Come and have a little chat with me, reader.
The Fox and Furrow has been my confidante for the best part of four months now (seems like longer)!
I started this blog after hours and hours spent devouring the likes of others - Sunny Sweet Pea, Cider With Rosie and The Tea Drinking English Rose consuming the time between dissertation writing, reference checking and snatches of sleep over summer during the final throws of my Masters degree. I'll be the first to admit that blogging started out as a procrastination tool. As much as the delicacies of masculinity and nationalism in the late-eighteenth century got me going, I did need a good amount of light reading material to keep me sane - trust me, there's nothing that a post about kitch home interiors can't fix.
As such, that's the type of material I chose to post about myself. I love baking - it's such a good stress relief and provides the most wholesome type of satisfaction, so I posted about baking. When heavy tomes that came in three volumes weighed down my desk I turned to popular fiction and light hearted novels that helped me fall asleep, and so book reviews were born. When I handed it all in and hopped over to Scotland and Ireland for a break my pages were flooded with posts of craggy cliffs and flagstone pavements slick with Highland rain. Travel posts had arrived.
To cut to the chase - the content I've been curating on The Fox and Furrow has been lovingly crafted, but I feel it's time to add a new element. The outfit posts, favourites and chintzy purchases were A-OK when my brain was so densely full of academic material that I couldn't think of anything else. I'll still have all that on here because I love doing it, but I'll be introducing you to some of the other things that make me tick, get me excited and light a fire in my belly. Now that I'm no longer working academically, there's a analysis shaped hole in my life. As such, soon there'll be more opinions, reviews and outlooks on all manner of things that affect young women in our society today, with more added bite.
As with any idea that grips and inspires you, you want to start it there and then without a second thought. I felt that when I started my blog in late July, and wanted my Blogger domain THERE and THEN. I hunted around for a name and came across The Fox and Furrow as a play on one of my favourite Johnny Flynn lyrics. I love the name, and I'm sure it would make the very best of pubs, but I feel it doesn't fully sum up what I want to do with this space.
So, over the weekend things will look a little different on here. It'll still be the same old me, in the same little cabin making the same excursions back and forth to London and lovely Norfolk, but there'll be lots of other exciting things going on too.
Very soon 'The Fox and Furrow' will become 'Snug' - a name I feel better sums up my little space - a space dedicated to discussing the things that make me feel myself, feel a warmth of recollection, feel a deeper sense of understanding with the world. 'Snug' means comfort, intimacy, and homeliness which is what I want this blog to be about. A place where all are welcome to share ideas without feeling restrained by form or expectation.
I value each and everyone one of my readers, and dearly hope you'll embrace this journey with me - we'll all be better for it I'm sure.