Upset

As you know I am sometimes a bit rude about things that annoy or irritate me. Take my post last week for example. When I say rude things about Downton Abbey (although I wasn't really rude, I just said it wasn't my thing) I expect some people to disagree, alright everyone to disagree. That's fine, I wouldn't say such things if I wasn't up for a bit of argument. My intention is to amuse others as well as to laugh at myself.

Most of the things I blog about however are not contentious; what I get up to in my kitchen, what books I've been reading, what is flowering in my garden, quinces and if you're lucky the odd bit of crochet. My blog is not intended to be some sort of public service. I am not a modern day Ministry of Food handing out bossy advice. I am simply sharing things I do and things I am interested in. No one has to take any notice of what I say.

 The Store Cupboard Challenge was a personal challenge to see how long I could go without replenishing my stores. I was not suggesting anyone should follow my example. I thought it would interest people. And it did, I had several emails and comments from readers who said they were having a go at something similar.

I also received this email
Hello,
I enjoy your recipes and photos. This Challenge of yours is too much however , too much info, too much food, too much time given to it. Families usually have both parents working and don't have time or energy to put into you type of stocking and meal planning. They also do not have cupboards or pantries like yours at their disposal. Do the words obsessive compulsive mean anything to you? I understand it is your personal challenge but why not take up running instead .
Regards,







I know very well that every blogger receives the odd unpleasant communication. I've had a few in the past but never one so unnecessary and personal. Why say this? Why? I wasn't telling anyone what to do, I was simply sharing what I was doing. 

I see plenty of things on blogs which don't interest me or that aren't relevant to me but I have never felt the need to write and tell the author that I don't like what they have written. Why would anyone do that? Why would you want to make a complete stranger feel bad? 

I know I should ignore it, rise above it and carry on regardless. But I've read it and I can't forget it. It upset me a great deal and has soured the Store cupboard Challenge so much so that I don't want to continue with it, I don't even feel like blogging at the moment. I'm sure the person who sent the email will be delighted to hear that. I expect many readers will think I am giving in to criticism. I know that I am.

Well, that's how it is at the moment. Luckily I have an enormous tin full of Anzac biscuits and some rather nice coffee. I hope you enjoy these photos which I took at the weekend. The red berries are woody nightshade, beautiful but deadly.










Comments

  1. You carry on exactly as you bloody well want. It is your blog.

    We put ourselves out there, and it hurts when other people make judgements. It's as if they don't realise you're a real person.

    You do a good job. Click 'spam'. Carry on.

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  2. Sue, that email was entirely inappropriate. As you say, no one pays to read your blog; you write for interested readers, of which there are clearly many. Your posts are a record of your own domesticity and there is no need to pander to the varied requirements of others. I hope you will soon forget it and forge ahead. I don't like to see you downcast over such an unkind and petty communication.

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  3. Keep calm and carry on, regardless!! Enjoy the biscuits, slurp the coffee and we'll look forward to 'seeing' you again soon!
    Love your thoughts and your wit!!

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  4. Sending you a cyber-hug. Why are people SO mean? I want to say ignore them, they're not worth it, but know how much things like this can hurt. However I did want you to know that you inspire me, I look forward to your posts. Hope the coffee & biscuits helped. <3

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  5. Just forget the comments. I avidly read your blog... although I don't comment very often! All my best cakes have come from your recipe list and your store cupboard challenge has inspired me. Once this weekend and a large family party is out of the way, I shall be joining you on the challenge.
    Keep up the good work and don't let the b.....s get you down!

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  6. Oh Sue, how awful for you. I have sent you an email. x

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  7. Oh Sue, people can be vile can't they.I don't blog myself but i enjoy reading SO many,and will comment if appropriate or the blog will allow it,i would never dream of writing anything hurtful,it's your blog to do with, as you so well please.Keep smiling Sue 'cos it always makes people wonder what you've been upto!!!

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  8. Unnecessary is right... I'm so sorry you received such a hateful email for no reason at all other than maybe mere spite or even a wee bit of envy. I myself have been such a longtime lurker of your blog (I first commented anonymously for the pineapple-chilli salsa - I was the one from Malaysia) and since then I actually started my OWN blog after being much inspired by your lovely blogging style - yes it's true Sue! I got my blog idea from The Quince Tree. I wanted you to know that you bring much Light you bring to this world and that particular naysayer is wrong and quite horrid too. Never stop doing what you do. Love DZ from Malaysia

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  10. Helen and Ro10:59 AM BST

    I know just how you feel Sue. I think a lot of us have had similar comments and even if you try to ignore them they do pierce your self confidence.
    Delete it.... and go on as usual. We wouldn't be reading if we weren't interested and I for one look forward to your posts every day whether they be about food (my favourites ) or just life in general.
    And most of the time I leave your blog with a smile on my face!
    Cheers

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  11. Hi Sue,

    I am new to your blog but have been reading it for a couple of weeks and I thoroughly enjoy it. Please don't take those unkind and thoughtless words to heart. For me (and I am sure most other people) blogs are all about inspiration and you provide that in bucket loads.

    Best Wishes
    SmallP

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  12. Sue - the style of that troll-comment sounds SO similar to anon ones I have received, and also a number of other people on my blogroll. I suspect this same petty minded person is working their way round our blogs and dropping little bits of nastiness along the way.
    It is horrid. But the upside of it is that you realise that 99.99% of us LOVE your blog [why else would we take time to read and enjoy it?] and even if we do not always agree with each other's thoughts and opinions, we are grown up enough to accept our differences and revel in the things we DO share. That is what friendship is all about.

    eat your biscuits, drink the coffee and move on!! blessings xx

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  13. Just wanted to echo the sensible words and supportive comments above, and send you appreciation and thanks for the interest and enjoyment your lovely blog gives.

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  14. Goodness. So you should be upset. To my shame, I am quiet no-commenting reader but I always enjoy your blog posts, learn much and return inspired to my own kitchen and pantry. As others have already said, your blog is yours to fill as you wish, so please don't let such petty nastiness put you off.

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  15. Oh Sue, how mean! I hope the emailer can sleep at night. I thought your challenge was eminently sensible. My own store cupboards being full to bursting with stuff that really needs using up. Especially the freezer which is desparate for a defrost! I love reading your blog, you make me laugh often, you inspire me to cook for my family even when I don't really feel like it and have enjoyed your lovely calendar all year. Chin up Sue and don't let the meanies get you down. xx

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  16. Hello, I'm not normally one to write on blogs I just like to sit down and enjoy them. I think the person who sent the email is unnecessarily upsetting you! I have loved your blog since the day I've found it, and have tried many recipes that you have made. I'm very much interested in the make yourself attitude and find your blog amazing it the amount of information it gives off, I'm grateful to find out that other people have a store cupboard like mine and cook from scratch like I do (I'm 25 and work full time!), and your photography is out of this world. It really does amaze me that someone would write what they have, if they are not interested in the challenge (I've been very interested) then they should not continue to read your blog.

    Hugs, Nessy

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  17. What a berk! An absolute, unmitigated plonker of a person who clearly feels so unsure of him/herself that they have to try and make others feel the same. At what point did you state you were challenging anyone other than yourself? In fact, I seem to recall you frequently state on your blog that you are only ever sharing what you do. No one has to read it let alone criticize if they don't agree with it.Arrrggghhhhhh!!!!! Ignore as best you can Sue and please keep blogging. I love your posts just as they are :) xx

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  18. When oh when will small minded petty people just learn to look elsewhere if they dislike something?! Why, if you don't agree with a blog, would you carry on reading it, for heaven's sake?! The person concerned (I'm guessing an anonymous) obviously has far too much time on their hands.

    I'm a SAHM of 4 children (aged almost 15 to 3) and I love your blog - it is one of my two most favourite ones. It's foodie, but not poncey and it's very real life and I can relate to many aspects of it (and you only live up in the next county from me) The storecupboard challenge is great - please ignore and continue. I'm doing something similar here (I need to make way for festive foods) and have similar (but probably higher stock levels) to you. I make my own foods (but not yogurt!) and spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen caring for my family.

    I, for one, miss The Quince Tree when there's not a blog post. Eat biscuits, drink good coffee and take heart from your many wellwishers x

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  19. What a wholly unnecessary email. If they don't like a blog post, they can always read something else. However, I hope they're reading these comments...

    I also hope all these comments have helped dull some of the hurt the email caused. You have a lovely blog which I enjoy lurking around, even if I don't always comment. And it is YOUR blog. Don't let one email put you off. x

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  20. Anonymous11:50 am BST

    Hi Sue,
    I'm going to echo the comments above and say just how much I enjoy reading your blog. I use many of your recipes and love reading about your day. You are extremely funny and witty and I usually leave your blog with a massive grin on my face. Such stupid, petty, small-minded, intolerant bigots that send out such comments should know that they are bullies, and cowardly to boot. It is very hard to just ignore such mean comments and, ironically enough, it can be harder to ignore those from people you've never met nor want to meet (I still cringe whenever I think of a comment made to me from a stranger on the tube in London about 30 years ago!) But just look at all the wonderful comments you get. It's your blog - you can write on it whatever you want. All of us love it. And I do mean all of us as I'm sure these cyber-bullies just trawl the blogworld looking for successful blogs to attack.
    Chin up and a big hug.
    Kim

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  21. Not to sound obsequious (I would hate that) I find your blog very inspiring. I don't agree with everything you say, but really, if I don't, I don't feel the need to give you a piece of my mind about it - what the hell - it is your blog after all, your thoughts and musings - that really IS the whole point of a blog.

