Getting to Know You

A verse from Rogers and Hammerstein 
The King and I
Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you, 
Getting to hope you like me.
Putting it my way,
But nicely,
You are precisely,
My cup of tea
Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy?
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day.

This has been so so so much fun. I loved getting to know you all! 
I have been hard at work...filling in the details from my 
surprise giveaway  and here they are:

The best way to introduce them is to tell you a little something about them...

Natasha @ Five Minutes for Me...has blue eyes, loves winter and wears Jo Malone's 
Lime, Basil and Mandarin perfume. Natasha features Sunday Song on her blog...
a great post to link your favourite songs. This week she is featuring Michael Buble 
with "Haven't Met You Yet". Natasha has a wonderful blog with lots of surprises. 
I could spend hours looking thru it all. Be sure to check it out :)

Sandy aka Doris the Great @ Aging Disgracefully has blue eyes and her favourite 
season is Spring. She wears L'Air d'Temps, is reading Fugitive Peace by Anne Michaels,  
recently watched the movie, Barney's Version and enjoys her daughter's music on My Space
My take on Sandy is that she is a woman who enjoys life to the fullest! 
She has a great post today, If I were....  It is a great way to get to know Sandy :)

Meredith @ Count it all Joy has hazel eyes, her favourite season is Spring and also likes 
perfume by Jo Malone's Lime, Basil and Mandarin as well as Lola by Marc Jacobs. 
She is reading Deep France by Celia Brayfield, watched The Green Hornet with her kids 
and is listening to Back it Up by Caro Emerald. Meredy and I go back to the beginning 
of my blogging experience. She is a wonderful woman, with six beautiful children and a 
loving husband. She is super talented and shares it all with us.  Today she is sharing 
her gadget love and now I think I need one!

Ilse @ Insh'allah has blue-green eyes and favours Autumn and Spring. She selects perfume 
depending on her mood and at the moment is enjoying Femme by Hugo Boss. Her latest read 
is In the Company of a Courtesan by Sarah Dunant. Her last movie was The King's Speech 
and she is listening to Life for Rent by Dido. Ilse is a new blogger. She is an African born Kiwi 
from Australia living in the Kingdom of Bahrain. I always have to read and say that slowly as I find 
it so amazing! Ilse and I share a passion for photography. She has a wonderful eye for it. Ilse's 
most recent post, What next?, talks about the turmoil in Bahrain. Her day to day existence is 
precarious at the moment. I am sure she would love to hear from fellow bloggers. 

Itztru loves to follow blogs and I have been lucky to have her following mine. She lives in 
Vermont  (home of the Trapp family) and says that yes, the hills are alive! Itztru has blue/green eyes 
with flecks of brown and loves Autumn. She is reading Plant Dreaming Deep by May Sarton 
and Jud Hale'e Inside New England. She last watched The King's Speech  and is 
listening to Nick Drake and Sam Bush. Thank you for following me Itztru! is a surprise, so I can't tell you what they have won just yet.
Follow them along and you may discover just what is in their surprise giveaway :)

Haven't you noticed
Suddenly I'm bright and breezy?
Because of all the beautiful and new
Things I'm learning about you
Day by day.

I am inspired by all that I have read here. We are one busy group of women with fantastic taste! If you have been looking for a new book, trying to decide on your next movie or are keen to add a few tunes to your music on. It's all here!

Thru your eyes: I just had to know :) Interestingly the majority of you have blue/green eyes and favour Spring. Summer and Autumn were a close second. This of course leaves me wanting to know more. I can feel another giveaway coming on :)

Perfumes we are wearing now: Jo Malone Lime Basil and Mandarin, Beautiful, J'Adore, Rive Gauche, Chanel No 5, Gucci, Creed/Virgin Island Water, Diyque Philosykos, Sugar Fresh Lemon, Bond No. 9/Scent of Peace, Anais-Anais, Euphoria, Voyage d' Hermes, Ralph Lauren/Romance, Coco/ Chanel, Diorissimo, Samsara/ Guerlain, L'Air d'Temps, Chloe, Pacifica's/French Lilac, Euphoria/ Calvin Klein, Bluebell by Penhaligan, Chanel No. 19, Lola/Marc Jacobs, Lovely/Sarah Jessica Parker, India Hicks/ Island Night, Amber /Prada, Paris, Must de Cartier, Another 13 / Le Labo, Essence /Narciso Rodriguez, Jessica Mcclintock, Femme/Hugo Boss, Miracle by Lancome, Cashmere Mist/Donna Karan, Chance/Chanel, Laura by Laura Biagotti, Joy, Lou Lou, Bois Des Iles/Chanel, Poppy/Coach, Pleasures and Intense by Estee Lauder

Books and or authors we are currently reading:   CHI Walking by Danni Dreyer,  Empire by Catherine Keller,  A Married Man by Catherine Alliott,  The Hand that First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell,  My Time in Heaven by Richard Sigmund,  All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriott, Plant Dreaming Deep by May Sarton,  A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena di Blasi,  Novice by Trudi Canavan,  Opposite of Me,  books by John Updike,  Never Let Me Go,  The Doomsday Book,  The Help,  The Sad Truth About Happiness,  A Farm in my Heart,  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Sea by John Banville,  The Distant Hours by Kate Morton,  Fugitive Peace by Ann Michaels,   Wide Open by Nicola Barker,  Committed by Liz Gilbert, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver,        Three Cups of Tea,   Life Lessons from the Monastery by Abbot,  Jerome Kodell,  Deep France by Celia Brayfield,   Anthology of Women's Erotica,   Three Seconds,   In the Company of Others by Jan Karon, The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society,   Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, Das Halsband der Taube,   Cutting for Stone,   In the Company of a Courtesan,  365 Thank You's,   The Red Sea Rules,   In Search of Hobart by Peter Timms,   The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization by Ward Perkins, Breaking Dawn,  The Affinity Bridge,   Life by Keith Richards,   Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict,   Blogging for Dummies,   What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz,   The Time Travellers Wife,   Anna Karenina,   Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown, 
Boy with no Shoes by William Horwood,   The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman

