What Can I Say..?

 

 

Itoh Watch. A tantalising glimpse.

 
 

..Firstly that I’ve been totally overwhelmed by your response to the previous post and deeply touched by all the thoughts contained in the comments and personal messages that I’ve received. It’s quite humbling to realise that rusty duck occupies a special place in so many more hearts than just mine. It was a tough enough decision before I read your comments. But now.. If you’ll forgive me, rather than respond to each comment individually as I normally would I’ll pick up the main points here.

Yes I can try out a schedule with fewer posts. What I propose then is to post when there is something significant to say rather than be tied to the ritual of memes and my previous self imposed target of two posts a week (epic fail!). There will still be blooms, of course there will, just maybe not on Bloom Day. The End of Month View was mentioned a couple of times so I’ll aim to include some of those. Can we see how that goes?

I will need to keep the social networks going as many people access the blog from there. But I probably don’t need five. As the rain has been pouring down this morning, making gardening impossible, I’ve been researching tools. Not the sort that overflow from Mike’s toy box with an increasing array of unfailingly irritating noise. No, internet tools. The sort that are supposed to streamline one’s online life. There are a couple, Buffer and Hootsuite, which allegedly help with posting to social media including Instagram. For anyone with the same problem as me this is how it works. Both of these (free) applications allow us to compose an Instagram post on a desktop computer, lifting the photo direct from the hard drive which is where all mine are saved from the camera. Once you’ve finished composing the post the whole thing is sent to your phone or tablet, by wire in my case but no doubt bluetooth works just as well. From the phone or tablet post straight to Instagram with little additional work. A workaround maybe, but slightly less of a faff.

At the last count there were 765 unread posts on my Feedly reader. Eeep. I’ll draw a line under these if I may and start again. I’ll continue to keep up with your posts as much as I can, I do enjoy them. But please bear with me, especially in the short term, it may still take a while to catch up.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, there’s a chap coming round to see about ripping out the bathroom and I have much research still to do on pop-up wastes. Until next time.. And thank you. Jessica x

 
 
 

2017-05-16T14:36:10+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Tags: |96 Comments

96 Comments

  1. Charles May 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    Yay! You’re not leaving us!!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      How could I leave such a supportive group of readers? Thanks Charles.

  2. Donna Donabella May 16, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    It is hard to leave when we love the community and writing which is why I have not formally quit trying to find a way to manage blogging/posting/commenting etc…and managing social media is difficult especially without a cell phone….like you I am looking for solutions so I will check out some of these….good luck!

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      I have an ancient iPhone which is no longer supported. It still works as a phone but nothing else and there’s little incentive to replace it when there is no mobile reception this side of the hill. I use it so rarely it now has a pay-as-you-go SIM and even then I have to remember to make one call every three months to keep it going! I hope you return to your blog Donna, I miss your posts. But as you know, I understand!

  3. annincumbria May 16, 2017 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    Hooray

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      πŸ™‚

  4. Andrea May 16, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Good for you Jessica on finding a way to make the blog work for you. A lot of your comments strike a chord with me. I too am trying to post twice a week and not quite making it! And I have completely failed to find a way to use Instagram when my camera phone just isn’t up to the job. Best of luck going forwards, I’ll be watching with interest.

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      As with most things in life it will be a case of finding the right balance. I suspect the number of posts will ebb and flow along with workload and what there is to write about. There is nothing worse than knowing you’ve got to come up with something when the creativity cupboard is bare. That is ridiculously time consuming. And also unnecessary when our targets are self imposed. Let the circumstances dictate when you post and it will be much easier. Hark at me.. an expert already!!

  5. Lisa - Ontario May 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you for continuing. I really have enjoyed your blog. Just give yourself permission to do it when you have time, and something to say.

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lisa. That’s good advice.

  6. Sol May 16, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Jessica, I have just read your last post, and to say the least my little heart sank. Then like a phoenix it has risen once more. I do so love your posts as you are so kind to add all of the exact names of the plants if you have them and I find this especially helpful as a wannabe gardener.

    I myself only have my blog, as I find everything else twitter, facebook et al, to really bog me down and it felt like a constant streaming bombardment. and I just simply could not keep up. I think many feel this way. I look forward to what ever you are able to blog about, and when you have the time to blog be sure to know that I will be here to read it.

    Sol xxx

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      Social media rapidly gets out of control. It’s easy when it starts out and you don’t follow many people. Then all of a sudden the timeline fills up and it is impossible to keep up. The trick is to allow yourself just to dip into it when you have a spare moment and not feel guilty about anything (everything!) you haven’t read. I don’t know how people can be on it all day.. it would do my head in.

