Riverside Lodge

Riverside Lodge

Thursday, 15 December 2016

And the winner is... Fudge??




Hello, my dear readers! I am guessing you all want to know who the winner of december's giveaway is! Well, I am going to let you wait just a little more, hehe... ;P

FIRST of all, I want you to guess where we are.



Remember this living room? There is a new sofa in it with two beautiful green cushions.



What about Carlie, the potted mandrake? I am sure you know where we are by now. It's Caramel Cottage. Crabby Carlie is looking particularly crabby today. I think she doesn't care much for christmas! Fudge likes this time of year though, and has decorated the living room table with a large red candle and a plate of gingerbread cookies and other sweets.



Here we are in his kitchen. The package laying next to his bed that first morning was a green cook book. It is standing on top of his kitchen cupboard. He has been using it a lot. There is a basket of groceries standing on the stove. Fudge didn't have the time to put them away yet. He has more important things to do right now.



Like spending a cozy evening together with Pickles, eating honey almond cake and drinking warm cocoa and cream. Pickles wants me to tell you that he has been a very well-behaved little dragon and on the 6th of December Saint Nicholas brought him this beautiful white sleeping bag you can see him cuddled up in.



Fudge says that (except maybe for the time he ate my ice cream or snatched the last cookie from my plate or ate chocolate brownies in bed or forgot to brush his teath after eating pumpkin toffee for dinner...) he was an EXTREMELY good Biwubear, which is why he too did not get any coal. Saint Nicholas brought him a lovely, a beautiful, a delicious bar of chocolate. He placed it on his nightstand so that he can look at it before going to sleep tonight.



He says he is very sorry for you that this photo isn't a "scratch and lick" photo. (Or at least a scratch 'n sniff photo.) So there is no way for him to share this bar of chocolate with you. Sorry. And if you came for a visit... That would probably be too late... Because the chocolate will already be inside his (and Pickles') tummy. :)



The tired Biwubear and his dragon are going to bed now. Pickles has left his sleeping bag downstairs (just for now) since he will be sleeping on top of Fudge's warm and fuzzy belly.

But why is there a noise from downstairs??? 
"I let in a couple of villagers that were freezing out in the cold, Mama. They said they didn't have any where to go," Fudge tells me. 



Oh! I think we know who the creature on the right is! It's Matilda the squiddy mandrake who escaped from "Prissie's Peculiar Plants" store! Looks like she's fed up from walking around the woods! 
She has snatched a bar of chocolate from Fudge's kitchen and curled up on an armchair where she is reading one of Fudge's storybooks. 

The crazy looking guy on the left is called Wendelbert Wolperting. Matilda met him in the forest. He is munching Fudge's honey cake and humming to himself happily.



After finishing his cake he tries the cocoa and sighs.



"Mateeelda, come on, trrry zee cocoa!!" he says with a heavy accent. Matilda is so engrossed in the book, she picks up her cup without taking her eyes from the page.



I bet she is going to finish the book in no time.... Wendelbert has leaned back in his armchair and placed his cup with the remaining cocoa on top of his round chest. "Aaaaaah," he says, "Zees ees ze good life! A rrroof abaff zee head and warm cocoa eenzide my belly! Wanderfool!" 

Looks like Fudge has done a very good deed letting these two in...



Sooooo! Let's change location! Here we are with Tanya Babblebrook and Munchie the christmas elf. I have decided that they should be the ones to do the draw, since they will be the ones moving house and possibly even moving country!

Tanya has blindfolded little Munchie.



 "Where am I? What's going on??" he says running around frantically.



"Silly little elf!" Tanya says and places him on top one of the gift boxes. Then she fills the purple box with little red pieces of paper with the names of the people on them that have entered the giveaway.



"It's time, Munchie! You may now pick one!" 

Tanya is trembling slightly from the excitement! Munchie stretches out his little hand, but his arm is too short. He cannot reach into the box. 

"Oh, sorry, I didn't think of that!" says Tanya.



Munchie mumbles "it's okay" as he crawls into the box to pick a ticket.



"This is the one!" Munchie squeaks after climbing back onto the silver box.
"Ooooh! I'm so excited! I can't take it!" Tanya whispers. 

She opens the ticket and...



...the winner is CUTATA !!!!

"Tanyaaa, we're moving to another country again!" Munchie says. He is awestruck and stares at the ticket with an open mouth. 

"I hope they have christmas cookies in Spain..." he worries, "And do we even know what the weather is like in Sweet Berry Valley?? Will I need my scarf or will I need a bathing suit?? So many questions...!!" 

"Don't worry so much, all will be well!" Tanya assures him and laughs.
 


"Tanya...?" Munchie suddenly says in a very depressed manner.

"What is it my poor little one? Have you become ill over all the excitement?" she asks.



"No, I am just wondering... what will happen to all the people on the tickets that HAVEN'T won?" Munchie sniffs and looks at the remaining tickets glumly.



"My dear little Munchie, don't cry, this is the way the game works. We only draw a single winner. BUT, the good news  is, all those people that have not won can get another chance in Nina's NEXT giveaway!!! :)))




THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE ENTERED MY GIVEAWAY AND FOR READING THIS EXTRA LONG STORY TO THE END!

CONGRATULATIONS TO CUTATA! PLEASE SEND ME YOUR CONTACT DETAILS VIA EMAIL SO THESE TWO CAN SPEND THE NEW YEAR WITH YOU!

Wendelbert Wolperting, Matilda Mandrake and Crabby Carlie are all creations of my very talented friend Irina!


