One hundredth Post Giveaway!

Welcome to my one hundredth post! I'm having a Giveaway. I thought I would be able to give away something quince related- a couple of quinces and maybe a pot of jelly but 100 has come around a good two months sooner than anticipated. I am bit amazed at how much I find to witter on about.

This is what I am giving away.

Some crocheted bunting to string up across your mantelpiece, window, wherever you like!

Many of you have been kind enough to say how much you like my photographs. I have had some Moo mini cards printed. They are teeny tiny, just 3cm x7cm. There are 25 cards all different. I think they'd look nice arranged in a clip frame. These will also be part of the Giveaway.

As well as the bunting and the cards there will be one or two other little treats one of which will almost certainly be chocolate :o)

So, if you have your own blog and would like to win my Giveaway simply leave a comment on this post. I will put your names in a hat and get whichever of my children is handiest to pick a winner.
I will leave the comments open until Friday the 3rd of September.

We are off to Cornwall tomorrow for what looks like a week of rain. We're looking forward to it though and C has promised lots of eating out- mainly of the fish and chips and pasty variety, no complaints from me. I love cooking as you know, but I'm not too keen on cooking in strange kitchens without the help of my well stocked storecupboard.

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  Yesterday was the funeral of my grandmother who reached almost 102 years. The day had its moments of sadness of course but by and large it was one of laughter. The whole family came and it was soooo nice to see everyone. The service was lovely, my dad and aunt spoke about gran's very long and very full life and I read a couple of her favourite poems, we sang her favourite hymn (Dear Lord and Father of Mankind) and at the end listened to her favourite piece of music -Delius' Walk to the Paradise Garden which was just beautiful. The children who ranged in age from 6 to 16 were all perfectly behaved and afterwards we went back to my parents' house for coffee, biscuits and cake. Cake and biscuits made by me, coffee made by my mum. As funerals go it was one of the best.

This is one the pieces I read at the service. My Gran's birthday was 15th September which is Battle of Britain Day. Gran found this in a church on the Isle of Man, it was written by a young man lost in the Battle of Britain 70 years ago.

If I should pass beyound man's thought, grieve not
 For He plans the pattern of the stars
Knows of my course, and if he wills
My destiny be life, then life I seek-
If death; then death is but the gateway to truth
Wider than all the sky and more
immense than all the universe.


  1. Firstly, so sorry to hear about your Grandma, 102 is an incredibly impressive age and it sounds like the day wasn't too sad, which is how I think funerals should be.

    Now I'm trying to find a way to neatly segue into saying "Yes I want free stuff!" and failing...

    Yes I want to enter the giveaway please thank you.

    And I also want to learn how to crochet bunting! Did you teach yourself how to do this or is there a tutuorial somewhere I can snaffle?

  2. Hi Sue
    Hope you're having a great time in Cornwall - it's just stopped raining here!!!
    I love the bunting and I too would love to know how to make some!
    i don't know if I'm eligible to enter your giveaway as I don't have a blog but you know I follow you!!
    Have a great holiday

  3. Oh wow I love your giveaway! I have it in mind to make some bunting but yours would look great in the kids room or the bathroom. Please enter me. Sorry to hear of your loss but sounds like the funeral went well with many fond memories. x

  4. Hello Sue,
    I'm sorry to hear your Grandma passed away, 102 is such a great age. I'm sure she had some very interesting experiences in her life time. Your crochet bunting is lovely, the colours beautiful. You must have had fun making it. It's something I'd like to try too when my crochet skills improve.
    Enjoy your time on Cornwall and hopefully you will have some lovely sunny days.

  5. The verse gave me one of those thrill-shivers! My gran, who is 96, is in hospital at the moment, and I was just thinking yesterday that even though you can say "she's had a good innings", you can't just expect to bypass the grieving process because someone has had a full life.

    I'd love to win the crocheted bikini, although I don't have ten bosoms ;)

  6. I live in Spain, can I enter? I really would like to.
    My blog is http://alittlegreenvalley.blogspot.com

  7. I am new to your lovely blog, would love to be entered into your lil giveaway.
    Best regards x

  8. What sad news about your gran - she must have lived an amazing life. 102 is such a fantastic age. Sounds like your whole family gave her the brilliant send off that she deserved.

    It's amazing how quickly 100 posts come along isn't it??? I was shocked when I reached mine in no time at all.

    I'd love to be in with a chance to win the lovely goodies - I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    Have a fantastic time in Cornwall.

