Hello (and squash)

squash
Hello!

It’s just a few days over a year since I stopped updating here and, predictably, I have been missing it. I feel like it’s time to start up again. Do you like our button squash? Some got a little too big and tough but the little ones are delicious steamed, with a big blob of butter and sprinkling of pepper. See you tomorrow!

173 Responses to “Hello (and squash)”

  1. Amy

    I’ve been a big fan of your site for a long time now, and I’ve been wondering if you would return. Welcome back, and I’m looking forward to your updates!Amy

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  2. Louise

    Yippee! Welcome back! You got me started into this whole blogging scene and it has been missing your friendly face. Hoorah!!

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  3. jo

    YaY! I’ve only just found out you’re back too. Now to read all the new entries – welcome back…

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  4. Kritika

    Thank goodness you are back. I have been reading and re-reading everything that you have ever written on this blog many times over. Although I understood why you had to take a break, you were missed. I have never commented on any blog. Guess I will have to comment on the blogs that I love so that people could get to know that their presence is valuable.Take it easy!

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  5. m-c

    wow, welcome back Claire!a month ago i saw your rss still in my feeds list, wondering if you would start to blog again… I’ve got my answer, and i must say, wow, it’s gonna be wonderful to have you back!!

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  6. Corynne

    hello,i found your blog a few months ago and loved it. then i realized/read you were taking a break. what a pleasant surprise to see your post in my rss feed! looking forward to seeing your posts…

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  7. Jennifer

    Hello! Just thinking that you might be back mid-February-ish to say hi. Your button squash look so bright and cheerful, if vegetables can be cheerful.

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  8. Gianni

    hi.since 2003 i sometimes ping to your site, which i like. It was a surprise to ee you back today.i got a personal website too where i put a link to loobylu some years ago, tell me if you mind.ciaoGianni

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  9. Cynthia

    I don’t post comments often but I just wanted you to know that it’s really wonderful to see Loobylu updated again! Looking forward to more of your interesting entries.A fan from Manila, Phils.Cynthia

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  10. Lara

    Oh my gosh, she lives!! Good to have you back :)Looking forward to meeting you one of these days at one of Pip’s new book gatherings 🙂

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  11. Tan

    tried to email this thru but it bounced back so thought i’d leave a comment instead 🙂

    “This is way too spooky…just this morning as I was getting ready to go to work all of a sudden I thought of your website and how great it would be if you came back and had art available on etsy because I working on an etsy feature wall at home…then today I went to a blog I had never visited before and saw a button linking back to your website and clicked on it thinking `what the hell, you never know!’ and there you are, first post back after a year! I have no idea where that thought came from this morning but it’s like my subconscious knew the website was going to be updated today…I almost fell off my chair when I checked it just then!

    Anyway – short version is – lovely to have you back & looking forward to reading more!

    Tan xox “

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  12. helen

    Yay! very excited to see the number beside Loobylu in bloglines today!as for the button squash …hmmm well they *look* very nice.

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  13. Kari

    Yay! I too am not much of a comment leaver, but I am so happy to read that you’ll be posting again!

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  14. nancy

    YAY! YAY! YAY! i was thinking all the time and hoping that you would come back. no pressure or anything, but boy it is good to see you.

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  15. Marie

    Hello Loobylou! I am so happy to see you back! you were the first blog I ever read and I have been checking every once in while hoping that you are sharing your journey with us once again.Marie/x

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  16. jenniferbee

    I’m so glad you are writing again. I visit here occasionally, hoping for a fresh hello. And then today…it was really here! I couldn’t believe my eyes. You were certainly missed. 🙂

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  17. Donna

    How nice to see you posting again! There must have been a reason I left you on my bloglines queue. What lovely squash.

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  18. geek+nerd

    Hurray! I’m happy to see that you’re back. I was just thinking of you the other day, when I was remembering some of the first blogs that I ever started reading. I thought to myself, hmm, I miss Claire’s blog, and now you’re back!

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  19. Laurie L.

    Welcome back!Those squash are called “pattypan” in the United States (I thought they were called “scallopini” in Australia). I love them. I grow them every year in my garden, and yes, only the small ones are good and tender. However, with the little bit larger ones, I peel them, scoop out the seeds (if needed), slice, and saute them with olive oil and onions. Yum.

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  20. Gina

    welcome back! what a pleasant surprise in my bloglines. I look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to – Yours was the first blog that got me really interested in blogging!

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  21. Stacee

    Woo-hoo! What a fanstastic, unexpected surprise in my RSS feed this morning! Delighted to see you back, Claire! So many exclamation points!

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  22. Kristina

    Echoing all the other comments it’s so nice to see you back. I’m most envious of your fresh summer squash. The grocery store zucchinis around here don’t lend much inspiration at suppertime.

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  23. Kim

    I’m at the same place now where you were then, and I think of your signing-off post often! (Yet I still haven’t gone cold turkey.) Welcome back! So good to see you pop up in the old feed reader.