    You write pithily (is that a word, I can't be arsed to get up and look it up) and succinctly. The store cupboard challenge is a clever idea and being well executed. You must not give up on it because of someone elses mean spirit.

    However, I can imagine you feel pretty 'exposed' and almost 'violated' by such small minded and poorly thought through criticism. Take your volume of good comments and weigh it against this person's spite - it is left wanting in both value and positivity.

    Courage mon brave. x

    And Downtown IS shit hot. Ha ha.

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    1. 'And Downtown IS shit hot.' Nope - I'm with Sue on this one

      My personal feeling is that there's perhaps one too many words in the sentence I've quoted ;-) (please take that as the tongue in cheek comment that it's meant - I mean no offence to anyone!)

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  22. Just adding my bit for what it's worth: I have gained so much from reading your blog. Some of it practical (recipes, laundry sorting tips!), some of it spiritual (beauty, honesty, general loveliness) and some of it just humour and good company on dark evenings when parenting and domestic life generally seem rather too hard. There will always be people who are mean-spirited. Who knows, maybe that one person is at this moment wishing they hadn't typed what they did? From time to time I shout at the television when Monty Don, once again, goes into his perfect potting shed or sets aside yet more square feet to composting or leaf-mulch creation. But I am shouting out of envy and a wish my garden were more like his, not because he is wrong or silly. Some people just aren't very good at understanding what emotion they are actually feeling … lashing out is something my three-year-old does without thought when he is upset, hungry or tired. My eight-year-old is better at understanding that a sandwich might help, although sometimes it's too late. My ten-year-old can normally manage to walk away before damage is done. Some people just take a bit longer to sort their emotions out! Anyway, I love your writing and your photographs. Take a break, drink coffee, eat sweet things and return refreshed!

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  23. An email? With a return address? Maybe you should let us all have it and we could email back with unsolicited critique on that person's lifestyle choices. How very rude of them.

    And incidentally, your store cupboard challenge shamed me into clearing out my 'pasta shelf of doom'. I have consumed more almost empty packets than a carb-loading marathon runner this week. But my shelf looks great. This in itself should be enough motivation for you to continue blogging.

    What, you mean you do it for yourself and not for us, your readers? Really???? (Gosh, sarcasm is quite hard to do effectively when written down - you'll have to use your imagination. Chin up. Blog on)

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  24. Same here, it's like books isn't it, there's a library full of them, you choose which ones you're going to read and leave the rest to others. It's all a personal choice but one wouldn't dream of complaining to the librarian that some are not to your liking.....Unless there's porn in the children's section!!!
    anyway I like your musings and I am also currently trying not to spend any money on food this month and will whittle away at the baking stuff I've accumulated.
    Carry on regardless

    Mrs S

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  25. In the 'old days' that sort of person would be churning out 'poisoned pen' letters. The clue is in the title - poison. It appears that some folks need such an outlet to save choking on their own bile. We should pity them.
    I'm not a blogger. I'm a dreadful lurker though! :-) I rarely comment because I don't often feel I have anything new or interesting to say that hasn't already been said. But I *do* enjoy your gentle posts and I hope you don't let one nasty-minded individual influence you too much. Best wishes :-)

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  26. Hi Sue,
    I love your blog! I have also really enjoyed reading about your store cupboard challenge (in an 'I'd never manage that' way*). I'm sure you must have loads of readers who come back every day, silently appreciating your cooking skills. Enjoy the good comments, try to forget the critical ones.
    *she says on the day she ran out of milk.

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  27. It's so easy for people to feel that they have a right to editorialise another's blog; why they can't just stop reading or have a "maybe it's just me" minute is anyone's guess. That you are affected shows that you are thoughtful, and how sad for you that something you enjoy has been affected by another's unkindness.

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  28. Dear Sue
    What a horrible thing to have done - whoever you are, you should be ashamed of yourself! I don't know how some people can live with themselves. Sue, please don't let it put you off - there are many of us who love reading your blog and are in awe of your kitchen/writing/photographic skills.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  29. Please please please don't stop, I have a whole cupboard of real food to use up now and you have really truly inspired me. I made your flap jacks yesterday and they are fantastic and I have loved your store cupboard challenge. Today I have rhubarb to stew and plums to stew and granola to make and apple cake to bake, all really thanks to you. So carry on with what you are doing. My children will be forever grateful to you for the lovely flapjacks they had when they came home from school yesterday. Don't give in to bullies.

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  30. Personally, I thought the offending commenter was jealous. Odds are that it's a parent with too much to do and little time to do it in (or provisions to do it with). The vision of you calmly planning out how to use what you have in your cupboard probably touched a raw nerve, and they lashed out. I felt a bit sorry for him (or her).

    I loved reading about your challenge, and am trying to do something similar, much to my family's dismay. Some of my offerings have been.....odd, to put it mildly.

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  31. There are horrid and hurtful moments in life and the best thing we can do is turn the page and put them behind us. Just be who you are and enjoy all the positive comments you get from the majority of your readers.
    It has been said that nobody can upset us without our consent... so I guess just letting go as soon as possible is the happiest option.
    I think your blog is great! Sandra

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  32. hi Sue, you are a stranger to me, and you don't know me at all. I even live in another country, and english is not my language. Perhaps this annonimity (is that even a word ? ) makes people behave badly and they put their own frustrations into words. But that is not an excuse. Please don't let a foolish and unpolite reply spoil the fun you have. This negative text says more about the person who wrote it than it does about you. I like reading your blog, I enjoy the recipes, the pictures, the stories. The many replies you have received prove that your blog is appreciated by many many followers and readers all over the world. So, thank you for sharing your stories, I like reading them !

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  33. Sue - yours is one of the best blogs I read, and I love it! It speaks to me, and it addresses me where I am, and where I would like to be, and it suits me. There are hundreds, no! Millions, of blogs out there that I don't read, because they are not my thing - they may be about something I have no interest in, or I don't like the style, so I just don't read them. That's life - we don't need to make comments like this on other people's blogs, we just have to quietly and politely not bother them and move on. That ancient saying about not saying anything if you can't say something nice comes to mind.
    As Angela has said, several people are being bothered by comments like this lately, and it is hurtful when it happens. They haven't got round to me yet, but they probably will, because I am sure I won't suit them either. I am going to make judicious use of the DELETE button when the comments hit my inbox, and just write for me and those who like what I have to say. Those who don't like it need to go elsewhere.
    Love and hugs [and I hope you do another calendar this year as well, PLEASE!!]

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  34. I just found your blog at the weekend and spent ages reading through your posts. I found your store cupboard challenge especially interesting and thought provoking. I really hope you keep it going but not for my sake - for your own. My mum once told me that people make nasty remarks out of jealousy. I suspect the person who wrote that drivel to you is jealous that she can't do all that you can do.

    Anne -your latest fan. :o)

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  35. I think you should send your commenter some lovely nightshade tea.

    S
    xo

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  36. Dear Sue,

    I enjoy your blog so much and find it inspiring, funny and filled with beautiful images. I love your down-to-earth approach on providing food for your family and the storecupboard posts have encouraged me to try and make do with what I have.

    Please don't let some stranger's hurtful words change how you feel about blogging. It was a horrid thing for him/her to do and I hope he/she feels thoroughly ashamed. I look forward to reading your next post.

    Best wishes,

    Fran

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  37. Now Sue, don't let one grouchy person with a chip on their shoulder upset you. I followed your example last week and was flabbergasted by how much money I saved and - more so - how much time I saved by using what I already had in store. (In one small kitchen cupboard, not a palatial walk-in larder!)
    Of course, being me, I then chucked the chicken carcass in the bin because I was sick of the sight of it - and thought of the lovely soup you would have made!
    Now, cheer yourself up and have a look at Cornflower's Youtube link yesterday to Dollshouse Downton. You will appreciate the inspired casting of Matthew as Tom Kitten.

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  38. Thank you Sue for taking the time to share your journey and going the extra mile to give inspiration and thought to the daily grind in the kitchen. You show an aptitude for surviving and creating in the culinary arena which is inspiring yet wholesome and healthy. I enjoy your outlook on life and thank you for sharing in the way that you do.

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  39. That email was just horrible, and pointless - except it lays out the guilt that the sender has with the way she feeds her own family!
    (It's nice to know that you have huge cupboards and a pantry in your country house which can cope with such an exercise! No, I know from reading your blog for ages that you live in an ordinary house with a smallish kitchen!)
    Your correspondent obviously doesn't have time (or can't be bothered) to write lists and get herself organised enough to feed her family nutritious meals, neither does she care about economy enough to make sure that she cooks from scratch and then uses up any part-used ingredients which might be lurking in her (non-existent) cupboards!
    I feel very strongly that the way in which we feed ourselves affects every aspect of our lives and well being, and am really glad that there are still parents like you out there!

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  40. well as a woman who works full time I have been inspired by your challenge. I bulk buy and meal plan becuae I work as it saves both itme and money. Last night we ate gnocchi with 4 cheeses using up the odds and ends from the fride and a long ignored packet of semolina. I'm sure your emailer would consider me a touch too smug if I mentioned that I made the ricotta myslef and popped it into the oven when I go tback from a hhour and a half run after work.

    S/he clearly speak from their own insecurities/ jealousies/ inadecquacies. I hope, but doubt, they are ashamed for the upset they have caused and thier public shaming!

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  41. So sorry that the email got to you, I really hope you can move on past it. It would be a great shame to not hear how your challenge ended. I always enjoy reading your blog and particularly enjoy your sense of humour, your fabulous food photos and the many recipes that you generously share. Thanks.

