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Giveaway for my 345th Post

 

I thought it might be fun to offer a Giveaway for my 345th post.  I have packed some little goodies into this box, above, and all you need to do to be included in the draw is to leave your name in the comments box.  I will then write down all the names on pieces of paper and ask our little grandson to pull just one out of the hat.  And it will be a hat – husband’s panama hat.  I do hope as many readers as possible will take part.   I am happy to send this little box of goodies anywhere in the world.  Once I have all the names and have closed the draw and our grandson has picked the winning person, I will contact that person via email and request their address so I can post this box to them.

There is a deadline for this Giveaway Draw and that is midnight UK time on 2nd May, that is a week today.  The best of luck!

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Today has been rainy again, but with a few breaks in the clouds, but not that many.  Where oh where has spring gone?  Has anyone seen it?  If so, please let me know and I will go and ask it nicely to return forthwith.

As it was rainy this morning I decided to bake another rhubarb cake to which I added slivers of stem ginger and some of the ginger syrup to the toffee topping.  It really is such a scrumptious cake that I’ve renamed it Totally Yum Cake.  I reckon you could to this with pineapple or pear topping, too.

I wish you could all have a slice … our Egg Man (he brings eggs from a local farm once a fortnight) called just as I put the cake on the glass cake stand and he looked so longingly at it I gave him a slice.

I also made a chicken and pasta bake this morning, using left-over cold roast chicken from the double chicken breast I bought in Waitrose.  I was pleasantly surprised how good this chicken breast was, succulent for a roast dinner and lovely cut up in the pasta bake.  I made a sauce by first sautéing spring onions and adding flour to make a roux. Then adding milk to make a white sauce, adding 1 vegetable Oxo cube, crumbled, plus some ground black pepper.  Next I added grated mature cheddar cheese and some grated parmesan before adding cooked (rinsed and drained) penne pasta, the cooked chicken (chopped up), a handful of chopped fresh parsley, and some frozen peas.  There was sufficient for two meals for the two of us, one bake which we had for lunch today and another is in a gratin dish the fridge ready to be re-heated tomorrow.

I also bought a bunch of watercress last Friday and although we’ve had some of it in our salads since then, there was at least 3/4 of the bunch left and so I made watercress soup again, and that will be for our supper this evening.  So easy, just onion, potato, watercress, a splash of milk, 3 veggie Oxo cubes, and a little cream or crème fraiche if you have some, but neither are essential, and boiling water to cover the ingredients.  All simmered for about 15 minutes and then blitzed with a stick blended.  Job done, as they say.

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Some kind readers of my blog commented on the yellow floral tablecloth on the garden table.  This is actually a very old Provencal ‘throw’ and we used it for several years on our large sofa when it was looking slightly the worse for wear and before we had it reupholstered.  I took the idea from a lovely rug on a sofa which I saw in a magazine and although my cotton throw was insignificant beside this gorgeous rug, I thought I’d show you the photo which was my inspiration, and the other photos of the lovely room.

Photo credit:  Andreas Von Einsiedel

I just love this room.  Although these photos date from 1995, which in my reckoning is 23 years ago, the room hasn’t dated at all, thereby underlining what I’ve said long and often:  decorate in a traditional way and a room won’t date, only possibly look better as it ages. There is the world of difference between traditional and old-fashioned.  I love the wall of mirror behind the sofa, the wonderful landscape painting and, of course, the books and the flowers.

Another view of the same room, photo credit:  Andreas von Einsiedel

 

And another view, photo credit:  Andreas von Einsiedel

I could quite happily live in this lovely room. It has all the elements I love:  a large, comfortable sofa, Oriental rugs, soft colours,  attractive small pieces of furniture, books galore, objet d’art and, of course, an abundance of flowers.  It hasn’t a currently-fashionable ‘vintage’ look, it hasn’t been ‘themed’ in any way, but oh, how lovely, how stylish it is.  Well, I think so anyway.

I am now going to have a cup of tea and read my latest magazine which arrived this morning …

Until next time.

