100 Followers GIVEAWAY!

This week I was excited to notice that my humble little blog had reached 100 Google Followers! I think that calls for a bit of a celebration, right?!

Blogging has become such an important part of my life in the last couple of years. I really value it as a space where I can sort out my thoughts and record our lives, but I’ve also loved using it as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family and to meet new people from all around the world. 

…so a big THANK YOU for following along and offering your friendship, encouragement, advice and support. 

The Giveaway 

In order to celebrate I thought I would do a little giveaway of some of my favourite things:

{As a new mother one of things I miss most is having time on my own. Being able to curl up with a book, a mug of strong tea and some tasty snacks and not be listening out for the baby or feeling guilty for not doing chores seems like bliss!}


1. Call the Midwife book
Like many, I first came across Call the Midwife on the dramatized BBC show last year and loved it. I read the book this summer during my late pregnancy and couldn’t put it down; it’s one of the best books I’ve read for a while.  The book is filled with memoirs of a midwife from the East End of London in the 1950s when poverty was still rife and child birth was handled very differently to the way it is done now.
A few people commented that maybe it shouldn’t be reading it so close to giving birth but it actually gave me confidence hearing how ladies have managed natural births in basic conditions for many years without pain relief!
Even if you’re not a mother I still recommend this book – it’s such an interesting social insight and it’s amazing to realise how much culture has changed in only fifty odd years. 

3. Galaxy Minstrels
My favourite chocolate ever. Best enjoyed with a scalding hot cup of…

3.  Welsh Brew Tea
You’ve got to love a good British cup of tea, and this stuff is Welsh so it’s even better! {not that it’s grown in Wales so I don’t really know why they’re marketing it as Welsh!!}

The Rules:

1. To enter  the giveaway leave a comment below telling me about the last book you read, and whether  you would recommend it. {you don’t need an account to enter, just comment as ‘Anonymous’, but make sure you leave your name!}

2. For some extra entries:
a) be a follower of Dreaming of the Country (and leave a separate comment telling me)
b) ‘like’ the Dreaming of the Country Facebook page (and leave a separate comment telling me)
c) mention this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter {@TheNards } (and leave a separate…you get the point)

3. Giveaway runs until Wednesday 28th and I’ll announce the winner next Thursday.

4. Giveaway open to EVERYONE!


  1. Oh my goodness, I saw that series on BBC but haven't watched it yet! I LOVE history and memoirs, so even if I don't win i'll have to get this! Love this give-away girl!!! thanks so much, love Katie

  2. Oh, that book looks good, and I'd LOVE some good chocolates and tea! The last book I read was "Parenting Isn't For Cowards" by James Dobson, and it was excellent - I'd definitely recommend it. So many good insights into parenting both strong-willed and more compliant children, and I thought it was great prep since I don't know which our next baby will be!

  3. I tweeted about the giveaway here:


    So excited, I hope I win!

  4. I'm currently reading a Christian Historical romance novel called Winter is Past. It had a slow beginning but is getting better now. I'm in the middle, so I don't know if I'd recommend it to anyone yet :) http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Regency-Series-Steeple-Fiction/dp/0373785097

    I did just finish a 3 book series called The Lauren Hollbrook Series (Miss Match, Rematch, Match Point)By Erynn Mangum and they were pretty cute. Christian romance. Good for a younger audience, but a fun fluffy read if you're looking for one :) http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Match-Lauren-Holbrook-Book/dp/1600060951

  5. I'm a follower of your lovely blog...I ALWAYS read it, even when I don't comment :) I would LOVE to sit down with some yummy chocolates and tea I've never tasted!! :)

  6. Ooo, Oooo, pick me! I 'like' your facebook page too. :)

  7. I shared on Facebook...reluctantly. :)

  8. Last book I read was "A Bronze Horseman". It was good, sucked me in, but kind of drove me nuts too. I'd only recommend it to people who like history and a little romance because it has A LOT of both.

  9. I read a horrible book called 22 Indigo Place that I thought would be interesting but ended up being a ridiculous romance novel. Blah. Now I'm reading The Brothers Karamazov. It is much better!

  10. We only recently received the Call the Midwife tv series here in America, and I LOVE it! (My family is also a Downton Abbey fan, although my husband also enjoys Upstairs, Downstairs. We both like Doc Martin, but I wish there were more episodes in each series.)
    The last book I read was "Radical" by David Platt. I very highly recommend it to any Christian. Here is a website for it: http://www.radicalthebook.com/home.html
    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

  11. The last book I read was 'To Kill a Mockingbird' which was excellent, the way it handled such big issues through a child's eyes was really insightful. I would reccomend it.

  12. I like the Dreaming of the Country Facebook page!

  13. I've mentioned this giveaway on Facebook!

  14. Oh, yay, giveaway!!
    Well, the last book I read was World Without End, by Ken Follett, and I loved it. :) I have read it twice.

  15. And I like Dreaming of the Country facebook page! :)

  16. The Last Book I read was "Coming Home" by Karen Kingsbury. I have been reading her books for about 10 years so I absolutely loved it!

  17. I follow your blog via GFC tiffany@littlegems

  18. I liked you on facebook!


  19. I tweeted


  20. The last book I read was "Safe Haven" by Nicholas Sparks & it was pretty good!
    What a lovely giveaway! That book looks interesting, even though I am not a mother... & of course I love chocolate & tea! :)

  21. Last book I read, was Tideline by Penny Hancock. If you like thrillers then I would recommend it. If you don't like books with a dark edge to them, then it's definitely one to avoid!