Friday, 24 March 2017

Funny Ole Things version of Five On Friday

Well, today is Friday, and it should be Five On Friday day, but of course the baton has now been passed over to Carly and Tricky at FAST - click here or the badge in the sidebar to find the link up - so I don't have a link up to host.  It feels very odd let me tell you.  I am very happy with the decision, but it is odd all the same.  I had every intention of coming to my computer this morning to write a post, but at the end of a grotty week for me personally and for the world, this morning has also taken a funny turn of events so now I am not sure what to write about!

I have written three blog posts that I have deleted, just that paragraph above has stayed, with some additions and deletions.  What to write about.

Ok, I have made a decision, I am going to post five pictures and a few words about them, and then stick all of the other stuff into a 10 random things post in the style of our blogging friend Leanne from Todays Stuff.

So here goes.....

Primroses in the garden.  We have got loads of them at the moment and I adore them.  They are so pretty and come back each year all on their own, go away, don't look messy and then return and look beautiful all over again.  What more could you ask for in a plant.  Nothing.  So wonderful to see.

Cake.  These were made by a colleague at Basildon Park in the 1950's kitchen and let me tell you they were delicious!

Little violets growing in our grass.  It is a good job I took their photo because they had their flowers chopped off by the lawnmower not long after I too their picture - accidently, but it was still sad!

Bears crossing.  I saw this great bear sculpture in a town called Alton when I was visiting with a friend recently.  They have a no sitting on the bear notice, but how could you resist!  I did resist because I was with my friend, but I was tempted!

Funny signs.  This road must have led to the local stocks in times gone by.  It was also spotted in Alton.  What a name for a road hey.  Imagine having to give that out as part of your address.

So, that is my five for this week.  I feel much better now having shared those things instead of the other jumble of stuff in my head.  I will go and straighten that out in another post which it is more appropriate!

Thank you Tricky and Carly for being great new Five On Friday hosts, and thank you for the wonderful post you wrote about me last week, you are great guys and I appreciate everything!  Sorry I didn't get to comment last week on any posts - I will explain in the other post a little - but thank you to everyone who took part last week and for all of the support that you gave me and I know will continue to give to Five On Friday.

I hope you have a great weekend, tell you loved ones you love them and be just a little kinder than you need to.


Friday, 17 March 2017

Five On Friday Linkup Post 15 - the last one!

Welcome to Five On Friday!

This is the post for linking your posts to.  My post is the one before this one and will be linked below later today.

I recently announced that from 24th March the host of Five On Friday will be changing.  You can read more about this here.

Tricky and Carly from FAST blog will be the new Five On Friday hosts.  You can find FAST via this new badge.  You can copy the code for your own use.

Thank you to everyone who wished both myself and Tricky all the best with the future of Five On Friday last week, I know that we both really appreciate it.  I was so pleased to see that so many of you started using the new badge right away and that you went to visit Tricky's blog.  Thank you for that!!  I know that we are both very grateful for you doing that.


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So this is the last time that we will all be linking up here each Friday.  Can you believe it.  I don't know how many posts I have written, but it is far far less than all the posts that you have all written.  Thank you all so much for all that you have done and for your love and your participation.  I have written more on my own post, but I want you to know that I am thankful for you all.

Thank you to everyone who has ever taken part in Five On Friday in any way, you have made it great and I am thankful for that!

I hope you have a great weekend, love someone close to you and be just a little kinder than you need to be!


p.s. remember, next week go to FAST to link up there!


Five On Friday

Well folks this is the last week that I am hosting Five On Friday.  Can you believe that we have come to this time when it is time for the hosting to be passed over to someone new.  It seems to be odd that it will be the last time that I am hosting the link, it is probably odder for you than me because I have been thinking about this for a lot longer than you and I have other reasons which are making me make this change which mean that I am busy thinking about those things, the new things rather than the older things.

Anyway, time for things to move on it is and that is all good.

I said last week that I had hoped to do a big goodbye and it just didn't happen and it isn't going to happen and that is all good too.  I am learning to be much better with the that is all good point of view.  Just like you my life is a journey and I am always learning and changing and coming to new things and we will all continue along those journeys. 

So I have decided to slip quietly away from Five On Friday this week.  Despite the fact that you might think I am an extrovert - and in many ways I am if I am speaking to total strangers - really inside I am still that very shy child that was too terrified to speak to anyone.  If I think there is any likelihood of ever seeing you again I can clam up pretty well and I much prefer to just slip off than have a bit ta dah, everything is real, but it is me putting my best foot forward rather than the one that I would prefer to hide!  I am not sure if that makes sense, but make of it what you will.

Well, I am well and truly waffling now so I better get to what I want to say.

Thank you to everyone who has ever taken part in Five On Friday by reading a post, writing a post, visiting one or commenting on one.  YOU are the people who have made Five On Friday what it is and YOU are the people who will make Five On Friday what it is going to be in the future.

Despite the urge to slope off quietly and hide - because that is quite strong in me right now - I will still be blogging though - although all recent evidence is to the contrary I realise.  I am just going through a few things right now that need to be dealt with and then I will be back.  In the interests of total honesty I have found that Five On Friday has got me caught up a little and has meant that I have found other blogging difficult, I kept things for Friday or didn't have things to share on Friday so I didn't feel I could share other things and so my blogging has become harder.  Self imposed I realise, but I am releasing myself from that, so hopefully things will be easier when I just go back to random ramblings and try less to be structured about things.

Right, now I really have gone on, for even longer, so to sum up before I get to my five things....

Thank you ALL SO MUCH and know that you are wonderful and appreciated and it has been a blast!  We will carry on differently and it will be great.

I wish Tricky and Carly all of the very best, I will still be taking part, just on a more occasional than every week basis and I know that everyone else will support them and it will be great!  Have fun guys!!!!

Ok, here are my five.

This week I was very lucky to receive a wonderful gift of five Persephone books from a fellow blogger.  How kind hey!

These are the five.

Persephone books all come with a matching bookmark (shown front and back in the last two pictures above) and it was so lovely that all of these books came with theirs.  They tell you a little bit about each book and show some of the design of the end paper for that particular book.

Unfortunately my camera - and the light - were being temperamental, so these photos are not the best, but you will get the gist I am sure.  As and when I read them I will of course review them, but it will be a long time before I get to these.

So, these are my five, my last for now, but as I said I will return after a little more of a break.  I will try and Instagram - link in the sidebar or search lovemademyhome - but if you don't see me around don't worry, but do feel free to check up on me as that little shy part takes over and finds it hard to start the conversation sometimes.

Thank you all for everything.

I hope you have a great weekend, and as always, tell your loved ones that you love them and be just a little kinder than you need to.


p.s. of course, I am, for the last time, linking with Five On Friday at Love Made My Home - here - and you can find details there for the new linkup hosted by Tricky and Carly too.