I´m a friend and I tell you from my heart... it is too busy to me. But that is me. The background it is beautiful but in itself, though the post body is white, it still makes it too jumpy for me. That is a pattern I choose in real life, for the virtual world, I am much more muted and minimalist that in real life.
Ooo! I like it! Very welcoming and I like the sidebars too - gives it a nice frame. I enjoyed following you on your trip over the pond. Memory-making for sure!
Thanks, ladies! Silvia, I'm going to live with it for a few days and then re-evaluate. I may return to a two-column format; perhaps this would help with the busy feeling.
Ellen, thanks so much for your comments on my blog recently! Re. your new design, I think I preferred the two-column format. But really I think you should make your blog please *you*! As your faithful reader I will soon be used to just about anything, barring very loud colours or flashing lights.
I love reading comments! And I appreciate the time you take to leave them. Thanks!