Victor and I

Victor and I

January at El Parque del Retiro in Madrid with Victor's sister

January at El Parque del Retiro in Madrid with Victor's sister

April at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, or Harry Potter bridge, in Scotland

April at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, or Harry Potter bridge, in Scotland

September - dinner out at Bodega in Worcester. They have a good vegan menu!

September - dinner out at Bodega in Worcester. They have a good vegan menu!

October - a walk across the Malvern Hills.

October - a walk across the Malvern Hills.

It all started when...

I didn't know what to buy my partner Victor for Christmas. He has everything and even more so can buy anything that he needs to. 

After racking my brains I knew we both loved walking and the countryside, he loves music and war history and he is really close to his sister who was living in Madrid, and his mum who comes from Argentina. I knew we were also guilty of saying to each other 'we'll do that one day' but never getting round to it.  

From this I devised twelve things for us to do, one thing each month over the course of the next year. I made twelve little boxes and wrote out cards in each of them to describe what we would do each month. 

We had so much fun over the twelve months and both looked forward to each experience as it arose. It made us do things that we would otherwise have put off or never got round to, and it was beneficial for me because I could pay for things as we went along. I did some expensive things and some not so expensive things to keep it balanced.  

The ethos of the idea was so important to me because I don't like being wasteful, and never more so than with buying gifts at Christmas for the sake of buying gifts. Victor’s Box of Twelve as it came to be known created an opportunity for us to spend quality time together and share experiences.

And so Box of Twelve was born. I hope you love it as much as we do.

Our original Box of Twelve:

January – a trip to Madrid to see Victor’s sister and explore the sights

February – a visit to the Gloucestershire Soldier Museum at Gloucester Docks

March – an evening in where I cooked Victor’s favourite dinner

April – a road trip to Scotland to see the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Loch Ness

May – a walk in the Forest of Dean to see the bluebells

June – a weekend in the Brecon Beacons, walking, camping and stargazing

July – a classical concert at Tewkesbury Abbey

August – a day out at Cheltenham Lido

September – a meal at a South American restaurant

October – a walk across the Malvern Hills

November – a day watching Lord of the Rings and playing Monopoly

December – a Christmas concert at the Pittville Pump Room in Cheltenham

Check out my Instagram hashtag #victorsboxoftwelve to see our photos. 

Start thinking! I promise you, it will be worth it.

Zonnie