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A Christmas Thank You

I don't think I'll have much time for posting between now and Christmas - so I would just like to say a big thank you to all my followers and to those who have left encouraging comments over the year - I do hope you all have a good Christmas.  See you next year, hopefully.


  1. Merry Christmas and a fruitful New Year to you too :)

  2. Cheers, Elaine. I hope you have a great holiday, with some lovely home-produced veg!

  3. Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2013 to you as well.

  4. A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
    Anne xx

  5. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas ~ I have enjoyed your posts, and look forward to many more in the new year! Here's to a good one :)

  6. Thanks to you for your always enjoyable posts, and I wish you the same. Flighty xx

  7. A moving blog picture! Happy Christmas, Elaine.


  8. I have enjoyed your blogposts very much and thank you for your comments on my blog. I wonder how you made this moving picture, so pretty. Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  9. Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy prosperous New Year.xxxxx

  10. Merry Christmas Elaine! Thank you for the very kind comment you left on my last post. All the best for the new year and the spring gardening season!!

  11. Merry Christmas Elaine, have a relaxing break and we all are looking forward to the new growing season. Best wishes, Annie

  12. And a happy Christmas to you! May your days be merry and bright and full of love.

  13. Merry Christmas to you!! Looking forward to reading more in 2013.

  14. Iam wishing you a merry Christmas Elaine - it has been a fun year - keeping up with your activities in the garden is a wonderful gift - I am grateful!


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