We finally did it!

Migrating to Seeking Sanctuary

Hi All,

Well, we finally managed to nail down our lecturer to show us how to upload the new websites that we created to our new self-hosted site and The Road to Serendipities new sister blog is up and running. I just posted the very first post over at http://theroadtoserendipity.com/. Stevie-boy has a website of his own now and would love to see you if you would like to drop in and give it a bit of a look-see at http://focus.theroadtoserendipity.com/

I am going to leave The Road to Serendipity here and will not retire it. I spent the better part of 4 years here and a lot of water has gone under the bridge woven in between these pages. Life has been very different this year and Stevie-boy and I (and the dogs) have had to adapt to a different routine, a lot of questions about what direction we are heading in and just how we are going to get there but one thing remains steadfast, our love for Serendipity Farm and our desire to do everything that we can to create an edible food forest here and to live a simple and sustainable life following permaculture principles and ethics on our little patch of soil here in Tasmania.

I hope that you will head on over to continue on where we left off. I would love to see you there. I have a lot of empty pages that need filling, but I also know that I am going to have a lot of fun filling them. I won’t be posting here again so to my dear old faithful Road to Serendipity, “So long, and thank’s for all the fish” and to my dear constant readers, we have some awesome adventures to share, lets be off! 🙂


61 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sue Dreamwalker
    May 15, 2015 @ 19:36:58

    Wow.. so pleased you have arrived in your new sites and I am heading right on over and hope to be pressing a follow button on both your sites Fran… Well done to you both

    I have also been busy creating a new WP site about our allotments, as my Dreamwalker site is filling up fast with all the photo’s I take.. So I am thinking of separating them .. I don’t expect people to join it, but will use it to link the pages about the allotments I think..As I can hardly keep up with one blog let alone two 🙂
    So if you do get time Fran.. its here with the latest in picture format.

    Right off to find your new sites.

    Love and Blessings


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 03:09:45

      I just went to visit your lovely new site but can’t find anywhere to comment Sue? You have a HUGE plot. I just converted the feet to metres and realised that your plot is about 3 Sanctuary’s long and just under a Sanctuary wide. LOTS of room to plant all kinds of things. I am looking forwards to reading and commenting on your posts in the future but you will have to point me in the direction of where I can comment. I don’t “follow” blogs in the usual way, I put them into my RSS Feed Reader and read them that way.


      • Sue Dreamwalker
        May 16, 2015 @ 06:41:08

        I think its because you went to the blog as a whole.. If you click on the header Welcome to my Allotments Fran.. it then treansfers you to the post page where likes and comment box is.. Well it works that way from my end on WP.. 🙂 hope that helps.. I had the same problems with your new site LOL, but Stevie-Boy helped sort me out 🙂 Exciting times for you both.. Your new Websites look fantastic!.. 🙂 xxx

      • narf77
        May 16, 2015 @ 07:56:21

        Turns out I went to the blog feed rather than to the individual post. Most people are having trouble working out that I have a full page image on my blog and that they have to scroll down to see the post. Looks like it is confusing a lot of people. Might have to do a post about it 😉

      • Sue Dreamwalker
        May 17, 2015 @ 01:00:07

        Well glad we are both now sorted 🙂 It threw me at first as I didn’t think to scroll down.. 🙂 Enjoy a Happy Weekend xx ❤

  2. Sue Dreamwalker
    May 15, 2015 @ 19:44:14

    Fran there seems a small problem.. My laptop loaded a beautiful picture of bottles which filled my screen totally.. I had to reduce the setting image to 25% then I got your writing of Home page, but it was so tiny I couldn’t read it.. so I couldn’t comment or see a place to subscribe .
    I will now try Stevie-boy’s 🙂


  3. Sue Dreamwalker
    May 15, 2015 @ 20:05:51

    Ok I got the same large image every time I clicked to a different subject and had to use the down scroll arrow to take the screen down to see the content.. Now is there a subscribe button yet on both your sites I looked but didn’t see one. 🙂

    Both your sites look super duper 🙂 and I didn’t know Stevie came for the UK.. 🙂 no wonder he is musical!!! 🙂 Loved the slide top header too on Stevie’s and the circular link photo’s..

