Friday, 18 December 2015

"By Invitation Only" - December 2015 - final post

Thoughts about BLOGGING

".....It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced 
and recommend good things we have discovered to others."


The world has shrunk since the Internet has become more accessible. 
Blogs provide a simple way for family and friends 
to stay connected from different parts of the world 
by sharing stories, photos, videos and more. 

Although starting a blog is easy, managing it is not. 
Coming up with interesting ideas, interacting with readers 
and building a community around the blog are awesome challenges 
that would force us to keep learning and growing.

 We all need to do something challenging at some points in life. 
It’s easy to slide into our comfort zones and stop growing. 
Not with Blogging though!

But - let's be honest - Blogging requires time, 
devotion, commitment, and discipline.


I started blogging as a personal tool 
to journal some of my thoughts,
La Pouyette - and Things of Life.

.....and all began with the Peonies- 
being inspired by Trish's blog (TROUVAIS)

see/read here:

Having been so much encouraged by Trish, by Gina, by friends
and followers, readers and positive comments straight away,
I've posted about "everything and nothing"....


...La Pouyette

 Guiseppe Arcimboldo

Old Master's Still Lifes

Antiques and Interiors:


Addiction - Old Linen-Hemp and Textiles:

the famous German grain sacks

"to die" for dyeing...
Monograms - Monograms.....


Music - Classic, Jazz, Country.....

Le Périgord - Chateux and Romanesque Churches:

La Campagne -

 Old stone work
Just to post about our region, the Périgord, 
it would require a separate blog.

Fashion - Armani and Jil Sander:

And then there is Oskar
who 'plays a special role' at La Pouyette:


....and so on.... I'm certainly not short of ideas, but just a little bit short of time...

At last but not least:

 To summit up:
Blogging is about sharing what we see, or want to see, in the world. 
 It’s about teaching or sharing what we know 
and what we, too, are learning. 
Some of the best and most interesting blogs started out as blogs 
that were written just for fun and to give the blogger a creative outlet.
And then - sharing happy moments - getting a positive feedback -
what a good feeling!
Dear readers and blog friends,
You have certainly noticed that I have reduced posting and commenting,
 that I have only been occasionally in the blog world.
My family life has changed and so has La Pouyette and daily life here.

My future blogging?  
Don't know yet - but will try to give my Best to stay in the blog-world.
I'll keep in mind that
Blogging brings like-minded people together. 
It can help to find those people and share opinions and thoughts.

Please read all thoughts of our blogger friends

Thank you, dear Marsha, for creating this special, 
unique and memorable Blog-event.

Thank you for all your effort, your attentions,
your encouragement, for inspirations 
and for bringing the Blog-world together.

We say goodbye - Aufwiedersehen 
'with a tear in our eyes'.

You'll stay in my mind and heart



As I'm far away of being a good writer....
 I've found interesting thoughts/reasons about BLOGGING 
here: :

"Blogging introduces yourself to the world. 
It causes you to articulate the life you live and the worldview behind the decisions that you make. 
Whether you have 1 reader or 10,000, 
the blogging process opens up your life to those on the outside. 
Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, 
the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper. 
You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them. 
Unfortunately, at this point, many will choose not to blog (or write at all)
 based on the faulty reasoning that they “have nothing to say.” 
But to that line of thinking I always respond the same way, 
maybe you just haven’t discovered yet what you have to say."

You’ll meet new people.  
"Whether it be through comments, e-mails, or social media, 
you may be surprised at how quickly you meet people on-line. 
And by meet people, I mean legitimately form relationships that seek to serve one another. 
The blogging community is friendly, encouraging, and genuinely cheering for you to succeed—
the only thing missing is you."

You’ll become more well-rounded in your mindset. 
 "After all, blogging is an exercise in give-and-take. 
One of the greatest differences between blogging and traditional publishing 
is the opportunity for readers to offer input. 
As the blog’s writer, you introduce a topic that you feel is significant and meaningful. 
You take time to lay out a subject in the minds of your readers 
and offer your thoughts on the topic. 
Then, the readers get to respond.  And often times, 
their responses in the comment section challenge us to take a new, fresh look
 at the very topic we thought was so important in the first place." 

You’ll develop an eye for meaningful things. 
"By necessity, blogging requires a filter. 
It’s simply not possible to write about every event, every thought, 
and every happening in your life. 
Instead, blogging is a never-ending process of choosing to articulate 
the most meaningful events and the most important thoughts. 
This process of choice helps you develop an eye for meaningful things. 
And remember that sometimes the most meaningful things appear in the most mundane—
but you’ll see what I mean once you get started."

 You’ll inspire others. 
"Blogging not only changes your life, it also changes the life of the reader.
 And because blogs are free for the audience and open to the public, 
on many levels, it is an act of giving. 
It is a selfless act of service to invest your time, energy, 
and worldview into a piece of writing and then offer it free to anybody who wants to read it. 
Others will find inspiration in your writing… 
and that’s a wonderful feeling."

