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October Newsletter

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I spent about a week or so at the end of September, beginning of October cooking and putting together a newsletter for The English Kitchen, in addition to what I normally do for this page.  The idea I had in mind was to create a monthly newsletter each month, seasonal bonus newsletters put out 4 extra times a year, in total 16,   to offer to my readers at a set price.  I worked really hard on it, and had fun with it.

It's not something I talk about a lot on here, but things have been really difficult in our home since I lost my full time job 3 1/2 years ago.  WE didn't just lose my job, but we lost our home, and then our car, and then . . . well, you know how it goes.  I know I am not alone in saying that things just seem to be getting harder and harder financially as time passes, and in this modern economy.  I have tried really hard to find ways to bring in some income to our home.  The reality is nobody wants a 58 year old chef with arthritis.  Cheffing is a young person's game.   I've tried selling my artwork, but again . . . this is a young person's game.  I am also absolutely no good at marketing myself, once again . . . Old dog/new tricks.

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I have seen blogs with donate buttons on them, and I have always thought . . . that is NOT the route I wanted to go.  I put a lot of work into my page, but it is a labor of love.  I like to present recipes to you that are delicious and current and seasonal, using fresh and interesting ingredients and I will confess that it is getting harder and harder to do that, but the thought of charging or asking for donations to enable me to continue to do so, quite simply leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  It just isn't something I want to do.  In reality I am going to continue to do this no matter what, simply because I love doing it.

So what am I saying???  Selling you a newsletter seems like just another money grab to me, and I don't want to do that.   I guess I am saying this . . . so that all my work on the October newsletter wasn't in vain, I want to send a free copy to each of you who wants it.   Just leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address, or, if you are afraid to do that, e-mail me privately and ask for it.  My e-mail address is in the Right hand side column of this page.

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It's a 25 page PDF document, filled with lots of seasonal temptations and ideas.  Yours, simply for the asking.   Enjoy.

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Depending on the popularity of it and on the time I have available I will try to have another one done for November, and if not November, at least a Christmas one.  I really did enjoy putting it together and working on it!!!

And maybe in the meantime my Fairy Godmother will wave her magic wand and I will come up with a cookbook deal, or sell one of my illustrated children's books to an agent, or Hallmark will come a callin!   Dreams are free, right? 

Marie Rayner
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  1. How sweet of you! I would love to receive your newest collection in pdf. form.

    Thanks, Marie.

  2. I hate hearing all of that Marie. I know that was indeed devastating to have to go thru that.

    I'm no good selling either. Every body says that I should sell my mosaics. But, nobody wants to pay what they are worth. Therefore, I give away mosaics and sewn tote bags to my friends and family. And that makes me happy.

    my email is msmitoagain at

    thank you for your hard work

  3. I would also like to receive one... Your blog is Great by the way! I like the cookbook idea so Wishing You Much Luck. Cherie Thomas

  4. Hi Marie, I would love to have a copy of your newsletter and would definitely subscribe too. I would also love to buy your lovely cards, and weren't you making dolls at one time? I've hesitated in the past because I wasn't sure how to pay from the US, thought I do have a Paypal acct I've rarely used. It seems to me that there should be a way to earn some money from your many talents. How about a series of cooking classes in your community?
    Good luck with your endeavors and please do sign me up!
    Marti King

  5. Marie- I would love to have a copy of your newsletter.

    Just a thought-Why not go the typical route of bloggers and accept paid advertising? There is no harm in it. Besides, that is a time honored way to be paid for your talent and hard work every day. You control which advertisers are shown on your site. From what I see, you have several awards for your blog, so why not reap the rewards?

    I hope this helps.

    Best regards,


  6. Hi Marilyn, I would love to send you a newsletter, but don't know where to send it!

    I do have rewards and offer advertising, but so far no takers!


  7. Marie,
    I'd like to receive your newsletter, with pleasure. Thank you for your daily work. Good luck with your projects.

  8. Marie, I love your blog and recipes. Don't feel bad about charging a few $ for a newsletter. Better yet please do a cookbook,your blog in hardcover!

  9. Marie, how about this idea? List your blog on Amazon Kindle

  10. Marie - I love your blog and your recipes. I would thoroughly enjoy receiving your newsletter.

    Thank you,

  11. Hi Marie,
    I have been a fly on your blog for a couple years. I LOVE your blog because I love all things British. Was just over there in June...loved every minute!
    Your recipes are so comforting and delicious. What a blessing to have a thrifty mum! I would love to receive your newsletter as well.
    Thank you for the Canadian Thanksgiving wishes. We will celebrate with our family on Monday ....grand kids and all!

    Thank you for all your efforts...I know it is done with love,

  12. Hi Marie, I love your blog and enjoy so many of your recipes. I was born and raised in England and have lived in Albert, Canada for the last 46 years. I would love to receive your newsletter.

  13. Hi Marie! I absolutely adore your blog and I am so sorry to hear about your difficult situation. I am a German student, so I know quite a bit about living on a tight budget ;)
    I would love to receive your newsletter and I hope things get better for you soon (I SO hope for a cookbook deal!)

