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The continuing saga of a blog problem

Hello, everyone,

I am in touch with a very helpful person regarding my blog and she is trying her best to resolve the problem.  I had suggested to my computer guru that I close down this blog and open a completely new one but he suggests I continue to try for a while at least.  So I shall. I’m really sorry I can’t add photos at the moment, but I could tell you about what I’ve been doing and books I’ve bought, but I would far rather save these things until I can show you as well as tell you. 

However, I would say that summer has returned to Torbay.  Today I had an appointment in Babbacombe, one of the pretty areas of the Bay, and as my brother in law also needed to go to Torquay, we collected him en route and took him with us, and then the three of us had coffee at the Babbacombe Bay Hotel’s Café which I’ve shown previously on a blog post. 

It was a glorious day, forget-me-not blue sky, the occasional cotton-wool cloud, a clear view across Lyme Bay as far as Portland Bill in Dorset, and at the café, a riot of colour from the flowers.  I felt I wanted to feast on the colour as much as on the cheese scone I ordered.  And then, once home and investigating the post that had arrived, I saw that the first of the autumn blub catalogues had arrived – and we’re not even into August yet!  I’m sorry to say I don’t want to look at bulb catalogues on a hot summer’s day. 

As it was so lovely we decided to give simply enjoy just being in the garden, not even dead-heading the cosmos.  We bought baguettes on the way home, and we had those with locally produced Cheddar cheese and Devon chutney (an apricot chutney) and I opened a bottle of Katy Cider (i.e. cider produced from the Katy apple, which is a very pale, rather sweet cider and quite delicious on a hot day.)  I also bought a couple of Danish pastries and we munched on those as well, a lovely little (and affordable) treat.

Then two more appointments late this afternoon. The first was a gentleman from a carpet and flooring company. We need new vinyl flooring in our upstairs bathroom so he came to measure up and we quickly chose the flooring we wanted as we’d been in his shop at the weekend and saw some that we liked – he brought the pattern book so we could put the chosen style (a plain, stone-coloured vinyl) against the bathroom suite (which is champagne colour) and we agreed a price. 

Then an hour later another gentleman called to quote for professionally cleaning our hall, stairs and landing carpet, and we were delighted as his price was much the same as if we had hired a rug cleaner and the fluid from the local supermarket and done the job ourselves.  We thought the convenience of a professional cleaner would come at a higher price than doing it ourselves, but no, it does not.)  So we were very pleased; new flooring at a very reasonable price, and our carpets to be cleaned, also at a very reasonable price.

And now, it’s well past midnight here, it’s actually Wednesday morning 25th July, so I will say goodnight and hope that service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Until next time.

About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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18 comments

  1. Of course it’s lovely to see your photos but I’m still enjoying just reading what you’ve been doing. Other people’s lives always seem so much more interesting than your own. But I hope for your sake that you get things sorted out soon because I can tell you are finding it frustrating – as I would.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Alison … yes, it’s frustrating but it’s a first world problem, not a third world problem and in the great scheme of things, it really isn’t that much of a problem, is it? Just a blog I write for fun, etc, just annoying. Thank you for saying you enjoy reading it. Yes, I find other peoples lives infinitely fascinating, even if it’s only the daily things we all do, like how others hang out washing, what they put in their supermarket trollies, even the papers and magazines they read. I might post again later, but there will be no photos until my blog is sorted out, sadly.

  2. Dear Margaret – I nearly suggested to you that you start a new blog – perhaps it may be the way to go if no resolution is forthcoming.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Rosemary … I hope it won’t be necessary to start a new blog as I’d have to get my computer man to set this up again for me, I find things really difficult, being totally clueless where the technology is concerned, and I don’t want a blog with awful pop-up adverts. But he has suggested that I try a bit longer, so I shall.

  3. simpleliving31.blogspot.co.uk

    I am glad you are on the road to fixing the problem it would be a shame if you had to start over again, hopefully it won’t come to that.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Marlene. Yes, I hope it won’t come to having to set up another blog. I am still hopeful my current one can be ‘fixed’.

