Liebster Award XVIII – XX

Once again I’ve bundled three of these awards together as I find it’s the best way of responding. Now, that sounds a bit boastful. It’s not. It’s only because I respond that I receive these nominations. Of course, it would be nice to think that it’s down to my well-crafted posts with their wonderful prose and fabulous photos but let’s not kid ourselves! I do them because it encourages more interaction among bloggers, particularly newbies. Plus, you know, they’re fun to do!

This time round I was most kindly nominated by three wonderful and quite different bloggers:  The Real Aktion, Stefania at  TYT and, QueridaJ over at The Indigo Show.  Please take the time to drop by their sites, check out their interesting content and give them a follow.


Are you a relatively new blogger? If so, please consider yourself nominated. Go ahead and tell us more about yourself and answer whichever of the many questions below take your fancy!

11 Facts about me

Another reason for combining these awards, I’m fast running out of things to tell you! At this stage, I must be an open book. Apologies in advance for any repetitions.

1. I’ve regarded the pandemic as a rehearsal for life with my beloved in retirement. Fortunately, I think I’m going to be able to manage – just.

2. Travel restrictions during the pandemic have allowed us to fall in love, all over again, with where we live. We’ve tried to have days or half-days out most weeks visiting nearby towns as part of our staycation.

3. Being at home so much has allowed me to develop our terrace garden and do much more cooking.

4. While we’ve not been able to watch any live sport we’ve more recently much enjoyed watching football, cycling and MotoGP on the television.

5. My beloved and I usually work at a large partners’ desk in the office but, because of all his Zoom calls, he’s been banished to the desk in the lounge. I’m much enjoying having the office to myself and this situation could well continue long-term.

6. We’ve introduced Friday Musical Evenings where, thanks to my beloved’s subscription to Apple Music, we’ve been exploring the catalogues of our favourite artists and discovering some new ones. We’ve not had any complaints from the neighbours so they too must enjoy our musical choices.

7. We’re currently considering what will be our first overnight stay in a hotel since you-know-what. Of course, it’s in France and one we’ve stayed in before.

8. We’ve tried to regularly support our favourite restaurants because we don’t want them to disappear.

9. Our picnic set has been pressed into more use this year than ever before.

10. Lockdown has reminded me to more greatly appreciate what I’ve got rather than what I haven’t.

11. Our long, hot summer has continued well into September.

Aktion’s Questions

1.What is a really cool place you would like to travel to?

Most of the places I want to visit are ones I’ve already visited. However, recent documentary programmes on India, Cambodia and Vietnam have put them all onto the list though whether we’ll ever get there is a moot point.

2. What kind of music do you like?

I like all sorts of music.

3. What would you do with US$8 Million Dollars?

That’s a very specific amount. I’d look at ways I could give it to people whose need is far greater than mine.

4. Do you play video games?

No, I have never played a single video game. Life’s too short to spend it sitting down, indoors.

5. What, in your personal view, is the top Movie of 2020 so far?

I’ve seen so few movies this year that I’d have to go for Toy Story IV which is probably from last year.

6. How many languages do you know and can speak?

I speak English, French, German, Italian and Spanish but can get by in a few others.

7. Do you like to cook?

I love to cook!

8. What would be an ideal job you would look forward to doing everyday?

Looking after my beloved hubby has turned into a full-time role!

9. Which would you desire most: Supercar? Or Super Fast Motorbike?

Neither! You’re talking to a woman who drives a Smart car and does more kilometres on her bike than in her car.

10. Would you choose Pringles or Tortillas?

Again, neither unless the latter is home-made.

11. What ability would you like most: to breathe underwater, or, to be unaffected by heat?

I’m generally able to withstand heat pretty well but maybe I need to up my game with global warming.

Stefania’s Questions

1.What’s your name?

It’s Sheree. I thought this an odd question until I gave it some thought then realised so many bloggers don’t put their names on their blog.

2. Do you like your name?

Yes, I do. I was teased about it as a child but it never bothered me.

3. Where do you live?

I’m very fortunate to live in the south of France.

4. How long have you been writing the blog?

Too long!

5. Did you practise any sports?

I did play lots of sport and continue to do a few, such as cycling and cross-country skiing.

