On pumpkins and why I love blogging

As I stare down another ghastly all-day meeting tomorrow that I have absolute assurance is going to leave me a sweaty, gibbering mess, the slides for which I still need to run through (at 9pm…), having spent roughly 6 hours in the car today travelling to and from a site visit, I sometimes question my choice of hobby. How sensible is it to be trying to write posts late at night, with a brain like porridge, using photos I took just before I left the house this morning when the sun wasn’t even properly up yet?

And then I think about the parcel I got in the post from Jen. I found Jen’s blog through the Great Pumpkin Swap hosted by Kristin and Becky last year, when we were swap partners. We got to know each other fairly well over email, she sent me a gorgeous package, and we’ve been reading each other’s blogs and generally following each other’s lives ever since. I was delighted when she welcomed her beautiful girl Emersyn a couple of months ago, and I wanted to send her something to mark Emmy’s safe arrival. So I was really happy to be paired with Jen again this year. I felt like I knew her well enough to send her something she’d really like this time around, plus that gift for Emersyn, and honestly any chance to send people things in the post is such a win for me. I know, I’m weird.

And of course I was happy that I could be brutally honest with Jen and beg her to satisfy my candy corn cravings. Of course she delivered in style with not one but two bags of candy corn in my parcel.

Blogging isn't an easy hobby, but I keep doing it. Here's why - hint, it's got nothing to do with freebies.

May I draw your attention to those lovely squashes in the background of that photo. WE GREW THEM! No, really. S and I are the proudest squash parents you’ll ever meet. Probably don’t come round any time before we make these into soup because we will show them to you, and we will expect you to be impressed.

Unfortunately, one bag of candy corn was unavailable to be photographed by the time I took this photo. I’m sure it went to a very good home.

Jen also sent me a super cool mug with a subtly autumnal pattern that I shall very much enjoy having giant mugs of hot chocolate in, a Chinchilly nail polish from Essie (such a cool shade), and some cookie cutters. I do enjoy a good bake so these will get very good use.

Did I mention the candy corn?

Because really, it’s not just the candy corn enablement that makes me love blogging. It’s the genuine friendship I’ve formed with someone who I’d never have otherwise met. And then I think about all the other lovely bloggers who’ve reached out and invited me to things, included me in their trust tree, and I’m quite touched. There are those who have treated me to tea and cake on the other side of the world, those who share my dietary needs and love of a good rant, and those who know Secrets. Last week, I found out that someone who I’ve enjoyed interacting with here on the blog and on social media and who’s been most kind and supportive of my feeble efforts is actually an IRL colleague and friend of my sister. None of us had the slightest idea, and none of us can quite get our heads around it.

I’m consistently amazed by these coincidences that just keep popping up in both big ways and small, and that’s why I love blogging. No, I’m not here for the freebies – that’s just not me. I’m here for people; I’m here for you. Sorry to be so cliche about it but if you’re reading this, whether you’ve reached out or not, thank you.




  1. Jen
    9th November 2016 / 14:19

    I am so glad you enjoyed what I sent! I loved being paired with you sweet friend! Thank you again for all of the things you sent for me and for Emmy. <3

  2. 9th November 2016 / 18:36

    Jen is seriously the sweetest, and I love that she fueled your candy corn addiction! Do y’all not have it in the UK? It really is amazing how close you can feel to people that you’ve only really “met” through blogging. I feel like I’ve formed real life friendships with people that sometimes I haven’t even met before, which is totally awesome!

  3. 9th November 2016 / 19:10

    I love the fun ways to connect with blog friends & always find new ones to ‘meet’…
    Those cookies cutters are precious!

  4. 9th November 2016 / 23:34

    So sweet, I love how many people I’ve got to connect with across the world, it’s the best!! 🙂
    And wow, you grew those – you guys are great!

  5. 10th November 2016 / 04:18

    I am very impressed with the squash. We picked our first few pods of beans this week from our garden, and I’m sorta giddy (and surprised that I am.) Okay, that had nothing to do with the swap. Thank goodness you weren’t paired with me because you would have received no candy corn. haha!

  6. 12th November 2016 / 04:49

    This is so sweet! What an awesome package you got! I know what you mean about the candy corn! Around our house, I buy a few bags and before I know it, they’ve gone on to a new home! 🙂 I am super impressed with the squash that you grew! I might need you as my garden consultant next year!

  7. 13th November 2016 / 01:07

    That is a great box! Very true to the fall theme!

  8. 13th November 2016 / 03:33

    I love the Chinchilly color! I got it in a swap a few years ago 🙂

    And I love that Jen sent you candy corn…I know you’re a fan!

    Thanks for joining in, Rachel!

  9. 13th November 2016 / 06:25

    What a beautiful post – I’m with you, what I love most about blogging are the amazing people it’s brought into my life! I collect cookie cutters so am coveting those candy corn cookie cutters, so cool! I just popped my candy corn cherry while I was in the states, and when I came home, I upcycled my extra candy corn into Halloween Chcoolate Bark which I should add is delicious at any time of year, not just Halloween! Your squash are awesome – your fingers are so green!

  10. 13th November 2016 / 20:01

    What a sweet post! 🙂 ANd a great gift from your friend!

    I agree the people side of blogging is pretty cool! I’m such an introvert and meeting new people is hard for me, but it’s much easier to do when you’ve got along online first and got to know someone 🙂

    You’re always welcome to come by for cake next time you’re in Brisbane too! There’s this place that does gluten free doughnuts……

    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  11. 14th November 2016 / 02:40

    Those squashes are lovely, and what a fun package!

  12. 16th November 2016 / 03:47

    This is a beautiful post. I just recently started reading Jen’s blog a few months ago and she seems like such a sweet, genuine person, and her little girl is so stinking cute. One thing that I love about blogging is getting to interact with people who I never would have met otherwise. The blogging community is so much more supportive than I ever could have imagined. I’ve never participated in a blog swap but it sounds like so much fun.

  13. 16th November 2016 / 20:50

    wow, small word a colleague of your sister!!
    the genuine friendships are where it’s at with blogging. right there with you friend.
    and yes, i’m calling myself friend. FRIENDS WE ARE OKAY.

  14. 18th November 2016 / 02:27

    What beautiful words! I am so grateful for all the friendships I have also made through blogging.

    SSG xxx

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