You can read more about my plans and reasoning in this blog post
And I'll add my adventures below as the year progresses
1) Making spaghetti carbonara - easier than I expected, and looks like becoming a firm favourite.Why didn't I try to cook it sooner??
2, 3, 4) New gig venue - Sitwell Tavern, Derby, new festival - DPP Festival and new bands - Hitfaced, The Covasettes,
5) Nottingham Rooftops
6) Dominos Pizza - It's hard to believe it but I've never had home delivery pizza before! We had cookies as well :)
7) Tapas including the promised (threatened?) squid - love the tapas concept, didn't like the squid (though it was beautifully presented)!
8) Rescue Rooms acoustic session, watching Joe McCorriston - ok, I've been in the Rescue Rooms bar before but only after gigs in the other room, never on the acoustic Monday evenings to listen to music.
9) Chicken in Plum Sauce - I normally stick to tried and trusted (and very delicious) Szechuan chicken when ordering Chinese takeaway, so here I am stepping outside my comfort zone
10) lunch at a Harvester - again, I've led a sheltered life, and never encountered their HUGE sundaes before
11) Trip to Holme Pierrepont Hall to see snowdrops
12) with the disruption caused by snow and my parents' health problems March didn't really happen, but I did get my first Mother's Day card from my grandson
13) Going to gigs without a daughter-shaped safety net. A surprise as I didn't expect to be so taken aback going to a gig without her along
14) New artists = Ben Marwood, She Makes War, and Helen Chambers
15) Brinsley Headstocks Country Park - Going back to a place I knew well in childhood but which has been transformed from a derelict colliery site to pleasant country park since I last visited possibly 40 years ago(!)
16) Lodge Hill Bluebells, Yoxall - the name says it all; a new fantastic spot for bluebells
17) Scribble Victory single launch. New venue - Dubrek Studios in Derby, with two 'old' musicians - George Gadd and Scribble Victory - and two new ones - Eddie and the Wolves (solo act) and Grawl!x
18) Felly Mill to Moorgreen walk
19) AirBnB - a real stay-in-someone-else's house style AirBnB (not a private flat as booked by my daughter in Edinburgh last autumn). Also this was picked and booked by me without any outside help!
|Old and new in Manchester|
20,21) Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank Mill - National trust properties outside Manchester
22) Visiting Manchester - actually seeing some of the city
23, 24) Eating out at The Wharf, Manchester - new place (found accidentally by me when playing with Google maps!), new food (smoked trout with salade nicoise)
25) Urban exploring in Nottingham - tunnels and the Arboretum
26) Pizza at Rudy's Neapolitan Pizzeria, Manchester
27) Swan Lake nature reserve, evening walk - another of those 'on my doorstep but never visited' places
28) Making custard in the microwave - not a success!
29, 30, 31, 32) Woodside Festival - new festival, new bands (The Tine Pigeons), new food (Canadian poutine), new gin (Pinkster)
33) Erewash canal
34) new festival - Timber (including no35 - trying to relax in a hammock; not as easy as it looks! - and of course no36 new bands)
37) A Superhero day at Wayne Manor aka Wollaton Hall
38) Darley Abbey village and Darley Mills - an extension to our usual walk
39) Animal Crossing - yes I know it's supposed to be a kiddies' game but I bought a second-hand Wii (to replace the old one that daughter wants in her flat), and it came with free games, so why not try it?
40) Rushcliffe Country Park - walking and investigating future play areas for my grandson :)
41) Lyme Park - a convenient sort of stopping off point between Derby and Manchester. Having tried to stop a couple of times we need to head off earlier in the morning!
42) - new artists - Nick Parker, and Pete RG,
and same night, 43, a new favourite (soft) drink Cawston Press sparkling rhubarb and apple
44) Spotted Bonnie Prince Charlie in Derby! It's a re-enactment event that takes place every year, but I've never caught it before. Missed the planned skirmish by the cathedral so maybe that's something for next year
45) Lunch at a new place - the pub next to my parents' house. Despite growing up next door, I'd never been in for more than returning 'empties' to earn some pocket money till we held the reception after mum's funeral there. It looked like a nice place so we though it an easy option to take my dad out for lunch. He wasn't impressed but I thought it was fine - lunch portions weren't too huge, and we could probably have all eaten dessert if Dad hadn't been in a hurry to leave.
46) A trip on one of Nottingham's trams. A lot quicker and easier then using the car, but the acceleration takes some getting used to when you're standing!
47, 48) Dinner out at Annie's Burger Shack - new place. I've heard a lot about the great burgers at the original Annie's in Nottingham but now we have one in Derby. Great food, excellent drinks (no 42 - Blue Monkey rhubarb and custard gin), quirky building.
49) Got a Christmas t-shirt at last. Well, technically it's a pyjama top (a present from my older daughter) but I wore it as a t-shirt on Boxing Day
50) Cold pizza. Seriously, I've never eaten morning-after pizza before! It's a lot nicer than I expected (actually I might order extra in future just to have left-overs)
So, I haven't made it to 60 new things but it hasn't been an easy year, and I'm surprised how many things I've tried for the first time. I think it's something I might keep up for another year. Who knows what I'll do?