Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy New Year and Farewell.........











It's time to say a HUGE goodbye to you all.

A little sad not to be posting anymore, but I know it is the right decision.

I just wanted to once again say a 

heart felt thank you 

to you all. It has been such a lovely space to have here and I have so enjoyed you following my creative journey. You have all been so awesome. Encouraging me and making me feel that this passion of mine is worthwhile.

My journey shall continue on Flickr and Ravelry and it will be lovely to see some of you on there.

This little space here will stay live and you can always contact me should you have any crafty questions. I'll still be reading blogs and commenting so it's not a complete goodbye.

So......the VERY VERY best to you all for 2016. May you be blessed, be creative, and see the beauty in the everyday.

Much love to you all

Vanessa

xxx

edited to add: You don't have to have a Flickr account to view any photos I post on there. Just click on the Flickr ball in the sidebar and it will link you to my Flickr Feed.

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  1. Goodbye Vanessa, thanks again for all your wonderful inspiration. Take care, Sam xxx

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    1. Thank you Sam for visiting me here. I hope you have a super 2016!!!!!! X

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  2. Thanks for all the lovely inspiration on your blog, from another mum of three boys x Sarah

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Have an awesome 2016! Three boys too! Wow! Xxx

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  3. I shall miss you!! All the very best for 2016 and beyond xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Karen. Have a beautiful New Year x

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  4. You will be missed Vanessa! All the best to you! 💕 penny x

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    1. Awe, you are too kind Penny. Have a brilliant 2016 x

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  5. Although I am sad to see you go, I understand and thank you for saying goodbye, and for giving us the chance to say goodbye to you too. Thank you for your wonderful blog, I have really enjoyed reading it, and I will miss it. However I am sure that i will see you in other places. I wish you all the very best in whatever comes your way. Happy New Year. Hugs to you. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy. Have a super New Year and I shall be popping by your blog regularly! X

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  6. I feel so very sad to hear this goodbye...I haven't always commented, as I'm a quiet observer, but I have so enjoyed the loveliness that you have shared on here. All the very best to you for 2016, and may your creative journey bring you to new fresh places of joy and discovery! Tania (Sew a Little Love)

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    1. Thank you so much Tania. I hope you have the most amazing 2016 and thank you so much for visiting me here in this little space x

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  7. A sad day for your readers, your posts will be sorely missed. Wishing you all the best in the new year and beyond. <3

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    1. Awe thank you Angela. I'll still be as scatty and as creative! Have a gorgeous 2016 x

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  8. i will miss your blog, you know i will ive followed you til the end and for so long ive been inspire and admired and enjoyed all your delightful photography and words~ and if that wasnt enough you have been my bloggy besty!!!! i will miss you but i will always look forward to seeing your comments on my blog, big besty blog hugs and best wishes xxxxxxxxx happy new year 1016!!!! <3

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    1. Awe my lovely, I'll still be a constant reader of your blog. You have been my bloggy companion right from the beginning and I shall still be leaving comments on your posts xxx

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  9. i will miss your blog, you know i will ive followed you til the end and for so long ive been inspired and admired and enjoyed all your delightful photography and words~ and if that wasnt enough you have been my bloggy besty!!!! i will miss you but i will always look forward to seeing your comments on my blog, big besty blog hugs and best wishes xxxxxxxxx happy new year 1016!!!! <3

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  10. Aww, Vanessa, I knew this time would come. Will really miss you here, like a little ray of creative sunshine! Thank you so much for all the inspiration. I'll see you over on Flickr. Wishing you all the best in 2016 my lovely xxx

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    1. I'm right over on Flickr Rachel and it'll be lovely continuing to see you on there! Have an awesome New Year my lovely x

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  11. NOOOOOOOOOO - are you at least on FB so we can stay in touch - I LOVE your blog posts - Paula in Canada - www.KelmscottDesigns.com - on FB I am Paula Morrish Sibbald

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    1. Hi Paula, I don't use Facebook I'm afraid, but I'll still be posting any pics I take on Flickr and putting up any creative makes on my Ravelry page. I'm stripey mooka on both. X

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  12. I was dreading your last post, so I have gone back to the beginning and am slowly re-reading your blog, savouring every moment. Times are wobbly for me at the moment and you keep me calm, thank you. Wishing you and your bears a most peaceful, healthy and contented new year with happy times by the score. With much sadness, toodle-pip, Pamela xxx

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    1. Awe bless you Pamela. I hope it won't be too boring for you to re-read!!!! I'm so sorry times aren't steady for you at the moment. I do so hope that the New Year turns into a beautiful one and with every cloud there is a silver lining. Take care my lovely xxx

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  13. Have a happy New Year! We'll miss you a lot! It's been very nice to read you and share this space with you :)
    http://soldenochedecocrochet.blogspot.com.ar/

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    1. Awe, thank you so much for visiting me in my little space. I always feel so humbled that anyone actually reads it!!!!!!! X

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  14. All the very best to you!! I'll miss your beautiful posts!

