The end of an era – but another door will open

The steady flow of posts on this page has been the material I wrote for our local newspaper – the Taranaki Daily News. That all stopped in its tracks this week. After 14 years, I am no longer their garden writer.

While a little surprised at this sudden turn of events, the relief was instant. I realised that I had become bored churning out an endless flow of material to agreed formats. It is time for new challenges. In the short term, this means that there will not be the three new articles every Friday. Without the discipline of a newspaper deadline, posts will be random. But I am a compulsive writer and exploring other outlets, so something will continue, even if I am not yet sure what that will be.

In the meantime, I have had a lovely week in the garden, beavering away on a particularly troublesome border. To be free from deadlines has been liberating. I will not miss trying to come up with fresh ways of reminding people what to do in the garden week in and week out, 52 times a year. Over morning coffee (with home baking here, as a rule) I would pose the question to Mark and Lloyd every week as to what we should be doing and most weeks they would look back at me with blank looks. And I was running out of ideas for Outdoor Classroom.

I will miss doing Plant Collector and my column, particularly Collector which is fun to write so that may well continue. A number of people subscribe to this website and receive new posts direct to their email address. There is no charge to subscribe so if you have been in the habit of visiting each week, you may prefer to sign up, while posts are less predictable. Mind you, it looks better on the website than it does in email format.

Best regards,

4 thoughts on “The end of an era – but another door will open

  1. Chris

    That’s a shame. Thanks for the great information over the years.
    I hope you do find some time to keep some posts going.

    1. Abbie Jury Post author

      Wow, that was a quick response and thank you for your comments. I will keep writing – but probably in different formats.

  2. Jim

    I’ve been following your blog for the past six months and love it. Sorry to hear about your joblessness. More time in the garden then, hey?!

  3. Peter Martin

    Great pity- I have really enjoyed reading your weekly postings – informative ,interesting and with a nice balance of humour and serious advice. I hope the opportunity will return for you to resume at some stage.In the meantime enjoy a well deserved break.

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