Wednesday, September 30, 2009

my acceptance speech



 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!

19 comments:

  1. Congratulations to you! Awesome blog you got here.

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  2. My dear Helen, Congratulations! You are a champion and you truly deserve the accolade. I am very proud of you. Cheers!

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  3. My dear friend... I tried to log on to you earlier today and could not connect. So glad to get through now. You are much deserving of this fine award, dear Helen. Your blog has evolved over time and is truly a spot of energy and light every time I visit. Someday I hope to see it with my very own two eyes... until then, congratulations on the award and keep up the good work.

    You are right in some cases it difficult to choose... in others ... not so much. But like you said everyone has something to offer the blog world. Blotanical is a great resource.***hugs***
    Meems @ Hoe and Shovel

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  4. Congratulations Islandgal! You fully deserve the honour. I love to visit your blog which is full of interesting information and great pictures. Have a nice day!

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  5. Thank you Island Gal and my hearty congratulations to you! Isn't the interconnected gardening world fabulous?

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  6. Whoa, Islandgal, great going! Always my first stop for entertainment...your blog! Keep it up.

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  7. Congratulations!!!
    This calls for celebration...!

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  8. See! can I foretell or what! I didnt even know the results were out when I commented in your earlier post and now my friend, you are the queen gardener of South America! Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for you.

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  9. Way to go girl....I love your Acceptance Speech!! Truly deserving win, and your blog/photos, oh, so beautiful! With a gazebo like that, do we even need to imagine what's beyond?! Thanks for the mention once again. You're a sweetheart! Congrats once again!

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  10. Congratulations on your award! Many years of happy gardening and blogging!

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  11. Such nice and sweet words... we really learn from each other. ~bangchik

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  12. Congratulations of your award;-) I don't think we've 'interacted' with each other, and if we have, it must have been minimal--I hope to visit you a bit during the upcoming winter season (here in the US). I'll have more time on my hands with no garden outside to play in;-)

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  13. Thank you all for your compliments. Now I have to live up to the award....I'm not so sure if I can. Anyway I will give all I've got to give.

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  14. Aww!!! I thought that I had died and gone to gardeners' heaven How floral is that!!!!

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  15. Aww!!! I thought that I had died and gone to gardeners' heaven How floral is that!!!!

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  16. Sunita...you are a fortune teller LOL You made me chuckle!

    Jan.....thanks for stopping by and congrats to you too.

    IHM......I am honoured that you are visiting my blog!

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  17. You go, islandgal! I am not a gardener but do wish I had your talents. Nary a week goes by that I don't visit your beautiful, insightful, humorous, colorful and informative blog. One day I hope to visit your awesome garden. Congratulations on a well-deserved honor! Fran

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  18. Fran and Steve I am happy that you enjoy my blog. I do hope that you will come over for a visit one day. Thank you!

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