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  42. Dear Sue,

    I am so sorry that you have been upset by that email. This interweb thingy is full of wonderful people and vistas into new worlds - unfortunately it also includes other human, and fallible, people who may be hurtful towards us. I comment infrequently on your blog but always read your posts. In fact you have wormed my way into my subconcious and I ofter find myself thinking "Oh, Sue would approve of that," when I come up with an ingenious way to use up a bit of left over bacon.... You are an inspiration and do make me grin too!

    Hope your prescription of Anzac biscuits does the trick - they should be available on the NHS!

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  43. Kimberley1:17 pm BST

    People never fail to amaze. (In good ways as well as bad). Please don't let that comment stop you from blogging about whatever you darn well please. I enjoy so much of what you do and write about AND was feeling rather inspired by your store cupboard challenge. You have every right to be completely annoyed, but I do hope you'll continue with blogging about it after you've taken a little break to be cross. :)

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  44. I think 40 positive comments in two hours tells you something Sue. Please please do carry on blogging away. I often read back on your previous blog posts and enjoy them very much.
    I was only looking at your Christmas Cake recipe yesterday. I made it last year and would recommend it to anyone who cares to listen to me.

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  45. It is beyond me why people feel the need to write emails/comments like that. Your store cupboard challenge posts were all labelled as such, so it's not hard for someone not to read them if they aren't interested. Also, the author of that email needs to realise that you write your blog for you not for them. You probably can't keep all your readers happy all of the time and I imagine trying to do so would soon take all the joy out of blogging.
    Victoria

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  46. Please don't stop the storecupboard challenge, although I don't do such things myself, I am interested/fascinated when others do. I admire your kitchen flair (for I have none *sigh*).
    I am going to try your Anzac biscuits soon - love them.
    Like Morgan above the nasties haven't got to me yet, I am still invisible (and tender) and I don't know how I would deal with it, sob first then smash their bl**din'.......sorry, nearly lost it there!
    Love Susan x
    (Tell 'em to P*ss *ff.)
    PS After the first series I am no longer a Downton Lover! I am a Mad Men fan

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  47. Dear Sue

    I am very sorry to hear that you have been so upset. In the scheme of things one little dissenting voice is not so important as all that - especially when compared with those who vigorously enjoy what you do. I think where the comment was out of order was the obsessive compulsive bit which was laughable and very rude. I do think however, they are entitled to tell you they don't think the challenge is for them. Just not as rudely. As you say, you are not here as a directive for how we could all run our lives, rather you choose to share yours with us. You have often told us that you have the time only because you do not work out side the home and you need no justification anyway. So basically the comment went too far.

    I DO sometimes, it has to be said, find it strange that as readers we are not supposed to be critical as often bloggers very much are! And yes they do sometimes get personal about issues or people or life in general - things that actually affect the reader. I've been very annoyed by the things bloggers say and feel I should have the right to say so, just as they have. It doesn't mean we don't like the blogger or their blog, just that they have said this one thing. Not reading it is not the answer, how do we find out what others are thinking if we ignore everyone who holds some different views to us (isn't that everyone?) How do we broaden our minds? Also I've read that if you take on board the positive things people say, you should also acknowledge the negative ones - or disregard all of them! I get annoyed that so many bloggers don't encourage any debate at all and any dissenting voices at all are treated as trolls when they are not really. There are ways of doing things though and an unpleasant email is not it. As you have so much more nicer comments, why not accept that as a majority vote, and accept that while not every can like all that you do, most people do. There is no need to change or feel something is wrong. There was little that was constructive in the comment, so having read it and noted it I feel you are justified in not thinking about it any more as it has nothing of interest to inform you about.

    Think about your favourite book that you love. It may have won prizes but someone somewhere won't like it at all. (We do discuss books too and often rudely! Just perhaps not to the librarian.) It doesn't mean it isn't any good or it shouldn't have been written. I would probably say it is down to the lack of discernment of the reader that they cannot appreciate the finer things in life. That may or may not be true as perhaps they are just different.

    You have your own compass Sue to tell you if your blog is any good or not, and I think you know it is. You are your own best arbiter and judge, no one can validate you better. So who cares that one teeny tiny little person does not like one small area of what you have written about? (And remember, they said they liked your blog just not your current topic.)

    However, all that said your feelings are as they are and if they are hurt, I am sorry about that. I think part of it must be something disagreeable unexpectedly hitting your own personal in-tray. I've had that on Ravelry and it isn't nice. I hope they mend soon and you take comfort that many of us enjoy both your style and what you write about.

    I expect the writer didn't consider the impact of their thoughtlessness and silliness and would be shocked to see the upset and they are not quite as knowingly nasty or poisonous as some of the comments would have you believe. (I always think in the end that nastiness about the nasty person tends to show no one in a good light). I would give them the benefit of that doubt anyway. And aren't we all anonymous on the Internet? Usernames or not. We are all equally traceable or not in the end and most of us faceless.

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  48. Sue, sounds to me like the negative blogger is a wee bit jealous of you. I find your blog very interesting especially the food challenge. All though it isn't something I could do at this time, it was still interesting. You just keep up the good work because the rest of us enjoy what you share with us.

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  49. Hi Sue,
    Bloggers have a choice to accept comments or not but I think that most bloggers would agree that comments are a positive part of the blogging experience. There are various options to allow you to filter comments - either to restrict publication or the group of people who can comment. I don't think it is possible to prevent the occasional comment that you find upsetting - it happens to us all. I think that bloggers who have a robust style of writing are more likely to receive comments that adopt that tone too and they have to decide whether to leave or delete comments that they feel overstep the line. I draw the line at the very few comments that are negative about my family.

    Readers should remember that blogging is a hobby and that they have no editorial input into the blog - either of tone or content - that is entirely for the blogger to decide. We are lucky to have a large pool of talented writers and photographers who choose to publish their work in this free open-access medium, we should cherish each and every one of them while they are there.

    Alice

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  50. Dear Sue,

    tell the idiot to Fork (biscuit) off!!!
    I found your blog a few weeks ago and thought now might be an appropriate time to comment...
    I LOVE your blog I tell you - LOVE it!! I might not agree with everything - well, actually I do agree with most things you say - except for DOWNTON which wild horses wouldn't keep me away from!
    I have gone back to your very first post and throughly enjoyed reading them all! I have only so far made bread and butter pickles (gorgeous) and Gran's pineapple pud. I intend to make some Rhubena, Damson Gin, Fork Biscuits and lots more.
    I find your blog so funny and can especially relate to the joys(?) of kids!! I've got Chloe - just turned 18 (what fun!!!) and George almost 16. I'm also quite local to you - Studley, between Redditch and Stratford (know it?), so I know and visit a lot of the places you talk about, Charlecote, Hidcot, Webbs etc. Have you been to Coughton Court? One of the best N.T. sites in my opinion.
    Anyway, just wanted to say carry on as you were and don't let some brainless twit take away the pleasure you (and all your readers) get from your lovely blog.
    Lisa F x

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  51. Maria Teresa1:49 pm BST

    O seu blog é muito bom eu amo o que você escreve e suas fotografias, tudo muito inspirador, eu sou uma mãe que trabalha fora e ler os seus posts é uma pausa necessária no meu dia a dia, por favor prosseguir, eu leio sempre mas nunca antes comentar mas hoje achei que era importante dizer que vocês faz aqui um belo trabalho, amor do Brasil.

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  52. Please don't give up I am finding your posts really interesting and useful. Some people want to get out more and find something better to do than to spend their time criticising blogs they don't care for. If I read a blog I am not interested in then I stop reading and switch to the next, if I haven't anything pleasant to say then I don't comment. Simple! One think I have learned though is that you will never please all the people all the time and I'd even go one further and add you probably won't please any of the people any of the time so just do whatever you like!! I am LOVING what you write so don't let one unkind word spoil things for you and indeed for the rest of us if you give up!

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  53. Some people need to grow up! I decide what I want to read, what I want to write!
    I enjoy reading your blog, sometimes I comment sometimes I don't, but whatever I
    do I find your blog very interesting.
    Julie xxxxxxxxxx

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  54. Pati from London1:56 pm BST

    Dear Sue,
    Faye is quite right, that person went too far. It is good to create debate in blogland and I think it is something positive that you have about your blog. There is always banter going on in the comments and that is great. However, I feel that rudeness is unjustified and unfair.

    Not always all the posts in the blogs I follow are amazingly interesting, sometimes some are better than others but that's part of life. We all have different tastes and ways of doing things so it is only natural that we should accept that variety and tolerate it!

    I don't blog but I suppose that bloggers are exposed to all sorts of comments, good and bad and probably a lot of them have to be taken with a pinch of salt, not just the bad ones but also the good ones. You said the other day for instance how many people told you that they wanted to buy your calendar last year and didn't do it in the end. Some people just like to say nice things for the sake of it but then don't really mean them. What's the point of that, I wonder?

    Blogland and the internet in general is a tricky place, some people do and say things they wouldn't do in their normal lives, they probably wouldn't tell you that to your face but feel that the anonimity gives them "carte blanche" to write what they want....That I find sad and annoying.

    I think that your blog is great, the first one I read every day and you inspire a lot of people. Take blogland as it is, a platform where you express yourself and people engage with you. Try to accept that every now and then you will have the odd nasty and unnecessary comment. The key is to focus on the pleasure that gives you and on the readers that do love what you do.

    To nasty commenters I would say, "Get a life!". The nasty comment created food for thought and made you write another great post so there's always something positive that comes out of a negative thing.

