Tuesday, January 29

Stepping, offering & treats


Firstly I'd like to say a big thank you for all the get well soon wishes, it was really touching of you all to say so - even if I was just poking my head in with a cough and a splutter....atichoo!

We are all on the mend now (touch wood or the very tippy top of my head) and not contagious any more 'thank phew!' 

Secondly it's with a great big 'oh my' that I'm stepping into my fifth year of blogging.  Four years - where has the time gone.  That's a rhetorical question by the way.

Who'd of thought when my smallest was still only a wee babe and I very nervously decided to dip my toe into the amazing world we're all a part in creating that I would still be going. Waffling on and digesting the bits of my daily life, much to the bafflement of some, I'm sure.

But with blogging not only have I found a voice - my voice - and a passion for photography but many, many lovely and wonderful people that I dearly refer to as my friends.  For we all are I think - no matter of distance and miles.

And I can't even begin to imagine the amount of tea and biscuits I've consumed over all these past four years whilst blog hopping.  Quite a few I would imagine judging from my hips.

So I in return would like to make an offering to say thank you to all my followers {how ever you follow} and commenter's of course a like.  For all your support over these years - the good and the bad - watching with me my little ones grow and my confidence that has flourished with them.

I have delicious tea and biscuits (and they are delicious - trust me) plus a little vintage apron with cup & saucer - both a little rough around the edges being the nature of their age, but beautiful nonetheless - a chocolate lolly (made locally) and three of my postcards (hand picked) to give away in honour and celebration of this momentous occasion so that you may (virtually) join me in tea drinking and biscuit eating.

If you fancy any of the above then please let me know by leaving a comment - so I know who to contact if you are the lucky recipient of my little giveaway.  And if you fancy becoming a new follower of my ramblings then please do join in - the more the merrier.  I had secretly hoped to reach 500 by this date, but hey ho what's in a figure 'eh!'.

And on that thought I best let you know that I'll leave my 'little' giveaway open until midnight this Saturday (2nd Feb) UK time - I'll announce the winner on Sunday.  And if you want to share the tea love then just let me know and I'll put extra chances in the hat - how does that sound?.

Anyway, thanks for listening - a bit of a long one...I know.  Nina x


Happy blog birthday to me!

74 comments:

  1. Happy bloggy birthday! I love visiting your little nook here, such lovely words and images. Hope I'm still blogging away in another 4 years, such a lovely way to document and share snippets of life.

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway. I am an expert in biscuit munching and tea drinking ;-)

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  2. Glad you are all feeling better - just in time to enjoy some small signs that spring is on its way. I would love to join you for tea and biscuits - its a lovely idea for a celebration of 4 years of blogging. Karen xx

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  3. Wow! Happy blog birthday! Here's to another happy 5 years blogging :) xxx

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  4. Congratulations blog birthday girl! Your blog has given me so much pleasure and inspiration over the last couple of years or so, feel I should be the one thanking you. Good for you finding a writing and photography voice - seriously grown up achievements amid the busyness of raising a family! Bxxx

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  5. Hi Nina, 5 years! That is amazing :) I am still in my first year but I am becoming more and more in love with blogging and the community too. The tea, cups etc look sp pretty. I wll tweet the link, I am sure we can get you to 500 by the end of the week :) xx

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  6. Dear Nina - I have joined your followers so that makes 498 - you are nearly there. Look forward to visiting your little corner of the blogworld.

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  7. happy happy blog birthday Nina!!!
    Every visit here is a sweet moment to me!!!
    I don't know what to choose......I love surprises!!!! ;oD
    xxxx Ale

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  8. Congrats on 5 years.......that is AWESOME. Such a wonderful community to share life as a mum and watching our kiddos grow up with. I am so happy Anushka sent me here. I love your photos - they give me inspiration. Here is to many, many more. I am always up for tea and biscuits - they go perfectly with blogging.
    Chey x

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  9. Good grief, can't believe it is 5 years already! Well done Nina and I would love your postcards :) xx

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  10. A very happy 4th blog birthday to you Nina. Im glad your all feeling much better now. This is a lovely giveaway idea, I would love to enter please. xx

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  11. I've been following for a short space of time but have enjoyed your ramblings! Glad you're feeling better and Happy blog Birthday! x

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  12. Happy blog birthday to you Nina, I do so enjoy reading your blog! Glad you are on the mend now too. Those gifts do look just lovely :) Ali

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  13. ..happy bloggy birthday and please enter me into your lovely giveaway......tea and biscuits and blogging...perfection!x

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  14. Happy fifth Birthday! I pop in every few days to see what you've been up to and can't beleive its been so long either! Not that I've done the whole five years, I don't think. Or have I?! Anyway, I love tea and biscuits, enjoy your photos and the pinny sounds wonderful, so please put me in the tea cup of chance. Debs. x

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  15. Many happy returns! And I do love the idea that we are all friends, sitting around drinking cuppas, consuming biscuits and reading each others ramblings. Just about sums it up! I'm in for the giveaway. x

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  16. So glad you are feeling better Nina ... I hope the bugs are on their merry way :) ... congratulations on your blogging birthday ... I love to read your posts ... and what a great giveaway ... please may I be included ... Bee xx

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  17. Happy blog birthday Nina! I totally agree that blogging is such a wonderful journey! I love the fact that your wonderful giveaway is connected with the tea and biscuits you enjoy while blogging. After all, don't we all do the same- sipping, crunching? Please include me and may I wish more of these lovely posts for many years ahead!

