Real Neat Blog Award IV

Tatterhood most kindly nominated me for this award back in October (hangs head in shame). She writes or rather muses on her blog of the same name. Please check it out, she has some interesting content. Oh, and don’t forget to give her a follow!

As you’ll know from previous Neat Awards, I’ve interpreted “neat” as being “wonderful, terrific.”

The (Pesky) Rules

  • Display the Award Logo.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.
  • Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.
  • Nominate 7-10 bloggers.
  • Ask them seven questions.


My Nominees

You should all know how this works by now. Anyone who’s kindly taken the time to read this post is nominated. That should be more than seven, right? Please answer the same questions either on your own blog or, in the comments section below.

Tatterhood’s This or That Questions

1. Seagulls or Pigeons?

To be honest, these have to be my two least favourite birds. But if you force me to choose, I’ll plump for pigeons because a pigeon has never stolen my fish and chips, though they do crap all over the handrail on my balcony. Fortunately for the seagull that flew off with the cardboard box containing my fish and chip lunch at the Fish Shack in Apollo Bay, there were only a few chips left.

2. Cake or Biscuits?

Both! Please don’t force me to choose. You’ll find plenty of recipes for both on my blog.

3. Flip-Flops or Sandals?

Do Birkenstocks count as flip-flops because I wear them all the time at home and, of course, all summer long.

4. Chop Sticks or Forks?

Depends on what I’m eating. I always try to eat Asian food with chopsticks but fancy trying to eat pizza with chopsticks? No, I thought not!

5. Roman Emperor or English King?

An emperor and king are both rulers, but the power associated with them is different. A comparison can be drawn between a regional manager and the CEO of a company. An empire can have many kingdoms within it; the emperor rules the entire empire while kings (or queens) rule smaller kingdoms within the empire. While the king (like the regional manager) has total control over his territory, the emperor (like the CEO) is the one who makes the final decision for the entire region. So that’ll be Roman Emperor every time. So much more power and pomp, plus I’d look good in a toga!

6. Inktober or Blogtober?

I would love to take part in Inktober – that’s drawing not tattoos, right? – but I’m not great at drawing, I need to persevere. So it would be Blogtober.

7. Random Crap or Sensible thought provoking Questions?

Random crap every time! Indeed, it could be the strapline for my blog.

Hope you’ve all had a great weekend.

Sheree x

Sunshine Blogger Awards XII, XIII and XIV

I’m still playing catch up up and  once again I’ve amalgamated a few awards, you’ll understand why in a moment.

I was nominated back in September <hangs head in shame> by the following fabulous bloggers whom you should all be following!

  1. Mathew of The Wolf Boy nominated me for this Sunshine Blogger Award! Now, I don’t always participate in these awards on a timely basis but I do eventually get around to them. 😉
  2. Mathew also nominated Jessica a writer of romances who in turn nominated me!
  3. Then I was nominated by Gifted 50 over at Pene’Pasta for the Soul who says:

Behind every strong woman; are all the other women that came before!

See, I know I don’t always participate in these awards on a timely basis but I do eventually get around to them. 😉

Those Pesky Award Rules

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

Mathew’s Questions

1. If you could choose anyone in the world to lead your country, who would it be?

I’ll be honest, I’m more than happy with Monsieur Macron!

2. If you could go back to school to study any subject of your choice and not have to worry about finances, what would it be?

Probably Art History or Modern Languages

3. What is one thing that you’ve never eaten that you’d like to try?

I wanted to try jackfruit and Moreton Bay Bugs but I did that when we were in Australia

4. What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

Frogs’ legs

5. If you could have a romantic getaway with one person for a weekend, (imagine you’re single, celebrities allowed) who would it be?

I’ve been giving this one rather a lot of thought. I tend to tease my beloved husband by saying: “I haven’t yet met the man I’d swap him for, though I’m still looking.” If truth be told, I’m only window shopping. There’s no one else I’d rather enjoy a romantic getaway with than my beloved husband of 42 years!

6. What was the darkest movie or novel that you’ve ever fallen in love with?

I don’t like dark movies or novels. Remember you’re talking about a woman who was traumatised by Jaws and finds Dr Who and Harry Potter scary!

7. Do you like zombie movies?

Ugh, no!