    Look forward to many more posts, Sue. Have a lovely Autummny day. And by the way, I don't watch Downtown either.... Pati xx

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  55. What a nerve! I'm so glad you blogged the insulting comment though - when I did this (after someone took my gentle mockery of my small dog as meaning that I didn't love or want her, and why not give her to someone more deserving?) the woman actually emailed to apologise. If this doesn't happen to you, I hope the rallying of the troops (well, your loyal readers) will help soothe your affronted and hurt feelings. And as people have said already, it's your blog, and you just carry on writing whatever you feel like. If it isn't to someone's taste, they aren't forced to read it, are they? But most of us do, and love it.....

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  56. Anonymous2:03 pm BST

    Oh dear. As you say, if they don't like then don't read. I'm an infrequent visitor to your blog as my life as a busy working mum bears little relation to yours but I have picked up one or two recipes by dipping in and out. Maybe you should not allow unmoderated comments and switch off your email to followers except by invitation. I hope you get over it soon. Now you have lots of gushing comments to cheer you up ;-)

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    1. I don't know if it is kosher to respond to other people's comments, but the "my life...bears little relation to yours" bit here seems every bit as unkind as the email in question. Anonymous, perhaps your life bears little relation to Sue's life in myriad other ways as well; that is, perhaps she has suffered all manner of sorrows that have passed you by. I know I'm a hormonal middle-aged sap, but I dearly wish we all could tame the green-eyed monster and just get along.

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    2. Anonymous2:38 pm BST

      Eh? What's unkind about saying my life is different? I'm not remotely jealous of anyone. I love my job and manage my homelife very well toon thank you. As such I find your implication that my life is lacking something to be quite unkind in itself...

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    3. I would say that Sue is also 'a busy working mum', only she doesn't draw a salary.

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    4. Well said, Isabelle.
      It's funny isn't it - sometimes sarcasm fails to carry across in writing, and other times it does, and gets picked up by others.

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    5. Anonymous11:59 pm BST

      And sometimes people are very quick to judge. Wrongly. I have no idea how busy Sue is. It's not a competition but why do people think I am jealous of her because I have said my life is different? It IS different. That's a fact. You want examples?
      1. I work full time and have younger children than Sue though my working day is flexible enough to allow me to spend their out of school time with them.
      2. My husband is as keen a cook as I am so we share the joy and workload of cooking from scratch after work and at the weekends.
      3. I don't crochet.
      4. I don't blog

      Does that make me busier than Sue? Who knows. I don't have time to blog prolifically but I'm not criticising her for that so how the heck is that insulting to Sue?
      I think the tone taken against the emailer has been quite vile to be honest. Which is ironic given that so many are advising that if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. I can't really understand why Sue doesn't just ignore the email and why it had to be posted here but then I'm not Sue and we all do things differently I guess.

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  57. Just adding my voice to the chorus of "please don't let this idiot bother you". I found your blog a while back via...The Coffee Lady, I think...and have enjoyed it ever since. In fact, it was a post of yours that gave me the idea of storing my towels rolled up in the airing cupboard instead of flat and it's made a world of difference, so thank you. Enjoy your biscuits and coffee and don't let one silly person stop you from doing what you enjoy.

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  58. Anonymous2:09 pm BST

    Hi Sue
    Just wanted to add my voice to those above. I,too, love reading your blog and you have often made me laugh out loud with your witty and pithy remarks.Your recipes are lovely as are your photographs.

    I remember when you did the wartime ration posts on MSE and you inspired a lot of people there too.

    You could follow Frugal Queens example and tell the person where to go in no uncertain terms!

    Keep blogging Sue, your a voice of sanity in a sometimes crazy world.

    shirley

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  59. Dear Sue,

    Well, if 56 loving comments don't take a good bit of the sting away, then I don't know what will! Look at all of the fans you have! For the record, I thought your store cupboard challenge was fab. It came at a time when money was (is) scarce at my house, and inspired the heck out of me. I have been making granola and crackers from scratch, taking the time to cook soup, and pausing only momentarily in front of the Quorn "chicken" nuggets in the freezer case at the grocery store.

    Sending love to you AND to the cranky emailer. So many of us are in so much pain at the moment.

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  60. Anonymous2:10 pm BST

    Ps. I didn't really understand the idea of saving by having a storsupboard challenge. Don't you have to do a massive, expensive shop at the end of it to replenish your storecupboard???

    Some of these comments about the emailer are very harsh btw....Apart from the ocd bit I think she was just expressing an opinion. And maybe she was peed off that she hasn't time or money available to her in the amounts you do.

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    1. While it's true that you have to do a massive shop at the end, it's been said that one spends much more money going to the store many times buying a small amount each time than when one does the big shop. I know I myself will nip in "to buy just a few things" and come out with stuff I don't really need, that may or may not be used up.

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    2. Anonymous4:39 pm BST

      Also my challenge is to use up lots of bits that have been lurking for ages that I won't buy again - quinoa, semolina, dried shrimp, various odds and ends of packets and jars that might have been kept til there were no good or chucked cos i got sick of looking at them.

      If I use them up I am saving by not wasting the money i spent in the first place and saving by not buying something else to use instead.

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  61. I have only recently found your blog and have been enjoying your posts about the store cupboard challenge. If people don't like what you post then they don't have to read it, there's no need for snotty posts or emails. You keep on doing what you're doing!

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  63. What an absolute asshole. Why does this person read your blog then?? I can relate to your feelings about receiving this criticism. I once had someone post that I was "probably a disgusting pig" or something like that because I wrote something innocuous about some cute actor boy and referred to myself as Mrs. Robinson. I sloughed it off, saying it was a badge of honor as a blogger, getting a nasty comment, but it did, annoyingly, hurt my feelings. Write what you like, Sue. And know that so many of us enjoy your view on most things, even when we disagree!

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  64. Goodness me, some people are so spiteful! If they don't like it, they don't have to come back. I know it is hard to rise above such comments, but I do hope you feel able to "keep calm and carry on". Personally, I have found your storecupboard posts absolutely fascinating. I work full time but I do aspire to feeding my family well and being organised, and it helps me to see what can be done by someone with more time available than I have. And the comments you get can be so interesting too - I thought you were going to have a real "Crispgate" on your hands at one point! ;)

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  65. Just want to add my two-pennies worth!! I think 'Anonymous' and Deadly Nightshade somehow go together!!!!!! Good choice of blog today!!!!! I love Downton, but would never take offence at anyone that doesn't! How small minded would that be? I enjoy your blog for what it is. If Anonymous doesn't like it, why read it. There seems to be alot of this Anonymous lark going on with other blogs I read. It is very sad that folk obviously lead such sad, boring lives that they feel they have to write silly, abusive comments. You have lots of followers that enjoy your blog, so ignore the pillocks!! Reagards Heather

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  66. "If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all."

    Although that would make things rather boring. Just don't get personal I think.

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  67. I can't tell you how many times I have thought of you and your challenge since you began. It has challenged me to be more careful of what I have in my freezer and in my pantry. Shamefully, I have found canned goods that are outdated..now that's pretty bad. Anyway, you are doing a great service to those of us that continue to better ourselves. I might suggest that the author of the email could glean something from your experiment that she also could put to good use.

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  68. Rise above it!! I know easier said than done, you have done nothing wrong - you have probably inspired more people to realise what can be done and not be wasteful!! Surely thats good - sounds like a bit of the green eyed monster reared its ugly head - sending you hugs xxx

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  69. I can only agree with the other posters and say please try to ignore this spiteful person and carry on regardless! I have really enjoyed the storecupboard posts and it had inspired me to do my own version.

    And as for the emailer working and not having the time to meal plan/cook perhaps they could use the time spent writing snarky emails more productively?!

    Sorry for any spelling mistakes, fibro brain-fog today! Kate xx

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  70. i have enjoyed reading your food challenge posts. as to the upsetting comment i find it amusing that the person feels important enought to tell you what you should write about on your blog. reading a blog is optional right so if you dont like what is written dont read it.
    i am sorry the comment upset you but please dont stop blogging.

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  71. Anonymous2:52 pm BST

    keep your chin up sue...i love what you write i think that comment poster woulld do well to remember if you cant say something nice say nowt

    hope your ok
    tess

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  72. Anonymous2:59 pm BST

    We all think what you do is great, sending you a big hug and some virtual chocolate (for you to eat not bake with!)x

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  73. Some people clearly have nothing better to do with their time! I for one love your blog and your sense of humour. As you say it is not always easy to agree with everything that is blogged about but it doesn't mean you have to leave a hurtful comment. The choice is always there to not read the blog at all! Keep blogging Sue, your blog and your recipes are fab!! :O)xx

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  74. Take up running ? Er, why ?

    Personally, I'd far rather write up a storecupboard list and a meal plan than bounce around wrecking my leg joints. Operative word here being "personally" - which is why I find it immensely enjoyable reading about storecupboard challenges, yet if I came across a blog about a running challenge, I'd probably think "Good for them" and move on. It really is quite simple....

    Oh, and I do actually really enjoy a bit of robust debate, blogland or elsewhere. Name calling though ? Not quite so much.

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  75. Michelle3:18 pm BST

    Sue, I have been an avid reader of your blog for some time and to my shame have never commented on all the wonderful posts you have made. I have been enjoying sharing in the ups and downs of your life for many months now and indeed enjoyed many of the wonderful recipes and ideas - granola for breakfast even today. I pounce on the computer as soon as I get in from work in the hope that there has been an update and I for one have found the store cupboard challenge compelling reading. I am joining in on the sidelines. Please please do not let one individual spoil for you (and us) what is a wonderful journey.

