Saturday, 28 April 2012

A Little Ray of Sunshine On A Wet Day

First of all I want to say thank you to everyone for the lovely comments you have left on my blog, they really do brighten up my day - and lets face it, we all need a little ray of sunshine with the weather like it is lately!

And talking of Sunshine..I was so touched to recieve the Sunshine Award this week from the lovely Judy at GoldCountryCottage! If you haven't yet visited Judy's beautiful, inspiring blog, then I would highly recommend you do!

Here is my award!;

Now i understand that the rules are I must answer the 5 questions below, then choose five blogs which never fail to brighten up my day, and pass on the Award. This was SO hard, as I truly do enjoy everyone's blogs equally, but I will stick to the rules, and here are my chosen five;

1) Lynda at Hookin' With Laa Laa

2) Katy at In The Sunny Spot

3) Lisa at Jumble And Jelly

4) Bellaboo at Bellascountry

5) Rebecca at Rebecca Dorne Diaries

I understand that some of you may prefer to keep your blogs award-free, and that's fine, I think the important part of this little game is just letting someone know how much you enjoy their blog - and I really do enjoy yours!

Now the last thing for me to do is to answer the 5 questions; so here it goes;

l. Favorite Color: Dusky Pink and Teal Green equally

2. Favorite Animal: Donkeys, I absolutely ADORE them, I cannot go to a Show or event without visiting the Donkey Sanctuary stand and making a fuss of the donkeys! - Elephants come a very close second!

3. Favorite Number: 16 - this was the number of my school bus when I was in High School! For me, being on the bus with all my friends was the best part of the day! I've always used this number ever since if i've ever had to choose a number!

4. Favorite non-alcholic drink: You can't beat a good cup of Typhoo Tea!

5. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook, I don't have a clue about Twitter...but at the moment I much prefer to blog, so rarely use Facebook nowadays.

6. What's your passion: My Husband and children first and foremost..and then, I guess it would be trawling charity shop/antique market,car-boot,jumble sales!

7. Giving or Receiving: I think there's nothing better than deciding upon, buying, wrapping and giving a beautiful gift, something which you know will really make that person smile. I like to really think about what i'm giving and that it will be something special to the recipient.

8. Favorite Pattern: polka-dots, everything is polka-dots with me, followed closely by florals and paisley - anything Cath Kidston really!

9. Favorite day of the week: A Friday - as it's the day I collect Mia from school, I love walking home, planning the weekend ahead.

10. Favorite Flower: Pink Roses - these were prominent in our wedding flowers and remind me very much of my Grandma.

So thank you very much Judy!! It means such a lot to know that my blog is read and enjoyed by others. Your little gesture came at the right time as I wasn't having a good day! I like to keep my blog a positive, happy place, but lets just say I wasn't relishing the thought of going back to work (albeit part-time) after 6 months maternity leave - i'm going to miss Baby Boy SO much!), and then to top things off, I had been waiting in the house all day for a delivery of books for Mia's birthday. A set that she had been excited about reading for some time. Would you believe it, the Courier had not bothered to knock at my door, he had simply left the cardboard box of books outside the front door, for hours, in the torrential rain!! The box was only discovered in the late afternoon when someone called at the door. Needless to say, the books were absolutely sopping wet and thoroughly ruined - what a thing to do!! Luckily the lady from customer service at the, lets just say; "well known national book seller" was very sympathetic and re-ordered them free of charge, apologising profusely. It's not the just the inconvenience, I love books and hate to see them get spoilt.

Anyway, rant over! I hope you are all enjoying the weekend,

Marina xx


  1. Congratulations on your well deserved award,lovely. I do hope you will be ok when you return to work,its so hard isn't it? Thats such a shame about the books,I'm so glad they are sending you out some new ones.naughty courier!Enjoy your weekend,lots of love,juliexoxoxox

  2. Oh, goodness! =] firstly, congratulations to you! It's fun getting peeks into your magically sweet life and your lovely vintage finds! Secondly, thank you so much for thinking of me! =]

    but, I'm only jetting in for a quick peek - sitting down for two second break in the middle of making dinner. My parents have JUST arrived from California! =]

    I'll be back later...

