At the end of the year I like to look back at the photos I've taken, amassed, and failed to organise, to see if there are any themes or patterns I wasn't aware of at the time. And this year, the theme is discoveries, because I made a fair few in 2014. These are the ones I made at home:
Home-grown hyacinths can be spectacular (not all are white, pale pink and pale blue).
After years of being very picky and choosy about which fabrics I buy from a single collection, I have now discovered that I like all the fabrics in some collections. Especially when designed by Lotta Jansdotter.
My love of tulips is no great discovery, but the discovery of a major problem in the garden means that I can't grow any in 2015, which will be the year of the daffodil instead.
I am still very happy knitting socks.
A pastry lattice does not have to look good to taste good. And making jam (raspberry here, but also lots of damson) is very easy - hot, but very easy.
Quinces are allowed to just look and smell beautiful - no further reason required to grow and pick them (my excuse for not getting round to making anything with this year's crop).
And there is a still a place for second-hand, hand-embroidered tablecloths in my home and photographs, despite the fact that the cult of vintage is waning. I liked them before they were rediscovered, brought out of attics and flogged at fairs and on eBay, and I'll continue to like them as examples of beautiful design and stitching.
But best of all my the rediscovery of my own house and garden - after coming so close to selling it. We were about to move in the New Year when the call came two days before Christmas that our buyer was pulling out. We've decided not to put the house back on the market, although we shall move eventually. For now, though, I have the privilege of living here knowing fully and properly what it is I value most about this home.