On the 16th September 2012 I’ll have been writing this blog for a year. In that time I’ve written over 350 posts. As the 1st birthday approaches I thought it was timely to reflect on what I’ve learned during a year of blogging and boat owning.

1. A Simple Blog?

From a blogging perspective it’s been a fun year, one very much of trial and error as I’ve wrestled with the format, not in the hope of cramming more and more in, but with the aim of ultimately parring things down to try and make a coherent and interesting blog, one that others might enjoy reading; or looking at as it increasing becomes a photo-blog.

2. Simple Boating?

Boating-wise, well for me, simplicity is essential there too. When we bought Eileen we were determined that above all else it’d be a flexible, family-friendly and fun place, one we’d look forward to visiting and traveling on. We’ve not got a huge renovation budget so things are inevitably going to evolve slowly, we’ll learn about what we need by camping out on her, enjoying short trips and over-nighters.

3. Keeping it Simple

Anything simple always interests me. ~David Hockney

The goal of life: simple, but not empty ~Terri Guillemets

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~John Burroughs

The quotes help begin to define simplicity for me. In an increasingly complex, often fraught, full-on and frantic life, both the boat and to a lesser extent the blog, enable me to slow down, to think things through, and to value and enjoy what I believe is really important – family / friends / outdoors / memory / history / time / place etc.

Thanks for reading this first year, I’ve really enjoyed your company.

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