Calendar Giveaway

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

I have enjoyed having my own calendar on my kitchen wall so much this year. Now I'm looking forward to using next year's too.







Last year I had 25 calendars printed because 25 people said they would like to buy one. Unfortunately not all those people did buy one and I just about broke even.

I hope those of you who did buy a calendar have enjoyed them, I know some of you have because you have been kind enough to tell me so. I'm afraid I won't be selling calendars this year.

This year Vistaprint are charging £292.23 for 25 calendars. I'm sure you will understand why I am unwilling to part with that amount of money when there is the chance I won't recoup it all.

I think it is reasonable to charge something for my photography and design so to make the venture even a tiny bit worth my while I would have to charge at least £15 a calendar including postage. I'm sure a Country Living calendar costs less, but Country Living can afford to charge less. I can't.

Besides, I'm not at all sure that I want this blog to be a source of income, even in a small way. I am not the type of person who wants the hassle or the accountability that 'monetising' (for want of a better word) brings. I'm happy doing what I do and when I feel like doing it. I really don't feel the need for anything else.

I do like  to give the odd present away though! I have only had three calendars printed this year; one for me, one for my mum and one for one of you!

If you would like a chance to win that 2013 Quince Tree Calendar please leave me a comment on this post and on Sunday 18th November I will close my eyes and pick a winner.

Good luck!

I'm posting within Europe only, by the way.

101 comments:

  1. Your photographs are gorgeous Sue! I'd love to be in with a chance of winning one.
    Victoria xx

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  2. This a stunning collection of photographs, Sue. Please pop me in the hat too!

    Best wishes
    Debbie

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  3. Hi Sue, you are already a big part of my blog reading and cooking, so a calendar would be great to win! keep up the blogging, it's wonderful.

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  4. Ann Wainwright3:57 pm GMT

    Hello Sue,
    Would it be worth seeing if 25 people want a calendar enough to pay up front and if they did you could then have the calenders printed and be sure there would be no loss and everyone would be happy and could have a calender x

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    1. I did think of that Ann but no, I've decided against selling them.

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  5. If you are willing to post to the Netherlands, I'd like to put my name in the draw, if I'm the lucky one, then I'll have a chance to see the seasons through your eyes here in Bangladesh where our seasons are so very different.

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    1. Netherlands is fine Haze. I'm willing to post to anywhere in Europe.

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  6. I was given one for Christmas by my daughter last year. I was dead chuffed 'cos she knows I love your blog (as does she).

    I would love to win one. If I do, I might even give it to her. (maybe).

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  7. I boughtoneofyour calendars last year and loved it. I also am a great admirer of yor blog and just wanted to let you know that you definitely make my world lovelier. Thank you very much. Esther

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  8. I love your blog Sue .I miss my native Worcestershire very much and I feel I still have some connection via your blog.Would love to win a calender .Thank you Jill.

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  9. Please pop me in the hat. If I win it might inspire me to be a more adventurous cook...
    Ax

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  10. Anonymous4:40 pm GMT

    Your photographs are beautiful and I love reading your receipes. I'd love to win a calendar. Here's hoping!
    Maggie x

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  11. Anonymous4:47 pm GMT

    I, too, just adore your photography (and your recipes, and your humour, and....). Would love to win the calendar.
    Kim.

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  12. Gutted you're not doing your calendars this year. I understand why you're not but I bitterly regretted not getting one at the time.

    So the chance to win one is very exciting. Please count me in :)

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  13. I would love one of your unique and, this year, rare calendars! Please enter me.
    Deb x

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  14. Oh do include me, please!

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  15. Loved the 2012 calendar in all its seasonality! x

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  16. Please include me - I bought one last year and had already earmarked money for this year, so I am another one a bit sad at the news - I understand, but I am still a little sad! Love your photography and your blog x

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  17. Dear Sue
    Please enter me for your lovely giveaway. I think your photos are just stunning and would love the chance to have this on my wall.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  18. You are so clever - and your photography skills are amazing - I'd love a chance to win!!

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  19. Please throw my name into the hat.

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  20. oh please enter me too! What joy to have your photos on the wall!

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  21. Sue, I bought one of your calendars last year and have loved looking at it each day. I would be thrilled to have my name entered into the draw in the hope of winning a calendar for next year (I will be very sad to take down the current one if I don't have an equally lovely one to replace it).

    I agree that it is also a lot of money to fork out and not cover the costs. It is very kind of you to offer one to one of your readers. Thank you.

