Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Contest!

SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM WHERE I ANNOUNCE THE WINNER!

The new year is beginning, and what better way to enjoy it than to follow it with "A Year at Busy Solitude Farm"?!  I made these calendars for family and friends, and now I invite any reader interested in having one to participate in our Calendar Contest.  Entries close at 11:59 pm on Friday, January 7, and I'll give one away on January 8.  Come back here to find out who won!

Enter now by commenting on this blog entry (no, don't post on Facebook, it won't count!).  Tell me what story this past year you remember most, or who your favorite Busy Solitude critter is.  Or just say "I want to win a calendar"!  **Don't forget to sign your post, or I won't know how to tell you you've won!!**  To be honest, I'm not sure how I'll pick the winner.  Other blogs do it randomly, but sometimes when I enter I think "my entry is the best, what does a random picker know?"  But I'll definitely be mailing a calendar out to some lucky reader in a week or so!

Here are just a few months to whet your appetite!  Good luck, and happy new year!




ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
I broke down and used a random number generator.  You all are too nice, and I liked everyone's comments and enjoyed seeing what you remember from 2010 at Busy Solitude Farm.
So without further ado, comment number 18, TONY is the winner!  Please e-mail me privately at johanna119@sbcglobal.net to give me your mailing address.  Congratulations!

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have to say hands own, my favourite was Ulani and Oskar’s discussion about “Santa Paws” coming. I have told that one over and over again. I have a visual image of Ophelia standing right beside her saying, ya, right we didn’t want to meet him anyway! Their personalities are so very similar!

--June

Tomi said...

I am one of the lucky friends who is already a winner, having received one of these wonderful BSF calendars for Christmas at our annual college rendez-vous in Kalamazoo. Let me assure you that you will want to share 2011 month after month with the furry & feathered friends we've come to appreciate!

Anonymous said...

First of all, I think that I would be just about the best winner a calendar could have. That's true -- I actually have rooms decorated with calendars. Ordering them every year is one of the joys of celebrating the end of one and the start of another. I have at least 30 up at any one time....and I have boxes of those that have been saved from the last three decades. The photography is spectacular -- and my favorites feature nature, wildlife, food, and then there's my Sock Monkey calendar. I always love the photos of Busy Solitude that you share and the glimpse of the calendar you put together lets me know that there will be 12 more months I would love to enjoy watching unfold.
As for BUSY SOLITUDE entries, I love the ethos in them all -- I love the quotations you offer and add them to my own QUOTE FILE...as well as taking your recommendations for books and music selections. I look forward to every post, as much as I do turning all the pages on all my calendars each month. Thanks for starting the new year off in BUSY SOLITUDE style.
Donna LaPietra

Laurie said...

It's really all about the chickens for me. And when things get crazy and I feel really bound up inside, the very notion that there is a place like Busy Solitude Farm is a real comfort.

Tomi said...

The calendar is popular with all age groups. My parents have ohhed and ahhed over it and declared that Johanna should be selling them!

Shandy said...

Gorgeous calendar, Johanna!

Of course my favorite post this year was July's "Pact We Make With Dogs". It's heartfelt and well-written and it would be my favorite even if you hadn't included a tribute to my beloved Shandy girl.

Happy New Year to you and the Busy Solitude clan! Many thanks for keeping us posted on all the doings around the farm.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! I got a Mega Ticket today.. Hope I win money is up there. Love your Contest. Wish all your friends have fun with this idea. Love ya, Connie

Anonymous said...

Photos are the best. This holiday I got a photo album full of photos from the eighties and nineties - good times. The calendar looks lovely...Libby says, "Pick me, pick me!

Anonymous said...

I'ts a toss up between when Oskar posts and Egglebert who I hope is okay! We would love to win one of these beautiful calendars!

Happy New Years!

Linda in Cold Colorado

Véronique said...

Johanna your blog is alwasys interesting and the photos are GREAT. Of course my most favorite feature was the piece you wrote about the pact we make with our dogs. I had just lost my dear furry baby Excel and your words went right to my heart. It was especially well written and moving.
I also very much like hearing about Oskar and Ulani, my grandpups. And I also take great pleasure in your chicken photos!!!

