And we’re back
Andrea Bellamy |

Hello? Anybody out there?

It’s been a record 34 days since my last post. I wish I could say it’s because my summer has been full of jaunts to Europe and glorious days spent picnicking, skinny dipping, and sipping gin and tonics in my garden.

The reality is more like jaunts to the drugstore and days spent at various mom and baby groups, doing endless loads of laundry, and wiping poop off my jeans.

The culprit responsible, of course, is Lila, my now almost four-month old daughter. [This is where I’d insert a cute but completely gratuitous photo of Lila if I could figure out how to successfully upload photos via WordPress. Grrr – what am I doing wrong??] Update: Solved! Thanks everyone who commented with their suggestions, and Ryan for fixing the issue.

Lila, three months old

Lila, three months old

I won’t start talking about how amazing and beautiful and highly advanced she is, because, let’s face it, that’s boring (and debatable) to everyone except maybe her grandparents. What I will say is that the girl fights sleep like it’s the worst thing that could happen to her, leaving me with very little time for things like Heavy Petal. And eating.

But I can’t blame Lila entirely for the lack of posts. I’ve also been busy switching blogging applications. (Goodbye, MovableType, hello WordPress!). I’ve made a few small changes to start. I’ve changed my blogroll (“Heavy Petal loves…”) so that only two links from each of the four categories show up on the homepage (to reduce clutter). Click on “view all” and, well, you can view them all. I haven’t had a chance to add all my favourites, so if your site is missing, it ain’t personal. Please leave a comment or send me an email and I’ll make sure to add you.

I’ve also added a few new link categories: Home and Design, Sustainablity, and Vancouver. Home and Design made sense because I find a lot of inspiration for the garden from these sites, some of which makes it into my posts. I’ve got tonnes more links to add here.

Sustainability was also a no-brainer, because of the organic slant of this blog, as well as my tendency to digress into non-garden-related sustainability topics. More links to come here, too.

Finally, the Vancouver links section will be helpful for Vancouverites, of course, but there’s also some great links of interest to all gardeners (see City Farmer, for example) and those planning to visit our fair city.

With all the time that went into updating Heavy Petal, I’m dedicated to regular posting once again. It feels good to get into the garden – if only virtually.

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