Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Re-alignment


'The time has come, the Walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings.'

I'm a great believer in the time being right to do certain things. Of moments in life that require special notice and adherence to. They are signposts, if we can but see them for what they are.

For many weeks, months really, I have struggled with screens. Computers, tablets, mobile phones. My eyes just don't like them. And neither does my brain. I'm uncomfortable with the electro-magnetic energy they project and how that interferes with our own energies and I don't like the way life disappears into them either.

So, I have made a decision to cut right back on all screens. I shall be telephoning people for a proper conversation instead of texting; I shall be writing letters once more as I always used to instead of emailing. I wish blogging were possible without  computers but it isn't, so this decision means closing the blog down. Perhaps not forever, I don't know yet, but for the time being at least. 

I know I will miss you all, and I want to say a true and heart-felt thank you to everyone who has read, commented on, or thought about the things I've put on here during the last couple of years. I hope it's been of interest and that you feel you've advanced your knowledge on things wild, which was a large part of the reason I began the blog in the first place: to share and spread knowledge that helps ensure the continued survival of our wild things and gives them the recognition they all deserve.

I have enjoyed every minute of blogging; the friends I've made, the humour we've shared, the things I have learnt from all of you. But it is time to do things differently now. I want to write differently too, putting pen to paper and conjuring something lasting. Hopefully I'll be back in a year or so with news of a book to share with you, if that happens expect a post to pop up.

I'm not entirely eschewing internet-based communication, so if you'd like to stay in touch leave your email address in the comments page. I won't print it.

So really all that's left is to thank you most sincerely for your company along the way, and to send you all good wishes and blessings.

CT x

34 comments:

  1. So sorry to see you go, but at the end of the day you have to do what is right for you, I know what you mean about screens. Take care, love Marlene xx

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  2. Oh CT, I shall miss your lovely posts. I have learned so much from your blog but I completely understand your decision. I shall look forward to that book. Good luck and best wishes. xx

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  3. I am so sad that you will no longer be blogging. It made my day to see a blog post from you. You have taught me so much about our wonderful countryside and I thank you so much. I too look forward to that book very muhc. Take care and good luck.

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  4. Sad to see you go but quite understand the reasons why. All the very best CT x

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  5. I'm sorry to see you go, but I hope your decision brings you the peace you wish for.

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  6. I am so sorry to hear that you are stopping blogging CT, your posts always made me stop to think or laugh at your exploits and I was so flattered that you took time to read my little blog. I shall miss all your observations from the chalk. I do hope your realignment revitalizes all your energy into that lovely book! xxx

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  7. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO will miss your posts and you very much. Good thing about blogs you can come back when ever you want:)

    I wish you well and your family in every thing you do, and you find what you are looking for.
    Take care Amanda xx

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  8. Oh no. I'll miss you and your little dogs. Take care.

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  9. I understand CT and thank you for the knowledge you have shared so generously here. Best wishes for the future and please don't stop educating others about the natural world - you have such a gift for this. Sarah x

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  10. I'm sorry to see you leave CT but fully understand the reasoning behind your decision. I shall very much miss your informative posts which have reawakened my interest in the nature that surrounds me. The very best of luck & love to you Poppy & Ted. Take care my dear xx

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  11. Good luck, you are right we all lose ourselves into technology, my dislike is the mobile phone, it is always there stopping conversation and real life.

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  12. I'm so very sorry to see you go, but admire your courage. I have learned a great many things regarding nature from your blog, so thank you! I am heartbroken over not keeping up with Ted and Poppy. Give them a treat for me and tell them it's from a faraway admirer. ❤️

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  13. I shall miss you too and your posts about the antics of Ted and Poppy and also all your wildlife sightings and hints and information I have learnt so much. I can fully appreciate how you feel, life dos have a tendency with blogging to disappear into the computer. Take care and good luck with your book! Sarah x

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  14. This is sad news for all your followers, CT, but the most important thing is to do the best for you. Take care and thanks for all your posts x

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  15. I wish you and your family all the best, and I will really miss catching up on news of Ted and Poppy! Hope your furbabies will continue to brighten your days for many years to come!
    Lots of Love,
    Annie

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  16. I'm so very sad that you won't be blogging any more, but I completely understand about the screens and wanting to avoid them. I've learned so much from your blog, you've put a huge amount of effort into your wonderful posts and they've been educational and inspirational. I'm wishing you the very best of luck with the future, the sound of a book makes me happy. I'd love to keep in touch, you have my email address I think. Be happy CT, and a special hug to Ted and Poppy, CJ xx

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  17. Oh gosh. I understand as I often feel something similar. I feel pushed up against my own decision to keep blogging and instagramming and engaging. Is that why there is no book? Am I dissipating my energies on the immediate gratification of the blog? Don't know the answer to this at all. I will miss your blog and the sense of connection with you, however tenuous. I hope you will keep in touch. You will have my email through my profile. Enjoy spring.

