Wednesday, November 11, 2009

You have to start somewhere.

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve been thinking of starting a blog for a couple of months. Problem was what about? I thought originally it would follow the building of our hut. Unfortunately that has been delayed a little while, so I was a bit lost for inspiration. Then I’ve become wracked with doubts. Will my writing be of any interest to anyone else? Will I start then lose interest myself? Am I ready to make public some of my thoughts & experiences?

I have become an avid follower of a few blogs and they are usually connected with food. Most of the writers are Tasmanians. I guess I feel more at home with familiar places they describe or topics they discuss.

So what will I talk about?

I do love food and eating out, but there are already several excellent local blogs:
Rita’s Bite- a comprehensive coverage of Tasmanian restaurants & cafes, thoroughly informative and entertaining- but I don’t eat out enough to warrant an entire blog on this;

The view from my porch- a look at the other side of the restaurant industry- often amusing and thought provoking, with a steady undercurrent of love of the local produce; well having never worked in the industry I obviously can’t go there;

Hugo & Elsa-beautiful photos of an idyllic life in the Tasmanian countryside, including plenty of (wickedly) decadent cakes; this one is a favourite, always a refreshing insight into an enviable life- but sends me into a confidence spin- I bake cakes but I’ll need to work on my presentation & photo skills!

Reminiscence of a Food Tragic-Thoroughly knowledgeable & instructive, describing a life-time love of food- I’ve only just begun my own journey with food, how can my memories compare?

Food Trail-an exotic ride to destinations with fantastic food along the way- travel? I do enjoy travel and certainly food is always a major factor in where I go and why – but I’m really a homebody so it’s going to look a bit lame!

Once A waitress, always a waitress-a writer with 10 years experience as a waitress, another insight into food and local eating in Hobart- gulp, a writer? Damn my science background with its near complete lack of training in communication skills!

So as you can see, I’ve nearly convinced myself I should stop before I begin.

But then there is this niggling need to share in this web community, instead of being on the periphery.

So what will I write about?

Food/cooking/eating: sure why not? It dominates my life- and is something that ought to be shared for full enjoyment rather than partaken alone.

Produce, Gardening & plants: I’m a botanist, I live with another one, what can I say? Plants are ingrained in my psyche now, but don’t worry I won’t go too heavy on you.

Nigella: the German Shepherd, not her namesake, well I may not write so much as feature her in the pictures- she certainly the most photogenic of us all, and doesn’t mind if I take her photo (in fact she expects it I’m sure). She’s my fur baby, and ironically enough, a connoisseur of food herself. Her favourite food you ask? Roast duck.

The hut: it has been my home for the last 4 years, even though it hasn’t been built, yet. We’re working on it, got the block, driveway, power & orchard sorted.

So I hope you will join me on the hut chronicles.


steve said...

Welcome Hazel! Top marks that you didn't call you blog Jabba-the-Hut-Chronicles or Pizza the Hut chronicles haha!

Hazel said...

funny, thanks Steve - we'll see how I go!

Michelle said...

Oh you're a botanist!? How interesting! Look forward to reading your blog Hazel. And thank you for your kind words about mine.


Hazel said...

Yeah- not something you think of as a child "when I grow up I want to be a botanist"!Sadly, it doesn't guarantee complete success as a gardener though.

Victor said...

Welcome to the Blogger world, Hazel! Good start and good summary of our little blogger community in the South!

frogpondsrock said...

Hello and welcome to the blogosphere. I am a Tasmanian blogger as well. I look forward to reading your blog. cheers Kim

Hazel said...

Hi Kim, thanks for visiting- I will drop into Frog Ponds Rock- there are more bloggers out there than you at first realise!

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