The Hardest Post To Write

rusty duck is rapidly approaching five years old and I’m coming round to thinking that’s enough.

It isn’t just the preparation of the posts although heaven knows that is time consuming in itself. As anyone who blogs knows, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Blogging at a personal level is a communal thing and what you get out of it depends absolutely on how much you put in. It’s been a hugely fun thing to do. Many of my most treasured garden acquisitions are here because I saw them on someone’s blog. And as many of you are far more accomplished gardeners than me blogging has most definitely raised my game. Even more of you have become friends, be it in real life or virtual.

The trouble is the time I can give to it is getting squeezed. It’s a struggle to keep up with all of your posts. Facebook have taken to enquiring after my welfare, I haven’t been there for so long. I can’t remember the last time I logged into Twitter. In recent weeks I’ve dabbled with Instagram but it’s not for me. Transferring pictures from my camera onto a tablet just to post them is a faff too far. And anyway, writing is my passion. It’s difficult to construct a story using picture captions alone.

Reluctantly then I’ve reached the conclusion that maintaining the blog at its current level has become unsustainable. It would be awful to see rusty duck wither on the vine for my lack of attention, not after all the work that has gone in to building it up. Better to quit while you’re ahead? I can’t go without expressing my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has read, commented, followed or shared here. It’s going to feel so strange not doing it anymore.


Take care, Jessica x


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  1. Gillian Thompson May 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I am very sad to hear this – I enjoy your blog so much! However, I can imagine how much work goes into it and understand that you just can’t spare the time. All the very best to you – and good luck in your ongoing gardening projects. And thank you.

  2. New Moons For Old May 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I claim no special insight here, because as you know my own very young blogging journey has not been easy. But I must admit that I was wondering whether this post might be coming our way some time soon. Your blog has brought so much interest and joy to so many people, including myself. I have found garden plants I long to own, been inspired by the renovation of “Rusty Duck HQ” and been made to laugh out loud at your antics, so vividly described. It has been so generous of you (and Mike) share so much of your home and your lives. Perhaps now you might be able to give some time to finishing your book? I know I speak for many when I say there’s a willing readership ready and waiting to support you, if you do.

    Thank you for it all.

    With my very best wishes.

  3. Christina May 15, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Oh! Jessica; I’m so sad, I love reading your posts. I know it is time consuming and sometimes it seems so hard but I will truly miss you. Enjoy your garden and remember “never say never again”!

  4. Donna Donabella May 15, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this Jessica, but I totally understand….I have been on a 9 month hiatus and it is hard to get back into it….not sure when and how I will if I do….but closing one door will open so many others for you….I wish you good luck in whatever you do but you should keep writing…..I will not say goodbye as I hope our paths cross again!

  5. snowbird May 15, 2017 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    What a damn shame! I always enjoy calling in here, you are a wonderful writer and never fail to come up with an interesting, enjoyable post. I totally understand what you are saying though, blogging can be time consuming and I often find myself behind the game but have given up worrying about it….I just do what I have the time and inclination to go with blogging wise. I hope we hear from you again…things change and you may decide to come back at some point. Meanwhile, take good care of you and yours, I shall certainly miss

  6. womanwalkingblog May 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this. I haven’t been following you for all that long – but as soon as I found your blog I went back and read all of your posts – but I have so enjoyed reading your thoughts and seeing your images. You write so well (and yes, I do know how long it takes to craft such apparently off the cuff remarks) and I wish you the best of luck with whatever comes next (A book, do I hear?)

    Could you perhaps be persuaded to think of a quarterly round up instead? Or even a summer/winter summary? Ceri

  7. surreycottage May 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Wahhhh! *sob*, *snif*! I will miss your blog so much – I’ve found it so inspiring, especially since I have my own little bit of North Devon to sort out now that I am finally at the end of my degree and will have more time. I do totally understand how all-consuming a blog can be (hence the reason that the tumbleweed is currently blowing through mine) and that getting out into the garden and DOING it, rather than sitting inside on the laptop writing about it is the important thing.
    Jessica, you have made me laugh, made me nod my head in agreement as I’ve read your gardening successes and woes and given me wonderful ideas for my own garden. Wishing you much happiness – oh, and if you do decide to write a book, I’ll be first in the queue for it xxx
    Much love, Pam

  8. Val Finnegan May 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Jessica. I’m sad it’s the end of your blog as I have enjoyed reading them & looking at your photos.