 

About Margaret

Margaret
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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105 comments

  1. Wow 345 posts, that’s amazing, you have a lovely blog Margaret and you write beautifully.
    I can see why you have renamed the cake it looks and sounds delicious, I could eat a slice now, pity you don’t live nearer.
    Please include me in your draw.
    Best wishes
    Marlene

  2. I would love to be added into the hat for the draw please Margaret but am aware that more than one Elaine comments so am happy for you to use my nickname of Lainey.
    What a beautiful room, I could quite easily pick a book off the shelf and snuggle up on the sofa for a good read, my idea of heaven.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Elaine, and I will put you down as Lainey in the draw. I have enjoyed finding little things to put in the box and hope that whoever winds the box will enjoy the items.
      Yes, I think it’s a beautiful room, too, and it’s not dated at all because the fabrics, furniture and presentation are timeless. We could all learn from such an example, I think. I know I can.

  3. What a lovely generous gesture to do a giveaway. Always enjoy reading your posts even if I don’t comment.
    That cake looks delicious! I would love to be included in your draw.
    Kind regards
    Dot x

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Dot, and as I’ve said to Elaine (Lainey) I have enjoyed finding little things to put into the box. I’m just delighted that I have regular readers, I don’t mind at all that they don’t leave comments for every post, it’s just lovely when they do.
      WE had some of the cake for our supper, after we had the watercress soup and mini baguettes and cheese, and it was lovely.

  4. I’ve been reading your blog for a long while and have always been too shy to comment. All of your posts are so lovely and fun! Thank you for the inspiration to discover my own ways to live a life that is good and enjoyable.
    Diana

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Diana … I’m so glad you have overcome your shyness and have left a comment and now you can be entered into the draw. I’m even more delighted that you enjoy my posts.

  5. I would love a surprise package , we all need a surprise to cheer us up .

  6. Hello Margaret, you have inspired me again with your lovely post. The cake looks delicious. And, the room decor design is lovely. I totally agree with you about timeless decor. How kind of you to have a giveaway. Please include my name, too. Pat 💐

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Pat, and thank you for your kind comments – I just love that room, it’s so classy without being too formal. Yes, you will now be included in the draw.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Pat, and thank you for your kind comments – I just love that room, it’s so classy without being too formal. Yes, you will now be included in the draw.

  7. I have read everyone of your blogs and have enjoyed them all. I have never commented on any blog before but I just wanted to thank you for bringing a little bit of sunshine into my world and to be included in your draw. Your blog is so interesting and has given me many ideas. Keep up the good work Margaret!
    Best wishes Sara

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh, Sara, that’s lovely of you to say that, that I bring a little bit of sunshine into your world! I couldn’t wish for more than that. I will certainly add your name to the draw. Little grandson doesn’t yet know he’ll be asked to do the honours, but I’m sure he will even if I don’t bribe him with a chocolate biscuit!

  8. I’m in it for this package!!!! Thank you Margaret! Any package you put together would be a delight! It will be such fun for your grandson too. Lucy

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Lucy, and you will certainly now be included in the draw. I have enjoyed finding a few little things for the box. Indeed, I’ve had the box for a long time – I can’t remember what was in it originally, but I thought it was far too nice to throw away and one day I’d find a good use for it. This is the good use! And I’m sure our little grandson will enjoy pulling a name out of the hat (literally, husband’s panama hat.)

  9. Soup-making is so much easier now than when i was at school, so many decades ago. I seem to recall that we had to push vegetable through a great big wood-framed nylon sieve, it seemed to take forever. It is so much easier now, with our stick blenders!
    Congratulations on your 345th post, quite an achievement. The cake looks so good, no wonder your Egg Man was tempted.
    In my younger days my nickname was Lainey-Lou, but to keep things simple I’ll stick to Elaine!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Elaine and I will keep you are Elaine and the ‘other’ Elaine will be Lainey in the draw.
      Oh, I remember pushing the veg through a sieve, and it took forever! The best bit of kitchen kit is the stick blender, I don’t even use my jug liquidizer much now, and I don’t even have a food processor or mixer.
      I don’t know how I’ve got to 345 posts since August 2016, the time has flown by and I never seem short of ideas. But I like there to be plenty of photos, like a magazine, so I’m always on the hunt for new photo opportunities.
      I could hardly allow our dear Egg Man to see the cake, it was right under his nose, without offering him a slice, could I? It was only the polite thing to do! But I’ve since had a slice and it really is a totally yum cake!

