So long and thanks for all the slugs…

Dear all – all my readers, fellow bloggers & gardeners, all my friends – I’m afraid the time has come to close the gate on Wild Burro Paddocks.

As many of you will have noticed, and I am all too aware of, it has been over two months since my last post. What you may not know is that I also missed my blog’s second birthday back in October. I knew it was coming but in truth found I had nothing to say. In fact, that is the problem with the blog now. I have nothing to say about growing veg or building an extension or anything like that anymore.

The last twelve months have been strange – me and Mrs Burro have been working towards something and it is about to come off any day now (I’m not going to say any more but I’ll answer emails if anyone is interested 🙂 ). That coupled with my growing interest in Second Life has taken me away from both the garden and this blog to a point I can’t see myself coming back. I will be carrying on with the veg growing, but it will have to fit around our new circumstances now (did someone say sandpits?) and I won’t be blogging it as my SL blog is my main focus of online time now.

I just want to say a huge THANK YOU! to all my friends who have read and commented on my babblings, and allowed me to comment on theirs (not babblings, I mean 🙂 ). I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this site yet, so this blog will be here for a while, but there won’t be another post after this one I’m afraid.

I’ve had a blast over the past two years – from the early days when I discovered WordPress from the always fragrant Pumpkin Soupstress and followed the adventures of the ever energetic Allotment Lady, to reading the collective thoughts and entertaining stories of Mildew, HedgeWizard, Kitchen Witch, Mike, Mel (and family members!), Cool, GiGi, Chris, Jac, Sara, Nez, Bug_Girl, Marvin and many, many more! Thank you all for being supportive, lovely and just so bloody funny!

I’ll try and keep in touch by following blogs but if anyone wants my email address just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. Same goes if anyone wants to follow my Second Life blog (I report for CNN now too 😀 ).

Thank you all again… and may your veg grow strong and your chooks lay double yolkers every time 🙂

Yours for the last time,
Head Burro – Amateur gardener and all round daft bugger.



  1. Mel Rimmer said,

    December 27, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Oh no! Burro! What will we do without you? I can’t say I understand your choice to give up the real world of muck and worms and veggies in favour of a virtual existence, but I wish you oodles of luck with it, and I hope it makes you happy and fulfilled and as wealthy as you wish to be. You’ll always be very welcome at Bean Sprouts. Drop me an email (there’s a mailto link in the right-hand sidebar of my blog) and I’ll try to remember to keep in touch that way.

  2. December 28, 2007 at 12:14 am

    Oh Burro! Just as I’m getting back you’re taking off. I wonder if your new project with the misses is the same as my new project with the husband…


    I’d love to keep in touch with your Second Life even if it’s less leafy green. Your writing always brightens my day.

    Be well, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  3. hedgewizard said,

    December 28, 2007 at 12:20 am

    How can I miss you if you won’t go away? Oh, erm… well, I’ll miss you matey. Good luck with your new life as you swim away from the virtual clothes on the beach!

  4. December 28, 2007 at 9:10 am

    Hi Mel – I’m not giving up the worms and veggies for SL, it’s just I have no time to look after this blog anymore. A certain wee someone will be taking up most of my time soon but besides that, my focus of interest has shifted to SL. Growing veggies and the like are now part of my mainstream life and I find I’m not enthused enough to write about that now. SL, on the other hand, is still an amazing source of inspiration and fun.

    I know it’s hard to understand, especially if virtual worlds and games are not your bag, but trust me when I say that SL is *not* a replacement to my real life, but it is an incredibly fun add-on. Hell, as great as my real life is and as much fun as I’ve had learning to grow stuff over the last 2 years, it’s hard to beat the fact I can be a 6 foot half man-half gazelle CNN reporter who owns a steamy jungle complete with ruined temple, elder god worshipping natives and a floating art gallery 😀

    I’ll send you a link to my blog – come see the new me 😉


    Hi Hedgie – I *do* have a virtual beach you know. Treacherous rocks and storms though – wrecked many a ship there. I’ll send a link too – you’d like the new look 😀

  5. December 28, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Hiya Chris! Awwwwww, I’m so pleased for you mate! What a lovely Xmas present xx

    I’ll send you a link too – wouldn’t want to lose touch with anyone who actually likes my scribblings 😀

  6. December 28, 2007 at 9:21 am

    p.s. Chris, I’ve no idea what Terrasilva is (saw it on your flickr roll) but it looks very like the amazing build in SL called Luskwood

  7. December 28, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that you won’t be posting anymore as I have enjoyed reading your blog. I wish you all the best with your future endeavours. Sara from farmingfriends

  8. December 28, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Cheers Sara – likewise, I’ve loved reading your blog, I’m only too sorry we met at a time I was moving away from the subject.

