The Cottage Smallholder

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A month in the country

A beautiful lead toy cow from my collection that we sold this month on eBay

A beautiful lead toy cow from my collection that we sold this month on eBay

I didn’t plan my month in the country. At first I just wanted to take a few days off from blogging. Then it became a week – two weeks and more. Then I decided that I’d take the entire month off.

August 12th this year was The Cottage Smallholder’s sixth birthday. Six years of blogging, finding new friends and learning. Blogging ultimately means shifting stones. There’s no point in just being a town crier.

When I started blogging I had no advice, no map or planned route. I had no idea that there might be treasure involved.

I’ve since discovered that blogging can be an amazing journey. I’ve travelled through unimagined landscapes met and communicated with people way outside my frame of reference. Blogging for me has replaced the need for that round the world trip that I could never take. It has forced me to wake up, grow and develop. It has provided a gentle light where there were just shadows before.
Over the past few weeks I’ve really missed blogging and communicating with you. Everywhere that I looked I found a quirky detail that inspired me to blog and share. But I deliberately put these aside for later – I wanted to see what would happen to me if I took a stealthy break from blogging.

I created several new recipes – photographed and stored away for the future. They’re good ones too. I must admit that often it was good to slide under my duvet with the Min Pins and a good book and not feel the need to blog. I didn’t touch the garden, allotment or any of those pressing tasks that I’d planned to do. Perhaps I just needed the space to play a bit, take a holiday and digest the last six years.

Anyway I’m so pleased to be typing this post now. Whenever I go abroad I always reckon that I’m the one person to be relieved to touch down and head off home. I love travelling but I enjoy living in our cottage more.

I’m delighted to be back at the keyboard and looking out beyond the gate at the end of our drive.

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  1. Liza Thomas

    Great to see you again. I was actually beginning to detest poor Hope because I was checking on CSM almost every day to see if you had written something and kept seeing her photo instead. Welcome back!

  2. Ahh…you must have had a “I want to be alone Virgo month”. Hope Danny had one too and that you are both now refreshed and full of beans. …couldn’t see life as much good or fun without you… !

  3. Hi Fiona

    so glad you are ok, I was worried about you. I have missed your blogs but great that you have had a good rest and enjoyed just being, we should all do the same sometime to recharge the batteries. Welcome back x

  4. Good to have you back, Fiona. I’ve been having quite a few breaks myself. Sometimes it’s just what I need. Looking forward to your stored up material!

  5. So pleased to see a post from you, I know I dont come on and say very much, but I do love to read your blogs and share a little part of you. Welcome back dear Lady xxxx

  6. It is lovely to have you back – you have become a daily habit that I do not want to quit!!
    Sue xxx

  7. Hurray! I don’t begrudge you your month off at all, you obviously needed it, but I’m glad you’re back — like a number of other people I was worried about you. And I missed my CSH fix 🙂 I hope you enjoyed it and are refreshed and raring to go.

  8. So glad to have you back Fiona. Was beginning to get very worried about you and glad it was just that you were having a well deserved holiday. You have been missed. We all need out fix in the morning!!!

  9. Welcome back – you were missed.

  10. Welcome back – your absence has seemingly produced mass worrying – me included – even tho I’m one of those readers who remains in the background…Glad to hear you’ve recharged your batteries and had a good break, sometimes it’s what we need to see things in a different light.
    Happy days.

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