This week I’m grateful for…blogging

Oh hi there! Thanks for stopping by via Maxabella’s page I hope you’ll find yourselves comfortable while you’re here. It’s warm – the fire has been on for hours – because I know for some of you that aren’t used to the cold that it can be a bit of a shock when you get here. I got some fresh flowers in honour of your arrival and there’s plenty of champagne or wine in the fridge, tea or coffee or hot chocolate – so pour yourself a little something, come sit by the fire and tell me what you are grateful for this week.

This week I have been busily preparing for my 5 years of blogging anniversary which happens next week. Yep! 5 years. I still can’t quite believe that I am over here plugging away most days. I’m putting together a giveaway with stuff that I love and I’ve been overwhelmed by people’s generosity. I can’t wait to share it with everyone!

I also had a lovely real life visit with Bron earlier in the week. It is always such a joy to meet bloggers in person – it’s different to catching up with regular friends because you know exactly what they have been up to. You can ask about recent joys and struggles and talk about everything because they know all about it, all about you. You can squeal about new paintings, about cushions, about baked goods and they just get it. I’m so glad I got another chance to see Bron and I hope it’s not too long before we see each other again. Somehow I don’t think it will be.

It just so happens that I’ve had a whole lot of new visitors to my blog through Fat Mum Slim a few weeks ago, and then again on my post I did on the back of Mrs Woog’s birth stories and I guess through your visit today with Maxabella. I have received endless comments and emails of support and laughter, friendship and just the old “I so get where you are coming from”. Not a day goes by when I don’t thank my lucky stars I started blogging. The true friendships and support that I get from it has literally saved me from going completely bonkers whilst raising two small kids. Heck, I wouldn’t have even contemplated moving to the country if I didn’t have an online community that comes with me wherever I am.

So. This week, despite all I have to be grateful for – new paintings, my fabulous baking skills, a warm bed a {pretty fancy roof} over our heads a husband that loves me and healthy children, I am grateful for blogging.


  1. Yay to being the host for this weeks grateful! Loved Maxabella in your chair this week!

  2. Thanks for having me. Lovely to visit your blog. I am grateful for somewhere to link my gratefulness!

  3. Thank God you lit the fire and chilled the wine … I too am grateful for blogging. Would not have me you otherwise x

  4. Great to meet you! I scrolled down and love your house! ill be back, 🙂

  5. Coincidentally, it’s blogging and bloggers that I’m grateful for this week after finally getting to meet some in real life. And thanks for the hot chocolate. Delish! 🙂

  6. Can I please come over for a hot chocolate in front of your fire?
    Thanks for hosting xx

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  8. Amen Sister!

    I went straight for the champagne of course… it was delicious, thanks! 🙂

    I love the blogging world. There are times where I’ve wondered why on earth I blog and then I snap back to it and see all the amazing people I’ve met (in real life and online). They give me so much inspiration and like you say, they get me. It’s not quite like anything else.

    Thanks for hosting lovely Beth. Cheers. xxx

  9. ooh how cool!! xxx

  10. Thank you for hosting us this weekend Beth. Five years of blogging – that’s huge! I hope it has given you just as much joy as it has given to those who follow you. xx

  11. Thanks for hosting! Congratulations on your 5 years of blogging. Wow. We have the same little birdies in red. Cute!

    Gill xo

  12. Congratulations on 5 years! I’m on 5 months and just love it. I’ll have some champagne and plonk my bottom on that amazing aqua chair if you don’t mind…

    Thanks for hosting this week 🙂

  13. Lovely grateful list, Beth – and congratulations on five years! That’s amazing!

  14. Wow, five years! And was me feeling like a granny-blogger after nearly THREE! Congrats Beth!
    I got a smile on my face the second I landed on your sweet styley blog; I thought, thanks Maxabella, for introducing me to BabyMac.
    Love your trifid-flowers, your china birds. Your cool simple blog-design… and the welcome mat you rolled out for your visitors…
    Nice to be here!

