Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Going Gently Ten Years On

Going Gently has been going ten years.
For a decade now I have sat down for half an hour a day ( with my trusty American coffee cup) and have put down my thoughts, my news my ideas in a diary that has seen me through an existance that had changed drastically from work and life in an inner city Northern City.
Ten years ago the Prof was a Doctor. Finlay and Maddie were the cottage dogs and old Joan, who was going on twenty was the toothless household cat with some attitude.

I've been reading those old blogs today as I sat on the loo.
They were often brief, slightly boring and more factual blogs than today's more flowery versions of village life. But of course they would be...for I didn't really know anyone then.
I had my one and only follower in 2006 ( The Welsh Terrier Lover Cassie) and a daily blog readership of 100 pageviews yet, the daily ritual of putting my thoughts down on an internet 'safe place' became as important a job as going to work, feeding the dogs or hoovering up the cat hairs.

Going Gently has chronicled a pretty mundane and normal life. The little ups and downs, the petty gripes and the little victories just how I see them, could be anyone's story, for we all have our own loved ones that spark off the imagination like characters such as The Prof  ( with his particular Roger Moore eyebrow) or Auntie Glad.......a grand old dame that I met a decade ago when she was only 86!
Going Gently has taught me to think about things just a little, to describe the mundane and pick out the interesting.
It has become as important to me as breathing.

So thank you, my friends for reading .And thank you for your support over the years......I re read my sadder blogs this morning. The blogs such as Andrew, My Co Pilot, The Last Mabel Post and Chasing Cars and the messages of support in the comment boxes still make me feel lifted and indeed valued.
Only other bloggers will understand this.

A decade of Going Gently !

Hey ho

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  1. Congrats John, even if the picture is Blossom Hill Cottage.

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    1. It was in support of Helen...she should have cut rob's knackers off

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  2. Congrats on ten years! I'll be hitting my ten year mark next month, and so much of what you wrote -- about the gradual transformation of your posts, for example -- I can identify with. (And I need my American coffee cup when I blog, too!)

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  3. Congratulations! I'm glad I met you John. Thank you, for sharing your thoughts, family and village life here with us. You have a lovely way of putting us through your sweet (and sometimes not so sweet) experiences. Greetings Maria x

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  4. Congratulations.
    Ten years blogging is a very big achievement.

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    1. Pity, i didnt get paid for each one

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  5. Well done, I passed ten years in January, I am afraid MI email are far more boring than your posts. On and upward!!

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  6. Congrats! you might like this if you haven't seen it already - Airedale +Scotties https://www.facebook.com/ILoveMyDogsClub/videos/767132983416821/?fref=nf

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    1. Ive always wanted an airedale ..they have massive feet

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  7. Congratulations on what I consider a very great achievement. I love reading your posts and marvel at your ability and daily commitment. You are well-loved and deservedly so, my friend! xo

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  8. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, observations and sense of humour with us. You bring a smile to my face most days. Here's to another 10 years.

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  9. Thank you for being here; you've become a friend who's adventures with the furry and four-legged we look forward to.

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  10. Congrats John, me and my family love reading your daily posts.

    lisa xx

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  11. Congratulations John! Your blog is a wonderful success story. I've have been blogging eight years and still don't get the amount of page views that you got back in 2006! You have one of the best interactive blogs that I know where you positively encourage comments good or bad! Here's to the next ten years of tears and laughter and friendship. x

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  12. I've not "known" you for the full ten years, but have certainly enjoyed your blog for a couple of years so far. I love how you tell of village life and all the characters, and when you do, I have a mini movie playing in my mind where I get to decide what they look like and how they sound. When you have a particularly funny post, I drag my husband into the room (he doesn't blog) and read it to him, and yes, he laughs as well. You may not realize what a constant you are in my morning routine and probably others'. Wherever life takes you, please continue blogging! -Jenn

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    1. Jenn....your poor hubby!

