Sunshine Blogger Awards XIV and XV

These two awards have a medical link. I have been prescribed the Sunshine Blogger Award by who blogs over at Dr Martha Castro. She’s a Medical Doctor and General Surgeon who has practised world class medical quality care for over 30 years. I’d be wise to heed her advice. Furthermore, I was nominated by the team over at Francochuksblog who advocate “Better Health, Better Life.” You can’t argue against that!

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Blogosphere community holds several awards that bloggers use to nominate a blog in appreciation for its creative, inspiring, or motivational content. The award also helps other blogger receive recognition and free exposure for their blogs.

Award’s Rules (which I routinely flout)

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog so everyone can visit.
2. Answer the questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees by commenting on their blog post.
5. List the rules and display the Award logo on your blog post.


Come on, you know how this works. If you’ve read this far consider yourself nominated. Just join in!

Dr Martha’s questions

1. How old is your blog?

It’s been around the block a bit and will shortly have its 11th birthday! It’s positively geriatric, a bit like me.

2. Why do you like blogging?

I suppose because I can!

3, Do you like interacting with your followers in the comments section?

I do indeed enjoy a spot of daily banter.

4. Do you prefer blogging than social media?

I must do as I’m not a particularly frequent poster on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

5. Do you like being nominated for blogging awards?

Of course, who doesn’t love recognition?

6. Do you plan on blogging for a long time?

Yes, unless there’s something you’re not telling me. You’re the Doc!

7. What is the best accomplishment or satisfaction you have had through your blogging?

Someone finding the information on my blog useful.

8. Have you ever blogged about very controversial topics?

No, that’s not the purpose of my blog. I seek to amuse rather than stir up a hornet’s nest.

9. As a blogger, do you think that there should be more bloggers than Facebook addicts?

I don’t really pay much heed to statistics and have no idea whether one has a larger following than the other.

10. Do you like html and have you created a code of your own?

Blimey, don’t start getting all technical on me.

11. What do you think about live blogging, video, podcast?

All great ideas just not for me.

Francochucks’ Questions (where they differ from Dr Martha’s)

1. How important do you think Social Media is for the success of a blog?

Well this, of course, depends on how you define success! If I used social media to promote my blog, I might create greater awareness, but I don’t.

2. How would you define a successful blog? In other words, what do think a successful blog looks like?

One where its owner is happy with what the blog has achieved.

3. Describe your feelings when you received your first blogging award nomination.

Amazed that anyone thought my blog worthy of an award. Now I appreciate I tend to get nominated because I (eventually) respond to the nomination.

4. Have you ever thought about monetizing your blog ?

No, never! However I applaud those that do.

5. If so, what do you think is the best method of monetizing?

To be honest I have no idea. You tell me!

6. What kind of post do you find easiest or most enjoyable to write?

Travel-related and pictorial ones.

7. What do you think is best, long or short posts?

I think it depends on the subject matter but I do generally subscribe to the theory that less is more.

8. Funny/Weird Question: What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Frogs legs – never again!

9. What is your favourite way to unwind after a hectic day?

Chillin’ with my beloved husband.

Silent Sunday

I know it’s supposed to be silent but I couldn’t leave without saying a few words about this vibrant symbol of winter in the south of France and a sure sign that spring is on its way.

The bright yellow flower of this scented plant grows prolifically in southern France in the Var region where the Cote d’Azur and Provence meet. The route du Mimosa is 130km long and runs from Bormes les Mimosa to the perfume capital Grasse and is usually its best from the end of January to March.

It was British visitors introduced who Mimosa to the French Riviera in the late 19th century. The area was popular with those craving the sunshine of the Med and Victorians flocked here, including Queen Victoria who spent several months at a time in the region. The plant loved the climate and the soil and Mimosa growers proliferated. Used in the perfume industry (Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent and Guerlain are all fans) for its scent and in bouquets for its exquisite beauty and gorgeous colour, it also headlines a number of fabulous Mimosa festivals.