Back then (this would have been about 2004-2005), I wasn't keeping track of start dates and finished dates. I don't remember exactly how long this one took to finish, but I think it was well over a year. I don't stitch every day. I go through spurts where I do it nightly for a week or two, then take a break for a week or two. Sometimes the breaks are a lot longer.
It's so fun to see the design evolving as I stitch. My other half, Andrew, suggested that we take photos of my progress, but I never did get around to doing that. Perhaps now that I have this medium I will do that more. I recently joined a cross stitching forum where they do that - it's actually a great idea. It's called "stitch-a-long". I've started doing that a few projects I recently started and will be posting those updates in future posts.
So, I survived my first big project, and there was no going back!