8. Would you ever consider being one of the first humans to go to Mars knowing that you could never return to Earth?

Absolutely not

9. Would you rather the beach or a mountain top?

A beach every time

10. Who inspired you the most in the world?

My late parents

11. What is one of your favorite quotes?

Anything by Dorothy Parker

Jessica’s Questions

Jessica apologised for being (and I quote)

……………………..such a cute parasite (feeling shameless right now 😂 ) but I’ll be “borrowing” most of Mathew’s questions because they are great.

So I just answered the three questions which were different from Mathew’s

1. If your life was a novel, what would the title be?

Lucky me

2. What’s your dream date?

A night out with my beloved husband.

3. Most Memorable Birthday?

I’m still waiting for that one!

Gifted 50’s Questions

1. What time of day you consider your most creative?

I’m not sure I have one. Maybe after I come back from my ride.

2. Who/what encouraged your love for writing?

No one really.

3. Have you ever regretted posting something on your blog, and if so why?

No, because I always bear in mind that it could be read by anyone!

4. What is the best advice you have received and from whom?

I’ve been very fortunate to have plenty of mentors during my career but probably the best advice was always from my Dad. Now, when I’m in a tricky situation, I ask myself: “What would Dad do?”

5. Name your most defining quality.

Dogged persistence

6. What is your favourite meal and why?

Steamed lobster. I don’t think that needs any explanation, do you?

7. What advice would you give yourself 20 years from now?

I fully intend to be around for another 20 years but my advice would be to remain physically and mentally active.

8. Who/what is the most influential force in your life?

After my late parents that would be my beloved husband.

9. If you could travel the universe, where would you go?

If you read my blog regularly, you might say I’ve done that already! I do, of course, have a bucket list but many of them are re-visits.

10. What do you think of our world today?

How long have you got? Lets just say I’m fearful and leave it at that.

11. Have you ever had a divine encounter, if so tell us a little more about it.


My nominees

Congratulations for having made it this far! Your reward is to answer any 11 of the questions posed above, either in the comments section below or in a post on your own blog. Go on, spread a little sunshine, you know you want to!

Hope you’re having a great week-end

Sheree x

The Versatile Blogger Awards I, II and III

I’ve been frantically trying to catch up on all those lovely awards which other bloggers have most kindly bestowed on me. So I have again indulged in a spot of amalgamation.

Firstly, I was nominated by The Pensieve, a hard-working doctor who blogs what he calls:

a haphazard collection of posts that buzzed through my mind and were persistent enough that they made me take the effort of typing them down…

And then I was nominated by Joshua over at Spread the Word, a Christian who loves reading books, fishing, playing games and exercising.

Lastly, the lovely Lydia who adores baking, cooking, reading, eating, riding roller coasters, playing guitar and piano, helping in children’s ministries, and serving God who writes over at In His Service and Loving It.

Please check out their fantastic sites and give these guys and gal a follow.

Award Rules

This award is intended to highlight bloggers for the quality of their writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered and the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

It’s intended to honour those bloggers who bring something special into your life whether every day, or only now and then.

Thank the person who nominated you.
Link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
Share 7 facts about yourself.
Nominate more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

7 Facts About Me

This is where I start to struggle, I’ve shared so much already, what more can I say?

1. I hate housework but someone has to do it.

2. I love to spend time outdoors, whatever the weather, preferably on my bike.

3. I enjoy my own company, particularly after my beloved has been at home non-stop for several weeks.

4. I don’t have green fingers, more digits of doom, though I love gardens.

De Bortoli Gardens

5. I’m a bit of a polyglot.

6. I never have any problems sleeping. I can fall asleep most places and sleep like the dead.

7. I’m rapidly running out of things to say……………………………..

The Nominees

If you’ve managed to read this far, consider yourself nominated for this prestigious award. Feel free to either post in the comments section below or on your own blog.

Thanks for reading and have an enjoyable weekend.

Sheree x

Sunshine Blogger Awards XVIII, XIX and XX

I’m still catching up with my award backlog. You’ll be pleased to learn that this surfeit of awards has not gone to my head. Oh no, I realise I get these awards because I (eventually) do take part. This one has jumped the queue because of its seasonal questions.

Back in December I was kindly nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Tatterhood, she muses over at her blog of the same name. I was also pleased to be nominated by Stuart, who shares his love for God and his two gorgeous children over on his blog. Lastly by Ola, over at dairy free indulgence, who shares some incredible recipes with us.

Please go and check out their blogs and give them a follow. Spread some much needed sunshine this winter!


You should know how this works by now! As a reward for reading this very lengthy post, consider yourself nominated. Go forth and answer any of the 11 questions below, or all 33 if you feel so inclined.