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    1. Thank you Angela. Have the most awesome 2016! X

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  15. Thank you for each and every one of your posts. I am hoping that the New Year will bring you many wonderfully creative days. I'll eventually be looking for you over on Ravelry. Promise!

    xo

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    1. Thank you Frances. I'm so excited by all the projects I have lined up for the next 12 months!!!!! It shall certainly be a busy one if I can pull them all off! Have a brilliant 2016 and hope to see you on Ravelry! X

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  16. Happy new year. All the best for the coming new year beautiful. xxx

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    1. Oh and to you too my lovely. I hope you are well and I miss seeing what you are up to on Instagram x

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  17. Happy New Year, and all the best to you and your family.

    Corine
    The Little Farmhouse

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    1. Thank you Corine, that's so kind of you. Ihopethat you have a fabulous 2016! X

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  18. I cannot tell you how sad I am to see you go but I understand your reasons. I adore your blog and I will miss it terribly. Than you for all the inspiration you have given so many of us over the years. Take care xx

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  19. I cannot tell you how sad I am to see you go but I understand your reasons. I will miss your blog terribly. You have given so many so much inspiration. I do a little 'yessss' when I see you have a new post to read! Take care and a very Happy 2016! Xx

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    1. Awe, thank you kindly Rosie for such sweet words. I hope you have a beautiful year xxxx

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  20. I have loved seeing your beautiful pictures. Loved reading your blog. I will miss you very much. Thank you for all the inspiration you have given me. I too am a mom to 3 sons, all grown up. Now I'm a grandma to 5 grandsons with 3 more babies on the way. 1 is another boy (makes 4 sons for my oldest), 1 is having a girl(!!) and another will wait for the birth to find out. So I've always understood what it means to live in a house full of guys. As much as they made me crazy at times, I miss my little boys and would give anything to go back and have more time with them.
    Anyway, I just wanted you to know you always gave me joy letting me into your beautiful world. I will miss you. Blessings to you and thank you.
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Debbie. Gosh, such a lot of boys! I miss my boys being so young, but each stage is a lovely one, and they are a joy to be with (when the hormones are not raging!). I wish you all the best for the New Year ahead. Take care x

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  21. Happy New Year Vanessa, thank you for all of your thoughts, pictures and crafty inspiration. I hope the coming year is a great one for you, we will miss you, but you enjoy your life, your home and your dear family, xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Gail. I hope you have the most super year also. May it be filled with fun and laughter x

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  22. I will miss your blog. As a fellow boy mom I loved escaping into your totally feminine pastel world. I laughed out loud at your observations of boydom. Your tutorial on the hotwater bottle was the first pattern I successfully followed. I do understand but please know you will be missed.Happy New Year! Renate from Cortland Ohio

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    1. Happy New Year to you also Renate. Thank you so much for visiting me here in this space. I always have felt really rather humbled that anyone has ever felt my voice and the view from my eyes was worth reading and seeing too! Have a beautiful New Year! Xxx

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    3. I wanted to tell you my youngest bear was sitting next to me while I was reading your post with the birthday cake. He said that was the most beautiful cake he had ever seen. His is in the works for the party tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  23. Goodbye Vanessa - although as you'll still be around on the Web, it's really au revoir.
    I've enjoyed your blog with all your lovely photos;seeing your amazing crochet projects and gaining much inspiration from them;hearing about your family. I could go on.
    I'll miss you but understand and wish you well.
    Happy New Year!
    Tina ��

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    1. Yes exactly Tina.....au revoir! Have the most beautiful year won't you xxx

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  24. Dearest Vanessa, you will be sadly missed in bloggerland! I wish you all the very BEST in your creative adventures as well as your everyday life!!!! Have a very Happy New Year and a blessed 2016!
    Anna xx

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  25. Awe thank you lovely Anna! I'm excited by the creativity I have planned for 2016 and hope it'll flow over into all other life aspects. I hope you also have the most fantastic 2016, filled with love and laughter. Take care xxx

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  26. Thank you for being a constant source of inspiration Vanessa. I will miss you here, but will continue following your journey elsewhere. Blessings for the coming year, Sharron x

