Mail bounty…

I am feeling rather overwhelmed at the moment.  Mostly by people’s generosity… it was my birthday yesterday and (I don’t know about you) but when you are forty-anything, you kinda expect a little less fuss.  I had a cake (mostly baked by my darling daughter), dinner (cooked by my sweet husband and partly (the yellow-belly perch bit) caught by my clever fisherman son), a scarf and wine glass by two of my longest-serving (and most patient) friends, flowers from a neighbour and many, many phonecalls.

I felt very special.

Our mail deliveries, also, have brought some very special surprises.  And not of the birthday-related variety.

Firstly two divine watercolours of horses, by talented painter (and regular blog commenter here) Leenie.   leenie_8450

These were a ‘thankyou’ for a prize she won on the blog recently…I feel like I won too!

How gorgeous are they?


Violet has already put her order in for them to hang in her room… I shall  have to place a special framing order with my talented cousin Em and get to and paint the kids’ rooms (a long-postponed project) to do them justice.


Please take a few moments to check out Leenie’s Etsy store for some more wonderful, peace-filled paintings of subjects from ocean and rural landscapes to birds, fish and flowers.

And of course horses!  Here is another of my favourites, Down by the Dairy…



And then a slightly heavier parcel was left in our green corrugated iron shed/mailbox…

Containing THREE books…  I’m not showing you the front yet, as I work out what to do with them…

Here is a sneak peek at the back cover blurb.


Actually it’s a book I read (via my mini i-pad) last week and something I think pretty much EVERYONE needs to read.

A real-life romp from the city to the bush…


What do you think, my friends? Another giveaway coming on?

Will get myself sorted and discuss further shortly!!



8 Responses to “Mail bounty…”

  1. Sounds like you had a nice day :-) – many happy returns, Amanda.

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  2. Many happy returns of the day.
    The paintings are beautiful – yep,
    hang them in Violet’s room.
    Violet will really treasure them.

  3. Happy birthday to yooooooooooooooooouuuu!
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  4. I might just hold off ordering mine for a bit ;) Just in case….I am stocking up on my Australian Non Fiction for my forced break (which just happens to be around my birthday!)

  5. PS Happy Birthday for yesterday :)

  6. Happy Birthday again just in case it didn’t go through on twitter. You probably figured out that I don’t have a clue and need to read the directions. I hate directions,I like to just jump in, LOL! The water colors are beautiful and the dairy was one of my favorites too after checking out her site. I have been to the Grand Tetons and she sure did a great job of catching the beauty they offer.

  7. Belated birthday wishes to you BB. Love those water-colours and would really like to read that book … a give-away sounds super!
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  8. Wow I love those paintings so pretty. Happy belated Birthday. I am glad your loving family and friends spoilt you a bit.

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