Can you believe it's a decade since I started this blog? I can't. So much has happened in that time. Mick and I have celebrated another ten wedding anniversaries, it was our Pearl anniversary this year, 30 years married. Daniel and Eleanor have left school, gone to university, graduated and both now have good jobs. Archie was a puppy when I started the blog, less than four months old. He's now beginning to slow down at the age of ten. There's been very sad times too, both of my parents have died within the past eighteen months.
There have been some quite major new stories over the past ten years, too many to mention here but a search of 'news over the past decade' on Google brings up a whole host of articles. Perhaps we're living through the biggest news story of all at the moment though, one affecting the whole world, the Coronavirus pandemic. So, I think my blog anniversary should bring a little joy and as I've hosted a giveaway on each of my previous nine blog anniversaries, I shall do the same again this year. I think this will be the last one though. Giveaways on blogs used to be a big thing when I started ten years ago, now not so much.
I've put together a nice package of gifts which, I hope, someone will enjoy.
First up is a skein of Fondant Fibre yarn in the Trecking colourway. It's on an extra fine merino, nylon & lurex base and it's so sparkly, the photo doesn't really show just how twinkly it is.
Next up is a little felt sloth kit. I saw this and couldn't resist buying it, he's so cute. In the kit is die-cut felt pieces, stuffing, embroidery thread, needle and instructions, in fact, all you should need to make this little Sammie Sloth.
A fat quarter of nautical fabric. Anything with boats and anchors appeals to me, not quite sure why but it does.
Some pretty tulips to plant in the garden or in a container ready to bloom in spring. The bulbs should be planted before December so plenty of time yet to get them in the ground.
With summer coming to an end I thought this book, Summer Under the Stars by Catherine Ferguson, might just extend the season a little. I'm not a lover of the winter months so anything to remind me of hot balmy days is welcomed here.
Of course, there has to be some yummy treats too, so a small box of Guylian milk truffle seashells and some delicious hot drinks will be added to the parcel.
The giveaway is open to all readers of this blog, old and new, near and far. You don't have to be a follower but it would be lovely if you would click on the link in the sidebar or follow on Bloglovin'. Please leave a comment on this post by midday on Wednesday the 16th of September 2020, after which a winner will be drawn at random.
That only leaves me to say thank you to everyone who pops by to read my ramblings, I'm so very grateful to you all, especially those who take the time to leave a comment. It wouldn't be half the fun without the conversations and friendships which have been struck up over the years, and continue to this day. I hope I'll make many more friends over the coming years through this blog.
Congratulations on the first ten years of your blog. I have enjoyed reading it for several months now. Thank you for a lovely giveaway full of pretty things too. xReplyDelete
Many congratulations on you blogiversary! I read all your posts and thoroughly enjoy them. Please don't include me in the giveaway -it looks lovely but I've got so much already! Somebody else will be very lucky.ReplyDelete
Congratulations Jo wishing you many more happy years of blogging.ReplyDelete
I really do enjoy reading your blog, you make it so varied and it's a real tonic in these strange times. I shall have to look back and see dear little Archie as a puppy :) I don't sew and I'm not knitting at present as I have a problem with my right eye. Your giveaway is very generous, you will make one lucky reader very happy. Happy Blogversary Jo!ReplyDelete
So many lovely things Jo, not sure which I would use first if I won, the yarn or the fabric, both are beautiful. Please enter me into your draw, happy 10th year.ReplyDelete
Wow ten years that is amazing! I hope you continue for another ten at least, I love to come here and read. How generous of you to put together such an amazing giveaway xxxReplyDelete
Congratulations and what a lovely giveaway. I would love to be entered in the draw. I used to really enjoy blog swaps and giveaways, but as you say, they are not that common now (probably due to GDPR and personal data).
Ten years is a long time to keep blogging. Congratulations! I enjoy your posts. I don't write a blog myself but enjoy reading them and writing the occasional comment. I live in Kansas USAReplyDelete
Love your blog! I'm reading it every time I see it.ReplyDelete
I can't believe it's your Blog Anniversary so soon! Well done for 10 years of bringing us some joy to keep us going. Having enjoyed one of your giveaways already, I'm sure the next recipient will be delighted too. xReplyDelete
Congratulations on ten years I don’t read many blogs but yours is one I enjoy please enter me in your giveawayReplyDelete
Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I hope you will continue to blog. What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (firstname.lastname@example.org)ReplyDelete
Congratulations Jo! Ten years of blogging is an achievement. I've also enjoyed the other blog about gardening that you used to have. Good friendships are made through blogging and sharing. Your generous giveaway will make someone very happy.ReplyDelete
Many congratulations on your 10th blog anniversary, the years certainly pass by!ReplyDelete
I think you've put together a wonderful giveaway for a lucky recipient. However, please do not include me in the drawer. I just enjoy visiting and reading your blog and look forward to many more years of doing so.
