Thursday, 14 March 2013

Blogging and Pretty Pics

Where to start, dear readers?  Well I think it must be with a thank you for the positive flurry of comments which you sent my way after my little plea the other week.  It gave much food for thought.  




Some things saddened me and I empathise.  The fact that it is really quite a pain to comment on blogs, I do accept that. I've tried to make it easier by removing the need to enter the word verification (don't know about you but half the time I just can't read them, especially on smaller screens eg. iPad).  I have had to disallow "anonymous" comments to prevent being inundated with annoying spam.  I accept it is a chore to register with Blogger and all that, I am extremely un-technically minded myself.  Give me sewing any day!



Some commented, and it's true, that it is so much easier and quicker to post and to comment and "like" on other formats such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  


Of these, I don't fancy Twitter, I don't understand Facebook and I do very much like Instagram.  However, I am trying not to get sucked into going down only that route because though there are loads of great things about it, I'd still miss the connection with my old blog.



I really don't expect all of my readers to comment every time they read my blog.  I guess I think they maybe are like me, they don't have time to comment every time or maybe what I've written that day, is not something they're particularly interested in.  That's ok, I think; I blog about lots of different things and everything is not for everyone.  Maybe you just like quilting or you only like the 1940's re-enactment posts. 


What I do find hard to understand is that there are people who never comment at all. Either they never find anything interesting enough on my blog to comment on (so why are they reading) or well, there's some other reason.


So when one has a rare spare moment, one might wonder what those reasons are.  I felt really sad that some of you had felt too shy.  I really am the most normal person (ha!) and approachable, I think.  



Now to replying to those comments when they do come in.


What did surprise me, was that some people wondered whether their comments were even read.  Every time a comment is left, that is emailed directly to my inbox so I have the pleasure of reading and enjoying every one.  In an ideal world, I would then click on "reply" and thank you for your comment and maybe enter into a bit of a short natter.  I am a talker, it's true.


However, many people's emails are not revealed by blogger, so when I click "reply" there is no email address there to which to reply.  I understand this can be changed within blogger (and I've yet to find out how to do it myself.  Told you I'm a technophobe!)  The other way I can try to get back to someone is to go and visit their blog and read and leave a comment.  I will often try to do this but, I cannot always do this.  If I have no email address for someone and they do not have a blog, I have no way of replying at all.



This inevitably leaves those people who feel unhappy that having taken the time to leave a comment, they do not receive a reply.  I can only say that if it is possible for me to reply and I don't, it's not because I wouldn't like to.


To write a blog post, takes me probably a couple of hours on average, sometimes less and often more; there are photos to take, upload and edit, words to write and proof read, technical tantrums to solve!  I therefore hope that foremost, I have offered my readers something of my time in composing my blog posts.


With every blog post, I always reply to a number of comments. I try to reply to about half the comments each time, it may be more or it may be less as circumstances at the time dictate.  I try to revolve those people to whom I reply with each post, my intention being that with every few posts, I will have replied to hopefully everyone. 


I don't doubt that my brain is not what it used to be and this is not a perfect science. I'm sorry if some have felt their comments have not been returned or their blogs not visited frequently enough.  


I've also looked at things the other way round (devil's advocate, I suppose).  There are blogs out there on which I've commented many times for years and can say I've never received a reply.  These tend to be the very popular blogs with lots of followers, but not always.  The fact is, I love their blog, I love what they write, I love that they share that with me.  I'd love to hear from them but I'm not going to hold it against them that I don't.  I know they've given me the privilege of letting me into their life and I can understand that on top of composing that blog post, they don't have the time to then reply to everyone.


To those of you who did "de-lurk" (what a terrible phrase!) thank you so much.  That you took the time to comment, whether for the first time or not, or to email, I really did appreciate it and continue to do so.  Some bloggers may not mind whether they have commenters or not, but for me, if nobody comments there doesn't seem any point in making my blog public.  I never intended to stop writing my blog, I just wasn't feeling as positive about it.  Even though I had lots to share, I wasn't justifying to myself the time needed to do so.


If some of you have been encouraged to comment on my blog, then I'm glad I mentioned it.


You may have noticed (unless you were so gripped by the words!) that there were lots of photos throughout this blog post.  These are my recent Instagram shots which I like to share here.  They include a weekend trip to Bridport complete with lots of thrifty finds, baking and crafting, another workshop (of which, more very soon), and the furry friends, of course.

Let normal service resume...

141 comments:

  1. Oh hen, bless you chicky. All us blogger wonder th same as you. I get about 200 visitors a day, but often only ten comments, but I know that lots of people just read and seldom comment. Most of our days are the same though, and sometimes we have little to say.

    We LOVE your blog, your wonderful sewing, marvellous house, great dress up weekends and those ginger fellows. Even if it is just us reading - will you keep blogging for us? You are fabulous!!

    Love
    Julie and Poppy Q
    xxx

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  2. I read your blog in Google Reader (which finishes in July) every time you post it is flagged up for me - which is great! Don't know what I'll use when Reader is defunct!!!

    BTW - do you have that kitchen unit for sale? It would be perfect in my kitchen at home...

    Penny
    x

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  3. Hello, I am one of these terrible people who never comment ever, on any blogs, at all!
    I love your blog and find it completely inspiring and check in every week. I adore your style and envy all of your beautiful vintage floral fabrics and want to say thank you for taking the time to share them :)

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  4. Beautiful photos....always an enjoyable look and read. Keep it up!

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  5. Oh Hen, We love you and your blog!
    I am sometimes wary of commenting on blog posts too often, and this has made me wonder why. Hmmmm.
    I went into elderly mother's room to help her tidy up and we had a couple of minutes chat about it .... she says she's probably to blame as she used to tell me to be quiet if I talked to much in my teens. I remember now ...'Now dear, you mustn't attention seek....!'
    I do tend to witter on, send my comment and then spend half an hour worrying that my thoughts may have been annoying to the blogger or his/her readers - after all, it is the blogger whom we wish to read about, not the followers.
    By the same token, I have thought of blogging myself, but I wonder what I have to talk about that anybody else would find interesting. So perhaps many of your readers refrain from commenting because they don't feel they have much to offer to a competent, crafty lady such as you. I am in awe of many of you talented, interesting people who have blogs. The only thing I have ever felt skilled in was teaching and now I'm a boring retiree - perhaps I'm not the only one who feels this way?
    Ho-hum, there I go again... talking too much...
    Jenni

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  6. Ladybird books! Ahhh - fond memories! (love your blog!)

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  7. Hi Hen. Thanks for this post. I was someone who used to just read your posts as soon as they were posted but not leave a comment. To me it was like when you read a magazine and think "That's lovely!" but then put it down and carry on with work etc. I just love catching up on what you've been up to, especially when you've been on a course and it sets me off on a new road of creative inspiration! I now realise that if you can be bothered to post, I can be bothered to comment - it's just rude otherwise! So, you will now have a reply to each post. Happy blogging! Sue x x x

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  8. Hen, I read your every post, but very rarely make a comment, so I suppose I come under the category of 'lurker'.
    This doesn't mean that I don't appreciate what you share with us all, the glimpses of your work, your life and your lovely home.
    I have no idea how you manage to do so much, have such a great output, AND write a blog. I can only marvel at it.
    Please don't be discouraged. Lots of us get so much from your efforts.
    I shall think a bit more about returning the honour.
    Thanks so much for the blog.
    Lizzie

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  9. Hen, I read your every post, and very rarely leave a comment, so I suppose I'm a bit of a lurker! This doesn't mean I don't appreciate whta you do and share with us all.
    I love the glimpses of your life, your work and your lovely home. Your achievements ( craftwise) and output put me to shame. You are very creative and skilled in many areas. Please carry on blogging, and I will give thought to commenting more.
    Lizzie

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  10. Hen I enjoy your posts very much. You're like an 'old' friend to me! I think I comment most times that I read your blog posts. Sometimes I get depressed (I think you know that from my blog) and feel it better that I say nothing rather than a half hearted attempt to say something! I always find you inspiring and upbeat and love to see glimpses of your home, cats, crafty makes and classes that you have been on. You have a lifestyle that I aspire to!!! I don't believe that you have an 'easy' life. I think you have worked hard for what you have and good luck to you! Blogging can be a lonely place sometimes, but I very much appreciate you in this space. x

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  11. I read your blog...often on my phone using feedly (pearly queen you can get feedly for firefox and othe browsers and it is offering a hopefully seamless transtiion from reader)this means I treat them more like a book/magazine article and whilst I rarely comment I do think about things that have been written througout the day.

