Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Fond Farewell

Well, we're back at Number 38 after having a lovely 3 weeks away in the caravan. There has been sunshine, rain, wind and storms but we've loved every minute of it. We've walked miles, picked blackberries, played baseball, tennis and there have been endless swingball tournaments. There has been shopping, a trip to the cinema and the discovery of a new park. We've had visitors - Aunty Edith and Ken one day and Matthew and Sienna another. While I had the baby the troops went to Blackpool Dungeons and then Matthew and Thomas went up the tower and did the skywalk. Thomas might be unsure of a lot of things but unlike me heights isn't one of them and according to Matthew was quite happy up there. 

I have cross stitched, knitted, crocheted, read and eaten far too much cake and ice-cream but nowhere near as many chips as Mark and Thomas! 

We have given serious though to pitching the caravan next season and if we can get the spot we want have decided to go for it. There's a couple of reasons for this, the main one being that I've not been in the van half as much as I'd have liked this year. If we pitch it, jumping in the car and driving down the motorway to it waiting for us all set up will be so much easier and I'm sure we'd spend a lot of weekends over there.  The other reason is from a health point of view, we get so much fresh air and exercise when we're over there we all feel tons better for it and want to keep building on that if we can. At the moment there is a waiting list but I have my fingers and toes crossed they will be able to accommodate us. 

So, that's our main 2017 holiday over already. There are just 3 weeks left until Thomas goes to high school and this week there is uniform to buy plus a whole load stationery they supposedly need so I need to crack on with that.

Then on Saturday me and Amy are off on the train to York to look at the university to see what she thinks. 

The following week the decorator is coming to do the kitchen. I wanted it painted before school and college started so that the first week Amy and Thomas are back I can go through all the cupboards and give it a good sorting out. So lots of bits and bobs to do over the coming weeks.  

And now for other news. I decided on holiday that I'm going to hang up my blogging hat. I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it, but winding it up and moving on feels right for me. 

Maybe it's because we're at a new point in our lives with Thomas getting older and starting high school and Amy at college thinking about university, but one of the reasons I started it was as a diary for them both after I'd had the heart attack - just in case.....My thinking was that at least they'd have some memories and photos of what we'd done. Now they're both older I feel that I've achieved what I set out to do and that it's 'mission accomplished'. 

So the decision has been made but before I go I want to say a big thank you to you all for stopping by to read and for leaving comments. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of our conversations and I've never had anything but the loveliest words from you all. I really do feel like I've made a lot of friends over the past 4 years. You've made me laugh, been there to assure me that the drama that often goes with children is all quite normal, helped me through the tough time of  losing Tom with your supportive words, shared stories of relatives that have gone through the care system like Joan and inspired me to do lots more than I ever would have done if I'd never found you all. Of course, I know where you all are so I will still be popping over to have a chat with you on your blogs.

And for anybody who's interested I'll still be posting photos on instagram and have no plans to stop this any time soon, so you'll be able to see what we're up to.

Thank you all for making my blog a lovely place for me to visit. It's a part of my life that I'm so glad I've documented and I will always treasure it. 

With love to every one of you, from myself and the gang at Number 38 

xxx



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  1. Hope Amy's likes the uni in York, I went there and it was great.

    Take care and have lots of fun, fingers crossed for the pitch you're after for the van. You're always welcome here for a brew if you're in town :)

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    1. Me too, please? Lol catriona

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    2. She likes the idea of York but this is the first one we'll be looking at so not sure where she'll end up. Every time I walk through St Annes I look into every charity shop window trying to guess which shop and display is yours :) A brew sounds lovely. We'll definitely have to make that happen. xx

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    3. Yes Catriona you're welcome too!

      My shop is off the square, on the same street as the Post Office and Wetherspoons. It would be great to see you sometime :)

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    4. Yes, I guessed it was that one from the window display the last time we were there!

