Hello blog world! It feels like an eternity since Ed or I have written on this little corner of the internet and in blogging terms – from 1 January to 4 May is definitely a long time. We’ve hinted on here before about how busy our offline lives are and for that purpose, we’ve come on here to sign out… let me explain.
I moved to New Zealand for my family and also for my career. The combination of the two going full steam crazy busy (but stupidly cool at the same time, I love my day-job and my kids are hilarious) has meant I have about five spare minutes in the day to do anything for myself – not really enough time to pop onto WordPress, write some decent copy, edit and upload some pictures. I’m pretty certain Ed feels the same way too about his own life in which he also started a super new job and is in the process of buying a house within commuting distance of London (and sorry to break it to you ladies but he has a girlfriend who he seems to really dig!).
And it is for that reason, after a year of trying to combine a work-life balance that is constantly on the knife edge along with trying to put effort into my blog, that I have decided it is time to put Lady Loves Cake to bed. I started this blog in 2010, when I got engaged to Mr Man and have enjoyed a brilliant six years on here, on top of my former travel blog which totals up to 12 years of blogging. I’m sure I’ll be back on the internet with another chapter of my life at some point – I’ve been unable to resist the on-line world since you had to plug in a modem to the wall and it made that weird ding ding de doo doo dirrrrsssssh sound.
LLC was set up in my late twenties when I was in twenty-something fairyland spending my money on the goodies and adventures that London had to offer. I was keen to share it and I did – with a cool little community of readers, many of whom have become great friends in real life. These days the majority of my salary goes on day-care fees and rent with the occasional family brunch – most of which is pretty boring to write and read about. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing because life hasn’t become boring at all (I’ve even taken up trail running!), it’s just that I’ve moved into a different chapter of life and need to be realistic about what I can afford – both in money and time.
Why now specifically? My domain name runs out at the end of May and that seems like a good time to end it – my most popular blog posts were ones that were so massively out of date it’s not funny and I don’t think it’s really fair to people looking for afternoon tea in Greenwich to see a post that’s five years old written by someone who long ago moved to New Zealand. Places change and who knows what those afternoon teas are like now. I’ve also found myself less inclined to write even when I’ve had a great experience (I spent four days seeing some amazing things in the South Island in January but didn’t once feel the urge to write a blog post on it – a sign I think that we’re done here).
So thank you so much to everyone for your laughs and friendship over the years. Thank you especially to Ed – you have been a total legend of a contributor on here and a great friend to me since before Lady Loves Cake even existed. There’s a lot of people out there who I’ve met through this blog who have become genuine good friends – Canadian Jen, Melissa, Mandy, Kelly, Yannick, Manasi and Philippa to name just a few. There’s Frivolous Monsters who has ‘liked’ almost every post I’ve ever put up on here (I still have no idea who you are but you have been one of my favourite internet people!). And to Mr Man who has let seafood chowder go cold in the name of a blog photo – I salute you.