Blogging Awards : and now an award free blog.


award_fotorA few weeks ago I had a brilliant surprise. Some lovely, fellow bloggers and their son Boeta, had nominated me for the above blog award. They had also received a nomination and, as are the rules, nominated amongst other bloggers…me!

They have an amazing blog which includes fabulous images of and information about the part of the east coast of South Africa, where they live. They are also chronicling Boeta’s childhood.

So it’s a BIG THANK YOU to them for the nomination! [No, I’m not going to make a long speech, nor cry!]

It’s a lovely blog and here is the link so you can go and check it out, which I highly recommend: http:/


There are certain rules to accepting this award and they are :

  1. Thank the Liebster Award presenter who nominated you and link back to his or her blog.
  2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
  3. Nominate small [ no more than 200 followers] blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog, letting them know that they have been chosen.
  4. Display the Liebster Award Logo.
  5. No tag-backs, meaning you can’t just nominate the person who nominated you.

So here are my questions and answers, as devised by

  1. What is your favourite fruit? At the moment, raspberries. I like the tangy flavour, coupled with the slight hairiness.
  2. What is your favourite thing to do on holiday? Find a comfortable seat/chair, drink strong, black coffee and people watch. Also, eavesdrop on other unsuspecting people’s conversations, for dialogue ideas for my fiction. Overheard once as two little old ladies had Sunday lunch, in a pub in the Lake District: ‘ He met her mum in a brothel, you know.’ The mind boggles …well mine did!
  3. If you could choose, who would you like to be for a day and why? I would become my greyhound Misty. I would love to see life from her perspective and to discover whether the little madam can, as I suspect understand exactly what I’m saying to her!
  4. If finance was not as issue, where would you like to go? Oh now that’s a tough one. Can I only have one choice? Okay, a safari in Africa. Sleeping in tents at night, listening to the night-time sounds and by day, tracking the big cats, elephants, giraffes, in fact anything and everything on offer. Bliss. When I win the lottery and I am going to win the lottery, I’m going to do this.
  5. Why do you blog? Because I’m addicted. No, seriously I started blogging to create more of an online presence. I love to tweet and for me, the natural progression was to blog. I’ve been extremely surprised and delighted by the response my blog has received. I figured that there would just be me talking to myself. When I realised that I was actually being read by other people I was bowled over. So thank you to all of my followers.
  6. What type of novel is your favourite? Another tough one. I read many genres and I love a bit of good, classy erotica. As with my art. By far the book that has left a lasting impression on me in, say the last year, was Credo by Melvyn Bragg. I thought it was so well written and I’ve visited a lot of the places it mentions. I was at Bamburgh Castle just a short while ago. I cried at the end and I honestly think that Mr Bragg gave his characters the best ending he could. A lovely book…read if you’re into all things Anglo-Saxon.
  7. Which family member had the biggest influence in your life? This would be my daughter. I was a very young, married mum. My first husband and I parted company after five years. Then it was just my daughter and I. We kind of grew up together and I class her as my best friend. I can be mum when I want to, though. She has grown up into the most, amazingly clever and determined woman. She has really been through the mill, but she has come out the other side. I had no part in it, she’s done it all herself ad I’m incredibly proud of her. That’s enough of that, I can feel the tears starting.
  8. What is the one thing or person you could not be without? This would have to be my hubby. He drives me nuts with his obsessive behaviour and telling me how to drive? But, we’ve been together twenty-one years and he knows me better than most. His Parkinsons is a blot on the landscape, but that’s life and we all have to find a way to deal with it. He didn’t ask for it. No one does.
  9. What is your favourite animal or plant? I love so many, but if  you’re making me choose it would have to be a tawny owl. I love to hear them calling on a night and I jump out of bed…sorry, hobble out of bed is more like it, and peer out of the bedroom window. If I see the shape of one sitting on a roof top it’s reward a plenty for leaving my warm bed.
  10. What hobby would you love to do, but do not have time or the knowledge currently? I would like to make my own clothes. I made some rather basic clothes for my daughter, when she was a child. I would need to take lessons to learn this skill. A bit beyond me at the moment, but you never know. I would make creations of bright, colourful clothes. I found a shop in Glastonbury many years ago that sold my sort of clothes [ aged hippy] and I thought if I ever made anything it would be along the lines of those amazingly different clothes. I don’t do normal and conservative!
  11. What is your favourite post from your blog? Surprisingly my first post… about giving birth to a blog. I battled with that post until the early hours of the morning and then pressed the publish button. Such excitement and terror, in equal measures. I calmed myself down by thinking that no one would read it and when they did, I was so elated. It’s a special post for me.