  10. Hello Margaret, I so enjoy your blog. Such a lovely,positive space celebrating all things home and family. Never commented till now but please do put my name in your husband’s Panama hat. How fun for your little grandson to pick the winner!
    Kind regards,
    Ona

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Ona, for those lovely kind comments. Yes, I do like to celebrate everything to do with home and family, although I make a point of not naming them or showing photos of them, but they really are there, not figments of my imagination! I’m sure little grandson (he will be five at the end of May) will enjoy pulling a name of out the hat after the draw closes on the 2nd May. Your name will now be included in the draw.

  11. Hello, Margaret, please count me in for the giveaway. Such a lovely idea – a mystery surprise box :). I haven’t been commenting often though your blog posts are my daily treat. You are such an inspiration.
    Maria

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Maria, for your kind words, and you will be included in the draw. How lovely to be considered a daily treat! I now have a lot to live up to!

  12. I look forward to your blog articles. And today the photos of that beautiful room made my morning, and also gave me an idea for how to arrange pictures on a large wall that has been begging for some decoration.
    Please put my name in the hat. I’m sure whatever items you have placed in the box will bring great pleasure to one of your readers.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Gardengoddess, for your very kind words. How great is that? That the photo of this room in a magazine, published 23 years ago, has inspired your own décor! Your name will most certainly go into the hat.

  13. I have had so much pleasure reading your posts since I discovered you by accident a few months ago.
    I love your outlook on life. It feels as though I am catching up with a friend.
    Than you and keep up the blog.

    Carol Gee

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      How lovely that you found my blog by accident, Carol, and I’m delighted you enjoy reading it. I really enjoy writing it and finding new topics to include, topics which I hope will interest most readers. I will add your name to the draw.

  14. Mary-Louise Mielcarz

    Hello Margaret

    Enjoy everything you do. Great fun to see the excitement over the giveaway. Congratulations on your 345th!

    Mary-Louise

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I am delighted that so many people wish to be included in the draw, Mary-Louise. I just thought it might be a fun thing to do and I have enjoyed finding small items to pop into the box. Your name will go into the draw.

  15. I read your blog all the time but I have never commented. I love your breakfast posts and I am constantly inspired by your photos. I live in the USA and the photos of your home are almost always the kind of home I imagine as traditional English style. I think it is very lovely. Congrats on 345! That is no small accomplishment. 🙂

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you so much, Jan, and I’m delighted you read my blog and even more delighted you enjoy it! I think if you went in a lot of homes of younger people over here they would be quite unlike our home as they would have much more modern decor – leather sofas, plain walls, black and white photos on the walls, chunky modern furniture, and plain wood floors. But we have tried to decorate in what I think of as a traditional English style so that it won’t date too quickly – or rather that is what we hope for!
      I will now include you in the draw.

      • Margaret, That sounds very similar to generational styles in the US too. I believe you have been successful in your endeavor towards a style that will not date too quickly. Thank you for including me in the draw.

        • Margaret Powling
          Margaret Powling

          Yes, Jan, but I’m just a teensy-weensy bit fed up with seeing adverts and homes in magazines with those plain, heavy, black leather-upholstered dining chairs right now. I suppose they must be fairly easy and/or relatively inexpensive to produce, no curves, no carving, just four square legs and the plain body of the chair and I suppose therefore within the budget of a lot of families, but sadly, not things of great beauty.

  16. Hello Margaret, from another Margaret! I am a faithful follower of your blog but tend not to comment as I feel quite shy about doing so. I love reading about your home and your interests, you live in a beautiful part of the country. Please include me in the ‘panama hat draw’ the box of treats looks very intriguing. Best wishes.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Margaret S, and thank you for entering the draw. Yes, Devon is a lovely part of the UK, but there are such diverse landscapes in the UK, there is something to please everyone – the flat fenlands of Lincolnshire to the mountains of Scotland. Thank you for reading my blog.

  17. Babioli Lillington

    Hello Margaret, I have been following you for quite some time now, although not as long as 345 posts. Here’s to the next 345! I would love my name to be added to the hat please. My sister lives between Newton Abbot and Totnes and I know a lot of the places you mention. Devon is a beautiful county and I love visiting – I live in London so quite a contrast. Best wishes Babioli

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Babioli, and thank you for leaving a comment and your good wishes. It’s great that you can visit your sister, deep in the Devonshire countryside and such a contrast with London. I will now add your name to the draw.

  18. Hello Margaret
    I am yet another reader who thoroughly enjoys your blog but never comments. It is so true that the littlest things….flowers, books, etc. can add so much to enhance everyday life. Thank you.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Maws, for your comments and it’s lovely to hear that you read my blog and also that you appreciate flowers and books, too. I shall add your name to the draw.

