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Giveaway Winner

Our dear grandson kindly pulled a name out of my husband’s panama hat this morning (his back view as I only show husband and myself on my blog). He was sitting in our son and daughter-in-law’s sitting room and the sunshine was pouring through the window onto the hat, but he was so eager to do the draw I had only one chance of a photo, so here it is.

And the winner is (drum roll!)


I will email you, Dot, to let you know in case you don’t see this post, but if you could email me your address, the little box of goodies will be winging its way to you as soon as possible.  I do hope you enjoy your giveaway prize!

And thank you to all of you who entered this little giveaway competition, there were 48 names in total.

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It is Bank Holiday Monday today so what are we doing?  Are we going out and having a splendid day out?  No, we are not.  As we speak, husband is painting the garage door – my goodness, we know how to enjoy ourselves, don’t we?  Only joking.  We do our best to steer clear (no pun intended) of the roads on a Bank Holiday, but thankfully, making up for some atrocious weather on lots of previous Bank Holidays, the weather today is glorious, wall to wall sunshine and blue sky.

Yesterday we enjoyed having meals in the garden, starting with breakfast …

The fruit was followed by bacon & tomatoes on toast, with coffee, and then toast and marmalade.  And for lunch we had salami, ham, new potatoes and a tomato salad, which is my very favourite salad.

This is so simple to make but you need firm but ripe vine tomatoes. I slice them finely, and also add sliced red onion (the red onion I had yesterday was rather large and not quite as good for salad as smaller ones, and so I chopped rather than sliced it), goat’s cheese (I prefer mozzarella for this salad but didn’t have any), torn fresh Basil leaves, and some olives (optional).  Then I drizzled over my home-made vinaigrette.  This is lovely on it’s own for a snack with a crusty baguette.

Much of the day was spent outside or in the summerhouse, it was so lovely to be in the fresh air after all the months of seemingly endless rain.

This morning I was up early, saw the sun rise and noticed that the white freesias are now open and looking really pretty.

Wherever you are, I hope you will have a lovely day.

Until next time.

About Margaret Powling

Margaret Powling
Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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  1. Congratulations Dot Nicol 🙂

    Yes, another lovely day with beautiful clear blue skies. Just been to my daughter’s to help identify some plants (not that I know much) and to drink coffee in the sunshine. It’s a bit too hot for me but back home now with the blinds pulled. I’m not miserable, just not good with the sun, but I love to see it looking fine and bright. We never go anywhere over bank holidays either.

    Two loads of washing done, dried, folded and put away (iron? what’s that ;))

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh, it’s so lovely to be out of doors, Alison, isn’t it? After so much rain and cold weather, too. Our elder son, daughter-in-law and little grandson have just been over and had a cup of tea with us in the garden (husband had a well-earned 20 minute rest as he’s been giving the summerhouse a coat of paint, the first since he built it in 2010 and really, it doesn’t need it but he had the paint left over from then so thought he’d use it up.) Meanwhile, I’ve done a few housekeeping jobs, steam-cleaning the kitchen floor and the ironing that I line-dried yesterday. I don’t mind doing such jobs when the weather is so fine – indeed, I’d rather work around the house and garden than join the throngs on the roads and beaches. And once our walnut tree has its canopy of leaves, we have shade, lovely to sit beneath.

    • Thank you Alison x

  2. Oh Margaret, this is such a lovely surprise! Thank you so much, and thank you to your little grandson for pulling my name from the hat!
    It was my birthday on Saturday too!
    I do so love your blog, and I am excited to receive your kind gift..
    Agree with you about steering clear of the roads on Bank Holidays, we do too! But as we are thankfully retired it means we can have a day out during a weekday when hopefully the roads are not quite so busy.
    Will send my address separately.
    Thank you again.
    Warmest wishes
    Dot x

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Congratulations, Dot! It was little grandson who pulled your name out of the hat. Oh, how amazing is that, that it was your birthday on Saturday! Talk about coincidence! Yes, please send me your address and I will get the little box wrapped and posted to you ASAP. I do hope the contents won’t disappoint, they are only small things!
      It’s been a glorious day here but this afternoon the sun made us feel so tired (and we’d not slept well last night) that we came into the house and each of us had a nap on our respective sofas (having too sofas means we can both stretch out full length when we have an afternoon nap, which is lovely.)