    Jill x

  9. Hi Sue
    My husband is Cornish - its wonderful down there whatever the weather and my children love it - enjoy yourselves!
    I've been following your blog and have been inspired to start "really cooking "again. I have recently lost both parents and find it brings focus to the mind during this dreadful time. Best wishes Clairex

  10. Hi Sue,

    Sorry to hear about your grandmother, but 102 is a grand old age.
    Enjoy your holiday anyway because even rainy days can be fun.
    The give away is a great idea by the way and it would be a joy to win.

    Have a great week


  11. Very poingnant post for me, my uncle died early this morning and the reading of yours was especially moving for me today.

    On a happier note, yes please. I'd love to be entered into the draw. Many congratulations on reaching your 100th post. I lurve that bikini bunting....

  12. Just realised I can't spell poignant. Sorry, Ax

  13. Sorry about your grandma,what a good age.
    I would love to win your candy,I have always admired your makes and your blogs.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter.
    XX Tina

  14. Hope you have a great holiday and I agree you cannot cook properly in a holiday cottage, no matter what you take with you. Hope the weather cheers up a bit. I love your bunting! Would also love to be able to crochet but just can't get the hang of it! I just checked I have only done 52 posts - have some catching up to do!

  15. So sorry to hear about you're gran Sue and as sad as it is to ever loose anyone 102 is a great old innings and I bet she had a most fabulous life with lots of family, love and laughter.

    Have a fabulous time in Cornwall - we leave The Malverns tomorrow morning - you live in a beautiful part of the world and we are going to miss it greatly - it defintely is a green and pleasant land and everyone is sooooo friendly.

    Safe travels and my fingers are crossed that the rain vanishes, though saying that despite the rain we have had a wonderful holiday in your part if the world.

    take care,

    Nina xxxx

    ps. yes please for the giveaway - well a girl has got to try!! N xxx

  16. Hi Sue, I'd like to enter your giveaway, your bunting is lovely and it'd look especially good in A's room!

    Sorry to hear about your Gran but it does sound like she's had a good send off, and to reach 102 yrs old is quite an achievement in itself.

    Enjoy your hols,


  17. Sorry to hear of your loss. My grandmother passed away 4 years ago also over 101 years old. It is sad to not have them anymore but nice to know that they had a good long life.

    Congratulations on your 100 posts. I would love to win your giveaway, please enter my name. Thanks

  18. So sorry about Grandma, I will urge the powers that be to send you only sunshine, I have to admit that I am not commonly listened to. Have a great break.

  19. Sorry to hear about Grandma - but it sounds like she had a long and full life and was well-loved. Who can ask for more? I loved the poem - I shall keep that one! (Who is it by, if I may ask?)
    Well done on your 100! I would love to be considered for the giveaway!
    best wishes and have a lovely holiday!

  20. Hoping that the rain holds off for you for a day or two in Cornwall and that you have a good break.
    Sorry to hear about your Gran - mine was a month short of her 99th birthday when she died in 2002; I miss her stories and her connection to the past, which we no longer have.
    Love your crochet as much for the gorgeous colours as for the crochet itself - will have to master it one day!! I'd love to be entered in your draw, please.

  21. Such a lovely poem.
    I hope you have a lovely holiday and can't wait to see what you do with your quinces upon your return.

  22. Sorry to hear about your grandma. The poem is lovely.
    Have a good week in Cornwall - the weather can only improve!
    Julie xxxxxx

  23. Have a wonderful time in Cornwall. I must say I did enjoy a pasty or two last weekend!!

    I am glad your Gran had such a happy send off. 102, amazing xx

  24. That sounds a lovely way to say goodbye to your grandmother.

    I hope you enjoy your real Cornish pasties and that the rain clears up!

  25. Sorry to hear about your Gran but as you say she was a good age and she was obviously greatly loved. Hope you have a great time in Cornwall. Oh and I'd love to be in your giveaway.

  26. Hi Sue

    Id love to enter your giveaway, your crochet is beautiful I so wish I Could do it. Sorry to hear about your gran


  27. Congratulations on 100 posts ~ I've still got 5 posts to go to reach those dizzy heights! I would love to be entered into your giveaway ~ your crocheted bunting is lovely and I'm sure that I could find many places to put it!! :O) xx

  28. Congratulations on your 100th post but sorry to hear about your Gran.

    I hope the rain holds off for you. We were supposed to be heading down south this Friday but our camp site has been flooded (!?) So we're looking at next week before we can get in anywhere else now =[ At least I get another week before the onslaught of blighty weather! x

  29. Pick me! Pick me!
    I love that little poem you put on, very moving. Out of interest, I don't suppose you know where in the Isle of Man the church was? My mother is from there, Castletown.

