25 September 2010

Today I'm participating in Maxabella's 'I'm Grateful For' bloghop.
It will be an ongoing event every Saturday and I will be tagging my posts with this gorgeous image of five little 'Gifts of Serendipity' resting in the Robin's nest.

Gift 1I'm grateful for a helping hand from a stranger who has become a friend

This week I have finally resolved the problem with my RSS feed and centred my sidebar images.
To do this on my own there would have been MUCH hair-tearing and more than a few choice words.
But with the help of lovely people like Maxabella herself, I'm as hirsute as I would like and the kids haven't picked up any 'surplus lingo'...thank you.

Gift 2The recommendation of a great read from my local bookstore

Are you looking for a great read, something that is truly 'unputdownable'?

I have just finished 'Ape House' by Sara Gruen and can highly recommend it.
Sara is the bestselling author of 'Water For Elephants' which is another wonderful read.

So, not wanting to give too much away here's a bit of the blurb:

Sam, Bonzi, Lola, Mbongo, Jelani and Makena are no ordinary apes.
Capable of reason and carrying on deep relationships, they, unlike most
bonobos, also know American Sign Language.

Isabel Duncan, a scientist as the Great Ape Language Lab, doesn't understand people, but animals she gets, especially the bonobos.  Isabel feels more comfortable in their world than she's ever felt among humans...until she meets John Thigpen, a down-on-his-luck reporter who braves the ever-present animal rights protestors outside the lab to see what's really going on inside.

When an explosion tears apart the lab, severely injuring Isabel and 'liberating' the apes to an unknown destination, John's human interest piece turns into the story of a lifetime, one he'll risk his career and his marriage to follow.

Ape House is a riveting, funny, compassionate and deeply moving novel in which a family of apes teaches us what it means to be human.

Thank you Lucinda for your recommendation.
If you, dear friend, do end up reading it, I'd love to hear what  you think.

Gift 3Winning a giveaway!

The wonderful Amanda at Calico & Co. hosts the most generous giveaways.

I read last night that I have won some sensational art from Wallspank and am over-the-moon happy and grateful too....thank you Amanda.

Gift 4Going on a date with Captain Valentine

On went my LBD, the big earrings & the heels and off we went to enjoy a new dining experience at The Waterfront, Noosaville.
It was a special night and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal of grilled snapper with potato cake, stuffed tomato and green beans.
Surprisingly there aren't a huge number of dining establishments right on the water but this one is a keeper.
Thank you to my gorgeous man for being a romantic, you truly live up to your name!

Gift 5The joy of blogging

Having only started my blog a couple of months ago I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of fun I derive from it. 
I love connecting with clever, funny and like-minded people whether it be through reading their blogs or receiving comments on my own.
This week my blog received it's 100th friend which was very exciting.
I'm looking forward to sharing a giveaway soon to celebrate.

To read more about what people are grateful for, skip over to Maxabella's place and join in!


  1. What a beautiful list of things to be thankful for x

  2. Lovely list Felicity - and so glad to see your blog on my blogroll again! We all need to appreciate the little things more I think, and it looks like you're doing just that. Have a wonderful weekend, might see you at the beach! K xx

  3. Hi felicity - thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog! I love what you are grateful for and you and me have something in common!! Maxabella was responsible for fixing my blog header when I blogged about how much trouble i was having with it - isn't it nice to find great bloggy friends! I adore your blog and will be following you for sure!!! Happy days to you..;-))

  4. The joy of blogging is lovely isn't it. What a beautiful list too.

  5. You are very kind to thank me like that - which is exactly why it's my absolute pleasure to help out where I can. We'll get to the bottom of the button business too!!

    Loving the Grateful linky. It's making me ooze with yumminess just popping around to hear everyone's lovely thoughts. Thanks for being a part of things. x

  6. Hello lovely Felicity:) I have not as yet joined in with Maxabella's wonderful linky, but I am certainly grateful to have met you through this funny old world of blogging. Thank you for always leaving me such kind and sweet comments. I see I have a lot of catching up to do with your wonderful posts (I am so sorry for not checking, I thought you had gone on holiday...lesson learned!!). Hope you are having a lovely weekend so far. ~ Tina xx

  7. Gorgeous blog! I just love all the new blogs i have discovered today through Maxabella's linky...

    You have a wonderful list of things to be grateful for...thanks for the book suggestion and i loved reading about your date...How lovely

  8. thank you for stopping by my blog - yours is just gorgeous! I love the eggs in the nest :) congrats on winning the calico & co giveaway!! Sarah :)

  9. I am in love with your gorgeous robin's nest picture. You have such a lovely list of wonderful things to be grateful for.

  10. A gorgeous list! I'll look out for that book as I need a good read.
    Thanks! x

  11. This is a beautiful list and I love the photo of the eggs. Just exquisite!

  12. It is always nice to list down things we have received rather than the things we don't have. Kellie xx

  13. That picture is amazingly stunning, Felicity!
    Have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week. xxx

  14. I love your list and attitude, Felicity. Hope you have a great week!

  15. many congratulations on a lovely sounding week :)

    i'll look out for that book. i've picked up three good read recommendations this afternoon. very excited for those as the cold weather is starting to set in and it will definitely be a read-a-book-by-the-fire kinda season.

  16. Hi Felicity, Thank you for your lovely comment and for popping in to visit.
    Your blog is just lovely!
    Hope you find yourself some lovely doilies to put together as a runner too.
    Ky xx

  17. absolutely beautiful pic & so is your grateful list.
    hope your week is a happy one ♥


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Felicity x