Blogger Recognition Award IV

I was recently, very kindly nominated by Flavia who, like me, started her blog to keep in touch with family and friends. Flavia is an Italian polyglot (she’s currently learning her sixth language – Greek). This obviously gives her a greater insight into the places she visits and which she kindly shares with us. Do drop by her blog and give her a follow – you won’t regret it!

Here’s those pesky rules (which I rarely observe)

1. Write a post displaying your award.
2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to her/his blog.
3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
4. Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
5. Nominate 10-15 bloggers who you believe deserve recognition.
6. Tell the nominees they’ve been nominated.

As this is my fourth Blogger Recognition Award I have already explained how my blog started. Maybe, this time I should cover how it restarted. It wasn’t that I ran out of steam, or even ideas, but a crowd I’d met on social media suggested we set up a blog which we called VeloVoices – many voices, one passion – pro cycling for fans, by fans. From 2012 onwards I was frantically writing plenty about cyclists and cycling which left me very little time for my own blog. Consequently output dwindled. It wasn’t really until 2015 that I began to apply myself again to posting on a View from the Back and activily started engaging with other bloggers. I’ve now returned to daily postings, a mixture of trips, travel, awards, photos, recipes plus whatever else takes my fancy.

I’ve also dished out plenty of advice on my previous award posts and I’m scrabblng to find something pithy and worthwhile to say now.

However I firmly believe you should enjoy blogging, it shouldn’t become a chore. Write about what you know, what you’re interested in, what you love.

I love this quote from Louboutin, probably because I adore his fantastic red-soled shoes – veritable shoe porn!

Make sure there’s an “About” page on your blog which tells other bloggers a bit about you and your blog, giving it an identity.

Now as you know, I am loathe to nominate other blogs. Instead I prefer to invite you to join in and share the award, particularly those of you who’ve perhaps not been blogging for very long.

Have a great week-end!

Sunshine Blogger Award X and XI

WARNING – Once again, I’ve combined a couple of nominations so this’ll be another long post.

I was nominated by the beautiful Ilona, who like me likes on the Cote d’Azur, and now blogs over at Cicco Photo, where she aims to spread positivity and good vibes to all of us.

I would also like to thank the writer James A Best for his kind nomination for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

If you don’t already subscribe to either of these excellent bloggers, head on over to their blogs and please give them a follow.

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Let’s just remind ourselves about the award which is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

Ilona’s Questions

1. What inspires you to wake up every morning?

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

2. What is your purpose for your blog?

I could say that it’s an outlet for my creativity but that would be a lie. I blog because I can.

3. Do you like to take walks or jog?

I prefer a brisk walk to jogging though, in truth, I’m such a slow jogger that there’s little difference in speed between the two.

4. What is the most important thing to you when it comes to family?

You’re asking a woman who only has two living relatives? I hope both my sisters stick around for as long as possible.

5. Have you ever taken a trip and got stuck there because of the bad weather?

Been stuck at both JFK in New York and Heathrow in London, neither of which have much to recommend them.

6. Does it snow where you live?

We’ve had snow here but it doesn’t last more than 24 hours. Fortunately I live near the southern Alps where it does snow and I can go both alpine and cross-country skiing.

7. What makes you want to keep writing?

I enjoy the discipline and I love taking photos to illustrate my blogs.

8. Do you like to ride horses? If so, have you?

Yes, I rode horses for many years but not so much recently. I prefer riding my bike.

9. What is your favourite type of birds?

I love the noisy birds in Australia.

10. What month were you born?

January

11. What is your favourite place to eat pasta?

At home or in Italy.

James’ Questions

1. What is your favorite ice cream?

Vegan coffee

2. What is your favorite type of salad?

I love salad, particularly ones like these.

3. Have you ever eaten Buffalo meat?

No, but then I am vegan.

4. Do you enjoy gardening?

No, I have digits of doom rather than green fingers.

5. What type of music is playing in your home all the time?

I don’t play music all the time, I like peace and quiet.

6. What makes you smile?

I’m always smiling because I’m always happy.

7. What is your go to book to read and relax?

Any cookery book.

8. Would you rather live in the country or a city?

A city every time.

9. Do you or have you ever done any skiing?

I’ve done alpine skiing, snow boarding, ski-touring and cross-country skiing.

10. What is your favorite genre of movies and why?

Cartoons because they’re amusing and light-hearted.

11. Do you think there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

I don’t know, I never looked.