    I know you and your farm will do well in the future, but I’m still going to wish you best of luck anyway as I think you farmers need every break you can get!

  9. Nez said,

    December 28, 2007 at 10:27 pm

    Awwww – I’ve been wondering what you’ve been up to! I may have to try and find your SL blog since I’m totally intrigued by what it’s all about.

    Still…. a burro’s gotta do, what a burro’s gotta do.

    I wish you well in your future projects whatever they may be. Feel free to pop by if the mood takes you.

  10. Jac said,

    December 29, 2007 at 12:59 pm

    Au revoir Burro! Been a lot of fun reading your gardening highs and lows, and well, I’ll visit your SL blog more often just to read you as I love your musings! Will miss this blog, that’s for sure!

    As for that project – I could guess as it’s one I’m working hard on as well ;-), and I wish you all the best with the wee one!!! You, Chris, perhaps me sometime soon – exciting times!

  11. bug_girl said,

    December 29, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    Oh! You’ll be missed!
    Hopefully you’ll still post occasionally.

    And congrats on the “project”, if it’s what I think!

  12. December 30, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Nez – I’ll still drop by and I’ll send you a link to my other blog 🙂

    Hi Jac – I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!!!

    Hi BG – I doubt I’ll post here, but I’ll send you a link to my other blog and maybe I can tempt you into a virtual world to study bugs there!

  13. January 2, 2008 at 8:23 am

    Ah. I had wondered, it having been quieter than the grave around here for some time now. 🙂 Good luck in your mysterious endeavour, and do let me know what the devil you are up to – shall I email you?

  14. January 2, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Dear Burro,

    Slap me thrice and hand me to my mama!

    It’s taken me a while to respond – but you didn’t think I’d let you go without putting my oar in, did you?

    Finishing? Ending? Sad to see your dirty blog bite the dust – who am I going to cyber flirt with now? I’ve always enjoyed your crazy humour and the banter in your comments. I’ve been resisting asking for the link to your SL blog but you’ll just have to send it to me now, else how will I get my swearing fix?

    Seems as though in spite of your discretion that the entire internet has guessed your ‘project’ – all the very best with that, sounds very exciting. Much easier to look after than worms. No really.

    Finally, you know that if you and the mistress (and…) ever venture Birmingham way (I know, it is scarily far south, but I’m sure you can survive it) that you are duty bound to drop in for tea and biscuits. Plus, you’re very welcome to stay as we have loads of room. We won’t charge you, but we might rope you in to do some digging!

  15. January 2, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    KW, you are *always* welcome to email me! I shall look to my account more often – although I’m jut getting over a stinking cold so I may have missed some emails from the last few days 🙂

  16. Head Burro said,

    January 2, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Soupy! I wondered where you’d gone! I thought you didn’t love me any more 😉

    There’s an email on the way with more details 🙂


  17. January 7, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    test 1

  18. LisaB said,

    January 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    De-lurking to thank you for lots of laughs over the last year that I’ve been reading your blog and to wish you well with future endeavours

  19. January 8, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Cheers Lisa – it’s nice to know I kept some folks smiling 🙂

    Hmmm, I wonder how many other lurkers I had…

  20. January 9, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    I wasn’t lurking. I was skulking.

    By the way, what are you going to do with your hampster now?

    Marvin The Magnificent.

  21. Frankie said,

    January 11, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Well you’ve even got me at it. Am now re-reading your blog with added interest!

  22. David said,

    January 11, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I lurked. And linked.

    *And* just when I decided to get back into blogging, you go and stop.


  23. Head Burro said,

    January 14, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    Marvin: Hi mate – sorry for Bert’s prolonged silence, it appears he has gone off to Goa ‘to find himself’ ‘and take drugs’. Sigh. I’m sure he’ll be back soon – last I heard, he was on the run from Interpol for various unspecified courier type offenses…

    Hi Frankie: Sorry to be vanishing just as we met – hope the extension goes well 🙂

    David: Damn, sorry! My only defense is the sudden arrival and urgent and pressing issue…

  24. Jooles said,

    January 29, 2008 at 12:58 am

    OMG!!!! You too!!! Still read but don’t comment. Bad year and all that however, I wish you all the best with your new project. Take care ….sniff…. and ….sniff….. just remember you’re the bestest little burro….. sniff… boo hoo…. hoorah for the burro!!!!

  25. Jooles said,

    January 29, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Oh – please email me with your new site as I would love to read. Have tried to find it but to no avail. must try harder!

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