Uhmmmn Uhmmmn My friends, family, countrymen and most of all the Blotanical blogging family, my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for selecting my blog as the best South American Blog for the Blotanical 2009 awards. Last year this time, I was surfing the net looking for Caribbean and Tropical gardening websites, when I came across Nicole 's blog a Caribbean garden, her blog had won the award for the best South American Blog for 2008 . I started to get excited . I then sent her a message and looked at her blog roll list. I found that there were loads of other gardening blogs with gardeners like myself writing about their gardens and garden related stuff. Whooo whooo I was on a roll. I clicked onto the Blotanical link and what I discovered there, I thought that I had died and gone to gardeners' heaven. This Aussie fellow by the name of Stuart started this site with a collection of gardening blogs with gardeners from all over the world. This was the start of my blogging journey. I was able to make friends with Sunita, Kanak, Meems,Tatyana, Karrita, Ancel, Katarina,Autumn Belle, Lotus leaf, Urban Green, and many many more gardeners from all over the world. Recipes have been exchanged, information and garden advice given (I love to give advice, you all should know that by now). Friendships have been forged I think for life. I have been lucky to meet face to face with Meems in Florida, visit her beautiful garden and dejeuner with her. What a surreal moment it was. I would like to congratulate Sunita, Kanak, Nicole, Meems, Bangchik and Kakdah, Autumn Belle, Karitta and Jean, for making it into the finals and all those who I haven't mentioned. You are all winners in my eyes. It was very difficult to choose from all those fantastic blogs out there and each of your blogs shone like the brightest stars in the sky on a bright moonlit night. This journey has been exciting and educational and one that will continue. Thank you Blotanical and Stuart the chief cook and bottle washer. From the tip of my toes to the top of my head I Salute you all!