Winner! Winner!

By my “random generator” (i.e. look at the number of comments, randomly pick a number between 1 and the number, scroll down and count until you reach that number…) the winner of the GYB Giveaway is Alex.

She has requested a piece of zentangle inspired art showing a sheep. I have started it and will show it to you before I send it to her. It’s going reasonably well.

Thank you to everyone who commented, and I hope that some people will continu to read, and maybe occasionally comment on The View from the Teapot.

Grow Your Blog 2015

Hello everybody! Thank you for visiting – and thank to Vicki who, as we know, set up this lovely event.

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This is my lovely cat, George. There are more cats on the other blog!

This is my other blog (Or, maybe, this is my other blog!) Over at Fat Dormouse I tend to blog about food. And cats. This is slightly more eclectic – a bit about my life in France, about my crafts, about my preaching, and about Stuff.

If you’ve come from Fat Dormouse, you’ll have already read about me. And on this blog the tab at the top “So throw off the bowlines” tells about how we ended up in this corner of France. But, suffice to say, I’m a 50-mumble year old TEFL teacher, working in various places teaching English to both children and adults. I am lucky enough to be able to say I love my job!

I enjoy crafting – I make some cards…

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The last card is a card I made for a small charity called Spanish Stray Cats – if you are a cat lover, I urge you to go and “like” their Facebook page, and maybe even donate to help them with their efforts to save, protect and heal the numerous stray cats that get dumped on their doorstep every week. I knit very wobbly blankets for them – even though they are in Spain, the winters are still cold and damp – and I was thrilled to find out that one cat was so attached to the wobbly blanket of mine that it had to go with him when he went to his new Forever home.


I don’t make quite so many cards now, as I have discovered the pleasures of Zentangle Inspired Art. I can happily while away an afternoon, working on a piece – I sell them to raise money for church, or just to give away. Here are some examples:

IMG_1812This one I created for Spanish Stray Cats. If you leave a comment here to say you have “liked” their page (I trust you!) I will put your name into a draw to win a copy of this ZIA piece. Here are some other examples of my ZIA – if you click on them you can see them in a bit more detail.



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If you leave a comment here, one of you will win an original ZIA piece on a subject of your choice – I’ve created pieces on angels, dragons (see above), dolphins, Eiffel Towers, cats, unicorns, music…lots. In your comment tell me what you would like me to create for you, and I will draw one name at random on February 14th. Make sure I can contact you.

I love blogging and taking part in swaps, and blog hops, and parties like this as it gives me the opportunity to link with people from all over the world. I really look forward to visiting all your blogs over the next few weeks and finding out about you. Thank you for visiting, and if you haven’t been there, I hope you will go and visit my other blog, Fat Dormouse Getting Thinner

Enjoy yourself, visiting lots of blogs all over the world – and I hope you might come back to my corner of France someday soon!