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  2. Good choice, Suzanne. The work involved in posting thisis a huge chunk out of precious time I have so enjoyed your blog and am glad we can still meet on Instagram. I think Thomas has changed so much this holiday and it would be great to keep the caravan where he so obviously feels at home. I am missing ours so much but we are having a short break in Grasmere in October. Most of my stuff goes on FB so send me a request if you like! We really like York and it's such a lovely University city. Slainte to all. Catriona

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    1. The blow of making the decision to finish the blog is definitely softened by still being able to keep in contact with people through the gram. Now we've made our decision about pitching it I'm quite excited at the thought of being able to nip down the motorway whenever we feel like it. Even though it's a tourer, we only ever tour to the Fylde coast so may as well set it up over there :)

      Hope you are enjoying the motorhome. Looking forward to seeing some photos of your trip to Grasmere. October will be here before we know it. xx

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  3. Have really enjoyed your blog and am sorry you are quitting but i wish you and your lovely family all the very best that life can offer.

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    1. Thank you Maureen. I've thoroughly enjoyed writing it and can't quite believe I've been doing it for 4 years. I'm not totally ready to stop keeping a track of what we get up to though and instagram will fill that need. It's linked the the blog so you can always come back and take a peek if you want to. xx

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  4. I take my hat off to all you bloggers - I definitely couldn't keep a blog going! I've enjoyed reading yours for the short time I've done so.
    We went to an open day at York - it's a good university but not the chosen one in the end. I wish your daughter well in her university adventures - wherever she chooses. With best wishes.

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    1. Thank you Mrs. Having blogged for 4 years I really admire people who have kept it up for much longer and still find interesting things to write about.

      This is our first look at a Uni. Amy quite likes the idea of York but we need to look at a couple of others before any decision is made. I'll be posting updates on instagram as we embark on the next years journey of do I want to go/where shall I go......xx

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  5. So sorry your blog is coming to an end - I shall miss you. Good luck to Thomas at High School and to Amy at whichever uni she chooses.
    Take care and enjoy those caravan days
    Sue

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    1. It's been a lovely 4 years of blogging Sue and I genuinely do feel like I've made a lot of friends while I've been doing it. I shall still be popping by to visit you all so we will be able to stay in touch. Hope all is well with yourself and Col. I have lots of catching up to do with people over the next few days. xx

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  6. I'm sorry to say farewell Suzanne as I've enjoyed your blog very much, but we all must do what is right for us at the time.
    I wish you and your family every success, with you and Mark wanting a tent pitch, Amy at university and Thomas in his new high school.
    Much love and take care.

    Joan (Devon)

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    1. Thank you Joan. Hanging up my blogging hat seems the right thing to do although I will still be posting snippets of what we get up to on instagram which is linked to the blog if you ever fancy popping by.

      It's been a great experience for me and the people I've 'met' have all been lovely. I can't believe how many visits I get every day and every comment has been truly appreciated.

      Take care of yourself. Love to you and your family. xx

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  7. I will miss your lovely blog but glad you will still be posting on Instagram. Take care and best wishes from Nanny Annny in Canada.

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    1. Thank you Nanny Anny. The decision to stop blogging has definitely been made easier because of Instagram as I still want to be able to keep a record of what we get up to - I just need an easier way of doing it at the moment. xx

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  8. Oh nooooooooooooooo!!!! I'll be so sad to see you go. I loved reading your blog because it often brought back memories for me of living 'just down the road' from you many moons ago. I hope you get the caravan site you want and that Amy and Thomas both do well in their next big moves. Maybe I'll have to think of joining the instagram thing although I rarely take pictures so don't see much point. Will miss you but I do understand.

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    1. Anything I post on instagram comes up on the blog Janice so if you want to pop by as usual you'll see what we've been up to but with fewer words lol.

      I will still be keeping in touch with people via their blogs so no doubt we will be speaking again soon - on your side of the pond though :) Hope you and all the family are well, especially Kelsey. xx

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  9. I'll miss you, I must say. Wish you and your family all the best in their new ventures. I'm going to try and follow Instagram, if I can get the hang of it! Thanks for the enjoyable posts.

