Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Goodness, Gracious Me! Its my 555th post

Just over a year ago, I began my blog. I meant for it to be a hobby, to record my allotment antics and showcase some of my culinary creations. Blogging also served as a distraction. It meant that I could switch off from thinking about work. It has steadily grown more central to my leisure time and has brought me so much personal pleasure and joy, with D, my husband sharing many of these moments with me. Most of all, it has brought many wonderful people into my lives, people who I perhaps ordinarily would not have the opportunity to converse with. Normally I am quite a private person and tend to keep myself to myself. I am sure I will cross paths with some of you one-day, whilst others of course I will never meet in reality, yet I want to Thank You all for taking time to read my blog and to comment now and again. I do now, and have always, appreciated each and every comment.

So, as a small thank you to you, my readers, and by way to celebrate my 555th post, I am going to have a giveaway. Here's are the things you will find in the A2K giveaway parcel.
As you all have diverse interests and backgrounds I wasn't completely sure what to include in the A2K box. After deliberation I came up with these few items which I hope will have wide appeal. In the A2K giveaway you will find cookie cutters, a traditional Scottish cookery booklet, some coloured paper baking cups, a gardening mug, and finally - from one of the Scottish Museums - a 'Dig for Victory Now' pill box.

So to be in with a chance to receive this parcel, please just leave a comment on this post. I will select the winner from the posts entirely at random, and the winner selected will be announced on Sunday 11th April, 2010. My overseas readers are most welcome to enter, as well as all of you silent background readers: here is a chance to participate and introduce yourself!

Once again, may I take this opportunity to Thank You All for making this blog a personal success for me.
THIS IS NOW CLOSED.

51 comments:

  1. I don't think I've commented on your blog before, I only discovered it earlier this year but I really evjoy reading all your recipes and veg growing posts. Thanks

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  2. Congratulations on the 555th post! I'm glad I found your blog; it's one of my favorites, and I always look forward to reading it.

    Your writings are warm and friendly; they make me feel like I'm talking to a neighbor over the garden fence. I don't want to sound too "gushing" but, really, thanks for all the great recipes and interesting posts. Keep them coming!

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  3. Oooh! Pretties from Scotland, count me in! I've enjoyed your blog for about half a year now and I aspire to be as dedicated to posting regularly as you are. Happy 555'th from Modern Homestead in the US!

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  4. Hello!
    Congrats on the 55th post!
    The Banana flapjacks went down a storm here (though I was out of sesame seeds so replaced it with chopped pecans), as did the spicy sweetcorn soup (though I used coriander leaf instead of seed, and chipotle chile instead of chilli powder. Still, nom nom nom!)

    Thank you for the lovely recipes, and your posts always bringing a smile to my face!
    Here's to another 555!

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  5. A thank you to you also Mango Cheeks for being one of the first people to comment on my new blog. What a fab community this is, it doesn't matter if you are shy or not you are made welcome and there are so many like minded people out there.

    That is a fab selection of stuff :-) As you know I also love cooking and gardening (loving the garden theme mug) so please enter me into your comp.

    Thanks again :-)

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  6. Well, congrats, 555 in just over a year? You must have been more than prolific!!!! well done!

    XX
    A.

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  7. My goodness, 555 posts in just over a year! I do love reading your blog, so keep up the good work. I have found the relationships formed as a result of my blog important to me too so I know exactly what you mean. I look forward to reading the next 555 posts.

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  8. Hi!
    Thanks for reading my blog!
    Looking forward to keeping up with your adventures. Hopefully cycling will treat you well :)

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  9. comment?
    I am REALLY far away though :D

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  10. So many posts, so many followers, congratulations, Mango! Your blog is a gardener's and vegetarian's delight.

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  11. Awesome 555 posts! Love rreading your posts, they inspire me.

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  12. Mangocheeks, congrats on your 555 post! It's always fun to come here and see what you are doing:) I understand the satisfaction of connecting to folks you wouldn't normally converse with, as I too tend to be a very private person. I have greatly enjoyed what you share with us!

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  13. that's amazing MC - more than one a day. Goodness gracious indeed! And what a generous giveaway. Makes me think of those Ferrero Rocher adverts ... with these treats you are really spoiling us!
    I feel like we should be gifting you with something for all the wonderful posts you've written not to mention the encouraging comments you always make the time to leave on other people's posts. What's your secret for stretching time and fitting it all in ;o)
    love N x

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  14. My heartiest congratulations on your 555th post. I have to say that it took my quite a while to read all your back posts when I first found you.

    I shared your joy, your surprises, and your sadness at losing your allotment. I have loved your recipes, your guided tours, your sense of humour and your 'rise' above adversity.

    Wishing you many more hundreds of posts and a very happy summer

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  15. Thank you, and congratulations!

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  16. OMG....Congrats to ya! and a very nice giveaway!

    Many more post Sweetie!

    xoxo

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  17. Congratulations, I am new to your blog having found it only about a month ago. i guess I have a lot of catching up to do. LOL Thanks for the opportunity to win a very nice prize.

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  18. 555 posts. Wow. So many lovely recipes and so much inspiration. Keep it up

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  19. Woohoo!! Count me in. COngratulations on your milestone post!

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  20. Hi Mangocheeks, I am so behind in reading up all the blogs I follow, it by chance I saw this post you've written.

