zaterdag 21 juli 2012

Winners giveaway

This is my last post before my family and I are off on holiday. This year we will be staying in The Cotswolds. If you have any suggestions on beautiful villages, castles and gardens, or interesting antique shops and vintage fairs to visit, I would love to hear!

Thank you all for taking part in my give away! I had not expected such a huge response. Especially since the summer holiday is in full swing. To all new followers: a warm welcome!

This time both giveaways will go abroad. The teacups will travel all the way to Russia, to Natasha from the blog Natalia Glazacheva. The Vintage tea book will cross the Noth Sea to Vivienne, from the blog Greenrabbitdesign.

Dear Natasha and Vivienne, will you please mail me your addresses, so that I can send the presents to you? I hope the other ladies and (a few) gentlemen will have more luck next time. There are still some lovely giveaways featured in the sidebar of my blog.

The Sweet Peas in my garden look amazing at the moment: the colours, the heavenly scent..... To me they are perfection itself. 

Wish you all a wonderful summer! I will be back again at the end of August. 


Madelief x

91 opmerkingen:

  1. Have a wonderful, glorious Summer dear Madelief - the sun has started to shine again in England and apparently we will be in the middle of a heat wave by next week (fingers crossed) so your timing is impeccable! What wonderful pictures of your beautiful garden you have left us with - you have inspired me to brush up on my photography skills over the Summer!
    Best wishes to you and your family - enjoy the Cotswolds.
    Paula xxx

    1. Hi Paula,

      Good to hear the sun will shine in England too! Wish you a lovely summer with your family & good luck improving your photography skills. Looking forward to see the results on your blog!

      Have a lovely weekend,

      Madelief x

  2. Lieve Madelief,

    Wat een lekker idee dat je nog een heerlijke vakantie in het vooruitzicht hebt! Tips kan ik je niet geven, ik ben er nog nooit geweest maar het moet een hele mooie streek zijn! Ik verheug mij nu al op je foto's!

    Wij zijn gisteren terug gekomen vanuit Frankrijk, ik heb maar een vest aan gedaan want ik vind het hier koud. Gelukkig krijgen we een aantal warme dagen, daar boffen we mee!

    Ik wens jou en je gezin een hele fijne vakantie, ik zal je wel missen hoor!

    Veel liefs, Ingrid

    1. Lieve Ingrid,

      Welkom thuis! Gezellig om weer van je te horen. Ik hoop dat jullie een heerlijke vakantie hebben gehad?! Ik kan mij voorstellen dat de temperatuur hier weer even wennen is :-) Je komt echter wel op het goede moment terug! Volgende week stijgen de temperaturen. Ik ben heel benieuwd hoe je foto's zijn geworden. Ze zullen vast en zeker weer prachtig zijn!

      Ik wens jou en je gezin ook een fijne zomer toe. Tot in augustus :-)

      Liefs van Madelief x

  3. Congratulations to the winners! Hope you are having a lovely weekend, I have just nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award.
    Victoria xx

    1. Thank you very much Victoria. I feel honoured!! Have a wonderful weekend,

      Madelief x

  4. Dear Madelief,

    Wens je absoluut fantastische vakantie tijd!!!
    Jou foto´s zijn weer ZO zommers,ZO sfeervol:-)))*

    Warme groetjes,

  5. May you have a wonderful time in the Cotswold's Madelief and congratulations to the winners!
    God speed,

  6. What a lovely post! Congrats to the winners! Enjoy your summer!

  7. Beautiful images ... I can smell the sweet peas from here! Have a lovely holiday

    Claire xx

  8. Congratulations to your winners Madelief.
    Could I suggest Stanway House - I wrote about it last March, which will give you some idea of what it is like. If visiting check online for the times when the tallest gravity fountain in the world shoots up in the garden. It is not a National Trust property which is all pristine, but very much lived in by Lord Neidpath and his family.
    The Painswick Rococo Gardens which I wrote about last February, the only Rococo gardens in Britain. Painswick is a lovely little small town to visit. They will have there Guild of Craftsmen Summer Exhibition during 4 - 26 August. The church is famous for its 99 yew trees.
    Chipping Campden - C.R. Ashbee set up his Guild of Handicrafts there in 1902. His workshop in the old silk mill in Sheep Street is now small museum.
    Glorious Sezincote which is said to have inspired the Brighton Pavilion.
    Broadway lots of lovely shops in particular a shop called OKA owned by the Prime Ministers mother-in-law.
    Hope this gives you some ideas, and that you have a lovely time in the Cotswolds.
    I am leaving the Cotswolds and heading for my roots in Derbyshire, then Scotland and the Lake District.

