Give-away contest

Outstanding (with a side dish of give-away)

Last week, on arriving back from England,

The rain painted the sky

With a beautiful palette of blue and sunbeams.

Over the houses, a rainbow shone through

The moody sky.

I looked for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow,

And found YOU, dear reader. Outstanding reader!

A big thank you for supporting and reading my blog for the past four years!

To celebrate my 4th Bloggiversary, I’m giving away a fabulous T shirt designed by Sir Pe.

(You can find the design and colours on his Red Bubble site here.)

Leave me a comment, a poem or a joke and I’ll enter you in a draw to win the T shirt!

(It’s available in men and women’s sizes!)

For more pots of gold, please visit: Skywatch.

Give-away (dog not included)!

Roll up! Roll up! Come and get it while it’s hot… This is it: my first give-away contest! (OK! OK! I’ve already given away my dignity, parts of my sanity, a satisfying recipe and some basic instructions about how to cook and sew…)

Anyway, do you remember that a few days ago I told you about Pluto being plutoed when it was demoted from its status as a planet? Hands were thrown up in horror and cries were thrown around with abandon.

Once upon a time, we had a very useful mnemonic to help us remember the names and positions of the planet: My very elegant mother just served us nine pizzas. But with Pluto gone, we need a catchy new mnemonic to  help us remember. In fact, the lovely Louise over at Carmine Superiore threw her metaphorical gauntlet (well, probably more of a warm woolly glove at this time of year) down and demanded a mnemonic contest. So – here it is!

I know you’re on the edge of your keyboards … this is what you can win!


No – the dog isn’t up for grabs: the book is!  It is called Falling Leaves (The true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter) and is written by Adeline Yen Mah. It is the story of the author’s childhood in China during the civil war, except the war is not in focus here, but the terrible stepmother. Rejected by her father and siblings and abused by her stepmother, Adeline survives the pain of her awful childhood, moves to the States and manages to overcome the lonely and painful start she had in life.  It is a book about destructive families – and also about how the human spirit can emerge triumphant. It is about the will to endure – and to love. Highly recommended!

So, what do you have to do to win? Well, all you have to do is to come up with a new mnemonic that we can use to remember the planets. Use these letters in this order: M V E M J S U N. Leave your new catchy phrase in my comments and you’ll be entered into the draw.

Some of my readers wanted me to come up with a mnemonic. I’ve done better and come up with three for your pleasure!

Many very elderly mushrooms just smell utterly nauseating.

My vicious elephant may  just smash us nicely.

And – rather appropriately:

My very exceptional mumbo-jumbo spouts uncanny nonsense!

The competition closes on Wednesday morning – my time (LFT = Lady Fi Time).


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