Happy Third Birthday to GFB

Well now. Doesn’t time fly?

One minute I was setting up on blogger, wondering what on earth I was doing, as writing was never really my thing, and the next thing here we are. 600+ posts in and celebrating the third birthday of the Gin Fuelled Bluestocking.

And it’s been incredible hasn’t it? I’ve done so much – ran a marathon or two, I’ve met celebs like Richard E Grant and Elle MacPherson, been ice skating and travelled to France, sampled cocktails, judged competitions, eaten so much bloody cake…. Even set up my own business.

But none of it, not a single sausage would have been tasted, not a canape, nor a sip of whisky would have passed my lips without you lot. You are the reason I keep writing. The reason I keep tweeting, and I want to show you just how grateful I am for your support (let alone that of Mr GFB and my friends and family).

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So, to do that in style, I’ve a little number of giveaways to come your way. First off is probably the most crazy of them all, and of course it features my first love, gin.

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I’ve got 5 – yes FIVE bottles of gin to give away, including some fantastic little craft distilled gins from the north west. Forest Gin from Macclesfield, who I helped launch at RedWillow in March, with its foraged botanicals, and the fabulous Batch Gin, made in Burnley, full of spice and floral flavours.

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Then there’s Daffy’s Gin, not only beautiful bottle with a vintage image, but a fresh, citrussy, easy drinking gin, smooth enough to drink with ice and a slice. Delish.

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I’ve also got a bottle of Berkeley Square, a personal favourite sipping gin, for you too. But that’s not all.

As well as the five bottles of gin, I’m going one further. You can have me.

Well, kind of. The winner can not only have the gin, but their own personal gin tasting of these bottles, with me and up to 5 friends. How does that sound?

Not so shabby, eh?

Being sensible, travel could be an issue – so I’m sorry, this will be down to where I can get to, will most certainly involve land travel only, and diary dates will be down to negotiation. The winner is, of course, more than welcome to choose to hold it in Manchester, but I have no problem in travelling to Leeds, or Liverpool, even as far as Newcastle. I’ll try to be as flexible as possible.

The tasting isn’t obligatory and if you’d much rather just have the gin, that’s not a problem, we can work that out too.

So, without further ado…. Please comment, and then use the bonus entries, for as many entries as you like!



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Terms and Conditions:

  • This giveaway is open to residents of the United Kingdom only.
  • Additionally, as distance and location may be a factor regarding the gin tasting element of this prize, the organiser reserves the right to restrict distance travelled.
  • You must be aged over 18 to enter.
  • The competition is open from 25 May 2015 and closes at midnight on 8 June 2015. The draw will then take place and the winner notified (within 24 hours).
  • The winner will be picked at random (via Rafflecopter).
  • There are no cash alternatives, or alternative prizes on offer. The decision of the blog owner is final.
  • I will contact the winner by both email and via twitter if the twitter handle is detailed in the entry comment.
  • Following notification, the winner and blog holder will be able to negotiate the prize elements (distance, date and travel).

103 thoughts on “Happy Third Birthday to GFB

  1. Hehe I read the instructions πŸ˜‰ But you know where I live so I’m not writing it! Congrats on three wonderful years, I hope there are many more x

  2. As a fellow gin lover… I would Love to win this! Daffys is amazing… Forest is next on my list!

  3. Happy third birthday! Fantastic blog and as a fellow gin lover and red head I think the prize sounds fab! xx

  4. I’m in Norwich – might be too far away but I’m just happy to have found your blog.


  5. Let me know where you are in the country! . .. . . In a world of my own somewhere in WALES

  6. I refuse to let the technology beat me when there is gin at stake. You know where I live :).

  7. I’ve only taken to drinking gin the last few years and can’t for the life of me work out why it’s taken so long! I love all the different flavours and pairing the right tonic, lemon, cucumber etc.
    Happy birthday GFB.

  8. 7 1/2 months preggo and sober… would love to win loadsa gin for when I come out the other side! HBGFBS! x

  9. Oh wow congratulations! Happy 3rd birthday and here’s to many more πŸ˜‰ Great prize as usual too.

  10. Cornwall, so the tasting might be a problem unless you fancy a holiday, but that’s OK – I’m pretty good at drinking gin on my own!!

  11. Happy birthday! I know a few close friends that would love to come along to a gin tasting with you in Manchester -sounds like a great selection!

  12. Happy Blog Birthday

    This gin looks amazing, I’d love to win ☺️

    Good luck all x

  13. Blog is amazing and my mum would love this prize. We are just north of York on the east coast mainline so that should work.

    Keep blogging and enjoy the gin πŸ™‚

  14. These would be a great addition to our World GinDay Tea Party in Paisley!!! Love all things gin and haven’t tried most of these!

  15. Oh, and if I did win, don’t worry about the tasting, just the Gin will do! I’ll even pay the postage lol! (But you are more than welcome to come to Paisley if you want!)

  16. Oooh! Would love this. Even just the gin for world gin day! Would be a great addition to our Gin Tea Party in Paisley! X

  17. Ps we have lots of gin for our tea party, but guess what?! Apart from the wonderful Daffys, we don’t have ANY of these! Happy Birthday! From Paisley!

  18. Happy Birthday! It was my hubby’s birthday on 4th June πŸ™‚ we are both HUGE gin fans and live in Newcastle x

  19. I’m in sunny Surrey – and a big G&T fan πŸ˜‰ Many thanks for the giveaway and well done on your blog anniversary!

  20. Happy birthday – I’m in Cambridge but would be very happy just to have the gin would be great for my 60th!

  21. I am admittedly no longer UK resident…but my family are all back in Lancs (& accessible by train from Manchester Vic), so could be very doable. πŸ™‚
    Also amazed to hear about a gin from Burnley.

  22. Congratulations on three years! A great achievement. I never win anything, so here goes nothing. πŸ˜‰

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