Six Months Later


Goodness this is harder than I thought it would be. It feels a bit like I have an essay to write for homework. I know what I want to say but how to begin? I seem to have forgotten how to do blogging. Maybe a cup of coffee will help.

That's better. So, are you still there? How have you been?
I've been fine, pottering around my kitchen, reading, knitting, instagramming and spending far too much time online. I've also been thinking a lot about this blog. I wondered if it had come to the end of its life and if it had did I mind? I wondered whether it needed a change of direction or a new look. Mostly I thought about the kind comments people left on my last post saying that they would miss The Quince Tree and I found myself missing The Quince Tree too. So, as the quinces ripen in my garden here I am ready to blog again, no new direction, no new look just more of the same.









Comments

  1. You are back - how wonderful! I've missed your wit and charting of the seasons. cheers form Australia (where it is Spring)

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  2. SO thrilled to see that you are back!

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  3. great stuff ! so glad to see you again.

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  4. So glad you are back as I arrived on your blog after you had left. May I just say I love it! I've tried lots of your recipes and they are fabulous, the carrot and coconut soup (perfect for this time of year), cocoa brownies (not good for my waistline) and Dukes pudding to name a few!

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  5. Anonymous10:16 am BST

    Great to see you back Sue.I don't know why but I associate your blog with Autumn and winter perhaps its the Quinces, although they do have lovely blossom in the spring.

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  6. Great to have you back! I like your take on life & housekeeping very much. And I tried some of your recipies and enjoyed them very much.

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  7. Wahoo! You're back. What a wonderful start to the day :-)

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  8. Great news. In your absence, I've been raiding your recipe list. Looking forward to more posts soon!!

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  9. Hurrah! yes indeed what a wonderful start to the day!
    More of the same would be absolutely perfect, nothing different needed.
    Gorgeous quince. Tell me when I should pick our ONE fuzzy quince, its so beautiful!
    Love Niki x

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    1. Thank you, it's good to be back. I would wait until the end of this month or the beginning of October Niki. I think it's considered best to wait until October really but I am usually too impatient. They should be really yellow and very fragrant when they're ready.

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  10. Sue, you're back! I'm dancing and dancing and dancing.

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  11. That's good! Lovely to see you back. Perhaps that's all you needed just a little break.
    Julie xxxxxx

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  12. That's so funny! I was only thinking the other day "What was the name of that blog? And why did I stop following it??" Thanks for jogging my mummybrain memory! And I agree with everyone else, more of the same please 😊 Hope you and your family are well.

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  13. Oh frabjous day. Callooh! Callay! It never left my top sites page, because I kept faith like some sad old mutt. I knew one day it would have a corner turned down with a star in it.

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  14. Well I'd miss your blog! It's entirely due to you that I can now make a quiche worth eating!
    It's nice to have you back :-)

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  15. I'm so glad you're back. I missed you.

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  16. Very happy to see you back. Look forward to hearing about your exploits in the coming months.

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  17. You were missed, Sue! I have one rock-hard quince left hopefully on the kitchen windowsill - any chance of it ripening, do you think? It certainly isn't scented.

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    1. Well they're always rock hard Mary however ripe they are. Quince vodka might be a good use for it.

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  18. Your back......Yes!!!!!

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  19. Oh I'm so pleased you are back! And I hope it all comes back to you easily. I've had breaks from my blog from time to time, rarely planned, but nearly ten years on I still keep coming back!

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  20. Hello Sue! I am delighted to find that it's once again Quince season.

    Thank you for deciding to return to blogging after your spring-summer break. Autumn is now looking better and better. xo

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  21. Like absolutely everyone else - I'm delighted that you and The Quince Tree are back!

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  22. Welcome back, you have been missed. Glad you're going to continue and not change the blog.

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  23. Yay, yes it seems very suitable that you are back in Autumn. I'm still waiting for a quince to appear on my trees so it is so nice to see your familiar and very enjoyable blog back on the go. Welcome back.

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  24. Anonymous4:20 pm BST

    Such a lovely surprise to see your new post this morning. I have always found the food you create inspiring. I made the plum chutney you photographed. Delicious.
    Thank you.








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  25. How nice to have you back. Hope to see you soon.

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  26. Well nice to have you back. Now, first things first......what is that fruit in the second last photo? The only one I can think of is loquats ?