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  76. Anonymous3:25 pm BST

    It´s very sad that one comment of a very unhappy person can ruined our self-steem and confidence! I was enjoying reading about your challenge, and hope that you find the courage and willingness of before and keep going! With the best regards, Eliane

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  77. People shit me! If they don't like it, don't read, move on. Feckin eejits!!
    Write what you like, it's your blog. I will still come read.
    Have a lovely day
    Lush x
    PS: running?? are they kidding me???

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  78. Ok Sue - I shall be honest - your style of cooking isn't necessaily mine but then you probably would not be best pleased with my culinary efforts!!!!!!!! BUT you always inspire me and I read every post you write & enjoy them. I loved the Store Cupboard Challenge and it has inspired me to use stuff up (today some sun dried tomato bread flour which will become chorizo pizza bases). I really really hope that you continue recording the challenge. But I so understand your upset - I have had *****y comments in the past & was very upset but it passes and you write again :)
    I just think there are some very sad people out there who get their kicks from upsetting happy people.
    L.x.

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  79. PS whilst the garden pics are lovely in today's post - you are a chef so get back to writing about cooking!
    L.x.

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  80. Ella Rook, Iowa3:41 pm BST

    Wow, somebody woke-up in a bad mood one day and decided to rain on everybody elses parade, Missus Sourpuss puhleaze! Some people like to bitch and moan about everything but please dont let that get to you. I love your blog, couldnt do the cupboard challenge like you do it, not organized enough, but it did make me look more concious how I plan meals. Not to run out to the Supermarket to get just one or two ingredients but use something I already have in my pantry, so thank you!
    And please dont stop blogging!!!

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  81. Sue, I think you are very witty, and your posts make me smile, while also providing all sorts of information and inspiration.

    xo

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  82. Dear Sue
    I have been inspired by lots of wonderful food ideas from The Quince Tree. I very much enjoy your dry humour and look forward to your blog updates. I'm afraid this faceless, hateful comment is becoming more common as we blog, tweet and facebook. However, that does not mean we have to put up with it. As I see it the best way to deal with this nasty comment is to ignore it and continue your wonderful blog - just read the 80+ comments above and take heart
    Best wishes Clairex

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  83. Wow! I agree with everyone here - that was just rude and inappropriate. Who asked her for her opinion? Geez! I find blogs like yours inspiring. Whether I have any interest in attempting it or not, doesn't matter. I admire people who set goals, try challenging experiments, and share their results. Carry on!

    Oh, and more crochet, please! That's what brought me here. :)

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  84. Dear Sue,
    whoever do not like what you write can simply not read it: you did not force anyone to read, did you?
    I also enjoy very very much your food photos.
    Do not change your life according to peoples expectations, even to your closest ones. You are yourself and that can not be changed or hidden.
    My love from Athens, Greece.

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  85. Hello Sue,
    I sympathize with you and am sorry you experienced this. When I did, I read all of the advice about how you are not supposed to care, delete and move on...but the problem is you have already read it and it takes a while to be able to move on. But writing about it and cookies and coffee are good approaches.

    Another blog I read and so appreciate, like yours, recently experienced the same thing and it just makes me sad...The problem, it seems to me, is the anonymity of the Internet. I wish some geeky people would come up with a simple way to remove the anonymity without having to make the whole blog private so that people would behave as they would if they were face-to-face.

    Wishing peaceful days for you,

    Lesley

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  86. sue,I love your blog and have commented a couple of times.I am also a stay at home mom and Ithink we sometimes feel vulnerable to comments that what we do isnt valid work.please continue with your blog

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  87. Might I tentatively suggest the writer of said email also take up a new challenge. It's called the "learn some manners". And they would like to start running it might also mean the door doesn't hit their arse on the way out.

    Sue I am waaaaay down the list of all these lovely comments but yours is the one blog I always look forward to when there is a new post. Lick your wounds if you must but please carry on blogging. Whilst I am not nor have any intention in participating a store cupboard challenge that doesn't mean I don't want to read about your exploits.

    Oh and a note for the email writer........actually I am a SAHM, not every single family has two working parents. If that sort of things isn't for you then jog on dear.

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  88. I have a long list of blogs in my reader but if I had to narrow it down to my top five then yours would be right up there.
    I'm not very good at commenting but I do read and enjoy each and every post.
    I'm very grateful for the recipes you share and all the wonderful photography.
    So sorry you have been hurt by this reader who seems to be suffering from a bad case of blog envy.
    Margaret

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  89. One of the best aspects about reading blogs is being able to see a little glimpse into other peoples lives that you would probably never have the opportunity to see otherwise - they cross classes and continents.
    I love reading about how you cook and organise your life but couldn't adopt it as a personal template and of course you don't write about your culinary life to convert - however your enthusiasm for creating delicious meals for your family is contagious and can be embraced by anyone.
    I am saddened that someone has in affect tried to censor you - there are so many blogs out there maybe it's time for her to find some different ones to read.

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  90. Granny Dot4:40 pm BST

    How interesting that you've had so many comments regarding your latest blogpost Sue. I don't see you as a person who expects to agree with everyone any more that you expect all and sundry to agree with you. It's a pity the the Mystery Emailer added the OCD sentence. That rather soured the flavour of the comment.

    I feel a tad uncomfortable that some of the many lovely, warm, supportive comments about your blogging (Nothing wrong with that. It's good to stand by our friends) include quite unkind comments re Mystery Person. Just saying! Who knows what's going on in that person's life.

    Just because you're funny and have a acerbic take on life doesn't mean you are invulnerable and I'm sad that you've been hurt. Take your time to process your thoughts then please return to what you are good at - blogging about certain aspects of your life.

    Thank you, by the way, for replying to my 'can't think of the book title' query. I thought you'd be as likely as anyone to have the answer and I appreciate your having taken the time to reply.
    Your friend, Dorothy

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  91. Don't feel so bad about just one persons opinion, its not how we all feel. I rather enjoyed your store cupboard challenge. Please don't give up blogging!

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  92. Granny Dot4:46 pm BST

    PS Sue, you can go over my comment with a red pen if you like! Why do typos hit you only AFTER you've read the preview that hit 'Publish'....

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  93. I very much enjoy reading your blog, your recipes and beautiful photos, thought I've never commented before. Your everyday fruitcake was a bit hit here and your store cupboard challenge inspired me to go and look in the depths of my pantry and use up some of the things that had been lurking in there for far too long. Thank you for sharing your skills and talents so generously.
    Best wishes, Heather

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  94. Oh dear. Statistically, of the thousands of people that read your blog, there is going to be the occassional unpleasant comment I guess, and I understand that hurtful comments REALLY sting, but I would say just look at this avalanche of this support instead, take heart from it, and try not to give this comment the reward of your energy and time.

    Personally, I will always come back for your wit, the confidence of your opinions which I greatly admire, your orginality, your cracking recipes and especially your bread (can't wait to make the bread in a pan one). :) You keep blogging, Sue, you have a great thing going on here! xxx

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  95. Lorraine5:00 pm BST

    I too am rather upset with the offensive e-mail. I found your blog a few months ago and could not believe my good fortune. Your recipes are wonderful and the pictures are beautiful. You also encouraged me to overhaul my method of shopping and to look at what I have before buying more. Please don't let one angry person spoil what you are doing. You have inspired me to carry on, and be better organized.
    Best Wishes, Lorraine (Canada)

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  96. I'm really sorry to read this and am equally sorry that this has taken the wind out of your blogging sails. I hope it won't be for long, because like the previous commenter above yours is one of the three or four blogs I visit daily. I hope to come back in a few days' time and see that you've written something amusing about your family or have another brilliant idea for a meal or just enjoy your photographs. Take care and thank you!
    Best, Molly (Canada too!)

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  97. Anonymous5:17 pm BST

    Hi - I read your blog regularly and I look forward to 'reader' telling me there is an update from you. I've not commented before, but felt I had to on this occasion because I wanted you to know that while you've had this nasty comment that there are people out here who love reading your tales. Please keep up the blogging and don't let one nasty comment dent your confidence in what you do.

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  98. Someone I very much respect once said to me, when I was trying to do the right thing and getting cr*p thrown at me: 'If some nastiness is coming out you're obviously doing something right'.

    What I mean is that you obviously touched a nerve. Some people lash out when that happens. And some people can't cope with seeing another's joy without wanting to tear it down. Don't let them.

    You're doing something honest, lovely, and inspiring to many. If people don't like it, they don't have to read it, do they?

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  99. Anonymous5:21 pm BST

    I have been following your blog for sometime but have never left a comment before but I feel moved to do so now. I look forward to reading your latest posts and seeing your lovely photography. The storecupboard challenge has been inspiring and I'd like to have a go at that but maybe just an easier version. I have so may tins and packets languishing in the cupboard. I too have started to roll my towels rather than fold them. And your recent apple cake recipe has gone down very well in this house.
    I do hope you will soon be able to shake off the hurtful comments and return to blogging because its obvious that you would be very much missed if you do give up.
    Kindest regards, Sue McD

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  100. Anonymous5:29 pm BST

    Please dont stop your blog is great, keep up the good work you are an inspiration x

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  101. Anonymous5:35 pm BST

    I think your blog is really interesting, somehow it seems real and bot totally aspirational. Do please continue and,ignore the rather personal, negative comment.

