Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Beautiful Things


Pink Crabapple

At the rate I've been going lately, stretched in all directions over many, many weeks, it looked like I was forgetting about The Well-Seasoned Cook's first birthday back in early March (celebratory sweet in next post), as well as the generous and thoughtful awards I have been honored with during this time. Yet despite my distractions, this blog and your frequent visits and comments have never been all that far from my mind. If you are a blogger of any committed length of time, you know what I am talking about.

This post acknowledges with deep gratitude four awards that either have long circulations or recent ones. As I pass them along, I am aware that some recipients may already have enjoyed displaying their badges, while others are not particularly fond of them at all. Please do with them as you wish; I do not expect obligation of any sort. And rather than talk up the particular bloggers, best their particular shining qualities speak for themselves, so you can see what all my fuss is about:

From Vaishali, Hilda and Priya; going out to Ricki, Toni and Vicki.


From Susan; going out to Wiffy, Meg, Cedar and Marija.


From Hilda; going out to Nanditha.


From Swati; this one goes out to every single one of you (blogger or not),
for taking the time to stop by for a read and maybe a comment.
You truly do make my day! Thanks, again!


Bleeding Hearts


Dhanggit said...

beautiful things come to beautiful people :-) congrats on all your awards

and i love all these flowers..i can smell them from here


glamah16 said...

You always take the most beautiful photos.

Nanditha Prabhu said...

hey Susan!........i really do not find any words ...............:)
"arigato gozaimasta!!!

Ricki said...

Susan, those photos are breathtaking! What a lovely boost to see these on what is a cold (very un-springlike) day over here.

Congratulations on your well-deserved awards! And thank you so much for the "Nice Matters" one! I am really honored and very touched, and of course accept it proudly!

And I know what you mean about your blog, the readers and comments never being far from your mind (or, perhaps, never leaving it in the first place?) ;)

Toni said...

Susan - I love your photos - as always. Thank you so much for your "Nice Matters" award - it's the first one I've ever received! I'm truly touched by this.

And believe me, I really, truly understand how easy it is to be "distracted" by everything else in one's life, and forget the blogaversary. It can truly be a challenge to keep up with everything, and I'm always in awe of how well you seem to do this.

Meg Wolff said...

Hi Susan,
I haven't been on the computer in the last couple of weeks since my leg surgery. Today was a turn around day for me. Thought I'd check a few sites. Yours was the first that I went to, looked at your beautiful flowers,very appropriate for such a nice spring day, read about the awards (and was plesantly surprised to find I also recieved one!). How fun! Thank you so much. Then enjoyed your forsythia and bleeding hearts.And happy belated blog anniversary for a well-done site!:-)

farida said...

Beautiful pictures! Congrats on your well deserved awards!

Simona said...

I like bleeding heart too. I see that you have made a new banner: very nice!

Mishmash ! said...

Congrats Susan :) I love those Pink Crabapple....till i saw this post, i was not sure of its name....they re a beauty isnt it? :)


Marija said...


And thank you so much for the E!

noobcook said...

oh Susan, thank you so much for the E award, what a pleasant surprise! :D and congrats to all the awards you've received ;)

The flower photos are BEAUTIFUL, the weather must be wonderful! The weather is horribly hot & humid at Singapore right now, haa...

Asha said...

Beautiful photos, love bleeding heart!:)

Enjoy the awards, when it rains, it pours sometimes!:D

sra said...

Ah, you've changed! And how! Beautiful flowers! I've seen the bleeding hearts, never knew what they were called.
And the daffodils, how'd the background become blue - it's so pretty! Enjoy your awards!

sra said...

And congrats on the blogiversary!

Cedar said...

Congrats on all the awards Susan, and thank you so, so much!

Johanna said...

congratulations on a year of blogging and some well deserved awards - just noticed your new look - very elegant!

Lori Lynn said...

A. Simply. Lovely. Post.

And your new banner photos fabulous too...love the soft green color.

foodiedani said...

love the new look.

