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Me

The sun was so bright yesterday that when I went in after taking these pictures I couldn't see properly for some minutes. Today it is chilly and I have unearthed my slippers.

I have one or two housekeeping matters to take care of today.

First, thank you for all the positive feedback following The Quince Tree's new look. I chose it because I liked it but is very nice to know others like it too.

Second, I must apologise to anyone who was following my 'sarcastic and irritable' board on Pinterest. I've deleted it I'm afraid. Every time I logged on to Pinterest I was confronted by all those annoying things I'd pinned on that board -the brainless quotations (or quotes as people will insist on calling them), the pointless gadgets, hideous baby photos and bad grammar. I suspect they were annoying others as well. What began as a cathartic way of channelling my annoyance was beginning to have the opposite effect. There's a quotation floating around Pinterest which says 'Don't bash what you hate; promote what you love'. That's what I'll be doing from now on - pinning things that inspire me and ignoring those that don't. No more clicking on the 'quotes' category for me.

Third, I haven't said this in months, but to every one who visits The Quince Tree to see what I've been up to, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read, to comment and to even try out a recipe or two. Comments are the lifeblood of a blog. If you have asked me a question I do try to reply in the comment box. Sometimes I reply to comments which aren't questions but I don't reply to every comment so please don't take offence if I appear to ignored your comment. I read every single one and appreciate all friendly comments.

Comments

  1. You've deleted it? Oh. My life just got a little bit less hilarious.

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    1. Sorry CL. I know, but it was just making me cross. All those gadgets which cut up one thing only were really annoying me.

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    2. Ha! I so agree, although I've just been browsing NS's new book in which he waxes lyrical about his spurtle (did I get that right?) stout, though small, stick for stirring porridge!

      And on the comments front - they are like a lovely conversation aren't they, sometimes you just nod, but have nothing much to add, and on other occasions you feel moved to reply and keep the exchange going.

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    3. I'm all for sarcastic and irritable! What a shame I didn't know it was there before you deleted it.

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  2. What a lovely cheery set of photos Sue! I love the clothes peg actually - that one really spoke to me for some reason! Thank you!

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  3. Oh poo, I'll miss that board Sue. I do understand what you say though and need to go through some of mine to see if I really want to follow some of them. I am trying out the 'reply' bit on my blog but can't do all either. I hope it doesn't annoy! Gorgeous images x

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  4. It is high time I thanked you Sue for being the top sender of nice people to my blog.

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    1. Gosh am I? Well thank you too Lucille for all the pleasure your blog gives me.

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    2. You send nice people my way too, so a thank you from me too :D

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  5. Wow, the blog is looking v sleek and lovely! B

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  6. wow Sue, just looked at your recipe page, I had no idea there were so many, I may get lost in your archives for months.......

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  7. Anonymous5:16 pm BST

    Love your blog.Makes me homesick though.

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  8. Love your blog and these photos are beautiful.

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  9. That's the Blogtopian way, isn't it, to see the good in everything if there is good, and pass quietly by if there isn't. I applaud your deletion. And it is your readers who thank you: you are quite the life force for intelligent and merry home-making.

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    1. How delightful to be a merry home-maker. Thank you so much Mise.

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  10. I actually quite like to be annoyed by things, so sometimes I read things in places that I know are bound to get me hot under the collar. Then I might tell someone of the ridiculous thing I read etc and be told, 'don't read it then'! I could never do that, so hats off to you for being able to delete your board.

    Of course I like to read enjoyable things and look at nice pictures too and we are very fortunate to have lovely blogs such as yours. I find reading a nice blog post much more satisfying than most magazines etc, as there is no editing, no house style just a true voice coming through. I love that there no longer has to be a middle man and that people now have a voice if they want to be heard. So thank you Sue for your blog over a couple of years now. Lovely photos and a humour I can appreciate.

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    1. And thank you Faye for reading and commenting.

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  11. They say that laughter is like internal jogging. Well, without your Sarcastic board, I'll just have to get my internal jogging somewhere else. Just want to say how much I've loved your blog over the years. So much humour and common sense. Keep us the great work.

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  12. Such lovely photos Sue. You have reminded me how important it is to comment - I have been so snowed under of late that I have fallen out of the habit. Naughty. Things are beginning to clear at work and I want to be a better blogger. If I didn't say it before I absolutely love the new look blog; very stylish x

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    1. You did say so Karen, I remember because I think your blog very stylish too.
      Thank you.

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  13. Awww - what a nice post.

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  14. I have loved your blog since I first encountered it and I doubt if that will change.

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  15. Thank you for your reminder about leaving a comment! I read your blog in Google reader which doesn't allow for commenting and then I forget commenting is possible. I appreciate your lovely photos and recipes and really enjoy your new look!
    Love my look into your British life, anglophile that I am.

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  16. I do the same re. comments. I reply to questions and to other comments when I have something to say that might further the conversation. I can't reply to them all though and, unlike some, I don't email every commenter privately (where do people find the time ?!) but I do try to comment on the blogs of all the bloggers who comment because I couldn't agree more re. the lifeblood comment :D

    Gorgeous images Sue. It's been really autumnal here, with grey skies :(

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  17. How how do you set up the option to reply to comments?
    How us it possible that you had such glorious sunshine and blue sky?! Been dull as ditchwater here :(

    Regardless to any change f format what brings me here time and time again is your humour and your lovely, lovely pictures. Looking forward t buying a quince tree calendar if you're doing them again? I didn't buy one last year and regretted it every day :(

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    1. Bitsy you have to have your comments set to 'embedded' rather than as a pop-up window or full-page. Go to settings and then select the posts and comments option and you'll see a drop down menu with the options on.

