Thursday, December 22, 2011

We Have A Winner Folks............

Take one top hat when No.1 son isn't looking.
Preferably, while he's not wearing it as he has been known to chase people down who try and run off with it..........

Write down names on pieces of paper and place in upturned hat.

On the appointed day, just after finishing breakfast ask random person (aka hubby) to pull three names out of the hat.

And here they are in drawn order.........

First name drawn was
followed by
Jacquie from Bunny Mummy
last but not least
Alison from Tweed Thoughts.

Jacquie and Alison, I have been following their blogs for some time, but Emma's blog is quite new to me.
I found her blog when she wrote a post late November about a pub she visited The Gwdihw in Cardiff which had a lot of owl ornaments.......

We 'chatted' a bit and there was a funny little story unfolding which she posted about recently.

If you haven't 'met' these crafty talented ladies, click on the links and say 'hi'........

It's a stormy evening here .......
Grey skies with the hint of a rainbow.
No rain for us, but someone, somewhere is getting wet.

Screeching Cockatoos, disturbed from their roost, wheeling across the leaden sky.

This is the same view but a different angle.
You can see how things have dried out, but there is still some greenery around.

Yes, we have ripe tomatoes before Christmas, yay....
These are meant to be cherry tomatoes, but they are hoouge.
You can't beat the taste of a homegrown tommie...

My favourite Summer flowers....Zinnias.
The first for the season.

A little red Robin or three came to live in my garden courtesy
of my talented, artistic friend Ella.
She used some above ground pool, corrugated metal and pop riveted some wings and legs to the body.
Sorry about the dark pick , but the wind had whipped up and it was getting late.
I still have to show you the wonderful tea cosy I received from another time.

It was quite a different story last night......

A beautiful sunset and a freshly washed piece of fabric drying on the line.
I spied this fabric at Spotlight yesterday and had to buy it.
I love the vintagy colours, very CK I thought.
Hopefully it will be put to good use very soon.

Sharing a meal with a friend.....Tigger and Mrs Kafups

Thank you all for entering my first ever giveaway, I've had a lot fun reading about your blog reading habits and welcome to all my new followers.

Well I do hope you've all had a great week, not too hectic........

We're heading towards a warm weekend with 32deg. forecast for Christmas day and a possible thunderstorm.

Wherever you are and however you spend Christmas day I hope you enjoy the time spent with family and friends.

Till next time, take care

Claire X


  1. I love zinnias too! And your tomatoes look scrumdidillyumtious! Your garden looks spectacular! x

  2. Amazing photo with the fabric on the line. Right place right timing. Very powerful and strong. Nice to get some other blog recommendations too, thanks my love.

  3. Congratulations to the winners. I love that photo of the fabric on the line and dramatic sky. Mmmmm...homegrown tomatoes, lucky you. No luck here with those unfortunately.
    Enjoy your Christmas Day too.
    Anne xx

  4. Merry christmas and I love the little visit from the Robin picci x

    Leah x

  5. Oh! That sunset and that fabric. Such a lovely picture I could gaze for an age.


  6. Topsy turvy again, though we are due a mild, damp Christmas too - have a lovely time, and enjoy the storm if it comes. I like your suggestion about a winter picnic and am going to arrange it. :)

  7. Thank you so much for your kind words and link to my blog Claire. I can't wait to receive my wonderful gifts!

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends and all your blog readers x x

  8. Ooooh , I was holding my breath as I scrolled down willing my name to be there and it was...yipee :0)
    I'm totally thrilled to be a winner Claire ( can you tell ! ) Doing a happy dance right now .
    we have milder weather at the moment which sadly means no snowy pictures yet this year but it's more pleasant (got up to 12 degrees today ).
    love your zinnias and have a great Christmas.
    Jacquie x

  9. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you Claire!!!! What a lovely Christmassy surprise - I am such a huge fan of your work and your blog, always a source of inspiration to me :D

    Really looking forward to receiving my needlecase - I will treasure it!

    Have a fabby Christmas with your family.
    Alison xxx

    P.S. Thank you for the lovely mention and link!

  10. Brilliant piccy of No 1 son. Happy Christmas to you and yours Claire xxx

  11. Congratulations to the winners - they are lucky to win such lovely creations! I love the robin and that fabric, great sunset photo too! :) x

  12. Well done to the giveaway winners! What lovely goodies they will receive :)
    I adore your new fabric purchase... you're right it is very CK (most likely why I love it he he)

    Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy new year

    Louise xxx

  13. Dearest Claire, I'm afraid I left it too late to enter your giveaway because my laptop died last week and I am now without a link to the outside world!!!My No.1 son has allowed! me the use of his MacBook Pro for a limited time (10 minutes!)so just enough time for me to say Jolly Holidays to you and All the Best for 2012, which will hopefully bring me a new computer!Lots of Love. xxx

  14. Hi Claire,
    It was nice to find your blog this morning, espesh' another Oz blog.

    I, too, place my vote for the fabric against the dramatic sky photo, thats a keeper for sure.

    I'm now going to browse around the rest of your blog.


  15. Hi Claire,

    Love those pictures! Hope you have a lovely holiday and a happy, bright 2012.

    All the best...Karen

  16. Congratulations to the winners!

    I absolutely love the photo with your new fabric on the line against that sky.

    I hope you've had a good Christmas, and I wish you and your family all the very best for 2012.


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