My Nominees

Anyone who wants to run with this! Please be my guest.

Award Rules

Which I routinely ignore!

  • Thank the Blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • List the rules and display an award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate new blogs to receive the award and notify them by commenting on any of their blog posts.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions.

Mystery Blogger Award III

I have accepted the very kind nomination from Betul Erbasi who writes short stories in English and Turkish over at a blog of the same name. Betul’s a PhD student at the University of Southern California and the blog provides her with an outlet for her creative talent. Head on over there, check out her blog and give her a follow.

Mystery Blogger Award” is for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are some of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion – I definitely fall into the latter category!

Okoto Enigma: https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/

Three Things About Me

It’s getting more and more difficult to come up with stuff I’ve not already talked about!

1. My boss at my last employer decided to commission an assessment of his executive team. I came out as “The Board Rebel,” a title I much relished. My boss less so!

2. As a child I tried many times to get rid of my kid sister. I was unsuccessful!

3. Dogs love me! I’ve no idea why but they always make a bee-line for me.

Favourite Posts

I love all the posts about my beloved husband, such as:-

https://viewfromtheback.com/2017/12/31/things-my-beloved-has-lost-hire-car-keys/

https://viewfromtheback.com/2017/12/08/things-my-beloved-doesnt-do-put-things-back-where-they-belong/

https://viewfromtheback.com/2017/08/19/things-my-beloved-does-leaves-everything-until-the-very-last-moment/

Betul’s Questions

1. What was the last thing you challenged yourself with?

This https://viewfromtheback.com/2019/04/21/a-moment-of-madness/

2. What is your favorite food?

Probably lobster

3. What is your dream city like? What kind of city?

My dream city is where I live in France. I’m an unashamed urbanite.

4. Can you describe yourself in a sentence?

Don’t need a sentence. I can do it in 5 words – Remainer, happy, fun-loving, healthy and long-time married.

5. (Weird/Funny, repeated from above) What was your most embarrassing moment (or most disgusting habit – if you can’t think of one) ever?

I’m going to have to give this some thought. Oh, I know, when I accidentally stole a car. You know, I should write a post about that incident!

Award Rules

Is it my imagination or are these pesky rules multiplying?

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.

5. Answer the 5 questions you were asked.

6. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

7. You have to nominate 10-20 people.

8. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

9. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

10. Share a link to your best post(s).

My Nominees

Anyone can join in with the fun. Feel free to answer Betul’s 5 questions either in the comments below or in a stand-alone post on your own blog.

Above all, have lots of fun this weekend

Best wishes

Sheree x

Special Blogger Award II

I was gifted this award by Steve and his feline companion Muffin who write about their lives and friends in the country over at Steve’s Country. If you don’t already follow this lovely duo, head on over to their blog and press the “Follow” button.

 

Award Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions you are asked ( if you’re comfortable doing so!)
  • Create 10 questions for the bloggers you’ve nominated.
  • Nominate at least 3 bloggers for the Special Blogger Award.
  • Comment on your nominees most recent blog post to let them know you’ve nominated.
  • Have a fun.

Steve’s Questions

1. How long have you been blogging?

Too long! I started back in 2009 but had a bit of a hiatus between 2012 – 2015 while blogging about cycling over on VeloVoices.

2. Did you like writing before blogging?

I’ve always enjoyed writing.

3. What did you like to write before blogging?

Mainly work-related stuff and newsy letters to friends

4. Do you think you will still be blogging a year from now?

Yes, unless you know something I don’t?

5. What is your favorite part of blogging?

Planning and preparation.

6. Have you ever had any nasty comments from people?

Not that I’m aware of……

7. Have you ever had to block someone?

No!

8. If no to #6, what would you do if you did get a nasty comment?

Ignore it! Life’s too short to worry about nasty comments. Sticks and stones and all that………………….

9. Do you enjoy flying?

Yes, I enjoy being airborne!

10. Would you prefer to fly across the ocean or go by boat?

Fly, every time. Please don’t tell Greta, she’ll cross me off of her Xmas card list.

My Nominees

You’re all Special Bloggers and equally deserving of this award so why don’t you join in and answer Steve’s questions? Either in a stand-alone post on your blog or in the comments below.

I hope you’re enjoying the weekend?