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  13. Well done on ten years. Blogging, which has apparently been dying for the last five plus years is the most weirdest thing, but so so rewarding. It would be arrogant of me to say I only read the blogs of the nicest people, but perhaps there is some truth in it, and at the nicest people's blogs, who pops up with a comment, one John Gray of Wales. PS Your country's national library did not get back to me when I contacted them with the suggestion that your blog be archived.

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    1. How bloody rude of them andrew!

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  14. don't remember how I found you, but I am damn glad I did! congrats on 10 years; may there be 20 more! you are delightful! :)

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  15. And oh how much joy you have brought to us all....here's to ten more!

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  16. I love reading your blog, John, because you say it how it is for you, with an honesty which is rare indeed. Vx

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    1. Does that mean I am a mouthy bitch?

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  17. I rarely comment but value your blog. It is the first one I visit every day. Thank you.

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  18. Glad I met you Johnxx

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    1. Ditto Rachel......you make us all more interesting

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  19. You are my giggle in the morning and always a fun and interesting read to start my day.

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  20. You always manage to pique interest and, more importantly, maintain it. Your writing coveys warmth, humor, and never a trace of anger or bitterness. You've definitely won the hearts of your readers.
    Congratulations!

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  21. I sit at my computer laughing and the retired-guy will look at me funny.."Oh, it's just John & Chris" and he understands. Thanks for the many laughs, John. Here's to ten more. Deb (Canada)

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  22. Reading your blog has become part of my daily routine just as writing it has become a part of yours. Keep it up, we all love it !

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  23. After reading your blog for so long, I have a very vivid picture of life in Trelawnyd and all its eccentric residents! I look forward to more daily updates.

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  24. Congratulations on being consistently interesting, enlightening and amusing!

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  25. you have a great talent for making the every day interesting. I'm another who reads your blog first and tells my family about you (well, more the animals but whatever)
    I'd make you an anniversary cake if you were closer

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  26. Congratulations, thank you, and may there be decades more. You are a part of our day.

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  27. I've only been reading your blog for a couple of years, it's always entertaining (except the Walking Dead stuff - not a fan!) and you really tell it like it is about keeping livestock and living with animals. I love hearing about the village characters and your involvement in your local community, especially the way you've managed to link the Internet community with the Trelawnyd Flower Show! Here's to the next ten years.

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  28. Congrats, I hope you never stop!
    I regret that I haven't written for a long time, anywhere.
    x

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  29. I love your blog, I read every post and feel I have a friend to share a coffee with.
    Thank you.
    Pam in Texas.xxx

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  30. I've only recently started popping in (and I've only just heading toward eight years in my own little corner of the cyberverse, but ten seems a very great achievement indeed. It is marvelous to have a chance to, vicariously, participate in a life so different from one's own, not to mention so rich and rewarding a one. Bravo!

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  31. Thank you John for your lovely, witty, humane blog. Helps to keep me sane, or so I think! Keep Blogging.......Jan Bx.

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  32. I am so glad i found your blog 2 years ago. I read it from the begining once.

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    1. Bloody hell.. That must have taken you an age

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    2. I did the same and it did take an age, a very entertaining age! Keep on blogging, John. Cheers.

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  33. Thank you John for making my days a little brighter with your wonderful blog. I love your blog because its honest, real, funny as hell, encouraging, comforting.... keep it up!

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  34. Congratulations, John! I read Going Gently every day :-)

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  35. Well done John.
    So many things stand out I can't choose one. Will it be the blocked anal glands, hurling pastry at passing cars, the bunting that almost successfully 'passed through', sexing Camilla... I could go on and on. Another ten years please x

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  36. Here's to the next ten years! God speed to "Going Gently" and all who sail in her.

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  37. Happy Blogoversary! Reading your blog is always a bright spot in my day. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- you're a gay James Herriot so that's even better than the original!