    Thank you for sharing, I’ll miss your updates but if it’s time, it’s time.

    I hope your garden & house projects continue to be accomplished so brilliantly. Thank you & good luck xx

  9. grammapenny May 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Hi well darn.. i just found your blog recently and i do love it.. i know what you mean though i have been blogging for three years and may decide to call it quits after this season.. lots of work lots of life events.. my daughter-in law sent me a rusty dragonfly for my garden (i came from the uk somewhere) – i thought of your ducks when it arrived.. best of luck happy gardening.. penny

  10. pollymacleod May 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica I’m so sorry to read this but I fully understand where you’re coming from. I have neglected my blog many time because there are so many other things I need or want to do. I have enjoyed following the renovations of your cottage, laughed at the antics of your garden critters, ooo’d over your beautiful plants and wow’d at your stunning holiday photos. It has been a pleasure following your blog. Best wishes, Polly.

  11. Barbara Lavender May 15, 2017 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for keeping the blog going as long as you have; I’ve always enjoyed reading it but I can imagine how much effort it takes to keep it going. And thank you for your replies to my (very occasional) comments, much appreciated. Good luck for the future!

  12. offtheedgegardening May 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear this, but I do understand. You have so many followers and comments, I have often wondered how you kept up! Hope to see you soon, let’s have a visit to Rosemoor with TT and catch up. x

  13. An Eye For Detail May 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I’m a fairly new follower here and enjoy it so much. But, on my, I do hear you. I’ve been blogging for 7-8 years and find I just don’t have the energy, time, interest etc. to do it much more. It’s now down to twice a week and even that is pushing it. I think all of us who have been blogging for any length of time do eventually find it is, while not exactly overwhelming, just a bit too much. I totally understand, although will really miss visiting here. Best of luck etc etc. and let us know if you come back!

  14. SmallP May 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Oh, I am so very, very sad to hear this. Your blog has made me cry with laughter, made me try things in my garden, made me make notes of places I’d love to visit, made me salivate at the beauty of your photographs and so much more. The time and effort you have put into it has been so appreciated. Thank you so very much. I’d love to say stay in touch as you feel like an old friend despite the fact we have never spoken. Wishing you all the very, very best. You’ll be so very much missed. SmallP xx

  15. Backlane Notebook May 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Well you will be sorely missed but I totally understand your position. It is time consuming and it does require a huge effort to read other blogs and to respond which is of course the point of the blogosphere. That effort combined at the same time as writing ones own (which is usually dependant on a major bit of gardening) can leave one desperately in need of a break. Thanks for the inspiration and gorgeous images Jessica.

  16. Astrid Bowlby May 15, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I will miss you. I have learned so much! Just want to say thank you for taking so much time to share your gardening process and being so intelligent and elegant about it. Maybe just stick around for End of the Month views? To keep your hand in? 12 posts a year? Pretty please? Kindest regards, Astrid

  17. Lindsay May 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Do what makes you happy and brings you joy – maybe take a break and come back? I totally hear you. Blogging takes up so much time when there’s only so much in a day.
    In any event, all the best to you and yours, Jessica. xo

  18. Olly May 15, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Sorry to hear it, I rarely comment but have enjoyed reading your blog. I often wonder how bloggers manage to keep it up, so I understand why you are calling time. More time to spend in the garden! Best wishes

  19. kate@barnhouse May 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Oh, dear Jessica, how I shall miss you – you’re blogs have been such an inspiration and joy to me over the last few years. Good luck with the ongoing work on your beautiful house and wonderful garden.

  20. annincumbria May 15, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I can’t add anything except thank you and enjoy your home and garden

  21. FlowerAlley May 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I understand, but I will miss you VERY much. You have been part of my “e-tribe.” Your blog has been one of my favorites.