Best wishes

Sheree x

Liebster Awards XI, XII and XIII

Again, a spot of amalgamation! I was honoured to be nominated by these three lovely bloggers:

  • Nico, a day-dreamer and servant of God, who blogs over at the little alchemist
  • Smiley Subi who expresses her thoughts and feelings over at Act out
  • Steve (and Muffin) who express their love of the countryside and its inhabitants over at Steve’s Country

These are all great blogs, so don’t forget to pay them a visit and give them a follow.

Now, I hope you’re sitting comfortably and have refreshments to hand because this is going to be another looooooooooooong post.

The Rules

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the questions the blogger(s) asked you.

4. Nominate some bloggers and make them happy!!

5. Ask your nominees some questions and notify them about the Liebster Award 🥇.

Nico’s questions

1. Are you a pessimist or an optimist

Incurable optimist!

2. Bookworm or gamer

3. Do you want to be a kid or an adult

An adult who’s young at heart.

4. Are you a sadist or an empath.

Empath

5. Introvert or extrovert

Introvert though most people think I’m an extrovert.

6. Singing or dancing

Neither!

7. Favourite writer

Nobel Prize-winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro.

8. Your passion

My beloved husband of 42 years.

9. Have life pause button or have life rewind button

Neither, I’m on fast-forward

10. Favourite sports

MotoGP, cycling and football.

11. Favourite quote

Anything by Dorothy Parker

Smiley Subi’s Questions

1. What is the best thing about you?

My positivity and energy

2. Why did you start blogging?

The short answer: “Because I could!” The long answer

3. According to you your best post.

This one about #EKKA has been my most popular recent post but my favourite one is about my father.

4. Would you like to donate your organs?

Absolutely!

5. The most beautiful gift you’ve ever given to your parents?

A large photo potrait of their three gorgeous daughters for their 50th wedding anniversary

6. Have you ever thought that there is another world beyond this world?

Why not?

7. Suppose you are a police officer and what will you do if a family member of yours commited a crime?

Encourage them to hand themselves in before I report them.

8. According to you, How can control corruption?

I’m not sure you can, because you need to eliminate all human greed.

9. What according to you is the best punishment to a Rapist?

It’s not up to me to decide on punishments, that’s for the justice system.

10. Which work ever you did that made you very happy?

I liked managing multi-disciplinary teams.

11. Best Memory of Life?

I’ve lots of great memories  – see my series of posts on them – and, I hope, I have more to come.

Steve’s Questions

What 11 things do you dislike and why?

Oooh, Steve, this is a tricky one but here goes:-

1. Discrimination for any reason, it’s just unjust!

2. Jaffa cakes! I cannot abide chocolate and orange together. The only think I like with chocolate, is more chocolate.

3. Disorganisation  – I like everything to be neat and orderly.

4. Dirty car – I like Tom (my SMART car) to be kept clean and tidy, and in tip-top condition. Remember those adverts about Toyota Yaris?

5. People who take credit for the work or efforts of others. I don’t think I need to explain why that’s not right.

6. Whiny, whinging kids. It’s not that I like them to be seen but not heard. I’m happy for them to be noisy – I certainly was – but I want joyous, energetic noise.

7. Anything that wastes my time. When you get to my age, the clock is definitely ticking. I don’t want to waste a moment.

8. I dislike it when my football teams (Aston Villa and OGC Nice) lose, but then so does every single supporter. We always want our teams to win, sadly it’s not always possible.

9. I dislike having to change the tyre on my bike after a puncture though, luckily for me, Frenchmen are so chivalrous that I very rarely have to. Someone will inevitably come to my rescue.

10. BREXIT, I’m a Remainer – obviously.

11. The causes of homelessness and poverty. The world needs to become a fairer place. I’m happy for my taxes to help those who are less well off, and so should everyone who’s as fortunate or more fortunate.

Nominees

As usual, I’m throwing this open to anyone who wants to join in. Feel free to pick up the challenge, run with it and answer all or just a few of the questions above but, above all, have a great weekend.

Debut Barnabus Award

I was very kindly nominated by Steve and his faithful feline companion Muffin from Steve’s Country for this award: a new one for me! Steve’s blog showcases the beautiful flora and fauna where he lives and regularly features walks, poems and even coffee mornings. Head over to his blog and join in. If you’re lucky you may get to try some of my baked goodies, but you’ll need to be quick!

The Barnabas Award is presented in recognition of the encouragement and inspiration a blogger brings to their readers.

