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2013, where did you go?

Last year was stupidly busy and I think it's OK to accept that sometimes some things have to give way. I my case it was this little corner of the internet, as well as a lot of crafty time, that was sacrificed for other things.

What other things I hear you cry? Well without banging on too much they were moving house and my job. It wasn't all work and new home hunting. I did cram in a fair bit of travel and adventure and if I find the time I'll do a spot of retrospective blogging about that.

Where does that leave me now?

Over the last few months I've felt the urge to blog, so I'm starting here. I also occasionally feel a tad hypocritical as my day job is running a blog site, and I don't want to lose touch with the insight I get from keeping my own blog.

Hopefully this won't be one of those "I'm back" posts followed by weeks, if not months, of silence. I've had a weekend at home, which has been a rarity over the last five months, catching up on my allotment, a spot of knitting, as well as some well needed down time reading a book. Yes, a real life paper book. I've got a few things to say about all of that so... watch this space....

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