Introducing ‘Picnics in the Rain’

When I first started my blog, back in 2012, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted out of it. I enjoy writing and having at the time just moved house and gained the bigger kitchen I had long dreamed of, I thought it would be fun to start sharing recipes and the like. However I didn’t have the dedication to blog regularly. When I finally fell pregnant with Rosalie in 2013 I was too nervous to blog about my pregnancy, until the third trimester.

After Rosalie was born I thought I would use my blog as a way of recording all the little developments she went through, so that we could look back and remember those things that pale into significance as new skills take over. As I became more comfortable in my ‘new mum’ skin, I found blogging to be a relaxing way to reflect on my weeks, as well as providing an opportunity for me to share some of my experiences with others.

In the last few months I have really begun to find my ‘blogging voice’, and, during my Christmas break, I have been focusing my thoughts on the direction I want my blog to take in 2015.

So, without further ado, I introduce to you…

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Why ‘Picnics in the Rain’?

Because I want my blog to symbolise the childlike enthusiasm thrown into all activities that I remember from those halcyon days of my youth. Looking back, I remember spending the whole summer holidays in my swimming costume, in the garden, in the paddling pool, on the swing; but I know that can’t be the case, can it? I also remember many many family picnics, sometimes planned and well executed at the beach, other times as part of a day walk, sitting on bin sacks in unpredictable weather, sipping soup from a thermos held with chilly fingers. I remember learning words and reading books, getting smiley face stickers when I did well with maths and playing my recorder (badly) with my sisters. We cycled the lanes, made perfume from petals and grew beans and radishes in the garden. Sounds idyllic doesn’t it?

Well, I want Picnics in the Rain to be about finding the jolly side of everything, seeing the good in the bad and staying positive when the odds are stacked against you.

This blog is about good old thrifty, wholesome fun. Giving Rosalie a childhood akin to that which I had (all be it viewed through rose tinted glasses!).

I hope you will stop by regularly in 2015, and thank you for reading.

Jess x

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  • Reply
    Vickie Rich
    December 30, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I love your new blog name!

    I too can remember spending entire summers in my swimming costume, although since we occasionally lived in some very cold countries I know that my memories can't be wholly true. πŸ™‚

    Here's to you and Picnics in the Rain having a wonderful 2015! Vx

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    Kim Carberry
    December 30, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I love the new name!! Good luck!
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2015 x

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    Jess Eliot
    December 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Vickie, I'm glad you like it. I deliberated long and hard before taking the plunge and changing it.

    It's amazing what time does to our memories isn't it?!

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    Jess Eliot
    December 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Kim! Happy new year to you too x

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    December 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Lovely new blog name, suits you perfectly!
    Happy new year to you!
    Becky xx

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    Jess Eliot
    December 30, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Thank you Becky πŸ™‚ Hope you had a lovely Christmas, and Happy New Year to you too. Jess x

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    January 1, 2015 at 6:06 am

    Oooh how very exciting! I Remember summer picnics in the rain too – happy memories and a lovely name for the blog!

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    Jess Eliot
    January 1, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Thanks Carie πŸ™‚ Halcyon days indeed! Jess x

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    Katy F
    January 1, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    I have been meaning to pop back and comment since you posted this! LOVE the new name!! So exciting that you have found your blog voice! I loved your blog before and am excited to see how it develops!! Happy new year lovely! xx

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    Jess Eliot
    January 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Aw, thank you so much Katy πŸ™‚ Your comment has given me a real confidence boost! Happy new year to you too xx

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