    Looking forward to all your categories Fran.. and Stevie.. Wishing you both well in your new direction.. I know it will always be a great adventure because you have at your hearts the love of what ever you undertake.. So it will be successful that I am sure of…

    Love to you both and you are both saved in my browser.. 🙂

    Hugs Sue x


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 03:13:52

      We migrated away from WordPress.com and headed sideways and got ourselves a WordPress.org blog each and self-hosted. We actually have websites now, that contain blogs. Not entirely sure how you follow them anymore (or if, in fact, you can) but I guess we might have just bumped ourselves up into having to be stuck in people’s favourites bar ;). Thank you for your lovely comments Sue. I will pass on your words to Steve and I am sure he will be chuffed 🙂


      • Sue Dreamwalker
        May 16, 2015 @ 06:49:35

        🙂 Well I will keep on checking in and see how you are doing even if I can not comment.. But they are very professional looking sites 🙂 Loved my wanderings in the them both. 🙂

  4. aFrankAngle
    May 15, 2015 @ 22:24:52

    On my way over asap to see the new place! Congratulations.


  5. caribougrrl
    May 15, 2015 @ 23:11:41

    The new site looks great! Looking forward to keeping up with you in your new virtual home.


  6. insearchofitall
    May 15, 2015 @ 23:30:43

    I went by for a visit but couldn’t find the follow button. I’ll have to make the print bigger to see it. Love the full sized header.


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 03:15:32

      Hi Marlene. What we now have are websites, not just blogs so there isn’t a “follow” button but you can stick us in your favourites and find us easily that way :). Thank you for visiting the new site 🙂


  7. Littlesundog
    May 16, 2015 @ 05:50:00

    Ooooh, I LIKE the new website!!! I even left a little comment at the new digs! Like Earl, I had to leave my mark. 🙂


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 06:17:02

      Earl leaves his mark on a regular basis. He is currently wandering in and out of the house at 30 minute intervals. I reckon he is patrolling his patch as I think the feral cats have been warming themselves next to the chimney under the deck. How DARE they! 😉


  8. Robbie
    May 16, 2015 @ 06:50:43

    I checked both your sites out but can’t seem to get into your site. I just get a full-sized picture. I can’t find any way to enter???


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 07:57:33

      The big image is just designer stuff. You have to scroll down to get to the content Ms Robbie. I did say to Stevie-boy when I chose the template that it might cause a few problems till people got used to it 😉


      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 08:45:56

        It was off the right and not visible on my computer. I have seen similar themes before, so I was looking for the entry on the sides. The bar on my computer was so thin that it was not very wide to draw attention to it, but by accident I did get in-lol. So I searched all along the edges to see where the entry point was but it is very thin. Ill check it on my laptop to see if the image figure the same:-) I like the site!

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 08:49:51

        Yep, means we have to use our arrows on our computer! Gets us thinking and not looking at the same old themes…nice to be introduced to new templates:-) LOVE IT:-)

  9. Robbie
    May 16, 2015 @ 06:51:56

    I like them both! I read above that someone else had a problem with full-size picture. I looked for a way to enter but could not find one….shoot-I’ll try later…the both look beautiful!


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 07:57:58

      Just scroll down 🙂


      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 08:48:39

        yep, I scrolled down with the arrows this time, it works a bit better than trying to use the thin bar on the side. lol.May have to put scroll down for some people that are not use to this theme/design:-) But if we fumble around we find our way in….at first I was stressed!!!, How will I ever be able to talk to Fran again!!!! Oh, no she has shut me out-LOL..just kidding:-)

      • narf77
        May 16, 2015 @ 08:54:51

        Lol. I reckon it would take a bit more than a bit of a full page image puzzle to stop us determined gardeners Ms Robbie 😉

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 08:57:14


      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 08:59:17

        So are you going to post on your new site all the time + leave the other one idle?

