Friday Flowers and a farewell for now

I started blogging as a challenge in January 2011 and didn’t expect to go beyond 6 months.  Unexpectedly I fell in love with it, or perhaps it would be fairer to say I became besotted by it.   It became like an all consuming love affair and I have spent far too much time blogging to the detriment of everything else.  I spent more time indoors at my pc, editing photos etc than I should have been in the garden – maybe that is why it is not really up to scratch this year.   I have decided that whilst my blog and I are not going to part company completely, I need some time without it to get back the equilibrium, and do a spot of housework at weekends!

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has followed my blog and those who have dipped in and out making the occasional visit.   Thank you for stopping to leave comments, all of which have been much appreciated and valued.

I will write once in a while, it maybe only once a month, but I want to get away from the feeling that I need to write a post for the blog.  I will post just a photo once in a while as it is photography that I don’t want to have a sabbatical from.

Meanwhile I leave you with a small selection of the flowers in the garden for my final Friday Flowers post.


If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk;

Happy for a long time, fall in love;

Happy for ever, take up gardening. 

Chinese Proverb

21 thoughts on “Friday Flowers and a farewell for now

  1. I understand the pressure you feel, I am no longer able to reply to comments on my blog, if I did I would have no time to visit anyone. It saddens me and makes me feel bad. You will be missed but when you do post it will be al the more lovely to hear from you.

  2. I can well understand how you feel; I only read blogs and know I couldn’t possibly keep up a regular on line one myself. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading yours (only discovered fairly recently) and wish you all the best with your garden. I have been writing a garden journal since Jan 2012 and aim to cover a whole year but would never have the courage to open it up to wider audience. I take my hat off to people like yourself who have done so.

  3. I will miss your regualr garden updates and the pcitures of all your beautiful flowers. Some made me feel quite homesick for my garden in the UK.
    I know what you mean about keeping up a blog – it can be time consuming. All the best

  4. I know where you are coming from Ronnie, blogging creeps up on us and gets under our skin, and can become all consuming to the detriment of everything else.
    My garden has also suffered this year because most of my time has gone on my blog, so I am also cutting back on my posts. When anything becomes a chore, it’s not enjoyable anymore.
    I look forward to you popping in now and again to leave your beautiful photographs for us to enjoy.
    Enjoy your garden my friend!

  5. Its a refresher of sorts to visit your post and get to see such lovely flowers every time…will wait eagerly for your future posts as well…happy gardening…happy photography…stay happy for ever dear!! :-D

  6. I sure know how you feel. There just aren’t enough hours in a day! I’m down to one post a week most weeks, partly because of my extra work load since hubby had his accident, but partly because I was spending too much time blogging and not enough time doing the things I blog about!

  7. I will really miss your lovely cheerful blogs and beautiful photos. I just want to say, all that hard work was much appreciated! Enjoy gardening etc, but don’t stay away from blogging too long. You have a natural writing talent.

  8. Just write when you want. I agree this blogging can take over. Luckily in one sense, this year has not been good to get out in the garden due to bad weather spells, hence more time spent on the blogs but once good weather returns I will be out in the fresh air. It will have to wait until winter days.

  9. Hi Ronnie,

    I think all of us have felt as you do about the garden this year; it’s due to all the poor weather. I feel totally estranged from my garden because I’ve spent so little time in it. And when the weather has been good enough, all I’ve wanted to do is sit and read or enjoy being outside. So plenty of jobs have gone ignored, weeds are flourishing and I don’t feel I belong in the garden any more. It’s understandable that over the summer, many people post less frequently – and I can’t blame them!

    Enjoy the weather while you can, and don’t worry about anything else :)

  10. Hi Ronnie
    I know exactly how you feel.
    There have been times when I haven’t posted anything for a while because I just haven’t had the time to devote to writing a post properly. Then I felt guilty.
    The photo challenge helped but even then I never managed as many gorgeous photographs as you have given us.
    I hope you enjoy the time you spend in your garden and look forward to keeping in touch.
    All good wishes, Dee

  11. Thank you so much everyone for your heartwarming comments. As with any sabbatical there will be a return. Possibly not as prolific as before but I’ve not ditched the blog …so you will hear from me again maybe sooner than you think! I am not suffering withdrawal symptoms yet though.

  12. Hi Ronnie, enjoy your sabbatical, I will miss your posts but I know exactly what you mean, there is something terribly contrary about finding oneself indoors on a lovely day reading and writing about gardening rather than doing!

  13. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts, I know how you feel about blogging. It is addictive, my husband thinks I spend too much time writing and reading others’ posts. Look forward to your next post, whenever that might be. Christina

  14. Hey I’ve just found you so I am sad that there will not be so many posts, but I totally understand. Blogging does become obsesive. I will keep a look out for you

    • Hi there. Glad you found me. I have returned to blogging with the realisation that I don’t have to feel that I must blog regularly. It is making it much more enjoyable. Hope you keep visiting.

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