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  27. Thank you Sharron for visiting me here and blessings to you also for the year ahead. I hope it is a beautiful one for you. Take care xxx

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  28. Thank you for creating such a wonderful place! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting me here Alina xxx

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  29. Thank you for all the beautiful photos, words and projects you have shared, Vanessa. Your blog will be truly missed. Wishing you much happiness. Xx

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    1. Awe thank you so much for your kind words Louise. Big blessings for a gorgeous 2016 x

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  30. Aww, I shall really miss your blog but good luck with new ventures. I'll just have to re read you to get my fix! Thank you and a Happy New Year, Jane xxx

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  31. Blessings to you, Vanessa. Yours is a lovely voice in this world. ♥

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Val. Have a super duper 2016! X

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  32. Thank you Jane. I hope re-reading won't be boring!!!!!! Have a beautiful New Year! Xxx

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  33. Hi Vanessa

    I am very sorry you won't be posting any more fabulous pictures and gorgeous yarns. However, I wish you a happy and fulfilling new year as you seek new directions for your energies and creativity.

    THANK you for all the lovely inspiring posts you gifted to your readers.

    Tina xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Tina. I'm looking forward to a new creative year! Have the most super 2016 also! X

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  34. Dear Vanessa,

    I wish you all the best for this new year 2016 and for all the years to come...
    It´s such a good place you´ve created here!
    May you and your family be blessed...

    Greetings,

    Tina

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    1. Thank you so much Tina. Have an awesome 2016! Xxx

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  35. Vanessa, I will miss you dearly! I've been dreading this last post since the mention of you giving up blogging. I'm a bit embarrassed to tell you that it made me teary which is quite ridiculous. I have so enjoyed every word and photo and wish you the very best always.

    Xo,
    Jen

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    1. Awe beautiful Jen, never fear, I shall be stalking you on your log! Ha ha! I may have given up posting, but I could never give up reading others blogs, and yours is definitely one of my most favourites; it really is one of the most beautiful places to visit, but you know I think that! I'm so looking forward to the New Year getting back to normal next week when I can sit with some time, and a hot drink and just catch up with your world. It's one of those lovely things you really look forward too! So it's not goodbye really....... You might even start to get sick of me!!!!!!! Have a gorgeous 2016 beautiful xxx

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  36. Thank you and Happy New Year, have loved all your beautiful posts and you will be missed.
    Sara xx

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    1. Awe thank you Sara, I've always felt hugely humbled that anyone felt my little space here was actually worth reading. Utterly surprised, but always humbled. Have an amazing 2016. Take care x

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  37. I'll miss you so much sweet lady x
    all my love Jooles x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

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    1. Awe lovely Jooles, I'll only be gone from posting. I can't not stop my bloggy reading and commenting, so you shall still be seeing me pop in your inbox with a comment on your bloggy posts!!!! I hope you have the most super New Year. You so deserve it you beautiful lady xxxxx

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  38. Happy New Year to you! May I suggest hanging out on Instagram? We're havin' a lot of fun over there!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely invite! I dipped my toes into Instagram when it first came on the scene and I dipped back out of it after a while! Never say never, but for now I'll be off radar on most things xxx

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  39. Hi Vanessa,
    What a great idea to re-read your blog, lovely summer time goodness for too hot days. "Shoot for the moon.....Even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars" - our Liliana quoted you the other day, I heard her Papa ask where she heard that, her reply oh Mama says it all the time and she read it on CocoRose, so it must be right because how can it not be !!!!! Sharing the beauty in your every day has made the world a better place , and that is a gift we readers have all been so fortunate to be a part of. Love and Blessings to You to Gorgeous,
    We will see you in flickr and Ravelry land !!!!! Jude and Liliana xxxxx (sunflowers_and_tulips)

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    1. Oh I just love that phrase Jude! I've been thinking of doing an embroidered hoop with that on, just so I can see it everyday! I actually went through my Pinterest board for words the other day and found a few more beautiful, and uplifting ones I'd quite like on a hoop. Eeeeek, I feel another huge bunch of crafting to add to my very long list for this coming year!!!!!! Have a beautiful 2016.......and see you over on Flickr, Ravelry and Pinterest!!!!!! Xxxxx

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  40. Your blog will be much missed Vanessa, it has been such an inspiration, but I will be following on Ravelry to be sure. All the best and wishing you a very Happy New Year. Love Jane xx

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    1. Thank you Jane. I plan to be up to date on my Ravelry page!!!!! Ha ha! Let's see how much I can record for 2016!!!!!!! X

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  41. Do hope you had a lovely Christmas time... I shall miss your prettiness here but shall catch up elsewhere! Wishing you a Happy New year!