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  24. Jan

    I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Loobylu update on Bloglines…so glad I hadn’t deleted you! Welcome back, Claire!

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  25. Alyson

    Yay – I discovered your blog after you stopped blogging and was so disappointed. I’m glad you are back.

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  26. Sheridan

    Oh, I am so glad to see you back! You have been so missed around here, as you were always my favourite crafty blog.It’s a delight to see you posting again.Welcome back!

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  27. jenny

    oh, happy day! i thought there must have been some sort of mistake when i saw an update from loobylu in my blogroll today!!!!welcome back, it’s so great to see you 🙂

    ps, lovely squash 🙂

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  28. zannestar

    3 cheers. I’m thrilled that you’re back on the blog – seriously gave me goosebumps when I clicked over and saw a new post. rock on

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  29. Nadja

    Hello. I’ve missed your blog. So glad you are back!Take care of yourself and your family.Nadja from Switzerland

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  30. Lorena

    Oh HELLO! So good to have you back. Loobylu was my introduction to the blog world and the reason I started my own.Welcome, welcome back. You’ve been greatly missed!

    (Lovely squash!)

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  31. Mariana

    I woke up today thinking about you, and surprise!!! I’m happy to see you again, welcome back!!!

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  32. Di

    I just clicked on your blog name on someone else’s list as I have periodically over the last year and just as I was doing it I was thinking to myself, it’s such a pity that Loobylu has gone as she inspired me to start my own blog and low and behold – I found you back!!Welcome back to Blogland! A happier place now you are in it again!

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  33. jen

    I was still subscribed to Loobylu and now I’m one of the many who’ve realised you’re back. Welcome back.

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  34. Lorraine

    I happened to check your blog out of the blue… happy to see you’re back!

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  35. lou

    So good to see you back. Have been checking your blog every now and again to see if you’ve returned, but it wasn’t until just a minute ago that I saw the link for Loobylu on Soulemama and it made me smile very broadly! Yay!

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  36. pip

    Hurrah! Hooray! Yippee! You’re back! You are the very one who made me want to write a blog… and then you went vamoooooose… and now you are back… I am so so pleased! The original and the best… that’s YOU! Welcome back… i can’t wait to keep up with your news again. xx

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  37. Megan

    Today is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day! I’m so thrilled to see the return of Loobylu, and have been checking several times a week for a year. Welcome back!

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  38. Lisa

    I never thought I’d miss a blogger so much as I’ve missed you – so glad you’re back at it! You’re such a sunny spot!

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  39. Nichola

    You know, Justine (62Cherry) and i have been wondering to each other if you’d be coming back sometime soon. What instincts we have!!!! YAY, glad to see you and look forward to reading your blog again. :):):)

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  40. h&b

    Oh yay !You’ve been well missed, as can be attested to by all these comments !

    Welcome Back 🙂

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  41. batikbabies

    Ahh so lovely your back! I was addicted to your blog some 18mths ago & often checked your site over the last year -just to see if you were back – was so pleasantly suprised when i viewed another blog (meetmeatmikes) to see your name in lights! This is my first attempt at the whole blog thing – read lots…but now your back prompted me to respond. I look forward to your updates:)

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  42. Kristine

    About 3 or 4 years ago I read an article about you in The Age newspaper. It was the photo that caught my eye – you and your sewing machine. That was the first time I had ever heard of a blog. That article opened up a whole new world to me, so I’m very happy to see that you have returned to blogging. You’re the original craft blogger in my mind.

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  43. Nerida

    Thank goodness you are back! I’m SO happy you have returned – I’ve kept checking back again and again. You were the first blog I ever read and introduced me to this new world of crafting. We all so appreciate how much of yourself you give through your blog and look forward to reading more of your wonderful journey.

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  44. amy

    I almost fell over when I saw a new entry from you in my feed reader! So happy you’re back to blogging!

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  45. Poppy

    How wonderful to have you back again. You have been missed by all of us, I’m sure. I hope that you and your family have had a marvellous year, and that we’ll get to hear about it in due time. Pics of the kiddies please! 🙂

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  46. Sarah

    Hooray! I have always been visiting to see if there was a chance that you would come back to the world of blogging. 🙂

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  47. Mariana

    it’s so nice to see you here again!welcome back, and i hope you post more photos too, they’re just as great as your drawings

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  48. Christine

    Oh Claire! You are so loved! Over a year of not posting and the first post you write you receive 122 comments! I’m so happy to see you here again! When I saw that you had posts on my feed reader, I had to do a double take, I couldn’t believe my eyes!Welcome back!

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  49. Michelle Lorie

    Hi Claire, I can’t tell you how many times I checked to see if you were back! So glad that you are! LoobyLu has always been a favorite of mine!

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  50. Starashan

    Hi and welcome back! Yours was one of the first blogs I discovered right about the time you decided to have a break…Great squash… it’s amazing how big they can get, hey? I *accidentally* grew some HUGE ones this year.-Sherrin

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  51. Shenae

    Loobylu is back and all is right in the world. But it’s odd that she is back days before a lunar eclipse. Hmmm….

