Monday, 6 July 2009

Thank you... and Au Revoir

I've a few belated thank yous and things I should really mention. First of all thank you to Lynda. I won a giveaway on her blog quite a while ago now and received this fabulous rust dyed notebook, which I've been using as a journal for my current degree module. Lynda also sent me instructions on how to make the notebooks which is definitely something I shall try when I've got a free moment...

I've also received this fabulous cookbook. Lucy reviewed it on her blog a little while ago and I left a comment saying it was a shame Able and Cole don't deliver in my area. To my surprise I got an email from a lady at A & C asking would I review one of their veggie boxes if they could deliver it. Of course!!! However, as yet they are unable to deliver the veggie box and instead I received the cookbook. I can only add to everything Lucy said... it's fabulous! It's well written, funny, all the recipes look simple and are seasonal, the photography is beautiful etc. etc. I will eventually do a proper review when I've tried some of the recipes... when I've got a bit more time...

And the third thing I received was this package of cards and an embroidery from Robinsunne as part of her birthday party giveaway... Thank you Robinsunne! I thought it was a lovely idea to have a virtual birthday party with cake to share with you all and party favours to give away and had fully intended to do the same... but I just ran out of time... because today is my birthday and there is no cake, only work to get done and classes to prepare...

Which brings me to the au revoir... you may have noticed there is a theme... there are just not enough hours in the day. I've work to finish for the degree, work that may or may not get finished for an exhibition, a summer school to prepare for and then go off and teach at the end of the month, I'm feeling just a little stressed, to say the least and so I really do need a proper blog break. Thank you for all your recent comments that I may not have replied to - as always they are read and appreciated. I will be back sometime in August but meanwhile enjoy your summer.
And I leave you with this... Kung Fu Panda... my birthday present from Sam.


I might be 52 but I don't have to be grown up! Au revoir!

46 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful summer Gina!

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  2. I just bought the Abel & Cole cookbook--inspired by the veggie box they sent!--and am thoroughly enjoying the pictures and text already. Have a wonderful summer and look forward to your return in August! K x

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  3. I'm always so impressed at how much you seem to pack into every day - you deserve a rest! I'm a pretty silent reader but I always enjoy your posts and your work - have a good summer and hope very much it really is au revoir and not goodbye, once you start enjoying your freedom!

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  4. Go sort yourself out Gina. We will all be here looking forward to your post break post, if you get my drift.
    I hope you can de-stress and get your prep. sorted.
    viv x

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  5. Ah, I assumed they wouldn't send the cookbook if they couldn't deliver the veggies, so I binned the email. Oh well!

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  6. Happy Birthday Gina!!

    I hope you have a lovely summer and enjoy your very well deserved bloggy break.

    Look forward to 'seeing' you in August :)

    xxx

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  7. Happy Birthday Gina,
    I do hope you have a wonderful and as relaxing holiday as you can!
    Of course A and C do not deliver to me.. but I do regularly use their yummy recipes on line. It's an excellant site.
    Take care and I'll be waiting to hear about all your adventures later in the year..

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  8. Happy Birthday Gina! And hope you have a productive summer - in the studio and the veg plot.

    I prescribe a G&T or beverage of your choice while you watch the hens pre-bedtime routine each evening - perfect winding down time, works for us ;-)

    Celia
    x

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  9. Happy birthday Gina - and you should never grow up. You are the same age as my son and sometimes he hasn't grown up! I try not to as well. Hope someone provided some cake for you today or some other treat. You shouldn't have to make your own. All your goodies arrived at a very appropriate time for you. Good luck with all the degree work and preparations. Don't forget to relax occasionally!

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  10. Have a productive summer! I bought the cookbook too - persuasive woman, that LL!

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  11. Sadly A and C don't deliver to the far south west! Lovely to receive goodies in the post, isn't it. Have a good blog break Gina. Hitting the pause button sometimes can be such a relief!

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  12. Best wishes for your birthday and enjoy your summer break. See you in the Autumn!

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  13. If it all gets too much, wander down and watch those chickens..... so calming. x

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  14. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday.

    Your life sounds very busy so enjoy the summer and a break from blogging.

