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Updating the blogroll

Well, it’s taken me long enough but I have finally got round to amending the blogroll. I’ve ditched the old categories: too many of the blogs I read seem to spill over into every category so one long list will just have to do. You never know, maybe one day, will come up with a more interesting way of letting its users list their links…

The new additions are…


Adding to the blogroll

I’ve been adding plenty of new blogs to Google Reader so thought I’d better get round to adding them to my blogroll as well!

It’s early and I’m very sleepy, so please forgive the lack of personal introduction to these blogs. Trust me, they’re good. Read, and enjoy 🙂

Colour it Green: Here I can witter away about this part of our lives; growing veg, keeping livestock, making things and crafts and home education

Locks Park Farm: Stories from a small organic farm in Devon

The Smallest Smallholding: This … blog follows the trials and tribulations of a would-be Smallholder. Join me, Lucy, as I journey through my 20s in search of the Good Life.

A Self Sufficient Life: Self Sufficiency & Frugal Living Tips

Doggonedmysteries: I’m M. W. Hauser. I write murder mysteries and my agent would murder me if I didn’t mention that I do have an agent.

Uphilldowndale: Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

The blogroll grows again!

I’m not sure how I’ll ever keep up with my growing blogroll but I’m really enjoying each and every blog I read and the temptation to add to it is just too strong!

So, here are my recent (and not-so-recent) finds for you to peruse at your leisure:

  • One man and his chickens: A man, his Chickens, life and everything in between
  • Run for the hills: If you think there’s something wrong, change what you can to make it better. I’m trying to lower my carbon footprint, step out from the 9-5 grind, rise from the weight of leadership and responsibility and have some fun again.
  • The Cottage Smallholder: Stumbling self sufficiency in a small space
  • two crumblies and a cat: The musings of a reprobate granny on life, the universe (as represented by a small Mallorcan town called Soller) and everything


The blogroll is growing!

I’ve got more additions to the blogroll:

Catalan Garden is the blog of a couple who upped sticks and moved to Catalan. Their descriptions of life in the Catalonian mountains is enough to make me want to up sticks myself. Well worth a read, especially for the vegetable-growing tips.

The Garden Smallholder is a recent find of mine – and then I discovered that the rest of the world had already found this excellent blog. Still, better late than never. I particularly love the photos – they’re the standard I’d love to be able to match but never seem to be able to. I think I’m just not patient enough.

Margaret’s Ramblings seems specifically designed to make me smile with each post and acts a constant reminder about the importance of appreciating life as we find it. I don’t know if that’s the intended reaction but that’s what got me hooked. That, plus the kitty-kat antics!

Finally, there’s Veterinary Nursing and Life, which I find fascinating. The stories of cruelty are horrific, but they’re matched by the amazing human abilities to heal, even as others wreck.

New additions to the blogroll

I’ve been meaning to update my blogroll for ages as I’ve discovered several new blogs that I thoroughly enjoy reading and think it’s high time I linked to them so you can enjoy them too!

For the smallholders / gardeners, there’s Howling Duck Ranch, written by Kristeva Dowling, who lives “on a small mixed farm on the west coast of British Columbia in a remote First Nations village town”. Me? Jealous? No siree! An excellent blog, highly recommended, loads of information and great tips, I like Kristeva’s take on life and the way she describes it.

The others all come under the “life n stuff” category and there’s a real mixture, which is how I like it!

Coping with Chaos is a blog I came across via Jennie. Suzy is awesome and her sense of humour and sparkling personality radiate all the way from NI.

Town Mouse is the blog of a Londoner who, along with her partner, quit her job and “moved up to the middle of nowhere, somewhere in Scotland”. Her new pastimes include death-defying stunts on her bike in the snow and ice and lighting the fire. Well worth a read!

Finally, Tea with Willow invites you to come on in and make yourself at home and that’s exactly what it is. I’ve never left a comment on her blog but I always feel warm and cozy when I read it.


More blogs added to the blogroll!

There are some new additions to the blogroll:-

In Life n Stuff we have Just Williams and Granny’s ramblings. JW and GR are the parents of JWT which means there’s now an entire family blogging. Just got to get hubby and boys on the case and they’ll take over the blogosphere 🙂

Plus, I like it when people I know in the real world are or become bloggers – if only because it makes it so much more likely that I’ll end up communicating with them. Which is a terrible thing to confess, but sadly true 😦

For the Smallholders, we have The Compostbin, whose posts about the food they produce will have you drooling over your keyboard in seconds. Tissues are recommended.

