Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Prize

For some reason when I win prizes, which is really not that often, the prize tends to involve fruit.  I have a real knack for winning hampers of fruit.  This would be great, except I don't like fruit so I end up giving my prize away to grateful fruit-eaters.

So imagine my joy when I win something fruit-based that I actually want.  There I am wandering around on Twitter as I often do when I come across a tweet from @VillaggioV saying that there is a 'free' olive tree available to win on their website that day, all you had to do was it find it.  So I spent a few minutes having a quick look at their website.  I could not find the tree so I gave up and promptly forgot all about it (as you do).
Later that day I got home and again I am having a quick look at Twitter.  Again there is the message saying that the tree has not yet been found.  Well, I had a bit more time so I thought I would have another look.  After a few minutes I found it, I could not believe I had found it, but I had.  I promptly popped it into the checkout box and claimed my prize.  I was still surprised to get the confirmation that I had indeed won and that my tree would be sent out to me.
It arrived a few days later, it is a beautiful and very healthy tree.  A good size and covered in olives.  I don't eat olives so this is not particular use to me other than to look wonderful which indeed it does.
I potted the tree up at the weekend and it is now pride of place in the courtyard, where I think it looks very fine.  I was pleased that I had a large unoccupied pot that seems to suit it.  It is a Mediterranean blue I think, suitable for a Mediterranean tree.  I am very pleased with my prize, at last a fruit worth winning.

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  1. Ah, now I am really envious. I have always coveted an olive tree: not for its horticultural properties but because the olive tree is the centre of so very many stories, some thousands of years old. Hope you enjoy yours: the mild weather should help it considerably, shouldn't it?

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    1. Thanks - I hope the mild weather will be good for it, but I'm not sure about it being so wet all the time.

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  2. Well done on your prize, Its nice to win nice things, but I think its always nicer to win planty things.

    I once won a packet of Cat Worming Granules. :-\

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    1. Some prizes are better than others :)

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  3. Definitely a plant worth winning, well done!!

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  4. Oh well done! What a lovely thing to win. Actually I won £30 of seeds a couple of weeks ago, but what with Christmas (plus very intermittent internet) and some family issues I haven't chosen them yet. Might have to get onto that tomorrow!

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    1. That is a good prize - I think I would need to take my time in choosing which seeds to buy - but such fun to do so - well done

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  5. Love it!! Well done, I am so pleased you won the olive tree!!! I often see these in various garden centres and wonder what it would be like growing one. Looking forward to seeing how yours gets on! Hope you had a good Chrimbo and all the best for 2013! : )

    Anna B

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  6. Olive trees have lovely leaves and give a sense of history.
    Enjoy your tree - and 2013.

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