All About ME! Oh … and Giveaway #2!!

When I started blogging nearly two years ago, I never dreamed it would bring me fortune and fame.

Just as well, because it hasn’t!

BUT … there have been some unexpected benefits – other than (virtually) meeting many wonderful bloggers and readers, that is.

Several months ago, I got one of thoseemails. You know the type of thing – ‘you’ve won a prize, all you need to do is join our club …’ – the sort of email I’d immediately trash. Usually.  But luckily I didn’t in this case – because the email from Explore Australia was for real!!

I’d been nominated for their 2011 Road Tripper Hall of Fame competition and there I was on their Facebook Page as Miss May! Nice!!

Of course I never dreamed I’d win.

Just as well, because I didn’t!!

BUT … I was a runner-up AND I won this FAAAABULOUS book produced by the Explore Australia people – Great Gourmet Weekends in Australia.

Of course my thoughts were with you – my wonderful readers – so I told Explore Australia I’d be using my prize as a giveaway on my blog. AND … as I’d secretly hoped, they immediately offered to donate an identical book for me to give away so I could keep my prize for myself! Sweet!!

BUT … that’s not all! Part #1 of my interview on their wonderful blog appears today!! WOO HOO!!!

Feel free to go and read it now! I’ll wait …

… great, you’re back!!

Here’s all you need to do to win this marvellous giveaway!

  1. Leave a comment below (about anything!) by 12:00 pm, Monday 6th Feb 2012 (OZ Eastern Daylight Saving Time); AND
  2. Indicate that you’re entering the giveaway (open to any commenter with an Australian postal address); AND
  3. Make sure I can contact you by email you if you win! (If I can’t find an email address, or I don’t receive your Australian postal address within 3 days of contacting you, a new winner will be selected)

PLEASE NOTE: This wonderful giveaway is only available to entrants with an Australian postal address.

But don’t let that stop you from visiting the Explore Australia Bookshop – there’s a terrific array of books.  SO … even if your entry is unsuccessful, you needn’t miss out!!

And don’t forget! Part 2 of my interview will be on the Explore Australia Blog tomorrow!!

Good luck!!!

PS For those who aren’t able to enter, I leave you with this gratuitous Outback cliché shot of – you guessed it – a windmill! Why? Because it’s been ages … Enjoy!!

Visitor Information Centre Windmill, Kaniva, Western Victoria

Visitor Information Centre Windmill, Kaniva, Western Victoria

PPS Now … how can I nominate myself for the 2012 Road Tripper Hall of Fame competition??!!

Update 08 Feb 2012 – After all sorts of machinations involving lists of all Aussie commenters, spreadsheets, numbers, and the random sequence generator , I’m pleased to announce the winner of the giveaway!!

Congratulations Andrew – hope you enjoy your book!!

Thanks to all commenters – if you missed out this time, you can still be a winner by buying yourself a little consolation prize at the Explore Australia Bookshop !!

AND … if you missed my interviews on the Explore Australia blog, now’s as good a time as any to catch up!  Enjoy!!

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  • @Diane – Hahaha!! Of course I’ll remember the little people …
    @Miss Tina – Thank you, my friend!
    @Andrew – I can tell you’re going internally beserk …
    @Sallie – Sadly no fortune … Oh well, I’ll just have to make do with ‘fame’!!

  • Congrats! It’s pretty darn close to fame (at least in the blog0sphere) if not fortune. You deserve it.

  • Thanks Red. I am excited.

  • WOW !! Awesome Job.

  • Will you still blog with me now that you are famous?! Enjoyed the interview! And congratulations, Miss May!

  • @Mary – This post has made me realise how many overseas readers I have! Thanx for your support and encouragement!!
    @SaucyKod – Many more killer windmills coming up, my friend! Thanx for dropping by!!
    @EG Wow – HHHMMMmmm… not so many as you’d think!!
    @George – Hopefully, selecting a winner will be an easy random task!!
    @OZFactor – Maybe I’ll just keep entering until I do …
    @TMWH – Glad you appreciated it!!

  • Good Lord, that’s a nice windmill! 🙂

  • Congrats Miss May : ) Maybe you’ll win next year… I’m sure you’ll be still exploring OZ

  • It looks as if you have many entrants in your giveaway, so I’m glad I can’t add to your job of selecting a winner. I did enjoy your photo of the windmill against that gorgeous sky.

  • Congrats on winning the book. Quite an honour!

    I’m sorry I don’t have an Australian address but suspect tons of your Ozzie readers will vie for the prize. 🙂

  • Congrats Miss May – hope you get lots of contestants – that’s a fun giveaway.
    I do not consider the windmill as a sad consolation prize – I kinda like the windmill – KEWL
    Good for you Red May 🙂

  • Well done, you :-). I obviously am not eligible to enter your giveaway, but I hope it is enormously successful. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  • Great blog. Keep up the good work. I’m entering the free give away, thanks.