    Lots of love from Germany,

  14. I thought about you a lot yesterday..

    Alice Munro..82..Nobel Prize're in your 50's still a a baby not too old at all to have your dreams come true in the publishing a book.. etc:)

    You could do a Susan Branch type book in a heartbeat..
    How does one go about that?
    And it would be lovely hardcover?:)
    I love little books like that..

  15. Dear Marie:
    I appreciate all the hard work and love you put into everything you do. I would love to receive a copy of your newsletter:
    I pray that things will get easier for you very soon.
    Much love,

  16. Hi Marie would love a copy, I know the feeling after moving to France 10 years ago my hubby had a stroke in the first year and it put paid to him working, I had to find something to do to help pay for things, I have written to you via your email as well


  17. I personally think it is a great idea, after all, you go to the effort of posting the recipes and have to buy the ingredients (which are not as cheap as they used to be). I hope it all turns out well.

  18. Wish I could help somehow. It is dreadful in our older years to have to worry so much about just surviving. I love both your blogs and would love to get the newsletter. Any of your recipes I have made have been wonderful. Stay positive. A way will surely come to those who believe. Lynn Winders

  19. Hi Marie - I enjoy receiving your blog postings as they are interesting and your recipes are great. The more the better, so please send me your PDF of even more goodies. Thank you!

  20. Would love to receive the newsletter in PDF form, thank you for your inspiration!!

  21. Yes, please to the newsletter.


  22. Hi Marie
    I'm really enjoying your blog. You have such a knack of showing how good food adds so much to 'quality of life'. I would love to have a copy of your newsletter. Thanks Jlll (Melbourne, Australia) -

  23. I would love to receive your October newsletter! I would also happily subscribe to and pay for any future issues and/or a subscription. I came to your blog late. I believe I was referred to you by Welcome Home on FB. I empathize with your issues. I am a disabled American veteran and my husband has stage 3 untreatable kidney cancer. My disability income is all we have right now. Please try not to give up hope. Also try to remember that people WANT to help. If you did set up a PayPal account, I believe that many people would love to donate small and/or larger amounts to keep your wonderful recipes going. I know I would. Just a thought....
    Terri Thornton
    Disabled Veteran, USAF
    Derby, Kansas, USA

  24. I'm a huge fan of your recipes and would love to have your newsletter. I cook from your recipes all the time as I love your flair of mixing Canadian and English cookery...for me that is a win win combination (I'm from Montreal living in the UK :o)

    I wonder if an self published e-book would be a way forward and perhaps wouldn't leave you feeling odd asking for money for it. I know if you put one out there I'd buy it in a heartbeat :o)

  25. I would love a copy of your newsletter and would certainly be happy to pay for it. I love so many of your recipes - I'm sure a cookery book would be worth trying. I'm

  26. That is so nice of you to give the newsletter for free. I would have buy one.

    Thank you,

  27. Yes, it's hard out there right now and a lot of us feel for you as we've been there are or still there. Hang in there. I'd love a copy of your newsletter. My email address is:

    Hang in there!

  28. Hi Marie, I've just realised that I forgot to ask for a pdf of your newsletter, the sciatica made everything else go out of my mind! I'm almost back to normal now so it was a relatively short attack, unlike others that I've had.

    Like some other people who have posted comments, I would willingly pay for a regular newsletter. When I think of all the recipes of yours that I've printed out, it's the least I could do, it would have cost me a lot more if it was a bought cook-book.
    My email:

    Love to you, Todd and Mitzie xxx

  29. Marie, you are such a peach! I'd be delighted to receive a copy of your October Newsletter, thank you so much.

    I've put you on my prayer list, and am hoping you find a solution soon.

    All the best,

  30. Hi Marie

    I would love a copy please:

    I would be more than happy to pay also, you give such lovely recipes and help your community, I would love to give something back to you.

    Amy x

  31. I also would love a copy

    Thank You!

  32. I'd love to get a newsletter too! Please send to

  33. Hi Marie! I, too, would like to get a copy of your October newsletter.

    I am so sorry for the difficult financial times your family has suffered. My family's path has been similar to yours in many ways. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make all those problems and worries change for the better for both of us!

    Instead, I will keep you on my prayer list, think of you often, and send you positive thoughts and good energy daily!

    Blessings to you!


  34. Hello Marie,

    I am sorry to hear about your situation. This is definitely a tough time. I have just found your blog and have been pinning away, I love your English puddings I have so many apples at the moment. I have made several of your recipes already too. I made your scalloped macaroni yesterday and it was delicious. I would love a copy of your newsletter. feglet98(at)hotmail(dot)com

  35. Hi,

    I enjoy your blog immensely and I would love to have a copy of your newsletter. I hope some of the many suggestions people have given help out! My email is midstarrynight(at)gmail(dot)com


  36. I know I'm a bit behind here but I'd love to have a copy of your newsletter.

  37. Hi Marie,
    I am also a little behind here, but would love to receive your newsletter.

    My email is

    Thank you very much!!!

  38. I could have sworn I commented on this one! I think this is a genius idea, and you know I'm on board! And look how many other people are too! Good luck!!

  39. I thought I'd left my email address but maybe I didn't. I didn't get a newsletter. My email address is

    Thanks :)


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