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    1. Hi Helsie, they are crab apples. Small sour apples which make great jelly although I haven't done since 2011 because we still haven't finished that year's batch!

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  27. Hooray!!

    Sue, you do realise that "more of the same" is fine by us? Blogging is by it's very nature cyclical and repetitive, but in a good way. I'm so glad to see you back here. X

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  28. Very pleased to see you back.

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  29. Lovely to see you are back :)

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  30. Glad you're back in the blogging world.

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  31. Welcome back - you've been missed.

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  32. Whoop! More of the same? Yessssssssss! That's exactly what I like!

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  33. I'm glad you're back with beautiful photos. Blogging is cool, no pressure !

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  34. Anonymous7:06 pm BST

    It's good to have you back and look forward to more of the same

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  35. Nice to see you back x

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  36. Yay, I was thinking the other day how I missed your lovely blog and wondering how you were going. So good to see you back and I look forward to your musings and beautiful photos - from Australia where spring is springing : )

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  37. Big smiles all round. I look forward to reading about quinces and whatever else takes your fancy.

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  38. Yay! having sat and reread nearly all your blog posts recently am excited to look forward to new ones too :)

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  39. More of the same is absolutely fine by me. Welcome home.

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  40. At last, welcome back x

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  41. What a lovely surprise to see a Quince tree post again. I don't comment very often but I have missed you and still visited here for recipes while you have been away! Sarah x

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  42. It is very nice to see you back. I still read old blogs every week. Looking forward to more of the same.

    Linda

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  43. Welcome back Sue! I'm looking forward to reading your new blog posts and seeing more of your lovely photographs. I always feel inspired by the recipes that you cook and look forward to lots more inspiration over the coming months. xxx

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  44. Anonymous9:20 pm BST

    Great to have you back, Sue. Whatever or whenever you blog is great by me.

    Best wishes
    Frances SW

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  45. Another happy reader here!

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  46. Thrilled to have you back Sue.

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  47. Welcome back! I'd only just discovered you when you took your break so this is good news.

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  48. Delighted to read your post today - you've been missed!

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  49. Hurray - your back!!

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  50. Hello! I'm wearing a big grin to greet this new post from you. Welcome back Sue :o)

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  51. So pleased to see you back. I was a quiet but delighted reader who will try to comment more often now!

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  52. Anonymous3:42 am BST

    Well, this is a nice surprise. Glad you are back. Look forward to hearing all the comings and goings of your troops. Did you have a not camping week this year!!!! Regards Sheridan in Queensland

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  53. So good to see you back!

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  54. Ruthanne4:55 am BST

    Thank you for coming back. You were missed. I look forward to your continued sharing Sue.

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  55. 21,188 emails in my inbox (at least this address). "The Quince Tree" flew off of the monitor and grabbed my hand and said, "Yes! She's back! Click here." I truly appreciate your photos, your quiet commentary, your recipes. Anything and everything. Whenever. Bit of happiness at the end of the day.

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  56. Anonymous7:00 am BST

    It's nice to see you back.

    Jacqueline

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  57. surely a cup of coffee and a piece of cake is what you need to write a blog post? not just coffee.................

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  58. Good to have you back, Sue! :)

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  59. Like everyone else, I am delighted you are back. I started reading your blog just before The Pause so have been working my way through the archives, trying to ration them! Have particularly enjoyed your recipes.

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  60. I seem to be one of a long list. But it's a genuine response. I'm glad you're back and am looking forward to your writing (& photos).

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  61. So glad you're back - I've turned to your Recipe Index for help so many times while you've been away, and I've reread things like your Storecupboard Challenge when I've needed a bit of motivation. The trees are turning here in the Peak District, I made your damson chutney yesterday and the afternoon light has that gorgeous golden glow - you've made my Autumn.

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  62. Totally thrilled to see a new post from you in my feed this morning - welcome back - you've been missed! :) x

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  63. I'm echoing all the comments above. Welcome back! So many blogs I read have little children. As a mum of older children, I have always enjoyed hearing about what yours are up to! Do please fill us in on what's been happening round your way, Jenny

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  64. Hurray, you're back! I'm sitting here smiling, so pleased to see a post from you. I can see that everyone else is too. Of course we're all still here. CJ xx

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  65. D'you think people are pleased to see you back...?

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  66. Anonymous11:32 am BST

    Dear Sue so lovely to have you back thank you!