    Yesterday the Health and safety officer at work gifted me a binbag of his nans yarns and cottons -unfortunately some of them are dusty and plain dirty from the attic so I suspect most will be binned - I'm hoping I can save some of the prettier colours and somehow wash them...there was also some handowrked pieces of lace crochet and tatting and some older labels I don't recognise and it made me think of you....and hopefully I will find a way of reusing them or gifting them on somewhere as they represent a huge amount of work. The labels I don't recognise are Harrisons shrink resist 3-ply baby wool and I believe the other was wolfskein (some with wolf at the beginning), there are also some stitchy patterns which say with compliments from "woman". Oh and a book, a needlework book entitled weldons encyclopedia of needlework

    So no I don't comment often (never have much to contribute) but yes I do read, and yes I do think and Yes...you have inspired me to think about saving something old. Hope thats some comfort!

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  12. I must admit I'm probably one of culprits who read your beautiful blog but do not comment ! and I apologise, I was very excited when I realised you were on instagram and I am enjoying your IG photos very much, but from now on I am going to make sure I comment on your posts, as it would be a great shame if blogging were lost to more immediate mediums such as IG , Twitter, flicker etc. Keep up the good work I look forward to your next post they make me smile :)

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  13. I must admit I'm probably one of culprits who read your beautiful blog but do not comment ! and I apologise, I was very excited when I realised you were on instagram and I am enjoying your IG photos very much, but from now on I am going to make sure I comment on your posts, as it would be a great shame if blogging were lost to more immediate mediums such as IG , Twitter, flicker etc. Keep up the good work I look forward to your next post they make me smile :)

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  14. I have been out of the loop for a bit & I have just gone back and read all of the comments on your initial post. I am so sorry to hear that folk not commenting has made you feel a bit crud. I know how you feel - my comments fluctuate between 2 and 20+ on a regular basis and it can leave one feeling "hmmm... what didn't they like?" But I only have to look at my page views to know that people are visiting and reading.

    Facebook & Twitter are great platforms - as is Insta (what is your instagram name? I don't think I follow you - I have certainly never seen any of the GLORIOUS photos above before) I favour twitter as it is quick, short convo's and people are very friendly :)

    I adore your blog for all it contains :)

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  15. OI HEN,EU GOSTAR MUITO DO SEU ESPAÇO.VOU PEGAR FÉRIAS DO SERVIÇO E IR AI :)).PORQUE SUA CASA É MUITO ACONCHEGANTE.BOA QUINTA.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  16. hello hen, its lovely to get blog comments x i love your bright and crafty post~ its funny how blogs you read take you to sweet thrifty and crafty finds. while in a Devon gift shop i found a Jessie Chorley wedding guest book~ i was over the moon and brought it straight away!!~ they also had notebooks too (which im sure i'll go back and get tehe)...i dont need a wedding guest book but instead im going to fill it with positive, happy things that brighten my day and inspire me. On another adventure i found two 40's looking brooches for 50p each in a charity shop in Tavistock, devon~ They have beautiful felt flowers, old buttons and beads.
    I made some a few years back, i love brooches. i love your instagram photos...i must get a better phone and join the modern world hehehe, kazzy x do pop and say hello if you get the time x

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  17. Arrgh, I just did it again! I wrote a comment apologising for not commenting on your beautiful posts, saying how lovely it is to see you on IG, and saying from now on I shall comment on your posts as your blog makes me smile,I pressed the publish button....and nothing !! I need to brush up on my IT skills :( I love your blog, Keep up the good work :)

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  18. I love to read your blog, and look at the photo's. I love to read all kinds of other blogs, so I don't have the time to comment on all the blogs, and often I don't know what I have to write. I make an effort to comment on blogs "'who" pay my blog a visit back, and sometimes comment. And I have commented on many blogs ""which" never come by on my blog. When someone commments on my blog, I always anwer it in some way, if I can. But than again, I'm not that popular as you are, so it doesn't take that much of my time. Groetjes, Gerda

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  19. Hello Hen,
    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on blogging and comments, or lack there of. I have followed your blog, in Goggle Reader, (now going to try Bloglovin) for a while now and I love the Vintage feel. Sometimes the reason I don't comment is because I feel I don't have much to say, will it sound "dorky" or I only have a few minutes to enjoy a blog. I very much appreciate your thoughts on being the blogger, taking all the time to write a post, upload and share your pics, only to have it be dead silent on the readers part. I would imagine it would be discouraging. Even though I'm sure you don't write to see how many "pats-on-the-back" you will receive, we all love to receive an encouraging word. Thank you for opening my eyes to that important fact.

    So, please keep up the good work...we ARE out here enjoying!
    Rori

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  20. I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and your adventures, and I love looking at your clever photos but to be quite honest I don't leave a comment unless there's something useful I want to say.
    I see you left a comment for me today, saying how cute Bruce's post was which I have a feeling you thought you "ought" to leave as a reciprocal gesture which is appreciated but I'd hate to think you feel you need to come over and say something because its polite and I'm due for a comment on the rota.
    Lots of posts I write might not interest you and other readers and I quite understand that, so please, never feel obliged on my behalf- it doesn't alter whether or not I read your blog.
    You have a lovely blog- I'd miss it if you stopped
    xx

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  21. I must admit I'm more of a reader than a commenter. One of the reasons is that there are a lot of blogs I like to read, but o so little time !!! I want you to know that I love to read about and look at the photo's of all the trips with those old trains and also the way you make your quilts !!!!!!

    I have a blog myself, but I have noticed that when you take the trouble to comment on a foreign blog, one seldom gets a comment back. Maybe because they can't read it, because it is written in Dutch.

    Recently I decided to enable the opportunity to comment on my blog; it's more relaxed for me that way. And when someone wants to, they can find me through my profile.

    Greetings from the Netherlands, Jacomijn

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  22. Hi Hen

    I have to admit I do read your lovely blog and have done for ages. I think I did comment a few times in the past and might of been one of those that didn't have a response back. I tend to think usually when that happens that the comments side of things aren't as important to the blogger maybe I think back then you did have loads of comments at the time so can imagine it a big task in reply to all.

    Its funny mind I have put a similar post on my blog a few weeks ago about getting so few comments. Its tricky it seems such a trivial thing to point out to any readers, but like yourself I am a SAHM and love the interaction as much as anything else and have always been of the belief if you are writing a blog and its public then you must want the interaction with your readers? I do think a lot of blogs though are experiencing a drop in the commenting. I guess as you say when you have other social network sites that are quicker to respond people seems to prefer it. Though I think its a bit sad that we should only receive a tick in box as a response.

    Sorry this is turned out a bit long winded, and now I know that you feel the same as me I shall make sure to comment a little more on your lovely posts. Gorgeous pictures by the way love the owl!


    P x

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  23. I do read and enjoy all your posts - am I a lurker? I try not to be and will leave a comment on all the blogs I follow at some point. I do tend to agree with all your thoughts about if and when to leave a comment and feeling obliged to do so which I rather resent. Like you I've occasionally commented on those blogs with gazillions of followers and almost never received a 'reply' or a return comment from them. But then I understand that to respond in even the smallest way to every single one of maybe 10 or 20 or more comments on a blogpost that you have written on a daily or weekly basis would be very time-consuming and maybe take away from the pleasure of writing it.

    I guess that it all comes down to why you blog at all. For some it is wholly or partly to promote their businesses and for others, like me, a bit of "what I fancy". This ranges from occasional glimpses into my daily life and frustrations, rare comments on national or world events (!) and announcements and reports of on my vintage fairs to inform my customers. It's a sort of modern version of a Commonplace Book in many ways. And as I state next to my comments box, I do it for my own enjoyment, don't expect comments, (and indeed rarely get more a a few). Though I always try to respond in some way to all of them if I do. In fact I've got to know a few of my followers quite well, some almost as pen-pals, others as fellow stand-holders at fairs or regular customers. I'm happy with all that.

    But what I do see a lot of, and really loathe, is the flurry of sycophantic comments on some blogs. I really wouldn't want to encourage that. Read and enjoy or turn over the page quickly, or leave a fun or provocative comment - whatever moves you. I must say that I'm becoming far more drawn to funny, outrageous and provocative blogs these days and a bit bored by the fashion/clothes ones. If you blog publicly you are publishing a free read into the world's domain and should accept that your readers are not obliged to comment. You can always delete responses you don't like. I only have the simplest moderation filter to cut out spam. I also hate those word verification barriers as I also find them difficult to read and frequently have to spin it several times until I can.