  7. Rae May 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Jessica, it’s my birthday today, what a great present! Glad we will hear about your antics in house and garden again.

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Happy Birthday!!! I do hope that the weather has been kinder for you than it has been here (torrential rain all flippin’ day) and that you managed to do some lovely things. Thanks so much for your comment.

  8. I am so,glad you are staying with us. I had just discovered your blog a while back and fell in love with the posts you share. It sometimes does get overwhelming with trying to write and keep up with everyone’s posts, but we all try to do our best!

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm - Reply

      I think that’s all we can do Lee, it’s impossible to do it all and still have a life. Hopefully most bloggers understand that, we’re all in the same boat after all.

  9. linda May 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    So sad that you were thinking of leaving…so happy that you have decided to stay!!
    Always love your photos and humorous tongue-in-cheek posts…
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. Catch up soon, hope all’s well.

  10. justjilluk May 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    Great news !

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jill.

  11. pollymacleod May 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Excellent ! πŸ™‚

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:12 pm - Reply

      πŸ™‚

  12. Em Parkinson May 16, 2017 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    I currently email pictures from the laptop to my phone for instagram so that sounds very interesting. Don’t feel bad about any of this; think of all the people who will buy your book!

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      I’m left feeling personally rather silly. But better that than feeling I’d let a lot of people down, which is where I was this morning. I’ve tested Hootsuite and it works, still to try Buffer. It does seem very easy. Easier to compose the posts too, using a proper keyboard. Showing my age..

  13. Kris P May 16, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    I’m glad to hear that you’re considering other approaches, Jessica. Best wishes in finding your social media happy place!

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      I think that’s it exactly. Finding the balance such that we can work it without it taking over our lives.

  14. Vera May 16, 2017 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Jessica, I only post when I have something to say and the words flow. For instance, a few days ago I thought I ought to get a blog written because I had not posted one for several weeks because there was no inspiration to do so,…….. four times I tried to start one and both times the writing was rubbish, didn’t flow, and was boring to read, so they got deleted. So only post a blog when you have the urge to do so, and if that means once every few weeks, then that is your right to do so. And if you feel a flurry of posts come through, then keep posting until you feel the need to stand back from blogging again.Let inspiration be your guidance as to when to post, and you will find it a lot less of a responsibility to get the posts out there into blogland. As for using social media,……. I use FaceBook occasionally, but think that all the rest would burn up too much of my valuable time! Vx

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:24 pm - Reply

      Vera that is such valuable advice, thank you. There are posts that feel like a real effort to write and they’re almost always the ones which are less well received. When the words flow easily you tend to know you’re on to a winner.

  15. Linda Brazill May 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    You are so right about the work involved in blogging. I find it easy to do when it’s not gardening weather, but then there aren’t the great photos. Now that I can get out and garden I always find it harder to visit blogs and comment, let alone write my own. I’ve loved watching the progress of your house and garden projects. So I hope you will be able to give us a peek at what’s happening now and then in the future. Best to you.

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      Thanks Linda. That’s the irony isn’t it. When there is much to post about there is little time to do it. There should be much to write about here this year, I just need to carve out the time. Or learn to write quicker!

  16. wherethejourneytakesme May 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    Music to my ears…welcome back!! Don’t ever feel you have to read and comment on my blog – I know how hard it is to keep up – just concentrate on keeping us all entertained with your own. Oh and if you are ever passing through Yorkshire or the Mull of Galloway come and have a cup of tea. Good luck with whatever you decide. Viv xx

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      When you dropped out I thought you’d given up. I’ll put you back on Feedly. I’d love to see the cottage, if I can cope with the envy! Might just have to hold you to that..

  17. ginaferrari May 16, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    How lovely that we’ll still be able to see you here occasionally. I know I’m not the only one pleased to hear that as you are such an inspiration

    • Jessica May 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm - Reply

      You’re too kind Gina. But no-one can beat you on guts and tenacity. Which reminds me, I must catch up on the Moonwalk..

  18. Kristin May 16, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I will be happy when I see you here, and hope that you are able to manage without overwhelming yourself. Such good news!

    • Jessica May 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      No, I won’t do that. I’ve enjoyed blogging enormously. The trick is to keep it at a level where it continues to be enjoyable and not just another task. It many ways it’s a release, something pleasant to do after a day of hard graft.

