Thoughts on 2019
The Big Stuff:
The first half of the year felt rhythmic and easy. Arrival of sprog 2 threw us back into disorder. We’ve hardly slept since. Travel with work ramped up towards the end of the year too, putting extra strain on everything and everyone. Less time for side projects. Less time for anything really.

The Small Stuff:
We managed a few nights out together prior to little one’s arrival. Tim Key at Union Chapel. Alessandra Ferri at the ROH. Rudloe Arms. But that (and squash) have taken a temporary hiatus until both kids are sleeping properly. There was a fair bit of anxiety in hospital waiting rooms at the start of the year. Lots of Only Connect and hastily eaten suppers towards the end. Lol’s speedy hair growth. My sustained hair loss. Ave’s smiles. Full on tantrums (not just the kids…) Lol’s art. Dry crackers. Dry Weetabix (‘bix). A lot of “Bear” (Jungle book), “Peppa Pancake ceiling”, “Peppa Daddy Painting”, “Snail Whale”. An eventful, exhausting but enjoyable year.

In pictures:


Quote for the year: “How did you sleep?”

Books read: 27
Best three books:


Number of photos taken: 12,011
Number of songs starred on Spotify: 93

Most listened to track: The Bare Necessities – Phil Harris, Bruce Reitherman
Series watched: Living With Yourself, Inside Bill’s Brain, Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fresh Meat, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, James Acaster: Repertoire, 7 Days Out, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, After life, This Time with Alan Partridge, Peppa Pig, Luther, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Album of the year: The Randy Newman Songbook
Film of the year: McQueen

Pub quizzes partaken: 0
Pub quizzes won: 0
Trips to the doctor: 2
Trips to the dentist: 1
Trips to the vet: 3

Museums visited:

New Year’s Resolutions:
No coffee or alcohol during January. Complete Central St Martins Product Design course. Go through David Hieatt’s brand course. Start some sort of hobby course too. Lean into Monthly design projects. Pick up morning pages again. Visit Stonehenge.

Number: #19
Name: Essex Street Market, NY
Trade: Food and drink
Visit date: 23.11.19
With: –
Bought: –


Number: #20
Name: Union Square Holiday Market, NY
Trade: Christmas
Visit date: 24.11.19
With: –
Bought: Bitters Selection


Number: #21
Name: Winter Brooklyn Flea, NY
Trade: Vintage and food
Visit date: 24.11.19
With: –
Bought: –


Number: #22
Name: Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, Winchester
Trade: Christmas
Visit date: 21.12.19
With: Mum, Dad, Dunc, Soph, Laurel, Ave
Bought: –


Num: #18
Type: Celeriac and White bean
Brand: Soho House
Score: 3/5


Num: #19
Type: French Onion soup
Brand: Brasserie Zedel
Score: 5/5


Num: #20
Type: Rustic Vegetable Broth
Brand: Yorkshire Provender
Score: 3/5


Num: #21
Type: Hearth Minestrone
Brand: Brodo
Score: 4/5


Number: #13
Name: Brixton Village Market, Brixton
Trade: Food, drink and various shops
Visit date: 18.11.19

Brixton Village

Number: #14
Name: Market Row, Brixton
Trade: Food, drink and various shops
Visit date: 18.11.19

Market Row

Number: #15
Name: Brixton Market, Brixton
Trade: Food and various shops
Visit date: 18.11.19


Number: #16
Name: PopBrixton, Brixton
Trade: Food, drink and various shops
Visit date: 18.11.19

Pop Brixton

Number: #17
Name: Market Hall West End, Oxford St
Trade: Street food
Visit date: 18.11.19

Market Hall

Number: #18
Name: Seven Dials Market, Covent Garden
Trade: Street food and goods
Visit date: 18.11.19

Seven Dials