A Hard Post To Write…..

My life has changed enormously since I started to write this blog four years ago when my daughters were just 12 and 14……they are 16 and 18 now and have turned into beautiful young ladies who we are very proud of.

Three years ago I lost one of my best friends to cancer and then two years ago my father-in-law passed away too.

After this I then had to give up my lovely four allotments in January 2015, due to family problems and our rescue dog, who turned out to be highly reactive and took up an awful lot of my time (and our money) to train.


On top of this I have recently developed a lower back problem that is causing me a lot of pain when I bend.  I visited a physiotherepist and he said it is just ‘wear and tear’ and I should continue doing everything as normal, taking pain killers when I need to…..and this is what I have been doing.


The last few years have really been hard for our family, though I have tried to put a smile on my face and carry on as normal…. but things are now settling down in the Thrift household and life is finally beginning to calm down again.



Time to be honest:


However recently I haven’t really felt myself, but I have struggled on regardless.  Quite often I have felt very drained of energy and tearful and I have been really struggling to sleep at night which doesn’t help.

Mr Thrift and I have come to the conclusion that either the last few years have finally caught up with me or it is simply that ‘time of life’ that all women my age go through….or a mix of both!  Either way I feel I need to sit back and relax a bit more and take some time out for myself, instead of my usual rushing around.

So for now I have decided to take a break from my blog for a few months (as it does take me quite a lot of time planning and writing it each week).

I really hope you don’t mind me making this decision, but hopefully it won’t be for too long.



A quick update before I go:


My kitchen garden continues to do well and I am harvesting fruit and vegetables every day in small amounts:


This week I have taken up my onions and I have had a great crop….I am very pleased with them:

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My outdoor and indoor cucumbers are doing well too and we are picking them daily:

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My beetroot, kohl rabis and cabbages are just about ready to pick:

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And so too is my one and only butternut squash that I grew in a pot this year:


And I am picking raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes and runner beans almost daily:

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The flowers are doing well around the garden as well, which is great for beneficial insects that pollinate the crops…… it also looks very pretty and I’m hoping to spend more time enjoying it all:

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And Finally…..Judy:


Lots of you ask about Judy our rescue dog.  In October 2014 we brought her home from the RSPCA – we were fourth owners and she had a hugh amount of problems that became apparent two or three weeks later.  The poor dog was scared of everything, but unfortunately it all came out as barking and lunging.

She reacted to traffic, men, bikes, birds, prams, the TV, men in hats, walking sticks, litter pickers, any little noise in the house etc. etc. but the worst thing of all was her reaction to other dogs….which caused many dog owners to shout and yell at me when their dogs approached Judy (even though she was on a lead and muzzled).

The two photos below were taken on her first week home with us in Oct 2014:

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As you know we tried everything, kalm aid in her food, pheromone deffusers and collars and even doggie ‘prozac’ from the vets and nothing worked….until we found Steven Havers.

Steven trained me to deal with all of Judy’s insecurities and we will forever be in his debt as Judy has now turned into a wonderful dog, who we all love very much.

She hasn’t worn a muzzle for over a year now and over the last few months Judy has made lots of doggie friends and calmly socilises with them, sometimes in groups of ten or more dogs at a time.  She is now off-lead on the field in the park and nearly always comes back to me when I recall her……I am so proud of her and other dog walkers comment on how well she is doing nearly every day.

I am so glad we perservered and didn’t give up on her.

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Well that really is it for the moment.

In the meantime I want to say a big thank you for your continued support over the last four years and I really hope you understand my reasons for taking a break.

Thank you for reading my blog today…….I hope to be back in a few months time.

Look after yourselves and enjoy the rest of the summer.



80 thoughts on “A Hard Post To Write…..

  1. Just got back from my holiday in Tenby to find your post for the week! What a surprise,you dedicate your self fully to your blog & helping others.It really must take a lot of concentration & typing .I would like to sincerely thank you for all the help & encouragement over the years. I feel we are very alike in many ways( even with the lower back problem!) Time to enjoy your family & think of yourself.We can still refer to your blog for seasonal advice & recipes.Give Judy a dog biscuit from me! She’s a lovely dog& you’ve worked miracles with her.Lots of love to you & your loved ones,Carrie xxx

  2. I’ve just spent three solid days reading through your blog from the beginning, I’ve let the housework and garden work pile up because I’ve been enjoying your writing so much.

    I hope you have a relaxing break and if you find it in you to continue with your adventures creating a kitchen garden then I shall be very grateful, although the four years you have written so far are an incredible resource on their own.

    So a big thank you and back to some washing up for me 🙂

  3. Sorry to hear you’re not feeling too good at the moment. Thank you for all the inspiration and enjoyment you have given me in your blog. Enjoy your break, and I hope you will feel better again soon. Best wishes Judi

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to produce your blog every week. It’s full of really useful information and personal chat I feel privileged to know you. I do hope you feel better soon and able to enjoy some down-time with your family. Will really miss your blog and hope that when you’re feeling better to hear from you again, perhaps on a monthly basis would be great.
    Many thanks, take care.

