You may have noticed that The Quince Tree has had a little face lift. I know some readers don't like bloggers to mess around and change things but I felt that after my long break a fresh look was needed. I haven't changed much, just the font here and there. I've also moved my blog roll to the top the sidebar to give it more prominence. I'm using it to keep up with my favourite blogs because I wasn't lovin' Bloglovin' anymore. The kind of blogs Bloglovin' likes to recommend to me are precisely the kind of blogs I have no interest in (beauty blogs and shopping blogs mainly), they are also the kind of blogs which are made up entirely of sponsored posts and which never include any kind of blog roll. I'm not interested in growing my blog, I don't want to develop my brand (whatever that is) I just want to connect with like-minded people and having blog roll is one the best ways of doing that.
A few readers have asked for news about my children. Only the youngest, Katie is at school now. She is 15 and will take her GCSEs in June and then we'll be done with school. Sixth form college will follow for a couple of years. Tom has done his A levels and is now taking a gap year whilst building up a portfolio of art work in preparation for doing a foundation course in art and design. At least, that's the plan at the moment. He has just got himself a job as a 'sandwich artist' at Subway and we are all very pleased about it indeed. George found a job at a local hotel in the summer and is now back in Hull studying for a degree in physics. He is sharing a tatty little terraced house with two friends and having a great time.
I am liking having grown up and nearly grown up children very much. I have never been one for mourning the passing of childhood. I am always looking forward to the next stage, I am even looking forward to my rapidly approaching middle age, I'm fifty in five weeks time.
I would have got this post published a lot sooner if Tom hadn't distracted me with a new game he has found. Geoguessr plonks you down anywhere in the world thanks to google streetview and asks you to guess where you are. I'm already hooked.