When I Was One I Had Just Begun*


One year ago today I sat at the computer ready to begin a blog.
One year on I find that writing this blog has been quite possibly the most satisfying and rewarding thing I have done in my life. Even more than having children, and considerably less painful. I really can't imagine not blogging now. In fact just thinking about not being able to blog is making me panic. I'd rather give up alcohol than give up blogging. And that's saying something.

Things I Love About Blogging

1) I can talk about quinces, baking bread and making jam to people who are actually interested.
No one I know in real life, with the exception of some family is at all interested in this stuff.

2) My blog allows me to be creative.
I find composing a blog post really rewarding and I just love hitting the 'publish post' button.
 I bought my first camera in December 2009 having never been particularly interested in photography and was enchanted with how easy and immediate digital photography was. I recently upgraded to a DSLR and am enjoying playing around with it. I love being able to post really big pictures on the blog.
I am surprised to find that I enjoy the writing part of blogging as well.

3) I have 'met' so many lovely people who have been kind enough to comment on my posts. 
Friends who don't read blogs often ask me if I make money out of my blog as if that is the only reason for doing a thing. Well, of course you can make money but I don't want the blog cluttered up with advertising. I don't make money but I do get paid - in kind and appreciative comments.

4) I really love the way my blog has become a record of my everyday life. I often read through my old posts and marvel at how much there is to celebrate in the ordinariness of life. Thinking about what the next year will bring makes me so excited. I really have only just begun. I have a little blog notebook in which I jot down ideas for posts. It is getting pretty full.

Well, a birthday isn't a birthday without a cake is it?
So here is the Quince Tree Birthday Cake.


It is a cherry cake recipe with cubes of quince cheese standing in for the cherries and a glaze made of icing sugar and a little quince syrup that was lurking in my freezer.



I also celebrated with a tot of quince vodka :o)

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Thank you for all your responses to my last post. I just want to emphasise that blog awards are nice things. People pass them on in a spirit of goodwill as a way of saying 'I like what you're doing'. But apart from not wanting extraneous graphics on my blog I want to decide what I blog about and not have to write a post in response to an award.
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* A.A Milne


Comments

  1. Hooray!! One Year Old. Happy happy day and many congratulations. Thank you for being a Very Interesting Read and for sharing (bits of) your life with us. Now, when it is my birthday, what kind of cake to I make??? Ax

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  2. Happy blog Birthday Sue! Thank you for your lovely blog I so enjoy reading about lovely everyday things! Please keep up the good work! I look forward to enjoying all those ideas in your little blog book! xxx

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  3. Anonymous8:05 pm GMT

    Happy 1st Blog Birthday! I enjoy reading about your 'everyday life' very much.

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  4. Happy Birthday The Quince Tree blog. I love reading your blog and have even followed some of your recipes, and I even mentioned you in my last post!
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  5. Happy Birthday :)

    You've summed up how I feel about blogging - I can't imagine not doing it now.

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  6. Anonymous8:11 pm GMT

    Hi Sue,

    Yeah another blog, I'm really pleased that you are continuing with blogging.

    Love the idea of The Quince Tree's birthday as well.

    Linda

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  7. Anonymous8:21 pm GMT

    Hello and thank you for your posts. I so enjoy your blog. I love your no-nonsense approach to life and congratulations on a whole year of blogging!Keep baking...
    Sian

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  8. Happy birthday, Sue! I love cherry cake but that looks even better.

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  9. Happy Birthday Sue! What an impressive first year. The blogosphere (not sure I like that word or have even got the spelling correct) is a weird and wonderful place isn't it?

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  10. Happy 1st Birthday to The Quince Tree
    Looking forward to reading more from your wonderful blog,photo's too
    Thank You for shareing,always look forward to seeing your yummy recipes
    Best Wishes to you
    sue xxxx

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  11. Mary ,East Coventry USA9:13 pm GMT

    Happy Blogday to you! Thanks for all the intelligent and entertaining things you share with us. It is appreciated very much. Your blog is one I like to check in with on a regular basis.
    Your photos and recipes are always so lovely.
    Keep up the good work-or play?

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  12. Happy Blog Birthday! You are so good at it, I had no idea it is so new. It shows that you enjoy doing it and the knowledge that you pass along is valuable and I thank you.. Beautiful birthday cake!

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  13. Happy Birthday from me too and my goodness that cake looks mighty fine, don't mind if I do! Here's to the next year ..

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  14. Happy Blog Birthday Sue and many more to come!
    Love Tickety-boo xxxx

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  15. Happy 1st Bloggy Birthday Sue ~ I've really enjoyed reading your blog this past year and look forward to seeing what you blog about next :O) xx

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  16. Happy blog birthday! Unfortunately I only discovered your blog once I just had one sad old quince still hanging on my tree (actually, it's still there) so I'll be hunting through your archives for recipes come autumn. I love seeing all your cooking.
    Your point 4 is the biggest for me - a repository of memories and a record of everyday life.

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  17. Happy birthday, Sue! I really enjoy reading your blog and I'm so glad it gives you such joy! I too love blogging.

    Best wishes! :)

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  18. Happy Blog birthday, Sue. I'm like you I really love the world that blogging has opened up to me and all the new things it has introduced to me....like Quince cheese! We were watching "The Hairy Bikers" the other night and they were tasting quince cheese! I would never have known what that was without you.
    Cheers
    Helen from Helsie's Happenings

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  19. Happy birthday Quince Tree. I second everything you like about blogging. I regret not having discovered you earlier but I look forward to following you from here on in.