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  15. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. To me, age is just a number.

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  16. Happy Birthday Gina. I am shocked to read that you haven't made a cake- not even a little one! Enjoy your break and summer school.

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  17. Happy birthday Gina! Hope you're being spoilt! Enjoy your blog break, you'll be missed. x Oh yes, enjoy the choocks too :-)

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  18. happy Birthday Gina, enjoy your blogging break. I will look forward to reading your blog again when you return.

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  19. May you accomplish all you set out to do in your 53rd year(!) Happy Birthday and see you in a few weeks.

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  20. a very, very happy birthday Gina - i agree with you, although we may look grown up on the outside, on the inside - never!!!
    lots of luck with all your endeavours and hope to see/hear from you soon.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  21. HUGE happy birthday Gina!!!

    I was really hoping that the au revoir in your title was going to be you telling us that you had a holiday in France to go on - but I fully understand the need for a bloggy break instead.

    Take care, have fun, enjoy the summer and we'll see you soon!

    Lots of love Lucy xxx

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  22. Happy Birthday
    Happy Sewing, Cooking, Reading
    Happy Holidays
    Alicex

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  23. Happy Birthday Gina!
    Have a lovely holiday and good luck with all your courses, I'm not surprised you need a break.
    M x

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  24. Happy Birthday Gina!
    hope you have a fantastic summer and that a blog break relieves a little pressure enabling you to be free to takle your workload.
    warm wishes
    ginny x

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  25. Have a wonderful summer - I hope the weather stays good too, to make your study time a bit easier.

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  26. Hope you have a productive, and relaxing, time.

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  27. Have a great break Gina. I hope you get a ton of stuff done while you're gone!!!

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  28. Have a great summer and hope you meet all those deadlines. Life just gets way too busy sometimes!

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  29. Take some time off when you need to Gina..........just don't grow up. (its over-rated....or so I hear)

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  30. Happy Birthday!
    Enjoy your break - sounds like you've plenty to do!

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  31. Take care and I hope you get through all the work OK. x See you when you get back!

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  32. Happy Birthday Gina and have a wonderful break!
    x

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  33. Have a lovely break Gina and enjoy reading your lovely new book from Sam!

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  34. Au revoir, have a lovely summer in the capable hands of the fat panda!!

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  35. I so enjoy your blog so am selfishly sorry to see you go, however, I will read your prior posts for inspiration and wish you well as you take your break!

    Looking forward to seeing you in the fall,

    Kit

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  36. Kung Fu panda is a brilliant film and i love watching it with Em. i'm also looking forward to some great films this summer. i hope you have a good break and manage to get everything done. jane x

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  37. I think I can understand how you might be feeling at the moment. A break sounds like a good idea. Have a great summer and see you when you get back.

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  38. Have a good break Gina - it sounds as though you have as much on as ever! What gorgeous things in this post. I especially love the rust-dyed notebook. I hope to see you very soon xxx

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  39. HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!! hope you had a great one! (I share your gripe about teh number of hours in each and every day) Have a wonderful summer XX

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  40. Best wishes Gina - do have a good break, and then come back to us. I have enjoyed reading your blog, although infrequent recently, as you say - life is short at times......... ;O)

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  41. Enjoy your summer break - see you soon x

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  42. Dear Gina

    Hope you will come back again when you are feeling more in control. I do know the feeling of needing a break. Sounds like you have got more on than you should be coping with - take care - and good luck with your projects and degree work

    Love, Carolyn x

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  43. We bought Kung Fu Panda for Twiglet and it is FANTASTIC, have a great Summer.
    twiggy x

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  44. Just catching up with friends and read here you're having a break, so I wanted to say a really big thankyou for taking time to get in touch with me during your busy time. I hope you're managing to get through everything and all the best with the summer school, exhibition and degree work, love Judy x

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  45. Adios, Auf Wiedersehen, au revoir and toodle pip! Have a grand summer- it sounds like a busy one, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it! Just make sure you provide us with pictures of your adventures :-)

    Can't wait to see what you make from the Abel and Cole book- I'm dying to try one of their boxes, but should really be saving for a snazzy computer rather than spending on veg :-D

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