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. Just popped in to check you are both ok as the boards are very quiet. Hope all is well. Sounds like a lovely break.

  2. So glad your’e back Fiona really missed you.

  3. Hope you went somewhere nice. I too was beginning to worry that something had happened. Glad to see you back!

  4. I’m so happy that you are back and that you had a good break! You had me worried there for a while when I didn’t see any new posts come up.

    Your blog was THE FIRST ONE that I ever even came across and started to follow. How about that, huh? Until about 3 years ago, I didn’t even know that blogs existed or what they were. Ok, I may have been living under a rock. One day I googled ‘English cottages’ because I was looking for a holiday destination. That’s when I came across your blog. Now I am following about 30 of them, but you’re still my first!! Hehe!

  5. Hurray, welcome back Mrs.

  6. And there was I, worrying….under a duvet with a book after eating an excellent home cooked meal- no competition with sitting at the computer!

  7. Phewww, relief, welcome back

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