Grow Your Blog 2014 – plus a giveaway

Well, hello, bonjour, bienvenue and welcome!

If you have come over to see me through the lovely Vicki’s Grow Your Blog event I am very happy to see you, and I hope that you find something here to catch your eye and make you smile. This site doesn’t have the wherewithal to become a Follower, but it would be lovely if you were interested enough to “bookmark” this page and come back to see me from time to time.

I’m often asked Why did you move to France? Well, the answer to that is in the section entitled “Throw Off the Bowlines” which comes from a quotation by Mark Twain

We managed to throw off the bowlines, we were persuaded to explore and dream and discover…So do please read that section if you want to know more about why we ended up here, in our small village in France.


I am an English teacher, and I am lucky to love my work – although getting up at 6.15 to face an hour’s drive to my lessons in Clermont Ferrand does sometimes dampen my enthusiasm! I teach a mixture of business people, adults learning for their holidays, children and young adults preparing for their Bac; I teach a mixture of one-to-one, small groups and over the phone. It is varied, interesting and fun. It’s not the greatest pay packet at the end of the month, but it’s enough and I’m happy – that’s worth quite a lot, in my book!

When not working I love blogging…I have two blogs, this one, and Fat Dormouse Getting Thinner. I hope you might trot over there as there will be a giveaway there too. On that blog I write about my efforts to get thinner, my menus for the week and I also post recipes that have been successfully received in the Dormousehold.

We don’t have children, there’s just me, Mr D and four Very Bad Cats (They used to be known as Very Bad Kittens, but, like us all, they’re getting older!)

This is where I would love to show you photos, but, for the millionth time, (or so it seems!) the site is refusing to upload photos from my collection. It is really frustrating! I will put some on my other site, so now you’ll have to go over there!! Anyway, Feline-wise, there is Pomme (the Senior Officer, at about 10 years old), George & Millie (Middle Management, born in 2010) and there is Bib (otherwise known as the Office Junior, born and rescued from the Michelin R&D site in 2012)


I also make cards. Again, no luck uploading photos, and when I try to link to previous posts with photos of my work, hey presto! Look! All the photos have disappeared. I am SO sorry about this. I hope it won’t make you lovely Grow-Your-Blog people turn away in disgust and despair! I feel I’ve let you down and I am really sorry!!

As I’m a Lolcats fan, this will have to do as a picture…

So… If you would like to win my Grow-Your-Blog Giveaway, which is 5 handmade cards, then please do leave a comment. I can provide cards for special occassions, or just five general ones. I will also throw in a handmade bookmark, which – dammit! – I can’t show you. Plusalso a card with a short quotation (chosen by you, bien sur!), calligraphed by me (Do you know, I don’t think that there is such a verb!) It will have to be short, as my hands are becoming artritic and I find it difficult calligraphing for too long!!

Once again, apologies that the Wibsite has not let me upload my photos. But please, do come back and see me another time. It will be more fun then, I promise!! Until then, don’t forget: you can visit Fat Dormouse and see photos! (Fingers crossed…!!)

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28 Responses to “Grow Your Blog 2014 – plus a giveaway”

  1. Claire Says:

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment 🙂 I’ve visited both your blogs – you make beautiful cards!) I tried to zentangle, but my poor brain couldn’t cope with the intricacies… 🙁
    I LOVE the photo of the artist kitty – too, too cute!!

  2. Deborah Says:

    love that you had the courage to throw off the bowlines and move to France! Visiting from the GYB party.

  3. Karen W. Says:

    I’d love to see your cards when you get the pictures up on your site. Good luck.

  4. Elizabeth Johnson Says:

    It happen to me all the time! Very frustrating but it usually means I tried to load to many. Hi think I will follow on bloglovin but first to check out your other site I am always trying to loose weight. But I like food to much!

  5. Susan Says:

    I have enjoyed reading some of your posts. I saw the name dormouse and just had to come over. I’m getting nowhere with this party because there is so much interesting stuff to read. I will bookmark or follow somehow. The cards sound wonderful.

