I’ve got a golden ticket

Let’s just, for a moment, overlook the fact that Grandpa, in that classic first make of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, is not the one who has won the golden ticket.

He’s happy.

In fact, the ticket winner is little Charlie. Cheer-up Charlie. Charlie, against whom the odds were stacked so high they must surely have crushed him. Charlie, who stood for honest-to-goodness integrity in the face of gluttony, avarice and greed. Whilst others got their parents and promoters to spend outrageous sums for the one thing they could not have automatically, Charlie relied on fate to bring the golden ticket to him.

But we all join Grandpa in being elated. In incredulity that finally, just perhaps, the tide of unfortunate events might be about to change.

And of course, for Grandpa, and for Charlie, life was about to alter forever.

This does not happen in real life.

But I have, nevertheless, got a Golden Ticket. A chance. But to have any chance of getting into Mr Wonka’s factory, I need your help.

Penguin Books: iconic publishing house whose small bird graces all the best bookshelves. Penguin: launched in 1935, and built on the ideal of selling low-cost books, en masse, to a literature-guzzling public.

They are dear to our hearts. And this Summer, Penguin published The Old Ways, by Robert MacFarlane; a hypnotic journey along some of Britain’s trackways, related in prose that lilts.

And to celebrate the publication, Penguin has run a competition. They want a Penguin Wayfarer: someone to walk Britain during the Summer, chronicling the journey, talking about paths old and new, exploring the stories and myths that surround them. The Wayfarer will share in writing, in film, and in tweets.

I know, I know.

So of course I used my last dollar to buy a chocolate bar. And as luck would have it, I made it to the final 20.

But now the hard work starts. Because Charlie never had to pass a popularity contest; but I do. There are 20 possible wayfarers, and  I am one of them. You have never seen me before, or heard my everyday name, but if I am to have any hope of striding up and down Britain with two kids and a dog during the Summer, and broadcasting on behalf of Penguin (May their name live forever) we’re going to have to move a few boundaries.

The Wayfarer page is here: I am the only Kate on the page.

I wonder if you might consider voting for me?


153 thoughts on “I’ve got a golden ticket

      1. Yep – bit of a writing drought this year with some rewiring of priorities imposed. Still lurking from time to time with a backlog of your posts to catch up on!

  1. Reblogged this on The Laughing Housewife and commented:
    Here’s my blogging friend, Kate Shrewsday. She writes fascinating articles linking weird stuff like toilets and ice cream (she may not have done that one, but it’s the kind of thing she would do).

    She has the chance to go for a Britain-wide walk with her kids and dog but she needs your votes to do it.

    Please take a moment to read the post and click the link to vote for her.

    I promise NOT to eat a Malteser for every vote you cast (I’m on a diet and I need the motivation).


  2. Kate, I popped over from Tilly’s blog and voted for you… Let’s hope a lot of fellow bloggers do the same… good luck! (or as we rather say in Dutch: “Success!”)

  3. Done, with fingers and toes crossed, and eyes, though I had to uncross them just a bit, to make sure I hit the right button! Good luck – what a wonderful time we would all have, if you were to be the Summer Wayfarer 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on me, mine and other bits and commented:
    Bloggy buddies, you may know the very wonderful Kate Shrewsday. She hunts out the teeny details, tells the best tales and is a lot of fun. If you don’t know her, you need to rectify that… Start here, with this post where Kate needs all our help do do something wonderful, VOTE, then catch up with her other posts. You won’t regret it.

  5. The Laughing Housewife sent me here and I’m more than happy to help! Good luck! It sounds like a brilliant experience. 🙂

      1. No problems! It’s a pleasure. I wish you the best of luck. It’s sounds incredibly exciting (I’m a little bit jealous ;-))

        Glad you appreciated my tales of Norway. 🙂

  6. I’m going to try a slightly different approach to help you, Kate. I hope it works.

    I have already voted. MTM is on his way to the office to vote for you, because our ISP has already been counted by my vote. Good to know that people who live in the same house and share the same ISP will only be able to vote one time, not once per member of household.

    1. If only a small fraction of your 25,002 amazing followers vote for Kate . . . she’ll leave the rest of the entrants in Caesar’s Dust!!!

      Go Team Cootchie!

  7. Reblogged this on My New Shy and commented:
    Worth voting for Kate Shrewsday. Penguin has run a competition. They want a Penguin Wayfarer: someone to walk Britain during the Summer, chronicling the journey, talking about paths old and new, exploring the stories and myths that surround them. The Wayfarer will share in writing, in film, and in tweets. Kate (https://kateshrewsday.com/) has reached the final twenty…

  8. I just want to say how lovely it is to have a face and voice to go with a mind I enjoy getting to dance with from time to time. And of course I voted and will share. Good luck!

