The last month has seen some huge changes for us here. The cottage that shaped our life and love of food for most of our 20s has gone and been replaced with a grown-up house. A home with beautiful period features, a big kitchen, proper garden, dining room, dishwasher, central heating and most importantly space for us to entertain properly. We can now have more than two guests over for dinner without them having to sit on the sofa to eat.
A month without internet can do funny things. You don’t realise how much you use it in everyday life until you don’t have it. Even registering to vote for the upcoming elections is difficult without internet. With only a ropy 2G signal to keep me in contact with the modern world I began to notice a theme with the blogs I visited regularly with my precious mobile data allowance. They were blogs that blogged about their life. No sponsored content, no gimmicks, no product placement, not contrived, just life and inspiration that is usually illustrated with beautiful photos. If a product is mentioned it’s because it’s genuinely used and liked not because a PR has sent it.
I’m not saying the other style of blogs is wrong, it’s just not me. If I don’t enjoy reading it why would I enjoy writing it? When I started this blog in 2007 it was pure recipes. As it has evolved it has taken more or a personal/lifestyle edge to it. I often look back through the blog to remind me of things I’ve made or visited and it’ll often tie to events in my life at the time. I just feel when I continue to read this blog in later years I want to read about our life and what we love, not about the latest breakfast cereal on the market.
So here’s to the next chapter of the blog and that outdoor kitchen with pizza oven Hubs has been dreaming about for years may finally get built.