    1. Thank you for your suggestions Rosemary! The name Sezincote sounds familiair to me. I heard it had a beautiful garden too.

      Have a lovely time in Derbyshire, Scotland and the Lake District.

      Madelief x

  9. Dear Madelief! I enjoy to see my email pot in your garden!!!Lovely flowers, hug Anja

  10. Have a lovely holiday, the photos are beautiful as usual! Ada :)

  11. Lieve madelief Ik wens je een heerlijke vakantie.wordt lid van de national trust en je krijgt gelijk honderd ideeën. Cambridge is geweldig en als je rondrijdt kom je van alles tegen Hidcote is prachtig, zulke mooie tuinen.en ik ben vergeten om naar de wedgwood fabrieken te gaan. Andere merken komen er ook vandaan.
    Liefs van Riet

    1. Dank je wel voor je tips Riet. Jullie ook een goede vakantie toegewenst!

      Madelief x

  12. ich wünsche dir einen wunderschönen Urlaub, mit vielen inspirierenden Eindrücken, schönen sonnigen Tagen und ganz viel Entspannung. Komm gesund wieder.
    Wir werden unseren Urlaub dieses Jahrin deinem Land verbringen. Wir werden am Meer sein und freuen uns schon auf mehr Zeit in Holland. Liebe Grüße Ina

    1. Hope you will have a lovely holiday in Holland Ina! The weather is glorious at the moment. With a bit of luck it will stay this way.

      Madelief x

  13. Congratulations to the lucky giveaway winners.

    I shall miss you, sweet Madelief. I wish you and your family a beautiful holiday. How funny that your first visit to England this year was in my parents' region and now you are off to the Cotswolds where my sister and her family live. Do pay a visit to Cheltenham. It is a delightful Regency English town with beautiful architecture and shops.

    I have almost finished making a series of three Madelief's Garden inspired Hares which I will be putting up for sale this week. I have so enjoyed making them and now I would like to make a sweetpea one too! When you return from holiday if you still wish to purchase one we can get in touch with each other so that you may choose your favourite.

    A bientôt,


  14. Hi Madelief.
    Thank you so, so much I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw my name, I feel very, very lucky to have won such a lovely book.
    My daughter is getting married next year and as part of her Hen party with her friends she wants to have a vintage tea party so this book will be very useful indeed and just what we need.
    I'll miss your lovely posts but I do hope you have a wonderful holiday. :)
    Vivienne x

  15. Congratulations to your winnerladies and thank you for this nice giveaway, dearest Madelief :)))
    Have a nice and lovely holiday.
    I see you soon :)))
    lieve groetjes

  16. Hello Madelief! I am new to your lovely blog ; I am really enjoying your beautiful photography. You will find the Cotswolds so lush and green after weeks of rain here, and if the meteorologists can be trusted, we will have glorious weather next week! Enjoy your English holiday!

  17. Hele fijne zomer

  18. Congrats to the winners :) Ooooo, I love those mugs in your last picture! I'm not very familiar with Sweet Peas, but they sure are popular in blogland...I will have to plant some next year - yours are beautiful :)
    Enjoy your Holiday!
    Smiles, DianeM

  19. Hello Madelief!
    Congratulations to the lovely ladies who won... well done!

  20. I absolutely LOVE your gorgeous sweetpeas Madelief.
    Have fun in the Cotswolds and don't forget to take your camera ;-)

  21. Thank you so much, Madelief! I' still can't believe it! Beautiful china! Ooooooh, thank you again. I'm the lucky one :o)
    Happy days to you and to your Family
    Natasha & Fam.

