I kept the blog open as I thought I might come back one day but it just didn't seem to happen. So I've finally decided to stop paying my fee to Typepad but they tell me that the blog will still be up and as I still get a lot of traffic (amazingly) and emails (more amazingly) it feels right to leave it up and running for a while. But before I switch off, and can never post again, I thought I'd just do a little Postscript for old times sakes - you know, to see what I've been missing and to answer some of those questions I've been asked.
Some of you have been wondering where we're at - what I've been doing in all this time. Well (quick think over two years), we've all grown and aged somewhat. Tom and I celebrated out twentieth wedding anniversary on September 7th*, Amber will be eighteen in October and I will be fifty in November - on 11.11.11 in fact - feels auspicious that date!
and then I started working on a blanket, inspired by Attic 24, which I'm making for Amber to take to Uni next year (christened the college blanket). It's nearly done and will be double bed size:
I still make the odd Waldorf doll:
Life's different these days with the children all being older - Rohan is now 15 and Raj nearly 12 and they are all more independent and in fact I'm having some 'me' time finally and I joined a study group last year where we're reading 'Theosophy' by Rudolf Steiner. Will probably start going to Yoga too with Amber as she needs to do some form of relaxation as this year is quite demanding.
So that's where we are. There are aspects of blogging that I really miss - the being part of a community, getting comments and replying, starting new friendships. But I have to say I do not miss the pressure of thinking about what to write and the constant going about with a camera to capture each moment. I was asked to write a craft column for Juno magazine a couple of years ago and I did three and then stopped. I found it really hard not knowing who was reading and what they thought about what I'd written. It was lovely being in print but I found the lack of interaction with my readers hard. It was like blogging but without the benefits.
Anyway, that's about all for now. Au Revoir, as they say.
Listen to this (or read it, rather):
* On our anniversary we had a family day out in Lewes and as we were leaving I suddenly remembered that Berwick Church was nearby. It was painted by some of the Bloomsbury Set and I'd always wanted to see it. So I managed to persuade the children that they'd enjoy it and off we went.
Well (imagine a drumroll in your head here), as we got out of the car another couple got out of theirs and I admired her brooch. She went off and then waited for me and gave me her Moo card. Imagine my shock and disbelief when I discovered that she was a fellow blogger that I had corresponded with in the past!
I looked at the card and then her and I remember saying 'I know you' and 'you know me. I used to have a blog Echoes of a Dream'. She exclaims 'Simmy?'. It was amazing and totally shocking really. You live up North I said stupidly. She was visiting Sussex and neither of us could believe that we knew each other.
Isn't that amazing - especially as we went there on a whim? Anyway, we all went to the pub together and had a really lovely time. Such a lovely lady and her work is so inspiring so it made the day for me. (If I can remember how to, I will link to her blog - otherwise she's called DogDaisyChains - do look her up).
Funny old world isn't it ................. I love it when things like that happen.