    Well there I go - can't stop talking! BTW I've met you and your 'vintage' family at my fairs, though I've never caught up with you at one of yours. And (sycophant warning here), I love your photography, your cakes and adore your beautiful handmade quilts.

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  24. Hello, I've been following and reading your blog for a long time. I don't comment each visit on anyone's blog due to time, but I stop and comment randomly, depending on the post, etc., like everyone does, I suppose. I also have a blog and always try to reply to those who leave comments. Connie

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  25. Hello there, I'm pretty new to blogging and quite often find it a lonely place and feel like I'm talking to myself! But then everytime I do receive a comment or get a new follower I get really excited and it motivates me to carry on! I read lots and lots of blogs, some I may actually read and some I just skim through the pictures - as somebody above says its simliar to reading a magazine.
    Don't get disheartened, your blog is very inspirational and just lovely! I'm going to make an effort now to comment on more blogs that I read. Tracy x

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  26. Oh Hen, please don't stop blogging! Your blog is one of my favourites. I don't always comment because I can't always think of anything decent to say but I love your posts. I must confess that yours was THE first blog I found. I stored you as a "Favourite" and regularly popped back to read all your posts (yes, seriously!! x). I don't "do" Instagram but you may have just convinced me to give it a go. That cake looks delicious! xxx

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  27. Well, your boys look like they are in charge and no mistake!
    Great photos, always lovely to see what you are doing.
    And as I have said, although I may not always comment, I do read every post. It's just that some elicit some thoughts I want to share, and others I feel I have nothing to contribute so I don't waste my time or yours.
    But it's always enjoyed.

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  28. Love those ginger boys! And your posts, always a pleasure.
    Mary

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  29. Hi - I read and enjoy your blog very much and have never commented. I think that, if you're used to reading commercial print magazines, it's sometimes easy to forget that you're reading the writings of one real life human being who would like to engage! btw, for no-reply bloggers you can't reply to, there's info on what to do here http://happyhourprojects.com/blog-tips-are-you-noreply-commentblogger-com/

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  30. This gave me lots to think about, too. I have so little time any more for blogging and reading blogs, but it's important to me, and I try to make time for it. If I had to add time to reply to each comment, I just couldn't do it. I try to leave comments on the blogs that I like a lot, which is kind of my way of repaying the favor of their visit. I wish people who did not have blogs would comment more often. It only takes a second to say 'that's lovely!' It doesn't have to be clever, or long - just a little hello! xxoo

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  31. Loved today's pictures. Oh please don't go all 'instagram' on us! I like to read your blog as it is with the lovely pictures and words together to enjoy. I am so glad that you don't have that squigly word at the bottom of the comments. A reason I don'tcomment sometimes is that I get led astray by the other blog posts you have made that appear at the end if the current post.

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  32. So interesting how everyone uses Blogger. I might be the opposite, I read and try to comment but have stopped writing posts. I do find my reading list very comforting and feel guilty for not posting but my blog world has took a back seat lately so hopefully when I have more to say....

    There are so many distractions out there but I bet people will come back to blogging as it such a nice way of doing things. As long as it never seems a chore and feels like fun, lets all keep calm and blog on, whether it be reading, commenting or posting.

    As always lovely photos.

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  33. We've been out of town and am just now getting caught up on blog reading. I fear I'm a bit of a lurker, I don't comment much, but when I do I don't expect a reply. I love your Blog, especially when you go for 40's weekends. I'm in awe of your quilting and I love your new kitchen. Will try to be better about commenting because I really do appreciate your Blog.

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  34. I love your blog too and have been reading for a couple of years now. Sorry not to comment - your blog and your craft and your home is beautiful. Keep writing. X

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  35. Oh dear, I am another guilty lurker! I read your blog on google reader but every so often I click on the title and get to see your words in the flesh. - not the right phrase, I know but I'm sure you understand. I love all of your posts. I am a crafter and so I love your quilting posts; my husband is a railway buff and we both love treasure hunting at local antique shops, fairs, auction and charity shops.I love your 40s posts, especially if they revolve around preserved railways.

    Please don't feel unappreciated. We do love you and I for one will try to. Comment more often. SUE X

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  36. Helloooo!

    I have been reading your blog for ages now but must admit that at first I too felt a little shy about leaving a comment, especially when everyone seems to know everyone. This changed a little when I started writing my own blog and I felt confident enough to leave the odd comment on my favourite blogs.
    As a blogger myself I know how exciting it is to get a comment ( I lead a very quiet life and it's the little things that make my day!!!) so I do try and reply but not always as time can be tight.
    Anyways I love your blog so while ever you are blogging, I for one will be reading and commenting here and there and on instagram of course!!!
    : ) x

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  37. I read and re-read every blog post you do. I love them all - I love all the gorgeous pics and the style in which you write. I love your posts about Bridport as I holiday near there each summer and will be again this July/August so I like seeing what you find there ... You also made me a quilt earlier last year which has pride of place on my bed. I don't always feel the need to comment but I will from now on as I do so love your posts and whenever I see the email telling me there is a new one I head straight on over ...

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  38. I read all of you blog posts and I do get excited when I get an email telling me there is a new post. I love everything about your posts - the gorgeous pictures, the style of writing etc. I love seeing Bridport as I holiday near there each summer and I know it quite well now so I love seeing what you find there as I find such lovely things myself. You made a gorgeous quilt for me earlier last year which has pride of place on my bed.

    I don't always comment as I don't feel the need to I guess but I will do more often now. I couldn't for the longest time as I caouldn't remember my password - what am I like but with adult supervision (teenage daughter!!!) I managed to retrieve it. I do have a blog but it has sadly been neglected since the end of last year - must get back to it!

    Keep up your blogging as it is just so divine and I ALWAYS look forward to them and re-read them.

    I must get that new Selina Lake book as well xxx

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  39. Your blog is brilliant, and I love your posts. Please continue.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  40. Dear Hen, I do love your blog and I apologize that I have not commented in the past. To be honest I am never quite sure what to say and in the past I have commented in so many blogs and mostly never hear a peep back. Not that I expect it, but it is a lovely surprise even just to get a short thank you. So I promise to comment far more often. I love your posts, all of them, the quilting, crafting and especially the 1940spost. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your photos and stories.
    Kind regards,
    Louise

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  41. Hi Henhouse, for one horrible minute I thought you were going to leave us forever - thank goodness you are not. Being new to blogging and not really understand the protocol of it all I must admit I have been unsure about posting comments. I am new to sewing/crochet and so felt slightly in awe of the wonderfully talented people around who read and comment on your blog. However, on reflection I really take up your point Hen and intend to post on a very regular basis. I look at your blog every day and when new posts come up I just love reading them. I have some of your lovely items from your shop and am wearing one of your brooches today so the impact you have made on my life has been tremendous. Thank you Hen and long live your wonderful blog.
    Dorothy :) xx

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  43. Thanks for all the work you put into your blog! I enjoy everything you post...the cake looked delicious!
    I enjoy quilting, rug hooking and knitting. I have 3 sheep who supply wool, chickens who supply eggs (and entertainment!), 3 cats, 2 dogs, a pony and a donkey...love to see where you travel in the UK...some places I have been to , and others that I have written down to see...my son and family live in the Uk, so I get over as often as I can afford ( I live on the east coast of the US).
    So keep up the great work..it is much appreciated ...and I love your quilt colours!

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  44. Hen for one horrible moment I thought you were going to leave us. Thank goodness you are not, I gave a sigh of relief as I read further into your post. As you know I am very new to the blogging world and must admit that I didn't initally like to add posts as I was unsure of the protocol of what was what - also I wasn't sure even how to do it. I have put myself on to a blogging course now to learn more about it. Another reason for my reluctance was that I felt slightly in awe of the many talented people who comment on your posts - again I am very new to sewing/craft so felt a bit fraudulent making comments. I have gained so much from reading your posts Hen, I have a few of your lovely items and use them regularly - am presently wearing one of the gorgeous flower brooches. My little sewing box comes out on a regular basis as I teach myself the basics of hexagons and I always think of you when I use it. Hen you have really made me think about the world of blogging and posts and how important it is to give a reply. You put so much hard work and attention into your blog and I intend to be an active member of your faithful followers. May your blog continue to grow and thrive. Thank you Hen
    Dorothy:) xx

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  45. I admit, it's my first comment on your blog. Since I startet my own blog two weeks ago and had quite a few visitors but no comments except from a real life friend, I asked my readers to please comment in today's post. By the way, you're very welcome to visist, but the blog is in German so I don't know what you'll make of it.

