Pause

The Quince Tree is on hold. For how long I can't say. I don't think this is the end but I cannot deny that blogging has become a bit of a chore. I think maybe I have run out of things to say. Quite possibly I'll be back next week with renewed enthusiasm, who knows? But for now, thank you so much for reading and commenting. 
Au revoir x

You can still find me on Instagram where I post pictures of my tea, my laundry and other stuff.



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  1. You will be inundated with appeals for continuation. I may even be the first droplet. I do see where you are coming from but let's hope it's À bientôt. x

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  2. I understand Sue. I have had to take a break this weekend and this week because of a shoulder injury making typing painful - it hurts right now! - but I have got so much done today already instead of blogging. I miss it though so I will be glad to be back. Anyway, that all means that I understand that sometimes a break and or a change is needed. If it is meant to be then you will return, soon or in a while, and if you have run the course of this interest that is fine too, as long as you enjoyed it while it lasted. I know that you will be missed, but not forgotten. I wish you well in whatever may come your way in life and for your family too. xx

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  3. Elaine Brown2:49 pm GMT

    Sue, I hope you are well & won't be gone long. I so enjoy reading your blog. Take care of yourself. Have a blessed time away but hopefully hurry back!

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  4. You will be missed. But lives change, blogs change, and sometimes we outgrow things. I guess we all understand that.

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  5. It has been a joy to follow you. Not to mention an inspiration, for blogging myself and in my kitchen. I hope you come back. Enjoy your break. Katharine x

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  6. I echo everything that has been written above. I so enjoy reading your blog and I love your recipes - I have even made some of them. But I do understand that when something becomes tedious there is little joy in it. Hopefully you will miss us too and will return from time to time. Best wishes for you in your break. Mags x

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  7. You will be missed - but take time out, and come bak when you feel ready. Thank you for lovely posts and stunning photos - blessings x

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  8. Sad news that you may stop blogging but thank you for all you have shared with us. It's been so reassuring to see from your example that it can be a positive choice to have one's 'job' as running a home and supporting the family - from some quarters in my life there is a great pressure to 'find my identity' through a paid job and to 'stop wasting my talents' being a mum and homemaker. Thank you then, for showing that there is another way and that this can be just as valid a route to a fulfilling, useful and happy life. All the best to you, Sian x

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  9. Hope to see you back soon. I have been enjoying this new blog I found.

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  10. That's right. Bugger off and leave us to find another amusing, sharp and down-to-earth cook who likes mending, washing lines and Jimmy Perez.
    I will be in touch over on Pinterest. Unless you're au revoiring there too. In which case I may never talk to you again...
    Ax

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  11. Ahh Sue, say it isn't so. Or perhaps, as Lucille has suggested, it might be a bientot.

    In what I do hope is a short interim, have a grand time welcoming spring. As I've written in my current post, I'm weighing the value of Instagram, and find your making use of it encouraging.

    xo

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  12. Oh...oh dear, that's such a shame but totally understandable. I just made stonesoup's Cocoa brownies yesterday via your link and I shall think of this place when I make self-saucing chocolate pudding, which I often do. Your bounty cake goes down a storm and I'm partial to your everyday fruitcake. I could carry on. Maybe just carry on with In my kitchen posts... I also just made one dish from Sarah Raven's book, but I'm hanging onto it for now. How are you getting on with 'A Change of Appetite', she asks blatantly trying to get one more post...

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  13. And I'd only recently found you! I hope you decide to return but wish you the best of luck in the meantime for whatever's next.

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  14. Sad news indeed. Yet totally understandable! Thank you for your entertaining posts and your wonderful archive of recipes, what about a Quince Tree cookbook?? No pressure. I would also like to echo Sian's comment about the value of the job of looking after your family. All the very best.

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  15. Oh, no! Say it ain't so!

    I will miss you very much, Sue.

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  16. You will be missed but blogging mustn't be a chore. Enjoy your time away from the blog, however long it may be. x

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  17. All good things come to an end I suppose.
    But I shall be gutted if this is the end :( I will have to cheer myself up by rereading your christmas posts as they are always my favourites.
    Ciao for now

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  18. Anonymous7:24 pm GMT

    Oh that's a shame. I can remember you saying that your blog was your biggest achievement in your life and something which you were very proud of. (Children go without saying of course.) Rightly so.

    Sadly many blogs are disappearing. There are so many which have now gone, or posting infrequently. Dottie Angel said her goodbyes the other day. Facebook and instagram are nothing compared to a good blog. I do know (well possibly I actually don't but I imagine I do), how much work is involved and it should never be a chore. So, obviously if you have reached a road block then you must take account of it.

