Wednesday, 19 November 2008

It started with a Robin video

One, two and tomorrow sees the start of year three! Today is my 2nd Blogaversary and I would like to say a HUGE thank-you to all visitors to shirls gardenwatch over the last two years – including the birds and wildlife for without whom I would not be sitting here writing this tonight!


All comments and emails really are very much appreciated. I know these take time and I know I am not known for short replies – sorry to all those on the receiving end! I have loved the exchange of stories from garden to garden like an email I received last weekend ‘… and would like to tell you about my garden visitors (Sunday 16/11/08). A small flock of waxwings (20+) landed on an old rowan tree in open ground next to my house…’.

I had plans for today - a few changes to mark two years but time available in the last week has not allowed this. For the moment this is just a brief posting to mark this day. Although, I would like to add that receiving one unexpected email today has also marked the day but I will keep you waiting on that one!

So how did I celebrate my 2nd Blogiversary? Quietly at home with my daughter, just out of hospital, who gave us quite a scare last Thursday evening after being rushed to A&E. We are so thankful to have her home.

The photo above was taken in my garden on the evening of November 19th 2008.

23 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Happy second blogaversary Shirl. I do look forward to all your posts. I hope you have many more years of blogging in you.

I hope your daughter is recovering well from what ever ails her. Healing thoughts are coming her way.

shirl said...

Hi there Lisa :-)

Thank-you! Oh... I have lots to post on at the moment. There have been developments with the hedgehog hutch! I also thought I saw a new bird species too. I will get back to posting soon.

Thank-you, my daughter now needs to rest a week or two before she can return to Uni. After initially fearing Meningitis the doctors finally concluded it was a virus. We really hope she makes a full recovery :-)

Jane said...

Happy Blogaversary Shirl! I love reading, watching and looking at your blog.

Can't wait to hear about your "changes" and the email you had.

Send my best wishes to your daughter... naughty her for giving you a scare! I hope she makes a quite recovery. Jane x

Jane said...

For "quite" please read "quick".... doh!

Amy said...

Congratulations! Best wishes to your daughter as she heals.

Gabriel said...

Hi Shirl. I'm happy to have in my blog a viewer from England. I pay back visiting yours. My english is not the best, but i'll try. I love all your pictures, from your garden and all the birds. About a birds pictures, where did you take the White Cheeked Pintail pics? That duck are more common from the Caribbean, south US and South America. Is common there? E-mail me about that please to: lugo.gabriel@gmail.com
Beautiful blogs Shirl. Give me some time to read all.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Happy "Blogaversary" Shirl.
Hope your daughter continues her recovery. So glad that she didn't have meningitis.
K

Miranda Bell said...

Hi Shirl - it's been a while since I had a great deal of time to visit anyone's blog let alone write anything on mine - that time of year gladly is returning!! Congratulations on your 2 yr anniversary and glad too that you have your daughter home safe and sound though - hope she makes a really speedy recovery. take care - Miranda

ShySongbird said...

Hi Shirl,

Just wanted to wish you a very happy Blogaversary and to thank you for all your lovely posts they have been an absolute joy from the day I discovered them. You introduced me to 'blog world' and it really has been a pleasure to share your, and other like minded bloggers, lives and observations.
All good wishes for your future blogging and particularly for your daughter's full recovery, I have had two similar experiences myself and know how frightening it can be for all involved.
I am greatly looking forward to reading the latest news on the hedgehogs and finding out what the possible new bird sighting is.

The Black Rabbit said...

Happy blogiversary Shirl!
Keep up the amazing work!
Doug

Cheryl said...

Happy second blogaversary........and well done.....

Hope that your daughter is recovering well.....she will get plenty of tlc I am sure......best wishes......

Nan Ondra said...

Congratulations on your anniversary, Shirl! It's wonderful having you as part of the garden blogging community. I'm still grateful to you for sharing your photo collage technique, and I so admire your narrated slide shows. I look forward to seeing what innovations you'll come up with for Year Three!

Layanee said...

Two years and many posts later you still exhibit enthusiasm and originality with your posts. I am catching up on reading and am happy to say 'Happy Blogiversary'. I am happy to hear that your daughter is feeling better. What a scare!

easygardener said...

Happy "Blogaversary" Shirl. Glad your daughter just had a virus - must have been a worry. Hope she's better soon.

shirl said...