Happy September wishes.
All the best Jan
Happy blogaversary and well done on the ten years. Reading this post has just reminded me that it's ten years since I started my camping blog - where does the time go? I'll have to look back now to when Archie was a puppy, he must have been so cute :)ReplyDelete
aw,. We don't do blog swaps and giveaways like before I agree. Your gifts will be welcomed by anyone!!!! How nice. And keep writing Jo. You are good at itReplyDelete
Congratulations on 10 years - wow! I've so enjoyed reading your blog(s!) over the years and often think how blogs have changed so many of our lives and given us many wonderful friendships that would not have otherwise been. XOReplyDelete
Happy blogiversary Jo. I love your blog style - cheerful and optimistic.ReplyDelete
Lovely idea to celebrate your anniversary, and something for everyone in the lush parcel. I suspect whoever wins should be able to share such a big prize. So a wee bit of extra joy all round. More power to blog friendships.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on ten years! My blog is 10 at the end of the month too, I never thought I'd still be blogging after all this time, did you?ReplyDelete
The people I've come to 'meet' are so very much a part of life now, I can't imagine a time that when I won't blog.
Here's to another ten years! xx
Happy blog anniversary. It's always a pleasure to read and comment on your posts. Please don't don't include me in your giveaway draw. xxReplyDelete
Congratulations on your anniversary! I think your giveaway IS a big deal! What a lovely yarn and fabric, Sammie and tulips (hey, I'm Dutch), and all those yummy things! Well, I would love to be the winner, a nice present for my birthday (September 9th).ReplyDelete
Always enjoy yours blogs, I hope you will continue to blog for at least another 10 years!
Lots of love, Anja
congratulations !! i love that you're still blogging, it's sad when a blogger suddenly stops, i really enjoy reading about your family although i don't comment very often xxReplyDelete
Congratulations, Jo. 10 years is an amazing achievement. Here's to many more. XxReplyDelete
I thought I had commented last night but, as I was falling asleep in bed later, I wasn't sure I had clicked "publish". I see no comment from me so I mustn't have hit that button. Honestly! What a numpty! LOLReplyDelete
Anyway, congratulations on your 10 year anniversary. I've been reading your blog a long time but not the whole time. I wonder how long? 8 years? Keep up the good work, Jo. :o)
Well done on reaching the ten year milestone. I’ve lost count of the Bloggers that have disappeared from the blogosphere during the time that I have been blogging.ReplyDelete
(You made me realise that 30 August 2006 was the date of my first blog post.) I often wonder what has happened to them all. Please don’t include me in your draw - many items would be wasted on me and deserve a better home.
Congratulations on 10 years. On catch up once again due to i'net difficulties and those goodies look lovely, but we can't have plant matter or food come through our borders/post, so don't put me into the draw. Blogiversary giveaways were popular a few years ago & I did do a few too, but not done so for a while. Yes a lot has happened over the years. Have a lovely day, take care, stay safe & huggles.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your 10 year blogoversary. It's such a shame that blogging has declined so much, I still prefer it over Instagram or fb though, I think you get to know people better.ReplyDelete
I've loved reading your posts since the first time I happened upon you blog, your post are always interesting and varied.
I'd love my name to be entered into your anniversary draw.
Take care x
Hey Jo! I'd love to be in your giveaway, 10 years has flown by hasn't it? CN xReplyDelete
Congratulations on 10 years! I really enjoy reading your blog and also follow on instagram - I have no idea how I came across the blog though! I'd love to enter the giveaway :) Take care xReplyDelete
Congratulations on reaching your ten year blogiversary! And thank you for putting together such a generous and thoughtful giveaway, whoever wins it will be a very lucky recipient indeed!ReplyDelete
10 years blogging, many congratulations. The giveaway is lovely and so thoughtful. Here's to another 10 years. XReplyDelete
Congratulations on ten years here. Goodness, a lot has happened during that time. Here's to the next ten years. That is a lovely giveaway.xxxReplyDelete
Well done on 10 years! a lovely blog and a very generous giveaway.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your 10th Blogiversary! I enjoy your posts and look forward to seeing all of your projects. Your giveaway is lovely. ((hugs))ReplyDelete
Congratulations on 10 years, you have beaten the average for a blogger I believe. Hope to be reading all about you and yours for the next 10! Love to be entered for the giveaway it is a lovely bundle and is very thoughtful and generous of you.ReplyDelete
Happy blogiversary! I love seeing what you're up to and all of your projects!ReplyDelete