Autumnal Updates







Blog Update
You may have noticed that The Quince Tree has had a little face lift. I know some readers don't like bloggers to mess around and change things but I felt that after my long break a fresh look was needed. I haven't changed much, just the font here and there. I've also moved my blog roll to the top the sidebar to give it more prominence. I'm using it to keep up with my favourite blogs because I wasn't lovin' Bloglovin' anymore. The kind of blogs Bloglovin' likes to recommend to me are precisely the kind of blogs I have no interest in (beauty blogs and shopping blogs mainly), they are also the kind of blogs which are made up entirely of sponsored posts and which never include any kind of blog roll. I'm not interested in growing my blog, I don't want to develop my brand (whatever that is) I just want to connect with like-minded people and having blog roll is one the best ways of doing that.

Family Update
A few readers have asked for news about my children. Only the youngest, Katie is at school now. She is 15 and will take her GCSEs in June and then we'll be done with school. Sixth form college will follow for a couple of years. Tom has done his A levels and is now taking a gap year whilst building up a portfolio of art work in preparation for doing a foundation course in art and design. At least, that's the plan at the moment. He has just got himself a job as a 'sandwich artist' at Subway and we are all very pleased about it indeed. George found a job at a local hotel in the summer and is now back in Hull studying for a degree in physics. He is sharing a tatty little terraced house with two friends and having a great time.

I am liking having grown up and nearly grown up children very much. I have never been one for  mourning the passing of childhood. I am always looking forward to the next stage, I am even looking forward to my rapidly approaching middle age, I'm fifty in five weeks time.

I would have got this post published a lot sooner if Tom hadn't distracted me with a new game he has found. Geoguessr plonks you down anywhere in the world thanks to google streetview and asks you to guess where you are. I'm already hooked.

Comments

  1. Completely with you on Bloglovin - doesn't help that since they've messed it up, it takes forever to load lots of websites. Feedly has gone the same way and the Wordpress reader was always rubbish. I think I'll follow your example and spruce up my blogroll.

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  2. I'd be off Bloglovin in a flash if I had a blog to put a blogroll on. Enjoyed the update on your family. I'm loving having adult children, too. Just wish one of them wasn't a four-hour flight away.

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  3. Anonymous5:57 pm GMT

    Thank you for sharing your news with us. Yes I did notice the change in the blog. I like it. Linda

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  4. I use an adblocker on my browser so maybe that's why I never see "suggested" blogs on Bloglovin, just the ones I have chosen to follow. I still find it the easiest way. I used to do it in the sidebar like you but my blogroll got too big!

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    1. I use adblocker too. The recommended blogs only come up on a sidebar, but it annoys me nonetheless.

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  5. I like your new blog look. i can see how you can get hooked with that game! I tried it and it is so addictive, it helps following blogs from around the world too! Sarah x

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  6. I LOVE Geoguessr. My son got me into it too. It's a great way to spend rather too much time. When I started blogging in March I signed up to Bloglovin' but soon stopped looking at it. It's much nicer to find interesting and like-minded blogs via other blogs. Word of mouth, as it were. I'm always chuffed when people comment and I really enjoy new connections made. I was 50 in August. It did make me feel a bit funny at the time but I'm over it now and rarely think about it. Unless my husband reminds me in a rather pointed way (he's a bit younger than me).

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  7. I have a Tom (3rd year) and a Katie (2nd year) at university and I will be 55 tomorrow. When did that happen? I like having grown up children too. Both of mine are practically living with partners so I feel I've doubled the size of my family. I was so chuffed to see myself on your new blog roll. This blogging lark is fun - I just ignore all the bits I don't understand.

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    1. It is fun isn't it? Your blog name Homeslip was what caught my eye on someone else's blogroll -can't remember who now- but I'm glad it did.

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  8. I'm with you on not mourning the passing of childhood. I have lots of happy memories of my boys when they were little but I enjoy their company now they are men. I would like to give my blog a facelift but it is all so time consuming and confusing... Or is that just me?

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    1. Gina, although my blog template is one that I bought a few years ago, you can fiddle about with a blogger template quite extensively and very easily. If you go to 'template' and then 'customise' you can make changes which won't become permanent until you click 'apply to blog' so you can see what they look like before you decide to make them. You can change widths, fonts, size of fonts, colours etc.

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  9. I noticed your change immediately and liked it. I get emailed about Bloglovin'.It's another world with a language of its own isn't it? Not really blogging as I know and love it. So glad I don't suffer from either of the above complaints but sweet of them to send help out into the world.

