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1 Year Blog-Aversary & 2016 Round-Up

Today is my one-year blog-aversary or’s 1st birthday… My sister pointed out today that this time last year, my Dad was fixing the car with her husband and my Mum was looking after her daughter Sophie, while me and her sat down and she drew out my blog header. I thought that it would be a nice idea to do a post to round up some of the exciting things I have done this year to commemorate 1 year of blogging.

I decided to pinch this idea from Cesca (her blog is here) as I thought it was a lovely post and I really enjoyed reading hers and seeing all the things she has done this year. I don’t think mine will be quite as exciting as hers, as I haven’t been running any dairy farms solo, or flown to Portugal, but here it goes anyway…

  1. I went shooting for the first time (properly).

  2. I went point to pointing twice! (One outing was kindly sponsored by Subaru.)

  3. I did my first bit of lambing – and saved a newborn lamb!

  4. I competed in my first ever YFC  stock judging competition – breeding ewes.

  5. I did my first YFC junior exhibit box all on my own.

  6. I came 2nd in the WFYFC junior cookery competition.

  7. I learned to weld and produced a weathervane (with a lot of help from my Dad.)

  8. I did my GCSEs and came out with 1 A*, 8 A’s and 2 B’s. (and a new Schoffel & a pair of Le Chameaus!)

  9. I went to Canada for what I’m pretty sure was the 27th time (genuinely) and spent my first Canada Day in Canada.

  10. I competed in the YFC junior cookery at the Royal Three Counties Show and came 4th.

  11. I spent a week doing work experience with a large animal vet.

  12. I went to my first ever young farmers doo.

  13. I went to my first ploughing match.

  14. I went to Cambridge University on a residential.

  15. I started sixth form and a-levels.

  16. I got my provisional driving license & started driving lessons.

  17. I won Best Junior Member in my YFC club and the stock judging cup.

  18. I went milking for the first time.

  19. I bought my first car.

  20. I went to my first young farmer’s ball/black tie event.

  21. I went to the NFU Headquarters with #studentfarmer.

  22. I competed in my first public speaking competition with YFC and won WFYFC Junior Member of the Year.

There are probably some more things that I have forgotten to mention, but these are the things that have stood out to me the most looking back on this year (in approximate chronological order).

Hopefully this time next year I will still be blogging and can do another post to commemorate my 2-year blog-aversary! Thanks to everyone for reading my blog & supporting it. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you all the best for the new year!

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