Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lavender Cottage Guest Post

I am honoured that Kathy at A Delightsome Life has asked me to share a bit about myself in her 'How They Do It' series.  I have been an avid gardener since we bought our first house and a freelance garden writer and photographer for 11 years.  Lavender Cottage is the name of our home and my writing business.
Lavender Cottage blog was started to further my garden writing but then I came across fellow bloggers with a mutual interest in Victorian decor and tea parties and I started to post about them as well.  

 The old saying that 'birds of a feather, flock together' is true of bloggers too.  I have come to know some wonderful women with common interests yet to keep things in perspective, my blogging circle is quite small compared to many.  It takes time to visit and leave nice comments so I only do what I feel I can handle and hope I don't offend anyone.  
Originally I set up my own blog template but that's stressful when you don't have the necessary computer skills and I wasn't getting the effect I wanted.  Hiring a professional was money well spent and scrutinizing blogs I admire inspires some of my content.
Two of my favourite magazines, Victoria and Tea Time have also contributed to topics I post on, and who can resist all the delightful decorating ideas they offer?
Sometimes I show my family; husband Glenn and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this summer
and we're proud of our 2 daughters, their husbands and our 6 grandchildren.
Gardening is definitely therapeutic and a hobby that can offer relaxation while at the same time, allow a person to be creative.  Each gardener realizes their own style and I've found mine to be Cottage Victorian.  Lots of wrought iron with formal elements mixed with an English cottage style.
 A bonus is the wildlife that is attracted and it can be a beauty or...
a beast.  Eventually an ecosystem forms when a balance is established from a diversity of plants and wildlife.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this  meeting that a new world is born. 
~Arais Nin~

Kathy and I have partnered for a giveaway of two sweet little Victorian lace parasols.
Here is how to enter and have up to 3 chances to win: 1. Comment on each blog.   2. Post the giveaway button on your blog or share the giveaway in a post.  3. Become a follower of each blog.
The giveaway runs from August 30 - September 13 and Kathy will draw the winners on September 14.
Unfortunately we had to restrict the draw to Canadian and US residents only.

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations Judith on being Kathy's special guest today! You have a wonderful blog and garden. It has been a pleasure getting to know you. I am a follower as you know and I would love to win one of those darling parasols! Have a lovely day, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  2. Judith,your garden is lovely. I so love cottage gardens. I can almost smell the scent of the lavender.
    I am now a follower and would love to take afternoon tea in your garden.
    The little parasols are lovely,I would love to win one. x

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  3. Very nice post! And I enjoy both your tea and garden ideas that you share!♥♫

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  4. What a joy to learn a little more about you. (One doesn't learn a whole lot when visiting only on Mosaic Monday.) Your daughters are so lovely and about my daughter's age. Your garden is a source of inspiration to me as are your lovely tea parties.

    Yes, I'd love to get rid of my front lawn and plant a garden; however, with the plow forcing snow, sand, and salt right up to my front windows, I've given up that dream.

    Off to visit Kathy...

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  5. What a perfectly beautiful blog! I am your newest follower. We have similar interests and Victoria is one of my favorite magazines! Take care. Susan

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  6. How wonderful to be Kathy's very special guest. A lovely post about a lovely lady, her lovely garden and home. Enjoyed seeing the photo of your beautiful girls.
    Well done!!!

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  7. Hi Judith,
    I didn't realize you were Canadian until reading about you here on your blog. I am in Winnipeg.
    I have been here a few times and always enjoyed your beautiful photos. I think your Cottage Victorian style is also my favourite, it's so pretty!
    I would love to win your adorable parasols.
    Hugs, cindy

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  8. What a lovely idea for Kathy to have you as a guest blog today. I learned some things about you that I didn't know. I always enjoy your blog and Kathy's too. The parasols are a sweet giveaway. Have a great day! Pamela

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  9. How exciting! You're having fun in blogland today! Love this post and your blog! Hugs!

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  10. I just discovered your blog from Kathy's party and I'm so glad I did. You have a lovely blog. I'm your latest follower. Pop by for a visit if you get a chance. :)

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  11. This is such a delightful blog! I followed you over from Kathy's blog, Delightsome Life. I'm following you now too! I love purple and lavender, (the plant).

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  12. Such a lovely post, It's hard to reach everyone indeed..but I try to go around as often as possible...Love your lavender pillow...with love Janice

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  13. Hi Judith, I really enjoyed this post and congrats on your collaboration with Kathy! I would love to enter your giveaway. Off to visit Delightsome Life!
    Hugs, Beth

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  14. Congrats on being featured on Kathy's blog!!
    I love the victorian style too and since it is not really the popular style right now, blogging has definitely helped me to find fellow lovers of the Victorian and Edwardian Eara that I so love....

    Your garden is lovely!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  15. Hi Judith,
    thank you for the fabulous post. I am so in love with your garden. When I read your post, I made immediately the decision to change one of my places in the garden. I want to create a seating place, inspired by your photos. The place will look different but the inspiration came from your blogpost. Thats what I love from blogging. (May I take a photo from your blog for my post?) And by the way: you look so charming with the beautiful hat. Very ladylike. Thank you for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  16. Nice to get to know more about you Judith. Your daughters are lovely and that's a great picture of you at a tea party. Your gardens and tea parties are always inspiring! Hope you have nice weekend!

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  17. Congratulations Judith! and great post. I love your lavender pillow.
    ~Clara

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  18. I'm so glad that i visited your blog today Judith. Your garden photos and the photo of your lovely daughters are my favourites. Have a wonderful long weekend!

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  19. You'll be pleased to know I used proper teacups when a friend visited earlier this week. She may be the only person who comes over that I know prefers a cup and saucer to a mug. :)

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  20. Judith,
    How fun to learn a little bit more about you. Congrats on the feature of Kathys blog. I love visiting your lovely blog.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  21. I am putting your giveaway button on my sidebar.
    Thanks!
    Jann

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  22. I follow both of your lovely blogs. I use to have a parasol like that. Not sure what happened to it.
    Thanks for the fun give away.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. This is a lovely post Judith with glimpses into your life, garden and friends.

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  24. Judith, I always love visiting you and I enjoyed learning more about you. Your garden is beautiful, as are you and your dear daughters. I particularly loved the quote that you shared at the end of your post.

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  25. Oops, I forgot to mention that I'm already a follower.

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  26. Judith, this is a lovely post and the sweet gift would be a darling addition to any tea table. Thank you!

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  27. Judith, I'm a follower of both Lavender Cottage and Delightsome Life. Always enjoy my visits!

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  28. Ah, Judith what a lovely name- your blog is of course exactly what you intended-overflowing with a lovely lavendar appeal to the "girl" romantic senses. I always follow those who post regularly on my blog list-look fwd to dropping by the garden on my MORNING ROUNDS of special people and places..am following/love the white parasols OF COURSE.

    You may follow me at: LIKE GRAMMA'S HOUSE

    Jonell

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  29. Dearest Judith; I'm just catching up on blog visits and reading after being sporadic in BlogLand these past couple of months.

    It is wonderful to learn a little more about the wonderful friends we are blessed to make in BlogLand. Your writing on gardening and tea and your photos are always wonderfully inspiring.

    Hugs to you, C. (HHL)

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  31. Your Lavender Cottage is so beautiful. The garden of this cottage really nice. You took some great picute. Ostrich Fern

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