Monday, 19 March 2012

"Garbo Talks!" (or hello again, apologies & what's new?)

Well...what can I say? It's been a long time? (obviously), What took me so long? (Life & stuff...), do you want me back for good - as in the Take That song? (hopefully???)

What does one say after an absence of...(I can't quite bring myself to count it) but let's just say - toooooooooo long!

And why is 'Garbo' talking now? Well, to very quickly surmise, I started this blog way back in 2010 after moving to the Norfolk countryside with my family, having been a born & bred, self confessed 'committed townie' Londoner.

The move itself was the best thing that we ever did - I have quite happily slipped into a life of Hunter wellies and riding boots and (bar the odd wedding and v. rare town based shindig), my designer heels from my previous life on a magazine are wrapped up in aspic, awaiting their new life as 'vintage treats' for my twin girls in about 10 years or so. Anything useful that has the privilege of having it's own 'name' or 'label', is either stuffed into the earth to remind me what and when it was planted, or high on a pantry shelf and used to bake cake.

So what caused the prolonged 'blip' to my much loved blogging habit? Well quite frankly life came along and kicked me in the shins to remind me that although I liked to think that I was an expert life juggler, sometimes in reality, a few balls have to be left to fall, in order to keep the others going.

Changing ones' entire life is, for some, the perfect time to commit to writing a blog and document those many changes - however, for me it was a commitment too far. Within a space of months, I had moved across England, given up my career, taken on a 'project' of a house & garden (believe me, the polished veneer hid a multitude of sins!) had to settle 3 kids into a new life and school, bought a puppy, had to make new friends of my own (I discovered that I can be quite shy - who knew!). Admittedly, these are all exciting things which I had planned and knew were coming - and no, I certainly don't expect sympathy - none of it is exactly horrific - although I now realise that I got by on pure adrenalin for the first year. However, the main thing that threw me off course was becoming carer for both my parents in quick succession after two low points in their otherwise healthy lives. (They are both doing fine now - thanks, and that period of our lives is hopefully, fingers crossed, now over - onwards & upwards!)

Anyway, SO much has happened in blogsphere since I've been gone. I have managed to keep my eye on some wonderful familiar blogs, such as Simone at The Bottom of The Ironing Basket - and some AMAZING new ones that I've discovered along the way - Ben Pentreath who has a fabulous shop and the most divine blog, which frequently features on of the most breathtaking house I've seen in recent times - a simply beautiful old vicarage in Dorset, that makes me swoon every time I see it, and it's heavenly garden, (a lot of adjectives I know, but just check it out - you'll understand why!) and author Laetitia Maklouf who writes a wonderful gardening blog, and is author of The Virgin Gardener - a godsend to first timers like me. There are lots more, old & new that I'll mention along the way.

'Pintrest' is a totally new concept for me - I'm still pinning things to a notice board with ladybird drawing pins, but I am sure that I will eventually come round to the idea of on-line 'mood-boarding'.
I spent a long time not quite understanding the point of 'twitter', and then I decided just this last week to sign up and start following people I knew and/or admired, and I must say that I'm quite hooked.
Historically, I'm always the last person to sign up for new technology. I rebelled against getting a mobile phone for ages until my work colleagues finally pinned me down and forced me to purchase one - who needs to know where I am during my lunch hour anyway? I also remember my first day at work on a magazine when I was faced with 'e-mail' which - terrified of putting a mistake in writing - I refused to use for months - at the time I would rather pick up the phone and talk to everyone - still not quite sure what I was afraid of! Although, that's not as bad as my early days as a model booker. We worked on 'swing charts' which were literally diary charts built into the middle of a table, with every single model appointment, written on a minute by minute basis, which we the bookers, had to write in and rub out by hand. Hundreds, and hundreds (and hundreds) of times. I remember hating the switch to a (much simpler) computerised system - now I really can't see how I fought against that one, but protest I did!

So hopefully, you will join me while I explore the world of blogging once more. Of course along the way I will show you what's been happening with the house and garden. I'll warn you, it's been slow going, and there are more decorating and organising projects in my head (and on my pin board) than have been completed in the 'real world'. However, there has been the odd occasional auction bargain or e-bay purchase along the way which you may find of interest - and of course, there are always other peoples gorgeous houses to sigh and gasp over. I can't wait!

Paula x
(p.s. my gorgeous Mothers Day roses above. Hope that the mothers out there had a lovely one!)

Images: 1) 2)Vogue Korea 3)Burberry 4)Rose & Grey at 5) Unknown - sorry!


  1. Welcome back Paula! I was a fairly new follower of yours and enjoyed your blog and then you disappeared so I'm glad to see you back. I think most understand life hands you twists and turns and the most you can do is go with the flow. I will definitely be back!


  2. Welcome back Paula! You are forgiven for your L O N G abscence ;o)
    Looks like life caught up with you - we all suffer with reality occasionally.
    Thank you for your visit and lovely comments, see you again soon looking forward to reading more of your adventures!
    Best wishes
    Rose H

  3. A warm welcome back to blogland. You have been missed. XX

  4. Thank you for stopping by! I had a peek and your blog and can't wait to read more! Since you are now back to blogging I hope you blog more...I am following you :O)

  5. Paula!! you are back!! :) SO lovely to see you again!!! Yes, life can get in the way of blogging ....:) - happened to me too and I am still trying to find my way back in 'properly'...