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  38. Congratulations on ten years' blogging, John. I love the gentle goings on in your village; the more dramatic posts about your work; but mostly I love your love for your four-legged friends. You once gave me good advice about my chickens in Tanzania, some of which had funny lice thingy's between their toes. I love popping onto you blog for whatever you may offer that day - so here's to another ten years! Jo xx

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  39. I so enjoy reading your blog. Congratulations on a decade of writing.

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  40. 10 years and I have only just found it. well, last year I found it. I'm in my 8th year but never garnered much of a following.

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  41. That's quite a milestone; congrats!

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  42. John, you have become a part of my day. I thank you for that. And, congratulations!

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  43. Well done, Sir - and don't even THINK of stopping.
    A blog's-worth is determined by the blog writer, which is precisely why you've got more than 20 times the number of followers that I have. That says all that needs to be said.

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  44. Since having met you just a few short months ago . . .
    I have fallen in love with your "hey ho" and most assuredly your zest and truth . . .
    I look forward to your daily diary . . .
    and today, on this grey wintery non spring day in Michigan . . .
    I look forward to reading those three entries . . .
    Reflection has been good for my soul . . .
    Thank you for giving your wisdom and spice . . .

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    1. I have been trying to find the three entries you mentioned. I went back to your first blog entry . . . looking for Andrew , my Co Pilot and the other two. No luck . . . I read your Flight 93 entry . . . oh my . . . I will keep looking . . . I love "reading" you!

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    2. Check your email xx

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  45. I adore your blog. Happy Anniversary, and I hope you will continue to keep us entertained, laughing and crying.

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  46. On to the next 10 years and your future adventures, you have made many of my days brighter and i urge you to try writing a book of your picturesque village and its colorful inhabitants as well as your life. you have a way with words and my full admiration.

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  47. Wow, ten years, congratulations!

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  48. Just as your writing this blog is a daily ritual my dropping by to read it is. I read aloud an odd post to my daughter, she knows you as going gently, I refernce you to my newly `addicted to the Walking Dead` sister in law as `the guy from the blog about the village etc` I read and to another you are `the Meg man`....I mention you as if you are one of those significant pals who others never see and yet know are part of daily life. Thank you for this blog and the earnest honesty in which it is written. X

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  49. And I'm so glad I've found your safe place. It has become a joy in my own life.

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  50. I've only been visiting for a little while, but check in daily now. Congratulations on ten years, here's to ten more..xx

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  51. Reading Going Gently is part of my daily routine. Life wouldn't be the same without you and your menagerie.

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  52. Congratulations! I'm so glad I found your blog...I refer to you as "my favorite blog"!

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  53. Let me add my congratulations, along with an expression of gratitude for sharing your quirky, fascinating life and writing talent. It may all be mundane to you, but it gives the rest of us a little escape from our own flavors of mundanity.

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  54. Well done for 10 years! I'm only a jenny-come-lately but you are a daily treat and I must add that I enjoy all the other folk's comments as well.

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  55. Every morning after arriving at my office, turning on my computer, "American coffee cup" in hand I would have my morning chuckle and sometime sniffle as I read your blog. In retirement I do the same, thanks John for becoming part of my life and congratulations on ten years I lift my cup in cheer

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  56. A highlight of my morning. Congratulations on 10 years of illuminating and entertaining writing. Odd how I can feel that I have a friend in Wales whom I care about, and with no expectation of ever meeting!

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  57. Congratulations and thank you.I love real, I love everyday.It really is the most important though we spend our lives thinking otherwise.

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  58. Congratulations.

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  59. Happy Anniversary, and here's to many more! x

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  60. Your blog is my first read of every day, while I'm having my morning coffee, for the past 3 years or so. I wish I had found you sooner. Thanks for the coffee-spewing laughs, the heart-felt tears, and for sharing your life. I hope to read you for a long time to come. Thank you, John Grey. Have an awesome day.