  22. justjilluk May 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    I shall so miss you ! Good luck with the

  23. 1secondhandrose May 15, 2017 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Dear Jessica, l can hardly make negative comments as you know l rarely make blog posts now but for quite different reasons.
    I can totally understand your decision and hope that somewhere out there in the ether we will still be in touch as l consider you one of my friends. I hope you continue to enjoy your beautiful home and garden for many years to come.
    Thank you for all the wonderful things you have shared with us.
    Very best wishes, hugs.
    Rose H xxx

    • 1secondhandrose May 15, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      P.S. Jessica, whenever l see a squirrel l will think of you and the ‘twirler’ it still makes me roar 😁 xx

  24. derrickjknight May 15, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I’m very sad to read this, but fully understand. You are certainly ahead. The beauty of your photographs is matched by your descriptive and humorous writing. Jackie, who introduced me to your blog, will miss you even more. Thank you for the sunshine you have given, whatever the weather. I wish you well with your home and garden project.

  25. Em Parkinson May 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    You know I understand! Good decision. Time to write that book. Xx

  26. Colleen May 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for travelling this far with us all. I especially enjoyed touring around Australia with you! Many thanks your attentive comments on my own frequently absent blog. There’s a time and a place for all things and if it’s time to move on may your new journeys be fully of joy.

  27. Simone May 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    I’ll be sad to see you go Jessica. Couldn’t you pop by a couple of times a year to update us? I know I haven’t commented in ages but I still like to see how you are progressing with the garden. Do you still have trouble with the squirrels and Ptolemy? Tale care and all the best with your garden. x

  28. bumbleandme May 15, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Good luck Jessica! Take care. X

  29. Mark and Gaz May 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    We’re going to miss your musings Jessica! And just as we’ve come back after a lull ourselves. Who knows, you may come back again when you find yourself in the mood to write again x

  30. Vera May 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I am also feeling the same about my blog, and while I have delighted in sharing your garden and travels through your wonderful photographs, I do understand your reasons why you need to step back from blogging. It may be that I shall also step back soon. Vx

  31. pbmgarden May 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    I’ve enjoyed your insights and adventures and unique voice. Wishing you all the best moving forward.

  32. Amy at love made my home May 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    Gosh I will miss you! I understand though. It is nice of you to say goodbye and to know that you are off to new – or more of the same but with more time – things rather than for you just to disappear, thank you for that. I wish you well for whatever the future holds and hope that you enjoy it a great deal. I have enjoyed seeing the squirrels spinning, reading about and seeing Ptolomeys adventures, the problems with the mice, the gabion and the house repairs. It has all be fascinating, entertaining and lovely and I thank you for it all. Have fun and enjoy life! Thank you for sharing and being part of ours. All the best!!

  33. Rosie May 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    You will be missed. I’ve a;ways enjoyed my visits here. Best wishes for the future and take care:)

  34. Denise May 15, 2017 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    You are one of the bestest of best people I have had the pleasure of knowing through the blogging community, Jess. You have brought many a smile to my face, mostly through your completely and utterably unfathomable and insane dedication to the grey palettes of the world. Thank you for the gardening inspiration, the squirrel with its tongue sticking out, the loan of Ptolemy as pantomine star (the cheque is in the post for services rendered), the primroses you sent which are thriving beautifully at Damson Cottage…I could go on, but I fear I should cry.

    I understand about the blogging. You are a talented writer, and I wish you well with all my heart with all you do and wherever you go. I shall miss you. Xx

    (P.S Flora Bijou Mybug says if your decision is anything to do with being driven crazy by the meeces, she’ll come and sort them out for you.)

  35. Caro May 15, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Very brave decision, Jessica. It takes a lot to draw a line under something that you’ve put so much effort into and, as has been repeated above, your writing will be missed by many. I had the same thoughts after five years of blogging but decided to keep going despite knowing that I’d have so much more time for other things. I’ll miss reading about your lovely cottage and garden renovations, you’ve inspired me more than once! But, if it has to end, at least you went out with a bang after all your fabulous Australian photos! Good luck with wherever life takes you, Caro xx

  36. Anne Wheaton May 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Another good blog hits the dust. I shall miss the precipitous slope, squirrel antics and watching your garden evolve. I think there are many of us heading the same way – the thing that has kept me going is that I don’t want to lose touch with fellow bloggers who feel like friends, but one by one they keep dropping off the radar. Ah well, who knows what the future will bring. Best of luck.