  19. snowbird May 16, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    It’s good to hear you are staying. Don’t let the pressure get to you, write when you feel like it! xxx

    • Jessica May 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      I took your comment on the previous post to heart. Not worrying about falling behind is the key. After all, nobody is forcing us to do this. It’s supposed to be fun. And for the most part, it is!

  20. Sharon May 16, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    I’m so pleased you’ve been persuaded back from the edge! Like gardening, blogging should be fun – it’s a hobby! I think your new approach with a looser regime of posting is a good one.

    • Jessica May 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sharon. I’m sure the new regime will work better. As with so many things it’s about keeping a balance. It’s perfectly possible to have too much of a good thing.

  21. Sue Garrett May 16, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    I think the secret is to post when you want to post and not feel that you have to post. It’s not a job after all it should be fun.

    • Jessica May 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      Sue, you’re absolutely right.

  22. CJ May 16, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Oh I’m so happy that you might be continuing. Make it as easy for yourself as you can and don’t put yourself under pressure. No need to do loads of different media, if you’re here we will find you. No need to reply to comments if it’s too time consuming and don’t feel you have to plough through loads of posts or keep up. Don’t give yourself chores, it needs to be enjoyable. I’m just happy that there might still be a post or two here sometimes. CJ xx

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

      I think we started blogging about the same time. We both love to write and maybe also struggle with the same things. Thank you for your support CJ x

  23. Caro May 17, 2017 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Woohoo! So pleased that our comments have given you a reason to rethink, hope that you haven’t buckled under pressure though! Thanks for the info about Buffer, I hadn’t heard of that one before. Lack of available time is a problem we all face (I’m typing this at 40 minutes past midnight for heaven’s sake!) so any tips that speed up the process will be eagerly read by me (and others). Good luck with the bathroom and pop up waste. x

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 8:51 pm - Reply

      That was my problem exactly. Reading time being squeezed into late at night and the early hours of the morning. There is only so long you can do that before your health starts to suffer. Take care Caro.

  24. Amy May 17, 2017 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Can I say how happy this post makes me?! Especially as I did not comment on your previous post, having discovered it just this morning by checking my email while waiting with a very sick dog in the veterinarian’s office for the umpteenth time this week, the blogosphere nowhere in my universe… Clearly one has to find/make a balance, but I certainly do hope yours can include the occasional Rusty Duck update!! Like CJ, I think many of us would happily manage to find you with even a much more limited social media presence – one way or another! Though any advice on the use of Hootsuite would be appreciated πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      Oh Amy, so sorry to hear about all the vet visits. I do hope it isn’t as drastic as it sounds, they do take it out of us don’t they.

  25. Beth @ PlantPostings May 17, 2017 at 4:27 am - Reply

    I missed your previous post, but will check it out. I think I get the gist of it. I’m glad you’re going to keep blogging. I’ve been having trouble keeping up lately, too–in a northern climate, it’s time to play catch-up with all the planting and gardening chores as the season moves along and we’ve had our last frost. Hang in there. Yes, there are ways to simplify, cut back, take it easy … and still keep blogging. We love your blog. πŸ™‚

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:00 pm - Reply

      It’s been a crazy Spring here too. Some very late and damaging frosts, weeks without rain followed by a deluge. The weeds seem a foot higher than two days ago. It never ends! Cut back and simplify it will be. For me and the garden. Thanks Beth.

  26. Piddlewick May 17, 2017 at 6:32 am - Reply

    Yeah!

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      πŸ™‚

  27. Archie The Wonder Dog May 17, 2017 at 9:09 am - Reply

    You’re staying? Oh, thank goodness for that! I love reading your blog posts and I’m glad I will be able to continue doing so, even if it’s not as frequently. Take care and thank you!

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

      I’ve just read your blog post. I am so very sorry for your loss.
      Yes, I’m staying. Now I have to get back to Twitter again!

  28. Sarah May 17, 2017 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Sorry I missed you last post as like you I do struggle sometimes to keep up so I appreciate how you feel. I’m glad there is the possibility of seeing some occasional posts from you, so we can find out what is going on in your garden. I would just mark all those feedly posts as read it will make you feel better , I always do that after being away! Sarah x

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:19 pm - Reply

      Now that the Feedly posts have topped 800 I’ve done just that. It does feel better. I can start again without the pressure! Thanks Sarah.

