Mystery Blogger Award VI

I was nominated in early January for the Mystery Blogger Award by Sadje from Life After 50 – I know what that’s like! She has a wonderful blog with some interesting posts and great photos. If you’re not one of her followers, do drop in to check it out.

Mystery Blogger Award

The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma to award those amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blogs not only captivate; they inspire and motivate. They are some of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion. – Okoto Enigma

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My Nominees

You all know by now how this works. I nominate anyone who has taken the trouble to read this post – thank you.

Three Things About Me

I have written so much about myself on all these various awards that I’m really scraping the barrel or, even worse, repeating myself. If that’s the case, apologies in advance.

1. I typically write my blogs on my laptop in the office, a large room I share with my beloved. It was fine while he travelled all the time but now he’s home more and more, it’s sometimes difficult to concentrate, particularly when he’s on the phone. I feel the need to relocate to somewhere quieter………maybe the lounge. The danger is that I’ll spend all my time gazing at our wonderful view as opposed to doing any work.

2. I’m someone who enjoys her own company. I like being alone and never feel lonely. I love it when my beloved is away for a few days and my time is my own. Of course, as we’re both in lock-down this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

3. I love being outdoors every day, usually on my bike. Fortunately, I can still do this providing I don’t go too far from home. I just ride a number of circuits using those roads less travelled.

Sadjes Questions

1. What is your strategy for dealing with stress?

The most stressful thing in my life is easily my beloved husband. Not him per se, but dealing with the consequences of his actions or inactions. I generally find a few days of peace and quiet without him restores my equilibrium.

2. If tomorrow were the last day, What would you do first?

Easy, I’d go for a nice long ride on my bike

3. How would you describe yourself as a colour and why?

I’d be orange, a colour which is great as an accessory, it goes with pretty much every main colour: brown, black, grey, beige, navy.

4. Physical beauty or intelligence?

Given that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I’d go for intelligence.

5. Do you believe that Murphy is trying to mess up our day?

Who is this mysterious Murphy? Is he the chap from Murphy’s law, which states: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”. If it is, then my approach to being never knowingly underprepared should considerably help.

Best Blogs

What defines one’s best blogs. Are they the one’s that attract the most likes? Given that I’m currently plumbing my archives every Friday for an underappreciated gem, I think we’ll leave it at that.

 

 

1. Put the award logo on your post.♥️
2. List the rules.♥️
3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.♥️
4. Mention the creator and provide a link to their blog.♥️
5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.♥️
6. Nominate 10-20 of your favorite bloggers.♥️
7. Notify your nominees.
8. Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice.♥️
9. Share links to your best posts.

Sunshine Blogger Awards XXI and XXII

I was most kindly nominated months ago by Hattush who blogs over at Daughter of the Light. She’s a sixteen-year-old, home-schooled, Christian, currently living at a camp/retreat with her five younger siblings and parents. She enjoys reading, photography, writing, learning about family history, baking, running and hiking in the woods.

Then more recently, I was exhorted by Lauren over at Lolsys Library to join in and, as you know, I’m not one to shy away from a challenge. Lauren’s blog was originally set up as a school project. She’s a big fan of libraries – aren’t we all? –  she believes they have the ability to teach us something new every single day. Lauren loves the idea behind libraries, learning about something new, learning about different points of view, exploring and learning about places and people you never knew existed.

So please do go and check out these young ladies’ blogs, you won’t be disappointed and, if you don’t already follow them…….you know what to do!

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My Nominees

You should all know by now how this works. If you’re one of the many wonderful blogs I follow (and follow me back) please consider yourself nominated and answer any 11 questions from those below. Go on…..you know you want to. It helps us to get to know our community better. But, if you don’t want to take part…..that’s okay too!

Hattush’s Questions

1. How long have you  been blogging?

Almost as long as you’ve been on God’s earth however I did have a hiatus for a couple of years where I only posted on an irregular basis because I was blogging over at VeloVoices.

2. Why did you start blogging?

Because I could and I enjoy it.

3. What do you find encouraging when life gets hard?

While life does throw up the occasional challenge, I like to rise to it and totally overcome it. I’m a very confident person thanks to the support of my (late) parents and my long-suffering beloved husband.

4. Which bible character do you identify with most?

None really but it’s not a book with which I’m wholly familiar.

5. Do you have siblings?

I have two gorgeous younger sisters.

6. Do you like to bake? 🙂

I love to bake. Check out my recipes on the blog.