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  61. Your blog is my first read of every day, while I'm having my morning coffee, for the past 3 years or so. I wish I had found you sooner. Thanks for the coffee-spewing laughs, the heart-felt tears, and for sharing your life. I hope to read you for a long time to come. Thank you, John Grey. Have an awesome day.

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  62. Have followed you for many years now and have very much enjoyed being allowed in on your journey. You are my first read of the day with that important first cup of coffee! Congratulations John! X
    Camille

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  63. You know, John, good job. I've been around since someone found you in the allotment on Google Earth, and have enjoyed every minute.

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  64. Happy Blogaversary!!!!! Here's to another great 10 years of blogging!!!

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  65. I think what I love most about your writing, John, is that one can feel the love and tenderness that you have for your neighbors, your village, the church that you take care of, your job, your animals, your home and your husband. Even tho that love and tenderness is very often displayed in your ever-present bathroom humor!

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  66. Thank you for blogging! I look forward to reading this every single day! :) Love from my own little nutty town, Duvall, Washington, USA.

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  67. Congratulations...and keep on blogging!

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  68. Consider this an echo of everyone else. Found your blog 2-3 years ago and it's a very welcome beginning to my day, whether you make me laugh or cry, and you sometimes do both in the same post. As someone above said, 'Wherever life takes you, please continue blogging.' Happy 10th.

    And I too went looking for the posts you mentioned but could not find them. Any chance you would say?

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    1. Here are the links..get a hankie ready
      http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2007/03/chasing-cars.html
      http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/my-co-pilot.html
      http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/last-mabel-post.html
      http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/andrew.html

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  69. Congratulations - I've joined the party late so feel I've missed out - such a great blog and now I've found you I'm here to stay!

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  70. Well done and thank you John, I don't always comment but I do always read. I find your blog warm, funny and uplifting, I imagine it mirrors you pretty well xx

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  71. Ten years is an amazing achievement. I read you every day and am never disappointed! Congrats John.

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  72. Welldone John. I look forward to my daily ration of Going Gently

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  73. I may not post much these days but I still read a few Blogs and yours is always the first so thank you John xx

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  74. Congratulations on 10 years! Like so many yours is the first one I read every morning. I can’t remember when or how I first found you, but I am so glad I did. From a commenter on your blog, I started reading the Crystal Coast Gardener. Little did I know she lived about 11 miles from me. My mother knew her husband and went to his daughter’s wedding. I did not know that was the wedding mother went to until I read one of her posts. When my mother passed away she and her husband came to the visitation. When she got to me, I said Hi Kyna. She seemed a little shocked because she did not know me. I told her I read her blog and that I had found it from John’s Going Gently. I guess my point is how small the world we live in is. I hope you continue on for another 10 years. Again, Big Congrats! …and, I still blame you for getting me hooked on The Walking Dead!!! xoxo

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    2. Too many scenarios that could happen! I am hoping someone saves the day! The cliffhangers are killing me!

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  75. Yours is one of only two blogs I read that have daily posts. These are like breathing to me just as much as writing is for you.

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  76. Love your blog John, you keep it real (and amusing) xx

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  77. Look forward to another 10 years.

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  78. Here's to the next decade John. And never forget the pleasure you have given to all of us with your daily tales telling of sadness, of village life, or you and the Prof, and of humour. (never let us forget the humour.)

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  79. I am so happy I found your blog ! You have made my life better, funnier, sometimes sadder and just plain nice.
    I always start my morning with a cup of coffee and reading your blog and Weavers first.

    Happy ten years
    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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      It made me very happy.

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  80. Keep going! If you were to quit, I don't think I could handle the withdrawal.

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  81. Happy Blogiversary :-)

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  82. You change lives Johnny-Boy! I've held my puppy closer when you've lost yours , discovered the delights of homemade Scotch Eggs and all my coffee mugs are American!

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  83. Congratulations - that's some achievement John - here's to the next ten years.

