a day like no other

Today has been a day full of honour, gratitude and inspiration.

Where to start?

Perhaps I’ll use the words of Dylan Thomas from the opening of his great poem Under Milk Wood, “To begin at the beginning…”

The day began with a message from WordPress Discover on Twitter that my post “From Yardwork to Artwork” was being featured today as an editor’s pick.

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I had received an email a week ago from Krista, one of WordPress’s great Editors, informing me that she had made the selection and I wrote back to thank her and to say how honoured I was. Her weekly photo challenges are always so enjoyable as you all know, so a big, big thank you once again Krista.

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This week’s Photo Challenge is all about Numbers, which certainly applies to today with my reaching over 1000 followers on The Changing Palette…


…so I extend my gratitude to all of my wonderful followers for staying around for so long, and to those of you who have joined today in response to the post on WordPress Discover, a special welcome. I will be replying to all of your great comments over the next few days, so stay tuned.

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Finally, the inspiration today was from all those taking part in this year’s Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis.  I walk every year and wouldn’t miss it.  This year it was held at Trout Lake in Vancouver on an unusually hot Sunday morning, but as always everyone was in the greatest of spirits. A special thank you to all of the volunteers, organizers and sponsors.

It really has been a day like no other as you can see.


  1. Andrew! I am so excited for you!! congratulations and it is absolutely very well deserved 🙂 you know I love your articles, art and snippets of culture you post and look forward to seeing whats new at your place.
    I’m going to reread your Yardwork, check out…. Numbers, as well as the Gutsy Walk.
    A very happy Ozzie saying….. “good onya mate” says it all!

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    1. Thanks so much Debi and thanks for the Ozzie greeting 🙂 As you know your comments are always so very much appreciated, particularly as they come from someone who always inspires me. Yesterday was quite a day…down to earth today 🙂

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  2. This is such wonderful news! All of it … and I don’t know where to start either! Over 1,000 disciples …. so richly deserved and surely a figure that will grow and grow as the word spreads about your wonderful blog. Well done WordPress for catching on …. you richly deserve the distinction bestowed. Of course, I must congratulate you on the walk too. So I send you three cheers, one for each accomplishment (no more than one a piece in case your head swells 😉 )

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comments Osyth; they are so very much appreciated. Yesterday was quite a day, but I have to say the highlight was walking with so many people to fight IBD, many of whom were patients. One couldn’t help but be inspired by so much courage together with the commitment to make a difference. Warmest wishes, as always 🙂

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  3. You are such a brilliant and generous artist, this all really well deserved! Your posts are such beautiful treats, always, keep up with the inspiring work, please 🙂 All the very best from our little island !

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  4. Many congratulations on the ‘Discover’ accolade – I’m particularly pleased because that’s how I’ve found you and I much look forward to following your future posts

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