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daily parcels * tied up in string *

daily musings of a vintage addict * I am totally obsessed with all things vintage * trying to keep up with my past...and sometimes ordinary everyday life

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Location: Katoomba, NSW, Australia

here I am in a little cottage that evokes the energies of my ancestral lands - a cottage on the moors of Cornwall, or on the cliff tops of Ireland or Scotland. It has a hearth. I am a hedge witch {of sorts}. I wear upcycled clothes, patchouli oil and Redback boots. I am a gypsy; an eccentric and a mystic [I often live with a foot in two worlds]. I serve my guests, tea from an old silver teapot. I love Vervain, yarrow, chamomile & mint. Star watcher and Moon gazer. story cloth weaver. keeper of family dreams and wishes. good friend and creator of life. herbal tea drinker and potion maker.

Plan ahead and dream of all the beautiful things that life has to offer

February 23, 2006

oh! that chatter in my head

first of all this post is in no way saying that I AM RIGHT - it is very early morning head stuff that I need to get out. Please don't take it as a personal attack.

I think to much! nearly a year ago when I started this 'blog' *I really like to think it is more of a journal* as I detest the word blog - I wrote about housekeeping, my garden and then ms*louisa's wedding became just about the sole topic of my chatter. some of you started to comment, lots of you started to comment and sadly I got excited about that. someone was actually listening to what I had to say. then I started to care if anyone was listening and if I didn't get a comment, I would worry myself sick if I had offended them in anyway. I tried to steer clear of politics and religion as I have said before my grandpa always said don't discuss either of these topics with friends. Sometimes, I would comment on what I had read elsewhere on other 'journals' - I do read alot of 'journals' & this taking time out from the computer has really knocked me for a six. I read somewhere that the blogging world isn't real - hmmmmm. It's real for me, is that wrong? I have a real life then have a real online life - stemming back to the year 2000 when I had my hysterectomy & diagnosed with cancer the following year and the only support I could find anywhere was online through an online support group. there was no 'real' life support anywhere. AND those ladies who supported me through it all are still my friends. AND with that experience, I am still able to support others going through the same thing I did back then. to me that is REAL.
I love the many ladies I have met through this 'journal' and enjoy meeting others along the way - much like pen friends back when I was a little girl. I guess we all won't keep in contact forever, but I am sure I have made many life long friends here. The ladies who I know through blogging are 'real', aren't they?
I love your comments - and I love commenting on your 'journals' too - but I am making no decision to take time out on a regular basis. I do have time away from my computer, more than I am on it, actually. Enough time to keep my home the way I want it ( well, most times) enough time to garden and to craft and I have a happy balance for ME * with love ms*robyn


Blogger BrocanteHome said...

Well done you! That's a lovely, positive, authentic post and you are right: all friendships, on or off line are real. Have a scrumptious day Robyn!

8:35 am  
Blogger Flossy said...

You know what? As long as you are happy and comfortable with what you do, then that's all that matters Ms*R!
And as far as I'm concerned, you are definitelt a "real" friend to me :)

Love you lots xxx

8:42 am  
Blogger Mindy said...

I so happy to hear that you are going to stop journaling any time soon..whew,I was worried!!! I love the truth that comes from your journaling and that inspires me to no end!! Thank you Ms. Robyn for being real!!! Hugs to you!

9:06 am  
Blogger melissa said...

Hey, tell those voices in your head to quit picking on you.:)

But, really though...I think some relationships online are "real" and some are just fakes. There are folks out there pretending to be what they really aren't. Well, that happens in 3-dimensional life as well, don't you think?

Just wanted to share my thoughts and tell you I think you're neat!

9:16 am  
Blogger Peggy said...

I think in our little "blog neighborhood" that we are real. I think we have all become good friends and really care about each other, our lives and families. I have gotten lots of prayers from my friends here and I know they were answered. I am guilty of not always commenting but I visit my friends every day I am on the computer just to see how their day or life is going because I care and I always get great ideals, recipes, etc too! If someone takes a day or few days off I check back often anxious to read whats new with them. So yes Ms. Robyn,its okay to not take a day off the computer and its okay to take a day or 2 or 3... just don't go away for good because you are the head of our community and keep a smile on our face and lots of swaps for our enjoyment. You can't be wrong no matter how hard you try. *smile*

9:31 am  
Blogger Kali said...

I think your very real ms*robyn and really special too :)
I'll always keep on doing what feels right for me and makes me happy...
And I'm glad you are doing the right thing for you.

9:34 am  
Blogger Kristy said...

Thank you!I have only been around for a few weeks and have already been questioning whether I am 'good enough'.I started this 'journal' as exactly that, a journal for my girls.So why do I find myself checking and double checking for comments?You've just made me realise that as long as I true to myself that's all that matters.So Thank you again!

9:36 am  
Blogger Amy said...

Yep, all of us are real and invidual, totally understand your need to take some time out.

11:33 am  
Blogger Calidore said...

Hey Real Friend
had a moment of panic there thinking you were going to give up journalling. I'm so pleased you aren't. I know I don't always comment, but I do read your blog/journal daily and get so much inspiration from it. Like you I read the posts about taking time off from the puter. I seriously don't think I could do it. It is like having coffee with friends everyday and catching up on the news. Mum describes our blogs as the old fashioned sewing bees. She says what is the difference between catching up on line, or getting together in person to have coffee and chat. That's how women are. And this is my Mum who thinks puters are scary.
Keep being real my dear, that is who you are and I for one wouldn't have you any other way.

