... Can you believe it? At 12.15 am on 6 September 2006 I published my very first blog post. Clare mentioned to me the other day that her blogversary was imminent and I realised that as we started them together mine must be equally imminent. And here it is ... in a couple of hours Vintage to Victorian will be a year old. It's quite exciting really, and amazing ... just over a year ago I had no idea what a blog was, and certainly had no plans to have one of my own. And now look ... over 100 posts, a website, and more blog friends than I ever imagined was possible.
Thank you all for popping by on a regular basis; thank you also to those of you who list Vintage to Victorian on your sidebar as a nice place to visit. You all have such lovely blogs and it always amazes me that you can find anything I write about remotely interesting. I try to keep up with photos, but that doesn't always happen, as you know. I am also hoping to keep the website going at a cracking pace, but write-ups do take an awfully long time (as I was warned) as it's so important to 'tell it as it is' and to be sure of pointing out anything that should be mentioned. I've been spending the last day or so putting together some little packages to add to the shop but there's no need for you to all rush over there just yet because it'll be several days before I get a chance to photograph them and get them listed!! But I would like to thank you all for your encouragement with the shop and your kind comments - and not least your purchases!
Since beginning the blog I have left one Antiques Centre in Somerton, taken a unit in another Centre in Somerton and moved into a larger space at Dairy House. You've been with me through the painting (and getting rid of that awful dark blue), the falling off the steps and the raindancing at Shepton Mallet!
You made me look at the lighter moments of getting Mum moved from Northampton to Somerset (to the house next door, no less); you've shared the fun(?) of finding a wedding outfit for me (and 4 or 5 for Mum); you came to a wedding where I was mother of one of the happiest brides I've ever seen and daughter of the mother who fell and fractured her arm (in 2 places) the afternoon before the wedding ... and you offered me tea and sympathy, and good wishes to the 'invalid'.
In this 12 months you've welcomed me into your blogs and I've shared corners of your homes and corners of your lives. I've reciprocated, I hope, by welcoming you to my blog but not, as yet, into corners of my home ... at least not many ... and certainly no pretty corners. Mine are always full of stock and swirly carpets. (I'm thinking of taking a photo of each carpet and blogging them under the heading 'Face your Demons!' but you don't deserve such ingratitude!!). One day those carpets will be gone and we shall have quiet ones and we'll drift from room to room not quite believing our luck. In the meantime you will perhaps appreciate why occasionally we're short on photos ... because there's just no space to create the perfect shot!
So my dear blogging friends, I'd like to offer you a little gift as a thank you. I'm not sure what it will be as yet but I'll find it, photograph it, and add it to this post (probably on Friday as I'll be at Dairy House all day tomorrow). Leave me a comment in the usual way and if you can bear to wait until next Friday our prize picker out of the basket, Gillie, will be down for the weekend and we could ask her to do the honours once again. She was so good at it last time! I'm hoping she'll get here in one piece as she slipped in her bathroom the other day and knocked herself about a bit (hi Gillie - don't read the last sentence as I'm talking about you!).
Okay, that's taken me a lot longer to write than I anticipated. I hope it isn't so long that you've all switched off your computers and gone to bed! To those of you who stayed to the end, "Sweet Dreams" and here's a tidy corner of a home we lived in from 1998 until 2002!