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  18. Congratulations on your 4 years blogging and nearly 500 followers. Yes please I'd love to join your giveaway.
    Patricia x

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  19. Happy blog birthday Nina! I just love to read yours and see all of those lovely pictures (there is one immortalized on my wall, thanks for letting me paint it;-) and one thing I truly miss about the UK is English tea!! Love the postcards!!
    Feels like I am a bit jabbering...xoxo my friend!

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  20. I think must of been a gaggle of us bloggers that did the same thing four years ago! lol as my blog is going to be four in a week or two's time. And your right where does that time go?

    What a lovely giveaway as well, I would love to join your postcards look very lovely so that would be my choice if I was so lucky to win.

    Congratulations Nina and happy bloggybirthday too!

    P x

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  21. Happy Blog Birthday!!! Great Giveaway - fingers crossed that I win! How selfish that sounds!
    June

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  22. Well done on reaching 5 years! Wow that's quite some time, wonder if I'll get to there. Hope there are many more years to come. x

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  23. Sounds like such a long time but I bet it went in the blink of an eye. I remember that china from when I was little - brings back fond memories. Juliex

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  24. I am glad to hear you are on the mend, Nina. And what an amazing milestone your blog reached.
    And how generous of you to celebrate it with a giveaway. I would love to be counted in, please.
    Happy Blogsversay!!
    xx

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  25. Congrats to YOU, Nina..You have kept me company over many a grey day on here...FIVE years! WOW.~ Sending kind thoughts your way!
    Love Maria x
    Ooh so glad you are feeling a little better too.
    Take time to dream, love Maria x

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  26. Congratulations - 5 years of beautiful blogging is something to be proud of!

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  27. Happy Blog Birthday! I always love my visits here, your images are always beautiful! :) x

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  28. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Tabiboo, happy birthday to you. xxxx

    P.s glad you are feeling better and what a lovely giveaway.

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  29. Gosh - happy birthblogday! I only just realised there were blogs last year (so veeeeery late at the party!) and only found yours last week (again veeeeery late to another party.) Would love to be counted in to your lovely giveaway. Heather x

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  30. crazy how time goes by so fast! think i must have been at it for around that figure too! {should check really} i don't comment as often as i should but do ever so love checking in on your blog,
    kellyxxx

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  31. What a lovely giveaway and that for your fifth blogiversary! Amazing stuff!
    You've put it into words so well, I feel exactly the same way! :-)

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  32. Happy Blog Birthday. I think I have been reading your blog for quite a number of those 5 years. Well done,

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  33. Dear Nina, happy birthday to your blog !
    Four going to five takes dedication.
    All my best

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  34. Thats quite a few years. Happy blogging birthday Nina, your images and words never cease to be enjoyed by the likes of me! Its funny, but I also feel like I have a bunch of friends despite not having ever met any of them, I feel very blessed to be part of this community. Love your gorgeous tasteful give away, thank you xox Penelope

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  35. How lovely, Nina. Happy bloggy birthday to you. Five years, wow. What a gorgeous giveaway, i would love to enter.

    Gillian x

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  36. Congratulations on four fabulous years Nina! I found your blog early on and you're one of my firmest favourites. have loved being along with you for the ride, being in awe of your photography and most of all enjoying the wonderful atmosphere and sense of family, fun and adventure you create. Hurrah for Tabibooxxx

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  37. So glad you are all feeling better! Congrats on 5 years! Such a lovely giveaway, and I would love a chance to win! Wishing you a beautiful day! xo Heather

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  38. what a heavenly pink flower! and the clock in the background I remember those! yes please I would love to enter your give-away, tea and biscuits sounds great, Heather x

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  39. You have a lovely authentic voice Nina. Happy blog birthday from a new follower.

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  40. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging, what an achievement. I do enjoy seeing you wonderful images.I would love to join your give away too.
    Sarah x

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  41. Woah, only 2 more followers to go to reach 500... go you! :)

    Blogging has opened up a whole other world for me too... a very lovely, inspiring and creative one at that. I really like how relationships have developed through the cyber world and it's so great to find such nice, like-minded people!

    Your blog is always a joy to read. :) A very happy "blogging" birthday to you.

    Carolyn x

    P.s. That last photo of the pink flower is gorgeous.. love the warm tones.

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  42. Happy birthday lovely Tabiboo! I love your blog and would love to join you for tea and biscuits x

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  43. Hi Nina, I just came to wish you a Happy blog birthday.(I live far away and shipping costs are very expensive). I'm glad you're better. A hug.