7. What is your favourite type of chocolate?

I was tempted to say any type of chocolate but that wouldn’t be true. I like those with a high cocoa content.

8. Best book you’ve ever read?

I’ve read so many that it’s difficult to say just one is the best. There’s a number of authors whose books I really enjoy such as Margaret Attwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Evelyn Waugh.

9. Favourite song/song artist?

Again, I find it hard to have an absolute favourite, but how about this one?

10. Greatest way to spend a week?

With my husband which is probably just as well as we’re a week into lock-down here in France.

11. Favourite hair colour?

They do say blondes have more fun but as a long time brunette, I’m not so sure………..

Lauren’s Questions

1. What fictional world would you like to explore if you could?

I usually say that I’m more than happy with this world and it’s true.

2. Are you more of a beach, country, suburb or city person?

I love cities with beaches like Nice and San Sebastian

3. When it comes to charity, how do you like to do it? By “do it” I mean do you like to participate, or do you like to give instead?

If I can I like to roll up my sleeves and get stuck in. If I can’t, then I’ll donate.

4. Do you know where your last name comes from? If so, where from?

There’s a town in Somerset called “Whatley.”

5. My partner is currently looking for his first home. If you had unlimited money, what would you want in your house?

A large basement, a wood-fired oven, a much larger kitchen, my own office  and a library. This is in addition to what I already have.

6. If you cook, or your partner cooks for guests, what is a favourite meal you like to cook or have cooked for others?

My husband doesn’t cook, he’s in charge of liquid refreshments. What I cook will depend very much on who’s coming to eat at ours, the time of day and any dietary requirements. Generally, I see having lots of guests as an opportunity to try out new recipes.

7. Do you want to go on American Ninja Warrior?

I have never seen American Ninja Warrior but I suspect from the name it’s not for me.

8. Is there a non-sport, non-“reality” tv show that you are obsessed with, which ones?

Not obsessed with any tv shows though I have enjoyed BBC series Line of Duty which will conclude with series six this year.

9. With everything that’s going on, what is ONE thing you wish you could change, to make it a bit easier for everyone at the moment?

When I first wrote this several weeks ago my answer was climate change but in the light of COVID-19 I should perhaps reconsider and say that I hope someone finds a cure/vaccination asap.

10. Do you have a favourite superhero, or someone you think, who is a real human being, who is a superhero?

My Dad was my super hero.

11. If you accidentally walked into a group of lions, would you be this calm? (Watch from 1:20).

Blogger Recognition Awards V and VI

Early in the New Year a good looking young man kindly nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award. It was Arif over at Inspirational Quotes. Head on over and check out his blog as we all need inspiration daily.

I was also nominated by the Lovely Didi at her Not So Secret Diary where she reviews beauty and DIY products – not necessarily mutually exclusive! Head on over as we can all do with some wise advice on those two topics.

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Please feel free to join in either below in the comments section or in a post of your own. The more the merrier!

HOW MY BLOG STARTED

It was set up for a specific purpose in 2009 – so long ago! – and over the years it’s morphed into a sort of mish-mash. But, now that I write about cycling over at VeloVoices, if you were feeling generous you could call it a Lifestyle Blog. After a bit of a hiatus 2012-2015, it’s now essentially  anything I fancy writing about and very much reflects my tastes and habits. I’m very fortunate to live on the Cote d’Azur where I enjoy at least 300 days of sunshine per annum. I therefore try to spread a little sunshine every day across the blogosphere.

TWO PIECES OF ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS

1. Write from the heart about what you know and love. Ditto photos.

2. Always remember your blog could be read by anyone. Think long and hard before you press the publish button.

THE PESKY RULES

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

2. Write a post to show your award.

3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.

4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

5. Select up to six bloggers you want to give this award to.

6. Comment on each blog to let them know that you’ve nominated them, and provide a link to the post you’ve created.

 

Many thanks for reading this and I hope you’ve had a great weekend. Sx

Liebster Award XIV

The lovely, bubbly Carol Anne over at Therapy Bits most kindly nominated for another Liebster award. Pop on over and check out her site which features all manner of things including pictures of her gorgeous dog Nitro. Don’t forget to show your support and give her a follow!

First, let’s get those pesky rules out of the way! Like I’m going to take much notice of them.

Award Rules and Nominees

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Share 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!
5. Make up to 11 questions and ask to your nominees.
6. Notify your 11 nominees.

