Thank you to all of you who have given me so much encouragement this year, and helped me take pride and a passionate pleasure in the country where we live. You have been so kind and so welcoming – and it’s now time for me to give something back to you. This is your chance to win an original piece of signed and dated artwork, a large Provençal scene
It’s time for me to say a very big heartfelt thank you to everyone, for your loyal following, for taking the time to read my ramblings and for commenting so often and regularly. I have read every single comment; they have made me laugh, they have made me think, they have brought tears to my eyes and I hope I have answered them all. It has been fabulous to chat and to get to ‘know’ so many of you, and ultimately this is why I write.
The first year of the blog went by quickly but this second one seems to have passed in an even speedier blur. The blog has gone from strength to strength, and the children have become more involved. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting other bloggers for the first time, during lunch together we’ve laughed at the mistakes we’ve made, happy to have connected through the simple shared interest of the written word. I’ve also met several of my readers who have visited the Charente Maritime, several of whom have stayed in our gîte. To say it’s been an excellent year would be an understatement!
Whether you are one of my loyal friends who have been here since the beginning or whether you are relatively new to the blog, it makes no difference; this giveaway is open to everyone, and it’s your chance to win a signed and dated original pastel of a scene in Provence by Margot Rampton, my late mother-in-law. Margot studied at The Slade School of Fine Art in London and exhibited in London, Paris and Provence where she lived for many years. Later in life she settled in the Channel Islands where she held many local exhibitions and supported numerous local charities. Very rarely does her work come up for sale nowadays, but occasionally it does and an original is sold from £300 ($450) upwards. Many local Channel Island shops sell limited edition prints for £25 to £50. But my giveaway is NOT a limited edition – this is an ORIGINAL piece of art. This piece is from her portfolio of french scenes, many of which hang on our walls, and this work measures 24″ x 18″ (61cms x 46cms).
All you have to do if you want to win is leave a comment below and subscribe to the blog (if you are not already subscribed). Please feel free to share this post with friends and invite them to come over and follow the blog, too.
For a second or even a third chance to win, share my giveaway on your social media and come back here to tell me. Each time you share you get another entry, but be sure to let me know.
We will draw the lucky winner on the evening of Wednesday 9th November and announce the winner on the blog next Thursday 10th November. But most of all, win or lose, a big heartfelt THANK YOU from me and I hope you continue to enjoy the blog for a long time to come.