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  22. Well as my calendar from you last year is now well and truly used I would love the opportunity to win the new version, pop my name in the hat too please Sue .

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  23. Beautiful calender Sue,sorry to hear about the people who didn't cough up last year,not fun. I would love to have a chance at being in the draw, your photo's are perfectly seasonal and a real inspiration. Many thanks x

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  24. Oh yes please - throw my hat into the ring!!

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  25. I swore I would never take part in one of these giveaways - but for one of your calendars ...

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  26. I've only been following your blog for six months now so wasn't aware that you produced a calendar. I look forward to your posts and have tried some of your recipes. Please add me to the draw. Thanks

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    1. It's only the second one I've done Liz.

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  27. Hello Sue,
    I've just found your Blog following a link to Dorothy Hartley. I love your recipes, can't wait to try them and as for your photographs they are amazing. Thank you. I would have bought your calendar but would be honoured to win one.

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  28. Never mind the giveaway, I am stealing your idea of a monthly mosaic for next year. Even if I make it only for my own amusement. It is lovely to have a set of monthly images to inspire. And even more so when they have personal meaning.

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  29. Ooh yes I'll enter please! I'm always in awe of your photography skills!

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  30. I'm in ! Your calendar looks even better than the Country Living one. There are more pictures for each month. It's very generous of you to organise this giveaway. Good luck to everybody !

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  31. Your calendar looks stunning Sue and it's very kind of you to give one away...please pop my name in the draw.
    Jacquie x

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  32. Anonymous7:38 pm GMT

    karen extremadura spain

    yes please would look lovely in my kitchen.......thanks for being so kind

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  33. I have loved my 2012 Quince Tree calendar Sue and it has been well used, so please put my name in the hat for 2013.

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  34. I'll throw my name in too. I'm a relatively newcomer to your blog, but I do love your photos.

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  35. I'm intrigued that you have already photographed December 2013 and very pretty it looks too. Please include me in the draw. Thank you.

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    1. Aha! September, October, November and December are the samplers I made in 2011. I made this year's calendar last August so I used pictures from the end of 2010 for the last 3 months. Am I making sense? Most of the samplers are on my sampler page at the top of the blog. Some I made new- for example next year Easter falls in March so I made a new March to include Easter eggs. I didn't much like April's sampler this year so I made a new one and I changed July's a bit so that it didn't include Olympic rings

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  36. Please can you include my name in your giveaway. Your photos are always stunning and I love the way you put your collages together.
    Sarah x

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  37. Put me in too, please!
    I was just looking at your pictures from last year a couple of days ago and wondering if you were going to make a new calendar. They're beautiful photos.

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  38. It looks beautiful! Put me in please!

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  39. What a beautiful calendar, Sue. Such a lovely idea. The winner of your calendar will be happy to get this colourful and useful gift! ;)

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  40. I'm sure you will have a huge response to this Sue, your photographs are just stunning.

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  41. I love reading your blog and your photos.

    Have you considered cafepress for your calendars (and more things like greetings cards)? I've been using it for years to sell slogan t shirts. There is no outlay, just a bit of your time to upload photos and sort out the templates. They print on demand. They charge a base rate ($14.99 for calendars)and you can pick a mark up. They are US based so I don't know if their calendars have US holidays on them. But greeting cards would be nice?

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  42. Such beautiful photography Sue. Thank you for offering one as a giveaway. Linda xxx

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  43. please enter me!

    http://ohsogawjess.blogspot.co.uk/

    xXx

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  44. I'd love to win one of your lovely calendars Sue!

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  45. I'd love to win one Sue - your photography is an inspiration.
    Nikki

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  46. It looks amazing. Count me in for the draw please!

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  47. You have a natural talent for photography! I would love this in my kitchen.:)

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  48. I always looked forward to your monthly mosaics and I would love a whole year's worth to enjoy! Please include me in the draw!

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  49. Hi Sue, I would love to win a 2013 calendar. I have enjoyed using my 2012 quince calendar and seeing those lovely pictures every day. Of course your blog is not just about photography, it's the writing too, pithy, to the point, learned, witty, honest, candid...it's fun to read your views on Tesco, Waitrose, requests for money from school, the joy of making almost free jam, the pleasure of smelling sheets dried outside on the line, the fact we are old enough now to admit we don't like camping, and many others.

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  50. I would love to be included in the draw.

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  51. Ooh how lovely, I've really enjoyed the 2012 calendar and I completely understand why you've decided not to do another for sale. I'd love the chance to win the giveaway though. Thanks so much.