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  102. Anonymous5:41 pm BST

    I love your blog, Sue, please don't stop. And I tell my kids that if someone is being nasty to them, it's often because they want something they have.

    x

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  103. Anonymous5:44 pm BST

    This is my first time to email a blog. Do not stop at what you do. There is always some one to knock you, but do not let this happen.
    Keep going what is one out of so so many.
    Your blog is inspiring, enjoyable, educational and aways entertaining

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  104. The thing is that you have a good blog with many admirers ( me included). Criticism is shit and hard to ignore but in the end it is better to create a blog that nourishes you and makes you happy. Look forward to what you do next x

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  105. Hi Sue - I just wanted to add my support.
    I hope after your coffee and biscuits you'll take a deep breath and blog on.
    Jill x

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  106. Like the other comments don't let this person stop you blogging.I am a new follow and love it it is so enjoyable and the store cupboard challenge happened when i was doing my own so thoroughly enjoying,Some people need to get a life.

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  107. By looking at the number of comments that you have receives proves how much everyone enjoys your blog and your sore cupboard challenge. I don't understand what anyone gets out of critising others like that. I know it's difficult to forget it, but hopefully the mountain of lovely comments will make it feel better.
    Sarah x

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  108. Sue, This is also the first time I have emailed a blog although I was going to do so before to say how much I enjoyed the store cupboard challenge and it has encouraged me to do the same thing.The recipes are great and so is the photography. Please keep on with the blog as I really enjoy reading it and ignore those who should know better. The positive responses you are receiving says it all. Linda x

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  109. Love your blog and really enjoying the store cupboard challenge, have been very inspired by it. Please don't be put off.

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  110. Don't worry about what that person said. They are probably just envious.
    I love your blog and find many an inspiration from it, especially the food cupboard challenge. "Carry On and Keep Blogging" my dear friend.
    Ex Brit living in Canada.
    Diana

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  111. I have followed and loved your blog for ages but am a reader rather than a commenter. Please carry on as you bring so much pleasure to so many
    Love Kim x

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  112. I have some very strange comments on my Blog, I don't post them. I often wonder if I should though to give others the same laugh that the strange comments give me! One person said they really liked my Blog...but all my followers must be brain dead! Now that is not nice. As my Grandmother used to say it takes all sorts to make a world! Yeee Gads! xxx

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  113. I really should add you have inspired me to waste less and save money. I am very grateful. Win win! x

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  114. Hi Sue - This is also my first comment on your blog. Please, please continue with your store cupboard challenge. It is very interesting and a reminder to some of us to make better use of what we already had - it has made me think more carefully about what I purchase and try to vary the food I prepare. One question if you don't mind...I know you were disappointed with your quince 'harvest', and now having a small quince in the garden I wondered what a difference one fruit would make to your apple pie. How does the flavour change?? Does the fruit remain quite hard even when ripe, and if the fruit has fallen from the tree is that a sign of 'readiness'?? Oh, just realised this is more than one question!!! Keep on blogging,

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  115. Sue, we read your blog because it is written by you. It doesn't matter whether a particular blog is relevant to one's life or not. (For that matter, I don't even cook, my husband does. And this is still one of my favourite blogs.) The whole point of a blog is for the blogger to choose what to write about, and it only has to be relevant to the blogger. Anyone who doesn't like it is free not to read it. So keep on being yourself, Sue. We wouldn't want it any other way.

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  116. Hello Sue, I've been reading your blog for awhile now and I enjoy reading about the various things going on your life. As an American, I enjoy reading about your life and it gives me a peek into a different culture. However, child-rearing appears to be universal. Please shake off this negative comment/email and live however you want to live. I have to admit, I am always astounded when people write responses like that. If they don't like your project or what you have to say, then they can skip over those posts or take a break from reading your blog. It's not required reading. However, I enjoy your reading your blog and I wanted to say thank you.

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  117. Well, evening. Wasn't expecting this when I opened your post...
    I had a similar evil comment thing back in February (verbal, from the husband of a friend, I did wonder what sort of chap wanted to read about my slightly mad and chaotic homelife...) which really made me doubt my blogging and actually made me doubt myself for quite a while. It was horrible. And I still feel rubbish about it when I think back to it. But, carrying on is the best thing to do- it just proves to the gits that you haven't let it get to you.
    And sod the Anzacs. I hope you have opened the gin. Axxxx

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  118. Well, my response won't make a blind bit of difference after so many others but I should like to say - it is your blog, I enjoy reading it very much and if I objected to anything, I should not be rude to you in any way. I hope that you recover your equilibrium very quickly.

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  119. I really enjoy your blog, although I've never commented before. I find your foodie posts interesting and informative, but what I enjoy the most is your humour- the world can never have enough opinionated women! Please do not let one offensive comment stop your voice. I, for one, hope you carry on.

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  120. Anonymous7:12 pm BST

    Love your blog! So many great ideas for tea!!

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  121. Bless your heart Sue. So sorry to hear how unhappy this has made you. I just adore your blog, your frankness, wit, recipes and the heavenly photography. I hope you are feeling more loved now after reading all these wonderful comments. Look forward to reading your next blog and I do hope you are chilling out with your family with a nice glass of wine. Take care

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  122. Anonymous7:38 pm BST

    IGNORE!!!!! I read your blogs every day and really enjoy them. DO NOT let a foolish person stop you from doing what you and all of your followers enjoy.
    Keep up the good work
    Linda xx

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  123. Chin up Sue! So many of us love your stuff, you shouldn't worry about one person who felt the need to criticise. I suppose that blogging always leaves you open to this sort of thing but know that there are so many of us who go to your blog every day to see if there is a new entry and who use your recipes regularly and thank you for them. Carry on being true to yourself.
    Jayne

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  124. I love your blog Sue, and if we were all the same the world would be a very boring place!

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  125. Not sure what more there is to say that any of the above haven't said. Your blog is yours to write about what you want and I love it!!

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  126. Anonymous7:51 pm BST

    I don't usually comment but thought i'd lend a bit of encouragement here.
    In all honesty I was not keen on your recent 'grumpy' post (hadn't realised it was also meant to be humorous) but that's ok because in general I enjoy your blog hugely and find it very inspiring. i've particularly liked the store cupboard challenge posts and feel dissapointed that you may not continue due to a mean spirited comment. i mean blimey, who does that person think they are?
    It seems to me you have a blog that is loved and respected by most that stumble across it. One that also appeals to many types and age groups - i know this to be fact because both my mum and daughter look forward to your posts as much as i do.
    And btw mum loves Downton Abbey but was not in the least offended by your thoughts.
    I see and am glad that you have a lot of support and hope this will help you feel less upset.
    Many thanks from me and my family for all the super recipes and gorgeous photographs you share.

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  127. Well, I see that 133 people before me jumped up to defend you already. I'll add my voice to the chorus. I know how it feels to see something like that - you take all the time needed to get over it, and then come back fresh as a daisy. I love your cupboard challenge and have done something similar. So keep up the great posts about whatever you want ! And booh to the mean jealous commentator.

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  128. Anonymous8:14 pm BST

    Pity she didn't have the guts to post it as a comment rather than an email so everyone could have responded to her! If it happensagain just copy it and publish it as a blog post! BTW I cannot stand Claire Balding but I still love your blog!!

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  129. Sue, I hope all the positive comments above have cheered you up. Keep on doing what you do so beautifully and know that you have many many readers who love what you do. fiona x

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  130. Anonymous8:20 pm BST

    So glad your cupboard could supply the tin of anzac biscuits. It just shows how worthwhile the challenge really is.

    I really enjoy your blog and dip into it whenever i can. I really shouldn't worry too much about one nasty post, but be assured that there must be sooooooo many people who enjoy what you have to say, and what you show us through your photos.
    Please do keep up the good work. x

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  131. Anonymous8:24 pm BST

    Please don't take any notice of one silly person - I think that your blog is fabulous and love reading it - it brightens my day. Lorna

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  132. Sue, I've read hundreds of blogs and yours is one of my all-time favourites - the FIRST I check when I fire up the laptop. I love your humour, your photographs, your recipes... everything! The e-mail was utterly unnecessary but please know there are so many of us that feel the absolute opposite.
    Jo x

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  133. I have never commented on a blog before, but I felt I wanted to add my voice to the many others who obviously love and value and are inspired by your writing.
    My life is very different from yours- I do not read your blog to try to change the way I live - I read it because it makes me laugh, the photos are beautiful and mostly because you write so well. I love your Store Cupboard Challenge, but I haven't for one moment felt that you were preaching or urging me to do one too.
    I feel the problem with commenting online is that, from behind your computer, in the privacy of your own home, an observation that you may feel is fair and valid can be interpreted very differently by the person to whom it is addressed. Something said face to face -with a smile and open body language may be seen as constructive criticism, but the same comment in print can appear destructive and cruel.
    I do not know what the intentions of your commentator were, but I hope it will not deter you from doing something you do incredibly well and which brings so much pleasure to so many people.
    Best wishes

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  134. Please, please don't give up telling us about your storecupboard challenge. I'm absolutely loving it and it has been a real inspiration to me to use up some of the stuff in my cupboard. I also love your recipes as they all use such simple, everyday ingredients and your photos make them look so tasty. Tomorrow I'm making your cream of chicken soup with the stock made from today's chicken bones. Don't let one nasty person deprive the rest of us from your obvious talents and wit.

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  135. Oh, and I forgot to add that I love your book suggestions. "A tree grows in Brooklyn" was unputdownable and I never would have read it without you.