    Love, Katy xo =]

  3. Congratulations on your award. It must be a wrench going back to work but as you say it's part time and you will have so much to look forward to on your time off with your family. Good luck. Patricia

  4. Hello Marina,thank you so much for thinking that my blog is worthy of an award,it is so sweet of you...and for your very kind words....I really appreciate it.
    You have a lovely blog and your award is very well deserved.
    I had a similar experience to you.I was out when my parcel was delivered,and rather than leave it with a neighbour,they threw it over the back gate into the garden! Luckily the contents were ok,unlike your precious books.Glad you were fully compensated in the end.I should think so too!
    I love donkeys too and had a wonderful time when we visited the sanctuary in Devon.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
    Love Bellaboo X

  5. Hi Marina: Thank you so much for such glowing comments of my blog. That is so nice of you. I knew right away that I was going to give you this award. I love visiting you and hearing about Mia and Baby Boy and seeing bits and pieces of your beautiful country and I love the way you take care of your family. It is a pleasure to know you..Happy Weekend..Judy

  6. What a lovely post hon and thank you so much for the nomination! You made my day :-) I love your answers! Especially the donkey one (it shows what a kind heart you have). I used to live in Clevedon, Somerset and there by the sea (on poets walk) was a sweet wee donkey sanctuary - little son (who was only 2 then) used to love to go visit them. So sweet. Have a great week sweets. Becks xxx

  7. Congrats on the well deserved award! I enjoyed reading your answers and finding out more about you..:)
    That is such a shame about the books, so sorry to hear that. I hope the new set will arrive there safely and soon..
    Magie x

  8. Many congrats on your award, very well deserved as you have a lovely blog here all about your family and the things you love. Thank you so much for the nomination and for the very kind words sent with it.
    I really hope your return to work goes smoothly.
    So annoying about the books, but I glad to hear the customer service team were spot on and doing their job right!
    Lisa x

  9. Congratulations on your award. I hope that your return to work gets a little easier as the new routines 'bed in'. All the best, Jx

  10. Congratulations on your award! I too received this award last week and like you the day it arrived I was feeling a little down in the dumps. Now, all I've got to do is sort it out which is a little difficult as I don't have strong favourites for answers to some of the questions.
    What a mean horrible delivery person.
    If the company you are talking about is the one I think, then I have to agree that the customer service dept is exceptional and always helpful. Part of my xmas present went missing, it was supposed to have been left outside the door and the person who 'left' it said she'd knocked the door but as we were both here that day we know otherwise. Whatever happened it never arrived and this company replaced it without quibble. Suzy x

  11. Congratulations on your award ;-) And im so glad you were able to get the books re sorted what a pain. Its so hard having to leave our children being a mum is so difficult at times i hope it all works out for you. dee x

  12. Hi Marina: I know that you commented on my last post already. But I didn't think you would go back and I added a little something that you may be interestd in, if you don't follow Courtney already..Judy

  13. Hi Marina congratulations on your award! Thank you for visiting my blog, joining and leaving such lovely comments. I love the picture at the top of your blog what beautiful scenery. Will come back and visit soon :)

  14. Congrats on your award, how lovely on a wet, windy day! What a silly courier, leaving the books to get ruined like that - glad you got it all sorted!

    I am nearly ready with the Jubilee Swap goodies, just a couple of bits to get organised!

    Have a good week x

  15. Congrats on your award. I am so sorry to hear about your ruined books. Some of these people have no common sense.
    Marina, I think you should turn off word verification. Some people find it annoying. If you want to know how to turn it off, Click Setting, then comments. Scroll down to Show word verification for comments. Click No. Just a hint. Enjoy your week. Linda

  16. "If you haven't any charity in your heart you have the worst kind of heart trouble" to cure it help people, let's unite for one good cause, be a volunteer"save lives"! mawaddainternationalaid


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