As is traditional, here's the year in pictures. It was a big, big year. We did loads of travel, most of it in Scotland, and it was all amazing. There's a lot I didn't get a chance to write about, and some of it still unFlickrd (the horror!). But here are some highlights.

Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank

January - 2009 was the year of the museum. We went to lots of different ones, up and down the country. First visit of the year was to the Denny Ship Model Experiment Tank, the museum that sounds most like a Fall song. This was part of Denny's shipyards where they used to test model boats in a tunnel the length of a football pitch.

Midland Hotel, Morecambe

February - A cracking visit to Morecambe for a stay in The Midland Hotel.

Tomasso's Cafe, Crown Road

March - We kept up the classic cafe visits with a trip to Tomasso's in Crow Road, and a visit to Nardini's in Largs which reopened at last.

Bekonscot hospital

April - A big Easter holiday to Camber Sands and the south coast. It was amazing. I took about a milliion photos. Of a great holiday the highlight, unanimously chosen was Bekonscot, the world's oldest model village.

Meat to please you

May - Went to Newcastle for Thinking Digital and spent a long time taking photos of the stalls in Grainger Market.

Drumlanrig Castle

June - The annual trip to Drumlanrig Castle, a really beautiful country estate with a great playground and fantastic cafe.

South Uist

July - A summer holiday driving from Glasgow to John O'Groats, then across to Skye and over to South Uist. This was an amazing trip. It was great to see so much of Scotland from the comfort of a motor home. This is the beach in South Uist which we had all to ourselves. This was as dark as it got in mid-summer, so we were out for hours in the half-light.

Lighthouse Keeper's bedroom, Kinnaird Head Lighthouse

August - More trips up north. This time to Fraserburgh and the Moray Coast. One of the highlights was a visit to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. This is the lighthouse keeper's spare bedroom.

Easdale slate

September - A trip to the Stone Skimming Championships in Easdale, which is an amazing place. A bit like being on another planet. This was one of my very favourite places from 2009.

Wemyss Bay Station

October - On the way to Rothesay (to visit the Victorian lavvies) we passed through Wemyss Bay station. Designed by the same architect as Glasgow's Central Station it's a complete stunner. How's that for a ticket office?

Whitelee Windfarm

November - Whitelee Windfarm which was like walking into the future that was promised in an architect's drawing. Happy walkers, at one with nature and huge pieces of industrial machinery.

Snowy church

December - Nothing much happened in December except a lot of snow. Very pretty though.

2010 is already looking like a big one. Here's to another interesting year.


My datadecs arrived in the post today - this year's fabulous Christmas surprise from the Really Interesting Group and Andy Huntington.

Based on the data collected at (L-R) Dopplr, Twitter, and Flickr, each decoration is tailored to the individual recipient. Anyone not on those particular sites, or on it with private data gets a spectacular sparkly 404 to hang on their tree.

Andy has notes on how the datadecs were made, and other lucky recipients have been Twittering and Flickring their various shapes and sizes.

Like Things Our Friends Have Written On The Internet, last year's RIG production it's a post-digital triumph. The internet is great and all, but it's even better when you can hold it in your hand.

Merry Christmas

I'm hoping to catch up on I like during the holidays, but in case you're heading off - have a very merry Christmas.

[Illustration by the sublime Richard Scarry.]

I like postcards - set 3

The I like shop will be open through the holidays, but last orders for Christmas will close tonight at 11pm. Make haste if you want some. They also make great thank you cards.

Photo by davidthedesigner. Thanks David!

Bungalow Cafe, Glasgow

Young people working with Fairbridge in Glasgow have created a Classic Cafe Calendar. It features some of my favourites haunts like Boni's, Tomasso's, The Bungalow Cafe, The Queen's Cafe, The Val D'Oro plus others I can't identify (Jaconelli's?). It was all done as part of a photography project, the results of which can also be seen on Flickr.

It costs £9.99 and is available here.

There's No Place Like Home by Jen Collins

Today I paid my first visit to Welcome Home, Partick's finest design emporium. Newly-opened at 19 Keith Street (tucked away off Dumbarton Road at the bottom of Hyndland Street) it stocks all manner of design loveliness - cushions, cards, prints, totes, purses etc. I'm also delighted to say that they're stocking my postcards, yay!

Upstairs there's currently a brilliant exhibition of prints, with work from Gemma Correll, Anthony Zoninos, Natalie Tweedie, Cut Copy Create and many many more. There's also an online shop with lots of prints under £20 so it's great for Christmas presents. More info on their website and blog.

Ingrid by Rose Lullaby Dolls

The Folksy/Sue Ryder Upcycle Xmas competition has come to a close, with lots of amazing entries. Congrats to all the winners and runners-up who will have their items in the Sue Ryder store. Now the auction is underway with all proceeds going to Sue Ryder Care.

Winter Girl by Through The Round Window

The lovely creature at the top is Ingrid by Rose Lullaby Dolls, winner of the People's Choice Award. Can you believe that she was once a Barbie doll? She looks so much better after her makeover. Above is Winter Girl by Through The Round Window which is made from recycled bottles.

The auction ends on Saturday night, so if you want to buy a unique handmade gift and help charity at the same time bid now!

Tinyment by Finch and Fouracre

Tinyments are tiny, perfect models of Glasgow tenements, made by Finch and Fouracre. Made from nickel silver, they're supplied flat, ready to be clicked into place.

Tenement model kits by Finch and Fouracre

They also make red and blonde sandstone tenements kits which require a bit more assembly. You can get them from the Finch and Fouracre shop or from their Etsy store. My only complaint is that there's only one variety. It would be great to see them in different shapes and sizes, just like the real ones, so you could build a wee Glasgow street.

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