OK, can somebody please explain to me how I woke up and found myself in the middle of August? Surely it was only a couple of weeks ago that we were celebrating Easter and now the year is more than half gone. There has to be some mistake…
Sadly, after checking and rechecking the calendar, I was forced to conclude that we do in fact find ourselves in the middle of August and I realised that I had not even got round to posting a reminder about this month's edition of Waiter, There's Something in My… event, let alone actually make something for it. Eeeeeeek – host Johanna is going to have my hide! Clearly Johanna is not holidaying in the UK this summer – she keeps posting about sunny days and the temperature hovering around 30C or higher. Best we draw a veil over what the temperature is doing in England this summer… Onwards and upwards. In honour of the wonderful summer weather in Austria, Johanna has picked the deliciously summery theme of picnic food for WTSIM this month. As a long-standing fan of picnics (see the Henley Regatta picnics of 2005, 2006 and 2007 as evidence!), this is right up my alley so watch out for my contribution later this week. Check out Johanna's post to see how you too can join in this great event.
In a blog-reading rut and looking for fresh inspiration? Don't forget that every Monday there is a new profile of a South African food or wine blogger that goes live over at the South African Food and Wine Blog Directory. This week it's the turn of my friend Kit of Food & Family, but there are quite a number of other profiles that have already been posted – go and get acquainted with some new faces and recognise some old favourites. I've also been doing a bit of work on the site and have now put together a blogroll of all members in the sidebar, so you don't have to go digging anymore to find the full directory. I've added a couple of new faces too, so do have a look. If you are listed on the directory but have not yet sent me a profile or have not yet received a badge, please e-mail me and I'll send them (some of you dont' have e-mail addresses on your blogs so getting hold of you can be quite tricky!).
As for the thank you, some of you may remember that a few months ago I put out a call for help on behalf of my friend the gorgeous Mel of the charity Bosom Buddies. We asked for newborn baby clothes that could be sent to South Africa for free in somebody else's shipping container and the response was excellent! Mel has thanked everyone who participated in a post on her blog and although I don't know which of my readers did or didn't contribute, a huge THANK YOU if you did. If you would still like to help (they always need baby donations), get in touch either with me or with Mel and we can figure out how best to help.
And as my kind and patient friends know, the Can You Twist short story competition is coming to an end at the end of this week. If you haven't yet read my story or voted, please please do so now! Here's how:
1. First you need to register on the main site and get a confirmation e-mail from them to say that your account is active.
2. Then you need to go to my story's dedicated page and log with your e-mail address & password on AT MY PAGE.
3. Once logged in, you should get two buttons in the right hand side-bar ("great" or "not so great") – feel free to click GREAT!!
4. Remember that you can actually vote six times – you get ONE VOTE PER STORY. You have to exercise this vote by clicking on the storyteller's name at the top of the page, and on each of their pages you should also get a "Great" and "Not Great" button if you are logged in.
If you have any trouble at all registering or voting, please let me know and I will take it up with the IT people. Results will be announced on 20 August and I promise to let you know either way…