Picking your blog name – was it easy or did you ponder over it for some time? Did you know, out there in the blogging world, there is a real Garden Faerie and her name is Monica? Well there is... and she has cast her spell across Blogland…
s-h-a-r-e…. t-h-e…. s-t-o-r-y… b-e-h-i-n-d… y-o-u-r… b-l-o-g…. n-a-m-e….
My name is Shirley… when I began my blog (over five years ago now) I didn’t want people to know that! I was a secret blogger…
shirls… came about as it was a connection to my name but not really me.
Oh… but that missing apostrophe has niggled me over the years… but I was happy (yes I was) with my deliberate plan of no punctuation at the time we hit the create blog button.
Anyway, I have been called Shirls in the past and I wanted quirky and (almost) anonymous. Mm… but then I should have an apostrophe after...
Oh…. It wasn’t likely I would continue to blog for more than a few months so did it really matter anyway? Oops… got that timing estimate well wrong!
gardenwatch… came about as that was what I was going to do. Quite simple. I was going to watch my garden for a Robin to visit.
I deliberately joined the words together. I wanted a longer, descriptive word to follow a short one. Simple... or was it...
Oh... but I never considered the whole comment thing when I started blogging. I wasn't a blog follower or reader. So when it came to leaving comments... that missing apostrophe came back to haunt me once again. Preceeeding ‘says’ its abscence stood out too much for me so in the end I reluctantly dropped the shirls to shirl as my name in comments :-(
For the record (UK readers) I never considered the whole Autumnwatch and Springwatch names of the BBC programmes. I was definitely not blogging on the back of that. I was an occasional watcher of the programme at that time. Things have changed somewhat there then! I had no idea when I began that my blog would evolve as it has.
So why was I looking for a Robin to visit my garden - in winter preferable with a snowy background? Again quite simple, but a sad story this time…
My homesick friend living in Australia had lost both her parents (back here in Scotland) within three months of each other. I wanted to help keep her connection to Scotland through her time of heartbreaking grief as even after over 20yrs in Australia she was still a Scottish lass at heart.
My friend loved our cold, Scottish Winters and seeing the Robin (not known to me until the day of the second funeral). Her Mum would regularly send her items with Robins on it (from days out) when she was alive.
I started this blog to share images of Scotland and the Robin with my friend. I had no plans for it other than that. I was persuaded by my husband it would make downloading sense and it went from there. I can remember very easily my first attempts at photos and video capture for her. I am confident I have improved since then :-)
Now with a (basic) HD Video camera I’d like to get a really good capture of the Robin in winter for my friend and everyone else that has since enjoyed seeing footage of the birds that visit my garden. However, I’m still very pleased with the capture below taken in December two years ago. I had fun adding a festive jingle to it :-)
Oh my… that Garden Faerie has cast a spell on me… however… believe it or not (even now after five years blogging) I am still a bit of a secret blogger… it's funny that.
Don't know why I keep this blogging life from some family and friends. I guess I don't think they would be very interested but for some reason I do feel a tad awkward and embarrassed at thought of telling them anyway... so I don't.
For any first time visitors reading this blog, I do blog on my garden plants and wildlife as well as watching out for birds visiting the garden. I post on garden and nature reserve visits too.
I’d like to end this spellbound post with a ‘Hello and Thanks’ to Monica at the Garden Faerie's Musings, we haven’t come across each other in this vast blogging world. I found your post after seeing VP’s blog. It’s been fun reading about other blogs in via your Mister Linky list. I’ll add mine now and check back on your post to see who else has been caught by your spell :-)
This post was written by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in December 2011. The first image was by produced by Bren for the Garden Faerie.