  22. Oh, dear.... I've missed a few posts! I've come just in time to quickly wish you a wonderful time in the Cotswolds.... a place that I dream of visiting, someday. All those gardens!!! =] Enjoy it doubly for me, if you per usual! ;)

    Hopefully, we can catch up when you're back and settled!

    Love to you all!


  23. Msdelief, hoping that you will have a lovely time in the Cotswalds. I visited there last spring and would recommend to you the many very old churches in the area. They have such beauty and reminded me of the generations that have gone before our own time, traveling to the same places.

    Your garden's sweet peas are exquisite. Glad that you let us see them before your departure.


  24. Dear Madelief,

    Your sweetpeas are perfection and the photographs so very beautiful and can just imagine the fragrance. Mmmmm!
    Congratulations to the lucky winners of your generous gifts.
    Have a wonderful holiday away in the Cotswalds, and sounds like you are going at a good time, may the sun shine.


  25. Your sweetpeas are lovely and I hope you have a relaxing vacation. I can't wait to see the photos! I have always wanted to travel there. Congratulations to your winners. xx

  26. Dearest Madelief,

    Your sweetpeas are a dream...
    Congrets to Vivienne and Natasha on winning.
    Enjoy your summer vacation and see you back next month.
    Love to you,


  27. Hoi Madelief,
    Ooooo wat ziet jouw lathyrus er prachtig uit. Hier zit er zelfs nog geen knopje in... Ik houd hoop!
    Felicitaties voor de winnaars. Je had wel een heel leuke give-away georganiseerd!
    Ik wens jou en je gezin een geweldige vakantie toe. Ik ken de Cotswolds niet zelf maar heb er regelmatig de mooiste plaatjes van gezien. Wat moet het daar ook mooi zijn. Ik duim voor jullie voor heel mooi weer. Geniet er van en maak heel veel foto's zodat we er later van kunnen meegenieten...
    Mijn Vlielandpost staat er op hoor...
    Fijne dag vandaag en tot eind augustus.

  28. Beautiful Sweet Peas Madelief, I can almost smell them!
    Hope that you have a wonderful time here in the Cotswolds, they are promising sunshine at long last!!
    Essie x

  29. Gorgeous sweet peas. Have a lovely time in the Cotswolds. There is really too much to recommend, it's all beautiful. I loved the Model Village at Bourton on the Water, though it's very busy this time of year!

  30. Mooie post! Ik wens je een hele fijne vakantie met je familie.

    Geniet ervan.
    Veel liefs,

  31. Madelief wat zul je deze twee dames blij hebben gemaakt met het winnen van de prachtige give aways! Je lathyrus is prachtig, hier staan inmiddels ook wat kleurrijke bosjes in verschillende vaasjes. Geniet van een heerlijke vakantie/zomer en tot volgende maand.

    Lieve groet, Miranda

  32. Ich wünsche Dir einen wundervollen Urlaub!!!

  33. Gefeliciteerd voor de dames die gewonnen hebben!
    En jij een heel fijne vakantie gewenst, Madelief. De Cotswolds lijkt mij een heel mooie bestemming. Veel plezier!


  34. Dearest Madelief,
    I love your color-flower-powerful post! My congrats to the lucky winners!!!!! And I wish you the most beautiful holidays!! I'm sure you will come back with great photos and lots of wonderful memories! Sorry that I didn't write a comment to your pretty post about Pashley Manor Gardens, it must have been wonderful there - but as you can read in my new post I was a bit too busy for blogging ;o) Sending lots of warm Küschelbüschelhugs & lieve groetjes,

  35. Such beautiful sweetpea pictures, Madelief! They are so perfect I was imagining I could actually enjoy their scent too!! Congratulations to Natasha and Vivienne for winning your delightful giveaway!
    Wishing you a happy time in the Cotswolds....I think the sun is coming out for you too :)
    Helen x

  36. Hi Madelief,
    I love your sweet peas! I tried to grow them last year and had no luck but next year I must remember to plant them early.
    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday in the Cotswolds.
    Look forward to your travel photos.


