My 1,000th post….and my first giveaway!

One THOUSAND posts. 1,000 times where I’ve sat down and shared something….moments of sorrow, joy, reflection, hope and wondering. I’ve made some amazing friends through blogging, I’ve had some great times because of blogging and have learned so much about myself through this experience too. I’m so glad I started blogging in the first place, and so unbelievably grateful I get to continue to do so!

Thank you to all of you who read, comment and email. Inasmuch as this blog is for me as a record of my life and adventures, it’s lovely to feel connected, and to have you along on the journey is both a pleasure and a privelege!

I was having a wee ponder on how to mark this occasion. A party? A song (Scarlet, I genuinely considered this, I know how you love a karaoke moment…)? A poem? All were tempting, but ultimately tricky to pull off. So instead, I am going to do my first ever giveaway!


As I adore post and mail, it seemed only fitting to include this love in the giveaway!

The one lucky winner of this giveaway will receive a package in the mail filled with some of my favourite things – music, a DVD, a book, and myriad treats! I was going to make a pre-made package, but as my tastes are eclectic I will wait until the winner is selected to tailor make a parcel which I think they will enjoy, full of good things – movies, fun and candy, oh mys!

To secure an entry in this giveaway you can:

1. Leave a comment on this post (please and thank you!)
2. Become a follower of this blog (or let me know in the comments if you already are!)
3. Blog about this giveaway (let me know in the comments if you do so).
4. Tweet about this giveaway (let me know in the comments if you do so).
5. Mention this giveaway on facebook (let me know in the comments if you do so).

(One entry per item, maximum of five entries per person)

My first giveaway….I’m kind of excited! I hope you’ll join in and that I can make a really fun package for whoever wins!

This giveaway will end at 9 p.m. GMT on Saturday, February 25th. I will then make up a parcel for the winner and mail it to them by Friday, March 9th at the latest. Bonne Chance, lovelies!

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PS A big shout out to the lovely Christy, who hit 1,000 posts just before me. Hurrah for blog twins!


  1. Samantha
    18th February 2012 / 11:12 am

    What a fab idea! But I don't have a blog 🙁 May I substitute something else instead? x

  2. Claire
    18th February 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Hi Samantha 🙂 feel free to do the fb/twitter things to gain more entries! 🙂

  3. Riot Kitty
    19th February 2012 / 6:35 am

    That is awesome! And congrats! I am so glad I found your blog, and therefore found you 🙂

  4. Anonymous
    19th February 2012 / 2:56 pm

    Hey ClaireNot down with the whole Twitter thing (I know, how 2007 am I?) but I shout I'd give you a shout from an exotic-ish location! Give you a bell when I'm back from darkest Arabia H xoxox

  5. Samantha
    19th February 2012 / 9:02 pm

    I am now a follower of your blog! Must have relied on FB and Twitter before to remind me to look 🙂

  6. Samantha
    19th February 2012 / 9:10 pm

    I have tweeted also! 🙂 x

  7. Samantha
    19th February 2012 / 9:15 pm

    FB now updated 🙂 xx

  8. toledomama88
    20th February 2012 / 2:41 am

    New follower here! great giveaway idea too!

  9. toledomama88
    20th February 2012 / 2:42 am

    I'm also following you via GFC (toledomama88)

  10. toledomama88
    20th February 2012 / 2:51 am

    I also posted this on twitter@toledomama88!/toledomama88/status/171425201895120896

  11. toledomama88
    20th February 2012 / 2:52 am

    I also posted this on my facebook!~Frances Veenstra!/profile.php?id=1253562787

  12. Sarah
    20th February 2012 / 3:00 am

    thanks for such a lovely opportunity! I adore your blog <3sblake1[at]student[dot]framingham[dot]edu

  13. Sarah
    20th February 2012 / 3:00 am

    GFC follower! :)sblake1[at]student[dot]framingham[dot]edu

  14. Siobhan
    20th February 2012 / 12:58 pm

    Congratulations on reaching 1000 posts! 🙂

  15. Jenni
    20th February 2012 / 3:42 pm

    Wow i love your blog. I have liked it on facebook!Love Jenni G x

  16. éva
    20th February 2012 / 5:41 pm

    congratulations on your 1000th post:) this is a huge milestone.balintnati(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. éva
    20th February 2012 / 5:41 pm

    following you on GFC at Natiiiibalintnati(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. éva
    20th February 2012 / 5:41 pm

    shared on facebook:)

  19. éva
    20th February 2012 / 5:51 pm


  20. Cindy
    21st February 2012 / 2:25 am

    Congratulations on 1,000 posts! And a HUGE thank you for offering such a fun and generous giveaway. :)clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  21. Cindy
    21st February 2012 / 2:26 am

    I follow you via GFC!clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  22. Cindy
    21st February 2012 / 2:29 am

    I retweeted the giveaway via @normawatsonclogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

  23. Emily
    21st February 2012 / 4:21 am

    OOoooo… I'll throw my name in! Hooray for 1,000 posts!

  24. Mrs K
    22nd February 2012 / 6:33 pm

    Leaving a comment 🙂 Would love to win. I love your blog.

  25. Mrs K
    22nd February 2012 / 6:34 pm

    I'm now following you (Mrs K)

  26. jaragabrielle
    23rd February 2012 / 11:34 pm

    This is an awesome giveaway!

  27. Allisha Gold
    25th February 2012 / 6:10 pm

    Awesome giveaway! Congrats on your thousandth post and thanks again!

  28. Allisha Gold
    25th February 2012 / 6:13 pm

    I'm a new follower to your blog (:

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