As you know I am sometimes a bit rude about things that annoy or irritate me. Take my post last week for example. When I say rude things about Downton Abbey (although I wasn't really rude, I just said it wasn't my thing) I expect some people to disagree, alright everyone to disagree. That's fine, I wouldn't say such things if I wasn't up for a bit of argument. My intention is to amuse others as well as to laugh at myself.
Most of the things I blog about however are not contentious; what I get up to in my kitchen, what books I've been reading, what is flowering in my garden, quinces and if you're lucky the odd bit of crochet. My blog is not intended to be some sort of public service. I am not a modern day Ministry of Food handing out bossy advice. I am simply sharing things I do and things I am interested in. No one has to take any notice of what I say.
The Store Cupboard Challenge was a personal challenge to see how long I could go without replenishing my stores. I was not suggesting anyone should follow my example. I thought it would interest people. And it did, I had several emails and comments from readers who said they were having a go at something similar.
I also received this email
Hello, I enjoy your recipes and photos. This Challenge of yours is too much however , too much info, too much food, too much time given to it. Families usually have both parents working and don't have time or energy to put into you type of stocking and meal planning. They also do not have cupboards or pantries like yours at their disposal. Do the words obsessive compulsive mean anything to you? I understand it is your personal challenge but why not take up running instead . Regards,
I know very well that every blogger receives the odd unpleasant communication. I've had a few in the past but never one so unnecessary and personal. Why say this? Why? I wasn't telling anyone what to do, I was simply sharing what I was doing.
I see plenty of things on blogs which don't interest me or that aren't relevant to me but I have never felt the need to write and tell the author that I don't like what they have written. Why would anyone do that? Why would you want to make a complete stranger feel bad?
I know I should ignore it, rise above it and carry on regardless. But I've read it and I can't forget it. It upset me a great deal and has soured the Store cupboard Challenge so much so that I don't want to continue with it, I don't even feel like blogging at the moment. I'm sure the person who sent the email will be delighted to hear that. I expect many readers will think I am giving in to criticism. I know that I am.
Well, that's how it is at the moment. Luckily I have an enormous tin full of Anzac biscuits and some rather nice coffee. I hope you enjoy these photos which I took at the weekend. The red berries are woody nightshade, beautiful but deadly.