2013: a virtual time capsule


Dear Bear

OK, I’m nearly a year late with this but it took me 10 months to get my backside in gear and start this blog – I was busy with nappies and the like. But when you’re older and you can read, and Daddy and I give you the wifi password and let you go on t’internet, we thought you’d like to know a few things that went on in the world in 2013, the year you were born.

And no, I haven’t recalled all this from memory. I have used a very traditional and (no doubt by the time you’re reading this) old-fashioned method known as ‘Googling’.


Wales won the Six Nations, beating England 30-3 on 16 March. The win prompted your Dad to leap from the sofa so quickly, and so loudly, that it was the first time I felt you kick. And before anyone wonders – yes, I am English. Yes, I support Wales. For the sake of a happy house, I’m pretty confident Bear will too.

Andy Murray became the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 and Sebastian Vettel won the Formula 1 Championship. I’d tell you who won the football, but it seems to be on constantly so perhaps no-one’s won it yet? As you can probably tell, I don’t really ‘get’ football.


It was the year that King Richard III’s remains were discovered under a carpark in Leicester. Not necessarily how Shakespeare would have written it – I don’t think carparks were the Bard’s typical backdrop. Your Grandma and Great Grandparents were born in Leicester and a lot of our family still live there, so it was exciting to watch.


Yet more British MPs were caught fiddling their expenses. Turns out the people entrusted with running our country aren’t as squeaky clean as they’d have us believe. Shocker, eh? By the time you read this, filing dodgy expense claims will probably be a prerequisite.


The week you were born, number 1 in the charts was Burn, by Ellie Goulding. She became famous in 2010 because she sang a song on a John Lewis Christmas advert that made people (Mummy) cry.

TV & film

Sam Bailey won the 10th series of the X-Factor (or “complete rubbish”, as your Grandad calls it), and the Great British Bake-Off was staple weekly viewing (and was what we were watching the evening before I went into labour). Your Dad and I were on the 853rd viewing of the Gavin & Stacey boxset, while Iron Man, Despicable Me 2, Fast & Furious 6 and Monsters University were the highest grossing films of the year (we haven’t seen any of them – been too busy watching Gavin & Stacey).


The summer you were born averaged about a million degrees. Well, maybe not a million, but man alive it was hot. For a while there I wondered if it was just because I was so big and my feet so swollen that the heat was so exhausting, but turns out it was genuinely the warmest summer in 7 years.

Unfortunately (for  us, not you) we therefore don’t have any photos of you as a tiny baby wearing one of those cute little hats, but we do have one of you in sunglasses. Not really.

A royal birth

Oh – and 2013 was the year that welcomed Prince George of Cambridge, our future King. You’ve probably heard of him! And when we left hospital with you, I looked very much like the Duchess of Cornwall (or Kate, as I like to call her), only with a lot less make-up, unwashed hair and a pair of maternity jogging bottoms. Other than that, identical. Ahem.

So there you go. Perhaps you’ll learn about this stuff in school, or perhaps you’ll take part in a production of Richard III set in a carpark in the Midlands – who knows. 2013 was a good year though.

Mummy & Daddy xx

13 thoughts on “2013: a virtual time capsule

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  2. That is such a great idea! I really wish I had written down so much more to remind me and my children of what happened as they were growing up. I guess my blog tells us a little bit…but not really enough!

  3. What a great idea and very well written. I should try and do one for this year for our new arrival. Like you, it will probably take me a while to get round to it though, especially as he’s baby number two and I spend half my time now trying to tame a toddler! #ShareWithMe

    • Thank you so much! I’m pleased I’ve done it – while I’m sure, in years to come, my daughter will be able go online and find this stuff out for herself I wanted her to hear from me what was going on the year she was born! Hopefully a more personal account! Congratulations on number 2 🙂 xx

  4. Ahhh what a lovely post to write for your little one and I bet it will be awesome looking back and reading about the year they were born. I love that idea. Great post. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  5. OMG – that’s your funniest yet! I have tears in my eyes as I’m laughing so much. I wonder how many episodes of DIY SOS you cried at in 2013?! (And no, you can’t blame pregnancy hormones for that!) Or perhaps you were too busy watching Gavin and Stacey?!

    We did miss you on the ski slopes however in 2013 otherwise you could have added in Pizza Gate details, how many times we got high on Haribo in 7 days or the number of times you exited a ski run with flare 🙂

    Love you xxx

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