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  84. It's a lovely slice of village life and all that goes along with it that you've shared here. A privilege to be invited into your life with the Prof and puppies and fellow villagers. And a blessing to have you share so much of your heart with all of us here.
    Here's to many, many more years!
    I think "Going Gently" should be a television series or a movie...like "The Darling Buds of May" or "Lady in the Van". Your right up there with the likes of them, only you're sweeter and funnier xx

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  85. Happy Anniversary John, I love reading your blog, and come away a kinder person. You have helped me look with more attentiveness at my 'daily round' and I think you for that.

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  86. Thank you for sharing your blog with us, John!

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  87. Congrats on 10 years!

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  88. Here is to another 10!!!

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  89. Happy anniversary John. I cannot get through my breakfast without reading the latest instalment, and often reading it aloud to MrC too. You are as much a part of our morning rituals as cleaning our teeth, only far more fun xoxo

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  90. I love you, John! Going Gently is an important part of my morning routine. I would be so sad if you ever quit blogging! So don't. Or I will personally have to come to Wales and tell you off! Haha!! :) Happy Blogiversary my friend!

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  91. I love Going Gently, and look forward to reading of village life, dogs, poos, the Prof and your lives in general. Congratulations on your first 10 years. You make me laugh so much and sometimes cry.

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  92. A decade of Going Gently! What an accomplishment! I read your blog every day now and I love the goings on in your little village and the antics of your four footed family members! I cry and laugh and I'm so happy I found your blog!

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  93. Wow - a decade of blogging, now that is persistence, dogged persistence! Nice one, I have thoroughly enjoyed your slice of life - thank you

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  94. Congratulations John...I've enjoyed each and every blog post.

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  95. Thank you all for the comments just got home after a cultured night watching Giselle

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  96. i love your blog! what would we do without you?

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  97. FIrst time commenting John. I too am a daily visitor, and I've been trying to put my finger on exactly why your blog has become one of the two blogs I read daily, like a little morning ritual. The posts are seemingly simple, pets,scotch eggs and such, but the deeper accumulative resonance of it all is like a quiet masterclass on how to be human. Thank you very much.

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  98. Even when you do not know I am here.

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  99. Like most of your readers John, yours is the first blog I read each morning....need my daily fix of village life. xx

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  100. I love your blog, John! It helps to know that half way around the world someone is facing the same little life challenges that I am. Here's to another 10 years! But one question: how did you come up with the title Going Gently?

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  101. Happy blogbirthday John! I've only been at it for just over a year but already I can see what a wonderful thing it will be to look back on in further years. (You forget stuff so fast!) I remember someone saying they print their blog posts up into a book to keep each year and I can understand why. Keep on blogging!

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  102. Congratulations John. I Think it's your heartfelt style of writing that appeals. Funny, ordinary, wry, sad it's all here. Long may it last. Sheridan in Queensland.

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  103. Don't stop John....go for the 20yr celebration too....congratulations..x

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  104. Happy anniversary John, 10 years! Well done that man! I discovered you around 2008 or thereabouts, which is when I started my own blog (now alas defunct) and I've been following you and reading you every day since then. Like others have said, you're as necessary to my day as my morning coffee. Here's to ten more years.

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  105. Congratulations I raise a glass to you John and a toast for many more years of Going Gently.

    cheers from Vancouver Island.

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  106. You have my admiration and my thanks.

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  107. 10 years! That is a lot of life. Thank you for sharing it.

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  108. So much gratitude being sent your way. Wishing you many more years of "Going Gently."

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  109. I too love reading of village life with you and the menagerie. I often read you to my daughter, you're referred to as "my man in Wales" now!

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  110. A lot can happen in ten years - (strangely) you have unknowingly been in my life for a large part of that time - thank you for sharing yours and enriching mine. Congrats!

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  111. Although I don't comment very often, I do visit often, and want to stop by today to send congratulations on 10 years of blogs.

    Your posts have a wonderful quality that is completely unique. See you again soon!

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