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    1. Thank you Lynn. Instagram is really easy - she says having got Mark to set it all up for her so she just takes a picture and posts it haha. But if you don't get the hang of it everything I post on there will still come up on the blog, there just won't be as much blurb with it!

      Thank you for visiting Number 38. Every visit and comment really has been appreciated. xx

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  10. I'm so sad to read this but I can understand your reasons for doing so. I'm really going to miss your lovely weekly catch-ups.
    It sounds like you've enjoyed a wonderful few weeks in the caravan and I wish you many more
    times like that. I do hope you get your pitch soon.
    Much love and luck to Amy and Thomas as they move on and I look forward to keeping up with your exploits on Instagram. X

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    1. There is a sadness to finishing it Jules, it feels like I'm losing lots of good friends and if it weren't for Instagram I'm not sure I'd be willing to give that up but knowing I can still keep a record of what we get up to and keep in touch with people made the decision a lot easier.

      We had a lovely time in the van. It's a lifestyle choice I would definitely be glad to dip into more often which is why we've decided to pitch it permanently if we can. I feel so much better all round when I'm in the van over there.

      I will still be keeping in touch via people's blogs - I have a lot of catching up to do over the next few days. I hope Lily is excited about starting big school. And there are changes for you as well in more ways than one - I truly hope they are positive for you. See you on the gram and at 'yours' :) xx

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  11. By the way, I don't believe there is such a thing as 'too much cake!' X

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    1. You're right Jules - I just needed somebody to validate it for me! xx

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  12. Well Suzanne, it's been great to find your blog and I'm pretty sure we will be friends for life xxx
    ( I'd just make sure you back up your posts somehow and sign in from time to time to
    Make sure it's still there )
    I've loved every minute at Number 38 xxxx

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    1. Oh Rachel, we will definitely be friends for life and that meet up for coffee still needs to take place at some point. Giving up has only been made easier because I can still keep in touch with people via the gram or their blogs otherwise I think I'd carry on as it would feel like losing a posse of friends in one hit.

      Never thought about backing it up - I would hate to lose everything I've written and all my 'conversations' with people - that would be catastrophic.

      Thank you for visiting us - do you know you were the first person who commented on my blog and I'm so glad you found us. xx

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  13. Not long since I found you and you're leaving! Is it something I said?

    It's been nice to read about someone's daily doings only a couple of towns away, you have a lovely way of writing too.

    I'm glad you'll still be posting on Instagram. I've not joined Insta so won't be able to comment. Every best wish for the future, Jan.

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    1. Haha, not at all Jan. More like I can't think of anything to say! I've really enjoyed blogging - was very hesitant at first but soon got into the swing of things and having lovely readers and comments definitely helped. It's like having an extended family at times.

      I know a lot of people aren't keen on Instagram but for now it's a much easier way for me to keep a record of what we're doing and even though you can't comment you can still see what we're up to. I'm glad you've enjoyed the blog :) xx

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  14. I'll be sorry to see you go Suzanne but I completely understand why you find the need to do it. Wishing you and your family all the best for the future. Take care. Tx

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    1. Mostly it's a time thing Tania and as I said a feeling of 'mission accomplished'. I still want to keep a record of bits and bobs though so the gram seems an easier way of doing that. I will of course be popping over to say hello to you although I'm sadly way behind with blogs at the moment so a lot of catching up needs to be done. Hope you are keeping well. Speak soon :) xx

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  15. Oh! - I only found you about a year ago. Will be sad to see you leave (I don't 'do' instagram). Thomas is the same age as my DS2 (H) - and even looks a bit like him. H also has food 'issues' and foibles :) Amy is the same age as DS1 - I hope she finds a uni she loves.
    Very best wishes to you and yours in the future, Suzanne :)
    x

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    1. The photos on instagram pop up on the blog if you want to keep in touch Mrs G. I see from Sue at Suffolk's blog there is a calling for you to start writing again so I will check in to see whether you do :)

      Thomas certainly does has food issues and foibles although I'm hoping he will grow out of most of them during his teen years although really I wouldn't have him any other way.

