Seven years on …

When I started to write my first blog post in March 2012, little did I know that I would still be writing seven years later!!  At the time, I didn’t know what to expect from blogging, and I was very inexperienced at writing AND using the WordPress platform!  It was a journey into the unknown, a real adventure!!

Rapids on the river Orb – a real adventure of a different kind!

It didn’t take me all that long to get into the swing of things though, and what I lacked in experience I made up for with enthusiasm!! 🙂  Looking back at some of those early posts, I realise that my writing style has changed a great deal since then, but what has NOT changed over the years??

Flowering right now: wild narcissus

Flowering right now: wild narcissus

One of the reasons my writing has improved over the years is Annie, who tirelessly corrects my posts.  The posts you read would not be the same without her valuable input!  A big THANK YOU to Annie for her invaluable work!!!

A toast to Annie!

Writing has certainly given me a different perspective on things – just as improving my photographic skills has made me look at my surroundings in a different way.  When I hear people talk about their journeys, I realise that I am on a kind of journey too, and writing (almost) every week has helped me to find a path!

A path near Saint-Chinian, lined with flowering broom

Here are some statistics, for those of you who enjoy them: 🙂

  • There are 331 posts on this blog (this post will be No. 332).  The very first one was posted on March 7, 2012.
  • Up until March 11, 2019, the blog had been visited 40,418 times, and 106,309 page views had been registered.
  • My busiest blogging year was in 2013, with 52 posts!
  • The all time favourite blog post is “The secrets of Tarte Tatin – explained“, followed by “Oranges and Lemons” and “Saint-Chinian, the place to be“.
  • The busiest day on the blog was August 7, 2015, when I posted “Art everywhere“.
  • Visitors to the blog have come from 133 different countries – the top five countries in terms of visitor numbers are USA, France, UK, Sweden and Canada.
  • There are over 2,500 comments on the blog!!
  • No surprises for the last one – food related posts attract more likes and views than posts on any other topics! 🙂

Thank you to everyone who has been following and reading this blog!  Thank you for your comments – I love reading them – keep them coming!!  And lastly, thank you for sharing the posts with your friends, and for sharing them on Facebook and Twitter – I love having new readers and reading new comments and perspectives.  And I love the fact that it is all spreading the word about Saint-Chinian and the area!

Made for sharing!

High five

It’s party time this week!!  I am celebrating the fifth anniversary of this blog – anyone fancy some bubbly??

I can’t quite  believe that I published my first post on March 7, 2012 – it seems such a long time ago!  That first post was titled “Do you enjoy walking?” and looking at it again, I can see that my style has changed a great deal since then!

It all started with John Bojanowski, of Clos de Gravillas, telling me that I should have a blog, that it would complement the midihideaways website.  Five years, and 253 posts later, I am still finding new things to write about!!  It’s been a highly enjoyable experience, at the same time broadening my horizons and my knowledge of the area.

Some statistics:  there have been 23,668 visitors to the blog, and the most read post of all time was “The secrets of Tarte Tatin – explained!“, which was published on November 30, 2012.

Tarte Tatin

The second most popular post was “The great big mimosa party …” from February 15, 2015.  The Fete du Mimosa is still an annual event in Roquebrun!


Figgy Jam“, which was published on September 11, 2015 was the most commented on post!


A gourmet walk“, about a delicious walk in Saint-Jean-de-Minervois, published on July 15, 2015 was also very highly commented on.  This post was number 2 as far as comments are concerned.

Walking along the vineyards

Walking along the vineyards

The busiest day for the blog was on August 7, 2015 when “Art everywhere” was published.


Visitors to the blog come from all over the world and it is read by 713 regular subscribers/followers, plus a number of readers who access the blog via social media and by recommendation.

All this would not have been possible without the unwavering support from Anthony and Annie – a huge thank you to both of you – you deserve medals!!  And thank you to you for reading and commenting and liking the posts!

Do you have any favourite posts?  Is there anything you would like to read about?  Please complete the poll, and leave your comments in the section below – I always love hearing from you!  Here’s to the next five years!!