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You make my day


The spring weather continues and this book uses a photograph that Number 1 son took in Bath last week. The crocuses are in full bloom but I notice there are still Autumn leaves amongst them It’s all very odd…

I had an unexpected visitor this evening, the doorbell rang and I opened it to find a vaguely familiar looking woman standing there saying ‘Hi Diane! Surprise!’ It was an old friend who I hadn’t seen for about 15 years. She is on holiday in Burton Bradstock – which is the village where Hive Beach which I showed you yesterday is. We were probably walking on the beach at the same time yesterday afternoon. What a small world it is.


I have been very lucky to receive this ‘ You Make my Day’ award from two people recently. Firstly, Rhonda at My Handbound Books was kind enough to pass it on to me after she received it from Sarah at littlepaperbird. Rhonda is one of the inspirational book artists I have met through the Book Arts Forum, which was set up by Jackie from TJ Bookarts is a wonderful resource for anyone with an interest in bookbinding. There are tutorials, discussion groups, advice and endless ideas and inspiration. Seeing Rhonda’s beautiful books always reminds me that I do tend to get stuck in rut and need to experiment more!

I was then lucky enough to receive it again yesterday from Susanne49 at Sue’s Daily Photos blog. Susanne actually has 5 photography blogs ranging from her photographs of Switzerland and Florida (where she used to live) to Charleston (where she lives now) to showcasing her wedding photography. She received the award from Barbara Gordon, another talented photographer.

The deal with this award is to pass it on to 5 other people who ‘Make Your Day’

  1. Write a post with links to 5 blogs that make your day
  2. Acknowledge the post of the award giver
  3. Tell the award winners that they’ve won by commenting on their blogs or emailing them.

I’m going to pass this on to


These people have amazing blogs which I love reading and they make my day by leaving supportive, often funny and interesting comments on my blog. I could have named many more people but I had to choose just 5. To everyone else who takes time to drop in here and leave comments – a BIG thank you to you too – it’s much appreciated :-)


10 responses to “You make my day

  1. pete February 20, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Thanks, Diane! Though my commenting frequency isn’t what it has been, know that I’m reading your posts via RSS (and enjoying them as always!).

    BTW, I see your header image in a totally different light now. It’s always nice to know that a photo in your site design is not the stock photo. :)

  2. laketrees February 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    thank you for this award too….Diane….very sweet :)
    your no1 son has obviously inherited your talent for photography…
    this is a great shot….so wild and lively and the dots are a great contrast…. :)

  3. strugglingwriter February 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I immediately thought of spring when I saw that cover. Nice.

    Wow, how cool is it to get a visit from an old friend like that. I’m sure it “made your day”.

    On an unrelated note, have you been watching Torchwood (I am unable as it doesn’t play on any of the channels I get)? How has Martha been? I have just acquired Series 2 Doctor Who from a co-worker but haven’t been able to watch yet. I’m looking forward to seeing what this Rose character is all about.

  4. Diane February 20, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Pete – You are welcome! I love the header photograph – I think it’s the symmetry – and the beach is nearly always that empty too :-)

    Kim – my pleasure.
    No 1 son (my Alex) loves photography and takes his camera with him wherever he goes! He seems to have a very good eye for colour and composition.

    Paul – glad you like the book.

    It was great to see my friend and such a nice surprise. I didn’t know who she was when I first opened the door though, it was very disconcerting :-)

    This series of Torchwood has been fantastic. The last two episodes were brilliant – very thought provoking and moving. Martha makes her first appearance tonight. I’ll let you know how she gets on. I love her in Doctor Who – more than Rose even…although Rose was still very good :-)

  5. Barbara Gordon February 20, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Hi, Diane –

    Nice to meet you!

    I wanted to thank you for linking to my blog, and tell you I’m glad I found yours. I’m enjoying it.


    Barbara Gordon

  6. Teresa February 20, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Aww, shucks, Diane – thank you!! You’re so sweet, in addition to being talented, funny, intelligent…I could go on and on. :)

    Uh, I feel silly asking this, but do I need to copy the graphic too? Or just follow the numbered directions? You’d think I was born yesterday…LOL!

    Great crocus cover! We’re forcing one on our window sill right now, but the poor ones in the garden that have started poking their leaves out were covered with 2 inches of snow as of this morning.

  7. Diane February 20, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Barbara – you are very welcome! Glad you like my blog – I enjoyed looking at your images – I love Laguna Beach, now that’s a beach! :-)

    Teresa – you are making me blush! It’s my pleasure to pass it on to you.
    Copy the graphic and use the badge on your blog (if you want to, that is)

    The crocus cover is lovely. It has been so Spring-like here but with the UK weather it could be snowing next week. I’d rather like to see some snow – it tends not to snow much in the South of England where I live…

  8. Creechman February 21, 2008 at 11:51 am

    How do you know when these books are upside down on the shelf? I still have trouble deciding which way to label text on a binder at work.

  9. Diane February 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Ah well, that’s the beauty of a blank book. Until you start writing in it, either way up is correct. You could even start at both ends and meet in the middle.

    If you see what I mean….

  10. Teresa February 21, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks, Diane…didn’t get around to doing it yesterday. It was so cold, I spent most of the day sitting next to the wood stove, tending the fire. :) Will go “pass the love” today.

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