      Thank you for stopping by. Every comment has been very much appreciated. xx

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  16. Oh no!!!
    I will miss your blogging Suzanne but you have to do what is right for you and if that means giving up blogging then so be it.
    I don't really do Instagram unfortunately but maybe if you manage a quick pop over to mine I can still keep up with you.
    Love and hugs-x-

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    1. I will miss blogging as well Sheila as silly as that sounds given that I've stopped, but still being able to post on instagram has made it easier to give up. I certainly will be popping over to tea towel mansion on a regular basis so we will definitely be staying in touch. xx

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  17. Oh no!! I don't believe it!! My heart sank when I read the title☹️I loved reading your moving,funny and simply lovely insight into your family life. Thank you also for introducing me to the Aldi bakery after the tempting photos on your blog. Good luck and health and happiness to you all and apologies if this is a 2nd comment!! My phone had a funny five minutes xx

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    1. Oh I'm sorry Nat, I do feel bad about giving up actually. I feel as though I've cut people off and I'm actually going to really miss talking to people, but I'm hoping instagram will take some of that feeling away.

      Haha, my love of Vanilla Crowns on a Thursday has been very well documented throughout the 4 years I've been writing - they really are scrumptious.

      Thank you for dropping by and for reading. Everyone has been so lovely over the years. xx

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  18. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday. I hope your plans to pitch the caravan work out well; I'm sure having it set up and ready will encourage more weekend visits, as you say.

    Sorry to read that you are closing the blog, but, as the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end". I have enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you and your family. Wish you and your family all the best as you move forward with your lives. I hope you'll stop by to say hi on my blog, every now and then. :)

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    1. I have my fingers crossed for a pitch Bless, the more I think about it the better the plan seems.

      It's been a pleasure to have you visit Number 38. I shall still be crossing the pond on a regular basis to visit you - in fact I was there about an hour ago - absolutely fantastic news on the mammogram front :) Speak soon. xx

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  19. I will so very much miss you and Number 38. I found you 3 years ago and have enjoyed following you and your family through these past few years. And I don't do instagram so I won't be able to continue following you that way. Dang... I will really miss you!
    Dawn Pinnataro dba GADawn57

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    1. Thank you Dawn, giving up wasn't as easy to decide as I thought it would be. I rather like talking to everybody who pops by and leaves a comment. Although there won't be as much to read, the photos I put on Instagram will still pop up on the blog so if you ever want a catch up, just drop by and you should be able to see what we're still all up to. Thank you for visiting us at Number 38, it's been lovely to have so many people stop by. xx

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  20. Sorry you're leaving blogland but you have to do what's best for you. I've so enjoyed reading your posts and getting to know you and yours. Very best wishes to you all. Farewell, dear friend.

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    1. I'm sorry to be going Liz and if it wasn't for Instagram I'd still be hanging around :) but just at this moment in time I need to call it a day. I have made so many friends on here and count you as one of them. I will be visiting everybody's blogs as usual though so will still be in touch. Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments - I've loved every one of them. xx

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  21. I will look for you on instagram!

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    1. I'll be on there somewhere Sol :) Look forward to 'speaking' to you again at some point. xx

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  22. I echo all the other comments. It's a sad day to read this, however, it is also understandable. There have been many times when I've felt like just stopping, but I get drawn back in. Not really sure how much longer that will be the case, but for now I'll carry on.

    I'm just glad we have email and the gram to keep in contact! xx

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    1. Thank you Sadie. I've enjoyed blogging but now just feels the right time to call it a day. Instagram seems to fit in perfectly for me at the moment and I can still have conversations as well which is an added bonus - I do like a good chat :) And of course e-mails will still be winging their way over to you. xx

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