Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back so soon?

Spring is just around the corner...can you smell it?

With Spring comes new life and new beginnings. It was calling me back to blog about our every day life again. The mundane and the extraordinary. The good and the bad. Lots of stuff has happened during our absence, but I'll get to that in good time. Right now I just want to introduce you to our new blog.

I can say that our break away from blogging was well spent. It gave us a new perspective on being here for the long term. You can read about our new blog ethos, in the pages we've designed in the linkbar. We've decided to blog according to what we can and where we are in life - it just seemed the most practical approach to a long-term endeavour.

Of course, there's a new look to our blog and even a new address - I know I promised I wouldn't change it, I'm very sorry about that. It just seemed appropriate to change what we felt was necessary. We deliberated for quite some time on this matter. In the end, we wanted to be true to our new changes rather than emulating an older model. Please forgive the inconvenience I know it will cause.

One aspect of our new look however, is something I hope you can help me with. I've removed the blogs I follow from the sidebars, as I felt this was cluttering the page somewhat. It was all good clutter, mind you, as I do love to follow my favourite blogs. But I was wondering how others have gone about removing the clutter, but still have links to their favourite blogs?

Do you guys sign-up to follow blogs to see who has posted instead?

Anyway, just to show I haven't been entirely unproductive in our break, I knitted another dishcloth. Of course I did! I mean, what else do you do in winter but knit dishclothes, LOL?

I had a few stray bits of yarn which wouldn't complete a whole dishcloth, so I just knitted blocks of the leftover colours in plain knitting stitch. I know I'm not the first person to think of this idea, but it was a first for me to put into practice. It's a lovely, large cloth and plain knit is quite a strong weave and simple to do.

Another project keeping us occupied over winter, was finishing our front retaining wall. Can you believe it? It's 95% complete! Pictures will follow later but it's quite an exciting time for us. We're eagerly awaiting the new spring flush of growth, which will kick-start our new garden above the wall.

Well, I look forward to catching up again in the near future - refreshed and content. Bring on lovely spring time and all the new plants which bloom. Happy gardening!


  1. nice to see you guys back again & sharing your adventures :o)

  2. Welcome back, I've missed you. can't wait to see what you have planned.

    Your lovely chicks were too small to survive amongst my backyard bruisers so they have gone to live with a friend of mine nearby who has 5 acres and some roosters so they are all very happy.

  3. Great to see you back Chris, I look forward to reading more about your adventures at Gully Grove :)

  4. Hello and thanks for dropping by again!

    I've missed being around too - I didn't get to comment on the new PM, but maybe that's a good thing, LOL.

    I'm glad you found a new home for the chicks GF, as it doesn't always work out. Rehoming is always the biggest issue when raising new chicks.

    My chicks/hens are about ready to start laying now, so I imagine it will be a month or so afterwards that yours will GF. I hope your friend shows you their green eggs. :)

  5. I thought that was your dishcloth, I was going to say that is HUGE! lol ;) Glad you are back!!!

  6. Welcome back! You were sorely missed.
    I don't pay that much attention anymore to my link list. I used to change it around as other blogs or sites caught my interest but like yourself, I didn't want to clutter the pages so I kept it minimal. There are some blog writers that dedicate a page to "resources" and that page holds the link list to other blogs as well. I like that idea and you might find it to be the best way aesthetically speaking as well as being well organized.

  7. Thanks for the suggestion Rebel and the welcome. I was wondering if I could do a page for blog links. I do have a page for general links but not blog ones. Something to consider. :)

    Thank you for the welcome too FT. I really needed that discussion on your blog recently. It helped me sort out a lot of stuff. I could see your post was helping others too. :)

  8. Welcome back! Oh gosh I often click on your link in my favourites, but today when I did it I discovered your back!
    Wow! Can't wait to read what you have been up to. And how great does the now blog look

  9. Hi Emily, it's lovley to see you. :)

    That young man of your's is growing too quickly, LOL. He'll be walking before I know it!

    Thanks for the comments on the new look. My only hope is that it would be easier to read. It's funny how you go through these blogging phases.

  10. Good to see you back Chris. Looking forward to reading your adventures again.


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