About Me

My photo
United Kingdom
I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Friday 19 November 2010

Blogfest Bonanza

First of all apols for being quiet these past few days. I was asked to redesign our local church website and amalgamate it with my own church site which has taken me 3 days and can now be seen at: http://www.stlukes.buckfastleigh.org/ It's been a huge buzz for me as I'm largely a self-taught web designer. I hardly slept and forgot to eat lunch yesterday I was so engrossed in it. LOL! So if you get time to hop over there do let me know what you think?

Liz is hosting  First Gifts Blog Hop
Do you remember the first gift you ever received from your boyfriend? Girlfriend? Spouse? Life partner? Did you get something sparkly? A mood ring that turned your finger purple? Sexy lingerie? An ugly puppy?  A toaster?  If you've got a story to tell: funny, sad, or in-between then ket us know.

My shiny new boyfriend, Tim and I spent our first date, can you guess where? No? well on the Kennet and Avon Canal. He took me to see the Devizes locks! I worked in the local bookshop that specialised in transport books and maps and had shown an interest in canals and the books relating to them, so naturally Tim thought it would be nice for us to visit the newly refurbished locks before a cream team at Laycock Abbey. He also had a friend with his own railway bookshop along the canal at Brassknocker Basin, Monkon Combe where there were a few shops and a cafe. We found some lovely narrow boats and some sellers of Roses and Castles Canalware.
Now my memory is rather rusty on the details, it being now 23years ago, but  when Tim and I gave one another our first gifts after dating a few times, it turned out that we had bought one another the exact same thing: 

We will have been married 21years in December. Oh and if you are wondering, I was too nervous to eat my cream tea on that first date and later I couldn't eat the evening meal either, so my dear Tim asked me if I was anorexic! The next date we went to see Room with  View with all those men running around in the 'all together'. He squirmed with embarrassment, which was funny, bless!

Okay next, Michael is hosting a Harry Potter Blogfest, which I thought was 19th Nov and is in fact 11th Dec .
I've started thinking of my entry...

11th Dec. In 500 words, I would like you to create a scene with any of the HP characters from any of the seven books. It could be anything you want. Funny, magical, serious, etc. And for an added twist, let's have it set during the holidays. Christmas or Thanksgiving.


  1. Buying each other the same gifts? That is very telling to a wonderfully compatible relationship! I love your happy ending (or beginning?) :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and for being part of the Blog Hop! xo

  2. Oh my World! Madeleine this had me aawwing that is so adorable but his anorexic question was way funny.
    You guys buying each other the same gift is amazing, aww I wanna hear more about your lovely stories.

  3. Awww, love the mugs being the same.

    I hope you’ve managed to eat enough meals since then?
    The enigmatic, masked blogger

  4. Hi,

    Oh so telling, buying each other the same gift. Wow. Soul mates right off! ;)


  5. That is wild that you bought each other the same gift. You guys were so in tune with each other, even at that early stage. Good on you!

  6. Hi Madeleine!
    Oooh Buckfastleigh! We have spent a number of happy holidays in the area, based in Exmouth or Budleigh Salterton, and Buckfastleigh was one of the places we liked to return to.
    As for first gifts ... 26 years casts a very thick veil for me!

  7. Hey there- thanks for the post-
    I didn't know if you knew or not but the Harry Potter one is set for December 11th according to the site.

  8. Wow. The same gift! It was meant to be!

  9. Thank you so much Madeleine for posting my blogfest... You are so sweet, but as Summer mentioned, contestants can sign up with their blog address to their post on Dec. 11th.

    I do appreciate your kindness.


  10. Bless you all! Since then I have put on 1.5 stones in weight LOL!
    Dom, a thick veil, oh that sounds profound!

    Glad I haven't missed the Harry Potter fest.

  11. That sounds like a really wonderful first date and it's amazing that you bought each other the same first gift. Meant to be.

  12. Sounds like you are the perfect couple. :) I loved reading your story.

  13. Very nice. Thanks for sharing your story!


Comments with heart are worth their weight in gold. Thank you.
NB: Comments based on others comments can lead to misunderstandings.
COMMENTS now enabled and MAY BE MODERATED so may TAKE TIME TO APPEAR, Thank you.

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.