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  52. I would love to be in your draw but Australia doesnt make the grade for this fabulous prize. Not only are you clever with food but your photography is a joy. thanks for takingthe time to share Sue and keep doing what you do so well xx

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  53. Oh the calendar is gorgeous--much better than a Country Living one! I always love your monthly mosaics. So inspiring. K x

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  54. I would love to be in the draw for one of your unique calendars. Thank you Sue x

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  55. I love your photos. Please include me in the draw - thanks : )

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  56. deedownunder9:08 am GMT

    Oh Sue, if I was so lucky as to win your lovely calendar, I would be happy to pay for the postage to my address in Australia. Please won't you consider adding my name to your draw. As you know, I am a longtime supporter of your blog, and have made many of your dishes over the years. I would just LOVE to have your calendar on my kitchen wall.

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  57. Oh please include me! Your photography is inspiring. If I had your calendar hanging in my kitchen, I am sure it would help me to be as inventive as you when I cook. (BTW I do hope your kids appreciate how lucky they are to have you feeding them!)

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  58. I've loved having your Quince Tree calendar on my wall so much this year and my family have all picked their favourite photo-months (Mine's April)So sad that there won't be the chance to order more, but I do understand your reasons. So...please enter me for the draw, I shall keep everything crossed! Kx

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  59. I would love a calendar, in fact, I thought the post was going to explain how to purchase one and was disappointed to find otherwise but completely understand why you don't want to go there this year.

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  60. Dear Sue,

    I would love to win that calendar - your pictures are superb!

    Jan

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  61. Hi Sue

    I would LOVE a calendar.

    Donnax

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  62. Your calendar would be treasured if I were to win, Sue. Such beautiful images.

    I've just been catching up here. I was so moved by your Remembrance post.

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  63. Would love to win the calendar. I like to use them as Christmas gifts, but might be tempted to keep this one for me!

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  64. Fisherwife1:39 pm GMT

    I have enjoyed your beautiful pictures all year. It's been two years I have been coming here. I came via Lucy at Attic 24. The two of you are my chosen British friends. Whenever I need to drink in color, I hop over to the Quince Tree. Because of you, my family has fresh bread on a regular basis. Thank you, Sue. Even if I don't win, I have gained.

    fishyfamily6@yahoo.com

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    1. Fisherwife4:26 am GMT

      Oops. I just saw the part about you posting only to Europe. Ah, well.

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  65. Anonymous2:16 pm GMT

    really beautiful pictures. I have just started a new job after many years of trying and this would look great above my desk, such happy colourful dreamy pictures.

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  66. I think you calendar is beautiful and I would be thrilled to give it a home.

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  67. I would so love a calender - 'Country Living'? No contest. Thanks for re-booting me as far as cookery goes - have tried many of your recipes & suggestions. xx

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  68. Blimey, is it that time of the year already ? When did that happen ? Please stick my name in the hat :o)

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  69. Me too.....blimey, you'll need a big hat..73 comments in front of me.
    Take care
    Jude

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  70. Anonymous4:15 pm GMT

    Hi Sue, love your blog - it's the only one I read regularly as I don't have it in me to sit by the computer for too long... and was reading your sequence on frugal living with great interest. I live on a small island off the West Coast of Scotland and often have to make do till the next shopping trip! Never made a comment before, so here's my chance. Just love your photography and the way they all blend so well into a theme for the month. Quite different too from what you would get here - so I would give your calendar a place of honour in my hebridean kitchen! Keep up the good work :o) Tiki Sunrise

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  71. Anonymous4:31 pm GMT

    The photos on your calendar are lovely - so clear, crisp and bright. I especially like the one of jars of homemade marmalade - so inviting. I have been following your blog for some time now and it's become a firm favourite. Thank you for so many interesting visits into your domestic world. Keep up the good work.

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  72. I can understand your views on costs and money but love the images on your calenders. What I particuarly like is that your images conjour up the month beautifully, you can guess the month in most cases without even looking at the word.Would love one in my kitchen, here's hoping!

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  73. It's a beautiful calendar, Sue! I can totally understand your reservations about splashing out on almost 300 big ones though. I bet you'll enjoy every month next year though :)

    S x

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  74. I'm quite new to your lovely blog and so sorry you were let down last year, if I had seen the post I would definitely have bought one, so please put me in your hat. I miss the UK very much and you help keep my memories alive with your beautiful photos of the changing seasons and your recipes are just wonderful.
    Thank you so much.

