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Blogger awards and sharing the love.

I hold my hand up unashamedly and admit that I am very much a ‘carrot’ rather than a ‘stick’ person when it comes to incentives.  Praise and recognition, although not the primary reason for doing anything in my life, are always nice to receive.

So I love the idea of blogger to blogger awards.  It never fails to give me a real boost when I get a lovely message popping up to tell me that a fellow blogger has nominated me for an award.  On this occasion it was Osyth nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award; thank you so very much Osyth.

If you don’t know Osyth’s blog, you can expect posts which are witty, insightful and interesting.  There’s a real mix of treasures, drawn from her life and loves in France and her tales from along the way.  I also really respect that – like me – she only uses her own photographs.  Curious?  Go have a look: Osyth.wordpress.com!


Rules for the award go like this:

  • Thank and link to the person who nominated you
  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy, then comment on their posts to let them know that you have nominated them


So here are seven of my little loves and hates:

  • One of my very best friends and I are pregnant at the same time and due to deliver our babies just weeks apart.  A total coincidence but something that makes me incredibly happy.
  • I have a serious weakness for cake.  Lemon cake of pretty much any variety, coffee cake and carrot cake probably being at the top of the list.  However I will eat almost any type of cake put in front of me with gusto and a smile on my face, especially if it is homemade.
  • I’d love to live in Italy some day.  I know it’s not perfect – nowhere is – but I just love the country, the people, the food, the language, the architecture…
  • I hate wearing high heels.  I love looking at them and love the elegance they lend to a look, but they are just too uncomfortable to be bothered with most of the time.  Four years in SE Asia, living in flip-flops has done nothing to improve my shoe attitude problem!
  • We used to have a lady who helped around the house, but I couldn’t handle someone being in my home all the time.  In the end it felt more like a punishment than a perk.  The place is not as clean and tidy anymore, I am busier, but I feel immeasurably happier.
  • I would love to be able to time-travel backwards.  Serious history books, stuffed full of dates and references, are not my thing really, but I find the personal, social elements of everyday history fascinating.  What people ate, wore, thought about; family life, daily concerns… Oh to be a time-travelling fly on the wall.
  • Personal ‘to do’ lists and long-term planning comfort me.  It doesn’t necessarily matter to me if living life means that the plan changes or the ‘to do’ list doesn’t get done. Which is just as well, as that happens a lot! It’s just a way to focus my thinking.


And last, but not least, 15 blogs I would like to nominate for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. In the past when I’ve been thinking about nominees I’ve gone for blogs I already know and love.  This time I thought I’d try a different approach and find entirely new blogs to inspire me.  I’ve come to realise that I have a lot of very visual blogs that I follow, so these new ones are much more focused on written content.  Every one offers thought-provoking posts and a fascinating read.

I’m not going to give you any more clues about them.  Just get a brew and a biscuit (or two…or three!), get comfortable, and settle down for some great reading.  I really hope you check them out and enjoy them as much as I have so far:


Finally, following the Awards-acceptance theme, it seems fitting that the closing words should go to the wonderful Meryl Streep and her Oscar acceptance speech for The Iron Lady:

“When they called my name I had this feeling I could hear half of America going, “Oh no! Oh, c’mon why? Her? Again?” You know? But, whatever.” 

Meryl Streep, Actress in a Leading Role, The Iron Lady, 2011


Grateful, inspired, and full of thanks.

It has been a busy, busy month of change and goings on in life outside of writing, meaning a rather low productivity month on the blogging front.  But at last I have the opportunity to say a very important and long overdue ‘thank you’ to Paula at http://freshpaula.com for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  What a pleasure and a privilege.

Receiving awards like these from other bloggers really gives me a lift, and makes me proud to be part of such a supportive blogging community.  Not everything about the world of blogging is sunshine and rainbows, but this is definitely one of the lovelier bits.




So, as with all such things, the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award on your post.
  3. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
  4. State 7 things about yourself.
  5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
  6. Contact your nominees to let them know you have nominated them. Provide a link to your post.
  7. Proudly display the award logo (or buttons) on your blog, whether on your side bar, ABOUT page, or a special page for awards.


Sticking to the rules (for now!), seven things about me:

  • Blues and greens are my favourite colour choices.  I once ‘had my colours done’, and I am apparently a ‘Sprinter Winter’!
  • Lillies make me think of home.  My mum often had them in her house when I was growing up; I bought them most weeks when I had my own place in England; they were in my wedding flowers. I can’t get them out here and I miss them.
  • Oranges are the best thing EVER.  Well, according to my 18 month old anyway.  She would happily eat nothing but ‘jaa-juu’ all day, if I’d let her.
  • Growing up I really wanted to be a researcher for wildlife programmes on the BBC.  My career took a different path, but I still watch the BBC series like Blue Planet in utter awe and wonder of the scenes they show, and the professional skills of the team who bring them to us.
  • Geranium essential oil makes me feel so relaxed and uplifted.  It is one of my all time favourite scents.  I cannot walk past a geranium plant without rubbing a leaf and taking a good long sniff.
  • Early mornings are my best time.  I used to get up early to go swim training before school when I was in my teens, and I think my body has been permanently set.  By 9pm I am hanging on in there, waiting for my bed.  Definitely not a night owl!
  • Rarely do I find anything labelled as ‘comedy’ consistently funny and watchable. The Australian performer Tim Minchin is unusual in having broken through my wall of apathy.  He is a musical comedian (is that a thing?  I don’t know, but that’s how I think of him), and is a very gifted composer and lyricist.  He thinks about the big stuff, and his work is clever, if pretty controversial at times.  One of his less contentious ones, White Wine in the Sun, really speaks to me, and it makes me feel happy and sad, all at the same time.


The next bit – nominations!  The rules say to nominate 15, but I’ve gone for less because these are the ones that I thought of straight off the bat, without having to think “right, now, who else….?!”.  If you don’t already know these blogs they are well worth a look.  Truly, very inspirational bloggers, one and all:

I think sometimes social media and blogging can be quite ego-centric and if you aren’t careful it can quickly become a game of numbers.  How many followers do I have?  How many hits?  How many likes? etc etc. That’s not the kind of game I like really.

But things like blogger-to-blogger awards make me feel really quite humble. And also thankful.  Thankful for the recognition from other bloggers that they have enjoyed stopping by at my little corner of the blogosphere.  Thankful for the great reads, the laugh-out-loud lines, the thought provoking posts, the stunning photography, the inspiration that other bloggers give to me. Not always easy, but a philosophy I firmly believe in, in blogging, as in life:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”

(Oprah Winfrey)