Hello again

If you have been visiting Pencils & Pasta before, you know that this is not supposed to be the first entry to this blog. Unfortunately the last 3 years of work have been deleted due to a hack – something to do with an error in a WordPress theme plugin. Whatever happened and whatever the point of it was, the result was an empty blog. Like, completely empty. Wiped clean.

Pencils & Pasta, your custom illustrated recipes, illustrated by me // photo by Annemarie Gorissen

As you can imagine I wasn’t particularly happy about it, but for the most part of that day I thought it could be fixed. Surely the hosting provider has a back up, right? And does (paid) wordpress not backup automatically? Or maybe I just needed to log in somewhere else. It can’t be gone, right? No, no, no and yes. The harsh truth is that I am an idiot for not backing up and being naive enough to have no clue something like this could happen.

Okay, enough. What happened, happened and here we are: a clean slate. If you have no idea what this blog was about, please see the ‘about me’ section. I’ll explain who I am, the reason this blog exists and why you would want to read it. I will be moving to Italy this year, working as a fully location independent illustrator. Exciting stuff!

Centro Storico of Monopoli
Centro Storico of Monopoli / photo by Annemarie Gorissen

We – the boyfriend and I – will be visiting Sardegna again in May. Everything is booked, crossing my fingers this Corona virus is not going to mess with our plans. It would be a shame not to share this trip with you here, so I am starting up the blog again. This trip will be a quite an important one. Last year we’ve narrowed the area down to Sardegna, after visiting Puglia first. And this spring we plan to actually look at several (rental) houses – and practice our Italian for real – and who knows we might come home with a signed contract…

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3 thoughts on “Hello again

  1. Long time reader, first time commenter — so, thought I’d drop
    a comment.. — and at the same time ask for a favor.

    Your wordpress site is very simplistic – hope you don’t mind me
    asking what theme you’re using? (and don’t mind if I steal it?

    I just launched my small businesses site –also
    built in wordpress like yours– but the theme
    slows (!) the site down quite a bit.

    In case you have a minute, you can find it by searching for “royal cbd” on Google (would appreciate any feedback)

    Keep up the good work– and take care of yourself during the coronavirus scare!


    1. Hi Justin,

      Thank you for your message. Good to hear you’ve been reading along. Ever since my entire blog has been deleted last month, I find it hard to motivate myself to add new content. Sorry about that, I hope to pick it up again soon. And our Italy plans are on hold as well for a bit now…

      Anyway, I am using Cenote by ThemeGrill, it’s free. There are quite a lot of minimalist themes out there, but it’s difficult when you’re picky about design as I am 🙂

      I took a look at your site and looks very nice and sleek. Is it not the size (and quality) of your images that slows it down? I only use this space for blogposts, so I am not sure if it would suit your type of business.

      Thanks again for your kind message and stay safe!

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