    Lots of enjoyable posts to thank you for. I haven't always agreed with everything but I've admired your individuality, a rare thing in the blogging world - and what makes a blog unique and ultimately the most missed. Wishing you well, and hoping to read your words again one day.

    Thank you for the entertaining reads and best wishes from me to you.
    Faye.

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  19. What Lucille said. You will be missed.

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  20. Sorry you are closing down, just as I get used to looking in, but I can understand how it's become a bit of a chore ...
    All the best,
    Margaret P

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  21. So sorry to say goodbye Sue, a post from you is such a treat. I'm wishing you much happiness, and I'd just like to say thank you for all the times you've made me laugh and for all of the inspiration. Best wishes, CJ xx

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  22. So sorry to hear that you're flagging, Sue - and I hope very much that you'll be back after a break - but I completely understand as I often feel the same way. But you'll be missed - you've been a great inspiration.

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  23. I suppose it's selfish of me to want you to keep blogging when it's lost its sparkle for you. But everyone is right-it has to be fun for you. Hope you do come back one day. Until then, we always have your archives.

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  25. Sorry to say goodbye - but I shall be back when I need a recipe. x

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  26. Sue,

    I love reading your blog but I know sometimes it can be really hard to write. Selfishly I want you to continue and I hope you find some inspiration after a break.

    take care and thinking of you (and your quinces) :-)

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  27. Hey Sue,
    I will miss your dry humour, and your amazing food.
    Leanne xx

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  28. I do hope that it's just one of those ebb and flow things. I find I have lots to say but no time or energy to say it. And this is when Instagram is just so bloody perfect, and I will enjoy seeing what you're up to on there.

    I thought your last In My Kitchen post was one of your best. x

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  29. Well this is very sad for us! And just when we are coming into Quince season too :-D I do understand though. In fact, I feel much the same really but just don't know what to do about it. See you back over on Insty x

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  30. Oh no! I will sorely miss your blog. It was been a joy reading your posts. I've made many of your recipes. All the best to you and thank you for your keeping me entertained

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  31. I already feel among friends here, and will miss you. I hope that you will be refreshed and revived by your Pause, and thank you for all your warmth, wit and inspiration.

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  32. To each thing, there is a season - or some other quote that I half remember but can't be bothered to look up. Thank goodness for us there is still real life, and the season for garden visiting is looming. Soon, friend? Am so pleased to have got to know you from your space here.

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  33. Anonymous7:36 am GMT

    Sorry to see you go but will continue to use your recipes - please leave them up! Will drop by sometimes to check if you've returned. Enjoy the lack of pressure to blog.

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  34. Anonymous8:09 am GMT

    Thank you Sue for all the lovely things you have written about over the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed trying out your recipes and following your activities. I will miss you.
    Helen

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  35. No more Pratchett, perhaps no more Clarkson, and now Sue! Have pity - come back soon...

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    1. Surely we can manage without Clarkson? :)

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    2. definitely ! you on the other hand..... will be sorely missed.

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  36. Sorry you won't be around so much. We eat your granola every day. Enjoy yourself and hope you pop in again for the odd blog post.

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  37. Anonymous1:48 pm GMT

    Hello Sue Of course everyone needs a change/rest from time to time. I have so much enjoyed your blog, thank you for the comments, recipes and such and I hope to hear from you in the future. In the meantime good luck to you and your family and thank you.

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  38. I understand completely, but I do hope it's just a little sabbatical! Who is going to inspire us to do 'proper' cooked weekday meals now?

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  39. Oh no. I'll miss your blog so much. But I also know everything has its time and place and you must do what feels right for you now. Of course that won't stop me keeping fingers crossed you'll be back! xx

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  40. Anonymous6:03 pm GMT

    I hope you do return. I have often thought that your blog will repeat itself, but thats in a good way as you appreciate the times of the year, as I do, so its natural. I re read parts anyway so I would not mind repeats. Linda

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  41. I've been reading your blog for years and will miss your sense of humour and appetising, beautifully photographed posts, Sue, but do understand. Sometimes something you've loved doing starts to feel stale and it's time to move on to new exciting things. We all need a new challenge from time to time. Good luck and let us know how you're doing :)
    Cathy x

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  42. I hope you come back sometime soon. I like dropping by. Now I'm going to have to start using Instagram to see your lovely foody pics!

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  43. I am sorry to read this ... I hope you'll come back again soon! I've so enjoyed your "grown up" take on life, your magnificent photographs and of course your book reviews! Take care ...

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  44. So sorry to hear you're leaving blogland. I've so enjoyed your blog over the years, though I haven't commented often. Not all of us use instagram so you will be doubly missed by some. Perhaps you will return one day? I do hope so. In the meantime, all the best.

