OOh! My first award!

The lovely Morwenna at Bluebells & Butterflies has given me the Happy 101 Award! And it's made me very happy so thanks to her!
One of the rules of winning the award is that I have to list 10 of my favourite things, in no particular order, so here goes:

1) Arriving at Brisbane International into the arms of my sister
2)Walking with Alice in the hills on a crisp but clear & sunny day
3) A good day writing my book
4) Spending time with Paul, doing anything really!
5) My garden in Spring, Summer, Autumn - yes & Winter!
6) New stationery & beautiful new books
7) Standing in Salzburg Cathedral, on New Years Eve at 5pm, totally dark except for candlelight & hearing the choir sing Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus. Or just listening to Mozart, anywhere.
8) America, spending time with wonderful friends there, eating & drinking a little too much & laughing just enough!
9) My niece & nephews climbing into bed with me first thing, their feet freezing cold & a little grubby!
10) Being with my Mum & Dad & seeing them happy.

And the ten blogs that make my day....hhmm. Difficult to list just 10. Here goes:

Dawn at May All Seasons Be Sweet To Thee Just gorgeous!
Kary at My Farmhouse Kitchen Lovely gardens & words
Hannah at Hannah's Country Kitchen So clever & sweet
Sharon at Sharon Lovejoy writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island A gem
Blair at B-Mused Happiness in blog-form!
Oliver Rain (she doesn't give her real name!) at Oliver Rain Writes so well about her busy life
Deb at Smitten Kitchen Everyone's heard of this one, a classic
Jen at Cake Wrecks Makes me giggle just to think of it!
Silke at Metamorphosis A lovely new find
Cherry at Cherry Menlove An old friend, getting better all the time!

So I think I've fulfilled my brief? Just need to let them all know now! Didn't add Morwenna to my list because it just all goes in a circle...and anyway, it goes without saying I hope! xox Thanks again!


  1. and your blog makes me so very happy.

    Thanks for mentioning me and now if I can just figure out how to do the 10 thing for Morwenna I'll be ok and almost caught up (NO?!)

    Isn't it wonderful when we can distill the essence of happiness??

    Love, love, Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island (and that little island is one of my biggest joys)

  2. Darling Rachel, you are so adorable and you have just made me very HAPPY :)Thank you for telling us your top ten, they have been a joy to read. I feel I know you a little bit more now, and I am looking forward to finding out even more over the next year.
    Lots of love
    Morwenna xoxo

  3. Congratulations! Lovely to read your favourite things, no girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes I note! I really enjoy reading your blog, it's so interesting and it's lovely to read everyone's contributions too. Long may it reign!
    Love love love

  4. Hi Rachel:),

    Thank you for mentioning me; you're so sweet and I love reading your blog as well. I had a slight feeling that Mozart might make in on there, in one form or another:). #10 is great- you may see some repeats on my list.

    I'll be writing it up this weekend (you and Dawn have filled my head with happy thoughts- all day yesterday and I'm sure today; it's quite fun to spend the day thinking about what makes me happy, even though I'm supposed to be working- heehee). So, thank you. Your thoughts are lovely and it's nice to get to know you more through them:). I'll send you a note when I post mine (because you make it on my blog-happy list too:)). Have a wonderful day!

    :) Blair

  5. Thank you so much for thinking of me - too kind! Will think of 10 things soon and post a link back to you
    Happy New Year

  6. Oh, thank you so much for including me in this!!! I was just getting my thoughts together to do a post about this award and found I got it from you as well. I feel very honored! And I'm so glad I found your blog!! I'm sorry you are feeling a little blue right now. Take a day for yourself and nurture your soul!! Sending much love! Silke

  7. Hi Rachel! I just passed your award on on my blog. Come have a look! And thanks again!! Hugs, Silke

  8. Rachel, your dear one....thank you so much for mentioning me...you are so kind....

    Congratulations on the very well deserved award...Your blog is such a joy to me....thank you.

    And thank you also for taking the time out of your day to help me in the "techie stuff". This weekend when the rains start (finally) I will sit down and see if I can figure it out...

    but thanks again for taking the time...so thoughtful of you....

    I'll be back to visit you soon, dear friend

    kary and buddy
    and a hug to Alice.....


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