  19. Wow! Congratulations Margaret on your 345th blog. What an achievement! I love reading your blog every day and have purchased several books that you have recommended. I am currently working my way through the Seven Sisters series.

    We finally have sunshine here in Vancouver, after a long wet winter, so I too will make myself a cup of tea and take my book into the garden for a little while.

    We have a small garden, so do not have room for a summer house. I do admire your summer house very much and I love that you share your enjoyment of it with your readers.

    Thank you again for your blog. It is a highlight of my day.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you for those lovely comments, and I do hope your wet winter is now behind you. It has been very cold, very wet and miserable here, too, and for the first time in several years we had snow even here in Torbay which usually benefits from a mild climate. Our garden really is very small, only about 40ft x 25ft, so our summerhouse is also small, but there’s sufficient spare for our two chairs, which is really all we need. I will put your name in the draw.

  20. Hello Margaret, I would love to be included in your draw and thank you for all your post which I love reading. Congratulations.

  21. How nice of you to have a giveaway, Margaret. I am behind in reading your blog, but will catch up over the next day or two. I always enjoy your posts.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Well, I had the little box Jeannine, and thought, “What can I use that for?” and then the Giveaway came into my head! Thank you for your kind comments and I will enter you for the draw.

  22. Congratulations on your 345th blog post Margaret. It’s such a treat to read every one of your posts. Your photos are beautiful, as are every one of your table settings. Thanks for bringing such beauty into the blogging world and in to my daily reading!
    Lynne

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Lynne, thank you for leaving such kind comments, and I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. I will now enter you for the draw.

  23. Well done on 345 interesting reads!

    Please don’t enter me! The postage to Canada is horrific. I’m willing to guess what’s in there though, I think I know which indulgences will be inside. I’m going to write them down on a post it note and wait for the winner to reveal all.

    Keep writing, I’ll keep reading.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Of course you will be included, WonderCollie/Linda. I really don’t mind the postage to Canada (if you win, of course); it will be cheaper than bringing it in person, I think, ha ha! What a good idea, to write down what you think the box includes! But you are now in the draw.

  24. How very generous of you!

  25. I check here daily to see if you have a new post up. Your blog is a breath of fresh air – lovely pictures, good recipes and just every day life lived well. Thanks for writing here – you are appreciated!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you so much, Kathy, for those kind words. I’m delighted that you and others enjoy my blog so much. I will now enter you in the draw.

  26. I too, would love to be included in the draw. Soup, baguette, cheese… then a delicious piece of cake: priceless

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, Ratnamurti, you are now in the draw – and the soup, baguette and cheese was tasty, and the cake, just a small slice each, was really good.

  27. That is a BEAUTIFUL room. I would like it installed in my house immediately.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Claire, and thank you for looking at my blog! Yes, I love that room, when I feel I need some inspiration I dig out that particular magazine and have a look! I will enter you for the draw.

  28. We are all ‘winners’ as you bring so much cheer to your readers.
    Thank You Margaret.

  29. Hello Margaret I love to read your posts and could I be entered into the draw please

  30. Congratulations on 345 posts! Do love a panama hat, so would be very grateful if you’d put my name in it.
    Best wishes
    Faith

  31. Wow! So many comments 🙂

    That cake looks lovely as always, I still haven’t got round to making it though. Maybe soon.

    Of course, I’d also like to be in the draw. I don’t think there’s another Alison, but you can put me down as Alison P if you like.

    Sunshine here this morning although rain is forecast for tomorrow. I got some gardening done yesterday including putting in some more plants.

    Dentist this morning 🙁 Just a checkup but I still worry he might find something to do!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Alison, and yes, lots of lovely comments with many people wishing to be entered into the draw for the little box of goodies. I do hope that the winner won’t be disappointed, they really are only small things!
      Sunshine and rain here; as we returned home from the food shopping we had to sit in the car outside our house as there was suddenly torrential rain. I’m sure it waited until we were there and did it on purpose! You can get paranoid like that when the weather is awful and you see no end to the grey, wet days, can’t you!
      Best of luck with the dentist, hope he finds nothing wrong.

      • I was OK, just a scale and polish, but my poor husband has to have a filling which is under a “bridge” so it could result in losing the false tooth and having to have some more work. I hope it doesn’t because as well as being uncomfortable it will be expensive no doubt. He hasn’t had any pain but no doubt that would have changed in time.

