Blogging along four years
This time of year we have family birthdays, well all three of us. We don't have parties (dad and me) with cakes or ice creams but my sister will no doubt have a party for her birthday with her family and they will eat a lot of cake! We don't need or expect birthday gifts, even as a child I could never understand why I was should have gifts on my birthday, much preferring to be thankful to my mum and dad. I know dad will agree with me if we had to receive a gift this year the best present would be days of rain for refreshing the garden and providing nature with essential resources. If it rains on our birthdays maybe we will go out and sing in the rain....it wouldn't stop if we did!
We also receive our renewal notifications for various things we subscribed to or are members off. They all seem to happen at the end of July or the beginning of August. Today is an anniversary for our blog as it was four years ago when we launched this site online. My Day One journal reminded me and I had included a screenshot of our first post, featuring the very person our web address was inspired by. I always go through weeks of wondering if I should continue and this year wasn't any different apart from the fact I cherish the space where I can share our adventures and more of my thoughts that I don't feel I can share on social media as it isn't intended for the emotional attachment I have with my knitting/nature and my essay type comments. This year I was encouraged with some lovely messages from friends and people I don't know so well, who have provided me the answer to my yearly question and the continuation of our blog. I had hoped to have finished sprucing up the site with a little difference to the style and navigation. This will be happening (if all goes well) over the next few weeks. If things go to plan the change will be gradual as I have posts to set into categories to help those who read but would prefer not to read posts about knitting, to find the type of posts they prefer although recently our adventures have taken place around my knitting.
Point of history: The avenue leading up to Parliament Buildings is lined with 305 red-twigged lime trees which have survived since they were first planted in the 1920s.
We have some respite from the current heatwave and the scent of the rain has given both of us, our garden and nature something to be thankful for. I would much rather be wearing wool than endless applications of factor 50 suncream. A discovery on one of our evening walks speaks clearly for nature
Today I decided as I haven't all the work done on the new style for our blog that I still wanted to mark the occasion with a post and some of the pathways we have been along recently. Along came dad and dad came along.......we don't know what way the path will take us. I cant promise we will be out every week but I can promise when I feel inspired to write I will share our adventures and our love of nature. We have enjoyed the coast in the evenings when the sun was too strong in the day time. I am thankful that for the past few days I have felt cold again and thoughts of the coast would be wrapped up in knitwear with proper boots, not sandals on my feet!
We are privileged to live so close to coast and county. Normally our adventures were in forests and up a few hills. Things have changed for several reasons and my enforced slower pace has given us a different experience when we go out. Both of us stop, listen to the silence only interrupted by the songs of the birds or the lapping of the waves. The need to feel freedom from stress and routine brought both of us to the same place and as we would say 'on the same wavelength' I couldn't tell you how many times we had the same thoughts, sometimes expressed by chatting and other times our silence spoke clearly. Nature is a great restorer and we all must care for our part of the world. I hope we can share more of our corner with you for another year.
Swipe and pop on the images, little boy blue the feature of this summer heatwave, the paths we wander along and the screenshot of Along came dad 4 years ago on my old iPad.
I have always been known for my little observations and finds. A tiny feather, left behind, lost and found. This week my treasure, reminded me of childhood when these were little helicopters floating down from the sky.
I will end this post with a thank you to all who read our blog and trust you will keep a bookmark to call back and see where along came dad will be. Ravelry hasn't refreshed my blog for weeks, so if you depend on a new blog appearing there I will have the latest update on my profile page.
It is due to messages and comments that I feel I can keep going with along came dad and hopefully transition to a refreshed style. Beverley