A thank you letter and my version of the New Year Honours List

Did you sit down at the dining table around the 27th December to write your thank you  letters? I did. I can visualize it now. Me at the dinning table, my mum in the kitchen, something tempting on the TV in the sitting room, but I HAD to write the letters, and there was no playing until they had been written.

Out would come some notelets – you may know the kind, a picture on the front with blank pages in the middle. The perfect size to write a thank you letter. The notelets could well have been one of my Christmas presents (you see my Mum didn’t miss an opportunity!). Maybe a picture of some flowers or an animal would decorate them.

I only really had to write two proper thank you’s – I don’t have a large family. One would be to my grandparents in North Wales the other to my Great Aunt and Uncle a few miles away in Cheshire.

So here we go

Dear Granny and Grandpa

Thank you very much for the lovely jumper/cardigan/tank-top you knitted me. I’ll be wearing it to school when I go back after the holidays (you see I got school jumpers for Christmas and then had to say my thank you’s – humph!).

Thank you very much for the selection box (remember those sock shaped selection packs? The one with maybe 6 chocolate bars on, which had string/mesh to keep the chocolates in?), I really like the chocolate (Chocolate and sweets were a MAJOR treat) and I’ve eaten 2 already.

We went for a walk yesterday and it was nice and sunny.

Insert any other random “news” here.

Lots and love

Claire xxxx

Those thank you letters seemed to take FOREVER to write. But in truth were pretty short and invariably the same year on year!

So now to my thank you’s and my New Year Honours List

I’d like to thank my fellow bloggers, could I call you friends now? I think so, for awards they have given me over the last few months. You see this thank you letter writer is VERY tardy. My excuse? I wasn’t sure what to write in return, nor was I sure who else to pass the awards onto. I’m still not sure now, but I’ll give it a go.

As HRH will be announcing her list of awards in the next few days I thought it only proper that this Queen of the Alps should announce her’s 🙂

Reader Appreciation Award

Isn’t this a lovely award. To be appreciated for reading someone elses’ work and life. I think it’s a pleasure. Dadirridreaming nominated me. Her writing and her photos are a pleasure from the Yoga to life to the natural world in Australia. It’s very touching. So I get to pass it on to 6 of my readers, for those who leave comments and for some reason or other appreciate my blog.  So here’s a sunflower, from the depths of an Alpine winter

  1. Award your top 6 bloggers who have commented the most.
  2. Be thankful.
  3. You cannot award someone who has already been awarded. And you cannot give the award back to me.
  4. Don’t forget to tell the bloggers you’ve awarded.
  5. If you don’t want to pass on this award, that’s okay to. Just admire it.

So my nominees for the Reader Award are

Karen for her positivity and being one of the first, Farmy for her pleasurable company and high humour, John at the Bartolini Kitchens for his encouragement and great take on life , Marie over at My Little Corner Of Rhode Island, simply a fabulous gardener, Stacey from Down to Earth Digs and Goldcoast for their inquisitiveness and generosity of time, oh and they are great gardener’s too!

And now I’ve written this list I feel a bit mean as there are only 6 of you listed, and it doesn’t include EVERYONE who reads this blog!

More Thankyou’s and Honours and More Champagne

Karen at Backroadjournal, Linda from OrangeBee and Celi of TheKitchenGarden have all nominated me for the Liebster Award. This goes to 5 bloggers who you want to recognise as up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. You link to who award you, list your 5 blogs and contact them on their blog.

Karen writes about her life and her travels, with great food to accompany you on your journey. While Celi, at TheKitchenGarden chats and photographs her life on the farmy, a treat to read and Linda of the OrangeBee writes beautifully about her food and life. Thank you laydees 🙂

  1. Stacey of Down To Earth Digs for her wonderful photos and life in her garden. Always a pleasure to read
  2. Tinkerbelle of Laughter Is Catching for her musings on life that entertain me so much
  3. GoldCoast Garden Diary – for gardening, life and food on the Gold Coast in Australia. Oh and she has kangaroos that come and visit her
  4. The BigFatNoodle – all things truly edible and delicious
  5. Now and Gwen entertains me with her garden life, the trials and tribulations of Mr Courgette and the rest of the vegetable family.

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the blogs I follow. And here’s another toast to you all 🙂


  • Congratulations, Claire, on your well-deserved awards. I’ve a feeling that you’ll see more of them in 2012. And, thank you for the nomination and your kind words that accompanied it. I’m honored for both the award and the company with which I was nominated.

    Great picture of the toast du soleil!