  29. Torrington Tina May 17, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Hooray, hooray, like so many others I have found your blogs so inspirational, informative and readable. When do find the time and energy to do as much as you do? Will this Luddite still be able to access this site on my old trusty laptop as I don’t have a smart phone or tablet, and don’t do Twitter or Facebook. I know, I know, I will eventually have to enter the 21st century. In the meantime, enjoy what you are up to and I look forward to a Rosemoor visit with you and Ms OTEG. Take care, Mrs TT x

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Thanks TT. Yes, the site will remain just as it always was, along with your emails. I will contact Ms OTEG tomorrow and get the ball rolling. I trust Mr TT is fully recovered?

  30. SmallP May 17, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Oh now that is fabulous news. πŸ™‚ I do so look forward to the occasional post to hear how you are doing. Now about that book……. πŸ˜‰ xx

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm - Reply

      Book? Book? What book….? πŸ˜‰
      Thanks SP x

  31. derrickjknight May 17, 2017 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Whenever you can is fine. Please don’t take our responses as pressure πŸ™‚

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      Quite the reverse. The fantastic support from everyone has taken the pressure off. Catch up with you and Jackie soon. Small matter of a bathroom to sort out first.

  32. Linda P May 17, 2017 at 10:33 am - Reply

    It’s good to have an update on your plan for posting here occasionally. I don’t have other social media accounts except Facebook, which I rarely use, so that’s very welcome, but as others have said – no pressure. I hope all is going smoothly with current work in the cottage.

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      I wanted to get the bathroom done in summer, NOT in the middle of a cold winter! But that of course means devoting time to it just when the garden needs the most attention. I’m sure it will all work out.

  33. Mary Jenkins May 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I am SO THRILLED you have decided to post again – intermittent is Perfectly acceptable! I have been immersed in reading your blog from the very beginning as I have only just discovered you – and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it. Jessica you have a new follower!

    • Jessica May 18, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Mary and welcome!
      One of the real benefits of blogging, especially for a project as big as this one, is to have a record of where you’ve been. It’s good to look back for me too, especially on those days when I think progress is slow, just to see how far we’ve come.

  34. Brian Skeys May 17, 2017 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I think cultivating a blog is similar to a garden, sometimes the simpler the better. Trying to juggle to many outlets along with self imposed deadlines only creates stress. Word press can automatically link to google, Facebook and Twitter. I hope you find time for the occasional post, I would like to know how the bathroom refit goes!πŸ˜€

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 11:37 am - Reply

      Thanks Brian. The bathroom project is shaping up to be quite exciting. With even a bit of intrigue thrown in. But at the moment it’s a whirl of trying to source and specify all the various bits for it. Due to its complexity it will mainly be done by others, which should hopefully make it a bit quicker than some of our previous exploits!

  35. bittster May 18, 2017 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Yay, suddenly this feels more like we’re just in need of some space, rather than cutting the cords on a bad relationship!
    I would hope people aren’t offended when you don’t acknowledge their every post, I do it all the time and just wipe the slate and move on. It’s supposed to be fun and rewarding, not a chore πŸ˜‰

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 11:50 am - Reply

      There is a point at which following everyone who follows you, reading every post, becomes impossible. Perhaps the way to approach it is a bit like Facebook or Twitter. One dips in every now and then over a coffee break, or some other natural pause in the day to day rush, and not get stressed about everything which flowed through in the meantime.

  36. Caroline May 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I nearly cried reading your last post. I am a rubbish gardener but seeing your photos always inspires me to try harder in my really rather small flower beds. I do love your writing too, it’s a rather lovely escape into your world. Blogging is hard work (especially if like me you just talk to yourself, lol). So glad you’ll still be around even if less frequent, I will still visit πŸ™‚

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

      Oh Caroline, what a lovely comment. Thank you. When you’re starting out blogging is really hard work. I wish I could say it gets easier but in reality we just tend to swop one type of task for another. Bittster (above) is right though, it’s supposed to be enjoyable. Put that first and foremost.

  37. Sue May 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Good news. I would miss the house updates etc.

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Sue. Hope all is well with you.

  38. Anna May 18, 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Yaaaaaaay – that is good news Jessica – so pleased to read that your last post didn’t turn out to be a final farewell! You would have been sadly missed.

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      I’d have missed writing it too. Thanks Anna.

  39. Brenda May 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, please don’t feel obligated to keep going. When blogging becomes a chore, you should ditch it. Life is too short. If you feel like posting once in a while, fine. But it sounds as if you have created such a large network of bloggy contacts that it’s impossible to keep up and keep your sanity. That isn’t to say, I wouldn’t miss your posts–I love them. Whatever you do, best of luck and much happiness to you. You are making a life well-lived.