    For the above reason I know what it feels like not to get comments. And still I don't write many comments myself. Often I just don't know what to say.

    I like your quilting and I like the pics of your cats - I've got two furry monsters myself - one of them just squeezed between the screen and keyboard so I had to pet him instead of typing. I'm also into baking. But I have to admit all that vintage is not my cup of tea and your home might be a bit too flowery for me.

    Ahh! Another attack of the cat ;) Keep posting and furry greatings from Austria!

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  46. Love your blog Hen. So glad you are going to continue. I don't get many comments on my blog, but do appreciate those who do. I write for me as well as for others, so it's not a huge deal to me if there are few comments left. Love your photography and your crafts. Keep up the good work.

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  47. I love your blog even though I can barely sew on a button. I still appreciate the work, and the quilts and of course the Cats. Oh! the pictures are wonderful too. Always know we are waiting for and reading the blog. Thank you!

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  48. What a great post Hen. I must have missed one though?
    I treat my blog as my diary, yes it's nice to connect but I'm not bothered if people comment often or not.
    I think its all about a little give and a little take. The genuine followers do respect that we have a life, because generally we all have lapses in our commenting/replying. I do try to email new followers or commenters every now and then, like you say it would be nice to get a response to a favoured blogger.
    Clare
    ps. I have been merrily replying to no reply commenters, oh happy day!

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  49. Dear Hen, thank you for you interesting and thought provoking blog. Like a lot of commenters out there I am guilty both of not commenting on other people's blog posts and also often feeling despondent that people don't comment on my blog! I have now been inspired to be more proactive and spend a little time leaving comments.. I have lots of blogs that come through on my feed but most of them I skim read there are a handful of blogs that fill me with that little tingle of excitement and anticipation when they come through - yours is one of those. Keep up the fab work and I am very much looking forward to the next instalment.
    Rachael xx
    P.s. if you have a spare browsing minute you can read my blog posts here www.rachaelkay.co.uk/blog
    I'm just starting out really so comments, tips and advice will always be appreciated xx

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  50. Oh Hen, that made me so sad. I don't comment often - I love seeing your makes (and really love your vintage and 40's stuff) but don't comment often. I'm in awe of how you manage to blog - I am most definitely a slow blogger - partly because I would bore everyone - myself included - if I blogged about my daily life- and because it takes so long. I promise to comment a little more often!

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  51. I missed the first post on this subject, but I have read your blog for I think almost three years and it was you that inspired me to try my hand at quilting. I love your blog and all your vintage goodies but since having my iPad (which can be a pain to comment with) and discovering Instagram I don't think I have left you a comment!!

    That doesn't mean you have not been enjoyed and appreciated, but I get your point about it being a little pointless having a public blog if not for interacting with your followers so I pledge to make more of an effort.

    Since the arrival of Instagram I have seen a decline in comments on my own blog. I love IG but think it does have a lot to answer for....

    Kind regards,

    S x

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  52. Hi Hen, Thanks for an interesting post. Most times, I scan blogs very quickly just to catch up. I had a little sewing business up until recently, and now find that I do not follow those types of blogs at all now. I do enjoy seeing pictures of your trips especially your nostalgic train ones. Oh and I do adore your beautiful cats too - they make me smile especially when they tell their little stories! I guess I felt that blogging was like being part of a little club, and not one for non bloggers. I will make an effort to leave comments now that I have figured out how to create an account. I am away for a few weeks from this weekend, but look forward to catching up on your blog when I return. Thanks for a wonderful blog Hen (you are appreciated)xx
    Christie
    p.s. I wonder why you do allow advertising to appear on your blog as it seems many are making money from their blogs (not sure how this works though)

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  53. Dear Hen, I LOVE your blog and I for one cant totally understand why you cant reply on every comment, it would take you a long time and I can see your blog posts must take a lot of time too. I LOVE everything about your blog: The lovely photos (its like looking in my favorite magazine), the patchwork, the cats, the interior photos, the vintage stuff - EVERYTHING. I have promised to comment everytime you blog even if I just leave a few words. I never knew it ment so much - I dont have a blog of my own - but you made me see the importance of commenting.
    Love from Christine in Denmark (who received one of your adorable felt brooches today-LOVE!!)

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  54. l love love love your posts and always look forward to reading them l enjoy when you bake and sew and crochet, l love when you visit different places and show us what you have bought and what you have been up to and how your family are doing, l am one of those people that read the posts when they come in but l do not always comment l am sorry and l promise to do better, but l do have a laptop that likes to play silly beggers with me at this moment l am writing my comments and there are no pictures on my screen and it has a habbit of getting stuck when l am writing this tends to put me off so l give up many times l have promised to chuck it out the window, hubby has promised l can have a new pc this year if l am good, thank you for a wonderful blog. love chez xx

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  55. I read your posts and often comment, at least I try to. I also have a bog and I find it difficult to reply to all the comments. I've just been blogging a little over a year and I didn't realize until recently that there is an etiquette about replying to comments. Since I often blog on my phone while away from home, I find it difficult to reply to every comment. I do appreciate each and every reader and each comment that is left and I try to tell people that in my blog. Thank you for your thought provoking post.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  56. l love love love your blog, l always look forward to getting your posts sent to me, l love everthing you do sewing,baking,crochet, and your cats are great, you have a wonderful home and it is always a joy to read what is going on in your life, l am one of those that read a lot of blogs and l do comment but may be not every time l promise to do better, keep up the good work your blog is brilliant and so are you.
    love chez xx

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  57. I am officially de-lurking,I'm just shy!!Love your blog and it makes me wish I could quilt....but best of all the train posts which I share with my 16 year old son who is obsessed with preserved railways!we love the 40's stuff too,will try to comment more in future!
    Alison

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  58. I’m another follower who reads and devours every post (I’ve even got my Mom reading it as well), yet for some reason I never comment. I apologize for that. Your blog is beautiful and super inspirational and I would miss it terribly if you no longer posted. So thank you for the work you put into you blog and I will try to comment more often. In fact I’m going to try to be better at commenting on all the blogs I follow and love because I don’t know what I would fill my work day with if you wonderful ladies weren't blogging.

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  59. I too, don't comment everytime I read a blog post and I expect people to feel the same for my own blog.
    My own blogging has been sparse at the moment, lack of time and subject matter is mainly to blame.
    I look forward to reading your blog and looking at your pictures so I'm happy that you're happy to keep sharing your loveliness :-)

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  60. Hi Hen
    Found your blog today via MemeRose, and I loved all your photos. Will definitely be adding you to the list of blogs that I follow, and I will try to comment when I have something vaguely meaningful!. I appreciate the time and effort that you ladies take to write these blogs, they cheer me up as I read through them most morning.
    cx

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  61. Dear Hen!

    I love your blog and have to admit that I have never commented before. I should know better because I also have a blog and I understand your disappointment in people not commenting. I as you am feeling a little like no one really cares, so why should I spend all the time and energy that I put forth if no one reads or especially comments. I love all the photos you share; it makes me feel like I'm right there with you. The colors you have chosen for your home are gorgeous and I love all the things that you make and take pictures of. I just love it all. Thanks so much for sharing yourself with us.