  37. Piddlewick May 15, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Very sad to see you stop writing and delighting us with your photos. I have enjoyed your posts immensely.

    (Would love if you would ditch all the social media and just write posts when you like. Those of us who like what you write won’t care when you do or how long in between. Just a thought.)

    Hope to still see you in cyber space now and then.

  38. Diana Studer May 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I have turned to posting every 10 days, instead of weekly. I use my blog as an online garden journal – it is easier for me to check back digitally, instead of scrabbling thru plant labels and wondering which plant is which now.

    If there is a book – will there be an author’s website, with an as and when blog? And a link for us from this post?

    I will miss the armchair comfort of following your hard work on house renovation and garden taming.

  39. Kris P May 15, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I was a little afraid you were headed there when you announced your last break. I’m sad to hear your decision but I do understand your concerns with the time sink. I’ve seen other bloggers go to weekly or monthly posts and I can see a point when I’ll move in that direction. Like Piddlewick, I hope I’ll see you pop up on-line now and again, if only to share snippets of another fabulous trip. I’ve enjoyed your blog tremendously and wish you well with all your other endeavors. The best of luck with all you do, Jessica!

  40. Rabbitquilter May 15, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear this, but quite understand the pressure. Thank you for the entertainment over the years, especially your Australian trip, where your photos bought back such wonderful memories for me!! I wish you well for your future projects!! Don’t let those squirrels beat you!!! Hey, how about a seasonal catch-up, maybe twice a year as we are all going to miss your beautiful garden!!!! 🐿

  41. Kristin May 15, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    I have enjoyed your blog very much, and will miss it. Through it I have also found many other blogs that I love, so I thank you for that, as well as for the words and pictures you have shared here. Best of luck in the future!

  42. ourfrenchoasis May 15, 2017 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    It’s a sad day indeed, I shall miss everything about your blog, but I do so understand, it is so time consuming, i’m with you all the way there! Enjoy your spring and summer, and Happy Gardening and if ever you are in France, come and say hello. xx

  43. Regena Fickes May 15, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your lives, thoughts and journey with us. It has truly been a pleasure. I have enjoyed every post. Life is full of seasons and this one is over for you. May God bless and guide you wherever you go. Again, thank you.

  44. samd21 May 15, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you, you will be missed. Regards Sam

  45. Mary Jenkins May 15, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry to read this post having only recently found you – and spent some time loitering in some older posts – as others have commented – your photos and humour are delightful, and your approach to life is inspiring. Good luck in everything you do. Please consider coming back if you should change your mind !

  46. CJ May 15, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    So sorry to say goodbye, I have loved every post, I’ve laughed, I’ve learned and I’ve come to like you very much. I completely understand about the time thing, I know I’ve posted a lot less in recent times because there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Thank you for your lovely blog and all of the entertainment and information. I’m wishing you much happiness for the future and much gardening success. So long Jessica, CJ xxx

  47. Julieanne May 15, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry to read you will be stopping the blog, though I understand. I’ve really enjoyed reading your gardening and travelling adventures. Good luck with following your passion for writing; I have no doubt you will do well at this too. xx

  48. Karen B. May 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you and good luck!

  49. Sue C. May 15, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Jessica I’m really sorry to hear you will no longer be blogging. I’ve been reading blogs far longer than I’ve been writing one and Rusty Duck has been on the reading list for many years and has been inspirational. I have so enjoyed following your garden and cottage renovation and love your writing style and your humour. I hope you find the time and space to write more and perhaps you will let your followers know when that book is published. Good luck.