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  67. Sue! Oh, I am so glad you are back... Autumn will be much brighter now, with you and your quinces to look forward to :)

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  68. You're back! Hooray! Quince jelly all around. :-)

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  69. So happy you're back, Sue. We've just survived two weeks of pig-ugly heat and humidity. Cooler evenings now, and the return of the Quince Tree! Things are really looking up.

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  70. Anonymous2:38 pm BST

    Extremely glad you are back.

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  71. What can I say except ditto to all of the above.

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  72. Hello again! Lovely to see you here. I just dropped by to look for a recipe and am delighted to find you have woken up - welcome back xx

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  73. Anonymous5:25 pm BST

    WELCOME BACK, you have been missed more than you will ever know. I have kept looking in and hoping that you would find your blogging mojo again so this post has made my day.
    Jane XXX

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  74. Anonymous5:54 pm BST

    Yay!! So glad you're back. The pictures of your recipes, etc. are always so beautiful and you make cooking and baking sound so easy. Great to see them again!
    Marie

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  75. Anonymous6:24 pm BST

    Very pleased you're back! My favourite blog��
    Sarah

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  76. Just like a ray of sunshine, Sue is back to lighten our lives. Welcome Sue!

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  77. I'm glad you're back .... I've just been offered some Quinces by my neighbour and I shall most likely need your expertise. :-)

    Welcome back to the wonderful world of Blogging, two more posts and you'll feel as though you've never been away!!

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  78. Hooray ! I'd given up hope!!Xxx

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  79. Yahoo!!!!! You're back!!!!! (Is that enough enthusiasm? I can do more if you'd like.)

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  80. So glad to see you back and, as you say, it will be 'more of the same old thing' which is great because that's what I enjoyed. Looking forward to your next post.

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  81. Oh ditto ditto ditto! Welcome back!! I kept popping by just in case you were back, and I'm so pleased to see you. Glad that you had a good summer, and hoping you feel refreshed enough to carry on for a bit longer. All good wishes, Deborah

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  82. So glad you're back!

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  83. Yay! So, so glad you're back! My favourite blog by far and you started re- posting on my birthday!!! Looking forward to the posts to come. Lisa x

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  84. Anonymous10:54 pm BST

    Welcome back. You have been much missed.

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  85. Glad you are back. I have made your flapjack recipe and loved it. Cheryl

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  86. Sue, I think of this blog as a 'live' recipe book and I'm glad you haven't updated the look and are just carrying on because I find blog refurbishments irritating! I'm so glad you're back.

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  87. Welcome back! I have missed your blog.

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  88. Anonymous10:30 am BST

    A couple of days late - I've only just caught up that you are back - welcome - lovely to see you again - I enjoy your recipes. Very do-able and eatable!
    Joan

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  89. I'm also late to the party, but equally happy to see your return. The Quince Tree was always one of my favourite reads. Sarahel

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  90. Welcome back!! In some ways you didn't go right away as I have been still visiting to get recipes. Glad to see you here again.

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  91. Oh I'm really glad to see you're back to blogging. I think bloggers should have annual blogging holidays, otherwise we burn out!

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  92. Yay! I'm so glad you're back!

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  93. Fantastic to see you are back!

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  94. It's great that you're back. I shall look forward to reading more and admiring your recipes :)

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  95. The world turns, and we find ourselves back in the old routine! I too have had a break and it was the hardest thing to get sat down and select photos from SO MANY and select also what I would write, what to leave out. To be honest, it wasn't the best post I've ever written, quite stilted and unsure of myself for all sorts of reasons. However, back I most certainly am, and it's lovely to see you here as well. Lx

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  96. Good to see you back. Missed you.

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  97. Anonymous3:32 pm BST

    I've just come back to civilization being without internet for over a week and thought "I have a feeling the blog is back on" and YES! :o) I'm so thrilled you're blogging again and already love your pics of your jams and chutneys and flowers and....

    Thank you, Sue :)

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  98. Anonymous1:50 pm BST

    Yay!! You're back :-)

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  99. Just trawled through your posts until I found the first after your 6 month break. Well done you for returning and lovely to hear your news.
    Margaret P

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  100. Anonymous1:22 pm BST

    Have been checking fairly regularly in the hope you would one day return. Was super excited to see you are back :-) Thank-you for deciding to share your world with us all again :-)

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