  6. mary kathryn Says:

    Hello! Hasn’t the GYB party been great today? I’ve enjoyed visiting all over the world. That painting kitty is adorable 🙂

  7. RedSetter Says:

    Just popped over from your other blog and am loving both and looking forward to following them.

  8. Sharmayne Says:

    Lovely to stop by for a visit, I will stop by again. I also have another blog you might like to visit
    Hugs Sharm ( Australia)

  9. Monique Says:

    Had to drop in from your other spot… hey, I started life in France by sheer accident (military posting). Loving GYB and hope to see you at my blog!

  10. Sara Kate MacFarland Says:

    I think you are living my dream! I’m visiting this evening as a GYB blogger, but I’ll be back often. You might be interested in my Pinterest boards…just look for Sara Kate MacFarland, and there I’ll be. Bon Soir!
    (please don’t laugh at my high school French…Google Translate and I make a lot of grammatical mistakes!) ;o)

  11. Keith Channing Says:

    Nice info, thanks. Sorry that your blog hosting isn’t allowing photo uploads. We make the occasional trip to C-F; maybe we could meet up sometime. I have added you to Blogs I Follow on

  12. Donna Heber Says:

    Hello, I’m visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meet you. We have several things in common. I too make cards and do not have children – just our precious Cheops kitty. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. Are you trying to upload photos from your computer or another site? I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

  13. Bernadett Says:


    Nice to meet you.:)
    I would like to participate in your giveaway.



  14. Michelle Says:

    I’ve been able to “follow” you through Blogger’s reading list (since the last Grow-Your-Blog Party!), and I’m so glad!

    P.S. I’ve used the word calligraphed, so it MUST be a verb! ha

  15. June Says:

    I went over to your other blog and got to see your lovely cards! Wow! Impressive! You have got me thinking about what I want to be thinking about in 20-years. Thank you for the inspiration – you are lucky to be living the dream. Best.

  16. Gill Says:

    I’ve come over from your other blog too!
    Waving from England!

  17. Naomi Says:

    I love that you have “thrown off the bowlines” and that is one of my favorite Twain quotes! What a lovely place to do so as well! Your cards are amazing thanks for sharing.

  18. Sarah O. Says:

    Sorry about the photo issue. Thanks for sharing more about yourself!

  19. barbara Says:

    As a Francophile I will look forward to reading your blog.

  20. Bekk Says:

    Ruddy technology!! That quote from Mark twain is great and so true!

  21. diane @ okcamp Says:

    I absolutely LOVE vintage Harry Whittier Frees’ cat images. He claimed that all his models were live and not taxidermy displays. As a cat owner myself, I’m not sure I believe him. I’m a follower of your other blog and slowly making my way through the GYB list.

  22. Debi Says:

    Hi, popped over from your other blog. I missed the deadline for ‘grow your blog’ , but found you on another blog!! Wish I was able to move to France….lucky you 🙂

  23. Caroline Says:

    I would never ask you why you moved to France, I would just ask when I can come crash! I was lucky to visit a number of years ago and loved it. It has been lovely meeting you.


  24. Kathy h Says:

    Looking forward to seeing your cards.

  25. hula~la Says:

    Stopping by along the blog party route and your little disappointed cat shot, just made my day! I will look forward to the photos of your cards! Would love them up close and personal more! Aloha

  26. jackie Says:

    Your blog is so cute, and bravo on your move to France. I love your work and hope to be a winner. Thanks, Jackie

  27. Tisha Says:

    My daughter wants me to move us to England!

    Thanks for sharing your blog. I’m still trying to make it to all of the blogs (GYB). What a list! please check out my embroidery blog is you are so inclined. (I’m in the 1st set of the GYB links.)


  28. Nicole Sender Says:

    Enjoyed your blog. I’d love to win your handmade cards!