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  136. Ditto, I've loved reading about your store cupboard challenge.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  137. Hi Sue I've been reading your blog for years, its lovely lovely, please don't let that comment upset you, unfortunately the world is made up of some people that have no regard for people's feelings. I am positive that you are stronger than that person who posted the comment and will hold your head high and not change anything about how you choose what to put on your blog. If she doesn't care for what you write she should exercise some respect and move on as any normal person would. xx

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  138. I hope it helps a bit to see how many people love your blog. I know you must get some idea of how popular you are from page viewing stats etc but this is a very concrete demonstration. Hope that enables you to put one mean spirited comment in context

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  139. Ohhhh took a while to get to the comment box there - that should say it all!!!! ;-) But just to get my penny's worth in - when this person comments "Families usually have both parents working and don't have time or energy to put into you type of stocking and meal planning" - maybe they would have more time to meal plan if they didn't waste it writing horrible things on blogs.

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  140. Sue,you remain an inspiration to me and I am sure others feel the same. Your blog is full of sound common sense and down to earth. You actually prompted me to clean out my cupboards, to have a re-think about what was in them. I am sure you appreciate that the job of a stay at home Mum can often be mundane and pretty thankless. Your blog reminds me that cooking for the family is a job worth doing well and that taking charge of your own kitchen and a family budget is essential, especially in these leaner times. I know I would have felt just the same about the comment that was rather spiteful, in truth it would probably have made me want to give up blogging altogether too. I do hope that you don't and I can see by the very long list of comments that I am not the only one. Cheer up,drink at least half a bottle of wine and remember your readers need you. xxx

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  141. OMG-What is wrong with people! I just came from 'Silver Sewer-My Journey' who had a very similar comment on her blog. Why do people take delight in such negativity. I and many others love your blog so 'Keep Calm, Delete, and Carry On. As you can see by the number of comments we love what you write. If you (rude, nasty reader) don't like what you read just move on!!!

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  142. I love your store cupboard challenge. I can't replicate it but I have adapted it and reviewed how I shop, what I cook and waste. Along with Frugal Queen's Stoptober and your store cupboard challenge, my bank balance is looking healthier, so thank you.

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  143. The warm fireplace9:15 pm BST

    Am enjoying your store cupboard challenge, do not worry about what people say, i feel it is healthy to see how other people organise there lives, i love downton abbey, but it doesnt worry me that you dont, it would be a very boring world if we all liked the same things, we all have to learn to respect eachothers views and wonderful variety of our lives.
    sue

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  144. Have made your flapjack 3 times this week alone!
    Love your blog, love the fact its not fancy, love your recipes, you feel like a real person to me and so many blogs have the propensity (if I let them) to make me feel inadequate.
    That person obviously is inadequate in manners at least and probably a whole lot more.
    Keep it up.

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  145. I take everything to heart too and dwell on every small thing anyone has every said that's critical of me (not to mention the big things!). Please don't take those comments to heart though - look at all the positive things people have written and the amazing impact you have instead. And I for one, want/need to learn how to feed my family on the tightest of budgets, so please, please don't stop your store cupboard challenge x

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  146. Bit difficult to know what to add to 152 comments.
    Suffice to say, I enjoy your blog too.

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  147. Anonymous9:36 pm BST

    Hi Sue, great blog, i have 'copied' many of your recipies and thankyou for that, sometimes people feel the need to make negative comments, that's life. Maybe their own lives are not that fulfilling! Yeah, take up running instead of providing healthy, wholesome meals for your family! Please do not stop blogging! best regards, Michelle

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  148. Anonymous9:46 pm BST

    Hi,
    i have been reading your blog for a few months now,i really look forward to reading your posts,and have used a few of your cake recipies.
    As you say not every post will interest everybody,we are all different and am glad we are as it would be a very boring world if we were all the same.
    How sad it is that someone would post this upsetting post,i would miss your blog and im sure a lot of your readers will too,and hope in time you will be back,bigger and better,take care
    Dawn x

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  149. Please Sue DON'T follow the example suggested above of resorting to abusive comments in the style other bloggers have adopted....not though I think you would anyway! The emailer - and at least one commenter above (yes, you know who you are, and others have clearly spotted your unpleasant tone also) - clearly take delight in deriding others, possibly because they would love to have the ability, skills and courage to follow your example, or possibly because they are simply jealous that so many other people DO consider what you write to be of value. The concept that your store cupboard challenge is "too much" is laughable really - so not everyone has a larder like yours? Well there are ways around that too, rather than dismissing, belittling, why not try starting a larder, a storecupboard, to take care of your family in hard times. And I can assure her (sadly it's got to be female - don't you think?) that plenty of people who work long hours do indeed manage to cook from scratch, meal plan, bake and generally eat well on a frugal budget!

    Consign the email to the recycle bin Sue - where it belongs - and carry on carrying on.

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  150. Hi Sue

    I too am a lurker on your lovely blog. Your photos, recipes and warm, wise and humorous words are a joy. Sadly some people are mean in spirit. Take heart from all of these comments from your readers who appreciate your blog and are inspired by your everyday doings.
    best wishes
    Alison

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  151. No chance of you deserting blogland anytime soon Sue, as you can see from the many posts above
    Your Country Needs You!

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  152. ChrissyJ10:13 pm BST

    I am sorry that you are so upset. I am another person that enjoys your blog. You do have a lot of food in your freezer and store cupboard but that is part of the appeal of your blog for me - I'm fascinated to see what you will come up with next. I'm a vegetarian, so often you're blogging about meals I would never eat. That doesn't matter to me as I like your style and approach and I will happily keep on reading, because I like to "visit" each day to see what you have been creating. Your life is very different to mine, but that's the appeal - you kindly offer me the opportunity to be a virtual guest at your kitchen table. To my mind, it's a very warm and welcoming place.

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  153. I love your food challenge. It has inspired me to use what is in my kitchen before I go out and buy more food. I try to do that anyway. Yes, you will have to spend a bit to restock, but I haven't been anywhere near as wasteful since you started this challenge. I love following it. Don't let one person deter you. I don't know what the point of that email was. If it made that person feel better about themselves for some reason, well whatever. If people don't like your (sometimes) sarcastic wit, then they don't have to read. I truly enjoy your sense of humor. I hope you continue to blog about the challenge.

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  154. I also wanted to add my support. I have been following your challenge closely and with great intest. i have been following your blog for about two years aNd look forward to it.

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  155. Anonymous10:36 pm BST

    Seem to have arrived rather late on this one, but.... I did like your challenge, though I admit it's something I could never have tried (sloth, gluttony and lack of baking skills tend to stop me, plus our freezer is minute). Point is, they way you wrote about it was interesting and funny, and I really admired you for doing it. You made me think about how I cook (badly) and prompted me to wonder about how I might change that.

    Please keep blogging, and ignore the snarky comment.

    All the best

    Jan x

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  156. I hope you enjoy those biscuits as much as I enjoy your blog. Please keep on posting.

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  157. Don't stop!! Your blog always makes me smile and I find it difficult to believe anyone reading any blog does so feeling the need to take everything seriously. If I didn't like what you say I would very soon stop returning to read it.
    Best wishes x

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  158. Hello my name is Pattypan and I love your blog. Please do not give up. There is a particularly mean Troll lurking around a lot of blogs at the moment. I thought I would share this particular post on my beautiful life blog http://www.frugalmummy.com/2012/10/simply-red.html where she has put a tracker on the person who writes under the name of anonymous she knows who it is and I thought you might be interested on her take on things. This same Troll has also been harassing another friend of mine Silver Sewer at http://silversewer.blogspot.co.uk/. Both ladies are particularly peed off with her. I hope this helps, and please carry on with your lovely blog.

    Take care

    Love and Light

    Pattypan

    xx

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  159. Ohhh Sue it is so lovely to see all the comments supporting you. Weigh them against this one persons very subjective opinion. I love your blog, am inspired by your love of good food on a budget, but even if I disagreed with something you did (which I do not) I would never send a message like that to anyone. I know you will have told yourself a million times that this one persons opinion just doesn't matter, but I can also understand how upsetting it must be. There is absolutely no call for such negative comments. Keep on doing what you do - exactly how you do it - I for one will keep on looking forward to your posts. xxx

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  160. Easier said than done, Sue, but after you've drunk your coffee and eaten those biscuits I'd delete the email and carry on blogging. Constructive debate is one thing. Hurtful comments are another. Your anonymous correspondent has overstepped the mark and I hope that once s/he realises how much damage s/he has done s/he will find the grace to apologise. I enjoy reading your posts, even though I don't always agree with everything you write, and would miss them greatly. So keep them coming!

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  161. I'm so sorry you've been criticised in this unnecessary way, but please don't let it spoil the enjoyment that you get from your blog. It's a beautiful space, full of inspiration and good things.x x

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  162. I like your blog because:
    1. you have great scratch cooking skills
    2. you have amazing fruit trees! (though I guess not this year!)
    3. you take lovely photos of your cooking and fruit trees
    4. I wish I had your fruit trees
    5. I like your pantry challenge

    Sorry you had a sour commenter. "Comparison is the thief of joy."

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  163. Not sure you will get to read this comment - but if you do get this far down the L-o-n-g list I just wanted to add my support. As you know I am both new to your blog and to blogging. I have heard about these nasty commenters (is there such a word?)out there and must admit to finding it a bit scary lest I ever accidentally receive one and I can see why you are so upset. It was 'that' very post which included the Downton Abbey comment that attracted me to your blog - I like your humour! I also find your Store Cupboard challenge just that - quite challenging and motivating so please please don't stop or in my boredom of not having your blog to read I may have to resort to watching a dreaded game show!!!

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  164. 'Here Here'to the Looong list of above comments! We all love your blog, Balls to the sourpuss who critcised you!