        • Margaret Powling
          Margaret Powling

          So sorry that your husband has to have some treatment, Alison, but maybe it won’t be too expensive, hopefully.

  32. I’ve read your blog since day one and love the photos etc.
    Would very much like to be in the draw

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you for saying you like my photos, Linda – I’ve always loved photography. You are now in the draw.

  33. Congratulations Margaret.
    Thank you for helping me to appreciate the loveliness in the ordinary, everyday things in life.
    I would love to be entered in your prize draw.
    Very best wishes and keep up the good work!
    Jo

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Jo, what lovely things you have said. I will now enter you in the draw. I hope I can keep up the ‘good work’!

  34. Enjoy reading of your daily activities. As they inspire me to cook, tidy up, relax, and explore. Thank You!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Gloria, for your kind comments. I’m so glad you enjoy my blog and are inspired by it, and you will have your name included in the draw.

  35. Your posts are always delightful, Margaret. I enjoy this “peak into Devon” which is a part of England I’ve only visited once (many, many years ago). I’m another reader from Vancouver. As Jayne mentioned in an earlier comment, we finally have some (consistent) sunny weather so the garden is beckoning and yesterday I got the summer furniture out again so I can enjoy my cup of tea outside in the garden. Bliss! Thank you so much for this draw. Lyn J.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Lyn, and thank you for saying how much you enjoy a “peak into Devon”! WE have had rain yet again! We are really fed up with it as we want to get the garden tidied up and some things planted! Hope you enjoy your cup of tea! You are now in the draw.

  36. Dear Margaret, Congrats on your 345 posts! I have read and enjoyed all of them. Have bought books you have recommended, tried a couple of your recipes (especially love your curry and soups, though of course I now have rhubarb cake on my mind. HA) and am planning for Hubbie and I to come to Devon next summer. We will definitely visit some the beautiful locations you have shared with your readers. Your an inspiration – and I look forward to the next 345 posts. Thanks so much.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh, Linda, thank you so much for those lovely comments! And how lovely that you have tried and enjoyed some of my recipes. I’m waiting in trepidation for someone to say that they’ve tried something and it’s awful! I’m delighted that you will be able to visit Devon next summer, and I just hope that the weather is better than it is right now! When you come to the UK you have to bring clothes for every climate condition, from heatwave to torrential rain! I will now pop your name into the draw.

  37. I’d love to be entered in the “giveaway” draw; hope Canada isn’t too far away!

    Lesley Woods

  38. Greetings from Canada! Hello Margaret. I love your blog and read it on a regular basis. I like that you find joy in the routines and loveliness of an ordinary day and that you truly appreciate the simple pleasures in life. I would like to be entered for your giveaway. Thank you.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Barb, and greetings to you in Canada. So glad you enjoy reading my blog regularly and you will now be entered for the draw.

  39. Dear Margaret,
    Many congratulations on 345 posts. I have read your blog from the beginning and always enjoy it. I have commented before to let you know how much I was enjoying the Masie Dobbs books and I’m pleased to say I tried your chicken curry and sausage and cider casserole for my daughter and I and we loved them both! I too hope to visit Devon with my little mini schnauzer Lucy in the not too distant future.
    Best wishes

    Tricia

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Patricia, and how lovely that you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning! So glad you have enjoyed the Maisie Dobbs books – I love them – and that you have enjoyed the chicken curry and also the sausage & cider casserole. Oh, how lovely to have a little mini schnauzer, I love that breed of dog, they look so grumpy all the time when really they’re not! I would love to have a little dog but I’d not be too keen on having to take it walkies twice a day! I hope the weather here in Devon will be better for your holiday than it has been today! I will now enter you for the draw.

  40. Hi Margaret,
    I shall be spending some of this morning making ‘your’ rhubarb and ginger cake! My husband is a rhubarb addict, so I suspect it won’t stay around for long in ths house!
    Can you pop my name in your husband’s Panama hat please, I’d love a little box of goodies!
    Colette. x

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Colette, and I do hope you and your husband enjoy the rhubarb and ginger cake, it’s very moist and lovely eaten warm with a little cream or ice cream. Yes, I will certainly enter you for the draw.