Award Rules

Thank the person who nominated you, and share their blog. Think of five bloggers that encourage and inspire you and nominate them. List five things about yourself and answer the questions. Lastly, ask your nominees five questions. Why five? Because it is the number that signifies grace.

Five Things About Myself

1. I’m a very busy retiree who spends an inordinate amount of time clearing up after my husband of 42 years.

2. I love being outdoors either on foot or on my bike. I think this is because I spent so many years working long hours in offices.

3. Cooking is my main form of relaxation. I love cooking for others, the more the merrier.

4. My motto is “Never knowingly unprepared!

5. I enjoy my own company.

Questions From Steve (and Muffin)

1. What is your favorite day of the week and why?

I don’t really have a favourite but let’s say Monday, as it’s the start of a new week.

2. Is there some place in your own country that you have never seen that you would like to see?

My own country? Okay, I was born in UK and now live in France which I regard as home. I’m slowly working my way around it, but it’s a big, beautiful place and there’s still a lot to see.

3. Do you think you will still be blogging one year from now?

Absolutely! Unless there’s something you all know that I don’t?

4. Other than your own country, what other countries would you like to visit? (no more than 3)

I’ve visited all the countries I want to see but some of these are large countries and there are places I still want to see there. So I’d like to re-visit Australia, Japan and USA.

5. Do you like to encourage other people?

Yes, in my former role I was responsible for a very large team. People might say I managed them but I like to think I mentored them, encouraged them to give of their best. I firmly believe you should have people play to their strengths.

My Nominees

As usual, I’m going to encourage others to take part in the award and pose the same five questions to anyone who wants to join in – go for it!

Liebster Awards VIII, IV and X

I’ve once again taken the liberty of combining a number of awards. I’m most fortunate to have been nominated for a Liebster by the following amazing bloggers:-

Jyoti who blogs over at Jyoti’s Corner sharing her youthful thoughts with us all. I’m sure she’ll have done well in her recent exams.

Altair who blogs over at Altair 5G Theatre embracing the wonders of the 21st century. Interestingly, the name means Aiglons (Eagles), the nickname of OGC Nice, my local football team.

Beth who blogs over at Pilgrimage Studio and shares her knowledge of global cultural practices, customs, and traditions for transformation, wellbeing and healing.

So let’s start with the usual reminder. The Liebster Award exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Note Der Liebster is a German not English word meaning sweetheart, beloved person or darling.

Once again, thank you so much to Jyoti, Altair and Beth for kindly nominating me

The Award Rules

1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger(s) asked you.

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!!

5. Compose 11 questions to ask your nominees.

As you know, I habitually ignore the rules!

Facts about me

It’s not easy trying to find something new to say after a number of these awards, so forgive if I repeat something I’ve mentioned before. I now have a teeny, tiny family, just me and my two sisters. None of us have any children (from choice). I was brought up in the Midlands (UK), studied at Loughboro’ University (East Midlands) where I met my husband. I married while still at university and set up home initially in Leicester, later London. I trained as a chartered accountant and spent most of my working career in Financial Services. I led the team that persuaded the City of London to change its planning laws with regard to tall buildings and gained planning permission for the building commonly known as “The Gherkin.” I moved lock, stock and barrel (thank heavens) to France 15 years ago where my husband and I now run our own consultancy business.

Jyoti’s questions

1. Have you ever read the book of Harry Potter or seen the movie of it? If yes, who is your favorite character?

No and no but my favourite character would have been the one played by the late Alan Rickman.

2. If you like a girl/ boy how you would approach him/ her? If you are married then, tell what you would do if you are not married?

I’ve been married (to the same person) for 42 years, goodness knows what I’d do. Probably cook them something. They do say the way to a man’s heart is via his stomach.

3. Your friends find you which type of person?

The person they ring if they need a problem solved or want something done.

4. Do you want to own a dream house or dream car? Choose one!

I already own my dream car (Smart Brabus with double bike carrier) and most people would consider I live in a dream apartment but I’d love a basement, wood-fired oven, library and a bigger kitchen.

5. Do you believe in aliens?

I assume you mean those from out of space? Why not!

6. Why do you follow my blog?

You write about stuff I find interesting. I love the enthusiasm of youth.

7. Why should I follow your blog?

No particular reason, only if you like what I write.

8. Any one thing which you want to eradicate from this world?

Disease, poverty, inequality – oops, that’s three!

