Much of a muchness

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Birthday surprises…

On my birthday, I was pleased and proud, nay, I was dead chuffed even, to be approved by the World Blog Council. It just goes to show what a lot of grovelling can achieve and that flattery really does get you anywhere. I am in such illustrious company, I can hardly believe I was accepted, so many thanks to the Prof., the Colonel, Frau von Sauertraut (great hairdo) and all at the World Blog Council. Their gracious comments are below this amazing badge which shows the other WBC approved blogs.


“A good Frau from Dorset with an almost unhealthy obsession with bookbinding. ‘Much of a muchness’ ist a delightful blog written by a woman of many talents. When she ist not hopping around the South of France or Kalifornia, her blogging ist a nice glimpse into the busy life of this creative empty nest. However, when I tried her ribbon binding tutorial, the Colonel ended up tied to his office chair with polka dots all over his popo. But this blogger also has gut hair so ja, this application ist approved”.

Frau von Sauertraut, Cultural Advisor

“Well – I believe our Cultural advisor has summed everything up beautifully and as I am still tied to my chair (obviously I’m dictating this to Ms Tutt) I feel duty bound to grant approval.

Now Frau von Sauertraut – tell me more about this ‘popo’ of mine and how do we get rid of these pesky polka dots…?”

Colonel Reginald Fotherington-Blogworthy II CEO, MD, ARSE

Aw shucks! I’m blushing!

And now for some more exciting news (well, for me anyway….) Here’s a clue.

My birthday ‘celebrations’ might be over, my lovely sons might have gone back to their respective homes and Milo might still be snuffling around, wondering where his new playmates have gone to and although I am sad , as always, when my boys leave, I am also REALLY EXCITED!! It’s been a wonderful few days, the climax of which was the presentation of my birthday present – a joint gift from my sons (and their dad) – an air ticket to Australia – the trip to be taken, as and when I like!

Once I had checked it was a return ticket and I wasn’t being transported to the colonies, I was absolutely thrilled. I am hoping that I can go early in the new year so that it will still be summer down under. I have several friends and a sister who live in various parts of Australia so I hope that I can get to see lots of places. I’m really getting the travel bug but this will be my biggest adventure yet so I am going to plan it carefully. I am open to suggestions of places I really MUST see. Here’s a little music to get me in the mood….

Now I’d better get in touch with my Antipodean friends and family to warn them….

17 responses to “Birthday surprises…

  1. Daddy Papersurfer November 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Considering the amount of time you spend away from the computer on your various jaunts around the globe, I am amazed that the WBC approved your application. The Colonel must have a soft spot for you.

    Australia!!!!! paid for by your children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ………….. TSK

  2. Creechman November 8, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I never knew you were a “Hero” woman.

    Go Elena Dementieva.

  3. Diane November 8, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    DP – I rather suspect suggested by children and paid for by their dad. I always knew it was a good idea to stay friends with him after we split! I’m sure you would do the same for Penfold if he suggested sending Lo, TG on a lovely holiday for her birthday….

    Creechman – I have lots of heroes – I use the word very loosely! Basically, it’s just someone I admire or have a crush on……

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  5. Teresa November 9, 2008 at 12:56 am

    AHHH!! You’re going to Oz! How very exciting!! When will you go? I get a chuckle out of that Men At Work song every time. :)

    That was a hilarious excerpt from the Blogworthy world. Thanks for always making me laugh and cheering me up.

    Fluffy hugs for you and Milo!

  6. Daddy Papersurfer November 9, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Can I marry him and then split? ……. I could do with a holiday ….

  7. Diane November 9, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Well, you’d have to stay married for 25 years first….

  8. 70steen November 9, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Diane how very exciting…. a trip to OZ… wow. You are so lucky & what an ex. Mine wouldn’t even buy me a cheap birthday card lol.

    What will you do with Milo? I put Layla in kennels twice (only over night) and it broke my heart to see her little face as I left.. I am such a softee.

    Glad you had a great birthday weekend :-)

  9. Diane November 9, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Teresa – I hope to go in January, as it will be mid summer over there and horrid post-Christmas over here! It’s a great song isn’t it? I always liked it.

    70steen – we have managed to stay great friends after the initial hostilities!
    As for Milo, #2 son has offered to move back home for the period I am away to look after Milo, so he should be fine! (Both of them!)
    Thank you!

  10. laketrees November 9, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    how exciting!!!
    January is usually our hottest month too :)
    you should check out my Adopt a Teddy Bear post to see what’s in store for you if you visit down my way at The Entrance North ;) ;)

  11. fracas November 10, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Happy Belated Birthday Diane…

    That cake is the cutest thing! Honest to goodness, you have awesome sons.

    And congrats on that WBC approval. I hear the ‘brass’ there are so hard to please. Good on you for getting their thumbs up!


  12. Dunn November 10, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Happy Birthday, Diane! :-)

  13. nursemyra November 10, 2008 at 7:19 am

    you’re coming to australia? how exciting – can you spare an hour or so while in sydney so we can have coffee together?

  14. Diane November 10, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Kim – I hope we can get together. It would be a shame to come all that way and not finally meet up! The slide show of your place looks amazing – very beautiful – don’t adopt a teddy, adopt me!

    fracas – I do have awesome sons – very thoughtful and they give good presents! I have trained them well…. :-)

    Dunn – thank you!

    nursemyra – that would be fantastic! I’m trying to work out an itinerary with the friends I will be visiting so I’ll keep you posted!

  15. nursemyra November 13, 2008 at 7:17 am

    are you going to many different cities?

  16. laketrees November 16, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    I will Diane…
    send me an email when you know the dates that you are coming and we will make plans :))

  17. Diane November 17, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    nursemyra – I’m planning the trip now. I have friends in Perth and Canberra and my Canberra friend is coming to Sydney with me I hope – and maybe Melbourne and then there’s Queensland……so much to see!

    kim – it will be January sometime, I need to work out how long the various bits are going to take and what order to do them in… brain hurts :-)

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