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Shortlisted: Best Blog Of A Business, 2013

best blog Social Media awards 2013

It’s not the first time I’ve been up for stuff like this and though I’ve never won anything shiny, it is always nice to know that my Mam someone out there likes this garden blog which began wahaaaaaay back in 2007.

Official quote from Peter on being shortlisted for the Social Media Awards:

it’s always nice to make the Irish squad

Moving straight on, I was noted alongside some pretty sooper dooper other Irish biz folks that are listed below. Also, a big hat tip and fair play to the category sponsors .ME Registry for dipping their hand in the honey jar.

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My Gardening Blog Tagcloud

I hadn’t seen Tagclouds used in a while. A bit like QR codes are on the verge of becoming I thought. Reading Bernie Goldbach’s blog, I became very interested when I saw what he was actually using them for.

Don’t know what tagclouds are ?

wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

The source for me, was very simply my gardening blog address. I was quite pleased to see that words that came to the fore were both positive and creative.

Battle of The Boyne Site Visit & The Garden Group

To those attending there is of course the original garden group guide post to this trip to the battle of the boyne site.

A note of thanks and deserved applause to Nick Reilly and Aisling Mc Mahon [OPW]  and also to you who decided to make this your Sunday day out.

Really looking forward to this. 🙂

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giving berth to pour l’amour de jeux – bloom 2008 [8]

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This morning at 5.45 am after 11 long hours labour, Pour L’amour de Jeux finally gave berth to a 7 tonne, 11 metre long Pink Boat in the Phoenix Park Dublin.

With amazing help from John Farrell, John Friel, Whittens Road Haulage, The Garda Suíochana, Maura Hickey, Colin Browne and Gráinne Walker; this journey was finally made possible. If I have left anybody out it is because none of us have slept since finishing loading at 12.30am and arriving back to depart at 3.30am!! But it must be known the real journey started a long time ago.

…and so what started as a child like dream has been given berth and here another story begins. Today, some laughed, some smiled and some pondered; But whatever this story [ultimately the garden], brings to you, it was built only pour l’amour de jeux [for a love of the game] and no matter the size of your smile when you see it complete – this amazing journey if nothing else, has left me in no doubt regarding the amazing people and the genius minds I work and spend so much time with. Thank you all [it’s not over just yet], but it’s certainly a little easier….