Thank you and goodnight

Much as I enjoy lounging around in the blogosphere – reading other people’s blogs as well as writing my own – it does take up a considerable amount of time.

Sometimes one has to let go of one thing in order to take hold of another, and so it is that I’m taking a sabbatical from this blog in order to attend to other things.

A big thank you to all the tearooms that have provided much of this blog’s fodder, to everyone who’s read my posts and to those who have been so loyal with their comments. Thanks also to all my fellow bloggers who have provided me with such entertaining and stimulating reading material on their own blogs.

I wish you all the very best in the meantime, and look forward to a reunion in the future (with scones).

– Lorna


A treacle scone recently consumed at Woodlea Tearoom, Sandhead.


66 thoughts on “Thank you and goodnight

  1. Lorna you will be well missed! I too know the double life we lead as bloggers, nonetheless I know you will have wonderful things to share with us in the near future! Much love & luck to you always!!! x

    • Thank you Alice, you are such a stalwart blogging chum and if anyone knows about juggling different lives it’s you! I look forward to hearing about your future too, and to catching up with your foodie ambitions anon. šŸ™‚

  2. Thanks for taking the time to blog. Have enjoyed dipping into and out of your posts – time permitting. We are all time poor these days with one thing and another. Good luck and best wishes. x

    • That’s true Morag, and thank you. It’s difficult to choose what to spend time on sometimes, but I feel better for having decided to take a break from this for a while.

  3. Hi Lorna, it’s strange that I was going to email you this morning as I was wondering how you were. I can fully understand how blogging can eat up all your time, and then there’s all the other stuff like Facebook, Twitter etc! I hope that your Sabbatical frees you up, and gives you the chance to pursue your dreams and desires. I shall miss you, though! šŸ˜¦ Take care of yourself and when you are about to cut into that squishy chocolate cake, please spare me a thought. Very best wishes also to your delightful assistants.

    • Thank you Jo, I often wish I could stretch the hours out a bit when there are time-consuming things competing with each other. I’ve cut down a lot on social media, but something else needed to go and unfortunately it’s blogging for the moment. I will certainly spare you a thought when I next cut into a squishy chocolate cake, in fact I’ll raise my cake fork to you in a toast. šŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind wishes to the delightful assistants, they’re very appreciative of the comments they get on here.

  4. You and your adventures will be greatly missed! Hope you enjoy your well deserved sabbatical, and come back refreshed and ready to share those delights with us again!

  5. I will miss your virtual edible delights, but I know what you mean. I hope you have lots of fun (and scones) in the real world to come back and tell us about.

  6. So sad Lorna, but I know how you feel. we’l miss you and the delightful assistants tales but enjoy your sabbatical. Fingers crossed you’ll pop back up in my blog reader in the future

  7. I will so miss you, but I certainly understand. Just do come back….. and don’t forget those scones šŸ™‚

    Wendy in NH

  8. I have been missing your presence in my blogging world Lorna. It’s good to hear from you and I understand your decision to take a rest for a while. I will miss you but I wish you many more adventures and I hope you have a wonderful summer.

    • Thank you Alison, I’m sorry to have suddenly dropped out of your blog comments because I know how much I’ve valued your comments and those of other bloggers on here. The trouble is that I’ve been following so many blogs – all well worth reading – that I haven’t had the time available for other things. There are just too many great blogs and not enough time to read and comment on them all, sadly. I hope you have a great summer, too. šŸ™‚

    • Thanks Dallas, I wish you well with your blogging break if you take one; as sad as it is to withdraw from the blogosphere, it’s amazing how much time you can free up to do other things. I’m honoured that you’ll think of my blog when you have a cream tea.

  9. Lorna, you will be missed:( Good luck on the next journey and I hope to sometime have tea with you in the future! Cheers:)
    ps if you ever find yourself in Los Angeles, please look me up:)

  10. I look forward to you resuming posting in due course, Lorna – I just came across your blog recently. As well as being a dedicated ‘tea jenny’ (as we said in my family), many of your reviews were of teashops in my neck of the woods (I live in Broughty Ferry). Please also pass on my best wishes to Delightful Assistant number two – we worked together at the Royal Observatory in the mid- to late- 1980s; Bennett interviewed me in 1985 for my job in the Visitor Centre. Although I no longer work in astronomy education full-time, I have many happy memories of that time!

