2012 Summary :) (by sarah)
At the beginning of 2012 we were moving into our new house, so January was a mix of boxes, crates and buying things.
January also saw my birthday and friends helping us move.
And Mary's which saw me hosting the first party in the new house!
February saw my cousins coming to visit 🙂 And we dressed Alaric up as Gotye and created a spoof video.
It also saw valentines day when Alaric bought me a microphone which has lead to me producing recordings of my works 🙂
and pancake day
March saw World Book Day were Jeany dressed up as a dinosaur for the book Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs!
And Mothers Day when we all went off to Gloucester Cathedral to look at some art!
Alaric also upgraded the hardware running our Internet stuff (such as this web site) to a more powerful single box, rather than the previous two-box setup, which has simplified administration. It was a lot of work merging the two configurations, but this means that future upgrades will be a lot easier!
April was an excessively busy month and set the pace for the Summer!
There was me reading at Not The Oxford Lit Fest
Jean was in the Stroud Dance festival
April is of course the month of birthdays so we had a BBQ for Alaric, my Brother and some friends who all have April birthdays 🙂
Alaric took a day off work for his birthday, and spent it sorting out his workshop.
Then there was the Cheltenham Poetry Festival!
And as if that were not enough for one month I also won a bronze medal in the Gloucester Creative Olympics for my song Windy Gloucestershire 🙂
Alaric wrote a toolkit for building 9P servers in Chicken Scheme.
Visit to Petersfield
Cake pops! As a moving in present to ourselves we got a cake pop machine which we have had lots of fun with 🙂
We enjoyed our garden 🙂
I read at a National Flash Fiction day event in Oxford
I read at the Stroud Site Festival
We went to the Olympic Torch Relay in Painswick.
and House Warming
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - we made cake
And went to Party in the Park in Gloucester
One festival I was performing at was canceled due to the site flooding but a last minute booking was made for me to read at the Stroud Water Festival. It was very wet!
My textural science art was in an exhibition at Centre Arts in Cheltenham.
We attended the Cheltenham Science Festival
Our garden started to seriously feed us 🙂
I drew a picture for Mid Summer and we made solar cakes.
We made a Turing Machine cake for the centenary of Alan Turing, the father of modern computing.
Wychwood festival were I was running a workshop making pompoms 🙂 We hung out with same of our friends and had a great time 🙂
Alaric finally caught up on all the overdue financial returns and dissolved our company, Warhead.org.uk Ltd, a lump of work which had been hanging over us ever since life became crazy after The Flood.
Wedding Anniversary we went to Bristol and found a hill to slide down and went on a bridge tour and lots more.
We went to our friends Zaphire's House warming and we made cake pops 🙂
I became a poetry installation in a manor house in Oxford for the On Form Sculpture Garden
We all went off to Cornbury Festival as I was running a craft workshop - this time sock puppets and monsters 🙂 Jean beat the IQ elves and as did I so we got a signed photograph 🙂
I drew a picture to mark the 'discovery' of the Higgs Boson
I learnt to solder 🙂 So did Jeany at Bristol Hack Space
I drew postcards for a charity auction
I went to Bristol to perform during Science Show-Off, I knitted a buckminsterfullerene which was nicked by an audience geek!
It was my Dad's 65th Birthday so we organised a Discworld themed party, including a cakes of course and films and books and of course a BBQ.
I made bread puppies for my friend Ella's birthday in Bristol 🙂
I ran Centre Arts an art gallery for 2 weeks - it was lots of fun.
We went to my friend Claire's Birthday and we made English Rose cakes for her 🙂
I took part in a wonderful city centre festival called Art Tournament - part of this included the fact that I had been short listed for Gloucestershire Poet Laureate.
My friend Buko and her family visited from Australia!
Off we went to the Hullabaloo Festival which had been rained off earlier in the year - it was very wet but again but there was one fantastically sunny day and the ran was fun in the Centre Arts Markee anyway 🙂 We did face painting and a junk music workshop.
We went to the @ Bristol Center to see Robot Football and meet up with my friend Ella - we managed to miss the actual event as we picked the only half day to arrive on but it was ok as we found them testing and repairing the robots outside the centre and the students who had made them showed us how they worked 🙂
At the end of the summer I was too too tired and went for a short break in Essex where we chased ducks round a trout pond and everyone bar me went swimming and we camped and had BBQ's and it was lovely.
Jean moved up a grade in Ju Jitsu - she is now a Yellow Belt White Stripe, she also attended the National Seminar.
Jean started Junior School!
Jean's Dr Who Birthday
We went to the 1000 Kites festival.
Alaric's Dad visited from South Africa
Hosted Chicken UK
My cousin Sheila visited from Australia 🙂
I released The Little Book of Spoogy Poetry
Took the girls to the farm shop for half term fun 🙂
I performed in my second ever slam which was part of the Cheltenham Literature Festival!
Took part in the first Green Unconference in the UK, I talked about Upcycling and Junk Art and ran a workshop.
We took Alaric's cousins to Legoland as a thankyou for help with the deposit for the house - it was amazing!
The end of October is a cluster of anniversaries of various types which we celebrated with my Brother and his Wife having just celebrated their first wedding anniversary and it being mum and dads and mine and Al's first going out anniversary. Michelle and David got cake, mum and dad the picture I had returned from the Cricket Club.
Released the audio book of The Little Book of Festive Poetry 🙂
The whole family took part in NaNoWriMo and writing fever took over the house; even Alaric did some work on his existing fiction project 🙂
We celebrated 10 yrs of being together by going for a four day holiday in London which was amazing, we saw Gotye at Hammersmith Apollo 🙂
We had a house full of Pudseys for Children In Need 🙂
I went to an improvisation workshop which was lots of fun and helped me with my stage skills 🙂
I went on a one day writing retreat which did result in 10, 000 words of my novel being writing in one day 🙂
Millie came to stay bringing my friend Becca and her sister along 🙂
We went to the NaNo Finishing Party 🙂
I performed at the first ever Cirencester Poetry Slam
Mark and Lucy's Wedding
Wrote, recorded and illustrated Percival's Christmas Wish in an attempt to raise money for Shelter and homeless kids.
Tish and Clare's Wedding
Released the e-book of The DoomsDay Collection and celebrated the Winter Solstice marking the dawn of a new age.
Visited all my Essex cousins.
Went to the Island for the Snell Family Christmas Meal
Friends Christmas Party (I forgot the camera)
Had friends over for Mulled Wine and Minced Pies
Had a belated Pym Christmas
In little dribs and drabs throughout the whole year, Alaric's managed to tidy up his home directory, which had become terribly fragmented after several hurried fresh starts with new computers due to previous ones being stolen over the past few years, with restoring stuff from backups not being an immediate option but happening later. This had led to different projects being in all sorts of different places, so it was good to bring them all together and organise them. As part of this, he rebuilt the Kitten Technologies site, and reorganised and rewrote the ARGON Project web site. And, finally, he continued his part in the standardisation of the next version of the Scheme programming language.