    Hugs, Tamara

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  62. Hi Hen

    Found your blog today via Memerose. Loved your photos, looks right up my street! I will follow your blog from now on, and will try to make comments, these crafty blogs really cheer me up every morning
    cx

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  63. Dear miss Hen, thank you for writing this post, it shows that preconceptions we may have about people are not always right. I like reading your blogs (incredibly nosy) and love seeing the photos. Like many people I'm probably under the impression that you are so busy going here, there and everywhere and producing lovely things, that a lack of comment from some of us shyer readers went unnoticed or unworried about. You come across as such a confident busy person because you are happy to include your readers into the day to day of your life and illustrate it with such lovely intimate photos, meanwhile lots of us bloggers hide our identities, (in my case so I don't get murdered by the residents of the village after writing village tales). I'm sure I'd recognise you out and about as we do live near each other, but I wouldn't have spoken (after all who wants some stranger coming up to them saying they read their blog!) but you're posting shows that we all like our efforts to be appreciated, and yours certainly are, going by the number of comments. So 'carry on blogging' and if you see some weird woman staring at you with a fixed smile, that will probably be me, don't worry I don't usually carry an axe around with me. ♥

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  64. Hello Hen
    Just catching up with your blog..sounds like you have had a bit of trouble (That is my Frank Spencer voice)
    I know what you mean, sometimes I have time to comment and chat, but other times there are just not enough hours in the day to do everything..I treat my blog as a close friend, she is always there for me even if I have not spoken to her for a week or so,
    Your blog is so inspiring and full of loveliness
    Warm wishes my friend
    Thea x

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  65. I love your blog, bright cheery pics, and lovely words. I am envious of people who can write well, my words never make sense! I don't do twitter, or facebook (although I have tried facebook and just cannot get my head round it!) I looked into instagram if someone could help me here I quite fancy having a look........ To anyone who is shy about commenting please don't be. I have met Hen and she is a wonderful lovely lady.
    Please don't stop blogging.
    Thank for the comment you left on my blog earlier, I hope you received my reply? I have spent most of the day catching up on blogs after our weekend away
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  66. I wish I had more time to comment on all the blogs I read! I follow the blogs I do because there's something in them that I connect with, that might be create stuff, gardening stuff or children stuff! I always read your posts and try to comment regularly. I love getting comments on my own blog and read them all but don't always get time to reply individually, I suppose I try and use what time I do have visiting other blogs! :) x

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  67. Very interesting post and beautiful pictures. I try and post as often as I can on blogs yet I too find very few posts on mine despite a lot of traffic - hey ho. I will try harder now I promise. :) Love the green cabinet, when I get my craft room back off my son, who is lodging with us for a little while, I may seek one of those out. hugs vixen

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  68. I have read every post you have done on both your blogs via google reader and I also follow you on instagram but I have never commented

    Consider my bum kicked! I too am a blogger who wonders if anybody reads me but I too am guilty of not commenting on the blogs I read either

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  69. Such a great post, I was nodding my head throughout. I am fairly new to blogging and found at the beginning that I may have been talking to myself but then the same lovely faces started appearing to prove me wrong. I understand that we are all busy with our lives and composing our blogs but sometimes even a short acknowledgement will make a smile. I recently found out information on the term 'No Reply Bloggers' as I didn't realise I was one of these as I had moved to Google+ and hadn't ticked a box showing an email address before I did. This has now been rectified and I now occasionally receive a reply back from the blogger I have visited. I too go to Gmail and read every comment I receive as if it is a present. I then follow the blogger who has left the comment (if they have details) and answer the questions they may have put to me. They may not follow back, but I see it as being polite and an acknowledgement of their time to read my ramblings.
    Your blog is so lovely, interesting, the writing is always so good! I may not comment all the time but I am looking in to enjoy your fantastic posts. Take care. Chel x

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  70. Since I am not a blogger myself, I had honestly never thought about what comments might mean to one who does spend the time on a beautiful blog. I subscribe to many and came to yours by way of Meme Rose. Please know that all the blogs I subscribe to, must do one of these things for me, 1. Inspire me creatively 2. Brighten my day or lift my spirit. So if I don't comment, please know that just by subscribing or following you, looking forward to each new post, I am paying you a compliment. Your lovely photos bring a smile to my lips and pitty-pat to my heart. :)

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  71. Another lovely post,Hen.Gorgeous photos.Love the felty goodness.Would be interested to know what you think about Selina Lake's Pretty Pastel Style before I buy it.I love her other books.Is it as good as I would hope? Anne x

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  72. Hi Hen

    I'm commenting because I am a non-commenter but I wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and have the updates sent straight to my email address. I'm only a non-commenter because most of the time I'm reading your blog when I shouldn't be i.e. when I'm at work, and have to be surreptitious in my sneaky viewing!!! Your blog is amazing and I trust all of the comments here are telling you just that! Please keep cheering us up and inspiring us; thanks to you I have everything ready to start my first quilt.....apart from the courage!!

    I will be sure to comment in future.

    Lil x

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  73. Dear Hen~

    I have been reading your blog for some while now and have never commented. Not because I don't find anything interesting or have anything to say...much the opposite...I love every single thing you post and covet your home so much that I would end up feeling oddly stalker-ish if I posted "oh I love that!!" over and Over again.

    thanks for inviting us into your lovely life

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  74. This is my first visit to your blog. I love your ginger cats (I have one myself and am very partial!). I have been a reading-onl blog visitor to other blogs for quite a long time - the reason I didn't comment, well I suppose I didn't really know what to say. Some bloggers get so many comments and it can feel a little intimidating. Now I have my own blog - it is very small - but when I get a comment it really moves me that someone has taken the time to ready and write something. I always reply to that comment on the blog. Realising how much I love comments has encouraged me to start leaving comments for others, because if they are so special to me, they probably are to other bloggers too.

    Nikki x

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  75. Dear Hen, Thank You for nudging me just a little bit. I finally went and created a Google Account so I can leave comments!

    I enjoy reading your lovely blog...and sigh at all the Yummy pink goodness.

    Could you tell us about the little pink birdie in the box by your bird templates? I would love to make one of these to sit in my studio.

    Thank You again for all the inspiration....I promise to comment often !

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  76. Hah! Can you squeeze me on the end?? Lovely post Hen, I specially loved the flower brooch you are wearing! I have half made one of these but it looks wonky - needs another petal or two I think!

    Now then, unusually for me I have not read the comments - I wonder, do other commenters read the rest of the comments when they post?...because there are so many. I know I lurked for a long while because I felt you were so very well established and had so many comments it would be silly to add to them, very silly I know. Ilove getting comments, but I know I have a regular readership who never comment - including several of me close friends. They feel they should keep out of it I think! People have very weird views on commenting. I do answer every comment - because I don't get 70 at a time! I wouldn't expect you to answer each one, and if I had this many I would do as you do and be selective, answer the regualr ones every now and again I suppose. Bu the comments, as another blogger says, are the best bit. I shall carry on enjoying your words and pictures, and will drop the odd comment by. Lxx

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  77. very thought provoking hen...will give it more attention as i love this blogging world and know what it means to me when someone takes time to comment....by the way, are you planning on going to the kaffe fassett exhibition at the fashion and textile museum...i had a sneak peak today and it looks really fantastic....even if you love or hate his work.

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  78. Hey there! I just clicked over from MeMeRose and holy cow, that 6th picture down with all the flowers is amazing. Are they all felt??? I had a quick look around your blog and didn't notice any info on them but I would love to see more detail.

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  79. I adore your blog. Every time you post I read it eagerly and soak up the lovely photographs and the inspiration you send my way. I check my blogger dashboard every evening and read all the new posts on it. So if I don't comment, I have read it, and more importantly, thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you very much for removing the annoying anti-robot type the word in thingie that always puts me off as I struggle with them.

    However, you are correct, we need to comment, this is a two way communication and I promise to comment much more often.

    Very best to you and your lovely family

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  80. Hi Yours was the first blog I ever read which got me started. You are still in handfull of top favourites. Now I have a phone with the internet I am reading them more often on that rather than the proper computer and as you say its very hard to read and enter the word verification. When I am on the computer its much easier to comment.
    Keep it up - I love your blog
    Sue x

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  81. hi i found you through MemeRose i love your blog and all the different things you do,i did American Civil war re enactment which i stopped ten years ago various reasons,love what you did to a work basket i have a similar one that needs re covering and lining i have the top fabric but nothing caught my eye yet for inside was going to try and find the shiny fabric that lined it but might do cotton instead now i've seen yours.And the cats are soooooooo lovely.

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  82. I always read your blog.I am a follower.I sometimes comment but have never had a reply from you and don't expect one.I am quite happy if people view my blog(I only have 61 followers) but am even happier if they comment.

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  83. I am another avid but silent follower of your blog. I am utterly in awe of your stunning home, your exquisite taste and your ability to make such gorgeous crafts. Like many others above, it hadn't occurred to me to comment on what you write! Much as I admire what you are capable of, as I am not, I hadn't felt the need to say anything as I felt I had nothing to contribute. Now I know so much better.