  5. I will really miss you, you have taught me so much about vegetable growing and I have enjoyed following your journey. Take your time, relax, nourish yourself and come back only when you are good and ready. Thank you

  6. Could you not just once a month just put a picture on Facebook? I am I am sure a lot older than you & I think some of it is we can’t do as much as we used to. And hormones play a big part. I get really fed up sometimes & don’t go into my garden even though by going in it lifts me! I am so pleased you succeeded with your doggy! It’s so sad when people give up with them. Well done! We will miss you hopefully for not too long. x

  7. Sorry to hear about your back issues. As I’m a Thai massage therapist part time I see quite a lot of people with back issues. (I blew out one of my own discs in my early 30’s too – which I really don’t recommend! At least it means I know what others are experiencing.) I’d like to recommend a little book by Robin McKenzie: Treat Your Own Back. His ideas are simple, almost so simple that people don’t try them because they think it can’t possibly be that simple. But according to a retired GP friend of mine they have produced about the same success rate as any other treatment, including surgery.

    Meanwhile, thanks for your inspiring posts. By the way – I did grow the 60 day Rabe this year. It grew OK, but my husband didn’t like it so the rest of it went to seed and I dug it all up and threw it away.

  8. Hello Mrs Thrift,

    Although I am normally a regular Friday night reader I have had a mad summer and only just got around to a catch up last night….. I will miss your blogs but I’m glad that you are trying to give yourself a break. I have learnt a huge amount from you but still have much to learn as I battle against weather and pests in Northern Ireland. I’m sure I will still be looking back at your posts as the months pass to see what I am supposed to be doing!! Your break might actually give me time to do some of the things that you do that I would love to but somehow never find the time for. One day I will make my own bread, wine, jam, washing powder etc!!! (And decorate my house, and sucessfully grow some vegetabes!!)
    Being a Leicester girl I also loved your LCFC posts and pictures of Western Park. My parents’ house looks right out onto it). Nice to have that connection.

    Bye for now, thankyou and enjoy, Nikki xxx

  9. Hi Mrs T, I only just found your blog this week while looking for recipes to use up a glut of courgettes! I really hope all goes well for you and yours. We used to have 5 dogs at home but they are all gone now (and in our pet cemetery in the garden). Judy reminds me so much of our wee terrier Pete from 15 years ago as he had very similar markings. Glad I found your blog before your break and maybe read you again some time if you choose to return. In the meantime I’m going to try hard to do some of your recipes justice (courgette and cheese scones to start with). Big virtual hugs from NI 🙂 Louise x

  10. I used to look for your post every Friday at 4pm if I was at home.
    Took a break from all blogs about July this year as it was taking up a lot of my time.
    Just looked to see you have taken a break.
    I always thought you packed a lot in, made me look very lazy to be truthful.
    Do hope you soon feel much better & will be back writing.
    I am reading again now, though not to the extent that I was.
    Best wishes,
    Angela (Devon)

    • Hi Angela…I’m sorry I’ve only just seen your kind words. I am feeling better and the break has done me good. I am hoping to start writing again in the New year, but not sure when. You are right about blogs though…they do take a lot of time up if you let them lol.

  11. Hello there, just wanted to wish you and yours a really Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year. I hope that you feel that you are recovering. Thank you for your blog, you have been quite an inspiration! xx

  12. Hello Mrs Thrift, i am just sitting at my kitchen table filling out my diary & calendar for 2017 and for some reason i thought of you and have just read your last blog from back in August 2016. I do hope that you are begining to feel a bit better and hopefully you will resume writing those wonderful pieces sometime soon, giving us all a glimpse into the Thrift household, as i have found your hints & tips truely wonderful & inspiring. I do wish yourself a fantastic new year ahead & here’s hoping you are blessed with lot’s of health, some wealth & shed loads of happiness in 2017. xxxx

    • Hi Sharon and thank you so much for thinking of me. Yes I am feeling much, much better and I have been thinking a lot about starting to write my blog again…..I keep putting it off incase things get too much again and I have to once again stop writing. I do miss writing it though and catching up with all the lovely comments I get.

      Any way, Happy New Year to you and hopefully you will hear more from me soon.


  13. Hiya – I’ve been using your blog a lot recently as I am preparing for the coming year. I hope you have enjoyed Christmas and new year and am quietly hoping to see your return for 2017. If not, I hope you’re well and feeling yourself again 🙂 Take care, Tracy (was The Croods) xx

    • Goodness that is spooky…I had just a few minutes ago gone onto your blog and left a comment saying how amazing your small holding is coming on and I have just checked my blog and found your lovely words. Im really glad you have found my blog useful as that was the purpose of me writing it lol

      I am planning to come back soon, but I’m not sure when as things are still hectic here…but hopefully soon.

      Anyway, a belated ‘Happy New Year’ to you and your family XXX

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