One of the great things about coming back after being away for a week or so is the sheer pleasure of doing the rounds of all my favourite blogs and discovering what is going on in your worlds. After just a few months of communal blogging - it took me two and a half years to discover other bloggers existed - I seem to have friends all over the world : friends with whom I share the ups and downs, challenges and absurdities of day-to-day life. Therefore it is a great pleasure to visit all my friends and see what they have been up to. A's started a new blog; B's started a new book, C's got a new job, D's much happier, E's starting afresh, and Abraham Lincoln has taken yet another fabulous bird picture!! I suppose it is the kind of gossip amongst friends that many lucky people take for granted : but I always listed the difficulty in keeping up with mindless day-to-day gossip as perhaps the great disadvantage of being deaf. That is just one reason why all the friends I have made via blogging - and all their news, all their joys and all their sorrows - are very special to me. If the title of this post "Doing The Rounds" makes it sound like some kind of routine chore, it is far from that. It is a delight.
(I apologise to any of my blogging friends who don't see themselves in the above composite illustration. You are there, I assure you, it is just that in the course of editing the image whilst watching a football match on the TV I seem to have lost several layers of faces!)
Finally, an announcement about a relaunch for Sepia Saturday. Kat and I are working on a new dedicated Sepia Saturday blog which we hope to have up and running in time for the coming Saturday. As soon as it is half-decent we will post links.