    But great to hear from you and wonderful news on your Jack Russell puppy Bryon - LOVE the name - and PLEASE can we see him????? Crumbs is nearly 2 now and I am seriously thinking about her having puppies....don't they make you addictive? SO cute!!!

    I have actually been thinking about Hill House - spent the weekend up in Holt weekend before last and on our tour around your beautiful county I kept thinking - that could be Hill House, or that? Or this one? (don't worry, am NOT a stalker :)!!.

    (We also stopped in Norwich on the way up..have you been to The Bell Jar??? If not - PLEASE go - it is just LOVELY!!!!!)

    Anyway - looking forward to all the things that have happened at and to Hill House!

    Have a lovely evening!!


    Nicola x

  6. Hi Paula, Thank you for stopping by and saying 'hello'. Reading about you, it seems like I'm reading about myself. I am also a Londoner who left the smoke behind for greener pastures (Hertfordshire-not quite countryside, but it's close enough)although we got here via Canada. Also, although not nearly as glamorous, I previously worked in television. I know it can be hard to stick with blogging when life gets really hectic; I know I have 'disappeared' more times than I care to think about. It takes all my brain power just to keep the kids' diaries running smoothly half the time! Your house is too die for and I'm so looking forward to more peeks inside! Hugs, B x

  7. Hello again,

    Yes, life sometimes interferes when one is busy making other plans...:-) Glad to hear your parents are doing better, and hope that you will find a work-life-family-blog balance that will allow you to enjoy all parts!

    Thank you for popping in to "see" me and for you kind words. And welcome back to the blog world!


  8. Hi Paula, nice to meet you. I sometimes question this blogging thing we do as it took over my life for a bit there but now I feel as long as I balance it with time in real life that I can stay around longer and enjoy the fruits. Welcome back, Fiona

  9. Hi there! Welcome and thanks for stopping by :) As you can see I have not exactly been the finest example of keeping up with the blog world myself, but I do know that I completely understand so many of your sentiments and happenings! There is always a sincere hug and welcome from blogland waiting to greet matter how long it has been. XO, Kelly

  10. Thanks so much for the kind words on my blog. I'm so glad you stopped by so that I could find you now....Your blog is just gorgeous & your home....well....I am drooling! I'll be back again & again. Blogging can really take up a lot of time. I basically took the winter off, had my blog re-designed & just started back. our busy lives just get in the way! :) chris

  11. Thanks so much for looking at my blog and commenting on our sweet cows. I just joined your blog and I hope you will join me to keep updated on our farm. Lots of babies being born right now not to mention a new stray that has arrived here, I will post later on that. Will be posting an update on the new calf soon.

  12. Welcome back. I started my blog last year.

    I guess you're already back in the swing of things but much to do (children...). Glad to know that your parents are well.

    I recently joined Twitter too, less than two months. I'll follow you there.

  13. I like the simplicity of your blog and the color.

  14. I'm so pleased you've got back into the world of blogging and totally relate to your technophobia!! Pinterest, twitter, facebook and yes, even a modern mobile phone are all completely new to me too-! You've got fabulous taste and your home looks incredible-just gorgeous-let me know if you ever fancy having it styled and shot for a mag feature-seriously! Caroline :)

  15. Hi, so nice to meet you. Welcome glad your parents are better, sounds like a very hectic time indeed.
    My terrible obsession is Pinterest...out of control...aaarghhh...must get to sainsburys, tee hee!
    Have a great week,
    Sarah -x-

  16. Hello there! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and enjoying the sunset with me. OMG, you have a gorgeous home and I can tell I am going to enjoy following your adventures.

    Happy to meet you.

  17. Hello sweet Paula! It tickles me pink that we share the same name! We are kindred spirits indeed! It is lovely to meet you and I am so glad you visited me! Thank you for your sweet comment! Your Hill House is gorgeous! I am so glad you love the country and are happy living there! I love living in the country too! Your blog is lovely and I enjoyed reading your wonderful post! So glad your parents are doing better and you are able to return to blogging once again. I look forward to following you and all the gorgeousness you will share! I am not a big tech person either! I still don't have a cell phone. My son always says I need one. I use the computer for email, blogging, flickr, Etsy and Ebay! That is fun! Oh, yes, to pay bills too! ;) Pintrest sounds like fun and I am glad you are enjoying it! Your Mother's Day roses are gorgeous and so is that room! Love your new friend, Paula xo

  18. Thank you so much for the mention, that's so nice of you :) XX

  19. Oh, oh, oh!! I love your blog! I am definitely now following. I get so excited when I find a blog that completely envelopes me. Your style is gorgeous and this is a beautiful blog.
    Thanks so much for stopping in on my blog! I look forward to getting to know you.

  20. I'm so glad you've got your blogging mojo back - sometimes life has to take over. Your house is just divine and in my favourite part of the country. I look forward to getting to know you and your house better!

  21. Glad to hear life is back on an even keel.

  22. Looking forward to seeing how your beautiful home & garden evoles.

  23. Hi Paula,
    I have a little gift for you over on my blog. The post is dated 3/28/12.
    Stop on in...


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