Eleven facts about myself:

  1. In my youth, one of my ambitions was to play clarinet professionally in an orchestra. I was mad about all things musical and used to attend Leeds College of Music as a part-time student and spent all of my Saturday mornings at a music centre. I don’t regret not taking that road in life, but I do sometimes wonder what kind of a  life I would have led. I still have my clarinet.
  2. I have discovered  knitting looms. I like the combination of the knitting, weaving and crocheting involved with these amazing things. I now have so many hat and scarf sets and I’ve made them for others as well.I tried to make some gloves, which went a bit wrong. They looked like knitted oven gloves. LOL! Frankenstein’s monster would have been proud to wear them!  They will be sorted out at some point.I’m now attempting to make a funky waistcoat, using my own pattern. I may end up with a rather fancy and large dishcloth! Summer Afternoon (LazyLens 20140723 050234 normal) (2)_edited
  3. I love to wear maxi dresses and long skirts.
  4. Back in my twenties I was into candle making, only I didn’t use a kit. One morning I accidentally set my kitchen on fire in the process. I was stood at the door talking to a friend, whilst my pan of wax, heated up, caught fire and burnt itself out. I was greeted by grey smoke in my lounge. I counted myself lucky…even when I had to clean and re-decorate my kitchen, because of my stupid, dizzy self. I didn’t make any more candles.
  5. I’ve seen a ghost…more than once.
  6. I drove a tractor before I drove a car.
  7. I love to re-decorate our house. I’m on with this, again. This year I’m going for bolder colours. Oh yes!
  8. I’m a clutter-bug. I’d die if I had to be minimalist.
  9. I like to paint watercolour and acrylic landscapes. I also paint flower sketches and trees. I’m not very good, but it keeps me out of mischief for a while.
  10. I can be quite shy. I’m not as bad as when I was younger…I was terrible. It takes me a while to get to know people. Once I do, I never shut up!
  11. I love all animals…probably more than people, if the truth be told!


I would love to nominate the following blogs for this award:

Colleen is a freelance writer who is embracing her retirement. Her blog covers a variety of topics and includes inspirational word and images. I always find something to like when I visit this blog.

This blogger hailed from London and has finally settled in Friesland, in The Netherlands. This blog provides the reader with absolutely fabulous images of the wildlife, flowers, sunsets and landscapes of this area. A real treat for the eyes and truly inspiring.

Rachel is passionate about all things stationary and has sourced some amazing books, pens and other bits and bobs. She is now making up beautiful stationary kits and has recently gone live, with her online store. A lovely blog, with some really good features and ideas.

This dog-loving lady has created an inspirational blog, full of amazing images, artwork and thoughtful posts. I’ve only just found this blog, but it’s already becoming a favourite haunt of mine.


My 11 questions for my nominees are as follows:

  1. Where do you get your ideas from, for your blog?
  2. How would you describe yourself?
  3. Are you a follower of fashion?
  4. How do you relax?
  5. What’s your favourite film and why?
  6. If you were a tree, what species would you be and why?
  7. Do you believe in UFO’s?
  8. Which do you prefer…a bath, or a shower?
  9. If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
  10. Who is your favourite author and why?
  11. Do you believe in life after death?

Finally, to all of the bloggers that I’ve nominated. Thank you for your lovely blogs, they’re an inspiration to me and I love to call by, as often as I can. Keep up the good work!

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I’ll be back with another post soon. You have been warned!

Until the next time.




 A few weeks ago I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by Auntie Doris. Auntie Doris died in 1995, but has been blogging since 2013. Very good she is too. Take a look some time at:

Now for the rules. I’ve copied and pasted these rules from Auntie Doris…to simplify things.

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, and link back to their very inspiring site.

2. Mention the rules. But it doesn’t say you can’t break them

3. Nominate who you think should receive this lovely award (and let them know on their sites).

4. Tell the blogging world something they don’t know about you.

So thank you to Auntie Doris.

I’m nominating :

1. My Two Sentences.

Edward Roads lives in Salem, USA and has taken an alternative approach to blogging. His posts consist of two highly descriptive and though provoking sentences. Very clever and extremely addictive. Check out his blog sometime.

2. Fodrambler.

Colin lives in The Forest of Dean and provides his followers with fabulous pictures and information about the wildlife he encounters. Just recently he has been keeping us updated on a family of swallows who have had a challenging summer and have a late baby to raise, before they leave for Africa.

Will they ever be ready to leave for their migration? Check out his blog, on the above link.

3.  Nanny Cool.

Karen is a grandma to six grandchildren and her blog details the various things they all get up to. She is writing a book and likes to write short stories and poems. We are given an insight into Karen’s life and we are treated to some of her lovely photographs. Check out her blog on the above link.

4. Silver Threading.

Colleen’s blog is a firm favourite of mine. She is embracing retirement with vigour. Colleen’s  blog is a pleasant mixture of her poetry, images, insights into her life and her artwork. I always feel uplifted when I’ve visited her blog. Click on the above link, to take a look.

5. Boeta

A lovely blog, written by Boeta and his mum and dad, from their home on the east coast of South Africa. It includes information and fabulous images of the wildlife that they are privileged to witness, in the area that they live in. And we get to see how Boeta is growing up in his beautiful world. Well worth a look, so click on the above link and check it out.

Now for something you don’t know about me…

I used to be a brownie and was sixer of the gnomes. I proudly announced to my mum and dad that I was to be unrolled in the gnomes the following week. Whilst on a brownie pack holiday, we raised brown owl’s knickers on the flag post and put frogs in tawny owl and snowy owl’s beds.

I was a very naughty brownie and now I’m a very naughty woman.

So that’s that.

It’s lovely to receive recognition for my blog and I thank Auntie  Doris again for the nomination.

Have a great day and thanks for calling by.

Until the next time.






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