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    1. Oh have a gorgeous 2016 and see you on the other platforms!!!!! Xxx

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  42. Wishing you health and happiness in all that you do. Your colourful perspective on the world will be sorely missed. I'm not often on Ravelry these days but will make a point of dropping in to see what crafty things you are up to. God bless and best wishes to you and your bears. X

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    1. Awe thank you Mandy. I plan to keep my Ravelry page fully updated as and when I finish each make, so please do drop by and say hi if you fancy! Xxx

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  43. Happy New Year to you Vanessa! I will very much miss your blog posts. I sincerely wish you health and happiness and look forward to seeing any of your inspirational makes on Ravelry or Flickr! I feel like I have said goodbye to a friend who I will not see for a long time. It is bizarre how sharing an insight (and I know it is only a glimpse) into someone's life through a blog makes you feel an affinity with them. So long! Xxx

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    1. Awe bless you Joey for such kindness in your words. It will feel a little weird I think for a bit, but I think having Flickr and Ravelry has sort of helped me feel good about my decision. So I'm not COMPLETELY gone! Always say 'hi' if you ever feel inclined! Have a beautiful 2016!! Xxx

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  44. Lovely Vanessa
    So sad this day has come and we are loosing you - feel quite emotional at the thought of no more windows into your wee world. Your blog has been my absolute favourite and because I too have three sons and am also called Vanessa I feel a strong affinity with you somehow even though we've never met - I guess its silly but I feel like I am loosing a friend!! I have adored your makes, colour combos, interior pics, you have such exquisite taste and have been a strong source of inspiration to me. Good luck in everything you do - I am very grateful for all you have shared over the years and will keep a lookout for you on ravelry
    Loads of love
    Vanessa Arran
    XXX

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    1. Awe Vanessa, I thought my little windows were getting quite boring!!!! Or maybe it was my voice! I do feel a little sad at saying goodbye. Posting here has been part of my life for quite a few years now, and I shall imagine it will feel weird for a bit not having a voice (or vent!!!). Still sharing my pics on the Internet and recording my makes on another platform sort of makes the transition easier for me. I hope you have a completely fabulous 2016 Vanessa.......and if you ever want to say 'hi', just drop me a line and I won't be far away!!!!! Take care my lovely xxxx

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  45. Tradueix

    Vanessa ..... Thanks for all the good times you have given us... thanks .... thanks ...... thaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks ...... thanks.......... and happy 2016 ... hope you're happy in your stuff.... I always will remember you, always ..... a big hug from Catalonia!

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    1. Thank you Cristina! Have the most awesome 2016! Xxx

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  46. Gorgeous girl, thank you so much for all the inspiration you have provided over the years. I thank you for giving me the confidence to add more colour to my life and now my home is bursting with colour! I'll miss your gorgeous blog, but look forward to seeing what you've been up to on Ravelry. Take care and have a wonderful 2016.

    Leah
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    1. Hi Leah, have a super wonderful New Year too! I shall look forward to seeing you on Ravelry and I hope to be super creative this coming year!!!!! X

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  47. your final post really came! maybe a little something inside of me thought naaah she will reconsider ;) (hey a girl can hope right!) yet I completely understand and wish you nothing but the very best! I will definily check flickr out, never really understood how that worked but if it gives me a chance to follow your amazing feel wondeful pictures i will succeed!! xoxo all the best! heidi

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    1. Hi Heidi, yes it came! It did seem a little weird saying goodbye at the beginning of December and then hanging around for a month, but I just didn't want to end abruptly after so many years. It just didn't feel right. You don't have to be logged into Flickr to view what photos I upload. If you just go to the sidebar on this blog you can click on the photo ball there and it will link you to Flickr to view the photos. It's only if you wNt to comment really that you need to be logged in, but you can still view them without any of the hassle! Have a gorgeous 2016! Xxxxx

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    2. it worked :) I got myself an account and follow you there great! thank you for taking the time to say goodbye to us so kind of you! see you on flickr!

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  48. It is yourself that I will miss most Vanessa, a very gracious, kind, genuine and warm person. Your integrity will be missed as well as your lovely manners and modesty. Never doubt that we really did feel drawn in by your sensitive words as well as enchanted by your lovely pictures. You will be missed here and often remembered.