Last movie we went to see: The Kings Speech,  Another Year,  I am David,  The Social Network, Tangled,  Gullivers Travels,  Black Swan,  True Grit,  Bottle Shock,  The Holiday,  Barney's Version, Eat Pray Love,  The Tourist,  The Red Shoes,  The American,  Gifted hands-The Ben Carson Story,  The Green Hornet,  Gainsbourg,  Animals United, The Way Back,  Secretariat,  The Hurt Locker,  Harry Potter,  I am Love,  The Kids are all Right,  Red,  Inception,

Music Artists we like:  Enigma/ Voyageur,   Angus and Julia Stone,  Adele,  Dave Koz,  Nick Drake, Sam Bush,  Enya,  John Mellencamp,  Soundtrack 500 Days of Summer,  Amos Lees,  El Divo,  Jack Johnson,   Michael Buble,   Microwave Jenny,   Bruce Springsteen,   Kate Rusby, Madeline Peyroux,   Florence and the Machine 'Lungs',   Zen Garden,   The Reminder by Feist,   Mary Chapin Carpenter,  Vince Guaraldi,   Back it Up/Caro Emerald,   Jacqueline DuPre-Brahns Sonatas,   Mama Mia,   Susan Boyle,  James Blake,  Sade,  Flight of the Concords,  Melody Gardot,  Dido,   Mindy Gledhill,   Deuter's Hand's of Light,   Sarah Blasko,   Rosetta Stone audio French,   Beatles,  Leonard Cohen,   Take That,   George Winston,   Kings of Leon,   Ingrid Michaelson,  James Taylor

A new discovery for me!
From Meredith @ County it all Joy
Caro Emerald singing Back It Up

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  1. aw, congrats to all the winners and is it weird that i want to EAT lime, basil and mandarin? sounds yummy;) have a wonderful day!!!!

  2. So happy to have won and to be featured in your blog. I love any excuse to go on and on and on about myself (shallow creature that I am); and I LOVE giveaways.

    Congrats to the other marvelous winners. And thanks for hosting.

  3. Jeanne!Que lindo conocer a tus ganadoras! Todo un encanto leer tanta diversidad en materia de perfumes como lecturas, música....Muy bueno tu post y no participé ya que estoy muy lejos.... Besos desde la Argentina, Gloria.

  4. What an interesting list of books. I think I need to get my hands (and eyes) on some of them soon. Congrats to the winners.

  5. Love this - so fun! Congrats to the winners!

  6. Fantastic post, Jeanne. It must have taken you hours to format.


  7. This was so much fun, Jeanne, and I am so happy for the winners!


  8. Oh I just love this do you always do that with songs I like!!?? First my Michael Buble this!!! You're good ;)

  9. WOW! So sad I missed that one but a big congrats to all the winners. I wear Burberry Brit Gold (but can't buy it any more) or First by Van Cleef and Arpels. Ahhh what a truly wonderful idea you had there :)

  10. Wow, this post is fabulous Jeanne! It must have taken you ages to put this together. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the shout out and for introducing these other fabulous bloggers. Thanks also for the time and effort you put into publishing everyone's favourites. I am bookmarking this so I can refer to it all year!

    Best wishes always,

  11. Thank you SO much Jeanne. I feel incredibly lucky to be on the receiving end of such generosity. You have me intrigued....what will the happy mail bring?

    Congrats to the other winners! Love the list of books, music and we bloggers have impeccable taste:). Meredy xo.

  12. Oh, what lucky girls. I can't wait to see what special goodies you have for them. Looks like there are lots of new books for us to read.

  13. Envious congrats to the winners! Really curious to know what was in their packages? Fun contest!

  14. Thank you Jeanne (btw, I'm also a Virgo) and thank you all. As a newcomer to this blog, it has been a fascinating way to meet everyone and I am definitely printing out a list of books for my trips to the library as well as new music to sample. On another note, it's wonderful to see so many women posting their photos...I've not been so brave, but it's inspiring, so maybe....

  15. Interesting Jeanne that none of the books we are all reading now are at the top of the 'bestseller' lists!

  16. Oh, you did a great job again, Jeanne!So nice to read about all these wonderful women.I`ve never heard of Caro and unfortunately I cannot listen to the video in my country (who made these unfortunately decisions?) I will try to find out in another source. :)
    I`m sure I will like it...
    Today we`ve got a very bright and sunny day here in germany! (Oh sooo nice!)The sun makes a lot different and it doesn`t feel so *grey* and *cloudy* inside of me.Sometimes I really don`t like these days.
    Sun vitamins can come...I need a dosis! :)
    Have a sun shiny week,too, Jeanne!
    Beate XXX

  17. This is such a wonderful idea, Jeanne. I enjoyed it immensely. You have the best and most inspired ideas in this little haven in Blogland. J x

  18. Congratulations to the lucky winners!
    Perfumes are an integral part of a person's whole life.Perfumes are a key to what is exactly going on inside a man, what he/she is feeling and its emotional status. On the other hand it helps in changing the mood of a person.

  19. ...just found out today that I'm a lucky winner of Jeanne's give-aways....thank you so much Jeanne - you know how excited I am!
    Love all of your posts and now a follower of Collage too!


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