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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday:1 July, 2008: Prizes for some & flowers for all

Now something about me is that I sleep soundly and peacefully every night under my thick thatch roof. In a crisis, I sleep; when the neighbour's dogs bark, I sleep; when things go bump in the night, I say a prayer, turn over and sleep! But last night I tossed and turned under my pink mohair blanket.

Who of all my dear creative, innovative, kind, caring, wonderful blog friends should I honour?

I felt like I was a school teacher all over again - having to single out pupils for prizes. I squirmed like I did when I was a full-time mom, and Ruth received a prize and Cath didn't or vice versa!

But I can't put off the dreaded decisions any longer or I shall not be true to the spirit of the Arte Y Pico Award. Here are the five award winners - I tried to choose bloggers who are new to me (so that they know they are great discoveries) and I eschewed my old favourites (you surely know who you are!).

1 Susan at 29 Black Street
Susan lives in Nova Scotia and her wistful photos of her dogs brought a lump to my throat.
2 Pamela Terry and her crown prince, Edward at the House of Edward Pamela and her very handsome dog would have graced any great European throne of bygone days.
3 Ms Daisy at The daisy chain Ms Daisy has started her blog without the luxury of her own digital camera.She is painting her pictures mainly in words which is a lesson to all!
4 Viola at All things bright and beautiful Viola is a stylish professional with an exquisite blog but humble and friendly enought to share the most useful blogging tips with the technologically challenged like me.
5 Judy at Grand Lake I had to give you an award for yesterday's blog homage to that all important community resouce, the library.

Now the Award is in your court and you can bat it over the net to the next five winnners. (See the rules of the game below.)

And the rest of all you dear bloggers, above are two lovely flowers from my bare winter garden. They are no compensation prizes either! A pointsettia to remind you of Chrismas and a strelitzia regina (crane flower).

Rules of the Award in summary:
1 Choose 5 super blogs!
2 Publish on your blog and a link to each of the winners' blogs.
3 The winners must show the elegant trophy and add the name and link of the one who awarded you the prize.
4 Acknowledge also the link to the Arte Y Pico blog. How I wish I could speak Spanish! Gracias, Arte Y Pico for a lovely tradition.


willow said...

Congrats to the winners! Two of these lovely ladies are already my friends, but I'm looking forward to checking out the other three.

Francesca said...

wow! look at this amazing cottage. so beautiful.

thanks so much for your comment eleanor. you can see most of my books at my shop: just click on the little wooden books shop section.
or at flickr:

Eleanor said...

I will do that, Francesca. Can't wait to see your little wooden books.

Muriel said...

Congratulations to all the winners. Nice blogs!

Ms.Daisy said...

I am so honored to receive the Arte Y Pico award! You flatter me with your sweet thoughts and kind words. I am sorry you did not sleep well... but I wish you dreams in technicolor tonight, my friend!


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Edward is touched, as am I, at the honor! You are very kind to think of us.

I'm sure Edward will want to acknowledge some of his favorite doggie blogs, but as he still needs my assistance with his typing, give us a couple of days to get it together! Thank you so much!

Kelli said...

Such beautiful flowers! Congratulations to the winners!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

I am so sorry you couldn't sleep.You did a good job Eleanor.

Janet said...


Beautiful poinsettia, perfect in every way and I believe we call your crane flower a Bird of Paradise. They are everywhere in California. Here in New England we just grow them as houseplants.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, I love new blogs to explore, and several of the ones that you are honoring I have never visited before. Congratulations Eleanor on your award, and have I told you before that I love how you string your words together!!! I finally got my list of five favorite things posted. Thank you for the inspiration. Stop by when you get a chance. Karen

All Things Bright and Beautiful... said...

Dear Eleanor - thank you for thinking of me and your kind words! I am most chuffed.

take care and you know I love your header picture! :-)

Felicity XOX :-)