Anonymous said...

I think about your story about "farm" dogs. There are no farms by my house, but we have often had to put up with "farm" dogs. Dogs left to their own devices often make bad choices. I appreciate your responsible dog ownership.

Johanna said...

**DON'T FORGET TO SIGN YOUR POST SO I CAN LET YOU KNOW IF YOU WIN!!!**

SandyG said...

As a relatively new reader of your blog, I'm just amazed at the beautiful surroundings at your peaceful farm. It reminds me so much of my grandparents place. "Big Mama" had chickens and toddling after her to watch her feed them and hunt for the treasure of the eggs is among my fondest childhood memories.

My favorite posts so far are the couple back in November of Abe and Oskar deciding who was going to end up sleeping in the new bed you bought. I'm glad Oskar finally took a liking to it and hope he's still enjoying it.

Sandy G.

Cheryl said...

Your calendar looks beautiful Johanna . . . I love reading your blog as I have animals of my own and can relate. Happy New Year to all the animals at Busy Solitude Farm!

Cheryl

Lisa said...

I like the post dated Dec. 26 about Egglebert; not because he got beat up, but because I relate completely. I too have 5 roosters in my barn at the moment. There's Rico, the top dog and my oldest roo, R.B. which stands for Rico's Boy, and truly a beautiful yellow -white guy much like yours. Then there are the twins, pretty reddish brown boys that are actually nice, and finally, a spitting image of Rico. I too know there are too many, but how does one choose? If you figure that out, please let me know!

Janyce said...

I like the story about the birth of the "twins" and all the pictures of the new chicks. Besides I need to have this calendar to add to my kitchen rooster collection!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the dogs as I have 2 of my own.....my hat is off to you as you have so many animals that are so well cared for...it is pitiful to see that there are alot of unfortunate creatures are being abused but yet someone like you is doing the right thing!!!!!!! Xana

Tony said...
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Tony said...

I like your style of writing. I have had different animals/pets in the past - chickens, geese, a goat, ponies and dogs and cats. I like how you are able to paint pictures of what has gone on. I also like the meaning of the name of your farm.
RockinTonyA at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Well, Ulani and Oskar always make me smile. I love reading about the chickens. I thought my favorite calendar page was going to be Oskar in the snow. Then you posted the chickens in the grass. Love it. And today, I see my favorite weed, Queen Anne's Lace along with cone flower. Sigh. I'm sure all the photos are great. The same with all your blog entries. You have the "gift" of making us feel we are right on the farm with you.

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm sure they are beautiful. The pictures are fantastic.

Luv your blog.

dwbaird said...

I just love Ulani and Oskar!
When you write about them I can imagine what their voices might sound like. Plus, they're so darned cute!

Roberta said...

I keep thinking that I'll sit down and write a really compelling comment that will garner me the awesome calendar that is Busy Solitude. But I am a procrastinator and I am determined to minimize this trait in 2011. So I am just writing now, lest I put off the deed altogether. What I can tell you is that Michael and I are always very good about buying a calendar at the end of 2010. Last year was rough and we cut "unnecessary expenses". Who knew how necessary a calendar would be though? So we currently have NO calendar. I have a friend who has promised to send me a calendar, which she is very good at doing. The only drawback is that she sends them many years later. Honestly. She is my best friend but one year I received a 2005 calendar in 2008 so I do not have high hopes of receiving a 2011 calendar from her until about 2013 at the soonest. Oh! For christmas she sent me a 2009 calendar. Anyway, what it all comes down to is that we really need a 2011 calendar for our kitchen wall. Really. I love your photos so that would just be an added bonus. Please consider us for the calendar giveaway.

Judy McGhee said...

Love it! Takes me back . . . I like it there. Great job pulling together the best of the past year.

Judy M (and Bailey too . . . but she's napping and missed seeing the calendar on your BLOG)

Roberta said...

Congratulations, Tony! You're a lucky pup :)

Tony said...

The "Year at Busy Solitude Farm" calendar has arrived and it is wonderful! Gorgeous pictures and the subjects are joys. Ulani and Oskar both have their birthdays noted. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Tony