  4. Rosemary Haines (of Rosie's Ramblings)

    Sorry to see you are still having problems, Margaret and I hope they will be sorted very soon.
    You gave me quite a start with your last comment – on Wednesday (tomorrow!) I have made plans to take my grandchildren to Perranporth beach, where we will meet up with friends from Derbyshire who are holidaying in St Agnes. I just dashed into the kitchen to check my calendar, dreading that I had ‘lost’ a day somewhere. Phew! Quite a relief to know that it is still Tuesday!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Sill me, Rosemary! I meant, it was Tuesday morning. It was gone midnight and I was quite tired but unable to sleep. I sort of missed a day there! I have never been down to St Agnes of Perranporth. Indeed, we seldom go into Cornwall, preferring Devon, but there are lovely places in Cornwall, too. It was just that we had a holiday close to Mevagissey the year before last and it wasn’t very good, the place seem so drab compared with Brixham, a similar fishing community, but whereas Mevagissey looked like the people have given up, Brixham looks clean and tidy and had a vibrancy about it lacking in the Cornish village. Yes, it’s still Tuesday!!!

  5. Eloise at thisissixty.blog

    Well you know my thoughts on Brixham, Margaret! I love it’s vibrancy and bustle. We took the children to Perranporth several times when they were young and they loved the beach there. There was also a shop which cooked delicious hot. Fresh donuts and we would buy them to supplement our picnic lunches. Oh, they were so delicious!
    Your day sounds like a nice one doing things that are just a part of everyday life (not that I am suggesting that buying new flooring is an everyday activity). I like days like that.
    Glad you are posting, even sans photographs. I do hope it gets sorted out soon. Computer issues are so frustrating.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Eloise, for your comments. That donut shop sounds wonderful! Yes, I like ordinary days like I mentioned, and today has been much the same, with some food shopping and we also drove home via a different route, through some pretty countryside which made the trip out, even ‘just’ for food, that bit more special.
      Off to bed now for an early night.

  6. I hope you get your blog sorted out soon, it would be a shame to have to start a new one and lose all your original posts. One of the things I enjoy about blogging is being able to look back over previous years and see what we were doing at a given time, I get quite nostalgic reading some of the posts, especially when the children were younger.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, I would hate to lose them, too, Jo. The woman from Fiverr can sort it out but I’m not having trouble making my payment to this website company. I hope that can be sorted, customer services is trying to assist me. I’ve only been blogging for a year, it will be the blog’s first anniversary on the 17th August. Can’t believe how the year has sped past so quickly since I made my first tentative post!

  7. Sorry to read that you have been having problems with the blog Margaret, like others I hope that it doesn’t mean a whole new blog especially so near to the first year Anniversary! Fingers will be crossed.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Elaine. But I have good news – well, I hope it’s good news. I managed to make the payment, at long last the website accepted my payment. Now the person who I’ve engaged to help can start work and I trust before long I can be back, posting again (with photographs.)

  8. Such a palaver. I haven’t had a problem with Blogger, which is free, and I don’t engage in advertising so its pretty painless blogging. Maybe that’s worth a try.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Mary, and thank you for sticking with my blog over the past week or so since the problems started. But now I’m up and running again, thanks to the very helpful woman I met via the website Fiverr; she has been very helpful indeed. I love the look of the blog now, with the new photo of Torbay from Berry Head Hotel.

  9. It’s awful when technology lets you down as so often there never seems to be a logical explanation to the problem because you haven’t done anything different. I have a new laptop and I am having files transferred from my old one to new one, I’m dreading it incase it goes wrong! I often watches hubby attack his iPad with his finger, hitting the screen because it isn’t doing what he wants it to. Good luck.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Tania … well, the problems seem to be over! I had a wonderful person which I found via the website Fiverr, and she has worked tirelessly on my blog for a couple of days and completely transformed it. I’m truly delighted with it. I hope now to be able to download photos and write some new posts! Thank you for looking in, and I hope you like the new look blog.

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