Goodbye 2017

The end of 2017 is fast approaching, which means I’ll soon by closing the door on another blogging year. I can’t believe how close 2018 is now… just 14 days away! And with that, it’s time for me to wish you a Merry Christmas and say a big thank you for reading.

What a year 2017 has been! I started my new job at Automattic, travelled, welcomed new faces into the world and said goodbye to loved ones, saw my design work at WordCamp Europe, got back on my bike, gave up the allotment, celebrated a marriage and we have finally finished all the odds and sods that needed doing around the house — it’s done! Well, as done as houses ever are.

Travel was the big theme for 2017. Between us, we’ve visited France, Germany, Canada, America (twice), Portugal, Spain and a few places across the UK. I’ve spent the year yo-yo’ing between missing home and not wanting to leave the country I was in at the time. Canada was one of those places, I loved it there! But sadly our stay came to an end and we had to return to normality. All being said though, nothing beats coming home to your own bed.

This blog has been through a few changes. I spent the previous year building traffic and looking at ways I could earn a living from it. But the more I mulled the idea over, the more I realised I wanted this little corner of the internet to remain mine. A place to document life, share memories and motivate me to improve my photography. I appreciate every single one of you stopping by to read my thoughts. And to all my commenters — thank you! Your comments always put a smile on my face.

Anyway, enough of me waffling on. Here are some of my favourite photos and memories from 2017.

Hiking in the mist

Hiked Grouse Mountain, YASSS! (post)

Flowers growing mountain side

Celebrated a wedding in Sorrento (post)

Man walking along pavement

Big love for Berlin (post)

Blue and yellow painted tiles

Lisbon tile mania (post)

Scott and Me

Jetlagged on Granville Island

Orange tree in the sun

Visited family in Spain (post)

View over buildings

Explored São Jorge Castle (post)

Jumping in a field

I’m a Happiness Engineer! (post)

Me leaning on the Berlin Wall

Ticked the Berlin wall off my bucket list (post)

Portrait of couple

Me and Scott at WordCamp Europe, Paris

Robin on fence with wing up

Dancing robin

Light shining on trees

Forest walks

People on the beach

Walked on proper sand at Praia da Mata (post)

Pink and blue sunset

Watched amazing sunsets in North Vancouver

Have an amazing Christmas folks and I’ll see you in the new year!


  1. I’ve loved reading about your adventures this year, and look forward to seeing what 2018 brings for you. Happy holidays!

  2. I’ve loved following along on your adventures this year (and everything else – I keep meaning to try growing an avocado). I can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2018!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Gemma Evans

      Thanks April, hopefully 2018 will bring more Pastel de nata to both of us! Let me know how you get on with growing an avocado!

  3. Hello fellow WordPress head! So glad to have found your blog and hope to follow your new year adventures. Happy 2018, what a way to begin it with the CC gathering hey?!

    • Gemma Evans

      ‘Follow WordPress head’ made me laugh 🙂 It was great to meet you at the gathering and thanks for leading our walk. I hope 2018 brings you lots of adventures!

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