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A very good day


I’m not a great fan of brown and black together but this paper, a Japanese Chiyogami, works surprisingly well. I had an email from Falkiners yesterday, thanking me for mentioning them so often in my blog and saying they like what I do with their papers! I was really chuffed that they had noticed – and that they are going to send me a little reward next time I place an order. Excellent news!

My good friend, Kim who also features regularly on this blog has two of her own. One is a blog to showcase her award winning art – in fact if you remember, I won a portrait by her in a competition she ran over at her blog Laketrees last year, and her second blog is a poetry blog called PoeArtica.

She is a always supportive and enthusiastic in her comments about my work. Yesterday, she created an award called the Significant Blogger Award She said this about it.

I have designed another Award to recognise Bloggers who make a significant contribution to my blogging world here at laketrees….These special friends have a sense of community and are wholeheartedly committed to spreading their message and friendship generously…these Bloggers excel in many different areas and all of them make a significant difference to my world….I do not expect you to pass this award on as this award is from me to you as my expression of gratitude


She very kindly awarded this to the following people.

Anand Archie Art News Blog Ascender Blog Elf Boyd Catsy Colin Cooper Corrine Debbie Deborah Diane DouDy Drowsey Monkey Durano Ev Fruity Hanna Janette Jeremy John Jos Kimmy Kris Leigh Life cruiser Lisa Lyn Lynda Lindsay Manuel Mary Ann Meg Megan Mel Michelle Netster PALMA Pet Monologues Pearl Renny & Diane Santa She Walks In Beauty Shoshana Should Be Famous Snoskred Speedy Sue Sugar Queen Sully Suzanne The Artist’s Magazine Vin Walter williebaronet

Thanks, Kim. I think it should be you getting awards for your generosity of spirit.

All in all, yesterday was a pretty good day. I was away visiting a friend for a couple of days. On my way back, I stopped off and had a little retail therapy in Sherborne, a very picturesque little town with a beautiful abbey and two castles – one built by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 16th century and the ruins of an earlier 12th century one.


Astonishingly, I found the boots I had been searching high and low for for months, in a little shop in this sleepy market town. Perfect shape, in the sale, one pair left, my size. Meant to be. When I got home, there was a letter telling me that I had been succesful in the ballot for Wimbledon tickets and I have two Centre court tickets. Woo hoo!

As yesterday was the day which shall not be mentioned, I wasn’t going to mention the non-arrival of a small mountain of cards and bouquets to my humble abode but the day has been redeemed and my lucky streak continues. I am so honoured, humbled and chuffed to bits to receive the following from none other than Lord Likely.


In his own inimitable words

What with it being the season of love and romance, I should just like to take a moment to give a few honourable mentions to those fine ladies I have recently encountered, and whom I have deemed to be entirely exquisite and with whom I would very much like to procreate with, given half a chance. “

The lucky ladies chosen for this accolade are:
Nurse Myra; Claire; Chelle, The Offended Blogger; Dame Beenzzz; JD of I Do Things; Diane Aldred from Much of Muchness; the ever-radiant Paula; the delightful Valerie Morrison; and dear Lady Terri

What can I say? Best offer I’ve had all year…..


20 responses to “A very good day

  1. RennyBA February 15, 2008 at 9:04 am

    Sounds like a perfect day, almost overwhelmingly good and of course you deserves every bit of it!

    How nice of you to return Kim’s favour the way you do and by that: thanks for the Link Love too ;-)

    I envy you the tickets to Wimbledon! I so much remember the good old times when Borg and McEnroe was on top.

    Wishing you a lovely end to your week :-)

  2. Tomas February 15, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Wow, this is lovely. I came again and it was a great pleasure again – Thank you.
    It was so lovely to see you don’t forget the friends but name them aloud and share your reward.
    I would dare to name you my teacher – your writings look so simply but are the deep and honest and your works inspires as the trust in author, as the desire to have such books.
    I would say making a book is having a life that becomes our own just at a moment we share it with other.

  3. strugglingwriter February 15, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    That sounds like a great day and congrats on the boots.

    Those castles are great. When I was a kid I always dreamed I’d live in a castle. Not quite there yet! :)

    Good for you on the Wimbledon tickets as well!

  4. strugglingwriter February 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Oh, glad to see you back blogging, too!

  5. Bridget Jones February 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Lady Luck is back in your life Di, enjoy! :)

    Sherborne looks lovely! So, you are into retail therapy too every now and then huh? ;)

    My! An award from no less than Lord Likely! That’s certainly cause for celebration ha!

  6. twotadpoles February 15, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Diane, what a wondertul time you’ve had! Wimbledon…yay!!…dh and I are very envious. ;) I’d love to see Federer play in person. And finding the perfect boots is no easy feat; I know from my own searches.

    I hope you get a lovely surprise from Falkiners!

    I wish I had a photo editing program to create cute awards…oh well, will just have to show my appreciation by visiting my favorite sites regularly. :)

    Speaking of Wimbledon reminds me: how is your back?

  7. Diane February 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Renny – you are very welcome! I’m always so touched when people go to the trouble to pass on – or in Kim’s case actually create an award.. It’s very special. As for Wimbledon – I have been many times but have not seen the new centre court – how exciting. Now I just need nice weather!

    Tomas – I’m so glad you enjoy my books. I enjoyed reading your blog too – although I see you have 4! I shall have to return to read more!

