Happy Birthday To Me

Amazingly, I've just noticed that I've been  writing this blog for exactly a year. I can hardly believe twelve months have passed so quickly, but then I do seem to think that about everything these days, and policemen are getting younger too...

Looking back at that first post I see that a year ago today I was worrying about finding enough space in the garden to fit in all the plants, whereas this year  - I'm wondering where I will find enough space to fit all the plants.... except truth be told,  I did get a bit of an organisational flurry going on last month, and most of the veg garden is now in and growing, and I've even started some new areas, such as the shade garden, and the wild flower patch, so, although there still seems loads to do, all in all I'm able to look around and see -wait for it- yes, an improvement over last year!

One of my ideas in starting the blog in the first place, was to make a kind of diary for my own reference, so that I could look back in smug complacency and see how I've improved, or as it's turned out in certain cases, in furious indignation at my own stupidity. But that was before I realised that there's a whole world of real people out there in the blogosphere, some are experts, some newcomers, young people, old people, slightly loony people, people round the corner, or on the other side of the world (which I still find incredible) and that, even more amazingly, some of them take the trouble to read my tedious ramblings and then at the end having managed to  retain the will to live, still have the enthusiasm to make kind, supportive or helpful comments. So thank you, I've learned masses of stuff about all kinds of things from you, so whether you're an old friend who drops by on a regular basis, or you're a one-post stand, (surely not, you're way too respectable...) I'd like to say I truly value all of your support and feedback and I thank you all for reading, and bearing with my ups and downs over the last year of growing, weeding, rearing, plucking, cooking, baking, and occasionally, burning, at Carters Barn.

I hope you will join me over the next twelve months for more adventures of my life in the pastoral idyll of rural Wiltshire, as I skip through the fields in slow motion with daisies in my hair. My life of harmony with all of nature...well apart from the foxes of course.
Oh and the squirrels
And the mice
And bindweed
And pigeons, I hate pigeons.....


  1. I too feel amazed that people stop and read mine too, perhaps it's because there are so many of us like minded people everywhere. I've passed a few milestons on mine too, thinking of doing a giveaway or something. COngrats on your first year. ♥

  2. Quite the image in my mind - of you skipping in slow motion with daisies in your hair. :-)

    It is amazing, when we look back on our own printed words, I started a journal nearly 2 years ago. A very private journal. So many things have changed and so many stay the same. These blogs are a good way to communicate, and looking back, realize just what things are still important.

    Happy First Year!

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have lots of round and about pictures that will be going into my posts, so keep watching to bring back the memories. We are in Oxfordshire, father -in-law in Wilts so we are not far away at the moment. I just wish we could afford to retire completly.

    Your blog looks, interesting, I will be back - I know the feeling the veg garden is just not big enough when at the beginning I thought what am I going to fill it up with!!

  4. I just found your blog a little bit ago, and I'm looking forward to reading all about your adventures over the next twelve months. I, too, have been amazed at how much fun it is to blog, and to read other's blogs. Amazing how we are all so different, yet all have so much in common.

    Oh, and I have heard pigeons called "rats with wings." Very appropriate, I think.

  5. Happy Birthday! Your garden looks great! I too enjoy blogging very much.

  6. Happy blogday Mum! I wish I could get up to see you and the garden more often but the regular posts on the blog always keep me updated. You write with great style and wit, keep up the good work, xxx

  7. ...and what a lovely blog it is.......here's hoping there will be many more entries

  8. Happy Blogiversary to you Kathy.
    You have also shared so much with us. I have certainly learned a lot from you and your humble blog.

    Looking forward to the next 12 months minus the pigeons. I don't mind the dorm mice so much - such cute eyes. Kind wishes.

  9. Your garden looks amazing! Happy anniversary!

  10. A belated Happy Birthday.... er .....anniversary from the crew at Menagerie Manor. I look forward to many years or reading your blog. It is truly an inspiring read.

  11. I am one of your 'slightly loony people' followers :-) Will love watching your garden grow along with your blog during the next year.

  12. Thanks everyone for your kind comments, loonies or not...!


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