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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Running out of steam?

It's fair to say that the number of published posts from Bag End is not exactly at an all-time high ...  It's not that I don't care, because at one level I do, but when it boils down to "shall I spend an hour on the PC doing a blog, or shall I curl up with my book" then the book is winning, every time.



Previously when I have had peroids of non-blogging it has bugged the h*ck out of me because I did not want to have 'gaps' in our record of developing the garden, but now, with 95% of the garden completed and growing away like a Triffid, it does not feel as if I have much more to say.  How many times do I want to write (or does anyone else want to read) that I cut the grass, or trimmed a hedge, or messed around in the greenhouse?

I think that is the nub of it - I have lost my 'gardening voice' and don't have a great deal to say about it right now.  The other thing is that I am increasingly uncomfortable about publicly saying "we did this" or "we bought that".  I've just deleted the last five attempts to explain that last sentence, nah, not going to bother any more.

What I am going to do however, is stop beating myself up about not taking photographs of garden progress, or of Daisy, or of anything else I happen to be up to.  Retirement is a time for kicking back, relaxing, enjoying ourselves, and doing all the stuff which we have previously not had the time or energy for.  "If not now, when?" has become a little mantra which I often run through my head when considering whether to do something or not. 

I will continue to blog, but when the mood takes me. So it might be days/weeks between posts, and then like London buses, a few will come along all at the same time.

To end on something pretty, here's Daisy, finally recovered from the Hurty Paw thanks to a course of antibiotics and a bottle of Loxicom.  Yesterday afternoon was warm and sunny with hardly any breeze,  On the spur of the moment I decided to stuff the housework which was scheduled and jump in the car.  We had a lovely stroll through the grass-filled dunes north of Allonby.  Madam was clearly happy to be out and about properly and did lots of running around and jumping about, which was quite lovely to see. 🐾🐾



Forgot to take a camera, so only phone pictures.  Sad but unavoidable, I think she's starting to look her age in these.



When we sat down for a few minutes I am sure she was sunbathing with her eyes closed πŸ˜€











16 comments:

  1. Oh Jayne, never feel obligated to write a blog post. I write when I feel like and when I have opportunity or something to say (or record for my own purposes). In fact, I think you can tell when a post has been written just for the sake of it. I always look forward to reading your blog whenever you choose to post.
    It is obligatory, however, to dump the housework and get outdoors for a walk on a beautiful day! Gorgeous photos of Daisy. BTW it is rude to comment on a lady's age ;-) X

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    1. Hi Jules, know exactly what you mean about "a post written for the sake of it', and thank you for looking forward to reading my ramblings :-)

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  2. The true spirit of blogging is to blog when you want to, say what you need.....
    I do love to look back at my post, mainly regarding our garden, with interest to see how my thinking has changed and what I was thinking when I planted each section.

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    1. Thank you Marlene. I too love the 'looking back' so I can see how the garden has progressed, what has changed.

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  3. You've got the right attitude to blogging, just write when you feel like it as it shouldn't feel like a chore. I often lose my blogging mojo and I was told recently that what might not seem interesting to me will be to other people so that's what spurs me on at the moment. I always look forward to reading your blog, I know nothing about gardening but I like to admire what you have achieved and I love to see Daisy, she is beautiful. Of course she is sunbathing with her eyes closed, why not indeed, she's out and about in the lovely sunshine. I'm glad her poorly paw is better.

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    1. Cheers Eileen, you've hit the nail on the head. I have spent too many years attending to 'chores' and must not give myself another one!

      With advancing years both Daisy and I now enjoy sitting quietly in the sun, on the rare occasions we see it :-)

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  4. Dear girl, remove the words "should, ought to, need to (the unnecessary ones), have to, etc." from your vocabulary. The time has indeed come to do the things you want to do that have been left undone over the years. Enjoy your life, whatever you choose it to be. If not now, when?

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    1. Thank Sue, and "yes Miss", as we slip deeper into retirement the vocabulary is being amended. "I'd like to" is replacing "I ought to" .

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  5. No-one should feel obliged to blog and you can always just post a few captioned photos. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words/

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    1. Cheers Sue, I think you have suggested before that sometimes I should just publish some photos and not worry about the words - maybe doing that would address some of the photo backlog!

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  6. You shouldn't feel obliged to blog if you're not in the mood, just write when you feel like it. As for feeling uncomfortable writing about what you've done or what you've bought for the garden, no doubt you've both worked hard and saved hard over the years to be able to achieve what you have now so you should enjoy it and write about it without feeling guilty - anyone who doesn't like it doesn't have to read it.

    A while ago I set myself the task of reading your blog right from the very beginning and I've enjoyed every post, as I still do. It's been lovely watching your garden develop and grow over the years - I just wish mine could be like yours! And if you don't want to blog about the garden then blog about something else instead - trips out in your new camper van maybe when you get it?

    You've got some great photos of Daisy even if they were only taken on your phone - she looks as adorable as ever, and I'm glad the sore paw is better now :) Take care, whatever you decide to do x

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    1. Morning Eunice, thank you for taking the time and trouble to leave such a thoughtful comment.

      If you have read the whole Bag End story I am sure you've have found me changing my mind over and over again! I think you know, when I found your camping blog I too read the whole thing, but you are far more consistent than me!

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  7. For heavensakes Jayne, this is your life & blog & it's about doing what you want & feel like posting about. I have off times & also wonder who on earth would want to read about me & my life, but it serves as a bit of a diary for future reference. Love reading your blog, yes, but the best part for me is that I've actually met you in person & we can always get in touch via other methods. First, take care of yourself, Mgt & Daisy, then blog when you have the time & inclination. As for Daisy ageing, I know how she feels. Take care & huggles.

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    1. Absolutely right Susan, as always, just a shame that you are so far away and we only get together once in a blue moon. Yes, the blog is a personal diary and although it's been hard at times keeping it going I am so glad to have persevered because it is good to look back on.

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  8. Write when you are ready, walk Daisy instead of housework regularly, remove that feeling of obligation - it only serves to make you feel rubbish! Enjoy your garden, your time, your dog xxxxxx

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    1. Bless you Kate, you're absolutely right that feeling obligated to do something is not a good look!

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