  50. wherethejourneytakesme May 15, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Oh Jessica I am heartbroken, truly – I have followed your blog and loved every minute – your garden is the inspiration for my garden in Scotland – when your trees came down and you managed to save them it gave me hope when we had a similar problem. I have loved your great sense of humour in your stories, your comments and replies and always hoped one day we would meet – you have even made me want to go to Australia!! I shall miss you so much please drop by and let us know how you are doing if only once a year. After having a whole year off myself I know how hard it can be to find the time. All I can say is I wish you all the best for the future and it has been a pleasure to know you and read all about your adventures and I hope one day to find you back in my reader. Bye for now xxx Viv

  51. ginaferrari May 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    You will be sorely missed but very best wishes for whatever you decide to do in the future xx

  52. bitaboutbritain May 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Oh, that would be a shame – I hope you change your mind. I don’t say that simply because I enjoy your posts – though, God knows I fully understand where you’re coming from and I simply do not have time to visit other sites as often as I like – but because if writing is your passion you need to keep at it – somehow. That’s certainly what got me into this. You can’t do it all, of course; perhaps you can find a way to carry on, selectively.

  53. Sue Garrett May 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry that you have decided to stop blogging but you have to do what is best for you so take care. Maybe over winter you could pop in a few catch- ups

  54. germac4 May 16, 2017 at 1:21 am - Reply

    I’ve enjoyed your lovely entertaining blog & gorgeous photos, and so glad you posted your Australian trip! I think of blogging as a Creative outlet which often leads to other things … I hope yours leads to some kind of book .. as your blog has been a great platform for a lovely “Rusty Duck” type book. Best wishes..

  55. bittster May 16, 2017 at 2:01 am - Reply

    Oh no. I mean I’m happy for you to set priorities and focus on what works for you, but I’m going to miss the stories… and there always seems to be a story! -fortunately they didn’t all involve an injury 🙂
    Good luck of course, and not to be too greedy but maybe one last before and after? You’ve accomplished so much in those five and it’s amazing to think how it all came together -and I’m sure still will, even if we’re not all watching over your shoulder.

  56. Helene May 16, 2017 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I am sorry to hear you are leaving for good, I will miss your posts but I fully understand the issue. I have had to cut down to 1 post a month and I still struggle to manage that with everything going on around here so I know how it is. I have thoroughly enjoyed following your gardening journey – and other journeys around the world, I wish you all the best for the future and good luck with your garden!

  57. John May 16, 2017 at 2:34 am - Reply

    I just want to say thank you for all of the fascinating posts and pictures you have provided for us. I have not only enjoyed them but I have also learned new things along the way too. Your blog will be missed in our household!

  58. Jennifer Dennis May 16, 2017 at 2:53 am - Reply

    For everything..there is a season. I’ve really enjoyed your posts and photography. I wish you the very best as you pursue the passions that bring you the most joy.

  59. plantbirdwoman May 16, 2017 at 5:08 am - Reply

    While I can fully understand and empathize with your decision, I am selfish enough to wish you would carry on, even if intermittently. Nevertheless, I wish you and your garden and all your projects well. You will be missed.

  60. Rebecca May 16, 2017 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Gardeners understand that everything has a season, even blogs. I recently made the same decision, so I understand completely and wish you all the best – happiness, health and contentment. Thanks for the five years!

  61. willow May 16, 2017 at 7:45 am - Reply

    I have really enjoyed your blog, following your adventures and the house renovation but understand that a blog like yours takes an awful lot of time. I want to thank you for adding Cothay Manor and Hauser and Wirth to my list of stopping places off the A303! Hauser and Wirth is somewhere that I hadn’t visited before but it has become a lovely oasis for coffee and a wander when the traffic is bad.
    Enjoy the summer in your garden.