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  84. A great post today. I didn't have chance to read your previous post on the subject but its a subject that's really on my mind lately as I seem to get so few comments these days compared to what I used to get. I so surprised to read that some people expect replies to their comments. When I leave a comment on a blog it's because I liked what I read and I wouldn't dream of expecting a reply because I understand that most people are as busy as I am. I just like to leave a comment and don't expect anything in return although of course it is lovely when people do visit me in return. I agree with you about certain bloggers who never ever visit back no matter how many times you comment on their blogs. I'd love some of them to do so but it wouldn't stop me commenting on them again. Anyway, I could ramble on but just wanted to say I whole heartedly agree with everything you've said and I love your blog. Fiona x

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  85. Hi, I do not comment often on your blog and I have found this post very interesting. As a blogger I have felt exactly like you have in the past and yet I do not always leave comments myself. Your post inspired this post: http://www.meme-rose.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/comments.html
    You may find it of interest? You have made me promise to be proactive in leaving more comments, thank you x

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  86. Another apologetic non-commenter here. Didn't see the original post but this one explains the issue enough to make me feel guilty. I have been only been reading for a little while and it never occurred to me that comments were so important to the writer. I have only intermittently commented on any of the blogs I read but perhaps it is time for a rethink. I can certainly see that it would be hard to respond to all comments and would not expect that. Love the glimpse into the 40's side of your life. This was a new concept to me and it is utterly charming. Your handiwork is beautiful and your writing most relaxing and enjoyable. Best wishes. Marion

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  87. Like so many others I read every one of your posts as soon as Google Reader lets me know it has arrived. If I could only read a handful of blogs, yours would be one of them. You inspire not only with your gorgeous handiwork and colours, but have also provided inspiration on where to visit in England on our past travels. I haven't been commenting on blogs very often, as I read so many, but I will try to do so more often from now on.

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  88. I came in to visit so I'll say hello - it seems only the polite thing to do! Now you are inundated with comments - that will be quite a lot of work for you to visit everyone back! I love your plate and cloth in the first shot with the cake. I'm rather fond of that white owl being painted too!
    It's so refreshing not to have word verification here, I'm afraid I never leave comments on blogs that have them...
    I enjoyed visiting you here! Greetings, Sandra

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  89. Great post!
    I'm tempted to read your replies. Um... I'll stop at 10. It surprises me that so many people don't comment! I always try to comment when looking at blogs, especially if I really love something. Being a blogger myself, I understand the work that goes into it. Your blog is always amazing to me, so chalk full of eye candy. It's funny, I haven't popped in for a long time and what do I see but Arsenic Green. I just bought a tester pot myself.
    Thanks for all the work you put into your blog and sharing with it with us. It truly is a treat!

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  90. Hello Hen, What an interesting post of yours, it forced me ask myself a few questions. I now feel a sense of guilt, like I've been caught out as a Peeping Tom (but not in a creepy way!) but I see from the above comments, there are many of us lurkers out there. I admit I don't visit your blog every day because I read so many blogs and don't have enough hours in my day to comment on them all. When I do visit Hen House, I always try to catch up on all your previous posts and do enjoy reading them and your lovely photos. Thinking about it, I guess I feel a bit shy about commenting on blogs, when in fact I am far from shy. I now wonder if it is a case of me waiting for a blogger to comment on MY blog before I feel comfortable about commenting on theirs (and I don't get many comments on mine).
    Oh, and I think your photos today are just wonderful - all of them - especially those adorable cats!

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  91. I have been following your blog for a couple of years but have never commented and now feel a tad guilty ! I love to read every new post full of bright cheery pictures and drool over pictures of wonderfull fabrics . You inspired me to start quilting and I am now totally obsessed , one day I will have saved enough pennies to purchase one of your fantastic creations xxx

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  92. What a heartfelt post, and of course, as always filled with gorgeous pics and inspiration. I have tried my hand at blogging with not much success. It is so very time consuming besides frustrating to someone with not much knowledge of the process. I absolutely love your blog. I never leave your blog without being totally inspired to go create something of beauty and uplifted by the same. I am thankful for all the time and work you put into your blog. Today, I am so wanting to go upstairs to my sewing room and create a doll inspired by your "home nest doll" pic, and the pic of kitties on the bed gave my spirits a boost and a smile to my face. I've not mentioned my first and foremost draw to your very special blog, it originates from England. I am an American women who is and has been all her life infatuated by all things British. As for commenting, I've always felt a bit funny about it. I'm a total stranger to these generous bloggers, why would they want to hear from me? Well, I certainly understand now since reading your first post about receiving comments. I'm happy to have taken the plunge and happy my thoughts are meaningful to you. So I am sending you a warm thank you and a pat on the back for your wonderful blog. and by the way, I will continue to comment.

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  93. I have been following your blog for a couple of years and totally love everything about it , have been sewing for years (9 children so a must )but had never tried quilting untill you inspired me . I am now completley obsessed , would love to write a blog of my own but never know where to start , one day hopefully , thank you for giving me five minutes away from washing,cooking and pairing all those odd socks a very much treasured five minutes xxx

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  94. Hello Hen! I just recently came across your blog and I do love reading your posts and I love the pictures. I don't always get a chance to comment of alot of the blogs that I read. But I am glad to have gotten a chance to read yours.

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  95. Blimey Hen this is quite a little debate you've stirred up! To comment or not to comment, that is the question...
    Loving the pics. I thought that looked like Bridport market as I scrolled through. Your kitchen cabinet is a lovely colour and takes me back to my kitchenalia dealing days!
    Ellie
    x

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  96. The trouble is, when you've nearly 400 blog on your reader list it is difficult to comment on every single post so I'm selective. I love every single blog I follow and I just have not to feel guilty if I don't comment too much.

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  97. I appreciated this post, as a newer blogger. I've been pretty fortunate, I think, to have attracted a fairly sizable crowd quite quickly as a newcomer. I love every comment I receive, but have recently realized that I can't reply to them all every day anymore. I don't get that many comments, it wouldn't be that difficult, but I was spending too much time on it. I don't have a mobile device (which is a whole different issue, because there are some blogs I can't follow without downloading apps, which I can't do without a phone capable of doing that), so all my blogging is done at my desk on my computer. My two young children don't seem to see the value of hours spent daily on blogging. :) So I've had to make that choice.

    It also occurred to me that my "no-reply" email address is a problem. I don't want my email address to be public so I leave it off my Blogger profile. This means I don't get notifications when someone replies to my comment on their blog, and people I reply to on my blog don't get emails either. But that's another trade-off; I'm concerned about privacy, and don't even use my children's or husband's names on my blog. Blogging can be kind of political, huh? That's unfortunate.

    I love your blog and will continue to check on you each time you post. I really appreciated your comment on my blog last week, and you are welcome anytime. Having one of my favorite bloggers comment on my little blog made me feel I had had a brush with celebrity. :)

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  98. Hello Hen...well you said it all and my philosophy is very similar to yours. Everything is not possible and I've had to keep telling myself this. I blog to help me remember and cherish the everyday. I've made some great online friendships I really value and love being let into see the lives of amazing people.

    But there is life to live too. I work full time now and don't get to blog/read/comment nearly as much I did. But I hope no one has massive expectations o me, like you said, I don't expect a single thin from fellow bloggers. I comment with my appreciation, not for returns as it were. I try to engage as much as possible but often just can't.

    I've enjoyed your blog so much over the years and still do. Beautiful pics today as ever, keep at it xxx

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  99. Hen, i always enjoy reading your blog, it's like a ray of sunshine and always brings a smile to my face :))) You have a lovely writing style, your crafting is inspiring and your photos simply delightful. I too am a lover of vintage goodes and must admit, i'm quite a collector of lots of lovely olde stuff.. so my heart skips a beat whenever you share your sweet vintage finds :)))
    cheers...Marian

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  100. Hello Hen, I really love your blog - I have just visited from Memerose as she mentioned your blog post and felt I HAD to come over a say hello. I am one of the guilty ones, I read your blog religiously and love it - especially all the 1940's bits and am really cross with myself now for not commenting - especially as I have my own blog and know how thrilled I am when someone takes the time to comment. I do find though (and this may apply to other faithful followers) that when on the ipad (as I am often) when you go to comment it won't let you type in who you are i.e. your blog name, it all sort of gets overlapped on itself, and I often give up. A fault of the ipad, not of anyone's blogs, as it happens on lots of them. Anyway, I promise promise promise to leave you comments from here on in :-) Nikki

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  101. I really love your blog even though I don't think I've commented before. I've been interested in the 1940s for years, but have only recently started sewing and doing patchwork and quilting, so you are an inspiration to me. Your photos are always lovely, so many pretty things to look at and you are so talented. Please keep on posting just as you are.