      • I was up early this morning eager to catch up with a few chores so, like you, I was flagging after lunch and also had a nap on the sofa! An afternoon siesta is always a nice idea!
        I will be delighted to receive your lovely box, it is so kind and thoughtful of you to do a prize draw. X

        • Margaret Powling
          Margaret Powling

          We were probably snoozing at the same time, Dot! I love to be in our little summerhouse, but we no longer have our steamer chairs in there – we bought new chairs for the summerhouse about three years ago (they’re not new now, of course) to give us a bit more space in there, but we can’t lie down in them. But once husband has renovated the steamer chairs – they just need sanding down and a fresh coat of wood stain – and we put the new pale olive green cushions on them, by then the tree will have its green leaf canopy and we can lie down under the tree when we need a nap on a summer’s afternoon. We also have a pair of those zero-gravity recliner chairs but they are not as comfortable as the steamer chairs.

          • Those steamer chairs sound just right for an afternoon nap under the tree! X

          • Margaret Powling
            Margaret Powling

            The steamer chairs will look lovely when they have been refurbished, Dot, and with the new cushions. We are so lucky to have our walnut tree as the back garden would certainly be too hot to sit outside (unless under a large parasol) without it.

  3. Mary-Louise Mielcarz

    Congratulations to Dot Nicol.

    Your garden table looks beautiful Margaret. I am curious, do you have far to travel from your kitchen to garden table?


    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you for your kind words, Mary-Louise. From the kitchen door it’s about 20ft to the garden table, across the back garden lawn, not really far. I keep the table cloth in the summerhouse, and it doesn’t take much effort to carry the food out on trays.

    • Thank you Mary-Louise x

  4. Many congratulations Dot and how fitting that it was your birthday on Saturday ☺️
    We have spent most of the day in the garden, under the parasol in the shade as it was very hot, lots of long, cool drinks and some dozing over our books, a perfect summer day in fact!

  5. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    Congratulations to Dot. I’m sure that she will love her surprise gifts.
    Your garden table looks delightful and the tomato salad is ‘right up my street!’

    We too avoid going out on bank holidays whenever possible. We were instead invaded by family – eleven for lunch!
    Eldest son had said yesterday that they’d pop in as they were in the area so I said, “Come for lunch.” With the three boys, that made five. Younger son’s wife said that she hadn’t seen the boys in ages so they’d pop round. “Come for lunch,” I said. So they came too with  their two girls. Now we had nine guests plus the two of us. We might have been thirteen as I thought that daughter might feel a bit left out (she always complains that she’s the last to know anything; this isn’t true) so I gave her a call but they had other plans.
    My dining table seats six usually but has two inserts so that it can seat eight or ten. At a push we can manage twelve (don’t know what will happen once the youngest is out of his high chair) though it’s rather a squash. We have a couple of folding chairs and some garden chairs that get pulled into service at such times. It’s been another warm and sunny day here too – perfect weather for the bank holiday. After an early lunch we moved outside into the extremely un-child friendly garden. With several levels, lots of steps and no lawn it’s a worried grandparent’s nightmare! We coped even though the little boys thought that the barrier of a garden bench (intended to stop them going further than the patio) was meant for them to climb!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh, my goodness, eleven for lunch! I think I’d have preferred a traffic jam, ha ha! Seriously, that must’ve been fun if hard work, Eloise! But lovely to see all your family. We have only a small dining table for four, no inserts, but when we’ve had nine for a meal at Christmas (not last year) I add the kitchen table. I’m sure people don’t mind a bit of a squash when someone else is doing the cooking, though! But what lovely weather we had for the Bank Holiday weekend although this morning (it’s 5.40am as I write this) doesn’t look like it will be quite as sunny today, but it’s early yet, things might improve.
      Our previous garden, where we brought up our two little sons (now late-middle-aged sons) wasn’t child-friendly, either, it being on a slope with lots of terraces and steps! Yes, a nightmare, but they soon got used to it as your little grandchildren will in due course.

  6. Congratulation Dot, what a lovely treat for your birthday.

  7. I’m also calling out my congratulations to Dot 🙂

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Lara … I think this giveaway has been such fun, and I hope Dot will enjoy opening the box.

  8. Congrats Dot Nicol! It seems it was meant for you to win as it was your birthday weekend 🎂 Enjoy! Pat

  9. A big thank you to all those who have commented and congratulated me on winning the prize draw,it was such a lovely surprise. And a very special thank you to Margaret for putting the draw together and to her little grandson for pulling my name from the hat!
    Having had a lovely birthday on Saturday as well, I am feeling very blessed! Warmest wishes to you all xxx

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      This has been such fun, Dot, and I hope you won’t be disappointed with the bits and pieces I’ve put together. I will get it parcelled up today. So glad you had a lovely birthday and even the weather smiled on you!

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