  41. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    85 comments, wow! This is when it must become hard to ensure that very one gets an acknowledgement. Your draw has certainly drawn comments.
    Here’s number 86.
    What a gorgeous rug on that sofa.
    Our rhubarb will be ready to pick with the next few weeks. Guess what I’m going to be baking?

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      No, Eloise, half the 85 are the comments, the other half are my replies. But it’s been lovely to have received such a response to the draw, and there’s until midnight UK time on the 2nd May until the draw deadline comes.
      Yes, I love that rug, too … it was my inspiration for buying the Provencal throw, although of course the throw is nothing like the wonderful rug!
      Oh, how lovely to have home-grown rhubarb. I planted a crown of rhubarb once but it came to nothing.

  42. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

    Oh of course half are your responses. Silly me. Our first rhubarb crown failed too. Then we read that you mustn’t pick any in the first season.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Oh, I didn’t know that, about not picking rhubarb in the first season. Perhaps I put it in the wrong place, though, it was in the shade of the walnut tree. Unfortunately, it being such a large tree, much of the garden is in the shade once the green canopy of leaf is there!

  43. Congratulations on your 345th post. It’s such a wonderful,achievement. I have enjoyed reading them all – admiring the photographs and learning about your life in your beloved area of the UK – as well as the many comments.

    Please don’t include me in the draw as postage to Australia will be ridiculously expensive. I’m more than content reading your posts and enjoying your photographs – as well as the many interesting comments. It’s lovely being a part of this group you have created xxx

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, you will be included in the draw, Lara. Everyone who has left comments will be entered. I don’t mind the postage for a one-off event like this. And how lovely that you consider this a group I have created … it is rather like that, isn’t it? It wouldn’t work though, without the lovely readers, it’s like a modern-day correspondence magazine in many ways. I’m so grateful to everyone for all the kind comments, it’s been very heartening.

  44. Dear Margaret I came to your blog via the marvellous Parsonage Cottage and what a treat it is. Each time I read one of your posts I’m delighted by your prose, your pictures and the glimpses in to your world. Thank you for all your efforts. Nigella’s Almond and Apple Cake is pretty good too and would also adapt to rhubarb.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Jill, and thank you for your lovely comments regarding my prose and photos. I also enjoy Parsonage Cottage blog, it’s lovely. I expect there are many almond and apple cake recipes, but I haven’t seen them because I haven’t any of Nigella’s cookery books. I don’t think you can go wrong with such lovely ingredients, though! I still have some of the latest rhubarb cake in the freezer, so we might indulge in a slice this weekend. I will include you in the Giveaway draw.

  45. Hello Margaret,

    Congratulations on your 345th Post! I enjoy reading and seeing the wonderful pictures of your daily activities. I would love to have my name in the draw for the 345th Post giveaway.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Bernice, and your name has been added to the draw. So glad you enjoy my blog and seeing my photographs.

  46. Margaret I would love to be included in your draw but I see another Margaret is already in it,how can I differentiate myself,that is the question? Only to say I am the Margaret that sent you a link for House and Garden.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      That’s easily ‘sorted’ as they say, Margaret. With each person that leaves a comment, their email address comes to me, too. I never divulge this to anyone else, of course, but I can differentiate between two people with the same first name because of their email address, so no worries there. And I’m grateful for the link to House & Garden as I’ve been really enjoying this magazine each month, so thank you again for that!

  47. Suz from Vancouver

    Hello Margaret,

    Congratulations on your 345th Post! I enjoy reading and seeing the details of your daily activities. Please enter my name in the draw for the lovely giveaway.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Suz from Vancouver, and thank you for your comments and I’m delighted you enjoy reading my blog and seeing the photos. I will now enter you for the draw. It appears I have several readers in Vancouver!

  48. Am I your first follower from the US? I greatly enjoy reading about your life in lovely Devon.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Ruth … I have several readers in the US, but the more the merrier, I say . Thank you for leaving a comment and I will include you in the Giveaway draw.

  49. Hello from Charlotte, North Carolina, United States! I love your beautiful, peaceful blog. It’s fun to get a glimpse of a different life.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Hello, Maureen, in North Carolina, and it’s lovely to hear from you. You will now be entered into the Giveaway draw. I’m so glad you enjoy my blog.

  50. Wow Margaret! Your meals look most appetising and healthy too. Definitely a good thing. Blessings

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you, Lesley. I enjoy cooking and baking, nothing fancy, just good food made with good, fresh ingredients.

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