The Changing Seasons – October to December 2019

The Changing Seasons – October to December 2019

The Changing Seasons post, inspired by the lovely Sarah at Secret Art Expedition and hosted by Su at Zimmerbitch.

First and foremost, HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas and enjoyed time with loved ones.

Instead of doing 3 separate Changing Seasons posts to cover the last 3 months, I’m just doing one.


I went to Ibiza with my sister and niece which was fabulous. We chilled around the pool, had fun at the mini disco, went to the hippy market, and had a few drinks with my friends who were there to celebrate their 40th birthday. If you ask my niece what her favourite part was, she’ll say the swimming pool!


I started learning Spanish with Duolingo. It’s fairly basic, but you only have to spend 5-10 minutes a day learning a language. It’s repetitive, but that’s a good way to learn, and you get the chance to speak in Spanish and also write the translation in Spanish and English. It will hopefully come in handy for a couple of trips to Spain later in the year.

I’m also addicted to an app called Happy Colour – painting by numbers! It’s art without the mess!

Painting by Numbers

One of my best friends died in October. Mark had just got to Mexico. He had been talking about going there for a long time. He finally made it, had a stroke and died of pneumonia a week later. He was someone who lived his life to the full and he would be nothing short of happy that he had made it to Mexico! R.I.P my friend!



In November, I had the pleasure of going on a girly weekend to celebrate another friend’s 40th. (Good grief, they’re all catching up with me LOLLLLL) Now I live back home, I can see my family and friends at the drop of a hat.

Having fun with the girls


One of the perks of my job is I get to travel and, in December, I went to Amsterdam to support an event. At the same time, I got to hang out with my best friend, Chris. Always a pleasure!

Chris and Me

On 18th December, it was a year since I left Bangkok. I still can’t believe I have been back in the UK for a year. Time flies doesn’t it? Who knows how I will feel or what I’ll be doing in another year, but I’m enjoying the ride!

I went to the Christmas market in Birmingham with my sister in December too. I love being able to spend time with her and doing things like this.

Birmingham Christmas Market

I spent New Year in Brussels. It was just great to walk around seeing all the sights, having food and drinks – alone. Although, it’s fab being able to see everyone when I want in the UK, I used to do stuff all the time on my own when I lived in Bangkok and I miss the solitude.

Grand Palace, Brussels

And that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 3 months. I want to leave you for now with this video. It will definitely put a smile on your face and put you in the right frame of mind for the year ahead! Much love and peace!

If you want to get involved with the Changing Seasons in 2020, here’s what to do…

About The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is a monthly challenge where bloggers around the world share what’s been happening in their month.

If you would like to join me and the others in this challenge, here are the guidelines:

The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic)

  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery that you feel represent your month
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so that others can find them

The Changing Seasons Version Two (you choose the format):

  • Each month, post a photo, recipe, painting, drawing, video, whatever that you feel says something about your month
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!
  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons so others can find them.

15 Replies to “The Changing Seasons – October to December 2019”

  1. Happy New Year, Gill!! Oh, I love that pic of your niece enjoying the swimming pool, puts me right back to my childhood where I spend a lot of time in pools like these as well. πŸ˜€
    And I’m so sorry for your loss – but even though his time was too short in Mexico I’m happy that he made it there.
    Brussels looks fantastic with all the lights! So glad you enjoyed the New Year there – yes, sometimes we all need a little solitude, to put ourselves back again so to speak. And that Painting app looks fun! I also did Duolingo for a while and it’s really great practice. πŸ˜€ xxx

    1. Happy New Year Sarah. Thank you, she loved it – the joys of childhood ay? Thank you, yeah, he would be happy that he made it too and I’m sure wherever he is he’s still be enjoying himself! I really enjoyed Brussels, I went to Bruges too, but that’s the next post. I love spending time alone, some people don’t get it, but I love it. I am addicted to that painting app, can’t stop doing it! haha and I learn 5-10 minutes of Spanish most days before I go to sleep. Have a fab weekend xxx

      1. Looking forward to read your post about Bruges – ever since I watched that movie with Colin Farrell I wanted to visit this city. πŸ˜‰
        And I do get how lovely it can be to spend time on your own – there are lots of people who seem to enjoy painting in groups for example which I never did. Just an audio books, my pencils and a sheet of paper please. πŸ˜‰
        Have a lovely Sunday!xxx

        1. Yes, I watched that film and have wanted to go their since then too. We are very much alike it seems.. Hope you have had a lovely week and are enjoying your weekend xx

  2. I enjoyed reading more about your autumn Gill. Sorry to hear about Mark of course.

    I’ve been using Duolingo for a little while to learn French, with Montreal feeling like my second home now. I am hopelessly disorganised about using it though. I thought it would be an easy thing to do on my commute but I end up down an Instagram rabbit-hole instead!

    Also understand about your missing doing things alone. People don’t really get it when I say I prefer solo travel but for me it is vital. I even enjoy travelling with work (not that it happens often) if I can have the evenings to myself to explore or to eat alone, and I hate it when my ‘hosts’ insist on organising my non-work time for me whilst I am in their city.
    Happy New Year Gill. x

    1. Thank you. LOL i use it for 5-10 minutes in bed at night.Its like my little ritual before I go to sleep. I think I’m learning quite a lot, but let’s see when I go to Spain in February, I’ll try it.

      I get the same, people look at me like I’m mad when I say I’m going somewhere alone and I am exactly the same – I NEED to do it because I love it and I prefer to do my own thing without worrying about anyone else. I believe I have 2 (now 3 – thank you) people in my life that get me when it comes to stuff like this. Happy New Year to you too! xx

      1. I was offered an overseas trip with work last autumn as a mark of appreciation for my work and my colleagues thought I was mad for declining. The thing is that I would have been with a colleague and that would have negated any pleasure from the trip and turned it into a source of stress instead. I get on perfectly well with this person but would still prefer to travel alone.

        1. I understand totally. When I was younger I loved being in the thick of things, but no more. I prefer not to involve myself in social get togethers if there are more than 2 people. 2 is about my limit! My perfect interaction with people is just me and a friend, it’s different at work, I sometimes have to support events where there are lots of people. It’s still nerve wracking, but I feel differently about it somehow. I’m just a strange soul πŸ˜‰

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