Reading them now from 2008 I see I didn't too terribly well with the ones I did make. The resolution to cook more interestingly, using my huge range of cookery books, was the one which was most successful. I can't say I achieved the one about being glamourous on Thursdays. I do from time to pull out something which is not the ubiquitous jeans and fleece and dress up a bit, but it is more like once every couple of months than once a week - less in winter because the urge to keep my clothes on when I have got dressed is very powerful.
But I have always been a bit of a sucker for resolutions: the clean page, the new exercise book with its cover still stiff and clean, the sense of giving your life a bit of an overhaul. So I am going to make some for 2010, just a small number and ones which should not change the world, but some of which might be achievable, some of the time.
So two gardening ones:
- Make better use of my greenhouse. In summer I love my greenhouse and from March onwards it is heaving for a couple of months with seedlings waiting to go outside. In summer my husband takes over with tomatoes but I have never really cracked growing other things in summer. By winter it is sad and empty and overflowing with empty plastic pots and half empty bags of compost. I hate cleaning it so it languishes until the spring when I get carried away with enthusiasm for it all over again. I was delighted to read that Deb at Carrots and Kids suffers from exactly the same thing, so it isn't only me. This year I will try to grow more in the greenhouse, look after it more carefully and make better use of the extended season it offers me.
- Do more successional sowing. This is a resolution which is beginning to be up there with the "lose weight, take more exercise, drink less" ones as a hardy perennial. I made some inroads on this in 2009. I did have successional sowings of broad beans and peas and mangetout. If I were the successional sowing queen of my dreams I would not have run out of steam with the peas and beans bed. This year I will have salad stuff for months on end, I will, I will.
- more yoga because I love it even though I will never be really bendy.
- more walking because I loved my Offa's Dyke walk and have done very little since then.
- more nights without a glass of wine in my hand (not too many).
- more Welsh. I really do want this to be the year I move from partial understanding and an inability to talk to anyone beyond other Welsh learners to the year I can understand S4C and have a real conversation.
- less time on the computer. I know this is ironic in a blog and I love my laptop to bits and wouldn't be without it, but at least a couple of nights a week this year I shall turn it off, read, talk to my beloved, not see the world through a haze of tweets or an avalanche of blogs. That will be a hard one I suspect and I would love to hear from anyone who feels they have the balance right between their real and their virtual life, but it is worth a go.