  62. Linda P May 16, 2017 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Dear Jessica. I shall miss you and the descriptions of your cottage renovations and work in the garden written with humour. The garden information, your travel tales and the wonderful photos have been enjoyed and appreciated. I’ve also appreciated the communication side of our blogging relationship over several years since finding your blog via Jo (The Good Life). I’ve often thought of giving up blogging myself for various reasons and drifting off into the blue horizon gracefully after writing a goodbye, but I would miss the sharing even sporadically so I’m carrying on for the present. Thank you for letting us know about your own decision. Wishing you good health and also satisfaction in what you’re doing in the days ahead. L x

  63. Anna May 16, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Oh Jessica I shall really miss your unique posts and your gentle sense of humour as well as reading about the Precipitous Slope, the marauding squirrels and other challenges you encounter. I understand where you are coming from though as there must be so much that you want/need to do so that you need to prioritise for your own peace of mind. I hope that this might be an au revoir from you rather than a final farewell but if not wishing you and Mike all the very best. Take care and enjoy your garden! xxx

  64. CT May 16, 2017 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Sorry to read this, Jess, and hope you’ll pop by to visit from time to time to stay in touch. All the best. I’ve learnt a lot from you, thank you. X

  65. emilymbrown13 May 16, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

    You will be greatly missed, you have been one of my main blogging inspirations. I struggle with blogging as I once did too and it certainly is time (and brain) consuming, but I can’t help but hope, selfishly, that you might return to give us an annual roundup of all that we have come to love in your word? – Pretty please? All the very best with your future projects. xx

  66. Denise Nesbitt May 16, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

    I understand fully. I document my life – when sometimes I feel I just want to get on and live and not worry about sentence construction of my thoughts. Denise xxx

  67. woolythymes May 16, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    I’ve been struggling with exactly the same issues you listed… totally understand from where your decision came. To say I’ll miss you is such an understatement. I’ve been in awe of your gardening and your knowledge of horticulture from the first day I stumbled in your virtual space. You have been an incredible inspiration to me…..and trust me, when I say, that every time I wander through a garden and wonder about a genus or species…..I’ll be thinking of YOU!!! I wish you well….and know that your garden will continue to WOW everyone who stumbles upon it. (And your home IS THE CUTEST!!!! Loved following your renovations challenges….made ours look like child’s play!)
    Love life!!! I’ll miss you.
    (think of me when you pick up those knitting needles, OK?!?)

  68. Linda Evans May 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    Sad but understandable – loved your photos and great stories and travels – good bye from Irishtown NB Canada

  69. Virginia May 17, 2017 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Jessica, thank you so much for all you’ve shared – I’ll miss getting excited about the places you’ve been that we might get to if we’re lucky. We went to places we wouldn’t have known about without your wonderful blogs. I loved your trip to Australia, your vivid descriptions and wonderful photographs. Thank you

  70. Cathy May 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    Yes, a brave decision as someone has said – and thoughtful to tell your followers and not just disappear. Well done for having made the decision as it clearly was a hard one. After having posted every day for 2 years when I first started I deliberately reined it in because of the time it was taking as my ‘blogging world’ expanded. I find it so useful as journalling tool which was one of the reasons I started it and I feel comfortable with the time involved now even if Mondays are always ‘full on’ with IAVOM! I am sure we will hear from you again in the future as those rusty ducks and squirrels have many more tales to tell but I do hope it can take the back seat it needs to in your life at the moment. Take care, Jessica

  71. susurrus May 17, 2017 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I’m glad I read this second and your latest post first. I, too, would have missed you. There are no rules for blogging other than it must add to your happiness store. Your posts certainly have added to my store!

  72. Suzanne May 22, 2017 at 12:44 am - Reply

    I will miss keeping up with your garden discoveries and triumphs. Blogging takes a good deal of time. You’ll have more time in the garden now.

  73. thredspider June 2, 2017 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    The lateness of my reply tells you all you need to know about my understanding of the demands of blogging! It’s been a wonderful journey Jess and I hope it continues to be so for you and Mike.
    I’m sure our paths will cross from time to time- I really hope so 🌱

  74. karen July 4, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    I’m reading blogs backwards to try to catch up. I understand how you feel, but my way of coping is to just jot things down as they happen. I have a very organised friend who plans posts and then leaves them overnight while she thinks about them and then edits them, mine are almost breathless posts as I whizz in from the garden to share some news. I love your blog and really enjoy reading about all your gardening and decorating exploits. I hope you find a way to keep going. Love karen x

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