Well, if there is anyone out there reading-- and for the benefit of any casual visitor from the future-- you may have noticed that the photos are gone, replaced by error messages, and the whole blog looks absolutely hideous. 'Twasn't always thus. ;o) No, before Flickr's new policy of allowing only 1,000 photos per free account, the blog was full of photos.
When Flickr announced the policy change, I went through a period of what I can only think of as mild grieving for my old blogs, because over the course of years I'd foolishly embedded almost all my blog photos as links to my Flickr photostream-- and now there was no way to prevent all those photos from disappearing. (No way short of paying a yearly
I even went so far as to preemptively delete many of my photos myself, in a last-ditch effort to salvage the more recent photos on one of my other blogs (the craft blog). So now those deleted garden photos link to nothing, leaving gaping holes in nearly every single post of what was always a photo-heavy blog.
The gist is that this blog is essentially broken for me, now. The text is all there, of course, and I will leave the blog up for that reason (for my own reference, mostly)-- but rather than giving me joy, this shell of a blog now makes me sad (and a little angry at Flickr, still, to be completely honest), so I think it's time to seek out greener pastures.
In my new blog, I'll use my own photo hosting so that (I hope) the photos will be there for the foreseeable future. If there's anyone out there, please join me at my new garden blog address: A Southern Cottage Garden.
I can promise a gazillion daylily photos (and yes, a few other plants, too), continued griping about weeds (d**n that torpedo grass!), and a glimpse into a fellow gardener's yearly struggles, quiet triumphs, and small joys.