9. You are in a new to a place and you do not know the people of that area very well. You went to a restaurant and when you were about to pay bill, you found that you have no money and no phone! What would you do to pay the bill?

This wouldn’t happen to me because I’d have checked beforehand that I had my money and credit cards, though it has happened to my beloved. I’d explain the situation to the restaurant owner/manager, promising to return the following day to pay and, if necessary, I’d leave my ID. (Everyone in France must carry some form of ID).

10. What do you like more sunrise or sunset?

I like them both but sunrise is the dawn of another promising day.

11. Okay, a simple question: suppose you are a police officer. You have a best friend with whom you have spent last 10 years and many good moments. One day, in a mission you got to know that he is a criminal. Would you be able to kill him?

Only in self-defence, if he/she tries to kill me.


Altair’s Questions

1. Do you like the epic register in movies and books?

I’m not sure what you mean by epic, do you mean “Blockbuster”? As someone who’s never seen a Harry Potter, Star Wars or Marvel movie, I guess the answer is “No.”

2 How do you drink your wine?

Always in a glass, necking wine from a bottle is a definite no, no.

3. If you were a temptation, which one would you be?

Probably gluttony

4. What do you choose between silence and speech?

Silence every time

5. If all humans are liars, when do you tell the truth?

Never

6. Do you like poetry?

Yes

7. Would you like to live with an extraordinary artist BUT unbearable?

Absolutely not!

8. Are you more of a pessimist or optimist?

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool optimist

9. If we save only one thing of our humanity, what would you choose? (the living arts, science, poetry, painting, music, sculpture, monuments, philosophy, etc.)

Tough choice but it would have to be science.

10. Can we succeed in proving his love?

Whose love? Do you mean God’s? I have no idea.

11. If we can actually climb Altair, will you come to see us, all the “Altair” we are?

Again, not sure what you’re getting at with this question. Not too keen on climbing as I don’t like heights.


Beth’s Questions

1. If you could know the absolute and complete truth to one question, what question would you ask?

Is there life after death?

2. How long do you think you would last in a zombie apocalypse?

I had to look this up as I’m not a fan of horror movies nor am I a gamer. It’s  “a widespread rise of zombies hostile to human life engages in a general assault on civilisation.” Do zombies eat? If they do, I’d persuade them to let me live with my cookery skills. If not………………………………………….

3. What is something most people learn only after it is too late?

Time is finite


If you’ve managed to read this far congratulations, you’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award. Feel free to answer any of the above questions either in a post of your own or below in the comments.

Have a great week-end!

Real Neat Blog Award III

I’m very grateful to be nominated again for the Real Neat Blog Award. Thank you so much to the Dragon Warrior over at Den of Dreams for nominating me. Your poems, writing and paintings are so amazing for someone of her tender years.

You may recall that I’ve decided to interpret neat as being cool!

 

Dragon Warrior’s Questions

1. Are you messy or organised?

I’m incredibly organised, my beloved is not.

2. What do you want to share through your blog?

Anything that takes my fancy

3. Do you like origami?

I admire the discipline but don’t personally indulge.

4. What was your favourite childhood game?

Gosh! It was so long ago I don’t really remember. I recall I used to have a tent in which I’d conduct tea parties for my toys. I’d close it from the inside to keep my pesky younger sister out. She was too young to appreciate that pulling out the tent pegs would’ve collapsed my tent.

5. What was your favourite food that your parents cooked?

My mother was a fantastic cook and I enjoyed everything she cooked. My father only had to learn to cook (thanks to Delia Smith) when my mother’s Alzheimers advanced to where she couldn’t remember how to cook. He used to make a cracking omelette.

6. What is your current favourite food?

Lobster

7. Something you collect?

I’m not much of a collector though I confess to having a rather large (British understatement) collection of shoes, scarves and handbags, all neatly stored.

The Rules

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer the questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.

4. Nominate any number of people.

5. Come up with questions for the people you nominated.

Nominees

Thank you so much for reading. As usual, I’m not nominating anyone directly, instead I’m encouraging those who are interested to join in and answer The Dragon Warrior’s questions either below in the comments section or in a post of their own.

Have a great weekend!

Sunshine Blogger Award IX

I was most kindly nominated a few weeks ago by The Dragon Warrior from the Den of Dreams.  Sophie’s been busy with her exams of late – I’m sure she’ll do well – then she’ll be back with her wonderful stories and illustrations, showering us all with more sunshine.