  15. Hi Baby Mac, great to be here. I love your flowers and the fireplace is great. I’m just popping out to the real world but I’ll be back later for a cup of tea and a look around:)

    Congratulations on five years xo

  16. What a wonderful lot of gratefuls. It’s so wonderful for the online community. I call it my ‘happy place’. And it certainly is with people like you here!

    So glad you’re hosting the thankful linky today. Your flowers are beautiful, and I sincerely had wished for your fire this week!


  17. Thanks for hosting …I have visited your blog before. There are so many gorgeous blogs I never have enough time to get around to everyone.
    I love the memes for this reason.

    “Heck, I wouldn’t have even contemplated moving to the country if I didn’t have an online community that comes with me wherever I am.”
    Ditto for me too..we are halfway here , just haven’t sold our house in Sydney yet.
    No way would I have moved if we didn’t have internet here.
    PS I love our fire here today too.

  18. Thanks for hosting and nice to meet you 🙂 Life would be a little sad without our saturday gratefuls 🙂

  19. Couldn’t agree more. I love the online community.

  20. Glad I found you, and My are you a wonderful hostess!!
    I am grateful for blogging and grateful it led me here today to meet you! Congratz on 5 years! Can’t wait to hear about it :o)

  21. Thanks for hosting! That is amazing that your have been blogging for 5 years. I have been blogging for a bit over three, but only got up the courage to start a public one this year, before that it was just for my family. Blogging is wonderful, nice too meet you!

  22. I’m with you on blogging – certainly saved me from going bonkers when I started last year! Lovely to meet you via the divine Maxabella. I’m so jealous that you got to meet her!

  23. I’m sitting in one of the white dining chairs. Im eating standing rib roast AND porkbelly. Because that’s how I roll (literally after that lunch!). I’m sipping Piper. Its my favourite, but I’m a good sharer.

    Thanks for having me. Happy Saturday! Is there some blue peeking out where you are? We are scoring some here!

  24. Wow 5 years! Here I was celebrating 100 followers 😉
    Thanks for hosting this week Beth!


  25. I’ll have a mug of hot chocolate please 🙂
    Thanks for hosting this week, it’s nice to meet you.
    I am ever so grateful for blooging and the wonderful friends I have met.

  26. Thanks for hosting. I am a new follower to your blog.

  27. I tried to link up but it may not have worked because I used the word ‘bloody’ in the title… sorry! Will try again!

  28. so good to pop round to yours Beth!
    I LOVE, love love blogging aswell as bloggers in real life ♥

  29. Hi

    Thanks for sharing your blog with me. WOW 5 years I’m new to blogging only started this month failed last time, would love for you to visit and join me I’d be very grateful for all the help anyone could give me.

    Will visit you often now I found you

    Always Wendy

  30. joining up a little late but i couldn’t miss it!
    Five years of blogging is amazing, you are so inspiring dear Beth. I would love to be sitting by the fire and sharing a bottle of something alcoholic with you. {i’ll drink anything!} Hopefully we will meet one day.

    Enjoy the weekend and thank you for hosting! xx

  31. Oh Beth, thanks so much for being the hostess with the mostess! Looks like it’s a pretty big job this week too – have fun 🙂

  32. Thankyou for hosting “grateful” this week ! Your opening paragraph was one of the very best I have read in blogging land in a long time. Have a very happy weekend, Dee x

  33. so lovely to find your blog and i love your grateful post too… i completely agree 🙂

    have a gorgeous week x

  34. Yay, thanks for hosting. Was in your ‘hood also yesterday, i didn’t want to leave, my sister had to drag me out of her house to continue back to Canberra. Have a gorgeous week & fun with those sweet girls of yours, love Posie

  35. Congratulations on 5 years! I am fairly new to blogging and can only hope to still be at it in five years. Beautiful blog, Beth!

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