Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Never say never . . .

I have been bloging at Bag End since March 2008 and a lot has happened in that time.

We've had the worst of sadness:



Despite saying I would never risk opening my heart to another dog, clearly I did:







and much in between:



But the constant has been charting our ups and downs as we rennovate the house and create a garden and for the most part maintaining the blog has been a positive addition to the mix.  But right now I have had enough; writing blog posts, processing photographs, considering what to share and what to keep private, and all the other maintenance which goes on is no longer an enjoyable activity but a chore.  Management is very fond of saying "if something's stopped being fun, stop doing it" so that is what I have decided to do.

I am bored with what I am writing, I have begun to resent the time it takes, and I need a break.

There is no way of telling when/if I will be back, but The View From will remain online for the time being.  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed, commented, and been in some way part of our Cumbrian journey.  Having you all along for the ride has enriched the experience and to those of you who've become "real" friends along the way, you know how much you mean to me 😊

huggles for now, Jayne, xx


33 comments:

  1. I am really sad about this, but of course you must do what is right for you. It shouldn't have to feel like a chore. Funnily enough I was just thinking about you and your garden as I've just been outside 'fashioning' something to keep the cats off our raised bed. Lily and I are planting this week, and I have always admired the work you do in your amazing space.
    I will miss your updates on stargazing, gardening and, of course, Daisy, and if you do decide to return I know I won't be the only one who will be just a little bit chuffed.
    Much love and huggles to you and yours Jayne. X

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    1. Morning Jules, thank you for such a supportive and lovely comment. I've been and had a look at your 'fashioning' - it looks very professional. Love and huggles back to you 😊, x

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  2. I've loved reading your blog but completely understand what you're saying. Thanks for sharing with us and good luck with everything. Much love to you all. K. xx

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    1. Cheers, m'dear. I'm still around, but I need a complete break. Have hardly touched the PC since I published this post and it's been great!

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  3. Thought I'd left a comment but might might not have hit "publish", oops! Anyway, I've enjoyed your exploits and pics of Daisy, but know blogging can take up too much time. Have you tried Instagram? I find it more fun with none of the pressure to produce something regularly. Thanks to you I'm picking up a caravan in a couple of weeks. Never towed before but you inspired me to do it at last. Happy Camping! Debbie xx

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    1. Hi Debbie, thank you so much for your comment. Have emailed you with questions about Instagram. Good luck with your caravan, I hope you find you enjoy it as much as I do ☺️

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  4. I'll really miss seeing how your garden is progressing and the lovely photos of Daisy. I hope that you post the occasional photo. No need for words.

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    1. Thanks Sue, an occasional wordless photo is a good idea but for now I just need a break.

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  5. I can understand, you will be missed but Moss and I will never forget you xxx (and keep in touch)

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    1. Oh don't worry Kate, you cannot completely get rid of me that easily! I am determined I will get the caravan down to your part of the world this year and then I can give Moss a cuddle in person 🐾 ❤️

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  6. I'm really sorry to read this Jayne, I've enjoyed reading about how your garden is progressing and seeing the photos of Daisy

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    1. Sorry, hit delete before I'd finished typing! lol

      Of course you must do what you feel is best for you right now, and if keeping up the blog is too much of a chore and no longer enjoyable then it's a good idea to give it a rest. Needless to say you - and Daisy - will be missed, so I hope you'll maybe decide to come back sometime in the future.
      Huggles to you, and cuddles for Daisy xx

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    2. Many thanks Eunice. I've stopped blogging before and then picked it up again, but for now I just need to garden/sew/walk Daisy without the constant background chatter of "have I got a photograph, is this suitable blog-fodder, when can I find an hour to sort out the pictures" and so on. Reciprocal hugs and cuddles to your lot! 🐢🐢

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  7. Oh Jayne & you're the one who started me on my blogging journey, though I do know you have quit before & com back. I try not to make mine a chore & just do it when I feel like it, though I suppose I'm just a come as you take me type & enjoy the photography & crafty part the best. It is also a bit of a diary of when I've actually "made" things as these days this "oldie" forgets a bit more often.
    It's a big THANK YOU, to you, as I now have quite a few friends I've met because I took the time to learn a new technical skill & I'll definitely not forget that.
    I will miss your posts as I have others that have fallen by the way-side.
    Take care & huggles. I'll be in touch soon.