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  102. I do love your blog, and have only commented occasionally, as I get a bit shy to add my voice, but I appreciate the effort that goes in to writing such fab posts, and love the glimpses into your henhouse world. Thanks for the reminder, and I know I'll be commenting more, on yours and other blogs, and maybe even contribute to the blog world myself, as I often feel like a wallflower kicking my toes on the sidelines, when I really should get out there myself. hugs...

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  103. Hen - I feel ashamed to finally un-lurk! I love your blog -one of my top 3 with Attic 24 and Soulemama!, and altho. I don't think I've ever commented before I've read and enjoyed pretty much every post. please don't think we lurkers don't love you too! its pure technophobia that holds me back!! Thanks for all the pleasure over the years Kate x

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  104. I often read your blog in Google reader and don't stop by to add comments. Love your blog, so cheerful and the photos are always just gorgeous!

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  105. I love your blog and have read it for a long time. I have never commented before and I didn't realise, perhaps not having my own blog, how important comments are to those who do have blogs. Thank you for all your inspiration and the happiness that your beautiful and interesting blog has bought me. You have also inspired me to visit Stag and Bow which is not far from my house, maybe I'll meet you there one day!

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  106. Hi Hen, I'm another guilty lurker, sorry! I absolutely love your blog posts, and get very excited when a new one pops up. I love seeing your gorgeous quilts and glimpses into your lovely homes. I'm also not a blogger, so didn't really consider what it must feel like to send out your thoughts and feelings and receive nothing in return. Will try much harder to comment in future! Please don't stop blogging - your posts bring a very welcome breath of fresh air and shot of colour to my life.

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  107. I always enjoy reading your blog and am guilty of not sending you a message. I will try to be a good girl and remember to comment on a regular basis from now on. I really look forward to seeing your newest entry. Please keep up the good work Hen.

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  108. Hi H,
    I rarely comment, but you know I love your gorgeous blog!
    Keep them coming - I am trying to read as many as possible, but don't always have time to catch up with all. In an ideal world I would love to follow loads of blogs and even write my own, and I would be forever happy if mine was anywhere near as lovely as yours!
    tx

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  109. Hen, what a joy to see this post with all those wonderful photos...and also so many wise, friendly words. I think that each of us has own unique reasons for posting our own blogs, and our unique choice of others' blogs that really catch our imagination, encouraging us to visit time and time again.

    I continue to find the world of blogging quite a marvelous place. It's connected me with folks with whom I share interests, and also folks who've acquainted me with parts of the world that I would never otherwise have found. That joy of synchronicity continues to inspire me.

    I find you a very generous blogger, with lots of talents, a marvelous zest for life, and a wonderful link for me to stay in touch with much I love about the UK.

    Hen...you've even almost, almost convinced me (with the aid of your cohorts) that I might be a secret fan of cats!

    xo

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  110. Phew Hen! Have you seen how many comments you have now. I generally like to read what other people have to say but I will come back and read them when it is not so late. I solely use my iPad now and sometimes leaving comments prove very tricky and I almost give up the will to live. I thoroughly enjoy seeing what you get up to and what you create and it always leaves me with a good feeling so, thank you very much. Keep up the good work. You may reply if you wish but I won't be offended if you don't. Love the photo with the Munchkin and the bookcase it was like being back at school.

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  111. I LOVE your blog. I hardly ever ever comment on any blog other than to say ... I don't follow many cause, like you, time is so limited. I unfollow frequently because of that reason. It's a good thing, for me anyhow, cause I then have these select wonderful, beautiful, fun, joyful blogs that I can truly take the time to appreciate. So I think maybe if some folks are like me in that regard, that we're here and loyal, for us says it all. And, I had no idea that comments that are really just to say "I LOVE your blog" would matter! I'm not a blogger, I should have mentioned, so it's all about being a follower for me. When I open my email and I see Hen House, it tickles me. You're one of a kind and I truly do love your blog.

    Best to you,
    Karen

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  112. Hi Hen - I posted a similar post about comments a while ago - and was reassured that there are readers, lurkers and commenters out there! I am a combination. I do read your lovely blog almost every day and love, love, love it!

    I dream of visiting England again someday (last time was in 1974 - it's changed a bit?)!

    One of our favorite shows is Foyle's War, and I love seeing the fashions of wartime England - the cars, the furniture, the clothing, the hairstyles, etc. Someday I will visit again and I would love to meet you!

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  113. I'm new at this blogging thing. Onto my first year and I get very few comments, but I know people are reading so that keeps me writing. It's something I love to do, write, so I will continue on. I read your blog all the time and am sorry to say I haven't commented but a few times, but be assured there are people out here who love your blog. I love all things British, so when I found you I was to happy. I would miss you if you stopped so please keep showing your beautiful quilts, your vintage things, your cats and anything else that interests you. It interests us too.

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  114. I don't ever comment on blogs I like because it seems after I've written it all out I have trouble getting it to send, probably me but it's frustrating! So because I love your blog I'm trying this one time. I've be following you about 2 years and I live in Portland, Oregon USA. Here's what I love about your blog.
    The colors "Oh MY THE Colors!!" The quilts you make, the 40's stuff (my favorate era and always in Britian, don't know why since I've never been there LOL) Watching the Munchkin grow up. Your lovely homes and all the lovely, lovely careful crafting you do - you're such and inspiration to me. Your trips in the English countryside, and your cats, cats, cats. Really, dare I say your blog is neck and neck with Attic24 as my very tip top favorites. SO PLEASE don't stop blogging. At the very least not less than once a week. You are beautiful, colorful sunshine to the lives of more people than just me - I'm postive of it.
    Well here goes, I'm going to try to publish this, keep fingers crossed - OH! PS: get a blog counter so you'll know how may hits you get. There's a great one that shows you what country each person connected from. Take care. Robin Wrenn.

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  115. Hen,
    I love your blog and all of the pictures you share. Your quilts are beautiful and remind me of my grandmother and all of her crafts that she did. She taught in a one room schoolhouse in Illinois USA during the 1940s and that era has a special place in my heart. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with all of us. I so look forward to your posts.

    xo
    Min

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  116. Dear Hen, I love your blog and have it on "FeedDemon" ...your quilts are inspirational...your trips always look like great fun....adore your country cottage!..think the munchkin is very cute...you have a lovely blog and i love reading it.
    Daisies-doilies and donkeys blogspot
    I am not very computer literate so sometimes have trouble leaving comments....but love all your posts

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  117. Wow, Hen, your discussion has sure brought your readers out of the woodwork! LOL! I wish I had more comments too - but I hope that part will grow over time. As for answering comments - I consider my blog post as MY part of the conversation and the comments are the READERS part. I only respond to questions - not every comment. But I do comment on almost ALL my commenters blogs if they have them. But mainly I think it all is a personal decision where we do what we can and want to do - it should never become a chore. Loved all your photos! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  118. Hen Hello, I'm Italian and I always follow with very
    pleasure, even if I never left a comment!
    I love England and among some arrival. Once I came
    to shake your hand at the fair in Chipping Sodbury, but I do not
    expect you to remember ... hehe!
    I really like your blog, offers much food and it is very
    bright and full of interesting things.
    I will continue to follow
    Love Susy x

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  119. First of all, I love your gorgeous green cupboard with all my heart, please tell us all about it, I spy your gorgeous "Arclet", your beautiful brooches and the choccie cake looks to die for, save me a slice and we'll share a pot of tea whilst sewing in your lovely sewing room!! Secondly I can only say what the 117 lovely readers before me have said, your blog is wonderful, you put so much into it showing us everything you've made, places you've visited, your 1940's posts, (which are my favourite bit's)and your homely touches. All I can add is you brighten up my day when I see a post from you in my reader, Would you by any chance be you going to the 1940's weekend at Haworth 'cose if so would you fancy meeting up for a cuppa? I'm sure we'd have heaps to talk about and our chaps could admire each other's "fair isle's"!! Lucey x PS Sorry if I don't always leave a comment (not really into "quilties" but I do read each and every one of your lovely posts.

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  120. Gorgeous photos - thank you! (And yes, I did read the words too!!)

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  121. Dear Hen

    Sorry for being a lurker, I read your blog when I can and love love love it! This is my first comment on a blog ever, as I never had the courage to send anything (and more often than not I didn't have anything interesting to say!). However, I do have to say this..... thank you for letting us all share a wee piece of your world.

