Tuesday, 6 September 2011

"International Blog Party"

A few months ago I was asked from our blogger friend Marsha from  Splenderosa
to join a group of women who thought it would be great fun to have a

Blog Party, were we will post only once a month,
on the 1st Tuesday of each month.

I thought I could manage this, and I joyfully accepted.
At that time no details were given about subject matter, etc.
Soon, however, I received the following quotation
telling me this would be the source of my inspiration for the 1st post:

"To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion,
to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly,
to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart,
to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden 
and unconscious grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony."
by William Henry Channing (1810-1884)

Thinking about this quotation 
and what it means to me has been carefully considered,
and below you will see and read my thoughts
because they are akin to the quotation

Fundamentally I'm inspired by the natural world around me
and which I feel is reflected by quite a few people
I have discovered in the blog-world.

A few weeks ago I received from two blogger friends an 'Award'
which I have not passed-on yet, so, that I can follow the rules.
There are so many good, interesting and joyful blogs.
I find it very difficult to make a choice,
being fair to all my followers and those who leave comments.

I believe that this occasion provides an opportunity for me
to mention some of the blogs who I feel close to
in their thoughts and choice of subjects.
I deliberately guided my choice so that it would be international
and some that are probably not all well known as yet in our blogger circle.

This Award I received from Ann


and I pass it on to:

Franka, Germany


Sprachen... Languages...



... Reisen - Traveling 


 'Hinter den Kulissen' - 'Behind the scenes'

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage"
Anais Nin


'eclectic'  -  Alaine,  Australia


"There is no winter without snow, no spring without sunshine,

....and no happiness without companions"  
Korean Proverb


Daryl McMahon, Canada
One of Daryl's large fabric pumpkins.....

Just a few of the reproduction labels Daryl makes here and then.....
A truly high talented artist!


'Pas grand-chose' - Karen, UK

South Africa

'Township Life...'

'Seduced by Provence...'


CAPTON-PEINTURE, Orléans, France


Martha, Georgia, USA

"Its all about living an authentic life,
being true to yourself, finding out who you really are
and creating a home that tells your story!"

Linen Weaving Loom from Warringston, Co. Down, Ireland, circa 1820


A laughter per day.....the best way
to stay healthy!

'The Old Geezer' - Southern California USA
"Old Age ain't for Sissies!
Do not resent growing old.  Many are denied the Privilege."

'Dogs and Politicians'
"My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.  He has his food prepared for him
and can eat whenever he wants.  His meals are provided at no cost to him.
He visits the doctor once a year for his checkup and again 
during the year if any medical needs arise.
For this he pays nothing and nothing is required of him....."
read more...here

'Are Watches A Thing of The Past?'
"Mrs. Geezer is a big time social butterfly.  
She loves to fill me full of coffee (so I can stay awake)
and then drag me to all her late night social gatherings.
Mrs. Geezer is a night owl and I'm a morning person.
So I always make sure I wear my Bulova watch to her parties
so I can remind her when it's time to go home........."
read more on Mr. Geezer's recent post


Jerôme - Maison de Lin,  Belgique

'les belle chose dans la vie'


"Mäster Hendrik" - Magnus Lundgreen, Sweden



'In so many words'

 A not too highfaluting blog about books, films, and whatever.


 starring  HELEN MIRREN

'The Butler Does It'
"The Singing Butler" by Jack Vetriano

'The wonderful John Gilgud as the butler, Hobson, in ARTHUR (1981)'


'A  PAINTER'S  ROOM' - Montréal, Québec, Canada

"Quintet for Crystal and 3 levels of water",
Oil on stretched canvas

"The moderns (cream and sugar)"  -  Oil on masonite


With A Special Thanks to

Gina - Utah, USA
'Art And Alfalfa'

Debra - Acquired Objects


And this Award....
...which I have received from our blogger friend in Finland:

"A Twenty-something man, who likes antiques, art and all those nice things in life"

'Puu - The Tree Tale'


I pass on to:

 'Fabric Paper Thread' - Lorrie, Vancouver Island, BC

because "Essen und Trinken hält Leib und Seele zusammen"
 'Chocolate and Raspberries'....

'Back to my Roots with Plum Platz.....'

Home made bread.....


Cecilia Stolzer, Hungary


'Eiffel tells' - Elizabeth
Thoughts, Photographs, Reflections,
Musings of a late Bloomer.....And Lover of France!

 'Savoir Vivre'

'French Paper Art'

"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin"
William Shakespeare


  Copenhagen, Denmark
'ANYA  ADORES  -  so you don't have to'

"I can't begin to tell you how amazing this is....."

'Abandoned Houses'


Alizee - Waszawa, Poland


Helen Tilston
Irish born Painter
'On  road to Cluainin, Ireland, my birthplace....'

'Castle in Kanvara, Ireland'




Blooming Rose Musings, California



Renée and Angela


Texas USA


Karen - Design the Journey, Milwaukee USA
"I just love fall..."


And so ends the journey that I embarked upon
having read what Channing had said.

Please click here
to link-in and read the posts of all blogger friends
who are participating.

Remark: All photos are the property of each individual blog shown in this post.


  1. That is so kind of you Karin to have chosen me and all these other wonderful bloggers, thank you! The blog party seems like fun and have already come across three others in the party, fun. I know most of the other bloggers above but there were two others I didn't know and want to check out so I'm off, thank you again!

  2. Dear Karin,
    thank you so much for mentioning my blog.

    Und jetzt schau ich mal zu *splenderosa*!