      Not sure about selling calendars this year. It was a bit of a hassle to be honest, not everyone who said they wanted one actually bought one. I am getting some printed though and will definitely be doing a giveaway. I'll have to think about it.

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  18. Housekeeping? I tuned in hoping for some house cleaning inspiration!

    Love your blog but I'm not a regular commenter I'm afraid.

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    1. I know, a pretty lame title. I thought it was better than Bits and Bobs or This and That. I might try and come up with something better actually.

      If you click on the categories housework and domesticity you might find something more useful :)

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  19. Anonymous10:34 pm BST

    I love your blog, I love your simple explanations of the things that you make for your family. I'm sure that there are many people like me who rarely comment on the few blogs that sustain their interest but appreciate all your posts and look forward to the next (and dare I say get quite grumpy if we log on in the morning and you haven't posted for a couple of days!). I just wanted you to know that there are many who appreciate the thing that you do and the way that you do it.

    Kind regards

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    1. Thank you and thank you to all the people who read but don't comment :)

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  20. Hi Sue
    Love the new look. I love reading your enjoyable blog; your recipes, down to earth writing, photographs, wit.....thank you:)

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  21. Anonymous2:35 am BST

    I tried your toffee apples recipe last night. It was very tasty over a pancake!

    I love your blog, and I enjoy seeing the new recipes you've made for your family. One of my favorites has been the zucchini quiche. I made it several times this summer with zucchini from our garden.

    Thank you!

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  22. I always read but I don't always comment, so today I shall take a moment to say thank you too. Thank you for a lovely and interesting blog - you know - one of the ones I actually read, not just skim through ;)

    S x

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  23. Anonymous10:56 am BST

    Hi Sue - me again from Queensland. I so love your use of a subtle turn of sarcasm. Sometimes I think this is a forgotten talent!!!!! Have just read a post that said 'bored of' = Good grief. Mind you my own younger child- a gorgeous daughter- on whom we lavished approximately 22 million dollars in educational expenses sends me a note saying where coming to visit our friends. Where!!!!!
    *sigh*! Sheridan in Queensland, Australia

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  24. I am another one who reads and doesn't comment much (if ever)! I found your blog over 2 years ago and enjoy reading it very much. Have tried a few recipes and the next one I want to try is the apple cake. The first one I tried was how to make bread and it went down a storm here and the kids ask me regularly when will I make bread again!
    Ali :)

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  25. And me too. Have never commented, yet I visit all the time and love your posts and your photos. You've often made me laugh out loud or exclaim 'Exactly!'
    Thank you.
    Niki T.

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  26. Pati from London1:33 pm BST

    You know I love your blog and don't mind how you arrange it, the pictures are lovely and your posts entertaining and interesting. Another thing I like about your blog is that there is always a bit of a conversation going on in the comments section aswell. It works very well here and doesn't happen in many other blogs, to be honest.

    By the way, I got my V&A events programme for the next 3 months and have noticed that on the 17th of November there is a special study day/seminar dedicated to Eric Ravilious. I thought you might be interested!

    Have a lovely weekend, Sue! Pati x

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    1. Oh thank you, I certainly am interested, though whether I'll get to it is doubtful.

      You have lovely weekend too Pati x

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  27. I will miss that board dearly. (Un)fortunately, there are plenty of people I follow (and some of them have the gall to be FRIENDS of mine) who will continue to pin Inspirational Quotes or things listed under "Cute!" that will make me hurl and, strangely, think of you fondly.

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  28. Thank YOU for delightful pics, autumn bliss!
    Enjoy the weekend whatever the weather.

    Mrs GH.

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  29. I feel quite bad as I'm a regular reader of your lovely blog but I don't leave many comments - must try harder! I love your photos, your recipes, your words and your thoughts. Many thanks to you for putting pen to paper (so to speak) and I, in return, will endeavour to leave comments. The new look is great. Wishing you a good weekend!

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    1. I hope no one ever feels bad for not leaving comments. I like them of course but they aren't compulsory :)

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    2. Thanks, Sue, but nonetheless I will try harder! Enjoy the sunshine!

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  30. Oh my goodness! I just looked at all the wonderful photos of food on your Pinterest page! My mouth won't stop watering! Thank you for all the links to those wonderful recipes!

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  31. Thank you for your wonderful blog. I read it regularly, and sometimes want to try a recipe (honestly, mostly cake), and I have a question about measurements. Which ingredients are weighed with a scale? Is it just dry ingredients, such as flour and sugar? Or are liquid measurements weighed as well? Or do you use a liquid measuring cup for those? Have you gathered that I'm from the US? Okay, I've managed to ask five questions...

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for reading.

      All ingredients that are given in weights whether I give metric or imperial (lbs and oz)are weighed with a scale. Liquid ingredients are given in fluid ounces or millilitres (ml)and yes I use a measuring jug (cup) for those. Note, though, that a British pint is more than a US pint and is 20 fluid ounces not 16. For things measured in teaspoons (tsp) or tablespoons (tbsp) I use a set of measuring spoons and although US measuring spoons are slightly different the difference won't have much effect on the recipe. I hope that helps.

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    2. Thank you, Sue... I'll note this in my recipe book. now, to get going on that apple clove cake. I have apples dropping off my tree!

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  32. I am a silent reader (found a link to your blog on MSE). I love reading it. I am not a great cook or as crafty as you so I live through you in a sense. I love your blog and the wonderful pictures :)

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