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  52. Cherry

    It’s great you’re back! I found your blog a FEW DAYS AFTER you paused it! I was quite bummed. I hope you had a lovely break, and welcome back.

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  53. Cherry

    It’s great you’re back! I found your blog a FEW DAYS AFTER you paused it! I was quite bummed. I hope you had a lovely break, and welcome back. (Will this be a double post??)

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  54. amy

    yeah, so just when I got into this world- you went a way…I saw yr blog name everywhere and was sad to discover yr goneSo glad yr back:)

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  55. Wendy

    Oh my goodness! I checked your site on the 17th, but was disappointed to find you were still on a blog holiday. What a pleasant surprise when I clicked over to your blog this afternoon and found it newly updated! Welcome back!

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  56. kim at allconsuming

    Yay, yay and more yay.I’m so pleased you’re back.I’ve been known to come and stare every so often over the last twelve months, just in case you had returned.And now you have!

    Those vintage camping pictures are intoxicating.

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  57. Amy

    I’m happy to see you are back. I didn’t find your blog until you had decided to take a break… I’m looking forward to reading!

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  58. rebecca

    Oh! What a nice surprise…I used to visit your site frequently but when you took a break I put your link in a folder marked “not visted as often”. I’ve checked in from time to time in hopes of seeing you on here again, and today – well, you made my day 🙂 Welcome back to the internet world. Pretty soon I’ll have a site that I can share with you too!

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  59. Ellie

    Cikey! I can’t believe I missed this!! You’re back!!! Brilliant. My favourite blog!!!1

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  60. Annie

    Yay. So lovely to see you back. I checked the website every now and again, just in case… and this time was so happy to see your new entries 🙂 Welcome back.Annie x

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  61. Jenny

    I know I’m really late but I just had to sayYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! you’re back! I’ve been hoping you’d come back and I’m so glad to see you writing again, I love your blog and I’m lovin’ it’s new look! HURRRRRRAH!!

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  62. Kayzie

    I’ve checked your site monthly since you began your break (with two cute, active tykes, who can blame a person for needing a bit of a breather!) and am absolutely thrilled to see Loobylu up and running again. You have been missed, Claire. Welcome back!

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  63. melissa

    I added your link to my blogroll recently with the tag ‘come back claire’.So glad you did, I missed your posts!

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  64. Karen

    Welcome back, Claire! I’ve missed your blog over the year and came back from time to time to see if by chance you’ve updated. And now I see several new posts from you!

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  65. Teresa

    eeek, your back! Great news, I’ve really missed your blog, I’ve looked around at the odd blog, but only found one other (apart from yours) that’s had me hooked as a regular – (http://www.lintrezza.com/blogger.html) – and that’s Linda Cockburn’s site – author of the good life – and of course you know where I found out about her from! Really loved all the bits of inspiration within your blog when it was last up and running – I bought the laptop lunch boxes, discovered curious george, rediscovered the moomins, etc. etc. and I see you’ve mentioned my all time favourite Milly Molly Mandy once more. I recently discovered that her appeal is very broad and that after initial protest of ‘that’s a girl book’ my 6 year old boy loves the stories as much as his big sister and mum.I’ve been enjoying some home grown button squash as well, they’re just so pretty aren’t they. Though I think next time I’d need to grow more, as my one tub of them only ever yields 2 or 3 at best at a time.

    Anyway, once again great to have you back,Teresa

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  66. eugeniagina

    thank’s God you’re back, it’s your blog that inspiring me to make my first blog, and your crafty hand that assuring me to leave my 9-5 work and becoming an illustrator, thanks Claire, for being my inspiration! :’)

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  67. Jessica Poundstone

    Oh, oh, oh, I am so, so, so glad to see you back. Every once in a while I would pop over just to see if maybe possibly hopefully you had decided to return. And here you are! I’m a bit late back to the party, but I’m so happy to be here again : ) Welcome back!

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  68. Kim

    So glad to have you back–I’ve missed you and your blog. I first started reading your blog waaay back when, and I was dismayed the day I discovered you were on hiatus. Welcome back!!!

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  69. caitriona

    YES! i *knew* you’d come back. i should’ve been checking in more regularly though – i’ve missed more than a month 😉 yours is one of the first blogs i ever read, so i’m extra-glad to see you’re still finding the time/energy/inspiration to keep at it.

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  70. Zoe

    Oh MY!!! I am so happy to see that you are back. I am a bit behind in the game but I saw someone else mention you on their blog and I thought, no, it can’t be!! Hooray!!! 🙂 Welcome back, we missed you.

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  71. TRINA

    YAY! What a surprise. I have had you on my blogroll all this time and just discovered your return. I found loobylu shortly before you decided to take a break and today as I read Wee Wonderfuls I saw your comment! Welcome back

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