Award rules

1. Use the sunshine blogger award logo

2. Thank the blogger who nominated you.

3. Answer the 11 questions posed.

4. Nominate other bloggers and ask them 11 questions (Oops, well I’ve always been a rebel!)

Dragon Warrior’s questions

1. If you had a time machine and could go anywhere, where would you go?

Despite being a fan of history, I’m more than happy in the here and now!

2. Three things for deserted island?

WiFi, my iPad and my husband – although deserted, I’m assuming it has electricity, hot and cold running water? If not, I may have have to re-think my threesome.

3. When is your birthday?

I’m so old I’ve given up on birthdays and have become “ une femme d’un certain âge.”

4. What is your favourite chemical element? (for example, Fluorine, Carbon, Oxygen, Hydrogen)

Gold (Au)

5. What is your favourite landform? (like hills, valleys, oceans, coasts, delta)

Definitely the ocean

6. Something you wish more people would know about you?

No, nothing at all. I much prefer anonymity

7. Do you have a lucky charm?

No, I’m not suspicious – touch wood.

8. Where was your childhood home?

Sutton Coldfield, in the Midlands (UK), not far from Birmingham.

9. Your favourite subject to study?

My favourite subject at school was history.

10. What did you want to become as a kid?

I always wanted to be an accountant – sad kid or what?

11. Do you wish to go to school again?

Not school so much but I like continuing to learn and would love to improve my Spanish

If you’ve gotten this far, why not join in by answering my question (below) in your own post or, if you prefer, below?

My question

I live in an apartment block and sometimes I think how nice it would be if some of those who I regularly interact with on the blogosphere were my neighbours.

For example, I’d always be popping round to see Rosemarie, Diane and Amy to swap recipes and maybe borrow a few ingredients. I could take Nitro for a walk, if Carole Ann was feeling too tired, with Steve (sorry Muffin) who’d be pointing out all the flora and fauna and Cheche who could advise us about sustainability. I could get advice from Derrick and Tom on my photographs and enter them for one of Cee’s challenges. I could go sketching with Sophie and Maxine, though probably not with Scooj – the other residents (sadly) wouldn’t want any grafitti in the Domaine. I could work out with the inspirational Susie (note to self, don’t box with her!) I could ride with Jim, though he’s probably faster than me, but maybe not on our hills. Introduce the Drunken Cyclist to our local rose wines. If anyone was feeling down, I could get the lovely Yeka or Ilona to spread some love and sunshine…………

Sadly, it wasn’t possible to namecheck everyone I follow! This was just to give you an idea. I follow loads of brilliant bloggers and to be honest I could probably fit everyone into the Domaine though not all in my block.

A big thank you to everyone for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend!

Blogger Recognition Award III

Not long after I departed for my #adventuredownunder, Steve and Muffin from Steve’s Country most kindly nominated me for this award given in recognition of all the hard work that goes into creating a blog. It is a way for bloggers to support, motivate and promote other bloggers who have clearly put in huge amounts of time and effort, and produced valuable content.

Steve lives somewhere the sun doesn’t shine as much as he’d like but he’s befriended much of the local wildlife which feature prominently, along with the area’s flora, in photos on his blog. If you don’t already follow Steve and his feline companion Muffin, check out their blog and give them a follow.

Steve and Muffin epitomise this award as they encourage, motivate, interact and engage with the blogging community, daily delivering engaging content to their audience.

How did my blog start?

I started the blog to keep my sponsors for a cycling event informed about my progress. Initially, I just saw it as something short-term to meet a specific need. However, family and friends persuaded me to keep it going as they saw it as a way of keeping track of what we were doing. Over the years it has morphed into more of a lifestyle and less of a cycling blog, particularly as I blog about cycling over at VeloVoices.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers

1. Write from the heart about something you know and love. If possible, illustrate your blog with your photos or drawings.

2.  Let the real you shine through and take the time to engage and interact with other bloggers.

Nominees

I follow so many wonderful blogs, a number of which are deliberately “Award Free.” If you’ve been kind enough to read this then please feel to join in, either in the comments section below or over on your own blog.

Spread the recognition around our wonderful community and have a great week-end

Sheree

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Let’s not get carried away and forget the award rules:-

Award rules

• Write a post displaying your award.

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.

• Tell the story of how your blog started.

• Give two pieces of advice for new bloggers.

• Nominate other bloggers for the award.

• Let the nominees know that you have nominated them.