Monday, 18 February 2013

Fragrant Freebie Giveaway and an award...

Maybe you need cheering up?  Maybe you have never won anything in a raffle?  Then you might just love what The Happy Larder has in store for you:  the Fragrant Freebie Giveaway!  On Friday, 1st March I will be starting what will hopefully be a regular feature on this blog: a giveaway of goodies.  I don't want to let slip too many details now, so please mark the date in your diaries, visit the Happy Larder and be ready to win!

The other thing I wanted to mention is that the lovely Jan at Softiesplace has nominated The Happy Larder for an award :-)  Thank you Jan!  Softiesplace is a lovely blog that is beautifully written from the heart - I hope you will go and check it out.

leibster“The Liebster Award is for bloggers with under 300 followers and the rules of the award is that the nominee must link back to whoever awarded them, write 11 random facts about themselves, answer the 11 questions from the award giver, and then nominate another 11 bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer. It’s a great way for new and undiscovered bloggers to meet new people, get more followers and find some blogs that they want to follow.”

So, here are the 11 random facts about me:
  1. I have now lived longer in the UK than in Germany, the country I was born.
  2. I only have one kidney.
  3. My favourite food is mango (or maybe avocado).
  4. I hate wearing long-sleeved shirts under a suit jacket (luckily, no longer required since I quit my office job).
  5. I am one of five siblings.
  6. I don't know how to drive a car (never took lessons or a driving test).
  7. Eating cold sausages gives me the hiccups.
  8. I first came to the UK as an aupair & looked after three children.
  9. I cry when somebody wins something, especially in sports (happy tears).
  10. I ran two marathons (one in London, one in Paris).
  11. Our house was built in 1962 and is full of original furniture which luckily has now become fashionable again.
1.Where would you travel to for your dream vacation?  
Makuleke in the north of Kruger National Park in South Africa.  It is a place of stunning natural beauty, peace and wilderness.
2. What is your favorite dessert?  
Mango sorbet...yummy!
3. Do you prefer mountain views or ocean views?  
I was brought up by the sea and live close to it now, so I guess it would have to be the ocean.
4. In how many different places have you lived?  
11 (most of which were in different parts of London though).
5. Which do you prefer a wedding band or wedding set?
Wedding set.
6. Did you have any input in choosing your wedding ring or was it a surprise?  
We chose it together but my engagement ring was a surprise and it was perfect.
7. Saver or spender?  
Oh, difficult one...I'd say saver as I hate shopping.
8. What is your favorite film or movie?
Oh, another difficult one...I love "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" but it depends on my mood really (I could watch "Hitch" any day).
9. Vintage or Modern? 
Vintage (see random fact #11)
10. Do you have a favorite quote?  
Not as such but I love the poem "Lost" by David Wagoner
11. What made you laugh or smile the most this week?  
Keith the dog - he always does the funniest things and puts a smile on my face every day of the week.

I would like to nominate the following blogs - some I have been reading for a while, some I am new to but enjoy what I have read so far...:

At My September Cottage
Rock Cottage Year
Welsh Hills Again
Cabbage Tree Farm
Dreaming of a Simpler Life
Anglesey Allsorts
Mrs Dishpanhands 
Eco Footprint South Africa
Sincerely, Emily 
Suburban Digs 

Apologies if you have already received a nomination for this from another blogger or if you have more than the 300 followers - if you have time, it would be lovely if you took part (but no one will be offended if you can't or don't want to).  So, here are my questions for the nominees:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. Marmite - love it or hate it (or don't know it)?
  4. What was your first pet?
  5. Starter or dessert?
  6. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
  7. Red wine or white wine?
  8. Running or cycling?
  9. Are you left-handed or right-handed?
  10. Would you describe yourself as an optimist or pessimist (and why)? 
  11. What is your favourite fruit?


  1. Thank you Kirsten x

    1. My pleasure! As I said, there is no pressure to take part - I know people are busy and it might not be everyone's cup of tea :-) I do think your blog is beautiful and should be read by lots of people! Kirsten x

  2. Thank you - sorry that I will not be taking part, but much appreciated.

  3. Thank you so much for putting my blog on the list and it's great to discover yours! I am now going to happily back-read all your posts, but ideally when I have coffee and a nice biscuit as I think all your fab photos will make me hungry ;) Beth/Rock Cottage Year

    1. Hi Beth! Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking part. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading more. And maybe you will find a couple of recipes here that you might like. Enjoy your coffee & biscuit! :-) Kirsten x

  4. Hi Kirsten,

    I loved your answers! I agree mango is so yummy! I was impressed that you have completed two marathons. Wow, that is a lot of work! An au pair sounds like it would be a fun job. I like both the movies you mentioned. Funny, that you mentioned Hitch. I can not explain why but I always enjoy Kevin James. Even in his silly movies. He always makes me laugh. I bet your house is beautiful. You are so right that mid century design is all the rage and very pretty. Coincidentally, my youngest daughter, the maker of the rainbow cakes, also has one kidney. In her case it was a congenital condition. The other kidney never fully formed cause it was multicystic. For the most part it rarely disrupts her life. I hope it remains that way. I am excited to have a look at the other blogs you recommended. Have a great day!

    1. Hi Jan! Thank you again for including me in this - I really enjoyed answering the questions and finding questions for the other bloggers.
      What a coincidence that your daughter has only one kidney too! One of mine was not working properly from birth but they only found out when I was about 10 years old and took it out. So for the past 32 years I've been living with only the one and so far, so good :-)
      Have a lovely day too! Kirsten x

    2. Thank goodness for that! I hope you have at least another 58 years without any health probelms. Take care!

    3. :-) thank you...and lots & lots for your daughter! Kirsten x