    Wishing you health, wealth and happiness, may 2016 and beyond be very happy and fulfilling for you. Goodbye and thank you!
    Sara

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    1. Oh gosh Sara, I don't really know what to say to such kind words. You are too kind, and generous with your words, honestly. I'm sure it will feel a little strange for a while, as blogging has been a part of me for quite a few years now, but I hope to still be completely creative and snap away. I think I'll perhaps be talking to myself more!!!!!!! Ha ha! Have an awesome 2016, and I hope it gives you all that you need and want xxx

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  49. Dearest Vanessa here,s a polish girl living in germany.Your wonderful blog has inspired and gave me joy for many years so although I very much understand that you decided to end it, I am very sad. Thank you for for all the joyous moments.Grazynka
    P.s. sorry could you please send me the nick I can find you in revelry? Thank you( duni.duniowska@gmx.de )

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    1. Hello Grazynka, thank you for your kind comments! My name on Ravelry in 'stripey-mooka'. That should lead you to me on there. I hope to be very good and keep everything updated as I do it. Here's hoping I have a creative year to log!!!!!! Have a beautiful 2016!!! X

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  50. Very sad to see you go Vanessa and thank you for everything xx Love Joy xx

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    1. Thank you Joy. May you have a truly wonderful 2016 x

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  51. Thank you for all the gorgeous things you have shared with us all Vanessa...you are truly an inspiration. I will miss your blog posts but hopefully I will still see your lovely photos on Flickr. Wishing you a wonderful, creative and beautiful 2016.
    Marianne xxx

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  52. Thank you so much Marianne. I really hope you have an amazing 2016 and I will see you over on Flickr!!!!! X

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  53. Thank you for leaving your blog up for us. It's so inspiring. You will be missed.

    Cindy Bee

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    1. Thank you Cindy. Have a wonderful 2016 x

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  54. NOOO!!! Sorry. That slipped out. But I'm going to miss you! I know you've talked about this in the past and given it a lot of thought so I am sure it is the right thing for you, but still, I'll miss your creativity, your photography, your warmth and lovely personality - and your sheer bloody talent! Happy New Year to you, I hope 2016 is magnificent. xx

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    1. Awe thank you lovely Gillian. I shall still be reading your Blog as I love it, so I'll still be commenting. I won't be completely gone! Have a super 2016! x

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  55. Hi Vanessa. Thank you for being part of these past few years of my life. I'm going to hugely miss seeing your new blog posts here. Your photography is amazing and I hope that one day you'll publish a book with all your wonderful images and your lovely writing style and words. You inspired me to start my own blog back in 2011 and inspired me to start learning to crochet too. I will be forever grateful for your inspiring blog and approach, without your blog I wouldn't have started my blogging journey and changed my future career and life plans. I love your honest, touching and open writing style and will really miss your blog posts but understand why you want to sign off from this space. Wishing you an incredible 2016 and beyond, full of creativity, love and beautiful colours. I will see you on Flickr. Love Lucy xxxxx

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    1. Awe thank you Lucy for such kindness in your words. I'm blushing a little. I still be taking as many photos and making as many things, just my voice to accompany them won't be heard now. Maybe not such a bad thing, I had a tendency to go on a bit! ha ha! It'll be lovely to see you over on Flickr! Have a super duper 2016 xxx

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  56. Oh no. I will miss your blog dear Vanessa. I loved watching your crochet journey and it truly inspired me. Your use of colour helped me regain my mojo for crochetand your love for all things pastel helped me realise that there is a whole colour pallette that I just haven't been brave enough to use.I will look out for you on Ravelry and look forward to future creations. All the best. T

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    1. Thank you! Oh yes, be brave enough to use pastels!!!!!! ha ha! Looking forward to seeing you over on Ravelry. All the best for 2016! x

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  57. I've been away and just saw this. Oh, say it's NOT so!
    Your blog will be SO missed! your work is beautiful - and inspiring to so many. We will all miss you.

    We will definitely visit here and there to re-visit this site so absorb as much as we can....but you will be so very missed.
    Please reconsider -- and let us all know if you change your mind. We DO understand that this is a large undertaking - and work intensive. Please know that you will be sorely missed! and we do appreciate all you've shared with us.

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  58. Farewell dear Vanessa. I have loved reading and visiting your blog and will miss your lovely photos, sweet words and beautiful creations. I am so drawn to your style and often spend hours re-reading and looking through old posts. Your blog is like that well thumbed book you keep going back to when you need a little lift, whether it be inspiration for yarn craft, home decor or colour on a dull day.
    Keep well lovely lady xx
    (Please consider instagram, it's such an easy platform to share your photos and no words are required.)