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      No obligation felt. It wasn’t so much that it became a chore, more that I didn’t feel I could do it justice and keep up the quantity or quality of the past. I shall concentrate on quality and let up on quantity. Thanks Brenda.

  40. Mary Jenkins May 20, 2017 at 1:03 am - Reply

    Well Jessica – I have just spent days on end reading through your blog from the very beginning – You are amazing! what a story teller….. you really must put it all into a book – I really couldn’t wait to get back to reading after every break (for MY own life to continue.) I have read bits out loud to my OH and linked a post to my FB page so my friends could discover your world too. Chez Rusty Duck has a real presence and I hope you’ll allow us all to visit – whenever you have the time. Your voice, and humour are unique and funny and I’d be so sad not to see further posts in the future – but no pressure, only when you have time.

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Mary you are too kind and thank you for the FB link. I still have it in the back of my mind to put it all in a book one day. It’s maybe a winter task, something to keep my mind occupied when I am cocooned indoors.

  41. hb May 20, 2017 at 2:51 am - Reply

    Priorities, priorities. Let not garden blogging get in the way of gardening. For that, there is your plentiful rain. πŸ™‚

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      Exactly what’s happening today. Rain. Thanks Hoov. I shall pop over and get a top up of your summer sun!

  42. Jacqueline May 20, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Oh Jessica, I’m so pleased that you are not leaving the blogging world. I used to blog more often but then life got in the way but, you can still do it all be it with fewer posts. I’m not a Facebook fan { especially after seeing the documentary that was on the other night !! } and Instagram and Twitter are not for me. I like a bit of Pinterest though.Just post when you can … that’s what I do. XXXX

    • Jessica May 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      I watched that programme too. Scary stuff!

  43. CherryPie May 22, 2017 at 1:42 am - Reply

    I am so glad you have decided to carry on blogging. I always enjoy your posts.

    But it is important that you blog on a basis that is comfortable and inspiring for you πŸ™‚

    • Jessica May 22, 2017 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Thanks Cherie. Yes, there is a point when it gets a bit much. Catch up with you soon πŸ™‚

  44. woolythymes May 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you!!!! Welcome back!!! (hee hee….and you thought you had left!!! It’s not easy leaving….I’ve tried and I have only a fraction of your following!!!!!)

    • Jessica May 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      It isn’t easy leaving. I shall follow your example and just cut down on the number of posts. What I really need is a Freddy who does them for me..

  45. Josephine May 27, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Aww Jessica, I completely understand how time-consuming writing wonderful, detailed blog-posts as you do, can lead to this decision, there are truly not that many spare hours in a day, but I for one, hope you’ll reconsider, and just start posting a few times a month, or when you can find the spare time.
    Such a lovely and inspiring blog, I have followed your journey from the beginning, and am always delighted to read your posts, which are so full of encouragement, and can-do spirit, let alone the magnificent pictures you inspire to take.
    Wishing you well, and hoping this is not goodbye.
    Hugs, ~Jo

    • Jessica May 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      Jo, I remember. You were one of my original two readers and it’s great that we still visit each other and experience life in different parts of the world. Yes I plan to keep going but posts may be erratic in the short term. Thank you for your kind words.

  46. surreycottage May 31, 2017 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Jessica – I’m so pleased that you have decided to keep blogging at a pace that you feel comfortable with. Gardening in the same geographical area as you do, and living in a similar cottage (though only our middle bit and the rear wall are made of cob) I have found your blog such an inspiration!
    Much love,
    Pam

    • Jessica June 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pam. Hope to hear more about your garden too now you’ve got a bit more time!

  47. bitaboutbritain May 31, 2017 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Glad to see you’re gonna hang on in there, Jessica! Glad? – no, delighted. No one can possibly keep up with all the comments and blog visiting – my visits have to be in bursts and I only respond to comments if I feel I need to, if someone asks a question, or if someone new has flattered me by popping in. I’m looking forward to being cheered, impressed and often amused by Rusty Duck for a very long time to come – good on yer!

    • Jessica June 1, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mike. I will do my best. It is impossible to keep up with everything. I think the fact that people understand that has been the most useful thing to have learned from all this.

  48. karen July 4, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    Phew got me worried there. So glad you are still on here. I don’t even try to keep up. I don’t manage any memes, or if I do, I’m always late. People understand, I’m not perfect. Love karen x

    • Jessica July 7, 2017 at 7:58 pm - Reply

      I don’t think any of us are perfect! A flexible blogging schedule is a good thing. There’s enough stress in the world without giving yourself an unnecessary burden.

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