"You hear laughter breaking through, it makes you want to fart. You’re heading for a breakdown, better pull yourself apart. " - John Cooper Clarke

When The Music’s Over…

You stop blogging.

I’ve thought about it and there are pros and cons. The pros being that I’m starting a new phase in my life with Hermie, although I don’t know where and there are bound to be some hiccups along the way which could be amusing, and the cons being that the Twat, though still fantastic at being a twat, and I are no longer together and the children are fleeing the nest, leaving me on my own.

So much as I like blogging and will stay around for sure, I think it’s time to stop. Just like that. Thank you to all my followers and those of you who have left comments – you have really made the past eight years worth blogging, and who knows, I may bump into you on another blog.

It’s been fun.

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54 Comments

  1. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Yes it has been fun and I wish you all the very, very best until we meet again on your next blog.

  2. Gareth
    Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Nooooooo……!

    Thanks for years and years of laughs. Hopefully you won’t stop writing permanently.

  3. Phil Craig
    Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    It´s been real, and it´s been nice. Sometimes it´s been real nice. Best of Luck

  4. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Ooooh noooo :-( Well, it’s been a real pleasure to read your blog, and who knows, maybe you will miss it?
    Thank you for all your posts over the years and I wish you a good new departure in your life!

  5. rfd
    Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

    its been great reading. sorry to see you go. here’s hoping the next phase will also warrant a whole other blog minus twat.

    what about your wishlist?

  6. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I guess the Wishlist will stay and I’ll slowly cross off the items as I manage to save up for them:)

  7. Kelly In Seattle
    Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    If you decide to start up a new blog with Hermie, make sure to let us know! Best of luck with everything, I’ve had a swell time reading ya! :)

  8. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m really, REALLY sorry to hear that, it’s been great with you as a bloggie friend. You helped me to get started on this blogging lark, and I am grateful for that.

    I can’t say that you throwing the towel in came as a total shock. I had a feeling that you would ride off into the sunset eventually. I could see it coming.

    I shall miss you, so dont forget to visit my pages sometime, and you are always welcome at my table. May your gods be with you.

  9. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    My Boyfriend is a turtle?

  10. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh ……

  11. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    ….. bloody typical…. just as I’m about to publish a tome and was going to rely on you to help sell it …. poo

    [Virtual kisses and a huge hug]

  12. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    …sigh…. I have been quietly reading your blog for many years now. Many others have come and gone but yours was one of the (shrinking) few that I have keep in my reader. Sorry to hear you’re chucking the towel in…. but all good things eventually come to an end I guess. I’ll keep you in the reader just incase you fire it back up again.
    Good luck with the future!

  13. Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Won’t miss you. Not one bit.

  14. Lou
    Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    noooooooo!!! you will be missed, I’ve been a silent reader of your blog since the start, I’m more gutted to hear that you and the twat are over – did I miss something on your blog? or is this news? Good luck doll, and you are not on your own.
    xxx

  15. edtNZ
    Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Permalink

    TY for all you past blogging. Best of luck for the future. Regards from a wet summers day in New Zealand. :)

  16. Z
    Posted Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Very best, Z

  17. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:43 am | Permalink

    You’re gorgeous forever, Zoe :)

  18. Vonn Einstein
    Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    this is really sad. i wish you luck but i really wish more that you wouldn’t stop blogging. i am selfish that way.

  19. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you for all the great reading you’ve given me – and for teaching this Canadian what a “twat” is. Best of luck in the future!

  20. Anonymous, too
    Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    It’s been a pleasure — and sometimes a fright — reading your blog and all the comments from the nicest (except maybe for Vicus) bunch of international crazies I’ve ever “met.” Thank you for letting us all visit and chat.

    I hope you keep this blog online, at least for a while, as you deal with the changes in your life and ponder what form a redesign of this blog may take. Please pop in and make an entry every month or two, just so we know you’re OK.

    Best wishes to you, Herman, the kids, Quickos, the newts, and even The Twat who originally inspired this blog.

    P.S. Vicus WILL miss you. It’s just that he can’t help lying like William Shatner’s old toupees.

  21. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    So sorry to hear you are stopping but I wish you lots of happiness in your new life with Hermie. If you’re ever over the border you know you’re welcome to come and stay. Drop me and email when you wnat to come.
    xxx

  22. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Shame, thanks, and good luck!

  23. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Start again,a new day, a new life and maybe somewhere new to write. A shame, but better to stop then keep going if is doesn’t feel right. Good luck, all the best.

  24. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Start again,a new day, a new life and maybe somewhere new to write. A shame, but better to stop then keep going if it doesn’t feel right. Good luck, all the best.

  25. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Best of luck Zoë! xx

  26. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Nooooooooooooooo! Can we have a Hermie blog then? I’ve really enjoyed it over the years.

  27. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    All the best Zoe, may life bring you all you deserve.

  28. Joanna
    Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    NOooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    I know you and I know that someday – though not just now – you’ll be back. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  29. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    I can’t say it’s a total surprise, I could feel these last couple of months that it took more of an effort for you to keep posting. But then the way your life got tossed upside down these last couple of months… I understand that you didn’t feel like writing anything if all that happened was that nothing changed and it was the same old misery over and over again. But I’m glad to know things are slowly changing for the better now, although it will probably take you a while to sort things out.