  37. Huge congratulations to the winners :D And wow! Such glorious sweet peas. Possibly my favourite flowers and we have none in the garden this year so I feel all the better for seeing yours!

    Have a wonderful holiday :D

  38. Hi Madeliefe!
    I want to congratulate the winners!!! :O)
    xxx Maria xxx

  39. Have fun my and enjoy the beauty. xoxoxoxo See you when you come back. Hugs
    Sweetpeas are really one of my favourites...

  40. Wat een prachtige zomerse plaatjes Madelief. Ik ben door alle klusdrukte vergeten (dit jaar alweer) de Lathyrus te zaaien, dus geniet ik hier van die prachtige boeketjes.
    Van harte voor de dames die zoveel geluk hebben gehad die mooie give away te winnen.
    En jou lieve Madelief wens ik een heerlijke vakantie toe.
    Hier nog één weekje wachten en dan begint voor ons ook de vakantie.
    Lieve groet, Mea

  41. Ik ruik ze bijna hier....heerlijk!! Geniet van je vakantie, Madelief!! Enjoy, enjoy!

  42. Wat een geweldige foto`s heb je gemaakt,zo lief dit bloemetje,gefeliciteerd voor de dames die je givè-away wonnen,ik wens je een hele fijne vakantie,lieve groet Musje.

  43. wat mooi die sweet pea en ze ruiken inderdaad erg lekker zoet en staat ook zo vrolijk ik ben net weer thuis from england en het was super mooi het weer was iets minder maar dat was het in nederland ook deze week werd het daar mooier weer ze spraken over a little heat wave dus hoop dat het even doorzet en mooi blijft voor jullie de codswolds is zo mooi echt dat engelse beetje zon popenhuis stijl lief mooi schattig het dorpje bibury schijnt erg mooi te wezen met van die wevershuisjes en schattige huisjes echt heel mooi maar onze chaufeur wilde er niet stoppen met de bus dus wij zijn er maar langs gereden verder burton on the water chipping camden bath midsommer norton en bradford on avon en stradford upon avon en wells zijn erg mooie plekken om te bekijken en om hele mooie fotos te maken en ze zijn erg gezellig en leuke shopjes op te bekijken een hele fijne vakantie en veel plezier en geniet vooral van de mooie plekken en rust en natuur groetjes leon10

  44. I love sweet peas, they are one of my favorite flowers!!!! Yours are beautiful, I bet they smell wonderful!!
    Chris :o)

  45. Heerlijk om naar de Cotswolds te gaan Madelief. Als je daar bent mag je natuurlijk Hidcote Manor Garden niet missen, maar de tuin die ik nog mooier vind en nog privé bezit is, is Kiftsgate Court. Ze liggen heel dicht bij elkaar en op een steenworp afstand van Chipping Camden, ook leuk maar toeristisch. Ook leuk om te bezoeken is Stratford upon Avon, waar je Shakespeare's huis en tuin kunt bezoeken. O, er is zo veel.....
    Een fijne vakantie, geniet ervan.

  46. Hi Madelief,
    Looks like you are going to have some nice sunny days on your visit to the Cotswolds. Now I don't know how long you are staying for but there is a great Cotswolds Vintage Fair, which I think you would love, it is held in Toddington, Gloustershire on the 25th August (visit I really hope you will be there for it, lots of fabulous stalls, and I will be there, so it would be lovely to meet you.
    Have fun in cotswolds and if you can don't forget to visit The Perfect Whimsy in Northleach so that you can meet the lovely Joasia.

  47. Oh, what a lovely bouquet, Madelief!;)

  48. Hello Madelief
    Hope you have a wonderful time in the Cotswolds, and the sun keeps his hat on, I shall look forward to reading your diary post of your stay.
    Happy holidays
    Thea x

  49. Even snel een berichtje om jullie een heeeeeele fijne vakantie te wensen!(is er ECHT geen plekje over voor mij?????)
    Geniet ervan, van elkaar en van al het moois!!

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  51. Hello Madelief,

    I just discovered your beautiful garden and charming blog and look forward to following your posts. I am a painter and gardener living in California and find your garden very inspiring. Your Sweet Peas are lovely.
    Have a wonderful day.

