The Mouse House blog….

Is now four years old, according to the WordPress notification I got yesterday.
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Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 4 years ago.
Although this blog is only four years old I’ve actually been blogging for almost eleven years. I discovered a talent for writing when I was at school, photography had been a hobby since the age of ten and a love of camping started in 1997 with my very first weekend on Anglesey, so after becoming a solo camper in 2009 I started my first blog as a way of combining all three interests. Initially it was more of a reminder to myself of places I’d been to but if I picked up a few readers along the way then that was a bonus.
When I started this blog in October four years ago it was mainly as a hobby, something to keep myself occupied during the late autumn and winter months when I wasn’t camping, but I’ve found that in the last couple of years it’s turned into almost a full-time job. Right from the start I’ve often randomly featured places, usually fairly local, which I’ve been to while walking the dogs but joining in occasionally with Jo’s Monday Walk has encouraged me to explore places further afield and to always post my walks on Mondays, with probably more general posts on Fridays.
Many of the places I write about have a fair bit of history attached to them, history which could mean the difference between writing an interesting post and writing a mediocre one, so I can often spend hours, days even, researching the details and editing the photos for whatever I happen to be writing about at the time – and as soon as I publish one post I make a start on the draft for the next one. So if anyone ever asks me if I watched (insert whatever programme comes to mind) on tv recently the answer will most likely be ‘no’ – I rarely watch tv as I’m too busy here on my pc.
Not long ago I had a 2-week holiday from work although I didn’t actually go away anywhere. Camping was out of the question and a trip to Ireland would have produced more problems than it was worth so I stayed at home, and being blessed with good weather for most of the two weeks I was able to get out and about with the camera to places which will eventually feature on here. In fact I was so busy exploring during those two weeks that I went back to work for a rest!
Of course, there’s something about this blog which shouldn’t be ignored and that’s my lovely blog readers. It’s nice to know that there are at least some people reading my scribblings, and if it wasn’t for my readers there may not be a blog anyway, so thank you everyone for following me over the last four years – here’s to the next four, and hopefully beyond.

21 thoughts on “The Mouse House blog….

  1. Happy Blogversary Eunice, I think I may have been reading Life in the Mouse House from the start.
    Just checked my own Blogger profile and I’ve been blogging on and off since April 2005 but I have no staying power, well not as a writer but maybe I do as a reader of blogs 🙂

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  2. You certainly have been reading this blog right from the start, you were reading my camping blog first and I remember asking your opinion on my first post on here. I’m afraid as a blog reader I don’t have time to read too many but I do have a dozen or so favourites 🙂 I do enjoy writing though and love searching out new places so I’m just hoping the creativity doesn’t eventually dry up.

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  3. I’m glad you like my explorations and photos – I love something a bit out of the ordinary and the rusty old boats certainly made a good photography subject, I enjoyed going to find them 🙂

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  4. Happy Anniversary 🎊👏🏻😊

    I am not sure when we “met” but I am certain it was through your camping blog, not this one. I remember ‘finding you’ from a post on UKCampsite. I don’t think we knew each other in 2012 when Daisy arrived (although I already knew Eileen . . .) but we’ve certainly seen each other through a fair bit of “life”.

    You are right – it is the blog readers who make it special, especially those who become real friends, but I also treasure looking back over my own old blogs and remembering things which I might otherwise have forgotten, I hope you get the same pleasure.

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  5. We ‘met’ through my camping blog in 2015 Jayne and at one point I did read your blog right from the beginning – I still wish I could have met Daisy 😦 It is nice to look back over old blog posts, I’ve often had to refer to some of mine to jog my memory of something which has become relevant to a more up-to-date post.

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  6. Congratulations! I think I have been in since the beginning too, because we “met” via your camping blog first. I always enjoy what you write, both about your walks and about the funny mishaps that you sometimes seem to attract. I do agree that blogging is a stimulus to look for interesting places to go and write about. We’re not just sat at our keyboards! You’re also right about the blogging network which makes the whole experience. Here’s to the next four years indeed!

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  7. Thanks Anabel 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy what I write, though (touch wood) I haven’t had any funny mishaps recently 🙂 For many years I’ve always made a point of going out somewhere on Sundays if the weather is good but now I often go out during the week as well if there’s somewhere interesting I can photograph and write about. And comments on a blog post certainly make everything worthwhile 🙂

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  8. Thanks Jules, I enjoy reading about yours too and you always post such lovely photos 🙂 I’m currently in the process of writing up my next Monday walk, the new WordPress editor isn’t making things easy 😦

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  9. New editor is tricky but hopefully will become second nature. Took me ages to get my Six to look ‘normal’ this morning! 🙂 🙂 Here’s to another 4 years and more, Eunice. The main thing is to enjoy it, which is why I have stopped sharing the walks for a while, but many thanks for the mention.

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    1. If it wasn’t for your Monday Walks Jo I probably wouldn’t have gone to as many places as I have done over the last couple of years and I don’t think I would have bothered researching as much detail as I do, so I have you to thank (or blame! 🙂 ) for being the inspiration for many of my posts which I really do enjoy writing 🙂

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  10. Congratulations Eunice & I enjoy your blog, where you’ve been, the photos & of course your canine friends. Fuuny, I got my first camera at age 10 too,, though it was an old box Brownie & I’ve been interested in photography ever since. I’m glad to call you one of my blogpals. I’ve been slack lately & need to catch up on blog reading, but we’ve also had a “wee” break, but I had no i’net connection whilst away. I’ll try & do a post today & some more through the week. I must also get myself into gear to make 2 baby quilts, but this horrible time is sort of suffocating my mojo & spirit. Sorry about telling that, though it makes me feel better getting it out. Take care, stay safe & huggles.

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  11. I think these strange times have affected the mojo of a lot of people Susan but I suppose we just have to carry on as best we can. I hope you manage to make your baby quilts soon and I’m glad you managed to have a short break away 🙂

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  12. Being called an explorer makes me think I should be going up the Amazon on a raft or something 🙂 🙂 though I really enjoy researching the details of places I go to and things I find while out and about. I’m glad I can do it via the internet though, I wouldn’t like to be stuck in the local library looking through loads of reference books.

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