    ♥ Franka

  3. Lovely selection Karin ...and a great introduction to some new blogs too....xv

  4. A lovely post, Franka...and some wonderful images!

  5. So sorry...Karin not Franka...I think I've been looking at the computer screen for too long!! :)

  6. Thank you Karin - I'm touched to appear in your Liebster Blog. It is wonderful to connect with others who find nature inspirational and appreciate some of life’s simple pleasures. Let us hope that enough of nature is preserved to inspire future generations too! I have read a couple of blogs from members of the By Invitation Only blog party ……a great idea with great results. Warm wishes.

  7. Phew that was a lovely long visit! Enjoyed all the blogs and even some images from my own country South Africa. Thanks!


  8. A very beautiful selection Karin. Very thoughtful and a wonderful tribute to your friends. Lovely post. Mona

  9. Hello Karin,
    Thank you for including the beautifull images of South Africa and also of Franschoek-our neighboring village in this comprehensive and lovely post!
    Greetings Colette-Afrique du Sud

  10. Hi Colette, so nice to hear from you and to see you back in the blog-world!
    Thought about you while writing this post including the South Africa images from Karen.
    Greetings and take care,

  11. Karin-
    Such a beautiful post! I am in trouble now- I need to take a day off of work to visit these intriguing blogs. Can't wait!

  12. Dear Karin,

    Thank you for including me in your Liebster post. There are so many wonderful bloggers in your list and I'm honored to be included.

  13. Thank you so much, Karin, for including me in your wonderful post. I am honored to be in this company. I've discovered some new and delightful blogs thanks to you.

    But let me clarify: While I do occasionally use my own photos on my blog, I do not own these particular pictures. They are merely borrowed and I give credit and links where possible.

    Thanks again, Karin. You have a beautiful blog. I'll be back to visit.

  14. You have created a beautiful resource book of lovely blogs! Your images are gorgeous!
    The gift of helping other meet is so evident here. Your interpretation of Channing words is so generous and inclusively filled with grace!

  15. Thank you for taking part in this. All across the world, aren't we!

  16. Dear Karin,

    I was so much surprised and honored to be included into your international blog party. It is such a fascinating community. Thank you for the interest of yours and of other bloggers.


  17. I'm so touched to be included, Karin - thank you so much! And I've really enjoyed the tour of all these other blogs - I love the international variety of your selection. What a wonderful introduction to so many interesting people ...
    Best wishes xo

  18. Wow this was amazing! Thank you for including me too..I am touched and honored. I am excited now to go and discover a bunch of new blogs I didn't know about! This is just great...thanks for sharing so many fabulous and inspiratrional images!

  19. Dear Karin,
    Beautifully and uniquely done and illustrate Channing's words so well. I am so happy to be part of this with you. XXXX

  20. Karin, you always provide us with inspiration and lovely words that are meaningful. We are so honored and can't express how much we appreciate being included in this list of beautiful blogs. Thanks for introducing us to these wonderful blogs. Hugs and Kisses
    Angela and Renee

  21. Karin, this is such a lovely surprise and has really cheered me! Thank you for including my blog along with such diverse company! I know and love some of the other blogs and will visit the others. This is a great idea!

    Sending scents of Spring from Oz,

    P.S. Really appreciate your lovely post - this is a marathon!

  22. Karin,
    I am just now visiting blog land again and sit with my mouth hanging open and so humbled that you would include my little blog in the company of such talented people and gorgeous photos! Your vision, your interpretation of the world around you, your respect and love of gifts from our past is extraordinary. Living in a small rural area in the North Georgia mountains, I read your blogs in awe. Such beauty, so many architectural treasures, so much to see. I hope to do you proud in upcoming blogs. Although the history of my area is very different, I am surrounded by gorgeous nature and mountains and streams and old homesteads with tin roofs, barns and fields, with aging farms. Beauty of another sort, but beautiful all the same. Miss our conversations from way back when! Hugs! Martha

  23. Bonjour and thank you so much for visiting my corner of the cyber world, and for leaving such nice comment.

    I too really enjoyed this 'blog party' and have savoured the lovely and varied posts on the theme of William H Channing's amazing quotation. What a fantastic mission statement he wrote!

    Your post is wonderful and so full of gems. Thank you for sharing so richly.

    x Charlotta
    Space for Inspiration

  24. Hi Vanna! Im so delighted that you liked this award and forwarding it. There was so many great blogs in your list that i like to follow too =)
    akissftomehtpast :)

  25. The quotation is really a good one, like we all would like to be like that but none manage actually. And your friend Franka deserves any award available, I've found her blog to be one of the very best I've found lately.

  26. Hi Karin
    Thanks for your generosity and the inspiring selection of blogs featured on this post.
    I wish you a beautiful day!

  27. Dear Karin, This post deserves and Academy Award. Not because you have so generously included me but because of the fine selection of blogs.
    I look forward to reading and getting aquainted with every one of them.
    I'm still painting for my upcoming Artist Studio Tour this weekend. Still canning and preserving everything that is getting ripe in my garden and only one week left before we travel to France and Italy.

  28. Karin, how very true...we need companions to be happy...and I'm so happy to have all your wonderful virtural blogging friends who have posted with us today. You have hit a total home run, my dear! I'm still sailing off Alaska, where the internet is quite spotty. I love you....

  29. Karin, thank you so much for including me in this wonderful group of blogs. I am so very honored. I am familiar with many and look forward to visiting them again as well as the blogs that are new to me.
    It is always such a pleasure to visit your beautiful posts. You truly feed the heart and nourish the soul.
    I have been absent from blogging for the past few days which is why I am catching up now.
    Sending you warmest greetings.

  30. Once again, Karin, I just love this post! You have put so much thought and love into making this especially poignant. That you included so many lovely women in the post says so much about your heart. Excellent work. And, again, thank you so so much. Sending love....

  31. Hello,
    Thank you very much for inviting me to become great blogs!
    Your blog is beautiful and inspiring:)

    Yours sincerely