Finally, in Politics, there are two new additions. Sadie’s Tavern is a marvellous mixture of politics, feminism, and an outlook on life that simply appeals. And another thing… is the blog of Tom Harris, MP, and is exactly the kind of blog that MPs should run. Well, only those with a sense of humour. Laugh? You’ll wet your pants.

The blogroll

The blogroll on my old blog used to be huge. Bloglines bulged all day, each day. As a result, I skimmed the majority of posts and clicked the ‘mark as read’ option as a matter of routine. I hated being away from my computer for a day because it would take me the rest of the week to catch up.

This time around, I’m being a lot more selective and am only linking to and reading the blogs that really interest me, the ones I genuinely look at every time they post, the ones where I read the comments, sometimes contribute, and often return to see what other people have written. There are others I visit sporadically, but if I’m not going to read them every day, why pretend I do by linking to them?

So, for now, this is an introduction to the blogs I enjoy reading. They might not be updated everyday but when they are, it’s worth it, whether for the humorous nature of the posts, the witty observations, the common-sense approach or the glorious photos or just because they’re about people’s real lives.

Let’s start with the real life blogs. First up is Jennieworld Today, written by my very bestest and greatest friend (and my Chief of Staff), Jennie, who as well as being one of life’s Good Guys, is a fantastic cook with a special talent when it comes to cakes and cookies. But that’s not the reason we’re friends, it’s just an added bonus 🙂

Then there’s wongaBlog, Skuds and Rullsenberg Rules, who routinely blog about the things that not only get my inner geek excited, but also the TV I enjoy and the kind of politics that I happily endorse. A winning combination 🙂

Storyteller’s World, Sightlines and Welshpurpletree’s Weblog are all blogs about our daily lives that have two things in common. Firstly, they’re all written by creative souls and secondly, because they’re all people known by people I know. Jane used to work with Antonia. The Storyteller is Martha’s dad. And Welshpurpletree is Jennie’s friend. I like that.

Geek Mum and Moose in the Kitchen are blogs I’ve only just started reading but enjoy so much that they’ve graduated from my “new blogs” folder in Bloglines. Ironically, Geek Mum hasn’t posted anything since I subscribed a month ago, but Moose has made me laugh several times, including her recent description of why she’s a “moose in the kitchen”.

I love taking photos but they’re never as good as I want them to be so it gives me huge satisfaction to enjoy other people’s photographs. Which is why I subscribe to a few photoblogs, whose photos say more than most bloggers do in words. I’ve been a huge fan of Blue Ridge blog for years and Daily Walks and Leena’s Photoblog are recent discoveries. All are wonderful.

My political list is deliberately short at the moment. There’s a couple of blogs on probation, but I now find most political blogs, no matter what colour flag they’re flying, to be extremely dull and monotonous. Bitching, back-stabbing and willy-waggling. Or far too earnest and wiling to overlook the negatives just to present a “united front”. Or the opposite, all criticism, no praise. Or simply dull! That’s my current (and cynical, I wil admit) perspective of the state of political blogging and while I’m happy to be part of the Bloggers4Labour network, supporting Labour but willing to criticise when I damn well feel like it, that’s about as far as it goes. For now.

Having said all that, I love politics when it’s done well – and I also enjoy reading a well-executed piece of political commentary. That’s why I like these two blogs, though that’s probably because I know them both in real life so know exactly what they stand for and why. Which helps – judge not by the blog!

The only two political bloggers on my blogroll are Antonia and donpaskini. Go read and learn.

Finally, we’ve got the blogs about smallholdings and self-sufficiency. There are loads of these out there, but these are ones I’ve discovered who appeal to my sense of humour and my way of looking at the world, probably because each and every one of these bloggers cares deeply about their way of life and puts that above everything else.

Friends of Woodmill Farm have Kune Kune pigs and Houdini ponies. LittleFfarm Dairy does a bit of everything, including some yummy looking food, but their main thing is goats. Maternal Gardens describes herself as “a transplant to Maine, I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA. Maine has been a place to live self sufficiently, organically, a little slowed down and “back woods”. And then there’s the blog where I’ve learnt so much, it simply isn’t true. Musings from a Stonehead is an excellent read as well as a seemingly never-ending fountain of knowledge, but watch out for his dry wit…

So, that’s my currently blogroll. New reads will be introduced as and when I discover them, so all suggestions will be gratefully received.