Love and hugs
Your real friend


11:52 am  
Blogger Alice said...

I like the title of your posting - at the moment the chatter is only in your head. Can you imagine what it would be like if we all got together - we'd all want to talk to everyone at once.

Just do what you're comfortable with Ms Robyn. Spend the time you are happy with, if you receive comments - that's wonderful - if not, I'm sure it's not because anyone is upset by anything you have said or done. I know I read your postings each day and I usually comment on those that I relate to (you see, I DON'T really love housekeeping, but I'm glad that you do and that you write about it because many others do relate to those posts.)

So just relax - after all, why do you think you have so many internet friends? It's because they like you the way you are, not for the way you might wish you were.

I wish you a lovely day, each and every one of them. XXX

11:59 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to say what everyone else already said! I'm so glad you're not planning to take time off from your journal.

4:23 pm  
Blogger Nicole said...

Ms*Robyn... I want you to know that your journal was the second ever journal I had read.. and your journal thus inspired me to start my own.. I read your journal every day - every single day! I love hearing about you and your thoughts, your family and your vintage loves. I love your swap group and I love your friends, some whom I have adopted, some who have adopted me. Sometimes I even start to worry why you haven't posted into your journal, and am grately relieved when you catch up. I don't think my life would be the same without you! I know it wouldn't. True friends are friends for life... and I am not going anywhere!

8:15 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

Hey Robyn,
I'm 100% sure that you are real and I can assure you that I'm as real as you and like Peggy said, I think everyone in our online community is real. If we wouldn't be real, we couldn't do the swaps and send each other cards, letters and stuff, right? And isn't it great to have friends from all over the world? I love it! And don't worry about getting comments, we all love to get lots of comments and don't always get them because maybe somtimes the reader can not relate to the post or he simply don't have the time to post a comment. You can see how many readers you have when you write posts like this one though.
Hugs xox

8:30 pm  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Ms Robyn! If you aren't real, who the hell is sending me all this lovely stuff? And who sent you all those old greeting cards?? Yep, we are real, all right! Seriously, I know what you are getting at; there are people out there (and I used to be one of them) who scoff at the concept of making friends on the Internet, people that you will probably never meet in person. But as you said, it is just like having penpals as we did when we were kids...HEY! hang on - I've still got about 5 penpals! Does that mean I'm still a kid? (Probably)

12:28 am  
Blogger ~NanCourt~ said...

Oh, you all are "real"! I was just at the local flea market this morning. What was going through my head? Well, I picked up some really old books. I first thought of Peggy at Hidden Haven Homestead and how she would love the early 1950's North Carolina State Horticultural Truck Farming paperback I found. Then, I thought of Alison and how she would adore the 1947 "1003 Household Hints" book. I knew Ms. Robyn would swoon over the vintage aprons and brooches I discovered, and on and on. You see, I feel closer to many of the ladies here than I do real life folks. I think it is because I seek out and enjoy those who share my passions while it is harder to find similar people in real life. Most gals think I am a bit daft because I would rather dig through a dusty, musty box of junk that stroll through the mall! So, hats off to you and all of my other gal-pals online! I am a huge believer in virtual being real since my life partner was found online, almost 11 years ago! He was, and is, very, very real!

4:36 am  
Blogger Maggie Ann said...

Dear Robyn, you are a 'real' friend indeed. I love your candid way of sharing your life with us, and you journal things we all think about at times. Not to mention the beautiful way you format your journal...its lovely! You make vintage something special, to treasure...not just old faded things, but 'awe' moments. Our Grandma's would be pleased that we find such solidarity in handling and treasuring the things they have touched and valued in thier lifetime. It makes the ground beneath our feet more solid and comforting. It makes the purpose in our lives more toward God...looking up and onward in faith. Your support group that you spoke of has a vital and precious ministry to a world filled with hurting and scared people. I know that from the support I received from Doctor's and Nurses who ministered encouragement and empathy to us when our 16 year old precious daughter was not going to survive A Plastic anemia. God uses people like us to help others, doesn't he!.... I'm thankful for blogs/journals...and the very real wonderful people that write them. My son jokingly calls my blog friends my 'fantasy' friends. I just laugh. My husband comes home from work and tells me many things about the people on his mail route. I remind him...my people on my blog route are just as real and I am sooo fond of you all. Online journaling/blogging has put so many smiles on my face it would be impossible for me to count them. And I care about your lives and at times, pray for you too. Love from Maggie Ann (who is stealing a moment on her son's laptop.)

6:05 am  
Blogger Sharon said...

I think like everything the word here is BALANCE... People do get caught up in the blogging world and can start to replace real life with this reality... But heck, that has happened all through our exsistance... Look at TV - not so long ago people used to sit in front of it all the time and believe what they saw was real life...Anything that becomes an addiction changes the reality of the participant...

There is no subsitute for quality -as the old saying says.. Real life is quality and you sound as though you have an pretty even mix of that side of the computer to this side of the screen...

I too, from time to time question my comp time...And like you I am aware that 'for everything there is a season'... Maybe my on line friendships will fade - but then again so have some of my real friendships 'died a death' - nothing will prevent that... I think that as we grow and change so does our immediate 'local' world -it is the nature of the beast...For the precious present miss_robyn enjoy this medium and the friendships both locally and globally it has bought to you....

8:34 am  

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