    Anyhoo!! congrates on post 555 and i want to wish you many more blogging stories.

    And thank you too for your generosity re the giveaway, the gifts scream you perfectly. :)

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  21. Congratulations on your 555th post. Hope I am the lucky reader :)

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  22. Congratulations! What a lovely thing to do. I have only recently found your blog but look forward to reading your updates and as and Australian reader who once lived in Glasgow, it is nice to feel a connection back to Scotland.

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  23. Congratulations. It's my blog anniversary today, and I'm also running a competition on my blog, so hop over and leave a comment. I've thoroughly enjoyed my first year of blogging and have also enjoyed discovering so many wonderful blogs, your's included. I'm looking forward to reading many more wonderful posts from you.

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  24. Here's to the 556th. Shame it took me so long to find the blog.

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  25. Congratulations on getting so far with your blog! I love reading it and find so much yummy inspiration here as well as interesting tales. Looking forward to many more posts to come x

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  26. Wow, I'm so glad that you commented on my blog so that I could come to yours. You clearly have a lot of passion and talent in the kitchen. I'm so inspired and excited to see your continued journey. Congrats on a year of wonderful blog content, humor, and creativity!
    Thanks!

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  27. Hello and thanks for dropping by my blog last week, I've just left you a little message. I've tagged your blog so that I can enjoy reading this over the Easter weekend. Wow 555th anniversary, I've got some way to go yet. Take care. Amanda x

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  28. Wow! 555 posts! That is really incredible... I am only on my 80th :$ Looks like I have a lot to learn. Congratualtions on reaching such a staggering number of posts!

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  29. Wow! You've covered a lot of ground in your blog ;-) Reading your blog is always inspiring. Thank you.

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  30. Congratulations. I knew you were a prolific blogger, but that really sums it up. 555 posts in 365 days - I wonder if it is a record?
    x

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  31. WOW....555 posts! Congratulations! What an achievement and something to be very proud of too!

    I was thinking about you today. My Rhubarb is now up about 12" and I am so excited to make something tangy sweet soon!

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  32. I really dig your blog! Congrats on the 555th post!

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  33. Congratulations on your year of blogging and huge amount of posts! Ive been almost blogging for a year also and will also be having a giveaway this month :)
    Your giveaway looks great! I love the look of all the cutters :D

    Rose

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  34. Congratulations on 555 posts... that is an achievement...

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  35. You're kind for running this competition and for your lovely words. I would like to enter :) there are always loads of giveaways on US blogs that I can't enter so it's great to have this opportunity. Happy Easter! x

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  36. Congratualtions on your 555th post! Your blog is so lovely! xx

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  37. Wow...555th post! Fantastic...and it's always a pleasure stopping in. Sweet of you to offer such a nice giveaway. You have already given me plenty of recipes...and I do so appreciate them. Thank you so much.

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  38. Congratulations on your 555th post...WOW....I do try to read your old posts now & then....but today I had to leave the comment to congrats u....as for the goodies I never win any contest...

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  39. Oh My Goodness! Congratulations on your 555th post, Mangocheeks! You're such an amazing blogger, I really enjoy reading your blog:)

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  40. You were the first person to comment on my blog for which I thank you. Your blog always welcomes and inspires me, and I love to see the pics of the surropunding countryside. Well done and keep it up! I'd love to be in the draw for all the lovely things. :-)

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  41. This looks like a fabulous giveaway! ANd I am loving looking over your blog! Beautiful pictures!

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  42. Congratulations - I'm so glad I discovered your blog just as I'm discovering my new found love of gardening. Your blog, garden and recipes are an inspiration. And what an awesome giveaway! Scotland... I do sometimes wonder if its my spiritual home... =)

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  43. I was shy about leaving a post, but am going jump on anyway. I think I have left a couple posts before. Anyway, I enjoy following your garden and kitchen exploits, as I hope that I can expand my current kitchen-centered adventures to also include the garden. It's also fun to read blogs from other countries, since I have so far away.

    Congrats on 555.

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  44. Well this night owl is thoroughly impressed. Having come across your site through another site I thought I would have a nosey and I have finally caught up to date. Your are a fountain of knowledge and delicious recipes. I salute thee!!

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  45. 555...congratulations Mango! I really do think your blog is one of the essential online foodie destinations. Beautifully written through the good times and the bad, and always punctuated with fantastic recipes. I think the only thing I don't agree with you on is the fabulous cauliflower!
    Love to you both Fxx

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  46. wow - 555 posts in a little over a year - I have just clocked up 600 in almost 3 years - your prolific output is impressive and all the more so for the high quality of your posts, photography and recipes - may you post many more (and hopefully I will not be so slow in catching up on the backlog) in future

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  47. WOW!Congratulations on your 555th post.You must really have lot of patience.Wish to see many more wonderful posts from you.

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  48. Happy birthday, Mangocheeks! Thanks for all your lovely posts.

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  49. Silent background reader here-I've been reading your posts for a few months now and always enjoy them. Congrats on your 555th post! Keep 'em coming!

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  50. MangoCheeks, I hope I'm not too late. Thanks for letting me know about this - I haven't been around for a while. You are right of course, this giveaway does indeed appeal to me. Congratulations on your 555 post.

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  51. A great milestone, well done. I have only just started my own gardening/cooking blog this week and can't imagine getting to 555 posts.

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