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Favourite stories – 10 years



Side tracked. It has a habit of happening. I start looking for one thing, and I end up discovering long, lost treasure. Then I lose time reminiscing. Side tracked. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

Last week, I looked back over ten years of blogging to narrow down my favourite craft projects, for a blog post I was writing. I kept getting distracted. So many partly forgotten blog posts that I loved writing at the time. Memories rushing back. They didn’t have crafting themes, but they were so much fun to write.

Seeing as I’m still celebrating 10 years, I thought I’d give you ten posts that I loved writing. Who am I fooling? I loved reading them again too. Some bring back the time so vividly, I’m back in the spot again. Looking at lemons or walking on that beach. It is a mixture. Some might make you laugh. Others to question my sanity. One for sure might make your eyes fill with tears.

In no particular order, here is my list of posts that I’ve loved. Dip into the one that takes your fancy. Please don’t feel you need to read them all :

Lemons in the hedgerow

This was a curious one. A chance encounter, where my mundane country life seems not quite so straight forward. What would Milly Molly Mandy make of it? (She’s not mentioned, by the way.) Oh by the way, I still don’t know the answer.

Things I’ve learnt walking to school

Keeping with the walk to the village theme. After 16 years, walking down our narrow, country lane to the village, every day, I’ve picked up a few points. I’ve rescued a few animals. I’ve faced a few conundrums. Now that I no longer need to walk along the lane, I do miss the regular exercise it gave me and the seasonal watch too. This hound was with me for the majority of those walks.

Fossil hunting

I love this post, because it unfolds as the day did. Capturing a moment when the penny dropped for Eldest. Understanding.


The time a rabbit attacked me

This one was from last year. There was me, minding my own business and out of the blue, the rabbit ambushes me and executes a move that even Starsky and Hutch would have been proud to have make.  (Just got my own pun!)

A moment

This post captures a slice of life. Capturing a time that is already dated. Reminder for me to appreciate every moment, because they soon pass.

The wish fairies

An old one from 2011. I’d run a competition, where the winner won a pair of Gansey socks that I had knitted. It was time to choose the winner. This was before the random generators that blogs use now to select a winner. All readers had to do was a comment and contact details, and a name was picked out of a real bag. Except this time, I wove a story as a run up to the selection. Fanciful and fun.

Dust bunnies

Another fun post, this time from 2010. If you’ve not encountered these critters, then I am slightly in awe. I loved that so many readers fessed up to sharing a house with their own variety of dust bunnies.


Warning. This is the one where a tissue may be needed. A blog post truly written from the heart. As was the follow up post. I’ll leave this one to stand on its own.

Not about a deckchair

This post explains why we bought a roof and had a very simple wedding, with the reception in the back garden. In some ways it sums us up very well.

A new dress

I surprise myself sometimes. Reading this back, I realise that a post about sewing a new dress, seems to contain much more. A dress wrapped up in a story. I’m glad to report that the number of handmade dresses has increased in the meantime.

Ok, sneaking one more in…


We like to party at Halloween. It is all about the detail. I cannot tell you how much fun I had setting up the evening. Bringing a little magic into my teens and tweens day. Have a read and see what I mean.

Well, that is it. Thank you for accompanying me on a skip down memory lane. It has been fun, on the whole. A bit of a tug at the heart strings on occasions, but mostly good to relive the moments. One of the reasons that I truly love to blog. I’ll keep this part short and say thank you for joining me and making it this far. I hope you got side tracked just a little.

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