6. Who’s your favourite actor?

I find favourites difficult but here’s a few: Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, John Malkovich, Tim Robbins

7. What’s the strangest thing you’ve done?

I spent quite sometime thinking about this and even asked my beloved. We couldn’t come up with anything!

8. What would you eliminate from this year?

Racism and not just from this year, for ever.

9. What are you afraid of?

In truth, very little

10. What is your best quality?

My relentless positivity

11. What would you like to change in your behaviour?

I’ve reached that time in my life where I’m perfectly happy with the way I am

12. What animal would you like to be?

See my answer above!

Querida J’s Questions

1.If you could travel to a destination you have never been before, what would it be?

See my answer to 1. above in the first set of questions.

2. What is one dish you love to eat but can’t be bothered to cook?

I love cooking so there’s nothing I wouldn’t cook.

3. What is your favourite/often used phrase?

Tout à fait (absolutely)

4. Who was your favourite teacher and why?

It was so long ago and I don’t recall having any favourites.

5. Share a scenic photo/landscape artwork (one you have taken/created or one you have seen on the net) that made you feel happy, thoughtful or amazed.

This is the view from my balcony of which I never tire.

Award Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and give a link to the blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you
  • Share 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post

Congratulations, you’ve (finally) reached the end! Sorry it was such a marathon! Please reward yourself in some way. Hope you had a great week-end. Sx

75 Comments on “Liebster Award XVIII – XX

  1. oh how nice to combine the replies -and the apple music night on Fridays sounds awesome !!
    My hubs and I will sometimes have a behind the music” time or “music exploration” time using spotify! so fun

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  2. Hahaha, when I logged in just now, I had received a notification that this was up — previously I had been saying that I hope I didn’t miss anything just in case you actually did make a post about your nomination since I wouldn’t have wanted it to seem as though I didn’t pay it any mind, so it’s remarkable that, not only did I not miss your reply to the nomination, but I also saw your response on the same day that you have posted it 😂😂.

    It was terrific to have the opportunity to read more about you since I am very new to your content, and I wish you and your beloved all the best, especially during these times of the pandemic which are pretty rough. I also liked reading your response to my questions, and I enjoyed reading your answers to some of the other bloggers as well as reading their questions. The only thing is that on my 3rd question, I didn’t actually add a specific national currency since at the time I just thought it would be assumed, contextually, that I was referring to a considerable life-changing amount of money universally just for the fun of it lol. But, I loved your answer, it was very caring and compassionate and your whole presentation was very well done.

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    • Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I do eventually get around to doing all the award and tag posts but I only do one per week even though the awards tend to arrive in bunches. I hope you are also faring well in these difficult times. It’s a challenge for us all.

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      • Yes, I can see the Awards and Tag posts piling-up since they are so catchy and fun to take part in hahaa.

        Thank you so much Sheree, I am not doing too bad at the moment; one thing that keeps me going is looking at the positives and believing that if I do my part, atleast I would be one less potential problem contributing to these troubled circumstances. So I am doing ok and I am also doing the best I can — thank you so much for asking.

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      • That is so cool; that is certainly the way to go.

        When I hear similar things from others during the pandemic, its very inspirational, and even though individually it might not seem like much, collectively it adds up.

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      • It was wonderful to receive your insights and I wish you all the best for today and beyond; Cheers my friend 🍻👍😄

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  3. I’m down to $1,500 to live on with no income in sight. Can I get about $50k of that $8M??

    Great and interesting answers!! I might give this a go later.

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    • I’m so sorry to hear about your financial problems. If I had that $8m you would be more than welcome to a share but sadly, I don’t. Please give the award a go.

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  4. Congratulations. I enjoyed reading your answers and learning more about you. I am so glad that you and your beloved become much more closer and more in love due to the pandemic. Many couples are experiencing the opposite where they found themselves living with a total stranger. We have to bear them up in our prayers. Have a blessed week in the Lord.

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  5. Lol you never fail to make me giggle, with your congratulations you’ve finally reached the end hahaha! I loved the answers and congrats on the 3 nominees! xoxo

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  6. Congrats!

    Pinning jello you down on the what do you like to cook. Heheh. Yeah yeah anything which isn’t specific :P. Hmn what moves you while you cook?

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