  52. Hello Madelief:
    What a glorious post filled with the beauty of Sweet Pea flowers which to us are the epitome of a summer garden. A lovely reminder of a time when we grew them for ourselves.

    We so wish you all a wonderful holiday and will much look forward to hearing about it on your return.

  53. Hoi Madelief,

    Ik wens jou en je gezin een héérlijke vakantie! Geen tips van mij (onbekend terrein)... hoewel... lekker genieten lijkt me een goede tip ;)

    Lieve groet uit het zuiden & tot na de vakantie!

  54. Hej Madelief. Mijn lievelingsbloemen! Prachtige foto's weer.
    Ik wens je een hele fijne vakantie toe. Je krijgt hier een hele reeks tips zie ik al wel, dus daar breng je ook veel mooie foto's van mee terug.
    Lieve groet,

  55. Hello again, Madelief! Just in case you are still around and you have a spare moment, which I doubt, I wanted to let you know I have written about your blog today and I have featured the first of three Madelief Hares. I am really enjoying making these!

    Warmest wishes from beautifully sunny France.

  56. Congrats to the winners.....lovely garden pictures...

  57. Hello Madelief

    Congratulations to the lucky winners. A beautiful post as usual and your flowers warm the heart.

    Enjoy every moment in the Cotswolds. I love walking through fields and hidden tow paths while there.

    Looking forward to hearing all about your trip. Have a wonderful time

    Helen xx

  58. Liebe Madelief,

    hoffe ich bin noch nicht zu spät, ehe du abreist...gratuliere den Gewinnerinnen und dir wünsche ich eine ganz wundervolle Zeit in den Cotswolds...ich liebe Chipping Campden, Snowhill, ach eigentlich brauchst du nur durch die gegend zu fahren und siehst lauter schöne Orte...leiht ihr euch ein Auto ?

    Jedenfalls genieße die Zeit und komme gut wieder ,
    viele liebe Grüße,

    XOXO Sanne

  59. Dear Madelief,

    I have just returned from a glorious bicycle ride with my sun this evening and I have just seen your comment on my blog. (Un)fortunately the hare Mademoiselle Tea In The Rose Garden left my Etsy shop one hour after having arrived! I am going to make another two Madelief garden hares, each different, so you will have some choice. One will have some mauve as I know you are fond of that colour. If ever those two get snapped up I can always make you a duplicate.

    Enjoy this beautiful summer weather we are having and sniff those sweetpeas for me, won't you?

    1. I can imagine why Mademoiselle Tea in the Rose Garden sold so quickly :-) Looking forward to see the new ones. Will you let me know when they are finished? Have a lovely summer!

      Madelief x

  60. Such glorious sweet peas and happy holidaying in the UK...I have my fingers crossed for a beautiful Summer.

    Nina x

  61. Hi Madeleif I have visited you via Stephanie. There is a beautiful patchwork shop called Cupcake Cottons in Burford and Burford itself is a lovely place to visit as is Bourton on the Water. Hope you have a lovely time there. Regards, Shirley.

  62. hello madeleif! i am here via stephanie as well, and am now your newest follower. i could stay here all day looking through your garden! sweet peas are my very favorite. have a wonderful time on holiday, sending love and best wishes from the central coast of california! see you later! xxx lori

  63. Bon voyage, and I'm sure you will have a great time in the Cotswolds.
    Have a lovely summer,

  64. Dear Madelief, I wish you and your family a lovely holiday in the Cotswolds - you have certainly chosen a good time to visit as the weather has turned glorious this week! I can't think of anywhere specific that hasn't been mentioned before but all the villages are so beautiful I know you will love it.

    Congatulations to your lucky winners and thank you for the bouquet of pretty sweetpeas:-)

    Have a lovely summer.


  65. I live on the edge of the Cotswolds. It's a beautiful place to visit.
    I think you would like
    Station Mill Antiques in Chipping Norton
    ...and Daylesford Organic Farm shop in Kingham,
    two of my favourite places! Have a great trip.

