When I started it I didn’t realise…..
How it would grow!
How many good and gracious and well loved friends, from all over the world, that I would make from it.
How many people would pay a visit every day (3446 people visited last Tuesday; our second highest ever.) That equates to 2.23 million unique page views over the last 24 months!
How much fun I would have &….
How much time it would take up.
And it is the latter, I am afraid, that means….
That I have had to make a very difficult decision.
Because of the need to support myself, Mrs A Taste of Garlic, the fifteenyearold and an assortment of cats, chickens and guinea pigs…
I just don’t have time to continue updating A Taste of Garlic any more.
My father’s death in June of this year has affected me very deeply (more deeply that I ever thought it would, bearing in mind that we’d discussed it between ourselves many times) and has caused me to reconsider some of the fundamental principles of my life.
I miss him so much.
I miss him more than I can ever explain.
I miss him every second of every minute of every day, and I don’t think that that will ever end.
I just wish that I’d had time to explain that to him but, in the end, time seemed to run out on both of us.
And I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to forgive God for that!
That, my continuing sleep related medical issues and the requirement to support my family mean that….
I can no longer afford (or have the energy) to spend the time it takes to keep this website going.
This is my quiet way of saying goodbye.
I shall leave Garlic online until the dotcom renewal next comes up – that’ll be in about 11 months time.
If anyone is mad enough or crazy enough (and, of course, from reading your blogs I do know that a good many of you are both mad and slightly crazy – especially you Parisienne ones – not to mention the barmy Texans or that rather strange lot down in Montpellier) to want to take over the reins of running Garlic (either one individual or, perhaps better, a small group of you) then I shall be more than happy to pass on the site to a good pair of hands.
If this were to happen then I would be prepared to continue hosting the site and handling any technical support issues that might arise.
Perhaps it isn’t the end of Garlic after all?
But the one thing that I do know is that it is the end of my direct involvement with the site.
If any of you (once again, either singly, or as a group) think that you are either mad enough or crazy enough (and, to be honest, you’d have to be a bit of both to want to do so?) to take over the reins, please let me know and I’ll set it up.
I’ll pass on everything that is required; including my prized collection of rather tacky animated GIFs!
I’d like to thank all of you who have assisted in the success of Garlic, either by writing interesting blogs about your lives in France or, just commenting when I’ve written about some interesting blogs about Life in France
I’d also like to apologise to all of you whom I’ve ever so slightly ridiculed; you know that it was all just fun?
I’d also like to apologise to any of you who have blogs that I’ve promised to review and have not got round to doing so; unfortunately I just now won’t have the time.
To those of you who have blogs about life in France; I shall still keep visiting them so please don’t stop doing all the mad things that you tend to do and….
Don’t stop blogging about them!
All the best