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  45. Oh no, sue! That's sad news..... Yours was one of the first blogs I started to follow and one of those that has always remained amongst my favourite.... I will miss your interesting posts, always filled with wit and inspiration...... Facebook, Instagram etc is not the same....
    I hope this is not "adios" but "hasta pronto" however long you need..... I hate farewells.....
    Pati xx

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  46. I shall miss you. But I feel the same about blogging, don't even know why. I hope our paths meet again in Cyberworld.
    xx

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  47. I hope you will enjoy the peace and quiet, Sue, till you come back. It's good to think of you being a domestic wonder across the Irish Sea even when that life is undepicted awhile.

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  48. Anonymous7:19 pm GMT

    You will be missed......

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  49. Thank God for instagram..

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  50. Oh Sue, you will be much missed, but I have always maintained that, for me, blogging was always about doing something I enjoyed and so when you say that it feels like a chore you are quite right to take a break. Do hope to see posts from you again one day!

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  51. Sue, your wonderful blog will be very much missed but I hope you enjoy some time relaxing away from it. Fingers crossed that you get your mojo back :-)

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  52. Anonymous10:36 am BST

    Hi Sue, have been away on a small holiday and come back to this. Bugger!!!!!! You make me laugh and drool etc. Hope you come back, even if intermittently. I also love Jimmy Perez.He deserves a series if Vera does. Anyhow, every good wish to you. Sheridan in Queensland.

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  53. Oh, I know that feeling. I'm not going to urge you to return - though I do love your blog, even though I rarely comment due to reading blogs on a mobile phone in a car park most of the time. But if you're not feeling it, you're not feeling it. We're not performing monkeys. Come back when you fancy, and stay away when you don't.

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  54. Thanks for all the hours you put into your blogging Sue. I have lived outside the UK for for almost 20 years, and outside Europe for the past 8. I came across your blog when I was feeling quite homesick, lonely and out of sorts and really enjoyed the mix of recipes, home, craft and literature, but above all the seasons by through which you mark your life. I hope you feel the need to share your words as well as your pictures again in the future, and if not, thanks for sharing as much as you have.

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  55. Just popped over to your instagram Sue. Not on there myself as my phone not very clever. Your photo's are particularly stunning. That gorgeous little robin not to mention that wonderful blossom, which is possibly my best thing in the whole world, is just too standout for me to just look and not say anything about it. Wonderful flower/nature photography! Need for lots of superlatives I think.

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    1. Completely agree Faye, that quince bud. . .

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    2. Thank you both. Some of the credit must go to my clever phone, the camera is pretty fabulous.

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  56. I found your blog about a week before you decided to have your "pause"! I just wanted to say I understand totally that it must have become a chore - but I was very disappointed. However, I am working my way through your archives with much pleasure. Thank you, and I really hope you decide to start again at some point.

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    1. Oh dear, I am sorry! I will be back. I'm not sure when exactly, maybe not until autumn maybe before then, but certainly before the year is out.

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  57. I hope you get the break you need Sue. And that you do indeed return with that renewed vigour.
    I really enjoy reading The Quince Tree and appreciate all your comments here at Mitenska - you gave me a big confidence boost a few years ago when I was just dipping my toe into the world of blogging... In fact, I still value your thoughts very much.
    Wishing you a lovely spring and summer. And I'll be using your recipe for elderflower cordial again this year :)
    Sarah.

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  58. Hope you are enjoying your break, I don't comment often, because of my ancient hardware, but enjoy looking at, and reading your blog.

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  59. Totally understand - it's a measure of my own ambivalence towards blogging recently, that I have only just found this post! Very sad, yours has been one of my favourite blogs, often challenging, always humorous, always, always worth reading. Enjoy your break, I hope to see you back in my blog-feed later this year. xx

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  60. Anonymous6:06 pm BST

    NOOOOOOOO! I've only just found you again! Used to enjoy all your posts on that forum that disappeared! Turned my back and it was gone! Found your blog by chance by looking for Veggie Hash, loved that. Anyway I'm going to start at the beginning again and read through it, hope you keep it online. Wish you all the best, just wanted you to know what joy you gave this old lady in Spain (ex USA). xx Donna JL (28 May 2015)

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    1. Thank you Donna. The only forum I've ever posted on was the Old Style board on the Money Saving Expert site and it's still going strong.
      http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.php?f=33

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  61. Picking garden raspberries this morning, you have inspired me to make your raspberry curd.
    It is indeed, a delicious thing. Thank you!
    Hope all is well with you Sue.

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