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  75. Love your blog, love your recipes ( taste good), will love your calendar....thank-you Sue!

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  76. Thanks for your inspiration. I often pop in when I don't know what to cook.

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  77. your mosiacs are always so inspiring Sue.

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  78. Your blog is always interesting thought provoking and inspiring. I would love a chance to win one of those wonderful calendars, Janex

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  79. Anonymous9:15 pm GMT

    I love your blog and to have a calendar too would just make me smile. Ruth

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  80. Anonymous10:17 pm GMT

    Oh no! No calenders for sale this year? It was the perfect Christmas present for a few on my list - oh well socks and chocs this year :( Another cracking year of your blog :) Thanks a million

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  81. It's a shame that you're not selling the calendars this year but it's a totally understandable decision. They are beautiful photos though!

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  82. I love your photography so a calendar would be a treat! I understand why you're not selling them, I have similar feelings about my crochet items x

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  83. Mrsbrispie11:13 pm GMT

    What a lovely thing to do. I'd like to be thrown into the mix also. And while I'm here, I tested the gingerbread recipe - this time in the specified tin size and I got to eat it this time, rather than scrape it off the bottom of the oven!! It's good autumn/winter eating! Thanks so much again for your inspiration.

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  84. Hi Sue I would love the calendar of your gorgeous photos. Thanks for your inspirational blog.x

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  85. Please pop my name in the hat! From Australia, but loads of UK relatives could get the calendar to me! Love your photos Sue! X

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  86. Yesss!!! good idea! nice calendar to remember you during the year. Please, put my name also in the hat!

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  87. Anonymous2:18 pm GMT

    Yes please, would you enter me, too? I love that the pictures actually look like that month, if that makes any sense. And a very nice blog, too!

    Iiris

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  88. Hi there Sue, please add my name into the list for the calendar giveaway, I'd love to win it! Fingers crossed, Sian xx
    P.S. A belated thank you for your crumbleberry cake recipe, I tried it out the other day in half quantities with tinned pears and flaked almonds in the crumble topping (20cm round tin) and it was lovely

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  89. Pati from London2:37 pm GMT

    The calendar looks stunning, Sue! We usually create our own calendars with the kid's pictures to give away to the grandparents as a Xmas gift and also to put in our kitchen. Yours, however, would sit perfectly well in our study room, where I write my essays.... Thanks very much for such a generous and beautiful giveaway! Pati x

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  90. Sue,
    I live in Dallas, TX, USA
    My husband and I have followed your site for years and he enjoyed everything [photos, your shared thoughts and of course the wonderful recipes]. Visiting you site is like getting a letter from a distant cousin.

    Please reconsider when doing next years calender. I would happily per pay [cost + postage]. Usually, the expense of printing goes down with a higher volume.

    Enjoy your holidays,
    Carol B




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    1. Carol,
      Thank you, I am so glad you and your husband enjoy my blog.
      It is true that the cost of printing goes down with a higher volume. Having 25 calendars printed rather than 3 reduces the cost per calendar. As I cannot afford to spend £300 on 25 calendars I certainly can't afford to spend even more on a greater number and I doubt I could sell more. I am not a business and I do not want to be. Other bloggers may have spare cash to use for such ventures but I'm afraid I do not.

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  91. Anonymous7:04 pm GMT

    Hi Sue, please add my name into the list for the calendar giveway.
    I live in italy and I enjoy your photo (some time ago I ask you for a camera: do you remember? and I bought the Canon IXUS you used for some time)and recipes!
    As Carol says i would happily per pay for your next calendar(I can send you the money before you print so you could be sure).
    Thanks a million for your blog: it is great!
    have a nice holiday,
    Paula

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  92. Anonymous8:38 pm GMT

    Hello, I came across your blog by accident one day, and have read it ever since. I love your enthusiasm for your recipes and could only hope to capture images as you do with your camera. Please continue blogging, it gives me a nice place to visit in a hectic world. I would love a calendar and be happy to cover your costs.
    Heidi

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  93. Your 2012 calendar has brightened up my kitchen all year - I would love to win the 2013 version, with yet more of your colourful and inspiring images. Thanks for your fabulous blog!

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  94. PLEASE PUT MY NAME IN THE HAT, SUE, AS ANOTHER QUINCE-LESS PERSON THIS YEAR, I'D LOVE A REMINDER ON A CALENDAR TO DREAM ABOUT NEXT YEAR - POSITIVE THINKING!! JAN x

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