Daily Archives: December 31, 2012

Wrapping Paper, Hand-Made, New Baby and Birthday Honours List

1   One of my birthday presents this morning was wrapped in this beautiful old paper that belonged to my much-loved Sister-in-law who found it in her Mother’s things. It must be at least 60 years old. The present was beautiful too!

Very special wrapping paper

Very special wrapping paper – isn’t it delightful?

2   My daughter’s lovely partner has made me a stick for stomping through the countryside. It’s made of holly and is so smooth and very beautiful.

Beautifully worked handle on my stomping stick

Beautifully worked handle on my stomping stick

Beautiful knot at the end

Beautiful knot at the end

3   We have just had the lovely news of the safe arrival of the newest Grandchild of our good friends J&M. It’s a lovely day for a Birthday. Much of the world is celebrating at Midnight and when I was little I thought the Cathedral Bells of Truro Cathedral were ringing out just for me!

4   In the UK the Queen always gives out Honours on her birthday in June. I have been lucky enough to be nominated for Blog of the Year by Renee so, on my birthday,  I’m going to emulate the Queen by giving out some honours just before the year ends!  The rules follow at the end.

First then, thank you so much to Renee for giving me a third star – much appreciated.

These then are the blogs that I want to nominate for Blog of the Year 2012. Some of you I nominated for an award recently but that was more general. This is for a Star!  I do understand that some of you don’t accept Awards but just want you to know how much I appreciate your company in this blogging world and of course, some of you have probably arrived at 6 stars already!

Alastair of

Marilyn of

Meme at

Noeleen at

Lesley at

Uru at

Renee at

Don at

Russell at

Bernice at

Lou Ann at

Patty at

Penny at

Nia at

Yvonne at

Tazein at

Elle at

Claire at

Kathleen at

Valerie at who has actually stopped blogging for the moment but whose writing I really appreciate

Heidi at

Veronica at

David at

Sam and her daughter, Holly at

and last, but by no means least, Pam at

And here are the rules:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

You can now also join the award’s Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience if you choose to

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favorite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!


You can find the thumbnails for these awards at the Blog of the Year Award, address above.



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