    1. Lovely comment, Brett; I was rather squemish about the whole reveal. But people have been so kind, it was well worth it. The votes have crept up from 4, where it was early this morning…

      1. I am and it is. 🙂 I’ve finished over half my novel in the month I’ve been away from blogging. Really buckling down. Just 25% left, and I’ll have the first draft done. (Well, 2nd draft if you count my very extensive outline as the first…)

  9. Dear Kate! I have just voted for you , even without viewing the video I would have certainly given you my vote based alone on so many of your posts which have given me such delight. However what really got me especially excited when viewing your little video,was the place you chose which has such special meaning for me~ One summer day from my childhood~ just a single joyous happy day spent with my mother and sister, a friend of my mother and her two boys the same ages as my sister and me. We ran like wild things up and own the leaf strewn tree lined ditches and wore ourselves out in the best way ~ that only children seem able to do . Had a lovely picnic back out in the blazing sun (a “heatwave” that summer following the coldest winter in 100 years) with fizzy ginger beer and lemonade , sandwiches and cake. It has been many years since that long ago day but it has remained etched upon my memory. It somehow seemed synchronicity to go to vote for you and to find you had chosen this rather obscure and little known spot (for most people) There have been many times when reading your posts about love for landscape and things within the landscape (history , architecture as well as the natural world) which so echo my own feelings and responses that I am amazed that someone else sees such things in so similar a fashion. I would so love it if you won! Good luck. I will pass the website on and instruct all my friends to vote for the lady named Kate.

    1. It sounds a wonderful picnic indeed, Valkrye, and I’m so pleased to have revisited a favourite old haunt of yours. Its ramparts are incredible adventure play material. That ginger beer mention made me want to go our straight away and buy a cold bottle…an incredibly magical place, as you say, and one I am privileged to walk regularly.Thank you for your vote!

  10. I voted for you!
    And posted “Vote for Kate” for you!

    Fingers crossed that your “Golden Ticket” leaves your competitors in Caesar’s Dust! Go Kate!!!

      1. I just watched all 20 videos. Some are splendid but yours stands out for a very special reason ~ you SHOWED why you ARE the Wayfarer!

        Most of the rest did far more TELLING about “why I should win” than SHOWING us that they can “walk the walk as well as talk the talk.” (There was also a fair amount of arse kissing). 😛

        If you get into the top 10, Robert Macfarlane SHOULD choose YOU as our lucky Wayfarer.

        And what amazing prizes!

        an incredible summer paid for by Penguin
        an Apple iPad
        £2500 of Snow+Rock gear including a Contour camera and Garmin GPS
        2 months’ CrossCountry train travel
        a set of Virgin Experience Days

        Oh, fingers crossed, fingers crossed, fingers crossed. 😀

  11. Reblogged this on Colonialist's Blog and commented:
    Kate is one of the most skilled, thought-provoking and entertaining writers/photographers in Blogland. I cannot think of a better person to become the Penguin Wayfarer and to regale us with tales (and a wagging tail!) and I urge everyone who doesn’t already know her to sample her blog, look at her presentation, compare it with others, and decide.
    *gentle persuasion* Those who fail to vote for her run the risk of becoming the subject of one of my Really Awful Rhymes. Just saying.
    This is my first ever Reblog, by the way.

    1. COL! I am honoured. Really. Thank you so much, such words of praise from a highly professional writer. And composer. And all the other things. You are very kind, and I am very lucky.

  12. Firstly, congratulations Kate! Secondly, I nearly always read my blog subscriptions in an erratic order so I’ve already learned about this on Andra’s blog. I loved your entry and voted for you straightaway. And, as I told Andra, I love your blog, too. You would be the perfect person to undertake this assignment. 🙂

  13. I’m doing my part, Kate! 🙂 Sent an email to a group of friends, posted a personal note on FB and passing the word along with great enthusiasm. I have my fingers enthusiastically crossed!

  14. Done – Good Luck – it sounds like a wonderful adventure – do hope you do strike gold. Came across from Colonialists blog, and delighted to have found you…

  15. So wonderful to see more than your backside, Kate, and hear your voice. It was a wonderful piece- I do hope you get the experience (as Charlie did) the elevator crashing through the top, so that you may see all of Britain (though, guess you shall be on foot!)

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