In the presence of this blog's personal legal advisor and auditor, and amidst much excitement this morning, all the names of those who entered the Christmas Contest were written on pieces of paper.
Beric left, suitably dressed in makarapa and vuvuzela.
To ensure a free and unbiased draw, the paper slips were of equal size. These were then folded into (equal sized) squares and thrown into Theodora's (clean) feeding bowl.
The tension mounted as we hit an unexpected snag...Theodora the Cat, otherwise occupied (see above), was completely uninterested in performing her duties as assistant drawer!
Luckily, yours truly stepped courageously into the breach. The draw finally proceeded. As I held the bowl containing all the (equal sized) slips with the names of the entrants Beric, with due ceremony and caution, drew five names out of the bowl. First name out the bowl won first prize, second name out the bowl won second prize and so on until all five prizes were allocated. And we are now able to announce the five lucky winners of the uniqe prizes from South Africa:
1st Prize: (Ndebele hand beaded salad servers) Nancy J Parra
2nd Prize: (Ndeble hand beaded tray net) Patti Lacy3rd Prize: (Fluffy Leo Key ring) Lady Glamis
4th Prize: (Ndebele Doll Key Ring) Anita Laydon-Miller5th Prize: (Zulu beaded pen) Robyn Campbell
Congratulations to all our winners. I'll be contacting you soon to get your mailing details so I can send your prizes to you. And a BIG thank you to all who entered; you're all winners in my eyes!