Thursday, January 30, 2014

mette...

Mette from Finland wrote an interesting blog called metscan.
She was a refreshing unique voice on Blogger and her savvy decor and fashion posts were always a thrill to read.
She showed us a glimpse of what life was like on her horse farm just outside of Helsinki.
I followed her and read every post that she wrote and commented frequently.
I miss her.


When our 18 year old cat Stickley died, we got a new kitten, Pepper.
Mette was so thoughtful and she graciously sent a card and a pottery bowl.

In the past few months mette stopped writing and has made her blog available for invited readers only.
I have been unable to contact her since she has gone private.


I understand why some people stop blogging and writers cite various reasons...
everything from a new job to the birth of a child or to the death of a loved one or even worse, a personal illness.

If memory serves me mette mentioned that she was not sure that she had much left to say or perhaps she was bored with it all. I sensed a very intelligent accomplished woman behind the scene.
Recently she became a grand mother and has a beautiful grand daughter M and her world has changed immensely.
Perhaps she has become much more active in her role of nurturing her family.

Did you read mette's blog?
Do you miss her posts and comments as much as I do?

Tabitha of Bourbon and Pearls was going to pack it in and then her blog was inundated with traffic in the thousands and she realized how many people were going to miss her and now happily she is back in action.

I just want you to know mette, if you are reading this post just how very much I miss your voice.
Thank you for all your posts and comments over the years they meant a great deal to me.

Here are some archival photos and I chose Red as the theme as it is the language of love and Valentine's Day is only a few weeks away.



This is how we used to communicate...a payphone or a landline.
We still have a landline in our Humble Bungalow.


It's a vintage phone and it works.
I love the clicking sound as one dials the numbers.


Solitary rose hip.


Julie's delicious dessert!
The Valentine's dinner from a few years ago.


Jelly beans for a sweet treat.


"An apple a day keeps the doctor away"


Come and sit awhile...


Primula's perking up a grey winter's day.


A wee grand daughter's toes and a grandmother's bangles.
(a recipe for some fun)


Mette commented on "what's in my handbag" on November 12, 2012
a post that is getting a lot of visitors on my blog.
I attribute the increased interest in that post by the fact that readers are searching far and wide to find mette and the metscan blog.

Hope that you are having a great week.

Our hot water tank is on it's last legs and the plumber will be here today.
Outside it is still dark and there is a torrential downpour so I am going to cocoon with my cup of tea and stay cozy
under the duvet for just a few more minutes. I think I need the warmth of a second cup to help me face the day.

"Keep Calm and Carry On"
XO

35 comments:

  1. I liked Mette's blog, I didn't read it religiously but would pop in, she had that slightly ornery quality which most of us Euros have which doesn't seem to exist across the pond, blog wise, I liked that she was also very opinionated, it was a different space to visit.
    I still ask myself, why I am doing this? Its very much at odds with my introvert self. If I go again, it will be quietly, no big good-byes!

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  2. Generally speaking Canadians are very polite and we are known for this trait. Having a passionate perspective on issues that are controversial keeps life interesting don't you think?

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  3. Thank you for posting this. I am a regular reader of blogs but rarely comment. I find it puzzling when bloggers just disappear. I am hoping all is well with Matte as her blog and her comments on many other blogs were always honest.

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  4. I must suffer from separation anxiety!
    I honestly hope that you don't disappear on us again...

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  5. The blogs we read become our circle. It can be unsettling when someone leaves.

    Because if everyone left, to whom could I say, "Hey! My hot water water just had to be replaced too!"

    ;)

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    1. That's a perfect explanation. They do become our circle.

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  6. Ha ha Hostess, I must suffer from separation anxiety too! I get beyond depressed when a favorite blogger like Tabitha drops out. I LOVE the idea of putting up "taking a blogging break" sign to combat burnout -- even if that break is a year or so!

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  7. I read mette's blog occasionally and always found it refreshing to hear her opinions. Tabs is right about most blogs from this side of the pond. We seem to hate to be controversial.

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    1. That seems to be the plight of being Canadian...we are too polite.
      I can still hear Mother admonishing me if I was a bit catty....she'd say if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all!

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  8. I too miss Mette. I would usually read each time she posted. I rarely comment on any blog but wanted you to know I also enjoy your blog. So down to earth and most of your posts really hit home

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  9. I read Mette's blog and even won a giveaway -- a pair of lips! I really enjoyed her minimalism and her photos of her home. I also enjoy your blog very much so please keep writing :)

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    1. Thank you Kathy...I write when I feel I have something to say and judging by the amount I post I guess I am a chatterbox!

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  10. I miss Mette too. Blogging can become a chore rather than a pleasant hobby so I understand if this is why she chose to go private, but I notice she was posting pictures of her beautiful grand-daughter and I wonder if this is why she has put the privacy blocks around. I understand this as I worry about blogging with my daughters... I never feature them on my blog except to discuss their antics very occasionally, if I wasn't afraid for their safety "in the world" I would post pictures. Even still, when I share things I worry.
    It can also be tiresome to write a blog and other things take over... I have the feeling that I want to bin my blog every couple of months, usually I just ignore the blog for a week or so and the feeling goes away... it's the connections or "circles" as Lisa put it so well that keep me blogging. I've met some of my best friends through my blog! I love this community, and I don't want it to be temporary.
    Thanks for this post Hostess, and if Mette is reading, I miss you I really do and I hope you are well.