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  59. Awe thank you Caroline for such lovely comments. I'm glad someone re-reads it! I kinda thought seeing as I was never going to re-read it, then there wasn't a huge amount of point in writing it, especially if I had other platforms I used to record photos and my makes. I just thought it would be nice to be a little bit invisble again. I think I said a proper goodbye, just because I thought if I ever was tempted to start to write in this space again, to connect with others......I think most people would be gone, so there wouldn't be any point. Blogging is ever changing and Instagram has taken over. Ever the one to always not want to do what is popular, I've been determined not to go back onto Instagram. Never say never, but for now, I think I'll be content with the less popular methods of social interaction! I'm just a little nerdy......and stubborn!!!!!!! Have a beautiful 2016, and I hope it is filled with lots of fun and laughter xxx

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  60. I just wanted to say goodbye.....It was not very long ago that I found your blog and all the beautiful colours and crochet but it has been a joy to follow it.Such beautiful photos, it makes me happy!
    But now that you have decided to say goodbye I want to wish you all the best in the future!!! Thanks for sharing your pretty pictures! I will come back here from time to time when I long for some more colour!
    Hugs from Jeanette :)

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    1. Awe thank you Jeanette. I hope you have the most amazing coming year! Xxx

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  61. NOOOOOOO, me encanta tu blog !!!! todo lo que publicas !!!!! Gracias .Besos. Sandra de Argentina.-

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  62. Hooboy I managed to miss that you were quitting this blog! Oh no, so sad to see you go. Scrolled back to look for a post further explaining your reasons, which I'm sure you must've made, but I can't find it as of yet. Do you have a link somewhere?

    I know you'll have good reasons though, whatever they are. But I'm gonna miss your posts, I always really enjoyed them! I added you to my friends list on ravelry (I'm Skochsela there), so I can hopefully still enjoy your creations in some way or form ;)

    I wish you good luck and lots of good things the coming year. <3

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  63. Thank you for your kind words. There was a post at the beginning of December that explained why I was saying goodbye. In a nutshell, I realised I have never re-read this blog. It was written as a diary to myself, but the reality of it was that I didn't think I would ever read it back. If I went back it would be only really to view the pictures I had taken or see the things I had made. I realised I already had a platform (Flickr) to store my photos and (Ravelry) to record my makes, so this blog felt a little redundant. I felt my voice was repetitive and uninspiring, so my decision was to say goodbye. I thought if I took a long break, the way blogging is changing in favour of Instagram, it wouldn't be worth coming back after a long period away, so I just thought it was better to say a proper goodbye! The blog will remain live though so it will always be available to view! Have a super 2016! X

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  64. Dear Vanessa,

    So sorry to hear your stop blogging, but I understand. Now and then I am in doubt too whether to stop or continue.

    I wanted to thank you for your inspiration, your amazing photo's and your sweet comments through the years. I will miss you! Hope to see you Instagram!

    Wishing you and your men a Happy, Healthy and Sparkling New Year! Wishing you lots of luck!

    Love, Madelief x

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    1. Thank you for your kind words lovely Madelief. I felt that I had come to an end with my voice. I shall still be avidly blog reading, and I always love to read your new posts, so I wont be completely gone! Have a fantastic 2016 with your girls, and lots of life's blessing my friend xxx

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  65. Thank you for your inspiration through the years! Like you I love pastels and it was always a pleasure to visit your blog with your beautiful pictures. I'm sure you will be missed in blogging world. I notice more bloggers decided to stop with the new year :-/

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    1. Thank you Lucy. I just felt that if I took this as a long break on my blog, the way that blogging is changing, by the time I decided to surface again, there wouldn't be anyone around to visit or read, so I might as well just call it quits! Have a super New Year! x

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  66. OH dear. I missed the big farewell. No hugs in the hallway or drying off a tear in the corner of my eye. But you see, I don't like farewells. I always sneak away in silence... And I believe I will bump into you pretty much everywhere. I have loved your blog, your pictures, your creations, your silly mumbling and deep honest reflections and thoughts. May this year be a wonderful one for you. All the best. Until we meet again.
    Xxx
    Kärlek
    Annette

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    1. Thank you my friend. I will only really be gone from posting. I shall still be visiting all my favourite blogs still, so expect to see me commenting away on yours! Have a super duper 2016 and may it be filled with love, laughter and creativity! xxxx

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  67. Blimey O'Reilly, I've not been reading blogs for that long and what always impressed me with your blog was its style. You have been so consistent, providing lovely photographs of beautiful things and even more beautiful makes. All pastelly, or colourful but always super stylish.
    Only the other day I referred a crochet mad friend to your site and now I find you are at an end.
    I wish you all the very best and will have a look for you on ravelry so I don't completely miss your inspirational makes.
    Best wishes
    Ali xx

