The Cottage Smallholder

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Eleventh Blog Anniversary!

Eleven years have passed since the very first post on this blog.

Looking back I can see that my involvement with the blog was an amazing journey. Filling my small world with new ideas, people and experiences. I travelled far beyond the kitchen table where I wrote each day. It was one of the greatest adventures that I have ever experienced.

When I sat down to write that first post I had no idea of that promising future. The slow switch from pottering along on auto pilot to gradually learning how to actually fly the plane.

And of course if you can fly that plane you need to choose where you want to go. And there’s the rub.
I realised that I was in a place that I didn’t want to be. I didn’t know where I wanted to go. I was completely lost.
So over four years ago I cut Danny loose, stopped blogging and hid away.

I missed Danny, missed the blog.

I must admit that I couldn’t find that pilot’s license for a while and drifted about feeling angry and sad.

The chickens gradually died off and I was left with just a lonely cockerel. The min pins died too. I took in an Olympian Mouser Cat that was finding it hard to find a forever home and he was quickly joined by two four year old dogs that needed care.

Oh the amazing power of animal therapy! We were all damaged and needed unconditional love.

So on this eleventh aniversary of the birth of the Cottage Smallholder blog I’d like to introduce you to two of my best friends – Fanny and Ruby. They are posing in their basket which is located on the human dog basket.

Hopefully you will hear more about them in the future as I am now going to start blogging again.

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  1. really good to see you back xxx

  2. It’s so lovely to read your blog again. Looking forward to reading more from now on… welcome back x

  3. Good to have you back, Fiona. Look forward to reading your blog again.

  4. Hazel Owen

    Welcome back xx

  5. Jackie Grigg

    Welcome home! x

  6. Patricia Ellingford

    Lovely to see you back. Have missed your posts and hope that you are okay.
    Fanny and Ruby are gorgeous and the unconditional love from animals heals all. Pattypan xx

  7. JennyWales

    Great news Fiona, know what you mean about animal therapy, I’ve just bought a Goldendoodle, Alice, she is gorgeous and you have to get out of bed in the morning because they are so dependant on you. Really looking forward to reading your blog again, it was the first thing I did in the mornings.

  8. Hello Fiona, welcome back.

  9. Lynds Jennings

    I’ve missed you, and I’m so glad you are back ! Hello Fanny and Ruby too ?

  10. Welcome back. You have been missed

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