"We all love to recommend something we have found enjoyable or beneficial
—whether it be a nice restaurant, a good book, or a new outlook on life. 
The fullness of joy is not experienced until we have shared that joy with others. 
A blog provides an opportunity to do that very thing. 
It provides a platform to share the joy we have experienced 
and recommend good things we have discovered to others."
read all:   here


Another "last but not least":
For everyone who has an online shop or web site
Blogging is, or can be a very good advertising.

Here a few images of some foreseen posts next year:

Antique & vintage French and Italian storage jars and pots
Antique Ceramic-Stone ware - wooden boards
German cake/tarte boards and antique German sacks:

 "Kitchenalia" and table ware

a small collection of Meissen porcelain

collection of tureens

Antique & Vintage bed linen

Silver and plated silver....

 linen - linen - linen....

...and plenty more will be listed soon at my etsy shop.
there will be certainly more posts about
Old Master's paintings...

...and the Périgord...


  1. What an eloquent POST!I think I heard from MARSHA that you recently lost your husband.NO WORDS as I cannot imagine that pain................but YOUR SONG PICK said it ALL!I would love to see MORE of your CAT and HOME.I have NO IDEA why I was not following you as I subscribed to ALL when I got invited to join this group!I shall try again............................just know ME and a ZILLION Other GALS want to here from you whether it's a pretty picture or YOUR FOUR~LEGGED BEASTIE!!!MERRY CHRISTMAS KARIN.........MERRY CHRISTMAS and I will send you a POEM I have titled MY FIRST CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN.BIG HUG.XX

  2. Dear Karin, I am also so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, I am also a widow, it has been quite some time since my loss though. As always I am here for you always. Blogging has been all about the amazing connection of incredible women (and men) through the years; getting to meet some and the support and encouragement of so many. With my new venture as an India Hicks Style Ambassador it has just blown me away at how many have stepped up to be so very supportive!!

    The Arts by Karena
    The Reason for the Season

  3. Oh Karin, You've covered so much territory with this post! And you certainly hit home with this: "Starting a blog is easy; managing one is not."

    We such a pleasure to come here and visit, however often you may post. Wishing you peace at the holidays and in the new year.

    D. A.

  4. Your eloquence is profound. You have meant so very much to me, personally, as well as to our group. The beauty of your posts and the depth of your knowledge always caused me pause. All so well done by someone who claims not to apeak well in English. You & I will be friends forever, my darling Karin. Thank you, thank you, thank you !!!

  5. Hello Karin,

    I have loved your blog and the variety of topics you cover.
    I understand that blogging is a big commitment and I hope you continue to write. I have not posted much of late. This year was difficult as I lost my favourite brother and my long time school friend. I hope to get back to writing in the New Year.
    Fondest wishes.
    Helen xx

  6. Very beautiful! Running a blog is hard work and time consuming. If we don't love it, it's not worth the effort. Wishing you a fabulous holiday!
    Xx Jennifer

  7. I second what Jennifer said. Blogging takes commitment and work, and my hat is off to anyone who keeps it going year after year, providing beautiful and inspiring content. Happy Holidays to you, and all the best in 2016!

  8. A wonderful description of all the reasons to blog and the joy of the community that blogging embraces. I have loved getting to know about your region in France

    I wish you much peace this holiday season Karin and am thinking of you... xxv

  9. Liebe Karin,
    trotz *Allem* ein frohes Fest!

    Morgen erklingt
    in der Klosterkirche zu Langenzenn!
    Ich singe im Chor mit.

    Ich werde an dich denken.

    ♥ Franka

  10. Dear Karin,
    First of all, I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. I hope that you are coping ..... I cannot imagine how hard it is and I have no words to make it better other than time will make it easier. You must have so many happy memories of your life together. .... I am thinking of you.
    It's a shame that BIO has ended, isn't it ? I loved doing the monthly posts and reading everyones take on the subject that was given to us. I guess that all good things must come to an end and it's time to move on.
    Your post is AMAZING as always ..... full of beautiful images, memories and beauty and a joy to read.
    I hope that Christmas will not be too hard for you and I shall be thinking of you over the coming days.
    Sending love from the UK and I look forward to continued blogging friendship in 2016. XXXX

  11. Dearest Karin, You are going through a difficult time. It is because of blogging that we met. How can I forget our first meeting. Your beautiful country house, your beautiful Ferienhaus where we enjoyed our stay not once but twice. You are so knowledgeable about so many things. We have learned so much from knowing you and from your blog.
    Your blog contains whatever it is that makes everything special.
    Yes, blogging is time consuming but so worth it when we can read about so many different topics and each one presented with great style.
    Take good care dear friend.

  12. Thank You very much indeed, dear friends!
    Thank you for your sympathy, your warm words and thoughts. I'm touched.
    This is what makes blogging special, one is never alone in the world.
    Many souls - one mind.
    Warmest greetings to all of you,

  13. We can never have too many homes to come to. We remember this here.

  14. Dear Karin,
    I've so enjoyed our blog friendship. And thoughts on gardening, antiques, travels, etc. Thanks for all the inspiration. You are very special - looking forward to meeting one day. Thinking of you!

  15. I hope you will keep on submitting new articles or blog posts & thank you for sharing your great experience with us.

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