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  165. I too enjoy reading your blog and can highly recommend your banana cake and have had a go at the bread too. I was inspired to not be so wasteful of the food I have been buying for my family by your store cupboard challenge. Keep calm, keep on blogging. I for one enjoy your blog!

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  166. From across the pond.....I will be ever so disappointed if you don't continue. I've been enjoying every entry and have been trying your recipes. Don't let the nastiness of someone wreck it for you.

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  167. I've been reading your blog for a couple of years now and I love all of your posts.
    Your wonderful photos, the food ideas, and the books you read you're an inspiration!!!
    One thing I'd like to see more of is crochet projects, because the ones you made were amazing.

    Chris Xx

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    1. P.S I also love the new blog design, I've been meaning to say that since you changed it!!!! Xx

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  168. We have to realize that there are some people out there in cyberspace who unfortunately have some mental health issues.
    Try not mind.
    Always great to read your blog.

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  169. deedownunder4:40 am BST

    Hugs Sue ....I told you the other day how much I was enjoying the store cupboard challenge Don't let this person stop you. Please carry on for the hundreds of people who support you.

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  170. Anonymous5:59 am BST

    Long time Lurker here...Recycle keep calm and blog on xx

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  171. I LOVE the challenge.....we are a two adult job family and I find your challenge inspiring enough to search my pantry, freezer, and fridge to do the same here in Northern California. Love your blog and look forward to each new post.

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  172. Anonymous6:35 am BST

    Just adding my support with everyone above. I have always really enjoyed reading your blogs and, like you, I would find such a horrible criticsm strike me deep. But I love looking at the long line of support letters above and looking at the time they were received - basically you are receiving a letter of support every few minutes! How wonderful. Hang in there - we're all with you. (And please don't give up!! You are such a refreshing voice in the world of blogs.)

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  173. Take heart from all these positive comments you have received. I love your blog. Keep smiling!
    Lv Mrs GH.

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  174. Sue,
    you're a bonefide talented food writer. That's why you have so many positive comments on this post. So what that someone finds something you've done difficult to emulate! I read tons of craft and art blogs where I know I can only sit back and admire. Oh, and for goodness sake, don't take up running. A running journal would make for very boring reading...if you took up running I would have to write a catty anonymous email about how much your blog disappoints me as I don't have the time (as a busy working mum) to spend so much time running...yada, yada, yada. LOL!

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  175. Anonymous9:41 am BST

    I was sorry to see that you received that comment. Personally, your store cupboard challenge inspired me to look through the food that I have stockpiled and to work on reducing it a little; we've had some interesting and inventive meals over the past week (and no-one has complained!).

    Keep doing what you do - it always makes for interesting reading. I run as a way of keeping fit and I don't particularly want to read about someone's split times when I could be reading about fab food and looking at beautiful photos.

    Let the criticism slide off you - that person is not worth your time or your energy. After all, if they don't like what you're writing about, there are plenty of other blogs out there that they could be reading.

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  176. There's always one who has to spoil the party. Let them crawl back under their little stone and carry on your merry way. Chin up xx

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  177. Please keep up the great work and ignore such horrible personal attacks. The writer isn't forced to read your blog so you shouldn't bend to bullying tactics such as these to change your personal thoughts and direction.

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  178. This has to be the most comments ever on a post that wasn't giving something away! I feel you should physically be able to hear a distant murmur that is the worldwide chorus of sympathetic agreement that the comment was awful, enthusiastic encouragement to carry on just as you are, and pleas not to stop blogging even for a moment because of this. Hope you can hear it x

    Oh, and I'm gonna' get personal for a moment, and use a rude word. One of the many things I admire about you is the way you cut through all the bull s**t that's out there. That comment - despite the perfectly valid observation that we don't all have the space in our lives or our food cupboards to follow your lead should we wish to - is bull pooh too and you know it, so treat it as such, hold your nose and step over it, or shovel it on to the roses, but don't let the stench hang around and spoil another moment of your day x

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  179. Anonymous11:07 am BST

    Sue - I have read and reread this persons blog and I am afraid she just does not get it. Sadly. I sincerely hope that you can put behind you the hurtful result of such an inconsiderate blog. We your adoring public realllllly need you to continue. You go girl. With many yeah, yeahs. Sheridan

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  180. Sue...I love your blog!
    I don't have a blog myself but can understand how you feel, receiving negative comments however they are conveyed and whatever they contain are just that, negative.
    You write about interesting things, it's up to you what to write about and up to the readers to follow/read or not.
    Please continue your store cupboard challenge - although I've not tried it myself it is making me consider what I buy and when I buy it.
    Please keep writing in the wonderful way that you always do.

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  181. Mrsbrispie12:06 pm BST

    I was astounded to hear a story on this very subject on radio 4 and that complete strangers would voice their ill-thought through emails in such a vile way (and sometimes not complete straingers which is incredibly chilling. Comparatively I don't think that email was that bad but I can see why you were hurt (and in the circumstances I would have been too).

    I love the storecupboard challenge that you have been blogging about. As a busy mum always mindful of making the grocery budget go further while still providing nutritious meals every day it takes away some of the planning I have to do so am grateful to you for the inspiration you have given me. I don't have a large freezer or huge storecupboards so I am adapting it to suit us. Its not rocket science!

    Try to ignore the internet trolls who are intent on grinding you down. Please keep up with the SC Challenge - loads of us love it. And please continue to be yourself!

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  182. Whew! Are you still there? Hello? What a lot of supportive comments (and yes, I have read every one.) I hope you take heart from them and decide to carry on. But you were going to, weren't you? You know you enjoy it, it shines out of each post. I personally LOVE a good rant, and I have chuckled and nodded at many of yours. I don't agree with everything to write...so what?

    I started reading your blog when I saw a header photo of the inside of your fridge - and I went on to keep a regular supply of breadcrumbs and frozen chopped herbs. I've also had a good uck out of my cupboards soem time ago when you were talking about this. I haven't been following the challenge (and I note it is your own challenge to YOURSELF so why it should upset someone to the extent they had to hit out at you I don't understand.) but it is still very interesting and entertaining reading.

    Let's be charitable (oh go on Sue, let's!) and decide that this poor woman is in a very bad place at the moment and needed to hit out at someone. No reason why it should have been you, but you obviously touched a nerve. Let it pass. You have so much that she has not, including a very loyal band of readers. Keep on keepin' on!
    Lynnex

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  183. Fisherwife12:57 pm BST

    Sue, i understand. I have remembered every nasty thing snother person has said about me. Good news! You are genuinely loved and admired.

    And I made your bread this week. My family thanks you.

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  184. Anonymous1:13 pm BST

    I try to read your blog every day (I am french and not fully english bilingual) but I think that if somebody does not agree with what you are sharing, the most simple thing to do is to stop to read your blog !
    Best
    catherine

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  185. Anonymous1:24 pm BST

    Dear Sue, I have been silently reading your blog for over a year now and although I don't always agree with you, I enjoy your posts tremendously. You have inspired me to be a better cook, you help me decide what to make for dinner, you make me laugh when you talk about school issues, you make me want to be better at organizing my household routine, so please don't let the opinion of one person discourage you. I live worlds away from you in Argentina and I still relate with many things you say and do.
    Thank you for blogging.
    Love,
    Gabriela

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  186. Anonymous1:25 pm BST


    Hi Sue,

    I have really and I mean really enjoyed your blog, so please do not let, someone who is obviously mean spirited, spoil your enjoyment of writing.

    Along with other 'lurkers' I have been enjoying your blog for many years now. I do not have children and live in a flat in London with an under stairs cupboard and tiny galley kitchen. I am not envious that I do not have what you have, just instead, love logging on to see what you are up to at the moment. I love your photos, comments and sense of humour. You are my lunchtime read at work, what would I do if I couldn't read your blog, who would make me chuckle out loud?

    Please do not let one bad quince, spoil it for you.

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  187. Anonymous2:44 pm BST

    Wow you have had simply loads of comments all supporting you - that must tell you something about what you write and what it means to them. I ALWAYS read your blog but rarely comment but I want you to know that I would truly miss it if you ever stopped, please don't let this person stop you or even slow you down. Life is too short and to good to waste it worrying about the motivations of those who don't like what we do. Emma xxx

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  188. Anonymous4:11 pm BST

    I had never commented on your blog before but did with the store cupboard challenge as l was in awe that you have the discipline to to it. I really enjoy your blog, dont't let one numpty ruin the pleasure that you bring so many

    Sara x

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  189. Dear sue,

    I too really enjoy your blog, please dont stop. I happen to agree with you on a great many points. Your store cupboard challange is so interesting. I have been trying not to buy any more meat or fish for meals but to use what is in my freezer. I really look forward to your writing please dont stop. Maybe that person is very unhappy. That said, no one should try to make someone unhappy with a careless comment. Unfortunately it is so easy to be cowardly and write something mean . Anyway you have many eager readers all over the world who enjoy what you write enormously. Love Sue

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  190. I have nothing new to say and can only repeat what you've heard before. But, it's worth saying because I want to add my weight to the many numbers on here that love and admire what you do and how you write about it. I wouldn't be able to shake off a comment like that either and it would no doubt sour my efforts too but I really do hope that these positive comments will balance things out for you and make you feel better. I'm no foodie, I rarely read food blogs, but yours I love. I'm never going to do my own food store challenge, that's because I don't have your love of cooking, knowledge and skill but my god it's not going to stop me admiring you for being able to do the things that I can not. Carry on Sue, you show them!

    S x

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