      • narf77
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:03:42

        Yeah, The old site is full to the back gills after 4 years of blogging. That’s the main reason why I was metering out my posts. I will leave The Road to Serendipity up for anyone who is interested. There is a lot of water under the bridge on that site and I am going to save all of the posts but it also points to my new site and blog and you never know who will stumble over something there and head on over to visit and join the Seeking Sanctuary crew 🙂

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:10:41

        Change is good:-) It will be fun watching you create on your new site:-)

  10. Robbie
    May 16, 2015 @ 06:59:35

    okay, I was looking on the edges for an entry and got past the main full-picture page…but I can’t do it again-lol…I just have a full-screen of the kitchen picture-but nothing on either top, side or bottom. I see something under the edge of the top of the screen but can’t enter….shoot-looks fun inside!


  11. Linne
    May 16, 2015 @ 07:03:45

    Yay to both of you! I haven’t time to check them out now, but will do soon.
    For those wanting to follow, I’m going to try my usual method for non-Wordpress sites (like BlogSpot); I copy the URL (no, not you, Earl lol) then go to my dashboard and paste it into the window under ‘blogs I follow’. Works so far; will let you know if it works for your blogs, too. Love to you both. ~ Linne


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 08:00:11

      Cheers Linne. Glad you found out how to follow. As they are actually websites with the blog being a component of the site, the site can be bookmarked if people can’t work out how to follow it 🙂


  12. Robbie
    May 16, 2015 @ 07:11:04

    I GOT IN!!!! silly me the picture at top was my screen saver-LOL. I found a very skinny bar I could move up and down to the right of the large picture I slid it up and down and found my way into your beautiful site. Your sites are amazing! Photos and all + you have clients…good for you both!!!amazing work:-) I will stay with the free ones that others figure all the html stuff out and adapt them to my liking, I have not doubt that stuff could make your head spin! It would mine:-)


    • narf77
      May 16, 2015 @ 08:01:42

      Our “clients” are actually getting a free deal to let students build their site for them. I might get Stevie-boy to give me a hand to get the technical stuff right and do a few blog posts about how we did it in case anyone else wants to try self hosting and going it alone. It wasn’t hard at all and if I can do it, ANYONE can 🙂


      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 08:56:52

        I have my domain or .com, but do not self-host. I let them do all the protection etc. It limits what I can do at times, but it works for me at this point in time. I adapt others designs ( free ones) to my liking. I have found that is all the work I want to do. I know what you both are doing is a lot of work but well worth it. I can’t use some plug-ins and am at the mercy of the creator of the free design.
        This may be a business for you both:-) Will enjoy exploring your new sites:-) T Hey both are very nice!

      • narf77
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:02:03

        We used templates as well. Much easier than setting a site up from scratch and that’s Diploma level studies. We are learning how to code HTML5 and use CSS3 to make everything look pretty but sites from scratch…nope! The best bit about WordPress.org is that you get to work out what you want and use all of the plugins you like. You can even have Youtube videos on your site if you like. It’s open source so it’s free and it is very similar to using WordPress.com but more liberating 🙂

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:12:39

        Do you have to do all your hacking protection? I am so not good at that stuff! Which web host did you use/prefer?

      • narf77
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:18:24

        We went with JustHost an American Company. We use plugins to handle all of the security. Our lecturer is a boss with all of those things and advised us what to do. We are learning how to use S.E.O. to make our sites better. Very interesting, lots of hard work but great fun too. I will share the phone app stuff that I am working on. Might even share my school blog with you all if you are interested?

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:42:00

        It all sounds exciting for you:-)

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:13:26

        Maybe you can explain what wordpress.org means since I have read it ,but how is it different than .com?

      • narf77
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:20:16

        WordPress.com is where they give you all of the content and manage your blog and host it on their site. WordPress.org is just a step up where you get to have a lot more choice. I think I am going to have to write a blog post about it so that I get all of the facts straight and don’t skip anything. I will get Stevie-boy to double check that I don’t miss anything. Either way, we are loving having more freedom and a whole LOT more space! We have unlimited space on our blog. No more panicking that I am running out 🙂

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:41:12

        thank you fran:-) that was very clear:-)

      • Robbie
        May 16, 2015 @ 09:45:08

        but I forgot to mention-I do pay a fee to have some of the restrictions lifted so I have a bit more freedom with creating my website. Not as much if I hosted it,but enough to be creative a little:-)