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  20. Happy blog birthday! I'm just glad I found The Quince Tree early enough in its life that I don't feel overwhelmed going back to read through the archives. And I love all your sentiments--everyone in my life is bored with my interests too, which makes blogging feel very liberating.

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  21. Thanks Sue, for sharing with us over the last year, you have inspired me many times, and made me smile and laugh lots! Yours is the blog I most want to catch up on, amongst the ones I follow, I never miss one... :)

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  22. Happy Birthday! Very appropriate cake, looks delicious. Looking forward to the next year from The Quince Tree x

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  23. Happy birthdy to your blog Sue!!!Thankyou for your generosity throuout the year.

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  24. happy bloggy birthday - great excuse for cake ! xxx

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  25. I'd miss this if you stopped. So I'm glad to hear you are blogging on. While I'm here I'm going to take some of the books in your pile by the bed and put them into my pile. You don't mind do you?

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  26. Congratulations! Thank you for all the sparky posts and wonderful photography.

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  27. Happy Birthday! Sounds like you had a fab day of celebrations. I love your blog and hope you will continue to write for many years to come.

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  28. Happy first birthday! I'm so glad to have recently discovered your blog. I couldn't imagine not blogging either.

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  29. Happy Bloggy Birthday. It's amazing how quickly time flies. Your post sums up all the reasons that I love blogging. Yummy looking cake. Best wishes, Pj x

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  30. Happy blogoversary! I have loved reading your blog and cannot really believe you have only been doing it for a year! xx

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  31. Pati from London11:56 am GMT

    Happy Quince-Tree-blog birthday!!! Look forward to continue reading and getting inspiration from it!! x Pati

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  32. Anonymous12:21 pm GMT

    Happy blogging birthday Sue! I'm glad that it is rewarding writing a blog, because for those of us who don't have one it is a source of great pleasure and interest. I find it a shame that some very talented people have no enthusiasm for their creativity in their immediate sphere. Creativity should be appreciated and it so often is not. It's funny too how people immediately look for financial gain as validation of worth. Some of the best things are free. Or given freely or done with no motive of financial remuneration. I for one value those things MOST highly. I can see how a blog can be such fun but I am also aware of the huge commitment and time it takes. Not to mention the tapping away at all your creative resources. So thank you for giving us somewhere rich and interesting to visit. You should feel proud of your blog - it must develop skills you don't necessarily have. I mean photo's don't get taken and posts don't upload themselves. I bet that is a big learning curve - all the technical stuff! Here's to the next blogging year.

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  33. Congratulations! So happy that you enjoy writing since I enjoy reading your words very much.

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  34. I love visiting your blog Sue.
    Congratulations on your 1st Blog Birthday.
    Jill x

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  35. I know practically no other blogs of just a year old that feel so 'complete' and bedded in. I can't believe you've only been here a year - I thought I just hadn't found you sooner.

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  36. "I'd rather give up alcohol than give up blogging." ????
    Blimey Sue - you scare me sometimes!!!!!
    Seriously, happy blog birthday - love coming here - in fact was thinking in Sainsbury's only this morning as I perused the Seville Oranges (as you do) I'll check The Quince Tree recipe first.
    L.x.

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  37. Happy Birthday The Quince Tree. I can't believe you've only been using a digital camera for such a short period of time - your photos are beautiful.

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  38. Anonymous5:27 pm GMT

    What - no giveaway?

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  39. Not this time Anonymous. But of course a Giveaway would only be open to people who leave their names.

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  40. Happy Blogaversary ! I love reading your posts and discovering new recipes (even if I sometimes wonder why so much cherry and brandy and booze in everything, or at least in some desserts !!), I love your (to me) British wit and humour. Looking forward to the coming year very much.

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  41. Anonymous7:30 pm GMT

    Happy bloggy birthday, Sue. I love visiting The Quince Tree and very much look forward to another 12-months of witty, beautiful, tasty, cheery posts!
    Abi x

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  42. Happy first anniversary Sue.

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  43. Happy Blogiversary! And what a wonderful idea for a cake!

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  44. Like the Coffee Lady I thought you were much older - in blog years that is. You've inspired me to cook a little more from scratch recently so thankyou.

    I'd murder a taste of that cake - it sounds tangy and totally delicious.

    Happy Birthday x

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  45. Happy Birthday The Quince Tree! Thank you for sharing your everyday life with us and making our everyday lives a little richer.

    I look forward to reading the posts that you've jotted down in your little note book! x

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  46. Love your blog - Happy birthday!! I check in with you at least once a week, all the way from california. I like the cozy, everyday quality of your writing...

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  47. Happy Birthday to The Quince Tree. And I so agree with the sentiment of writing about those things that friends and - most - family have no interest in. It's good for us the reader too! Lovely blog.

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  48. Happy birthday!
    I can't believe you have only been doing this for a year! I have recently introduced a friend to your lovely blog .. and she can't decide whether to thank me or curse me for all the time she is going to waste now drinking it in!

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  49. A rather belated congratulations! I like your observation about being paid to blog in kindness - it rings true.

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  50. Happy Bloggy Day! You and your blog are appreciated for you individual style. Very nice.

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