    Best wishes, Brian Kelly

    • Thank you Brian, what a nice connection to find on my blog. I showed your comment to my dad and he struggled to remember but thought he could just about stretch his memory that far (he’s 85 now, so he has a good excuse). It’s always nice to meet another tea jenny. šŸ™‚

  11. Oh Lorna I’m going to miss your blog, delightful assistants and lovely photos of treats! I know what you mean about blogging taking up a lot of time. I too have cut down on working on my blogs and although I miss it there are other things that need to be done. I look forward to your return and hope you enjoy yourself and have fun. And keeping drinking tea!!!!!

    • Thank you, Doodlinggal, it sounds as if you understand my predicament precisely. It’s not that I don’t want to keep blogging and reading other people’s blogs, it’s simply a matter of freeing up a bit of time at the moment. I will most definitely keep drinking tea! šŸ™‚

  12. Well, I had a feeling you were up to something like this…you have been a true inspiration and I shall seriously miss you. If you get to Southern California…let me know, I shall be happy to make you a proper cup of tea (or maybe even get you into trying an iced version šŸ™‚ From the first day I posted on my blog, you were there with your positive comments and insights. I will truly miss you and hope your endeavors are vast and fulfilling…all my best and yes…keep drinking tea …it’s good for you šŸ™‚ Enjoy Linda

    • Thank you Linda, that’s very kind. I didn’t remember that I’d been there from the first day of your blog, that makes it worse that I’m disappearing for a bit. I have a feeling that I won’t be able to completely stay away from certain blogs and even if I don’t make my presence known I may well be lurking in the shadows reading secretly. šŸ™‚ If I ever get to Southern California (and I would love to, one day) I can’t think of anything I’d like better than to try one of your iced teas. I need to try a proper one in the right surroundings, but until then I promise you I will keep drinking hot tea, and when I have a lovely whole leaf variety I’ll raise my teacup to you. šŸ™‚

  13. I will certainly miss your posts but understand. I have cut back myself lately as we are making plans to move to Spain in the next few months. It is a lot more work than I imagined. I also have a new book out so blogging has had to take a back burner. I do hope to see you here again. Your posts are interesting and delicious! Maybe once I am in Europe, I can check out some of these fabulous tearooms you write about. All the best.

    • Wow, that’s big news, Darlene – moving country and continent! And a new book out, too. Is this the Amanada in Canada one? You have a lot going on at the moment, and very exciting stuff as well. I wish you all the very best with your move and with promotion and sale of your book. If Amanda ever makes it to Scotland I hope she finds a nice tearoom or two. šŸ™‚

      • Yes it is Amanda in Alberta – The Writing on the Stone. I’m sure she will make it to Scotland one day and to be sure there will be a tearoom or two in it.

  14. I’ve been wondering about you and hoping everything was okay – but kind of thought perhaps you were just plain enjoying life too much to be blogging! I will miss your writing and photos, but I really do understand needing/wanting to step back from it.

    • Thanks Annie, I knew you would understand. In a way you’re right, I have been just plain enjoying life with other things, and it’s quite a relief in a way to decide not to blog for a while. I’m sure I’ll be back when I’ve had a good break from it all. I wouldn’t want to give it up entirely, it’s such a joyful world to be a part of, and I look forward to being reunited with you and my other blogging chums anon. šŸ™‚

  15. Lorna, I’ve so enjoyed your blog and will miss it – well done, my friend. However, I certainly understand how busy things can get and how life ends up taking us in other directions. May you and your delightful assistants find great happiness where ever your journeys take you. Lucinda :0) xo

    • Thank you Lucinda, the one thing I miss from cutting back drastically on social media is your Facebook page, but I think I can allow myself the odd sneak in there now and then to feast on your beautiful treats and china. I’m already enjoying the slight change of direction my life’s taking, and although it’s sad to lose touch with blogging, it’s also refreshing to have a break from the norm. šŸ™‚

  16. Lorna, please don’t stop your lovely posts! They, and you, are so perfectly charming…only when you can manage, of course. So, if you happen to be doing something you want to share, write a vignette..doesn’t have to be an adorabe tea room, could be anywhere or anything. It’s your point of view that’s so refreshing!