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    1. Awe thanks lovely Ali. I just felt like I had no voice left, and my crafting seemed more sporadic due to less time these days. That combination doesn't make for a good blogger! I'll still be around in the internet though, and anything I do make will go up on Ravelry, and anything I do take a piccie of will go up on Flickr! So I'm not really gone am I?!!!!!!! Have a gorgeous 2016 xxx

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  68. The Very Best to You as well Vanessa.
    I will miss you on here but will still see you on Ravelry.
    Be Blessed Friend,
    Danette

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    1. Thank you Danette. Have an awesome 2016! x

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  69. Hello...are you there!! I sound like Adele!! I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying re-reading your blog, I am at 12th October 2011. Such a warm feel good break in my day. I did mention in my "Good-bye" to you that I was in the middle of a wobbly time well things are improving, slowly and surely. And your blog plays it's part. Thank you. Hope you are enjoying retirement :) Sending warm wishes, Pamela

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    1. Hello Pamela! I'm waving big time! Gosh, I hope it's not a boring read! ha ha! I'm SO glad to hear that the 'wobbly' time is improving. That has put a big smile on my face today to hear that. I woke up grumpy for some reason this morning, so I walked in the fresh air searching for the beauty in the day, and I found it in the frost patterns. Oh so pretty. Then to read that things are improving for you put another smile on my face! Thank you for that! This year so far has just been mundane cleaning and sorting. I am desperate to do something crafty. I shall pick up an old friend to work on I think, although, I had an idea for a blanket yesterday and I just cannot shift it from my mind. I am SUPER excited to give it a try.It's a long project though and I don't really want two long projects on the go, so I'll see how long I can hold out on it, before the utter NEED takes over! Take care and have a BEAUTIFUL day! xxx

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    2. Hi Vanessa, has the need won? Did you give in and now have two long projects on the go? I thought of you yesterday when half way through sewing a log cabin quilt I decided I would turn it into a table runner! Ha! Ha! I have my reasons , I am not totally unhinged! I have a spinal bone growth which I have learned to managed until it comes to craft....Machine sewing is it's absolute nightmare, but do I listen? No I don't! So a compromise was had. I was so determined to make it as we had the holiday of my dreams last Autumn when we visited New England in the Fall, so this is in colours of the fall and brings a smile to my face each time I walk past the dining room table. What a ramble!!
      Wishing you a sunshiney day, Pamela xxx

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    3. Hi Pamela,

      Ha ha! Well, it's sort of won! I haven't started it yet but I have ordered the yarn. Oh my, it was such fun getting colours for it. I'm hoping I can keep it small so I can whip it up quickly. In my usual shades I'm afraid. I seem to never fully be able to stray too far! I was naughty today too, as I was in a yarn shop and bought some rather gorgeous yarn to do something with. Not sure yet but I've been eyeing it up for a while and it was on sale. MEANT TO BE then!!!!!!! Ha ha! I'm supposed to be keeping all my crafting to a minimum at the moment. Decorating my house and painting my house was supposed to be my goal, but I'm lacking enthusiasm, and have an attack of the blahs at the moment. Therefore, a bit of crafting maybe just what I need! Actually, once the yarns arrive for the new project, I might just HAVE to start it. My brain is all scatty at the moment. I don't know about ants in my pants so much, as ants in my head!

      New England in the fall sounds absolutely gorgeous, and what a beautiful reminder to have to make you smile when you walk past your dining table! I need to make friends with my sewing machine. He just doesn't like me. Probably because I have never bothered to get to know him properly. He needs to be wined and dined I think to co-operate!!!!!!!!

      Lovely 'virtually' chatting to you Pamela. Take care, and may you be blessed with sunshiny days too! Xxx

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  70. Sad that I'm unable to read your blog anymore, I will miss you and best wishes to you Venessa.

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  71. Dont nail the saying... all good things will come to an end. Your blog is refreshing, lifts up moods and brings happiness. Wish you'll come back soon

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  72. Sorry to see you go. Happy new year. If you read this please could you help me. I love your corner to corner scarf with diagonal ends,but can't work out how to start it diagonally. I have searched the net but can't find info anywhere. My email is Iggyknit@hotmail.com. Thank you,

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    1. Hi there, I sent you an email with help. If it doesn't reach you, just comment back on here and i'll reply in the comments box (but I added pics to help you!).