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    1. Aww, big silly girl! You know I am still around, that's what email and Skype are for! Be in touch soon, xx ❤️

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  8. Awww...but I know what you mean...some things are too painful to write...some things you can't be bothered to write...maybe though occasionally you'll revisit...pop in for a cup of tea style. Take care stranger I've come to 'know' x

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    1. Hi J, from one 'stranger' to another . . . I shall always love the connections we make through blogging and will not be giving up completely. Got to keep an eye on you and the gorgeous Heidi for a start! Am very behind on reading favourite blogs but hope to catch up in the coming week, I know you've been busy . . . 🌷🌻

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  9. I blog, I stop, I blog again, it's no biggie, or conscious decision - I just blog if I want, or not, and M is right, if you don't enjoy it at the mo, stop. Your blog, your rules.

    It might mean that you never blog again, or perhaps you do what one of my blog friends does when she has 'blog fatigue' and just put up a pic every now and again and maybe a caption or a few words. It means she keeps her blog ticking over with out feeling she is obliged to post, but that it is not overwhelming if she does want to put more up occasionally.

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    1. Hello stranger, it's been great to see you 'start' again, even if I am already behind with your posts!

      I think 'blog fatigue' is a quite perfect description of how I have been feeling. So I need a rest - knowing me, I'll start up again when I am no longer quite so tired.

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  10. I'm sorry you're feeling this way but there really is no point in doing something if you're not enjoying it, life's too short. I often pop by without commenting to see how Daisy's getting on so I do hope you'll do as Sue suggests and post a photo every so often, no words needed. xx

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    1. Thanks Jo. I am afraid I am also guilty of popping over to yours to see how Archie is doing, but not leaving a comment either . . . 😟 Take care, J, x

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  11. Oh I'll miss you very much but respect your decision, of course. Take care x

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    1. Cheers Jessica, I won't be disappearing completely, much loveliness at Duck Towers for me to come over and catch up on!

      Perhaps when the garden feels less like a runaway locomotive which is growing in front of my eyes I might feel I have the time/energy to post a bit?

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  12. Say it isn't so!! Go on now, and do things that you want to do just for the heck of it. Have fun and stop worrying about what you "ought" to have done. Hugs, dear girl. Be sure to visit.

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    1. Will do Sue, and hope you find someone to go on your birding trip with you. A little far for me, I'm afraid, and it really would be madness to leave the garden at this time of year.

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  13. I'm so sorry to read this and I had only just discovered your lovely blog too. I have had several blogs, I decide to stop and then start all over again. It's your choice of course butblogging shouldn't be a chore. I'll miss you and Daisy, take care.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, and I feel a tad guilty because I promised you a "frog blog" . . . but have never got round to sorting it out. Maybe I will one wet afternoon when I cannot get outside?

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  14. I've stopped blogging a few times so understand completely, particularly the ' what to share' parts. I shall miss seeing Daisy and your wonderful garden but will continue to check in, just in case. Take care. Xx

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    1. Thanks Scarlet. I use Feedly to follow all my favourite blogs and even if someone stops posting I keep the link, it works well when "all of a sudden" an old favourite reactives!

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  15. Go with your heart Jayne and if you decide to come back sometime in the future that will be great. I have enjoyed following your stories on life in Cumbria and will miss reading your blog but there are much better things to be doing than sitting at a computer, especially at this time of year and even more especially if you are not enjoying it any more. Take care and we will definitely keep in touch one way or another :-) x

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    1. Hi Jill, so sorry to take forever to reply to your comment but an unexpected (but not unwelcome) side effect of stopping the blog has been spending much less time on the computer. So much less that I've found myself going for days without it ... and as you say there is so much to do in the garden at this time of year that I am certainly not idle!

      Are you coming over this way in the caravan in 2017? hugs. xx

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  16. I'll miss you but I quite understand, my blog is woefully neglected, I just don't have the words. there's a nice community on instagram if you want to share the odd photo, without the need for much writing. take care, and enjoy your garden x

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    1. Thanks m'dear. I hear many people say their I/gram communities are kind, but I just don't have the patience. Although I created an account just to have a look, I really don't "get it". But then I don't get Twitter or Faceache either ....

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