Liebster Award

I’m delighted to say I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award.  Thank you so much to metaphoricalmarathons .  Do go and visit her blog, she writes with such sensitivity and wisdom and is just an all-round beautiful person.

The process goes as follows: I tell you 11 facts about myself. Answer the 11 questions dipitblack asked. Then nominate 11 blogs, with under 200 followers Then I ask the 11 I’ve nominated, 11 questions of my choice… I think that’s how it goes anyhow!

11 random facts about myself.

If you could go one place right now, where would you go?

I would pack a rucksack and walk the Cotswold Way with a camera and a tape recorder~showing my age there!

What is your favourite thing to do to relax?

Lie in a deep, hot bath with mountains of frothy, heavenly-smelling bubbles and perfumed candles gently flickering on the windowsill.

What is your favourite flower?

The humble wild poppy, vivid red and delicate is my favourite flower.  I love the way the flower head droops before it opens then reaches up to the sun.  I love the seed heads after the petals fall.  I love the way they grow where they will, along the weediest hedgerows or the smartest garden borders.  The poppy shouts summer to me.

What do you most like to do whilst with friends?

Catch a bus to London and wander the streets or ride on an open top bus, getting off at our favourite galleries and restaurants where we would eat beautiful food, drink lovely wine and talk about our latest creative venture.

When listening to music, which track do you have on repeat right now?

Anywhere on this Road from the album The Living Road by Lhasa.

What does writing do for you?

It releases me to truly express myself ~ the real me and say whatever I want.  “Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter”.

How does blogging help you?

Blogging gives me a readership of like-minded or open-minded people who can dip in and out as they wish.  It also keeps my posts available to look back at without having to hunt through journals.  And I get to meet remotely some fascinating people and read all about them.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

I rather fancy being a robin living in an old teapot behind a shed in someone’s garden.  I would pop out to sit on a fencepost and sing my heart out daily then fly wherever the mood takes me.

What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning?

It was very misty when I woke up this morning so I grabbed my camera and walked down the garden path in my pj’s to take photos of the trees in the park opposite my house.

George Clooney, Gerard Butler or Johnny Depp?

It’s got to be George Clooney for me.  Apart from being an amazing actor, film director, producer and screen writer he is noted for his political activism, and has served as one of the United Nations Messengers of Peace since 2008.  George’s humanitarian work includes his advocacy of finding a resolution for the Darfur conflict, raising funds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake, 2004 Tsunami, and 9/11 victims, and creating documentaries such as “Sand and Sorrow” to raise awareness about international crises.  He is also a member of the “Council on Foreign Relations”.  I copied all this information from Wikipedia but my admiration for George comes straight from the heart.

 Now some questions for the people I have nominated:~

1. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you choose?

2. If you could travel back in time, which era would you go to?

3. What is your fancy dress costume of choice?

4.What would you put top of your gifts list if money were no object?

5. If you could choose a Master chef to cook for you, who would you choose and what meal would you request?

6. City, beach, mountain, wilderness or forest?

7. What is the city that fascinates you the most?

8. If you could study any subject now, what would you choose?

9. What is your favourite colour?

There are so many blogs I follow and admire deeply it is difficult to choose.  I would encourage you to check out all those on my community widget ~ but for starters try:~ 

My Happiness Experiment

Michael Lewis Glover | Fine Art Photography

Proficiency Paradigms

Into the wild

Writing Your Destiny

Obscured Dreamer

Just This

leaf and twig

Source of Inspiration


Karin Wiberg


Addictive Blog Award

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Addictive Blog Award was given to me by Renee at :

Renee is a life affirming baby boomer with a heart of gold and loads of common sense.  Do visit her blog ~ it will lift your spirits and enrich your life.

The rules for this Award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link them back.
Thank you dear friend!

2. Share a little bit about why you started blogging.

I started blogging as an extension of the daily journal I was keeping for The Artist’s Way.  I enjoy thinking, researching and writing.  The wonderful thing about blogging is that over time you become part of a community of people whom you would never normally meet, who are interested in your posts and interesting in their own right.  It is inspirational.

3. Copy and Paste the award onto your own blog.

4. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers you think are addictive enough to deserve the award.

That is a hard one as there are so many fascinating and addictive blogs out there.

Please know that I totally understand if you are not interested in Awards. I only want you to know your blog is addictive! ~ fantastic photography more great photography plus inspired words

Thank you again Renee x

Super Sweet Blo…


Super Sweet Blogging Award.

I have been nominated for a super sweet blogging award by Jade Jarvis.  I am very grateful, especially as Jade has introduced me to some amazing new blogs that I had not come across before.

Rules to accept this award:

First rule:

  • Thank the super sweet blogger who made the nomination.

Thank you inspiremylife  for nominating me for this blog award. It is a great boost to my confidence.

If you enjoy reading beautiful and inspired writing, following her blog is a must!

Second rule:

  • Nominate a baker’s dozen of other bloggers.  I have an eclectic mix of sites that I follow and these are just a few that I love.

My nominations are:

  • Answer these five questions below:
  1. Cookie or cake? lemon drizzle cake please!
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla Ice cream? Got to be Madagascan Vanilla, preferably soft and whippy with a chocolate flake in! Yummy.
  3. What is your favorite sweet treat? At the moment Weight Watchers caramel wafers as I am on a diet!
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Middle of the afternoon when I take a mini break from all the rushing about.
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Divine White Chocolate.

Illuminating Blogger Award

Being a relatively new blogger and naturally inclined to need feedback from more experienced bloggers, I am thrilled to receive The Illuminating blogger  award from Karen Wan.

I know not everyone enjoys receiving awards as they involve a bit of an effort, but being a Leo I need all the praise I can get!  So thank you Karen

The rules for the Illuminating Blogger Award are simple.

You just need to share one random thing about yourself and thank the person who recommended you.  The one random thing that I’m sharing is that I am off to London on Thursday to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes Head Office. I am really looking forward to this as there will be lots of interesting and inspiring women talking.  It also gives me a chance to promote the wonderful book Coin Street Chronicles written by Gwen Southgate.  I don’t know Gwen and have never met her but her book deserves to be widely read.  It was very well received in the USA, where Gwen lives now, and I really want to promote it in UK where it is set.

My nominations for the Illuminating Blogger award are also other blogs that I enjoy reading.

illuminating posts:

I hope you will visit them, they will enrich your day x

I’ve been nominated for ~ One Lovely Blog Award!

Wow I am overwhelmed! One of the great blogs I follow has nominated my blog for an award! I am so excited and however humble the award it is great to know someone enjoys my writing enough to nominate me.  It means so much to know that someone is reading and enjoying my musings.  So thank you!

I have been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award, by

8 things about me

1. I like to eat caramel in any shape or form.

2. I am addicted to Sudoku.

3. My old and much loved camera goes with me everywhere.

4. I am secretary of Benhall WI

5. I love creating soups and casseroles and I contributed to a Cookbook.

6. I have 3 of the most beautiful daughters in the whole world and a handsome son.

7. I love wine but can’t drink it!

8. I live in the Cotswolds which is awash with blossom at the moment.

Here are my nominees for the One Lovely Blog Award:


I know the last 2 are cheating but really I can’t get enough of the New hampshire Writers’ group – everyone on it is worth following!

Thank you MerlinSpielen I really appreciate the recognition X