21 Nov

Before I award this week’s CoWAbunger, I have to ask you not to inundate me with outraged comments and hate mail.  

I have gone against the habit of a lifetime and…accepted a compliment

I know, I know!  What was I thinking?  All of you good, self-restrained commenters who never say anything nice to or about me must be furious.  Those of you with less self-restraint who let slip the odd nice remark which I studiously ignore must be seething.

I’m sorry; I couldn’t help myself.  I’m weak, I know, but she hit me on my Achilles scalp:

  I don’t think it is possible to not love France. Viv is tinier than I had thought, and your hair is beautiful, Tilly!  cindy

Here is the photo which inspired her sincere but factually incorrect compliment on my post France, Day 4:

I have dreadful hair; not manky like my teeth, but thin and mousey and flyaway.  My plaits look like drab friendship bracelets; when my hair is short I look like a boy; when it’s long I have to tie it back because the static electric shocks to the lips really hurt.  My family take turns thanking me for the hair in their food, despite tie backs and a head covering when I prepare meals.  I have never, ever been complimented on my hair in my entire life.  Is it any wonder I caved?

Thank you, Cindy, for making my day.  Hair is your award:

And have another one for being nice about France:


Go and visit Cindy at her blog, The Only Cin; especially if you love good food.

36 Responses to “CoWAring”

  1. vivinfrance November 21, 2011 at 10:35 #

    I am never going to earn a cowabunger: I can vouch for the fact that your hair is really pretty.


  2. Hanna November 21, 2011 at 12:35 #

    I Love your hair anyway 🙂


  3. Big Al November 21, 2011 at 12:44 #

    Way to go Cindy!! Everyone has their Achilles heel. Your arrow found it’s mark.

    Now, can we please go back to making fun of her?


    • Tilly Bud November 21, 2011 at 12:46 #

      Please do! I feel quite dizzy with all this fuss; I may have to fling my hair back like a L’Oreal ad.


  4. jmgoyder November 21, 2011 at 13:09 #

    You are absolutely hilarious – thank you! I am in the midst of a missing-emu anxiety attack so thanks for giving me a belly laugh despite having to now go back outside to look for what may be a fox-kill.

    I love your humour, I have thin hair and I hate Maltesers….


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2011 at 10:52 #


      So sorry to hear about the emu.


  5. gigihawaii November 21, 2011 at 13:50 #

    Not sure I’d want your hair in my food, but that picture of your wavy hair is lovely! Viv doesn’t look that tiny to me. Isn’t she the same height as you? I’ll visit Cin’s blog now…


  6. Pseu November 21, 2011 at 14:02 #

    It is a great picture… hair long and wavy down your back… just as Cyclo would like me to have mine….

    I had mine chopped off years ago and he has never really got used to it short.
    Hair today, gone tomorrow.


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2011 at 10:55 #

      I would rather have it short but finances don’t permit regular trips to the hairdresser. The Hub likes it, so I can live with it, I suppose.


      • Pseu November 23, 2011 at 23:25 #

        I bought one of those hair clippers – ( about 1997) with the plan to cut the boys hair, and save loadsamoney – but made such a botch job the first time I never dared to do it again….. so I shan’t offer to come around and trim yours. I know my place and it certainly isn’t as a hairdresser.


  7. Janie Jones November 21, 2011 at 15:09 #

    If you don’t get a little giddy over a compliment about your hair you are neither human nor alive.


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2011 at 10:57 #

      You get me; you totally get me. It was my first one and I’m almost fifty; of course I lost my head a little.


  8. Cindy November 21, 2011 at 15:35 #

    As a veteran of two weeks’ employ in a hair salon I feel qualified to judge, your hair IS beautiful … go on, sue me 😉 Thanks for the award *gives a manky toothy grin*


  9. nrhatch November 21, 2011 at 16:10 #

    Hair’s looking at you, kid! 😀


  10. SchmidleysScribbling November 21, 2011 at 16:34 #

    Why does that cow remind me of you? Congratulations Cin. Dianne


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2011 at 10:57 #

      I’m not sure how to take that… 😉


  11. SidevieW November 21, 2011 at 17:30 #

    Isn’t it amazing what you can achieve by airbrushing your photos?


  12. Katherine Gordy Levine November 21, 2011 at 19:26 #

    I have lovely hair that it took almost sixty years to turn me from mousy a platinum blond and then the haird started falling out. Can’t win, don’t try. .

    And do try to accept compliments because not doing so is unkind to the giver.


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2011 at 10:59 #

      I try to be gracious but I’m mostly embarrassed. I’m too British.

      Sorry about your hair.


  13. colonialist November 21, 2011 at 20:52 #



  14. kateshrewsday November 21, 2011 at 22:10 #

    Do you know, Tilly, I thought the very same thing….congrats Cindy. I’m really envious of that second cow.


    • Tilly Bud November 22, 2011 at 11:07 #

      Deleted my first reply because it sounded mean, which wasn’t my intention.

      You have nothing to envy: you are much better looking/slimmer/fatter/more intelligent/browner/blonder/… Why?


  15. earlybird November 24, 2011 at 18:12 #

    But your hair DOES look lovely in that photo.( Were you wearing a wig then?)


    • Tilly Bud November 24, 2011 at 23:04 #

      Insults! I like it! It had been plaited the night before.


  16. Gobetween November 24, 2011 at 19:42 #

    Shocking biased behaviour!


    • Tilly Bud November 24, 2011 at 23:07 #

      It is! That’s the beauty of having a blog – autocracy 🙂


  17. bluebee November 29, 2011 at 21:42 #

    Hair, hair – a deserving win and compliment


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