5 Go For A Walk

We’re here

We’ve arrived in the spa village of Caldas de Monchique, the start of our Mountain top to Cliff top walk.

Caldas de Monchique is set in a beautiful wooded ravine. A spa in Roman times & once popular with Portuguese royalty
Sympathetically restored in 2000, it’s quite a tourist spot with its cobbled, tree shaded main square surrounded by 19th century buildings.

Competition Guru???

It’s been an interesting few days since my last post.

Last Wednesday we all went to our local Citroen dealership Perry’s to collect my Citroen DS3 by Benefit which I WON in a national competition!

We were over the moon when we arrived to find the gorgeous car hidden beneath a red cloth. Alan & his colleagues at Perry’s made it a really special & memorable time. My new car was unveiled (with a little help from Alexandra) & I was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  I was made to feel very special.


The local press were there & they took a few pics & spoke to me about my fabulous win.  The conversation included talking about anything else I’d won! The reporter was amazed by my prize wins & asked for my contact details.

The next morning I got a call from the reporter asking to come & see me to discuss my comping.

I did laugh when he asked if I could show him some of the things I’d won & spent the next hour quickly searching the whole house for prizes. I ended up with an interesting display which reminded me of the Generation Game, only no cuddly toy:(           Anyway reporter & photographer were happy.

Here’s the published feature.

Not sure I’m a Competition Guru, think I’ll leave that title to my comping inspiration Di Coke @superlucky.me

You’ve Got to Be In to WIN!

I’ve been comping on & off for about 11 years. Over the last 6 years I’ve been able to devote more time & effort to my hobby.

During November 2014 I spotted a competition on The Clothes Show Facebook site with details of a competition they were running with Citroen UK & Benefits Cosmetics on Instagram. The prize was a bespoke Citroen DS3 & 1 method of entry was to ‘regram’ the competition post with certain hashtags. I followed the instructions & to be honest forgot all about it as I had plenty of other competitions to do during the build up to Christmas.

Then on 18th December Citroen UK contacted me to let me know that I had won the Car!!!!

My friends & family are amazed by my winnings & a number of them are now converted compers – we love swapping details of our comping wins & sharing competition details we spot.

I believe that anyone can do anything they put their mind to & that includes winning those top prizes. All it takes is peservance and a positive, can do attitude. As the saying goes “you’ve got to be in it, to win it”

I’ve won thousands of pounds worth of amazing treats

13 holidays including a
Trip to India, this prize included 2 Business Class flights, a stay in a 5* hotel, tickets to the test match cricket each day & a driver to take us there. All food & drink was also paid for.
3 nights in a 5* Hotel in Beijing to go to the 2008 Olympic games
luxury Spa Break
Nile Cruise
trip to Las Vegas
trip to Portugal
UK cottage break
2 nights in a 4* hotel in London with a visit to the Harry Potter Film Studio (before it was open to the public)
3 trips to different Scottish Cities & travel costs
the chance for my husband to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

I’ve won other prizes:-

Kitchen Gadgets
Childrens toys
Various DVD boxsets & DVDs
Various hampers
Tickets to sporting events e.g. Black Rock Masters at the Royal Albert Hall with Champagne reception & goody bag
Theme park passes
Numerous books
Cinema & theatre tickets
Spa pamper day
Sports Equipment & kit
Number of gift cards/vouchers
Mobile Phone
Restaurant Vouchers
Beauty Products & Hampers
Flat Screen TV
DVD Players
Wii & games
Experience days & Vouchers
Clothing for Men, Women & Children
Shoes & Boots
Tickets to UK Olympics 2012

Comping is such a great hobby & has given me & my family the chance to experience some wonderful things, in particular the Beijing Olympics 2008 & a visit to the Harry Potter film studios before it was open to the public & now of course, this wonderful car. All for the cost of a bit of my time & effort.