  • Congratulations on your awards! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so much in the past few months. It never fails to make me smile! 🙂

    Thank you for nominating me for a Leibster Award! I can’t wait to check out the other blogs you linked to.

    I hope you have a very wonderful New Year!

  • What is exciting is the list of recommended pages to read, I bet they are good and thank you so much for recognising the Farmy too. Love the shot of the champagne in the snow (you were not kidding about that were you). May I just pass my glass for a wee refill. Just a touch darling.! And this is such a pretty award.. I shall work double hard on getting it onto my page this time!! c

    • It’s fun to discover new blogs isn’t it – there’s so much out there to share.
      ps – I never kid around when it comes to champagne 🙂 and there you go, a little refill…… rose ok for for you?!

  • Hi Claire, Thank you so nuch for the award. I am happy that I was one of the first to comment on your blog as I have always enjoyed your posts. Thank you for the toast…Rose Champagne is my favorite.

    • You are very welcome Karen, it’s through bloggers like you that I have been encouraged to continue and to explore and share. It makes for a rich and eventful life. Glad you like rose champers too 🙂

  • Oh, Thanks so much, Claire! I’m going to try to respond – you know, before everyone who comments at my place gets it from someone else…but I don’t know if I’ll get there…
    This is a wonderful idea for an award – after all, where would we be without our readers?
    Much love and luck for the coming year!

    • Hi Marie, I’m pleased you like your award, I think I should create another one, just for you right now, something along the lines of “amazing Christmas grandparent award”
      Looking forward to 2012 here on WordPress 🙂

  • Congratulations! Much deserved! I very much enjoy your photos and musings. So glad I “found” your blog.

    • Hi Deb and thank you, I love it that others enjoy my ramblings and I get to share so much of other bloggers musings, food, art, gardening, photography too 🙂

  • I’m looking forward to checking out the blogs you have thanked or recommended. I love your photo of the champagne in the snow – it’s so long since I’ve seen snow!

    • Hi there, and thank you. It’s become a bit of a Christmas day tradition if we are in the Alps, to have a small ski and then a sip or two of the fizzy stuff 🙂

  • Cpngrats on the awards! And the memories you bought back with those thank you letters. I had to write them too to Great Aunt Joan (St Leonard´s on Sea – we have a long family connection there!) and my great grandmother and a few relatives in North Wales…good lord, maybe we´re related?!

    • Thank you 🙂 It’s a bit of fun isn’t it, an dthe bonus is to connect with some “new” people. I’m pleased to have struck a chord with the thank you letters!
      I moved to the area about 10 years ago from London, and before then in the NW. And Welsh connections too….. 🙂

  • Thank you for nominating me, it’s a gorgeous photo. Snow and champagne what a terrific mix.

  • Congratulations Claire! and a huge thank you for even thinking of my little blog! I’m honored!
    Your were the first person to find my blog, and I have had so much fun with this creative outlet.
    Thank you so much!

    • Thank you Stacey, it’s great that we found each other and I’ve always enjoyed your comments, and your posts. Your photography is fab! I hope othe rpeople enjoy your blog as much as I do, congratulations

  • I am catching up on reading my favorite blogs…… this one was a message close to my heart. My 82 year old(young) mother is one of the best sending out those handwritten thank you notes. I always enjoy seeing her beautiful cursive script…. I think handwriting is becoming a lost art. In return I have encouraged my children to write, really write, not an email or a text message, but a hand written note. When I travel out to California for business I always make time to visit her. She delights in showing me the latest note from a grandchild, you can see a mix of sparkle and wetness in her eyes as she proudly shows those precious notes. So, – pretend this is a handwritten note – I appreciate your postings in so many ways…you are clever, insightful, full of great cooking tidbits and so complimentary. Thank you….and I do hope that you continue your postings. Have an incredible 2012!

    • What to say? Thank you for starters! There are only a few people now who I physically write to, I should do more as there is nothing better than picking up the post to see a hand addressed envelope from friends or family. Somehow they are so much more personal and special. My mum died a long time ago, but I still have lots of her distinctive letters, her handwriting would make doctors wince! Perfectly legible to me as I grew up on it 🙂 I also have lots of cards from me to her, she saved them all. In fact it’s still the one thing I miss when I go on holiday, writing her a postcard. Silly? Probably. But I miss sharing the news, the view, the food, the culture. So I mentally write one instead 🙂
      As to 2012, I know I’m looking forward to it as I write this, I already have plans and dreams whirring around my head, and it’s a pleasure to have found an outlet for them on this blog and an even bigger one to have some appreciation. Thank you 🙂 Claire

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