    I massively enjoyed reading about your antics, and those who lived in the threat of your immediate vicinity. Yours was the first site I clicked on every morning when I fired up my computer, even when updates got rarer. And as Keith said, you’re the person that inspired me to start blogging on my own.

    Thank you for the many, many laughs and grins. And I hope we’ll keep in touch.

    Love

    Bart

  30. Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I will miss you, of course. I just hope you will give (good) news from time to time. Good luck and I wish life will be good to you. Gros bisous.

  31. chins
    Posted Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    OUCH !!! this did come as a shocker to me.. i mean never realised that with changing times and things,.this one thing may change too !! but its fun till it lasted. !! my friends hate me for being addicted to this blog in last few years..but i kno wot they missed.! see u soon.. oh.. n do save the list of us.. somehwere somehow.. so that wen u start a new one. u let us kno from Day 1 so that we dont miss on anything.
    Love from India.. n Chins..
    oh n let me know if i need to send u more Tea to soothe ur nerves in ur new home :)

  32. Pete
    Posted Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Nooooooo! I can’t really believe it, even thought I suspected that it was coming.
    I will really miss you. I wish you and your family (even the Twat) all the very best.

  33. Posted Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Take no notice of Vicus, he’s just jealous of your blog and the wonderful way you write. Compared to his blog, which is crap anyway,yours is, was, a joy to read…… well, sometimes anyway. . . .

  34. J
    Posted Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the past 8 years, Zoe. I’ll miss reading your blog immensely. I was actually looking forward to reading about your change of lifestyle.

    Please remember that you can always come back to blogging.

  35. C
    Posted Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Yours was the first blog I ever followed, I rarely commented but was always checking in on how you were doing. I shall be very sad to not have you around. I do hope that things go well for you in the future.

    I hope that in time you are ready to come back and tell us about the next bit of your life.

    Take care

    Cxxxx

  36. Posted Monday, February 14, 2011 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    That’s sad but I’m sure you will pop up within reach. I hope so.
    I wish you happiness and fulfilment.
    I’m not being funny but I thought Hermie was the tortoise.

    Pat, he is :)

  37. gilly
    Posted Monday, February 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to see you go but as many have said already the writing has been on the wall for a while.
    All the best

  38. NickyB
    Posted Monday, February 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for it all. Best of luck with whatever you do next

  39. Posted Monday, February 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Hugs and good luck for the future. Hope to meet you one day in another blog.

  40. laura
    Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Sorry to see you take off like this, but sometimes life leads us in new directions.
    I hope yours ends up in good and interesting places.
    Thanks for sharing so much with us all.

  41. Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    Oh Zoe!

    This has made me so sad.

    I just loved everything about your blog.

    I hope Joanna’s right about you coming back [as another blog?].

    I wish you the best of everything that life can give you. Please take very good care of you.

    Oh man, I feel as if a light just went out in the blogging world.

  42. k
    Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    I’ll miss you Zoe. I wish you much joy in your next adventure. Thank you. Be well.

  43. Posted Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    I’m worried. Your posts sound depressed of late. Where will you live? Where’s the income coming from? I’m telling ya, I’m worried. It doesn’t sound “right”….I hope you’ll be ok Z.
    Take care and Bonne Chance xoxo

  44. Kathi in CT
    Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes on the next phase of your life. I hope you will blessed with every happiness.

    Please keep you old blogs up, their lots of fun to read.

    For my fellow Zoe fans, I have found another blog I think is very entertaining – a little racy at times. http://katehatesdates2929.blogspot.com/

  45. e
    Posted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Happy trails to youuuuu! We’ll miss you.

  46. Lyle
    Posted Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your blog. I loved every post.

    Good luck to you and Hermie!

  47. Ruth
    Posted Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Yours and petite anglaise were the first blogs I followed and now both of you have moved on…

    hope your life takes a new and enjoyable turn – and soon!
    Do please let your devotees know if you do start a new blog.

    Best wishes, dahlin’

  48. Lorna Read
    Posted Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    I wish you loads of happiness in your new life, Zoe. It’s wonderful that you have met someone new. We will still meet on Facebook.

  49. Angela, Australia
    Posted Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Will miss you…
    I hope that your future (and Todd’s) is more positive than during the last year.
    Please take care and if you start a new blog or have some news, can you let us know? (((( :-) ))))

  50. Sandie in California
    Posted Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    I have been in the background reading your blog for over a year and have throughly enjoyed your take on the day to day problems we all face in this life. I wish you happiness and lots of fabulous days to come, keep positive, the worst is behind you, and maybe some adorable grand babies to love, soon, too.

  51. Posted Monday, February 21, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    Not so fast lady. I check in after a month and what do I find? You’ve buggered off with a tortoise. If I walk at a moderate pace I should just be able to catch you at the street corner to give you an au revoir kiss. Don’t be gone too long ;)

  52. Posted Monday, February 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    I have just discovered you and you are gone, and not knowing you or your blog yet, I can’t help but wonder why. I will read all the older posts anyway. Hope you come back.
    Elaine

  53. Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Pffft.

  54. Posted Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    No… no Zoe, not you! You and your blog have been one of the pillars of my t’internet world for all those years, a quirky happy ending to aspire to and now… it’s all fallen apart. When oh when is the Universe going to stop shitting on us all from a great height? When?! I wish you well, you’re one hell of a lady so you’ll probably cope brilliantly. Good luck… and thank you for all the wonderful, honest writing. x