  30. I really love the bunting! I don't have a blog though, but I would post it on Ravelry if I won!!

  31. What a wonderful life your gran must have had and all the changes she would have seen over the past 102 years, so I toast the passing of your gran. The poem was very moving and true.
    I was married to my first hubby on the 15th Sept. which is Spring over here, cos I love Spring.
    I did laugh at 'Magicbean' I did have a crochet bikini, it was a bit embarrassing when I first wore it and it got wet, yes you can imagine....it stretched with the weight of the water....oops!!!
    I would love to be entered in your giveaway.... and your moo minis what a fab idea, because as I have said before I love your photos.

    Have a wonderful time in Cornwell, lets hope the sun shines for you all.
    Sandi xx

  32. PS, congrats for 100, I am nowhere near that yet!!

  33. Anonymous7:27 am BST

    Hi Sue,
    The funeral sounds like it was a wonderful tribute to your grandmother. My favourite hymn is also Dear lord and father. Hope you enjoy your holiday. Please would you enter me for your give-a-away too x

    Molly 41 x

  34. Hi, sorry to hear about your Grandma - it is good it was a day filled with laughter though.
    Hope you have a good time away!

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  36. My condolences to you and your family. My grandmother passed away just 10 days ago at the age of 91. Celebrating the memory of family member who has lived a rich and full life is a unique experience. It was lovely to spend time with loved relatives and sharing sadness and smiles.

    Congratulations on your 100th blog post. I am hosting a giveaway for a friend on my blog as well (it is her 1yr shop anniversary). Stop by if you get a chance :)


  37. Anonymous6:16 pm BST

    Thank you for doing a giveaway.

    My condolences to you and your family during this time.

  38. Gosh I love that poem and will have to save it.
    I hope you enjoy your holiday in Cornwall.
    Thinking of Cornwall makes me feel homesick as I've enjoyed some lovely holidays there.
    I'm living in Spain now where it is way too hot for me.
    Congrats. on 100 posts. I would love to enter the giveaway.

  39. Sorry to hear your sad news.
    Hope you get some sunny days in Cornwall, such a lovely county.
    Please enter me for your giveaway and congrats on your 100th post!

  40. Sorry about your Grandmother - 102 years old is impressive.
    Awesome giveaway - I love the bunting and the Moo cards. Please enter me for your giveaway.

  41. So sorry for your loss. What an amazing life she must have lived, and what a blessing that she was a part of your life for so long. I love the poem you read - I read it just after hearing of two Australian soldiers killed in Afghanistan this week and found it very thought-provoking.

    Your bunting is so pretty and colourful! Congrats on 100 posts - I can only dream of getting that many written! :)

    Caz :)

  42. I hit on your blog via Attic24 and was touched to read about the wonderful send-off for your gran, how truly blessed to have her in your family for so long. The poem brought me a sense of peace too! For all the commenter's who will not win would you please post the pattern? Oh! through you I found the Moo cards! they are a great idea!

  43. I too came to your blog via Attic24 and I am amazed by the number of people of all ages that crochet. What a delightful skill to have...Id love to learn but was really rubbish at learning how to knit when I was a kid. Yesterday I was remembering my gran too and mentioned in my current blog how she loved the colour green. She wasn't very crafty either but would have loved the finished crochet bunting i'm sure. That brings me nicely to say please enter me into your giveaway draw. Sorry if this comes on twice I THINK i messed up

  44. My Sympathy for you and your family, it's never easy to say goodbye.

    What a lovely blog you write, I'd love to be eligible for the giveaway, I keep going to moo for the printables but haven't quite decided what to go for yet x

  45. Anonymous10:21 pm BST

    I don't have a blog :-( but good luck everyone! Abi x

  46. So sorry to hear about your loss, although that is definitely one long and fulfilled life she must have had!
    Very kind of you to host this giveaway, count me in please!
    And enjoy your holiday - fish and chips by the seaside sounds yum!!

  47. So sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother. My sympathies are with you and your family.

    I hope you have a lovely week in Cornwall, best wishes Pj x

  48. Hi Sue, it sounds that your Grandmother lived a life surrounded in love. I hope happy memories of her will give you solace.

  49. Sorry to hear of your loss.
    There is an award on my blog for you xx

  50. Sue.Sorry to hear of your loss.

    I would love to enter the draw,i love the little cards,can't wait to see your August sampler.~Kate~


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