18 comments:

  1. I´m so HAPPY!
    THANK SO MUCH, Nina!
    I can´t believe my good luck!
    I have to confess I wanted to know who was the lucky winner of your giveaway as soon as I read the title of your post but I tried my best to be patient and I read your lovely story first. I couldn´t believe my eyes when I saw Tanya showing my name! I´m so thrilled!
    I´m glad to see that Tanya seems relax about the idea of moving to a different country but I have the feeling that Munchie is a little bit stressed out about it! I´m pretty sure he´ll change his mind as soon as he finds out there are lots of sweets treats in Spain too and as for the weather is quite cold at the moment so tell him not to forget his scarf.
    Hope they have a good journey!
    I´m looking forward to welcome them!

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    1. Thank you so much for entering, Cutata. :) And for being so patient and reading my entire story instead of jumping to the bottom of the post. :D

      Munchie is definitely feeling better now since you wrote that there are sweet treats in Spain too. I am sure he will try them all in no time! :D

      Tanya says hi! She says she is looking forward to a new adventure! And she will make sure that Munchie remembers to bring his scarf. :)

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  2. Congratulations to the very lucky winner. Thank you Nina for the chance to enter your wonderful draw. Fudge is a very kind bear but then what would you expect from one of Birgits bears :) I love pickles new blanket it looks very cozy.
    Hugs Maria

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    1. Thank you for entering, Maria!!

      Pickles says his sleeping bag is very cozy and that it's the best place to relax and eat honey almond cake. :)

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  3. Congratulations to Cutata. What a lovely story again from you. I know that it takes a lot of time to create these lovely photos. Thanks for sharing them. I would have liked to share a bar of chocolate with Fudge, but probably I would have been too late. It a shame. I love chocolate.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Sirkka, and for entering the draw!!

      Fudge is now looking a little bit guilty because of what he said about the chocolate... Maybe he will save a little piece just for you. :)

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  4. Congratulations to lucky Cutata! I'm sure Tanya and Munchie will have a wonderful warm home again. How kind of Fudge to let Matilda and and Wendelbert stay in out of the cold dark forest.
    Thank you dear Nina for the chance to win a lovely giveaway and for this lovely post.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you so much for participating, Drora.

      Wendelbert and Matilda are very happy and full after eating the rest of the cake and drinking all of the cocoa! :D

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  5. Congratulations Cutata! I know Tanya will have a lovely home! :)
    Wendelbert is so funny - I love this character!
    Many greetings und einen friedlichen vierten Advent für dich,
    Kyra

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    1. Wendelbert's pumpkin cheeks have turned red because he's had too much warm cocoa. Or maybe it's because you mentioned him?! :D

      Danke, dass Du mitgemacht hast, Kyra! Ich wünsche Dir ebenfalls einen friedlichen 4. Advent!!

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  6. First of all - congratulations to Cutata! You're one lucky lady to win Nina's giveaway! Genau... und ein riesengroßes Dankeschön an Dich, liebe Nina, für dieses tolle Giveaway - obwohl ich ja aus guten Gründen nicht mitgemacht habe, hatte ich jede Menge Spaß an diesem Post. Munchie hat sich richtig gut gemacht als Glücksfee, so eine Augenbinde steht ihm... und wie schön, dass er und Tanya es so gut getroffen haben. Wo ich gerade von "gut getroffen" spreche... es ist immer wieder schön für mich zu sehen, wie gut es Fudge und Pickles getroffen haben! Die Beiden fühlen sich zu Recht pudelwohl... hoffentlich hat Pickles nie Schluckauf, wenn er in seinem kuscheligen Schlafsack schlummert. Ich muss übrigens zugeben, dass ich Dich echt bewundere, dass Du es geschafft hast, so ein schönes Foto von Fudge UND der Schoki zu schießen - Du musst echt schnell sein am Auslöser der Kamera. Lucky Nina - die Frau, die schneller knipst als ihr Schatten (oder ein BiWuBärchen eine Schoki verputzen kann) *grins* Übrigens war ich am Ende Deines schönen Posts rechtschaffen erleichtert... Ich war aufgrund der Überschrift nämlich schon echt in Sorge. Hier bei uns gab es nämlich noch nie ein Giveaway, wo Fluby nicht wenigstens versucht hätte, ein Zettelchen mit seinem Namen in den Glückstopf zu schmuggeln. *seufz* Ich hatte echt Angst, das Fudge auch solche Touren versucht und dass Munchie plötzlich seinen Namen vorliest. Aber nein, Fudge verhält sich mustergültig, das ist ohne Zweifel der gute Riversider Einfluß... und herzensgut ist er auch, wie nett von ihm, Matilda und Wendelbert einzuladen (nebenbei bemerkt... ich liebe Wendelberts Akzent). Das ist der richtige "Spirit" zu Weihnachten... ich bin sicher, da wird es den einen oder anderen Pluspunkt im Goldenen Buch gegeben haben... ;O)

    Liebe Grüße
    Birgit

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    1. Ja, ich muss zugeben, mit der Aktion hat es für Fudge im Goldenen Buch Pluspunkte... geregnet. :O)
      Das verrate ich ihm aber nicht, sonst wird er nachher übermütig und ich erwische ihn doch nochmal, wie er im Bett Chocolate Brownies mampft...

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  7. Well done Cutata! Tanya will love living in Sweet Berry Valley and making lots and lots of new friends there =). I love Munchie and Matilda, so cute! Wendelbert is just adorable...
    Emily

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    1. Wendelbert is blushing... again! ;)

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  8. I love all the backgrounds and the story plot! Very creative!

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  9. I have to say I love the priorities of the residents and visitors at Caramel Cottage- warm cocoa and treats are the best!!

    Congratulations Cutata on winning such a lovely giveaway. And squee - how sweet is little Munchie!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I am sure, if Munchie were still here, he'd be turning bright red from your comment! He is already on his way to Sweet Berry Valley, though.

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