Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Giveaway Winner

Dear, dear readers,
Today I was quite giddy with excitement at the thought of picking a winner out of my son's apple-green gardener's hat.
I would like to thank you ALL for participating in my first giveaway with such relish and enthusiasm. 
There were one hundred entries.
I called upon my dear son Tristan to pick out the winning paper this afternoon as I know he can be counted on for sharing every crumb of excitement.
He did well.
With a flourish he pulled out a little green slip...

Grapes devoured by Angélique

The winning blog name is revealed in the first verse of a poem taken from:

Garden Poems, edited by John Hollander (Alfred A. Knopf, 1996)

(Simply take the bold letters in the order they appear and string together the name of the winner.)

The Garden in September

Now thin mists temper the slow-ripening beams
Of the September sun: his golden gleams
On gaudy flowers shine, that prank the rows
Of high-grown hollyhocks, and all tall shows
That Autumn flaunteth in his bushy bowers,
Where tomtits, hanging from the drooping heads
Of giant sunflowers, peck the nutty seeds;
And in the feather aster bees on wing
Seize and set free the honied flowers,
Till thousand starts leap with their visiting:
While ever across the path mazily flit,
Unpiloted in the sun,
The dreamy butterflies
With dazzling colours powdered and soft glooms,
White, black and crimson stripes, and peacock eyes,
Or on chance flowers sit,
With idle effort plundering one by one
The nectaries of deepest-throated blooms.

Robert Bridges
(There are two more delicious verses.)

Congratulations dear Vanessa! Although I know she has taken absence of leave from blogland for a fortnight.

The winner of the Nursery Rhyme giveaway will be announced in a few days when a little beauty will be finished and the stage will be set for the winning rhyme.

ps Do You Mind If I Knit? is the winner ;-)


  1. Congratulations Vanessa!
    I know she will be thrilled!

  2. OH WHAT A LUCKY WINNER MY DEAREST! Look at those wonderful grapes!!! HOW ARE YOU??? I am running so busy with the return of school....BEST WISHES TO YOU on enjoying a new season! It is getting chilly here now. Fondly, Anita

  3. Congrats to the winner!

    A lovely poem, and what a creative way to announce your winner.

  4. Congratulations to lucky Vanessa, that is a really fun way to annouce the winner! x

  5. Oh no I missed your giveaway! Just seen your comment on my blog from 2 weeks ago - duh! Just returned from a glorious holiday in Tuscany (a post should be on my blog very soon:-)

    Congratulations to Vanessa and I LOVE the ingenious way you have picked a winner.

    Gorgeous post as ever.


  6. Congratulations to Vanessa :D What a lovely surprise she will have when she's back from wherever she has gone!

  7. Congratulations to Vanessa! It was a great give away too!
    Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

  8. Congratulations to Vanessa, what a wonderful prize she's won.

  9. Congratulations to the winner! My giveaway starts on Saturday, don't forget to enter :-)

  10. Awwww.....lucky, lucky Vanessa!

  11. Congratulations Vanessa! She is a lucky girl.

    Love the poem!

    Madelief x

  12. Congratulations to Vanessa!
    what an amazing prize, and those grapes look delicious :o)
    jooles x

  13. Congratulations to Vanessa! Such a lucky winner, I'm sure she will be delighted. I loved the poem, and the unusual way you chose to announce the giveaway winner.
    Enjoy your weekend, Stephanie.
    Helen x

  14. Congrats to the very lucky Vanessa!!
    What a brilliant way to reveal the winner too!
    Vivienne x

  15. Sweet Stephanie,

    Oh, to see your visit and wonderful comments made ME cry!!!! WE ALL have the same challenge to take our dreams and fears and then FLY out the open doors that have been graciously provided to us....thank you for SHARING in my experience mon amie....je te souhaite une belle journée ce dimanche!!!!


  16. Dear Stephanie,

    Congratulations to Vanessa and she will be thrilled.
    Love the poem and I can see why Angelique would enjoy devouring the yummy grapes.


  17. Oh wow! how exciting!
    i sent you my email, via email ;)
    have a lovely day~


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