Hi there Jane, Amy, Gabriel, Karen, Miranda, ShySongbird, Doug, Cheryl, Nan, Layanee and easygardener :-)

Thank-you all for your kind wishes for my daughter’s recovery. It is taking more time than we expected. Sorry my replies have been slow, for the moment, my time at the PC is limited.

Jane – Thank-you for your kind and encourage comments throughout year two of my blog. Not sure when I will get to my changes at the moment but will get to them when I can. I picked up a Countryfile mag today and saw your ‘Blog of the Month’ mention. Well done you - well deserved!! My email? I really don’t know how I can follow you with all your wildlife pieces and expertise but I am thrilled to be picked for their January issue all the same :-D

Amy – Thank-you and for your good wishes :-D

Gabriel – Welcome! I am delighted to have someone from Puerto Rico interested in my garden birds. I should perhaps say that my garden is in Scotland (approx in the middle) but the photos of the Pintail were taken in Norfolk, England when we were on holiday. These birds were in a reserve – I don’t know if they stay there all year. Thank-you, I am delighted you have enjoyed them :-D

Karen – Thank-you! Yes, me too! She is a delicate soul at the moment :-)

Miranda – I completely understand. Thank-you, I cannot believe I have been doing this for two years now. It has been fun. Thank-you, looking forward to seeing my daughter having some fun again soon too :-)

ShySongbird – Thank-you, what a wonderfully generous comment! I am so glad you are enjoying the ‘blog world’ :-D I am sorry to hear you have gone through a similar experience – more than once must have been truly awful. Ah, hedgehog updates and the new bird sighting are both in need of some photos - which is quite tricky. There were interesting developments the morning my daughter went into hospital – I will get to them when I can. However, it is a thought to go back to that day.

Doug – Thank-you! Gosh… I don’t know about ‘amazing’ - but I do hope to keep going a bit longer yet :-D

Cheryl – Thank-you! It has been fun. Recovery is forward one step and back three but hopefully the tlc will help her through it. She is getting all I can give :-D

Nan – Thank-you! What a kind thing to say. You are most welcome on the collage tips and I am delighted you enjoy my narrated videos – especially as I was a bit unsure about trying them at first. I have to admit that I do delight in trying to post something unexpected – that’s one of the fun parts of blogging for me :-D

Layanee – Oh… thank-you! I’m glad you made it over for this posting :-) Yes, it really was a scare. Recovery is slow with good parts of the day and some not so good. Fingers crossed for tomorrow :-)

easygardener – Thank-you! Me too, but this virus really is holding on to her and worrying me still. I hope she has a better day tomorrow :-)

Mel said...

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY!!!!
You are talented and have great posts and pictures, you'll be around for many years to come!
Congrats!!

Mike - Fenphotography said...

Congrats Shirl, thanks for your comment, look forward to future posts, cheers, Mike.

Jane said...

Wooo hooo! well done Shirl! Can't wait to see it in January. WELL DONE. You have a brilliant blog, full of really interesting, funny, thought provoking stuff. That's why you got the email! Jane x

Thanks For 2 Day said...

Hi Shirl!
Congratulations on TWO years of blogging! I've visited you before, and we've exchanged comments...but that was on a different post. That got totally deleted (by accident) early this month...I decided to start a new one and not give up. I had been blogging for a year. This new blog is better, anyway!

I've always loved your video's of the birds in their nesting boxes. I will be back often to check things out! Take care! Jan

Thanks For 2 Day said...

(I meant to say, my comments to you earlier were on a different BLOG, not post!) Jan

shirl said...

Hi again Mel, Mike, Jane and Jan:-)

Mel – Wow… thank-you very much!! How nice to have you follow me too :-D

Mike – Thank-you! You are most welcome – I look forward to more of yours too :-D

Jane – Thank-you – you are too kind! I am as chuffed as I know you will be too. It is great to see blogs mentioned in magazines isn’t it?

Jan – Thank-you! Yes, I do remember our exchanges. What a shame you deleted your first blog but I expect you will look at your new one with different eyes now. I am delighted that you enjoy my Nestbox videos – fingers crossed for next year.

garden girl said...

Congratulations on your 2nd blogaversary Shirl!

Best wishes for a full recovery for your daughter.

shirl said...

Hi again Garden girl :-)

Thank-you – it's hard to believe it is two years already! Thank-you for all your kind comments over the last year :-D

Thank-you for your good wishes too. Her recovery has been slower than we expected but she is making progress :-D