A big thank you from all of us at Bliss to all of you who voted for Bliss! Thank you!!! And many congratulations to the GardenRanters (who won 3 Mousies), Pam at Digging (also 3 Mousies) and Carol of May Dreams Gardens who won a Mousie in what is possibly the best category to win it in! Well done all of you and all the others that won a Mousie for their websites. The results of the Mouse and Trowel Awards are here.
I'm thrilled to have won a Mousie for Best International Garden Blog. I never expected to be nominated, let alone win an award, as I've been blogging for such a relatively short time. But in that time I've been made to feel very welcome by the garden bloggers international community. So many people from the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Canada, Spain, Britain, Australia, Sweden and recently Finland too, visit my blog and are kind enough to comment on it. It is very encouraging to find that many people appreciate my efforts on creating a (hopefully) lovely garden and blogging about it too. So winning this award is an absolutely wonderful token of your appreciation.
Of course, a very warm thank you to Colleen , who has done so much work in creating and running the whole Mouse and Trowel Awards competition. Colleen, thank you very much!
When I told the Bliss team about the award they were thrilled to bits too, not so much about the trowel part of it, the under-gardener and I were very much welcome to that, but the mouse part, well that was an entirely different kettle of fish.
cats: So we've won a mouse?
cats: Only 1? But there are 9 of us, what was that Colleen person thinking of?
me: Erm, it is not that kind of mouse, it's a computer mouse.
cats: Computer mouse? Are you mad? Where's the fun in that? We'd like real mice please or toy ones if we can't lay our paws on the real stuff. We'd like to hunt, pounce, play, kill and eat our mice, thankyouverymuch!
me: Look, how about I give you all some toy mousies and a few pieces of cat candy too?
cats: Well, alright then (grumble), but we think this whole Mouse and Trowel thingy sucks! No real mice, what's up with that?
In the end, the cats got their own mousies and candy, the under-gardener and I celebrated with a glass of home made elderberry flower champagne and fun was had by all. Cheers!
Pussy cat, pussy cat,
Where have you been?
I've been up to Michigan
To look at Colleen.
Pussy cat, pussy cat,
What did you do there?
I frightened a little Mousie
Under her chair.
Paraphrasing a British nursery rhyme