  66. What a beutiful place.Wish you and your family have a wonderful and fun vacations

  67. I hope you have a beautiful time in the Costwolds. We are going next spring. I can't wait to see the pictures you take there. You have magic behind the camera. You take gorgeous photos!
    How do you grow sweet peas? Do you grow them from seed? I would love to add them to my garden.
    All the best, Ruthie from:

  68. What a perfectly charming place you have here...The fragrance of the flowers transcended the endless virtual space :). Kisses.

  69. Hi Madelief, I have awarded the One Lovely Blog Award to you, as I have been reading your blog for some time now and found a lot of inspiration in it. Have a look (sorry all in German) at my blog.
    Kind regards

  70. Hi Madelief, Thank you for a beautiful blog. Your photos inspire me -- warm my heart. Have a wonderful time in the Cotswolds. Can't wait to see pics from your vacation. Blessings on a restful trip, Leslie

  71. Congrats to the winners. You are making me want to grow sweetpeas ~ so beautiful!!! Hope all is great! My oldest daughter is just 32 days away from her trip to the Netherlands.

  72. Ik weet zeker dat je op dit moment geniet van al het moois in Engeland, Madelief. Ik verheug me op je enthousiaste verhalen!
    Liefs van Saskia

  73. Saskia Kok, hihi, ik zie dat Blogger niet m'n foto plaatst, nu is dat niet zo erg ;-) maar het is wel fijn als je weet wie er schrijft :-)

  74. Hi Madelief
    I hope you dont mind me stopping by. Lovely Stephanie over at Millefeuilles suggested I stop by and say hello and I am so glad I did. Your blog and little part of the world are just gorgeous. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy which is kind of how I like the blogs I follow to make me feel - its my little bit of escapism and I think I will be escaping here often.
    Sorry I missed the giveaway but so pleased for the lucky recipients.
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday - you were fairly close to me. I live in Worcestershire,, about 30 minutes or so from Broadway so I can be found regularly soaking up the delights of the Cotswolds - those pretty villages packed with gorgeous browsy shops and quaint tearooms serving scrumptious delights is my idea of heaven and one of my favourite places to be.
    Looking forward to hearing about your trip.
    Best wishes

  75. Hoi Madelief wat een Prachtig blog heb je, wat een mooie foto's gewoon genieten. Groetjes Esther.

  76. Gloucester Cathedral - Berkeley Castle westonbirt arboretum and the country side is beautiful anyway enjoy

  77. Realiseer me net dat ik al een tijdje niet meer op je blog gekeken heb (ik schaam mij erg diep! Ik moet toegeven dat Kay tegenwoordig de meeste blogs schrijft. Sinds ik vader ben geworden heb ik ineens wat minder tijd voor bepaalde dingen... Vreemd! ;) ) en dat jij nu redelijk dichtbij mij bent! Ik hoop dat je een hele fijna vakantie aan het vieren bent en geniet van het Engelse landschap! Looking forward to read all about it!!
    Liefs, Martin

  78. Congratulations to the winners and nice holidays Madelief. Your sweat peas bouquet is very charming.
    Oh Costwolds are magnificient ! I love english country ! Happy holidays Madelief !


  79. Hello Dear,
    have a nice holiday... enjoy your vacation trip.
    Warm hugs : )
    CamomilaRosa e Alecrim

  80. Hi Madelief,

    I'm so sorry I've missed you before you came to England. I've been managing a construction project in my house as well as running the shop so had no time to catch up on your blog. I would have loved to suggest a few places for you to experience not to mention meet up with you...
    It sounds like you did well anyway and your post is lovely as usual.
    Enjoy the rest of your holidays :)
    Joasia x

  81. Gorgeous sweet peas Madelief. You must have the perfect weather for them this late in the year. I know here in the south they need to be started extremely early if we want to enjoy their beauty. Congrats to the winners too!
    Take Care,

  82. Dear Natasha and Vivienne, will you please mail me your addresses, so that I can send the presents to you? I hope the other ladies and (a few) gentlemen will have more luck next time. There are still some lovely giveaways featured in the sidebar of my blog. China Sourcing


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