Tatterhood’s Questions

1. Is there any point to Algebra?

This is a rhetorical question? Algebra is the study of mathematical symbols and the rules for manipulating these symbols.  It’s the unifying thread of almost all of mathematics, including everything from elementary equation solving to the study of abstractions. Or to put it another way Algebra = ∑²×s/n÷‰

2. Colour or Color?


3. Should Henry Cavill be the next James Bond?

I had to look up Henry Cavill, I confess I’d never heard of him but anyone who’s played Superman possesses the qualities to be 007.

4. Which fictional world would you like to dwell in?

I wouldn’t like to live in a fictional world as that would make me a ficticional character.

5. Favorite comedy double act?

Hands down Morecombe & Wise whom I had the pleasure of meeting many years ago at The Albany Hotel in Birmingham when they were in panto at the nearby theatre.

6. Have you ever been in a Helicopter?

No, but I wouldn’t rule it out even though I don’t like heights.

7. Are you superstitious?

No! However I do believe what goes around comes around.

8. Have you ever been to a Fortune Teller?


9. Do you believe in Soulmates?

Yes, I’m married to mine.

10. Favourite screen villain?

I don’t have one! Not really into villains.

11. Just what Is Stoicism?

It’s a noun meaning:-
  1. the endurance of pain or hardship without the display of feelings and without complaint.
  2. an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.

Stuart’s Questions

1.  What is your most treasured Christmas memory?

When I was almost five years old, finding my red two-wheeler in the park where Santa had left it for me on Christmas Day.

2. As a child, would you stay awake to the wee hours hoping to catch a glimpse of “Santa”?

No, I have always slept like the dead. So, I’d easily fall asleep and be up at the crack of dawn.

3. Did you have a favourite Christmas gift?

See 1 above

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?

Silent Night

5. How do you divide your time between families during Christmas Eve and Christmas day?

We don’t! We generally spend Christmas together, just my beloved husband and me.

6. If your children are grown, do you have a special memory from their Christmases as a child?

We don’t have any children.

7. What is the most outlandish gift you have bought for someone?

I don’t buy outlandish presents.

8. Where do/did you hide all those presents?

I don’t hide presents. Once bought I give them to the recipent.

9. Do you decorate your tree with homemade items that have memories attached to them?

No! You should know that I don’t get sentimental about any thing, only people (see photo below).

10. Are you a real or artificial tree person?

Decorated by my beloved

Artificial! I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t bother with a tree or decorations but my beloved husband loves them. He puts them up at the start of December and then takes them down after Epiphany.

11. And lastly, the most important question I can ever ask. Do you know that Christmas is not about the overspending on gifts and hectic race to have the newest thing on the market but about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, who left glory to be born of human flesh and die for your sins?

Yes! I don’t overspend on gifts. In fact, I don’t buy any Christmas gifts.

Ola’s questions

1.What helps you stay balanced and grounded through challenges?

I’m a very pragmatic person, much given to thorough planning and preparation, which means I can more easily surmount challenges.

2. Who inspires you?

My late parents

3. If you didn’t have to make money, what would you do for work?

I’m now retired and can do as I please. I still work but largely on things that I really enjoy.

4.What inspires you as a blogger/artist/writer?

Life in general

5. If you won the lottery what would you do?

Well, it would depend on how much I won, but I’d like to some spread sunshine on those less fortunate than myself. Oh, and given my beloved’s propensity to lose stuff, I never let him buy a lottery ticket.

6. If today was your last day, what would you do?

Sit on the balcony with my beloved husband, hold his hand, sip champagne and watch the view.

7. What do you like most about blogging, what do you wish was different?

That’s two questions! I like blogging because I can. Sometimes I wish my stuff were easier to find.

8.What’s your fave Christmas activity?


9.What’s your favorite/most meaningful quote or life lesson?

In other words, treat people as you’d like to be treated.

10. What empowers you?

Life itself!

11. What’s your favourite memory/memories?

I have an excellent memory and can remember much from my childhood. As the eldest daughter of three I did a lot with my late father and those are some of my favourite ones, particularly when we watched live sport together. Yes, I’m a Daddy’s girl!

Award Rules which I routinely flout

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

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?


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:

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:-

Betul’s Questions

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


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?


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.


5. Introvert or extrovert

Introvert though most people think I’m an extrovert.

6. Singing or dancing


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?


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.


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!