Friday 12 October 2012

One Hundred

It slipped by, I didn't even realise that it was on the horizon. But my last post was my one hundredth. It's probably taken me a long time to get there, compared to other more prolific bloggers my ouput is sporadic and unorganised. There have been times when I've thought about giving up.

Indeed, within the past few days I've read another blog where the blog owner made a calculated attempt to publicly punish someone who had left a comment she didn't like and there are times (infrequently) when I wonder why I continue to blog and to read others words.

Well, for a start off, I'm very nosy. I love seeing inside other people's homes, pinching design ideas, trying out recipes that others use regularly and that have  proven successful. No risk if you like.
I do love sharing the wonderful places that you all visit, the gardens that make you feel that you've arrived in heaven, your latest read and that vintage tea set you couldn't resist buying from the local charity shop. I've had many a chuckle at photographs that show the complete devastation in teenagers bedrooms, being cheered by the fact that I'm not the only mother who dreads walking into her son's room. So this is why I continue to blog - I enjoy sharing your lives, the funny things you say, the kind comments you make and the talents you display. So at the end of this post I'm having a give away to celebrate 100 posts and say thank you to you wonderful bloggers.

Last Sunday we had a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon to watch The Tempest. It was my first visit to the newly refurbished theatre and I really loved the new stage which was surrounded on three sides by the audience. Jonathan Slinger, the actor who played Prospero was brilliant and the other actors in supporting roles gave a wonderful performance too. I hope I don't have to wait such a long time before my next visit.

Onto my giveaway. It's a long story, but I have ended up with two of these lovely address books by Emma Bridgewater. If you would like a chance to win one for yourself all you need to do is to leave a comment on this post. I'll leave the draw open until 31st October and pick a name or number out of the hat asap after that date.

It's my favourite Bridgewater design at the moment. I think it must be the combination of pink and the fact that it looks very much like  a stitched sampler,

I've also received the new Nigel Slater book this week. This afternoon will be a lazy one I think, spent drooling over recipes and filling my face with biscuits because reading it has made me feel hungry. Nigel's new tv series begins tonight - I can't wait.I love to watch his relaxed way of cooking, knowing that I won't have to buy a huge long list of ingredients before I can re-create his delicious food. And once Nigel's programme has finished I can open a bottle of wine and watch the England match. A good night of telly methinks.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway. All entries welcome, even if you've not commented before. Have a good weekend.


Lizzie said...

Well done on reaching 100!
I've been reading your blog for most of that time, and enjoyed it all, for the same reasons as you. Also, you often blog about places local to me, so that makes it interesting too. Please carry on, even if it is occasional.

Gill said...

I love the blue floral jug - I have one in a different style but the same pattern!
Thanks for a great giveaway - I'm a big EB fan!

Rose H (UK) said...

Many congratulations! 100 posts seemed to take me an age too.
Love the calico jug - one of my favourite patterns and so hard to find.
I've hit a bit of a blog hiatus and though I'm still reading it's a struggle to post. I'll persevere though as I'm sure I'd miss it!
Love the gorgeous
Emma Bridgewater books :o)
Have a great weekend.
Rose H

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on reaching 100
Yes I am the same, blogging is just that, sharing as much or as little as you want to,
having a good old nose around other peoples homes and gardens, sharing crafts and tips, sprinkled with a good pinch of life's ups and downs....perfect
What a lovely giveaway
Enjoy your weekend
Thea x

Pretty at Heart said...

I'm glad you have decided to continue blogging!!
That's a lovely giveaway...........and it's my birthday next week - so what a fab pressie that would be!! Fingers crossed!

The Vintage Knitter said...

Congrats on reaching a 100 posts and I'm glad that you're sticking with the blogging. In the words of Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel..."Don't Give Up"! xxx

Amanda said...

I'm a sporadic blogger but like you enjoy reading about other people. I especially enjoy the posts on the run up to Christmas.

Hope you enjoyed your wine and telly, just waiting for Merlin to start, I record X factor and fast forward the boring bits. Better go, its 4 minutes past wine o'clock ;)

Country Style Living said...

Well done on reaching 100 posts! Lovely giveaway too...Always enjoy your posts, so please carry on blogging!!

Rosie said...

The new theatre at Stratford is wonderful isn't it? We went to a performance last year and I'd love to go again. I watched the first programme of the new Nigel Slater series last week, I do love his style of cooking and his books are always a visual delight. Congratulations on reaching 100 posts:)

Kath said...

Yes I think you're right about why we blog.
I think blogging and reading other peoples blogs, is like the proverbial chat across the fence, which is missing in our busy lives, where families are scattered, we don't always know our neighbours and often work long hours.
Reading blogs is a welcome connection to others.
I hope you will carry on :-D

Lynne said...

Hi tracey, yes, 100, and I've been with you most of the way; when I first found your blog I thought how bizarre, all your reading material and favourite music featured high on my list was like you were writing my blog! Which I didn't have at the time, though that has changed this year.

Seems we all ahve the same taste in blue calico jugs too...judging by your other comments. Oh, Nigel SLater! I am being really good and have not rushed off to Amazon, but am waiting patiently as I 'think' I might be waking up to his new book on Christmas morning. The tv series is good too, we had the pasta-made-from-courgette strips earlier this week. It was good!
Good to see another post from you, please do carry on, we all love to have a peep into other folk's lives, don't we?Eye candy is everything (after good writing, of course!) Keep it up, do. And yes, I'd love to be considered for the give-away. (But won't hold it against you if I don't win!!!!)

LinenandRoses said...

Congratulations on reaching 100 posts. I must admit that I haven't visited or commented for quite a long time so feel a little cheeky for entering your giveaway but couldn't resist as I love Emma Bridgewater. Fiona x

mim said...

well done you getting to 100

mim said...

well done getting to 100

Simone said...

Happy New Year Tracey!!! Good luck with the decluttering (as I mentioned on my blog)!