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    1. Have you ever seen Blogging with no obligation on a blog side bar?
      Blog writers are free to write or not write when and if they feel motivated but it does not mean that their faithful audience will not miss their posts.

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  11. A very nice post for Mette. I often visited her blog through another blogger who no longer posts. I enjoyed her, because she kept one on one's toes. Just a note, I always enjoy stopping in for a visit at the bungalow. Thanks!

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    1. Bonnie I just read a few of your recent blog posts I am a follower now...thank you!

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  12. If Mette is reading, I want her to know that I enjoyed her blog. I read several blogs and consider the authors to be my kindred spirits. I will miss having access to her blog. I totally understand wanting to have privacy for children and grandchildren. And, I do understand that writing a blog can become a chore. I hope blog writers do understand the fun and joy they have brought to their readers. I get up most mornings at 6am and come downstairs to make a full breakfast for my husband and me. While cooking, I so enjoy checking in on the various blogs that I read. I follow your posts with great affection for you personally. It's an extension of my circle of friends.

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    1. My morning routine involves tea and blog reading...we do not get the newspaper anymore and I find blogs much more authentic. I like to keep up on the circle of voices that connect us all.

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  13. I just found your blog today! I don't usually comment very often myself, but I know how you feel when someone just goes off the map. So many bloggers that I followed and enjoyed reading just stopped. Some had an explanation and others didn't. I don't blog, but I just can't imagine anyone having nothing else to say which is the reason a lot use. I can imagine that it might get tiresome, but once a week or month couldn't be all that bad. Glad I found yours today. I'm sorry I never got a chance to read any of Mette's.

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    1. Welcome Galestorm...with thousands of blogs out there I am curious how did you stumble upon The Humble Bungalow?

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  14. I miss Mette too! Her style, her honesty and interesting opinions, and most of all because she made us think. Mette, I hope you return some day. Hostess, I enjoy your blog too: lovely red images today.

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  15. I never had the opportunity to read Mette's blog. In reading her comments on past posts of yours, Hostess, I tried to reach Mette's blog and found the privacy block. After reading your post and everyone else's comments I can tell I really missed something. I hope Mette is well.

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  16. I agree with all that Mette is missed. I loved that look at her life in Finland, which is not a country that I know much about. I, too, hope that all is well with her and that she is enjoying life as a grandmother.

    I am so appreciative of all the bloggers that I read. Even though I don't blog, I feel a part of the community when I comment now and again - it's a nice feeling!

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  17. I've had a few blogs I just loved go private. It's a bummer...but I get it. I think when you know who's reading you're able to be a little more open. I'd imagine she wanted to be able to post grand baby photos and know exactly who was seeing them.

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  18. I read Mette's blog regularly, and miss it now.

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  19. I did not read Mette's blog but sounds like I would have enjoyed it. I enjoy the voice in the Humble Bungalow. As a fellow Canadian, but from the east, I look forward to your comments about clothing, homelife and life on the island. Your blog is spot on in my lifestyle. Thanks for your continued efforts. Pat

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  20. I miss her, too. I didn't get a chance to read often, but I always managed to catch up with her at some point during the month. I was also wondering what happened - hopefully she will see your post and know she is missed. . .

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  21. There could be so many reasons for a blogger choosing to make a blog private - I've heard of family members insisting, of copyright fears etc.
    Your images today all made me smile - Point no Point is one of my favourite places when I want to retreat a little.

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  22. I have a lovely ceramic "egg" that Mette sent me when I won a contest on her blog many years ago. I have also missed her voice, forthright as it often was, and I wish her all the best in the wonderful adventure of grandmother-hood! But I agree that there are so many reasons to draw the blinds. . . the anonymous commenter on my post today reminds me of that! ;-)

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  23. She did give us notice and hints to the reasons so I can understand but I do miss her frank honest point of. Jew bc she did have a unique voice but perhaps she will be back soon?

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  24. I didn't know mette, but having departed from my blog for a over a year and only recently returned, I understand all too well the "pressure" to keep blogging when other things in your life are demanding attention. Sometimes your public life does require that your blog go silent for a while, and I also another blogger who was being stalked because of the personal pictures she shared on her site.

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    1. Rebekah, I found your blog right before you posted your good bye post. I just hated that. I was so so happy when I saw you were posting again!!! (Don't know how to reply as anyone except Anonymous, but I'm Charlotte in KY)...that's why I never comment

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  25. I also read Mette's from time to time. My husband is Finnish so I felt she was a kindred spirit.
    I recently stopped blogging, due to repeated emails with veiled "concerns" about me being robbed. They informed me that some photos can reveal my geographic location, and perhaps I best stop posting photos. This came on the heels of an FBI Victim notification that a St Louis Missouri person who has been incarcerated (after an FBI sting, arresting her for selling an agent a fake Hermes Birkin) will be released in Dec. 2015.
    I'm struggling to figure out how to navigate the internet, and also maximise privacy .


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  26. I followed Mette's blog for quite some time. Sorry to hear she has said good-bye. I always appreciate a peek into life in a different part of the world.

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