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  18. And hopefully, the best is yet to be...

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  19. I will miss your blogs but do so understand your reasoning....and kudos to you for cutting back on the electronic world. Something we could all do with reducing in our lives. Bring back letter writing and talking to people....and many more of those social things.
    Good luck and keep in touch...you have my email.
    Love to you
    Sally
    xxxx

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  20. I will miss reading your blog but completely understand the reasons behind closing it down. I wish you the very best of luck for the future (the book sounds exciting) and hope to see you back in blogland one day in the future. xx

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  21. I hope all goes well for you. I will miss your posts as I have always found them such fun and so interesting. Take care x

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  22. What a shame, both for the blog and its followers but also for your eyes. Maybe going back to the the good old ways will be a refreshing change for you, as well as helping your eyes. I do thing we all spend way too much time glued to screens and it can't be good for us. You take care of yourself and hopefully we will see you back one day. xx

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  23. I will really miss your very enjoyable posts CT but I can understand the reasoning behind your decision.

    I wish you the very best of luck with your book and send best wishes to you and your family. I do hope you will return to blogging one day and take care of yourself in the meantime.

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  24. Dear All,
    Thank you so much for all your messages. I felt quite tearful reading them. I've noted down email addresses and will be in touch in due course.
    Teddy has asked me to let you all know that as soon as he's finished helping me with the Wild book he will be compiling his diary entries into a book of his own (with some carefully edited additions from Miss Poppy) and he hopes you'll all enjoy reading it. He's keen to make a start as soon as possible but frankly he daren't let me loose on my book on my own as he fears I'll only make a mess of it. So, he'll be working on his book just as soon as he's got time to draw breath and put paw to paper.
    Love to all of you from all of us here at Countryside Tales xx

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  25. Hey CT,
    Although I completely understand your reasons for closing down the blog, I am absolutely gutted too. For my own selfish reasons of course. You have been a huge inspiration, my dear friend. I have enjoyed and learnt something from every single post. You have my email already, I think. Please stay in touch. I am more than happy to write, although my handwriting is truly illegible, so it may be typed. Happy trails, lovely girl. I cannot wait for your book, and for Ted's too of course. I shall be sending you the odd picture for you to identify. It's so much more fun than looking in a book!
    With much love,
    Leanne xx

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    1. Please do send me pictures, lovely friend. I love to get them and to help out with ids where I can. I've got your email and address so
      I will write. I don't want to lose touch and we must try and meet up now I have more time. I shall be checking in with your blog too. Much love xx

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  26. I myself have been away from the computer more and although I have been having my own hiccup, I feel the benefit from it so I do understand. Please feel free to keep in touch and I hope that I can with you too, you have my e-mail! We can also snail mail if you would like, I don't have anyone to snail mail with these days. Let me know! Most of all I hope that you will be well and happy, that is what is the important thing, as long as you are living the life that is right for you and it is making you and your loved ones happy, that is what I wish most of all for you. I will think of you often I am sure when I see a butterfly or bee or a moth - especially a moth! Today I am going walking and taking my camera and will think of you as I snap things and wonder what you would have thought of the photos and what I see as you are now my natural and nature inspiration and always will be. Thank you for that! Thank you for your support and friendship and I hope that this is a new beginning, not an ending. Hugs and all of the very best good thoughts to you my dear! xx p.s. love of course to T & P!

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    1. Dear Amy, I would love to keep in touch and write proper letters. Will email you my address, although I think you may have it from the shawl? Hope all is ok with you my dear? I'll be in touch. And thank you for your kind words xx

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  27. I will miss your wonderful posts, I have learned to love moths thanks to you. All the best xx

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    1. I'm so pleased the blog has raised the profile of our mothy friends. Thank you for saying so, Chickpea xx

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  29. I will miss reading about the moths and the bugs in your garden. Please keep being that wonderful woman who makes a space in her garden for these tiny creatures that so many of us overlook. I have a new appreciation for them in my own garden now. I have even remembered to leave all the stalks and scrubby bits of plants alone this spring until everything has warmed up enough for the moths to emerge and move along ... you taught me that :) Give Ted and Poppy a little hug for me, and best of luck to you in your new chapter. I think you are doing a wonderful thing, and a book in the future sounds very exciting.
    Wendy xox

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    1. Thank you so much, Wendy, for your lovely words. It means a lot to me. I will drop by now and then to catch up with you. All the best xx

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