I Have Been Gifted!

Teresa aka The Haunted Wordsmith has sparked a wave of generosity in the blogging world and I have been the recipient of several gifts already. Life is going to be pretty hectic for me this month – my last few days with Goldfinch, followed by lots of over-time at work, and then a week with my family – so I am probably not going to be able to keep up with all the giving that is going on. But I have time this afternoon…so here is my giving spree!

Everyone has been very generous over the weekend and gifts galore are being spread amongst other bloggers. I needed to think a bit longer about my responses – I am not firing on all cylinders at the moment, I have to admit!

However, thank you to the lovely bloggers who have included me in their gift lists so far.


I have to say, my favourite gift so far is from Sadje, the creator of Keep it alive. We probably should not pick favourites, but I am sure you will forgive me for this one! In her gift list, her gift was Goldfinch!!!


Sadje knows what is closest to my heart to be sure! I could not ask for a more wonderful gift!


I have had some other lovely gifts and one rather memorable gift too!

Dr Tanya, the creator of Salted Caramel thought of me on her gift list:


pink bouquet and wallet

How lovely! That cheered me up no end!


Then there is our lovely Rory, the creator of A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip!


…who gave me “an ample handful [oooher missus] of chocolate crumbs to keep the sweetness intact”.

…as soon as I thought of chocolate crumbs, I thought of the base for a chocolate caramel dessert – and after I bake it, I would happily send out a slice to all the lovely bloggers who are feeling so generous at the moment.


Then instead of giving me socks, one of my favourite bloggers sent me a right shock to my system! Kristian, the creator of Tales from the mind of Kristian gave me perhaps the most bizarre gift I have received so far!:


I am hoping this one comes with a gift receipt so I can go and exchange it for cuddly socks!


So…now come my gifts for bloggers…and I think I probably owe at least twelve now, but I am tired today, so please forgive me for limiting myself to the three below:

My first priority is a gift to Fernando Fandango, the creator of This, That, and The Other

Men's Active Intensity Baselayer Pants

I would like to give the gift of thermal underwear for skiers. Specialist skiers underwear that is also aerodynamic. It won’t slow you down on the ski slopes but it will help to prevent frost bite. Frostbite can turn very nasty, so please do wear something on the slopes.




My second recipient is Kristian, the creator of Tales from the mind of Kristian. I feel I was rather unappreciative of his gift to me! So to make up for being such a spoilt brat, I am going to give Kristian a double-decker gift.

My first is a display box for loose leaf tea, there is a larger one with six chambers that I would give of course – only I could not find a photo of it.

Add to that a fine tea treat at a London tea parlour – and I hope dear Kristian will forgive me for my ingratitude!


And last but certainly not least, I would like give a gift to Dee Kelly, the creator of Thriving Not Surviving:

Many of you know that our lovely Dee has experienced tremendous sadness this year. I was thinking of her the other day. I can only imagine that the sad loss her family have experienced may be especially hard in coming weeks. I would love to send flowers and hugs every single day to Dee and I am sure lots of other bloggers feel the same way!

That is the thing about blogging. We are all enjoying preparing posts and all the interaction with other bloggers. But we are all very real people, with our own trials and tribulations as well as joys and jubilations. When another blogger experiences tragedy, we can feel a bit helpless perhaps because we don’t know each other in real life. However, we are genuinely moved, and think of you frequently.

Dee, I am sure all other bloggers would join me in truly wishing you heartfelt love as you and your family spend time together over the next month or so. I can’t imagine how tough these past few months must have been. So flowers and hugs every day Dee is my gift for you.


Lots of love, joy and peace to all the bloggers who brighten our day!