Thursday, 24 December 2009


Regular readers that have been with me for over a year will recall that as the year draws to a close I announce who are my "Troy Stalwarts" for the year. I do this by reference to the number of times fellow bloggers have left comments on my postings.

I think one of the greatest things about blogging is that it creates the opportunity for a two way dialogue - allowing fellow bloggers to leave their thoughts and observations in the Comment section. It is always a thrill for me to open my blog and see that someone has left a new comment. I like to acknowledge my Troy Stalwarts who regularly comment on this blog. I'm sure several other readers regularly call by to catch up at things "Chez Troy" without leaving any virtual footprints on my blog and I apologise for not being able to recognise you as Troy Stalwarts - but you know how easy it is in future to remedy that - just leave me a comment, even a simple "Hello".

In a rather sad way (to paraphrase the thoughts of Mrs Troy when I first showed it to her [no sniggering]) I set up a spreadsheet to record who has left comments and thereby facilitate the awarding of Stalwart honours. Here's a photo of part of the said spreadsheet (click on it to enlarge):

Names are down the side and the 37 various postings during 2009 are across the top. When a comment is left then the relevant cell is filled in dark blue and the digit 1 inserted to generate a total per person and per posting.

This year I'm pleased to announce the creation of The Most Excellent Order of Troy Stalwarts. There are three membership catagories - Dame Commander (for indeed they are all female this year), Elite Officer and Cherished Member. I suggest the designatory letters CTS, OTS and MTS are used respectively for these awards.

So without more ado here is


The award of Dame Commander of the most excellent Order of Troy Stalwarts in 2009 go to:-

DJ Kirkby
Ladybird World Mother
(who each left 30 or more comments during 2009).

The award of Elite Officer of the most excellent Order of Troy Stalwarts in 2009 go to:-
Crystal Jigsaw
(who each left 25 comments during 2009).

The award of Cherished Member of the most excellent Order of Troy Stalwarts in 2009 go to:-
Catharine Withenay
Cheshire Wife
(who each left between 17 and 20 comments during 2009).

It looked for a time that both Kitty and Sarah had fallen by the wayside during 2009 but I was pleased to see them back here as the year drew to a close.

It was also my great pleasure during 2009 to actual meet in real life four of the ten Troy Stalwarts - at book launches, farmhouse lunches and speedboat riding.

In total 49 different people have left one or more comments on this blog during 2009 and (with the exception of one that May be deemed abusive) all were much appreciated.

To all my blog readers - to the those in the most excellent Order of Troy Stalwarts, to those who leave the occasional comment and to those who pass by leaving no virtual footprints - to you all on behalf of Mrs Troy, Troy Junior and your's truly, we wish a Merry Christmas 2009 and a Happy, Peaceful, Stress-free, Prosperous and Healthy 2010.


Lane said...

I'm honoured to be an Elite Officer!

Merry Christmas to you, and of course to Mrs Troy and Troy Junior. Enjoy!

HelenMHunt said...

That spreadsheet is genius. I too am deeply honoured!

Have a great Christmas.

Debs said...

What a treat and an honour to be named as a Dame Commander. I shall post my award with pride.

Many thanks and a very Happy Christmas to you and your family and let's hope that 2010 is a fantastic year for Troys the world over.

Brit Gal Sarah said...

I know, I know...I slipped my friend but I am still out here in the wilds of Okieland! I will try to do better in 10 :-)

Hope you & yours had a wonderful Christmas.

DJ Kirkby said...

OMG! I'm a Dame! Yaaaaay me. I like the Christmas decs you left Chez Aspie, I'm keeping them :) and thank you for my award.

Granny on the Web said...

Cor, now I feel bad that I have just popped in occasionally and read and left without commenting. Serves me right!!!
All the best for 2010 to The Troys!
Love Granny

Troy said...

Lane - many thanks for your regular comments. You are part of an elite group now. Here's to 2010.

Helen - "genius" is possibly too grand a word. Again, like Lane, thanks for your best wishes and calling by here regularly.

Debs - you are part of a very select group. Enjoy!

Sarah - well I too am guilty of not calling by your blog often enough. I did enjoy reading about your Chicago vacation as I've been there quite a few times in the past.

DJ - you are one of three in 6 billion and if that ain't select, I don't know what is. I dare you to put your designatory letters after your name when you get your next book published!

Granny - I was, and am, still pleased to see you call by even on an occasional basis. I don't help by being a sporadic blogger - no pattern or timing to my postings. Also, I'm guilty myself of not calling by enough blogs over the last few months. They say " A woman's work is never done" but what's my excuse?

Troy said...

Granny - PS, I'm treating this posting as my first of 2010 (odd; but I make the rules!). So at present on my new spreadsheet you are down as 1 out of 1 - 100%. Keep it up!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Well done to one and all! Wishing Troy and the Troy household an excellent New Year and beyond...
Best wishes, Hadriana xx

Grumpy Old Ken said...

Good luck in the new year. Its going to be interesting on several fronts, both political and footballwise!

Troy said...

Hadriana - thanks for your thoughts.

Ken - my best wishes to you too. Yes, 2010 should prove interesting in many ways.

I've just been watching the London fireworks on TV. Every year I say I'll go and see them live but then I never do. Perhaps when Troy Junior is older.


Anonymous said...

Cor blimey! An Elite Officer, what an honour, and to be named with Lane makes it even more so.

Did you get out much over Christmas?

Best wishes for 2010, CJ xx

Troy said...

CJ - not such a bad achievement at such a tender young age!
We had a quiet Christmas with the in-laws round to stay for a few days.

Ladybird World Mother said...

There's nothing like a dame!! Oh how exciting... (I just so love the spread sheet...) You have a fab new year too... and rest assured that I will remain your stalwart whenever you post...
Thank you... this has made my day.

Troy said...

LWM - better late than never! Glad you like the spreadsheet and like your new honour. Bet when you starting reading this blog you never expected to become a Dame? Here's to 2010 mutual blogging.

Phillflintof said...

Wish you all Happy, Peaceful, Stress-free, Prosperous and Healthy 2015.