This Blog Will Save Your Life.

On April 11th last year, my birthday, Teenage Son set up a WordPress blog for me. That was his gift. It took a full six weeks to summon the courage to write My First Post but, from the instant I  hit that Publish button, I was completely hooked.

This song will save your life. Leila Sales. Young adult fiction. Book review.
This Song Will Save Your Life. Leila Sales.

My birthday and bloggy-versary was perfect. I walked the dog through the murky rising mist and then came home and threw the photos I took  up on the blog. I had promised myself a day off but I could think of nothing I wanted to do more than show you how green my morning was.

The sun appeared so the Small Girl and I had lunch in the garden at her miniature picnic table and then snuggled together in a deck chair to read a chapter of Little House In The Prairie.

After that, we sat quietly a while and listened to the bees arriving.


Middle Girl insisted that we squeeze an episode of The Gilmore Girls into our afternoon and I didn’t object.

I made pizza, our official food of birthdays.


Teenage Daughter made my birthday cake. The recipe for Rachel Allen’s blueberry baked cheesecake is here. At my request, the blueberries were replaced with brandy-soaked sultanas and some homemade mixed peel which the kids detest. It turned out just like the cassata cheesecake I remember from Italy. Scrumptious. The kids still didn’t like the peel so…more for me!


There was a lovely bundle of perfect presents.


And then, we danced. Well, Small Girl and I danced while Husband made the tea.


D’you know what? Cyndi Lauper should be on prescription.

Another chapter of Little House (she loves it!).


Then bedtime for Smallest.

Later,  we watched Alan Bennett’s The Old Lady And The Van. I read the book years ago and would have killed to have seen the play. Teenage Son was adamantly against my movie choice but I reminded him of how often I’ve endured Star Wars and he settled down. If you haven’t seen it yet, I urge you to watch it soon. There is a nice review here with the story behind the film.

The combination of Alan Bennett’s exquisite writing with Maggie Smith’s extraordinary talent is heart-melting. The very last scene might be my favourite closing scene ever.

There’s a voiceover, towards the end where Alan Bennett says,

‘You don’t put yourself into what you write, you find yourself there.’

That’s it, really. That’s what this blog has done, and continues to do, for me. I’ve typed up a card, to remind myself.


I have found joy and solace here. I have laughed and cried at this desk. I have discovered a portal to a world populated by decent, kind people.  I have found inspiration, encouragement and friendship. Thank YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for finding me.


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28 thoughts on “This Blog Will Save Your Life.

  1. Happy, happy birthday. I totally get what you mean about blogging (I actually had tears in my eyes as I read your post). Gorgeous photos (especially of you and your children). Xx

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      1. Thank you so much.
        Maggie Smith on stage…what an absolute joy that must have been. I shall wander about the house practising saying ‘probably’ with emphasis.


  2. Happy birthday and happy blogiversary! I have followed your blog for a while but this is the first post I am reading…the cake looks really good…you have great children ☺

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  3. Oh Lynda – my favorite post of yours ever. What an enchanting, lovely day you had. Happy Birthday, and Happy Blogiversary! I’m so glad you are here and that we met and we are friends! Some day….. I would so love to come to your country! Some day….

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    1. My Italian deli-man gave me a great tip. Add about 20% polenta to the flour. It helps the texture and makes the dough easier to handle and the pizza crispier. Anyway, the shape hardly matters!!


  4. I love what you say about ‘a world populated by decent kind people’ of which you are obviously one! Congratulations on your one year of blogging – it’s a wonderful thing.

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  5. Lynda, your as beautiful as your pictures of your lovely home and garden…..Happy Birthday to you my dear Irish friend…..Happy Birthday to you….you kinda have to sing that part…LOL looks like you had a wonderful day…..and dancing is always part of any celebration….LOL Enjoy the week, as I believe that our birthday should be all week, and my daughter claims a month at times….LOL

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