The plan for 2018: TIME

At the beginning of each calendar year, I usually set out some plans for the next 12 months.  2018, however, is going to be a year that is different from the previous few.  An extraordinary year perhaps.  You see, my goal for this year is no more ambitious than to have more time.

Time is one of the most valuable of things, for it allows one to first identify and then to achieve their ambitions.

Alas, I’m not ready for a life of full-time house tripping and no paid work indefinitely (unless the publisher of England’s 1000 Best Houses would like me to update Simon Jenkins’ offering), but for the next 10 months one thing is decided: I do not plan to work a full 9-5 working week*.

Going back to the plan for 2018…

I have just started working on our Easter 2018 “house and garden tripping” itinerary, which will take us via Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Liverpool.  I also expect to spend 6-8 weeks in France and Italy later in the year, but I have yet to plan that.  Watch this space.

Of course, I need to address the fact that Photobucket will only host this website’s photos until June 2018 (unless I pay them the extortionate fees that they demand), so I need to set aside a few days to overhaul  the website’s content and upload onto a new server the photos that I am keeping.  I also intend to make the “houses and gardens” visited page easier to navigate, via a hyperlinked index.

You may indeed have already noticed that one of the things that I have in the last couple of weeks ticked off my to-do list was the creation of a separate resources page for those who are studying, working or volunteering in either heritage or horticulture – I also plan to fall into at least two of these categories going forward.  See the page here.  If there are any websites that I can add to the list, please leave the details in the comments box below.

In summary, 2018 promises a wonderful journey.  Do join me on it.

The first two weeks of “year off land” were busy.  The snowy days have helped with the confinement to my desk.

Finally, however, my to-do list has fallen from 156 things to 15 (and writing this post has finally made it up to #1 on the list).

The eagle-eyed of you who follow me on Twitter may already have spotted that I’ve started plotting my horticultural forays and will be documenting those in a separate journal at

Until very soon.

Theme tune for this post

In good old fashion, each of my posts captures the mood best with a tune.  This is a song from myself to my soul.

*unless of course something wonderful crosses my path – I am open to offers!

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