The stories of my life on a little island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea ... and my occasional adventures beyond these shores.

Monday, 18 January 2016

A little look back

I just realised that last week, the 12th to be exact, was my seventh blog anniversary. (Wow, seven, I cannot believe it's been that long). This is the first time in seven years that I am mentioning my blog anniversary. It's not a big deal, really, but there it is - proof that I can start something and keep going at it, even when I want to give up. My first post was without photos, frills or flounces and was simply called About Me - no prizes for guessing what I was talking about. Seven years ago I was clueless buy I've learnt a few things along the way. Taking better photos was one of them.
Today I would like to take a look back at my ten most popular posts (according to Blogger stats) during these seven years. I thought it would be fun for my newer readers to re-visit some of them.
This is the only entry from 2015 that made it to this list. It is a whimsical look at one of my favourite public gardens. A garden with a wonderful view and one which, in my imagination, I have made mine. That's the beauty of having an imagination - everything is possible.
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It was Jeanne, from Collage of Life, who came up with the idea to write down a list of meaningful words. The list of words that I came up with summarised my life - up until that point. It would be interesting to repeat the exercise every few years to see which words change and which remain the same. In reality, I don't think that there are many words that will change. The list will just get longer.
I usually stay away from the computer during the weekends but sometimes, on Fridays, I will choose a theme and try to write something really light and fun. Just something to make you smile before the weekend madness. After family, friends are the most precious people in our lives. And when they are friends that we have known since childhood, they are even more precious. This is what this post was all about.
This is probably one of my favourite entries. I remember that when I was writing it, the words just seemed to flow out of my fingertips and I was really happy with the end result. It was just one of those perfect winter days, when spring is in the air and anything seems possible. Add a little discovery to the mix and it just makes for a wonderful little adventure.
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This was a meme I was tagged in where I had to share with my readers things like: Four things on my wish list; Four things I'm looking forward to; Four places I'd like to go. You get the picture. It was an easy way of sharing some information about myself and letting my readers get to know me a bit better.
A rather long title for a post in which I wrote about my favourite music.  Reading it again I've realised that I had over-simplified things quite a bit. Maybe  it's time to write another post about this subject.
Love, the feeling that best defines our humanity. This was my take on the most talked-about sentiment of them all.
Tangerine Tango was Pantone's Colour of the Year for 2012. I am not the type of person who follows the dictates of Pantone. I use the colours that I love when it comes to our home and to my clothes. Sometimes Pantone's colour of the year happens to be one of my favourite colours. But, more often than not, Pantone can say what they  like. I will stick to the colours that I love best. I mean, seriously, who really goes and changes all their home decor because the colour of the year is Tangerine Tango one year and Emerald the next?
Image via Pantone
Ruby Tuesday was a photo meme in which each person had to share a photo with something red in it. All the participants would then link up and  visit each others' blogs. It was a fun and easy way of getting comments  and making new friends. It also kept me on the look-out for red things to spot, which isn't difficult because red is one of those colours that really stands out. In this particular entry I had shared some photos of the little sight-seeing train that goes around the town of Rabat and which my son, then aged three, absolutely loved to ride.
Another Ruby Tuesday post; I am not sure why this is the most popular entry in all my years of blogging. It is really short and the photo is not particularly  nice. My guess is that it became popular because of the word 'vintage' in the title. I know that a lot of people search for all sorts of vintage items on the internet. Ths sign was an advert for Campari and I came across it while on holiday in Tuscany in the autumn of 2009.
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We were visiting the beautiful, walled-city of Lucca and they happened to be having an antiques fair. I absolutely adored it and there were probably about thirty things that I wished I could have brought home with me. Alas, I listened to the voice of common sense and left them all behind. But should any of you wish to take a peek at some of them, you may go here. I just wish that I had posted larger  versions of the photos.
So there you have it. I am disappointed that none of the pieces in which I wrote about my travels have made it to the list. It seems that Fabulous Fridays are quite popular - maybe because they are usually light-hearted little pieces that don't take too long to read. If any of you are visiting some of these posts and finding missing photos that I had linked to from Pinterest, I apologise. For some reason, the links are broken and I learnt a valuable lesson.  These days, I only use my own photos (except when talking about Pantone, I suppose). Your encouraging comments have helped me improve and, nowadays, I rarely need to rely on someone else's photo - even though I have always given full credit when linking to photos from Pinterest.
I hope you had fun visiting some of the pieces that I wrote when this blog was still fairly young.  Let me know what you think.


  1. Hello Loree, Congratulations on Seven Years of Blogging. Well done and looking forward to your continued posts. The photo of the door and magenta pink walls is breath-taking. Whoever painted this wall did so with determination and love. You make a good point when you say the more popular posts are sometimes the shorter and simpler ones. This I find is true
    Wishing you a great week
    Helen xx

    1. I too love the bold colours of that old house. It is quite a sight.

  2. Hi, Loree. Happy blog anniversary. I'm celebrating my 9th this year too. :)

  3. TA DAH!!!!
    YOU are still here with many MORE STORIES to SHARE!
    I have to TELL YOU I did buy a table a garden table at the LUCCA FAIR many moons ago and put it in my luggage and brought HOME!I still have is inside the house NEVER outside where it was intended to be!I NEVER listen to REASON.................I also had the Mother in laws home to leave it at if I couldn't make it FIT!

    1. How like you to do something like that. I think we would have had a blast if we were at that Fair together. I hope to go back some day.

  4. Congratulations! I don't even know how many years I've been blogging. I understand where you're coming from because there are several times I feel like giving up or deleting my blogs. However, I find something that would inspire me to keep writing and taking photos. I don't have the gift of words and I struggle at most times, but I guess I compensate with my photos.

    1. You take some beautiful photos Kayni and I love it when you share the ones of your travels.

  5. I will celebrate my 10 blog anniversary in August ! I also can't believe it ! and I wrote every day ! For the moment I read my blog from the beginning, and realized that I had learned a lot and very much improved my English. I also have met such nice people from all over the world. So I think I am ready for the next 10 years ! As I am retired I wouldn't know what to do the whole day without blogging ! It forces me to go out, take pictures to find new things to write about. And I love writing !

    1. Wow, then years is a long time. But blogging is an interesting experience and we get to 'meet' so many nice people.

  6. Dear Loree - congratulations on seven years of blogging. I know I certainly have enjoyed your lovely posts. Your writing always touches my heart. Photos are just beautiful friend. Take care and have a great week. Hugs!

    1. Thank you Debbie. I enjoy visiting you and seeing your wonderful paintings.

  7. Happy blog anniversary Loree! Seven years is a great accomplishment! I loved reading about your top ten posts. Such an interesting and eclectic range of subject matter. Good luck with your ongoing blog exploits - I will certainly be along for the ride!


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