    Paul – thanks! The castles are very splendid – apart from the one which is a ruin of course!
    Have my boots on as we speak, very elegant, even if I do say so myself!
    I missed blogging – and I did wonder if anyone would notice if I went AWOL for a couple of days – thank you for noticing! Sorry if I am behind with goings on over at yours. I will remedy that shortly :-)

    Bridget = I have been searching for these boots since the Autumn – typical I should find them just as the weather is improving! I’m feeling very positive and full of the joys of Spring!

    Twotadpoles – oh I hope I get to see Federer too. Now that Agassi has retired he has become my number one favourite!
    My back is practically back to normal. Weather permitting, I shall play again on Monday – but I shall take it easy if that’s possible!

  8. AmyH February 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Diane, thanks for commenting on my blog! I’m a shy person, so even commenting on a strangers blog is difficult for me–but I can’t help but comment on yours. Your work is beautiful. I love the papers you choose. Today’s example is no exception.

    I’m also glad to see that the day that should not be named went well for you. Finding the perfect boots is much better than flowers and chocolates any day!

  9. Diane February 15, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    You are most welcome! Especially when you say such nice things!
    As for the day which must not be named – I hadn’t thought of it like that but you are right. Perfect boots and Wimbledon tickets will win over flowers and chocs any day of the week! I can buy myself flowers (and do) and chocs are fattening anyway…..:-D

    Glad your trip went well. Sounds like you had a great time!

  10. twotadpoles February 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Just wanted to mention, I’ve signed up for a WordPress account, which is why I’m now “twotadpoles” instead of “Teresa”…I want to let you know because I’ve still got my eyes on that cherry blossoms book! ;)

  11. JD February 15, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Hello and congratulations on your most prestigious award from Lord Likely, which I am lucky to share with you.

    Thanks so much for spreading around the link love, too. I will return the favor in my “thank you” post to Lord L.

    Cool blog! I’m glad I found it!

  12. PetMono February 15, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    hi diane, i found you as a fellow significant blogger recipient. Kim is inspiring at times…;-)

    i am a designer and i will look deeper into your site = looks interesting!

  13. laketrees February 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    yes I noticed your absence Diane ;)
    are you sure you weren’t gallivanting off around those castles with Lord Likely?
    I love the black brown combo…I have always worn brown leather shoes with black clothes as far back as I can remember …
    new boots….colour?
    Wimbledon tickets and a special gift fronm Faulkners….looks like your week has been pretty terrific :) congratulations… you deserve it :)

  14. pearl February 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Hey Diane – so nice of you to mention all who got the award – for some reason, I never got the ping back from Kim’s blog – got one from you so got here.. will be going there now to thank her, you are right, its Kim who deserves it the most :)

    hey I am so glad for all the good stuff happening all around… rightfully deserved!

  15. scatterbrain February 16, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Hi DIane
    I think the brown and black look great, certainly works for me, great chioce.

    Did you like the images I sent you?


  16. Diane February 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    teresa – twotadpoles is a very cute name! The book is still here!

    JD – loved reading your blog too! Now, about Lord L, how does this sharing arrangement work?…. ;-)

    PetMono – we are lucky, aren’t we? Kim is such a generous lady….
    You have a great blog, I enjoyed my visit. :-)

    Kim – Ha ha! No I was visiting a girlie mate. I expect Lord L LIVES in a castle though – not like the old castle though :-)
    Boots are black. Just what I wanted – flat, like a riding boot, knee length and not fitted at the ankle if you know what I mean. They look great with jeans tucked into them.
    Sun is shining again here in the UK and is forecast to stay like this for days yet. It’s so uplifting and the perfect end to a great week. Enjoy the weekend :-)

    Pearl – glad you spotted you had received the award. Kim deserves all our thanks :-)
    Thanks for your kind wishes. Have a great weekend.

    Suzie – I have written to you separately but I will just mention here too that I love your work and you have done exactly what I am going to do when I have the time – make a nice book and fill it with goodies myself :-) You mobiles are such fun too. Enjoy the weekend :-)

  17. Flowers On A Friday February 16, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    what a fantastic run of niceness!!

    i’m v jealous about the wimbledon tickets. for one year i lived in beckenham at the other end of the tram line that runs to wimbledon and still couldn’t find the time to hop on and off and see some tennis.

    sherbourne! that brings back memories. we used to travel through there from north devon, where i grew up, to southampton where we had family friends.

    happy memories. thanks for uncorking them!

    p.s. hope it’s ok but i’ve popped a link to your place on mine. to be honest i thought i’d done it ages ago but….

  18. Diane February 16, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I know! It’s been a great couple of days!

    I haven’t been to Wimbledon for a couple of years so it will be nice to see some tennis again. Just hope I get good weather too :-)

    Devon to Poland – that’s quite a change! I checked out some of your wonderful photographs and I see you came to my neck of the woods too. I love Durdle Door and you have taken some great shots of it.

    I have added you to my blogroll. It’s about time – we have been Facebook friends for ages :-)

  19. Flowers On A Friday February 16, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    yes, it was actually devon to surrey to bristol to london to brighton to japan to poland to italy and then back to poland….but i loved durdle door as much as anything different i saw abroad. wonderful scenery. my girlfriend loved it (polish) and we had a great time.
    thanks again for the drrrrrrrrrrrrr blogroll

  20. kim February 17, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Hey! I’m glad I stumbled across your blog via Laketrees! Love the blog. Kim des a great job at recognizing some amazing artists. I am humbled by their presence.

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