On the morning of my 2nd Blogaversary (Nov 19th) I received a surprise email. I was thrilled that BBC Countryfile Magazine had chosen shirls gardenwatch as their ‘Blog of the Month’ for their January issue. They asked if I could supply 3-4 photos from my garden specifically Blackbirds and Robins. I was delighted to be asked for the Robin as it was through this bird that my Blog began.
Equally the Blackbirds are so much a part of my garden watching that a photo of them would be appropriate too. I had no idea which photo would be used or what they would write. I knew it would be a small piece after seeing the piece on my Blogging friend Jane at Urban Extension in their December issue. I also knew the issue would be out this week! I kept going into newsagents to see if it was out… yesterday I picked up a copy!
Thank-you BBC Countryfile for choosing my Blog – the timing of your email was brilliant and this has been a fantastic start for year three. I was particularly thrilled that you mentioned how my Blog began. If you click on the image above you can what they said.
My very warm thanks across the sea must go to my friend in Australia for without her I would never have considered Blogging at all. I knew nothing about it. In fact it was my husband (a regular reader of Blogs) that introduced me to them as a means of sending videos to her. So… a huge hug goes to him too – especially for all the background tech support he timelessly gives me!
However the BIGGEST thanks must go to all those who read my Blog, take time to send emails and leave comments. Without a shadow of a doubt it is YOU that keeps me posting and wanting to learn more about plants, the birds and wildlife both in my garden and outside of it too. I love to hear and share garden stories with you all. Your feedback really does help the direction my Blog has taken so in a way you are all sharing in it with me.
Finally for those, like me I must be honest, that are unfamiliar with BBC Countryfile Magazine it is well worth taking a look at. You can also browse their current issue online or pick up a magazine at a Newsagents. It is issued monthly around the 19th of the month. This magazine has a wonderful mix of info, links and articles – I’m not just saying this now! There are maps and details of walks too and this month mentions the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch for 2009 – it is on during Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of January. Mm… I’ll not say anymore and spoil this issue for you.
My thanks go to you all! Not forgetting the Robins and all other birds and wildlife that visits my garden of course!
The first image above was scanned from the January issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine. The smaller image is the front cover of this issue taken as a screen grab from their website.