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.
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.
February - A cracking visit to Morecambe for a stay in The Midland Hotel.
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.
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.
May - Went to Newcastle for Thinking Digital and spent a long time taking photos of the stalls in Grainger Market.
June - The annual trip to Drumlanrig Castle, a really beautiful country estate with a great playground and fantastic cafe.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.