Halfway up the stairs, Isn’t up, and isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery, it isn’t in the town:
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head:
“It isn’t really anywhere! It’s somewhere else instead!” – (A A Milne)
I love this little poem (only the second verse is above), although I always associate it with Robin the Frog singing it on Sesame Street (this link will take you to the song) and not Christopher Robin. It is, however, a pretty good summary of where I am.
On 23 January 2011 I decided to make a foray into the world of Blogging. I visited the WordPress website, chose a theme, and came up with the title “Hurtling Towards 60”. The raison d’être was to chart my course in finding out who the real Ronnie is before I hit 60. This blog was 3 months old on 23 March 2011 and there is just over three months to my birthday hence the reference to “halfway”.
Over the past three months I have come across some wonderful gardening blogs. Also at this stage, I must mention the great band of gardeners on Twitter. I have become even more enthusiastic about my garden than before. Those who know me will ask if that is possible, but it really is. When I discovered the satisfaction I get from writing something people like to read, I changed the title to “Hurtling Towards 60 and Beyond” because it was a pretty sure bet that I would be continuing after July. Why stop doing something you enjoy just because you are 60?
On my blog’s three month anniversary I had written 39 posts, had 2,018 visitors and 192 comments left. I like to think that is a pretty good count. I have regular visitors, so the blog must be of interest, which is the whole point. At this stage I would like to give a very big thank you to Patient Gardener who introduced me to Blotanical a collection of garden blogs. I became a member of this wonderful website which is full of great blogs about gardens from all over the world. I have also had some posts selected for Garden Grab.
Gardeners are also brilliant photographers – some photos are absolutely stunning. It has given me another string to my bow, not only I am learning to write, in what I hope is an interesting manner, I am also learning how to take good photographs. Although I am yet to understand why, if I have the macro selected, the photos are often blurred – can I really get too close? No doubt someone will leave a comment below with this answer. Gardeners are also an extremely friendly group of people, always more than willing to leave helpful advice on posts, and they give great advice on their own blogs.
In three months, I have not only written about my gardening successes and disasters, but have also shared the terrible plight of my ex-husband’s dementia, and the turmoil of redundancies at work. In short, it really is sharing my thoughts, my garden and my photographs with you.
Thank you everyone who has dropped by to read my posts and the messages you leave. This includes Karen at The Garden Smallholder whose post about raspberries was most helpful, Janet at Plantaliscious who always manages to boost my confidence and Donna from GardenWalk Garden Talk just to mention a few of you lovely people in the gardeners blogging community. Please continue to visit, enjoy and feel free to comment.