    Stay happy
    D

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  122. I'm doing what I don't normally here and that is leaving a comment where there are (a)- already lots of comments and (b)- you don't reply! I read your post about replies but the blogs I tend to comment on just hit the reply button under the comment - the one under each of the comments on your blog. I have only recently started blogging and I'm not sure how I feel about comments, by that I mean I don't know if I'm looking to collect lots of people who regularly comment but I do love getting them and when they come into my inbox and I press 'publish comment' I always go over to my blog to check its ok and then I hit 'reply' under it to thank that person for their comment and I do that because I like the acknowledgement when I leave a comment. I don't think you can 'connect' to the blogger if you don't get any direct feedback. This is why I tend to read but not comment on blogs where there are loads of comments all the time. You rarely see a response and to be honest, i feel if they have that many people commenting already, they are already 'sorted' they don't need my tuppenceworth! I feel I'm sounding quite negative here but Ive been lurking around reading your posts for a while now but I've never commented before (I don't think!) and these are my reasons why. I will continue to lurk I enjoy your blog but given how many comments this post alone has I am way out of my comfort zone here!

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  123. I read every word and loved the pics. I have been writing a blog since the end of October last year. So far I have only had comments from people I know, yet I have over 2600 readers world wide, but it seems they either don't like what I am going on about, or somehow they can't find a way to leave a comment. Like you I have tried to make it as easy as possible and also like you, I am pretty rubbish with technology, but I'm trying my best. In all honesty, I consider you to be one of the 'top' bloggers, who must have hundreds of people commenting all the time, and for that reason, probably thought my few words would be lost among the more literary of your followers! I am sorry for that now and resolve to comment more often. I agree with what you have said. I feel the same. If it wasn't for the Google stats, I wouldn't have a clue that anyone read my blog at all and would feel a bit rejected! I love writing it though and hope that eventually someone will let me know they are out there. Thank you for your time and for sharing your life with us. Karla http://windyislandhandmade.blogspot.co.uk/

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  124. Hi Hen,
    Still loving your blog! I think I've read all of them now! Wow you have been busy, I love reading about your sewing, baking, thrift finds, days out especially Exeter & Totnes & the 1940's theme days, I love reading about your cats , The Munchkin, & of course Mr Henhouse! I'm crocheting a blanket then I shall dust off my machine! You give me so much inspiration, I've bought a few of the books you've recommended aswell! Keep up the good work & look forward to your next Blog & instagram! Oh by the way I love your green cupboard, I have a 1950's cabinet which I'm going to do up as soon as its warm enough outside, I have in mind Cooking apple green & off white. Claire in sunny Charente x

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  125. Dear Hen
    Hi! my name is Chantal and I have been reading your blog for quiet some time. I really enjoy your posts so much. I love your style, your craftiness, and the most interesting tours of your pretty country. Your sewing is beautiful (I have been inspired by your trip around the world and started my own) and I love how creative you are. Sewing is a huge passion of mine. I have two ginger cats, and so, love reading about your two.
    I have been a lurker for a while now, feeling a bit awkward to leave a comment. I know what a thrill comments are, so I shall become a regular. Keep up the good work. I love reading your blog.

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  126. Hi, I follow yr blog after seeing your house pictures in a mag. I love reading your blog which comes through by email. You inspire Me, although I have yet to actually create something! Keep them coming, one day I might pull my finger out!
    Rowena

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  127. Hi! I came here through a link from Meme-rose and I agree with you! I haven't had a blog for very long but I can say it's sometimes very demotivational to see like 10 posts without comments in a row. I try to leave a comment but sometimes I only can check my favorite blogs just before I gotta go to work and in the evening those things just tend to be forgotten. I don't really mind if people don't reply to my comments. Usually it's a comment about how pretty something is or with just a short message. However, when I put effort into a comment or really try to get in a little bit deeper or ask a question, it can be a little bit annoying when no reply is given. Ah well, let's just say we're all very busy doing our crafty business and (many of us) minding our children and husbands and boyfriend and running a household and shopping and working and, and, and... and sometimes those things just slip by you. You get it :)

    Love, Kirsten

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  128. I don't know what I am doing wrong here as I thought I left a comment yesterday. Can someone help?

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  129. I don't often comment either but really lve everything you write about. The sewing, pretty things, baking, 1940s reenacting, everything!

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  130. Hen

    I love your blog, I fell in love with your home when I saw in Ideal Homes Magazine in 2009 and have been a follower ever since, I looked up your blog after reading about your home. I have read every single post you have wrote and am envious of your wonderful craft skills. Your posts are always so interesting and you always have lovely photos too. I comment from time to time, I think it depends on my moods and also if I have time. When I am blogging I spend most of my time reading and then never take time to post comments. Keep up all your blogging :)

    All things nice...

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  131. I read all of your posts but don't comment very often.
    When you got you 'new' vintage sewing machine I left a comment offering you some feet for it, but never heard anything from you so I presumed that you don't read the comments.

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  132. love love love your blog, all the way from melbourne, australia xxxxx

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  133. I have been reading your blog for 2 or 3 years now, and im sorry but im one of those folk who read your blog and never comment. I suppose it's because, as you say, you have so many comments, you aren't even going to read mine, let alone answer! Its nothing personal, I'm the same with all 'big' blogs.
    But you are right. What is a blog without comments? I tell myself it's not important how many people reply, but who am I kidding?
    I promise I leave more comments in future!

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  134. Also, a tip for the no spam/horrible verification dilemma: I have a wordpress based system (Ok, let's not lie, my boyfriend build me a wordpress based system) and I use Akismet for spam protection. It works really well and gets all the spam comments! I don't know if it is available beside the wordpress plugin but it's definitely worth checking it out.

    Love, Kirsten

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  135. Love your blog not to good at leaving comments so will try to do so in future

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  136. I'll come out too while there's the opportunity! I love the eye-candy of your blog and living vicariously through your purchases without having to get up early for a car boot sale!

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  137. I am one of the shy ones!! I have had you on my blog list for a couple of years, comment very rarely however read your blog all the time. I love all your vintage bits and bobs and outings and I am twiggytoes on IG, hello :)
    xx Sandi

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  138. love the photos of the furries and that cake, that's a diet breaker for sure! I like many others who have commented above rarely comment and read every post and am going to attempt to "de-lurk" more often. Thank you for putting in the time to make such a wonderful blog.

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  139. L. O. V. E. Your blog. Love the photos, all the beautiful work you do, the joy in which you present it.
    The kitties are so cute.
    Your Munchkin is absolutely adorable and reminds me so much of my beloved grandson!
    I thank you for all the time you put into your blog. I enjoy every one of them.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs from over the pond.
    Lynne

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  140. You've inspired me to comment, which just doesn't happen for me. I'll share why as it is a number of reasons. To start with even if I love the content I don't feel compelled to say I love it. There is a weird disconnect. I know that would be an important thing to hear but I don't feel it is important to say it. It isn't anything that only I can say.

    There is also the part where there are so many people out there. I probably fallow a dozen blogs, a dozen tumblr blogs, a dozen people on youtube, who knows how many anywhere else. On top of all the books I want to read, friends to reply to, my own project and my own blog, it all gets to be too much. Out of the thousands of images and posts I see every day I can end up seeing hundreds of images that I find lovely, amazing, interesting,ect. Do I need to comment on every one? I don't think so. I don't even think so for a few.

    Then there is a personal part of me that just doesn't want to invest time in a lot of people. I don't want to talk to someone just to talk with them. Now I'll take the time to reply to those who want my attention, and I'll enjoy it very much, but it isn't something I will find myself doing. Some times I think this is a bad thing but then again I'm working to actually do more with my life. That kind of ambition takes time and I can't say I'm going to get the right mixture of social and alone creative time at the start.

    All in all I need something uniquely me to add to a post for me to take the time to say it.

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  141. I have been reading sewing (mostly quilting) blogs for a couple of months now. I started with one, which led to another, then another. Some bloggers suggest reading other bloggers, so I put them on my bookmark list and will get around to all of them in good time. Generally, I read a recent post or two and if the writer sounds interesting to me, I then go back to the very beginning of their blog and read everything right from the start. I admit it, I am nosey ! If I don't go back to the beginning, it feels like I'm starting half-way through the book and I'm missingsomething. Needless to say, I went back to the beginning of yours and this is how far I've gotten. I just couldn't go any further without letting you know how much I enjoy your blog. I do have a blog, but have only recently gone back to entering anything on it because it was initially just a sort of diary of a very special trip my husband and I enjoyed. Hopefully I'll become a little better at it soon.

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