  • @Windsmoke – Thanx! And good luck in the giveaway!
    @Dina – Thank you! Hope the interview didn’t put you to sleep …
    @OZ Great – Likewise! And I don’t think you’re alone in your desire!
    @Toni – If I lived there, I don’t think I’d be able to tear myself away! See you there sometime??
    @Vincent – Ah … I bet you say that to ALL the bloggers …
    @Kath – Aw, that’s sweet of you! The windmill is the sad consolation prize for people like you!!!

  • @Andrew – OMIGOD! If ONLY the world knew of your suffering …
    @PDP – Hahaha! I hope the other contestants don’t see this …
    @Betty – Same! Don’t know where I’d be without blogging now!!
    @Dave – AND … congrats for entering the giveaway! Here’s to winning!!!
    @Cathy – Dreams are where it all starts!! But if you REALLY want it, make it happen!!
    @Friko – Congratulations are ALWAYS appreciated!! Whether they’re deserved or not …
    @Courtney – Yeah, people don’t get that I was stoked to even be a runner-up! Winning is just a by-product …
    @Filip – Maybe next time …

  • @Stewart M – Nothing like a bit of double-negative-double-bluffing-second-guessing, huh?!
    @Bush & Beach – My pleasure! Good luck in the competition!
    @Eccentricess – what do you mean, no comp entry? With that kind of comment you almost deserve two!!
    @Toni – I’m afraid it sounds FAR more saucy than it was … thanx for taking an interest, I hope you & F get out there SOON!
    @FruitCake – Hahaha! It has to be 2staples when you’re my size!
    @diane b – Thanx! And of COURSE I assumed you’d be entering!!!
    @Ken G – Sorry! But the prize wouldn’t do you much good in Poland!!
    @My Journey with Candida – Thank you so much!! Now … all we need to do is convince the OZ Tourism board they need me!

  • Well done, Red!

    I can’t enter ‘cos I’m too far away, but just wanted to comment and let you know how terrific it is!

  • Love Australia. I’d be chuffed to win a copy of ‘Great Gourmet Weekends in Australia’! Thanks!

  • Part Two is just as interesting, Red. I’m from the Atherton Tablelands and I fully understand why you’d want to live there, I miss is a lot.

  • Congrats on nearly two years of blogging,
    congrats on the nominations, and congrats on a great blog.

  • Congratulations!!!

    I’m going to go read the interview now.

  • “Australian postal address”, hmm… Maybe next time I will be lucky :)))

  • Congrats on your win well deserved :-).

  • Looks like a great book, unfortunatly I am not in Australia.


  • OH HOW FUN!!!! Exciting to be runner up nonetheless. SO cool you won something out of it too. WOOT!

  • OK, the windmill will have to do for this reader. But I can congratulate you, can’t I?

    Right, congratulations!

  • Cathy at Wives with Knives

    Congrats, Ms. OZ, it’s a pleasure to get to know you better. I admire your adventurous spirit and would LOVE to take off to see the USA in a camping trailer. Don’t think it’s going to happen but a girl can dream…

  • Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry

    having met people like you in this blogoshpere, is the most rewarding part of blogging!

    yay, congratulations!
    that was an excellent interview, red, i really enjoyed reading it!!


  • Wonderful post Red, enjoyed your interview immensely, personally I think you should have won haha! Seriously I do!!

  • That was funny. I seemed to learn more about you from that one interview than I have from reading your blog. So you would advise us that we probably shouldn’t try to metaphorically put our apartment on wheels to tow around Australia? I have bad memories of only being able to use the dishwasher on a Murray River house boat when it was stationary.

  • My Journey With Candida

    Congratulations Red!!! Yay… I am so excited for you.

    I can’t enter… but let me tell you. I don’t need any book on Australia because I have you!! I visit Australia every time I set foot on your blog.

    I left a comment on Explore Australia also

    Good Job Red!!!

  • OOps forgot to add I am interested in the book give away.

  • Cograts on your win and so you should. Enjoyed your interview.

  • Congrats Miss May. [Psst, one staple or two?]
    Part 1 of your article is interesting and useful [like the lunch tip] and I look forward to Part 2!

  • Miss MAY!! that sounds quite saucy.
    I REALLY enjoyed reading pt 1 and am looking forward to tomorrows’.
    I envy you so much, can’t wait till Fabio and I can travel like you do.

  • Whoohoo! Miss May, now that’s so cool, sort of like fulfilling a High School dream on an intellectual level.

    (no comp entry, just a whoohoo!)

  • Congratulations and many thanks for becoming a follower on my page. You’re a good sport!!

  • Hi there – well done!

    I’d love the book – which means I have no chance, which means I will it etc, etc, etc.

    Cheers – Stewart M.

    PS: I’m sure that there are stacks of medicinal plants we have forgotten about, but I don’t think there were ever any signs!!

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