    • You’re very kind, Marian, and such an encouragment to me. I did originally think of just cutting down, which is what I’ve been already doing this year, but then when the odd person asked if everything was okay I thought perhaps I ought to make a little announcement. I should have mentioned that the delightful assistants are in tip-top condition as well, to allay any fears anyone might have on that front. I have a feeling that when I come back from my blogging break things might be a little different. One of the things I want time for now is doing other sorts of writing, so that might inform a new blogging chapter, and you can be sure that if I start a new blog I’ll be trying to recruit followers from this one. šŸ™‚

  17. Oh this is sad news for me, Lorna! But of course you must take a break and not feel that blogging is a chore. You write so entertainingly that when you come back, we will once again flock around. In the meantime, enjoy life, and a big hello to the two Delightful Assistants. Take care!

    • Thank you Christine, there’s something in what you say about it becoming a chore. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing blogs and reading other people’s blogs, but it’s quite a relief to feel that I’m having a break from it all. The pressure’s off and it feels freeing, which is very nice. The delightful assistants say hello back. šŸ™‚

  18. Well I’m certainly not going to “like” that post Lorna? How on earth are we going to know where we can go for delicious scones and cakes. I’ll really miss your wonderful descriptions and photos. So make it a short break please and all the very best with the other activities that you engage with!

    • Thank you David, it’s very nice of you to suggest it should be a short break. There’s nowt like feeling wanted. šŸ™‚ I have every confidence in your ability to seek out tasty treats, and if ever I was unsure of where to get a decent cheese scone you’d be the person I’d turn to for advice.

  19. Well I can’t like this post. šŸ˜ž So sorry to hear that you will no longer be blogging on this blog. Will you still keep your book blog going? I will certainly miss you Lorna. You have been an inspiration to me.

    • Thank you Heather, I was thinking about you when the Tour de France was in Yorkshire, I imagine you were enjoying it from afar. I am still doing the book blog but I’ve made it private now. I originally started it as a record for myself, but decided to make it public in case anyone might be interested in reading it (which you were, thank you). It’s not that I don’t want anyone to read it, but it takes the pressure off me, knowing that I don’t have to produce a readable post for every book I finish. I’ve so much enjoyed your blog that I’m sure I’ll still be popping in, even if I don’t appear in the comments box. I’m also quite sure that I’ll be back in some form or another in the not too distant future. šŸ™‚

  20. Hi Lorna, I’ll just say so long for now and I hope that one day soon you and the delightful assistants will be sharing more wonderful adventures! Take care… šŸ™‚

  21. I’ll miss seeing your blogs pop up in my reader, but, as an occaisonal blogger, I can understand the need to focus on other things too. Wishing you well in your other projects and hoping to see you again soon.

    • Thank you, it’s a pity you can’t stretch the hours out a bit when you’re doing something you enjoy, isn’t it? Too many interesting things to do and not enough time to fit them all in, but a change is as good as a rest, as they say.

  22. Well Lorna that is a real shame but I entirely understand how much time it eats up (especially as your posts are so involved). Even I have have struggled to deliver and my posts are far much simpler. I have learnt a lot about blogging from you and you inspired me when you published your book so I hope as Jo Woolf suggests that this is a sabbatical and that you will return in the future. All the very best Scott (took me 4 days to write this ha ha)

    • Thanks Scott. Unlike me, you work hard on taking and presenting beautiful photos just the way you want them, which must take up a lot of time on occasions. I’m still looking forward to that lighthouses book. šŸ™‚

  23. Hello Lorna, ill tidings indeed, but I hope the title of your posts means there will be a good morning to follow.

    As probably my oldest blogging buddy, I shall really miss reading about delicious cakes and fascinating history and seeing your terrific pictures of all those beautiful locations up in Scotland. And I shall very much miss swapping comments with you too.

    But I hope your down time gives you the opportunity to do all the other things that are important to you and we get to banter again with renewed vigour on your return to the blogosphere!

    All the best


    • Hi Finn, thank you very much. That’s a good way of putting it, I feel sure that there will be a ‘good morning’ one of these days. You’ve given me the title of my next post. šŸ™‚

      I didn’t realise I was one of your oldest blogging buddies. I don’t feel I’ve been doing it for that long but it’s about two and a half years, which is perhaps a fairly long time in blogging terms, I don’t know. I look forward to renewing our banter, too. šŸ™‚

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