Best Bits

It’s been a funny old year, 2014. Not particularly sorry to see the end of it as there have been stresses and strains. But there were some moments.

Best Book: Us by David Nicholls

Best Television Drama: Broadchurch


Best Television Comedy: Friday Night Dinner


Best Reality: Gogglebox


I didn’t see any decent films.

Most Inspiring Person: Malala Yousafzai


St Ives: Me and my mum


Glenda and Ben’s wedding:


The Exeter Novel Prize: Inaugural award ceremony


Trip to Israel (Silver Wedding treat):

Tackiest tourist trap – Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is supposed to be where Jesus was crucified and buried. What would Jesus think of the bling?


Most peaceful place and such a contrast to the latter was the Garden Tomb – much more authentic and real.


The Old City of Jerusalem where I felt I was treading in the footsteps of angels (whilst being squashed by tourists and pilgrims):


Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane (that were there when Jesus was):


Putting my hand where Jesus was supposed to have placed his, on his last painful journey, down the Via Dolorosa:


Most breathtaking View: Masada


Trip to Edinburgh:My favourite city


My books: Seeing The Generation Game get to number 16 in the Kindle chart:


And some exciting news to come…

My family. We said some goodbyes to dear relatives, Auntie Shirley and Uncle Lyman. But I discovered my great grandmother’s letters and I got to know Mabel through her writing to her mother and sister.


I got to see my Canadian cousin, Susan. She’s serving in Lithuania.

I got to see my brother in Wales. He’s now American but Welsh in his heart.

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Seeing my children celebrate their 19th, 18th and 16th birthdays:

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Actually, I’m exhausted reading through all this. Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. It is a bit of a jumbled mess but I love it.

Bring it on, 2015.

Sophie x


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