      • narf77
        May 16, 2015 @ 12:57:07

        It really depends on what you want to do on your site really. We wanted to be able to use what we are learning this year and now that we are self hosting, we can have as many websites and blogs as we like. We had to create a blog each for our school work (portfolio) so we coupled them with our personal blogs and we are 4 site people. How things can change in a very short time 😉

  13. mattb325
    May 17, 2015 @ 08:37:46

    Congratulations on the new site…it looks great!!!!!! Glad you are leaving the old site active, as there is a ton of back-story I need to get through 🙂


  14. Chica Andaluza
    May 17, 2015 @ 18:27:02

    I’m on my way – wait for me!


    • narf77
      May 18, 2015 @ 03:34:55

      Stevie-boy worked out which plugin that we needed to upload to allow people to follow and share our blog posts. It’s not as easy as good old WordPress.com as now, if we want our blogs/website to do something. “we” have to be the magicians and work out how. You are my very first follower Ms Chica. Welcome to the fray! 🙂


      • Chica Andaluza
        May 18, 2015 @ 04:35:28

        Yay – I’m usually last in the queue…how exciting! Couldn’t work out how to follow Steve’s though…will go back and have another look 🙂

      • narf77
        May 18, 2015 @ 04:39:48

        That’s because he hasn’t loaded up “Jet Pack” yet. It’s a really great plug in with heaps of features that allow people to follow your blog, share your blog as well as migrate your WordPress.com blog over to your WordPress.org blog. I am going to leave “The road to Serendipity” up for posterity so won’t bother migrating it. Put the kettle on Ms Chica and we can have a cuppa and a biscuit. After that long trip from Spain, you deserve it! 😉

      • Chica Andaluza
        May 18, 2015 @ 04:42:45

        Kettle? I’ve just uncorked the wine! Mind you, wine for breakfast in your case is probably not going to get much done for the rest of the day!

      • narf77
        May 18, 2015 @ 07:29:27

        And it is apparently Jupiter rising or going backwards or something today which is supposed to make everyone confused. GREAT day to choose for us to have to learn to build a phone app from scratch to my dear esteemed lecturer. I am sort of doomed from the start…oh well… guess that early morning wine won’t do much harm then eh? Can’t get much more confused than I already am 😉

  15. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    May 19, 2015 @ 11:52:36

    Congratulations on making the leap, and welcome to your new serendipitous home! I truly love what you’ve done with the place. Hope you don’t mind if I let myself in and stay for a while. 😉


    • narf77
      May 20, 2015 @ 03:18:44

      Knock yourself out Ms Hannah, she is a true work in progress (as you might have noticed 😉 ) put the kettle on. Brunhilda is on 24/7 now and there is always something delicious in the oven or simmering. I made some of veggiefuls simple vanilla cakes yesterday. It’s the easiest no-fail cupcake recipe I have ever made and perfect for brunhilda as she is always on the rise or cooling down and these cakes are bullet proof. You make them in one bowl by hurling everything in together and mix with a wooden spoon and there is nothing weird or starting with “x” in them so they make me happy. Not gluten free, but then, neither am I ;). I hurled in a packet of frozen taro, upped the flour a bit. Chucked in another tsp of baking powder and a bit more vanilla and they turned out perfect. I am going to keep experimenting with them as they are a brilliant base recipe. Here’s the recipe… http://www.veggieful.com/2013/01/vegan-vanilla-cupcake-recipe.html


  16. Sue Dreamwalker
    Jun 17, 2015 @ 06:47:31

    Just been across to your new site to see if I had missed any updates.. me thinks you must be busy with your techno gadgetry :-).. Hope all is well over there with your good selves.. I really appreciated your visits..
    Love and Hugs.. Sue xox


  17. bhumi
    Mar 17, 2016 @ 04:03:53

    Congrats for new start…


  18. Finn Holding
    Jun 16, 2016 @ 05:36:46

    Hello there Narf, I tried to follow the link to your new blog but but it didn’t work. If you get this please drop me a line as I wanted to pick your brains about Permaculture. All the best. Finn @TheNaturephile


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