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  73. So sorry to see you go. Your work has always been beautiful & inspiring. Thank you for sharing ideas, colors & so much more. Wishing you the very best! Hoping to see you on Pinterest & Ravelry.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely kind comments! X

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  74. I'm what you may call a silent viewer, probably like many other. It's Sad to see you go, but wish you all the best and a big Thank you for sharing your makes and time with us all much appreciated.

    Thank you Jackie

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    1. Thank you Jackie, that's very kind of you to say x

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  75. This is a beautiful blog and your creations are absolutely lovely. I discovered them on pinterest. All best wishes to you.

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    1. Awe bless you Kazzy. Strangely I was thinking of you too today......wondering how you were getting on in your new house, new surroundings and life. I hope it's still amazing and Sweetpea is loving it too! Big squishy hugs xxxx

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  77. I miss seeing your lovely post and crocheting. Hope you are well with love Janice

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    1. Hello Janice! I'm very well thank you! I've been very busy with house decoration. It was my plan to spend this year sorting and decorating my house. Wow, it's a time consuming thing! I forget how it totally sends you into complete disorganisation! There has been little time for crochet so far this year. I have the mini hexagon blanket on the go (which I started last summer) and a new blanket I have made a start on. It's another patchwork type, but it's a big one and so far I have only made a small start. Never enough time! Hopefully by the summer, the majority of house redecoration will be done so that I can concentrate more on crafting. I'm sort of itching to do it, but the house is in so much chaos, I feel yarn everywhere would add to it, and that wouldn't be good! Ha ha! I'm still taking photos and posting them up on Flickr. Just click on that photograph ball in my sidebar and it'll take you to my Flickr page and you can see what I've been up to in pictures. Not massively exciting as no crafting though! I have missed being on here, more than I thought, just often wanting to get some words down on virtual paper, but life is fairly boring and I really don't think it would be of interest to anyone!!!!!!! Thank you so much for thinking of me, and I hope you are well and all is good in your world. Take care, Vanessa xxx

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  78. I've been thinking about you and just wanted you to know that there seems to be a hole where your photos and words once were. Missing you and hoping you are enjoying your days.

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    1. Awe thank you beautiful Jen. Life is busy....quite chaotic at the moment. I'd quite like it just to slow down a little, that would be nice! In the meantime, I'm trying to concentrate on healthy living and fitness. It's the only thing I feel I have control of at the moment, and it's kind of fun! Things are so busy that I seem to be lagging in catching up with my fave blogs. It saddens me a little, as it was a daily thing for me when I was actively blogging. I do miss blogging a bit, but having said that, there has been no crafting of any sorts these past 5 months and I haven't had much to talk about, so it's not such a bad thing I stopped! ha ha! Take care my lovely xxxxxxx

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  79. i will miss your blog, you know i will ive followed you til the end and for so long ive been inspired and admired and enjoyed all your delightful photography and words~ and if that wasnt enough you have been my bloggy besty!!!! i will miss you but i will always look forward to seeing your comments on my blog, big besty blog hugs and best wishes

    Live in care jobs

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    1. Hello Chandu, thank you for your kind comments. Hopefully, leaving my blog up and live, you will be able to have a browse through the posts again when you feel like it! Have a super week! Vanessa : )

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  80. Ahhh miss looking at your beauty, you are super talented and so creative, love you Ness, can't wait to see you soon, xxxx

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  81. Visiting today for some much needed Coco Rose inspiration. I do hope you are well and have had a good summer.
    Keep well lovely lady xx

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    1. Hello Caroline!

      Awe thank you for visiting here again! Hope you managed to feel a little inspired! he he! I am well thanks. This year has been busy....and testing. Sadly, not much has been happening on the creative front, so just as well I put this baby to rest at the start of the year! ha ha! The summer was lovely and relaxing and just what I needed. I'm gathering my thoughts on what to make for the winter months. I always get the urge to make something warm and cosy at this time of the year, so we will see!

      I hope 2016 has been a good one for you so far, and that these last few months will be super awesome indeed! Take care, and thank you for stopping by! xxxxx

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  82. So well put. Not the rosiest of years, but certainly not the worst either. Would be lovely to see you back in here sooner than next year.

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  83. Merci de nous donner des nouvelles. Votre message reflète l'année que nous avons passé (pour beaucoup de monde). Moi aussi j'espère que mon crochet sera plus productif que 2016 et que l'année sera meilleure... Merci pour votre blog si beau et qui réchauffe le coeur (même l'été ;-) ). Tous mes voeux pour 2017

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