Friday, 2 January 2015

Most popular blog posts of 2014

Posted by Rosie

Over the last year this blog has hosted over 330 posts on quite a wide range of subjects - France, green issues, gardening, cooking, parenting and animals being regular topics.  Our readership has grown steadily and there was a peak in early summer when the blog was featured as Sustainable Blog of the Week in The Guardian.  As we draw to the end of 2014 I have had a look at a few statistics and come up with the 12 most popular posts (by views) over the last 12 months.  In no particular order these are the most viewed:

70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

2014 was 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings which saw the beginning of the end of World War II.  There were many events and exhibitions all through the year and although you may have missed these there are still loads of museums and sites to visit to learn about this important time in our history.

Our Social Media Pages and a Grumpy Pig

A popular blog that gave you links to all our social media pages and explained why Coco the pig was in such a bad mood!

Coco The Grumpy Pig and Peardrop

Word of The Week - Annoyed

So what was it that got me annoyed back in June?

Teaching an 11 year old the value of money

When Ben wanted to buy a large Lego kit we helped to explain to him why his money might actually be better spent elsewhere.

Kitchen utensils to save you money

5 Kitchen Utensils that can help you save energy costs in the kitchen including one you may  not have heard of.

Chilli Courgette Pickle

This is my absolute favourite pickle recipe and by the number of people reading this post it would appear to be popular with other people as well!

Making Chilli Courgette Pickle

50 Shades of Green

A post to get you thinking about the best ways to be green - it's maybe not as straightforward as you might think.

Driving in France

If you have never driven in France this post is worth reading as it gives details of those aspects of the road and what you need in your car that may be different from other countries.

Let the Children Play

Following an article in The Telegraph I wrote a post about how I believe children should be given as much time as possible to simply play - the sort of play that involves mud, some risk taking and time alone.

Independent Play

20 Facts about Me

A fun blog post where I listed 19 true facts about me and one false one .... that very few people worked out. Can you?

Protecting yourself when making a booking

With holiday booking sites and holiday makers suffering at the hands of scammers I blogged about how you can make sure your holiday is genuine and your money is safe when you book a holiday online.

Poppy and Saari

Our canine friends really are the best of friends and now often feature in the Animal Tales linky I run on a Tuesday.

Poppy and Saari

I hope you have enjoyed this little round up of popular posts from 2014, it's quite an eclectic mix! Here's looking forward to writing more in 2015.

I'd love to hear which was your favourite blog post of 2014.


  1. I think my favourite of the year was the one about why autumn colours are better some years than others. I always like reading about what you produce in your polytunnel and things to do in Normandy. I loved all those colourful horses and 20 fact about you was a goodun too! I'm mainly impressed though that you manage to find inspiration and time to write every single day. I struggle with 2-3 a week!!!

  2. I will be having a flick through all your posts later on, fab idea to do a round up. So sorry to hear about your loss of Poppy.xx

  3. Great round up of posts and as you say quiet a mix ! I am linking up through the weekend blog hop and am really pleased to find some really interesting new blogs to follow .

  4. What a great round up! A fantastic mix!
    All the best for 2015 x


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