustration & rage and what make me fly into fits of panic at the uncontrollable nature of a family of SEVEN!!!!!  But essentially you all make my heart hurt with LOVE &  I wouldn't have it ANY OTHER WAY. Thankyou for being you- all of you..... & thankyou for loving me- all of me! xxxx

 I look forward to next year like I have NEVER looked forward to a new year before &  I look forward to sharing more of my journey with you.

I am not normally a resolution type but when I saw this the other day I had to will remain on my blog as a reminder to us all.......

and to finish I must post a song........a new track from one of my fave artists ...I too am looking for some magic in 2011!


Not missing you already.........


  1. Thanks for all the sharing...sharing is all, is all x

  2. Ruth, that's a wonderful reflection of a year. Thanks for sharing. Eva x

  3. Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. May the coming year bring healing and happiness to you all. We have just come through our first year since losing someone beloved and far too young, and while the disbelief doesn't leave you, the miraculous ability to cope, that lies deep within you somehow carries you through.
    Thinking of you. And so delighted to have found your blog. C x

  4. What a wonderful post, love your resolutions too..., I've read it before but it really says it all doesn't it. Hope 2011 is your best year yet, sounds like you so totally deserve it. Happy New Year.


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