Fun: unexpected

When I launched Fiona’s Favourites in January 2014, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it, or how many new people I’d get to meet through it.  It has also given me the space to explore a creative side that, I didn’t think I had, on one hand, and that people would be interested in, on the other.

I spend more time on this than I should, and I’ve been wondering why.  It’s a question I shall continue pondering.  Readers who joined me at the beginning of this journey (yes, I do know who you are, and I appreciate the support), will know that I intended Fiona’s Favourites as a platform for my forays into the kitchen:  how did I get to these pictures, originally on Facebook?


Thus began what has now evolved into a journal or log of both significant and mundane events in my life, through food, pictures, and reflection.

Because more than one person told me, “I love the stories!”


Not quite annual report

So when e-mail arrived from WordPress announcing annual reports for its blogs, I thought, “Oh, yay!”

I haven’t even been blogging for a full year:  it was on 22 January 2014 that I took a deep breath and hit the “Publish” button.

Other than the graphic of a “cityscape” which doesn’t really work for this city-slicker-turned-country-girl, and the stats analogy, both which I’ve replaced, the report does make interesting reading.

I’d have chosen this much more appropriate “villagescape”:


And for the stats I’d have used the Table Mountain cable car for the analogy, so it would have read :

The Table Mountain Cable car holds 65 people. Fiona’s Favourites was viewed about 3,220 times since 22 January 2014.  If it were a cable car, it would take about 50 trips to carry that many people up and down Cape Town’s iconic mountain.

Table Mountain 1

More interesting than this, is that 76 countries are represented among the visitors, and the post on which there was the most comments, was about eggs!


Incidentally, that post was inspired by a friend who was interested in supper options with eggs….

Back to the report:  If you’re interested, in the full report, you’re welcome to check it out.

BfastMCCDec2014And so, to next year…

I am glad to see the back of 2014.  It’s been a hard although not unhappy year, with a few highlights:  Fiona’s Favourites, unexpectedly, is one.   Thank you to all of you who have joined me on what is, so far, a fun journey:  for your comments that become conversations, the encouragement, and not forgetting the silent, unseen companions who stop by and who keep me company on even the shortest bit of this path.

Here’s to you all, and to a great 2015!