Richa said...

love the new header, the neutral colors are so pleasing to the eye :)
enjoy the awards!

Jyothsna said...

Congrats Susan! Lovely new look!:)

Cynthia said...

You are one beautiful person yourself and what you get in return is all the beauty that you share with the world.

Belated blogiversary and here's to many more.

I love the new header.

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Dear Susan
Hearty congratulations on your blogs anniversary!!
The pictures are beautiful and very inspiring for my work..I would love to make the crab apples..arent they also called apple blossoms?

Mimi said...

Wonderful photos! I have read your blog for quite a while, but have never left a comment. I decided the time had come! Keep up the great work! :)

Ria Patel said...

Stunning pictures of the flowers. Nothing we do can beat nature's magic !

bee said...

congrats. beautiful pictures.

Kim said...

Congradulations and thanks for sharing the lovely photos.

Susan said...

Hilda – Thank you, dear. There will be many more flower photos to come. I took scores of them over the long weekend.
Thanks, Courtney!
Naditha – I don’t know what “arigato gozaimasta” means, but I’ve a feeling it’s something very delightful. : }
Ricki – You’re very welcome. There is no occasion that flowers cannot improve.
Thanks, Toni. No “awe” necessary – just enjoy!
Meg – I’m sorry you’ve had to go through yet more medical procedures. I’m glad my spring blossoms were the first thing you saw when you clicked the blasted PC on again.

Thank you for the daily dose of inspiration and courage you share with the world.
Thanks, Farida!
Simona – Thank you. I just took some shots of white bleeding hearts, too, but I think I like the traditional red ones just a shade more.
Shn – Thanks! Sometimes crabapple, cherries and plums are easy to confuse. Yes, the beauty of them all. : )
Marija – Thanks. You had me at that green pea cake of yours.
Thank you, Wiffy. Enjoy your E. Our hot and humid days are ahead of us, but none so frightful as Singapore’s.
Asha – Thanks! Let it rain! More showers to share!
Thanks, Sra. I’ve wanted a fresh look for a while, but hadn’t the time to complete the design until now.

The blue tones in the daffodil shot are dominant b/c the foliage was in deep shade. Had they been in brighter light, they would have absorbed more yellow rays, and therefore been more green.
And thanks, again, Sra!
Thanks, Cedar! Good to see you. Keep up the good work. You make it so easy to check out some of the best collections of beauty and entertaining on the web.
Johanna – Thank you! I can’t believe it’s now over a year already.
Lori Lynn – Thanks!
Hi, Dani! So good to see you! Thank you!
Richa – Thanks. I do favor soft colors for templates, but don’t quote me. There is a fire-engine red in me somewhere. ; )
Thank you, Jyothsna!
Cynthia – Thank you for the kudos and very sweet sentiments.
Swati – Thank you! Crabapples are a kind of apple blossom, a relative. I’ll send you more info in an email.
Mimi – Welcome! Thank you very much for your kind words. Your visits mean a lot!
Hi, Ria! Thank you! Nothing like nature. So true, so true… : )
Thanks, Bee. Good to see you.

Nanditha Prabhu said...

arigato gozaimasta means "thank you" in japanese!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

I love the photos of these flowers! Believe it or not, I didn't know there is a flower called Bleeding Hearts and I must say the name is apt!

Jeanne said...

The first thing I'm going to plant when I finally own a house and a garden is a pink crabapple! Too gorgeous.

Susan said...

Nanditha -- How do you say "You're welcome" in Japanese? : )
Welcome, Mrs. Ergul! Thank you. You know, there is another variety of bleeding heart that is pure white, looks like it's been drained. Quite lovely, too. Good to see you.
Thanks, Jeanne. I can't wait until we get into a house with a garden, too. W/ all the flowering trees I want to plant, I hope I don't shade it up too much for summer blooms and produce. : P

noobcook said...

Hi Susan ... I miss you! Hope you are enjoying your hiatus from blogging :)

I have a little surprise for you when you're back! :D