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    1. Thanks Lucille. The spammers have been dealt with.

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  10. I wish you hadn't told us about Geoguessr...

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  11. I never regretted my children growing up, as they all became interesting adults. All three took gap years (or more), and it was the making of them. Travel really does broaden the mind.

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  12. Your blog is looking lovely. Bloglovin' tries my patience, as it is so determinedly commercial and samey, a bombardment of trumpeted excellence. There's a different pace here, a domestic fidelity and an underlying warmth.

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  13. nice new look Sue. I shall browse your blogroll to see if there's anyone new to me on there x

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  14. Beautiful autumnal photos and I like your new blog look, especially the font. Grown up children are great ...and it becomes even better when you become a nana/granny!

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  15. Oh hell, best stay away from Geoguessr at the moment. I'm trying to simplify things and find some free time - the last thing I need is another distraction/obsession. Speaking of distractions, Bloglovin' is always recommending those kind of blogs to me too. I'm not interested in being 'sleek', 'groomed' or 'on trend'.
    It's a relief to hear someone say it's OK not to mourn the passing of childhood. Granted, Joe's only just three, but he's being so very difficult at the moment and I can't wait for this 'testing the boundaries' phase to pass. Yet if I hear another person tell me it all goes too fast or to savour every millisecond...
    Anyway, your blog looks great and it's good to have you back.
    Sarah.

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    1. Sarah, I found the preschool years, particularly age 3 immensely trying. I think that stage was the worst even though they were all three of them a joy sometimes. I found the sheer unreasonableness of small children very hard to deal with and I could never understand the 'oh but they grow up so fast, enjoy every moment. I can tell you I am enjoying every moment right now. Do you know the blog Hurrah For Gin? It's written by a mum of two small boys and tells parenting like it is, it's extremely funny.

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  16. Yes, your blog looks smarter, I like it. We have had the most marvellous Autumn here, it seems to have lasted for a very long time and been very beautiful too.

    I agree with you about Bloglovin, too many blogs are being suggested to me on the pretence that I might like them, they come in on my feed. I don't know if there is an alternative...

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    1. Apart from keeping all your favourites bookmarked in a folder I can't suggest anything. It's not ideal because you have continually check each one to see if there's anything new.

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  17. Love the new blog style. Mentioning Geoguessr was a really bad move. I really do not need another timewaster in my life right now, although I was overjoyed when I managed to guess a location in the same continent. I will definitely be removing it from my list of favourites in due course!

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    1. Sorry! I've already wasted at least two hour of this morning on it.

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  18. Sue, I'd like to echo what those earlier commenters have said...I really like the new look of your blog. I also appreciate your info about manipulating templates. Perhaps one of these days I will have a go. (For the time being, I am ignoring Geoguesser. I know I will love it.)

    I never got involved with Bloglovin.

    I thank you also for the recipe ideas in the previous post, and will be returning there to make a shopping list.

    May I tell you that 50 is a great age. I'm way past that now, and actually think all of the past decades have had some truly wonderful discoveries.

    xo

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  19. Hi Sue, welcome back, love reading your blog, especially what's going on in your kitchen! I am, loving this stage of having 'grown up' sons. Great debates over dinner table, love hearing their perspective on life today and enjoy watching them make their way in a world which is quite different to the one I grew up in, Don't even mind tripping over their size 10 trainers in hallway! Eldest two are great cooks and I am now sometimes delegated to 'sous chef' and washer upper! What University is Tom hoping to go to? My middle son is studying fine art at Central St. Martins. He does not seem to realise though that dinner plates are not paint palettes and my best glasses are not for cleaning brushes!

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    1. Hello Michelle, Falmouth is where Tom hopes to go. Jam jars and old plates here!

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  20. I think the easiest, and probably therefore my favourite, time was with one in the infants and one in the juniors. It seemed then life was easy, straightforward. When you wanted to do something, you just jumped in the car and were off - as opposed to all planning and faffing that goes with toddlers.
    Your blog looks great, as do the photos with that stunning sky.

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  21. Anonymous4:53 pm GMT

    Oh gosh, just discovered all the variations available on geogussr...

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  22. Writing from California to say how much I enjoy your blog. I appreciate it all the more because you don't monetize it; my favorite blogs are the ones, like yours, that have a voice and are not aiming to sell things to me. Geogussr...hmmm...I may wish I'd never heard of it. Catnip for geography lovers.

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