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  44. congrats on your 5 years of blogging! we all would of course want to say thank you for sharing snippets of your thoughts and life with us and being such a great blogger :) x
    -Jianine

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  45. Many congratulations on your 5 years of blogging, Nina! That's a looong time! I love popping in to share your thoughts and pictures....always a pleasure (never a bafflement!) I would love to enter your delightful giveaway please :)
    Wishing you a lovely week.
    Helen x

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  46. Congratulations! 5 years is quite an achievement!!!
    So glad everyone's feeling better! :-)
    I'd love to share teatime treats with you.....
    Carly
    x

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  47. happy bloggy birthday Nina, hope this next year is a lovely one for you xxx

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  48. Happy blog birthday Nina, I love reading your blog and especially love all the stunning pictures. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely life.

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  49. Wow, five years! Here's to so many more xxx

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  50. Happy blog birthday! Your photo's are always lovely, and as a newcomer to your blog I have been very hooked - hurray for you! And who can resist the promise of a delicious biscuit...? Glad you are well! Maggie.

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  51. Hey Nina,

    What a lovely blog you have! I just discovered it via Claire's fab blog 'Thriftwood' and I think I have the dubious honour of becoming your 500th follower!!! Now that's gotta be worth an entry into your little giveaway!

    May I say your photos are brill btw!

    Kind regards

    Julie
    @mrsmarsa on twitter

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  52. Congratulations on your blog birthday Nina, your blog is a wonderful place to visit and I'm so glad that you so often have your camera in hand and share your view of the world with us. Here's hoping you and your camera have lots more exploring and adventures to share here xxx

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  53. happy blog birthday - I love reading blogs and it has certainly made me feel part of the world while going through chemo- it ha sso often brought asmill to my face!

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  54. Happy Blog Birthday to you Nina. I'm looking forward to reading more and seeing your beautiful photos from the other side of the world. Have a great week. Elaina xo

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  55. Doh! I thought I'd left a comment here but I must've just tweeted you my congratulations instead!
    Here's to many more years spent in this wonderful community. You know how much your words and pictures mean to me - just beautiful. Thank you xxx

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  56. I'll love to join in with your celebrations Nina and I notice you do have 500 followers!! Keep up the creativity... Cass x

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  57. Many happies to you and you have reached the big 5-0-0! Well done!
    Hope the sea breezes blow the last remaining bugs and germs away, Ax

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  58. Hi Nina - you just hit 500!! I love the photo of the coast on today's post...but I thought I'd leave a comment here so I'm in with a chance of winning your lovely giveaway. We are just getting over an awful virus - so bored of winter germs! So I'm very glad to hear that you're all better and looking forward to a good weekend. Rachel x

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  59. Gosh somehow I nearly missd this one! Always love looking at your blog and your wonderful photo's always a treat and inspiration. Happy Weekend. Think the sun maybe shining. x

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  60. Lovely blog - makes me homesick for the south east coast! Happy blog birthday! :) x

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  61. Happy bloggy birthday. I am 501 so your over your target hurrah. Been reading since almost the beginning . I have been inspired by your words and pictures. Thank you for sharing a snapshot into your family life. Raises a glass to the next four years x B

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  62. Happy Blog Birthday!!! Wishing you many more happy blogging years....
    Love, Jane xxx

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  63. Happy blog birthday! What a lovely collection of goodies! Only recently started reading your blog - looking forward to joining you on your 5th blogging year!x

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  64. I fear I probably live to far away to receive your beautiful treats - congratulations on five years of blogging, what a milestone xx

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  65. Congratulations on your 5th blogaversary. Your photos continue to delight.
    I'd love to join you in a cup of tea and a biscuit, regardless of whether or not I win, I will raise my cup to you this afternoon.
    Carol xx

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  66. Happy Fifth Bloggyday - what a lovely giveaway. I've got a far as doing a header for my blog, so I must take the next step!.
    Maura
    x

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  67. To think I nearly missed out on this treat, plus the opportunity to wish you congratulations on your many months of 'ramblings' ;)
    As luck would have it I have just poured boiling water over tea bag (only one left now, got to dash to the shops soon) and will toast your space in blogland in style.
    Happy weekend Nina xx

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  68. Congratulation on five years! wow! It's crazy how time flies. I would love to enter your give away. They are absolutely amazing gifts, you are a lady after my own heart, being an avid tea drinker and lover of the sea side.

    Lucy xx

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  69. I think yours was one of the first batch of blogs I started to follow when I found the secret door to blogland :)

    Its certainly a great place and lovely to know people are there when life takes its various twists and turns - certainly helping me at the moment with my current twist. Would love to join in with your giveaway - a virtual cuppa with a bloggy friend sounds a great idea :)

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  70. Well done on your anniversary, please can I play :)
    Twiggy

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  71. Hi Nina

    I would love to be entered into your giveaway, I love popping by your blog and congrats on 501 followers when I just looked, I have a mere 27 :-(, so I need cheering up with your lovely giveaway I love the little blue cup :-)

    Annie x

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  72. Congrats on your fifth Blog B-day. Thanks for sharing your life with us and for the chance to win this lovely giveaway. Please add my name.
    Gloria x

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  73. Oh no - am I too late? It looks like such a lovely giveaway ... I've been absent from blogland without internet for weeks, and I'm just catching up and starting to get into the rhythm again ... hope you are feeling better ...x

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