I've said it before and I'll say it again, I have the best fans
in the whole world. The (AB) agrees. "Your fans are totally adorable," the AB sayith unto me as we ruminate over your pictures (and, in my humble opinion, the AB is a bit of an expert on the subject of adorability). No, I did not let said AB influence my decision. I just want to brag about how charming you
Anyway, Gentle Contestants, this was a practically impossible decision. I desperately did not want to disappoint anyone. Fortunately, it looks like you had fun doing it (with the exception of some of the canines involved). You've also all been really supportive of each other and I have enjoyed the conversations these have spawned over on the Facebook group
. So I am hoping, even if you don't win, you have pleasant memories of the experience. Perhaps I should now run a LOL Cat-style caption contest for the photos?
I had 66 entries and because I had such a hard time, I ended up dividing the submissions into categories. (Archaeologist, this is how we think.)
40% One person and a parasol against the world!
30% The still life of a silly book.
20% Pets in fashion.
6% Tableaus over tea.
4% None of the above, but still ridiculous.
And, drum roll please . . . The Winnah!
(If Sara P would kindly contact me with her snail mail address and any dedication requests, her four signed UK editions will be in the mail on Monday.)
And Second Place by a very slim margin goes to . . .
(All four US editions (yes, I changed that!) to Claire O, which is kind of funny as you are in the UK I suspect. Again, please contact me with your snail mail addy and any dedication requests.)
Why, Miss Gail?
Without knowing, both these entries touched me in unexpected ways. And, I did warn you the choice would be at my whim. I chose the first because it reminded me irresistibly of the life of a lab rat that I once had. In 2007 I fraternized overmuch with ICP-MS Acid Ablation and my work station under the fume hood making acid samples looked so much
like the one pictured here, I actually called my old department to see if I had a fan lurking in their midst.
The second place entry features the moving elevator at Lester Uni. I happen to have visited there when I was looking at graduate schools in the UK back in 2000. That elevator scared the bejesus out of me. I was very impressed by her oh-so-casual demeanor inside it.
The random number generator choose this lovely image of Jessie S as our spontaneous winner. She will get Soulless, Changeless
and . . . Heartless
, US editions. (I'm out of Blameless
, if you would believe it?)
Again, Jessie if you would kindly contact me with your snail mail address and any dedication requests?
Ladies all, I hope you enjoy your loot and please consider donating to your local library or a friend of you find you now have doubles.
But wait, there's More!
So many of your images were so much fun I decided to choose runner up awards of silliness
! I can't afford to send out books to everyone
, so I thought I would offer something usual for me: signed stickers. If you see your image bellow, you may contact me
with your address and I will pop four signed teacup stickers in the mail to you, I wish I could do more.
Most Like a Book Plate Award Goes To . . .
Most Verdant Countryside Award Goes To . . .
Most Likely to be Stolen for Retro Rack Award Goes To . . .
Most Likely to be stolen by Miss Kalendar of Brass Needles Award Goes To . . .
Most Atmospherically Steampunk Award Goes To . . .
Category: Isn't Gail's Cat? (oh wait, too skinny) Award Goes To . . .
Most Disgruntled Dog Award Goes To . . .
Most Likely to Be Eaten Award Goes To...
Most Novel Way to Carry Novels Award Goes To . . .
Gail's Younger Doppelganger Award (seriously, it's spooky) Goes To . . .
Best Balancing Act Award Goes To . . .
The Ivy Hisselpenny Wants Your Hat Award Goes To . . .
The Lord Akeldama Wants to Know if You'll Consider Dronehood Award Goes To . . .
The Most Likely to Travel Far Award Goes To . . .
The Madame Lefoux Mustache of Excellence Award Goes To . . .
The Lord Akeldama Might Make an Exception in Your Case Award Goes To . . .
The Billy Connolly* Appropriate Head Covering Award Goes To . . .
The Alexia Approved Outrageousness Award Goes To . . .
The Best Representation of Alexia and Ivy Award Goes To . . .
The Reading Lady's Picnic Award Goes To . . .
The Oh No, What Happened to Floote? Award Goes To . . .
And . . . The Future of the Parasol Protectorate Award Goes To . . .
Again, thank you all for playing. I had so much fun, and you are too adorable! Expect many of your images to show up in my "Moment of Parasol" and "Infusion of Cute" over the up coming months. And do, please, feel free to join in the conversation over on Facebook
, such silliness is going on there, it quite gladdens my shriveled old heart.
* "Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on."
~ Billy Connolly