A gift from my garden and those giveaway results!!

It's a grey, gloomy morning here...and the rainfall started with a vengeance about half an hour ago. Alice is still in bed, snoring gently...she hates the cold and wet, so we won't be walking anytime soon.

Before the rain, I popped out into the garden first thing to take these pictures to brighten our Monday..above, the gorgeous Winter Jasmine which bursts along our garden wall at this time of year spreading sunshine & fragrance....
and here are the little snowdrops, which appear in tiny, starlike clumps all over the garden...more each February, it seems. Beautiful reminders that Spring is on it's way and that nature is moving  & working & producing all the time.

Now, on to my giant 100th post giveaway results!! I had 18 names to choose from this time....I added in even those who have won before, because I felt that you all deserved a chance to win as a thanks for all your support, love and wonderful comments. I put the names into the 'magic mug' and the first I pulled out is the winner of this bundle...

which will be winging it's way across the Atlantic to....Silke of the lovely blog Metamorphosis !! So happy you won Sweetie - of course, I'd have liked everyone to get a prize and I admit that I have butterflies in my stomach as I pull the name out of the 'hat' each time!
You'll remember that this time I had a second prize to surprise another loyal reader....this beautiful Susan Branch writing paper & Emma Bridgewater egg cup go to....

sweet Erin from I heart New England !! Yay Erin!

Thanks so much to you ALL for entering, and more importantly for reading and being so sweet about my blog(s). I really love to write them...they've become integral to my life, not least because I've made so many new friends through them...and you can never have too many of those, I think!

If Silke & Erin could e-mail your addresses to me at: theblueangelbakery (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk I'll package up your goodies and send them on their way to you, with my love.

I'll be having another giveaway of course in the future...I love to plan them and think of things you'd love, so do watch this space. And have a wonderful Monday xoxo


  1. lucky, lucky ladies!

    ooh, I adore snowdrops. They are such a happy looking flower, and though they appear delicate, are as tough as old boots to survive our winters. I found some violets in flower in our garden the other day. They were hidden away, so I picked them and popped into a tiny jam jar. Beautiful scent.

    Little one is sitting on my lap as I type, she spotted the little cyber cat and loves it!
    enjoy your rainy morning!

  2. Congrats to your lucky winners..they are both lovely ladies!

    Your flowers must be so welcoming...soon we hope to have a few of them also. Gives us something to look forward to on a cold winters day!

    I so enjoy your blog...please keep writing!

    xoxo Gert

  3. Dear Rachel,

    Did you hear me clapping my hands in delight and jumping up and down?!?! I am so happy and so surprised! Wow!!! Thank you!! (I'll e-mail you my address...)

    Now, to your flowers - the winter jasmine is blooming here, too, but we don't have snowdrops and I miss them. Nice to see them on your blog...

    Love, Silke

  4. Congratulations to Silke and Erin! How exciting to have such lovely things coming your way!

    The jasmine and snowdrops are beautiful signs of spring, and I'm sure they love the rain even if Alice doesn't :) Thanks for giving me a peek at Spring. There are no signs of it here yet, but you give me hope!

  5. Hooray for Silke and Erin on winning the drawing. Such a nice way to start the week!

    Springtime can't be far away with the arrival of jasmine and snowdrops. Happy to see signs of Winter's departure. Hoping to soon see some action here from mother nature and I don't mean snow, ugh!

    I'm with Alice on walking in cold and rain. She is a sweetheart!

    Congratulations on your 100th post dear friend.

  6. Congratulations to the lucky winners.A nice surprise to cheer up a dreary Monday. x

  7. I am so happy! Thank you SO much! Just sent you an e-mail... Yippee!!! :) Xoxo ♥

  8. Congratulations on your 100th post. I love reading about your giveaways even when I don't win, it is exciting in itself. And those pictures of flowers will brighten my day tomorrow. We had a rainy and gloomy weekend, a rainy and gloomy Monday and it looks like this week will pretty much be rainy and gloomy through and through.

  9. Congrats to Silke & Erin & your 100th post! Love the snowdrops! Have a wonderful day!

  10. Congratulations winners, and to you Ray. Always such a wonderful read. Thanks so much xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  11. Congratulations to the winners!

    I so enjoyed the "tour" through your garden! Snowdrops are beautiful. We actually have daffodils blooming here, and the tulips are beginning to break through.

    I love being able to "visit" England through your blog.

  12. Congratulations to the two great winners!! I was away when it was announced but I wanted to clap along with you both!! Such Fun Rachel!! I love it!! Thank you for your generous heart!!

  13. Hello Rachel,

    I am so happy for the lucky winners! Congratulations to them both! They must be over the moon! And CONGRATULATIONS to YOU for your 100th post! That is quite a milestone! I enjoyed seeing pics of Spring flowers in your garden. I especially love the snowdrops. Am looking forward to more pictures as the Spring season gets closer and closer. xxoo

  14. I am so late on this because we were out of town, but my sincerest congratulations to the winners!! And congratulations to you sweet Rachel on your 100th post which is quite a milestone for you!!! Oh, spring in the garden!!! Wonderful photos!! Love and hugs, Sherry xx


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