You want to take part? Great, please consider yourself nominated!

11 facts about me

This isn’t as easy as you might think, I’m pretty much scraping the barrel to find new things to say.

Here goes:-

1. I’m a coffee drinker but I love a cup of black or green tea mid-afternoon, preferably Marco Polo by Mariage Frères. You will not find what my two sisters call “proper” tea in my cupboards.

2. I love living close to the sea, I find looking at water really relaxing.

3. I’m pretty much always happy and smiling.

4. I’m not supposed to eat dairy, soy or animal products though fish is okay. Unfortunately, my digestive system can no longer cope with them!

5. I sleep like the dead, hardly anything disturbs me which is fortunate given how loudly my beloved snores.

6. I find it hard to pick a favourite as it’s too definitive. I prefer favourites for occasions, such as my favourite restaurant for a celebratory meal.

7. I’ve always enjoyed eating out in restaurants.

8. I don’t like my eggs boiled, poached or fried – never have!

9. I hate fish overcooked. In fact, come to think of it, I hate anything overcooked.

10. I adore pickles and enjoy pickling.

11. My beloved likes my orange marmalade so much that I’m not allowed to gift jars of it to anyone else!

Carol Anne’s Questions

1. Can you swim?

Yes, I can. I’m not a fast swimmer but I’m a strong swimmer. My beloved is a great swimmer. He was captain of the university swimming and water polo team when I met him.

2. Pepsi or coke?

Neither as both are bad for my teeth. If you’re fond of acid drinks like these or indeed fruit juices, help resist acid attacks with this fabulous toothpaste. It cured my sensitivity.

3. Snail mail or email?

To be honest, it depends on the nature of my missive.

4. Do you enjoy travelling?

Is the Pope a Catholic? Of course I love travelling, I always have.

5. Snow or rain?

Snow because you can at least ski on it.

6 What is one of your favourite quotes?

Anything by Dorothy Parker

7. Are you a glass half full or glass half empty sorta person?

Always half-full

8. What is your favourite flower?

This one’s easier, it’s a Hydrangea though I also love peonies.

9. If you could give your younger self some advice what would you say?

I had what might be called an old head on young shoulders so I’m not sure I need to give my younger self some advice.

10. If you had one superpower what would it be?

Eat anything I liked without putting on weight. Of course, I’d need that power to look kick-arsetastic in the outfit.

11. Favourite book?

My favourite books are cookery books but I guess what you’re really wanting is my favourite book by my favourite author. See what I mean, it’s really difficult picking a favourite book. It’s easier to say anything from one of my favourite authors such as Magaret Attwood, Evelyn Waugh, Kazuo Ishiguro or Gabriel García Márquez.

Thanks again for nominating me Carol Anne, it’s always fun doing these awards. Oh, and give Nitro a big hug from me.

Versatile Blogger Awards IV and V

Once again a big shout out to Steve and Muffin over at Steve’s Country who most kindly nominated me for this award back in October! Steve talks about his and Muffin’s life in the frozen wastes of North America puncuating his regular and charming posts with beautiful pictures of the native flora and fauna. I often pop over for coffee and cake with some baked goodies for his other guests. If you haven’t been to Steve and Muffin’s blog, please check it out and give them a follow!

More recently, I was kindly nominated by Daneelyunus over at the blog of the same name. Daneel writes about a number of different categories including education, health, mobiles and tourism. I particularly enjoy his posts about Indian foodstuffs – very interesting! Mosey on over, check out his site and give him a follow.

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My Nominees

If you’re reading this and you’d like to take part, please consider yourself nominated!

When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, 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.

Seven Facts About Me

The more awards you take part in, the more you share with the blogging community and, you know what, I’m actually running out of things to share. So if this replicates stuff I’ve said before, please accept my apologies in advance.

1. I’m not someone who can sit still for hours. I like to be active. When I was working this meant me leaving my desk at regular intervals. Nowadays I try to incorporate my household chores in with any desk work. This means I have to get up and move around frequently which is apparently much better for me healthwise.

2. When I first clapped eyes on my beloved husband nearly 44 years ago he was wearing gold and black addidas track-suit bottoms, a knee-length red, orange and yellow striped towelling dressing gown with red and black slippers. If I close my eyes, I can still see that moment.

3. I have an excellent memory.

4. I don’t like playing card or board games or doing puzzles (see 1 above).

5. I love nothing more than a spot lots of planning and preparation.

6. My drawers and storage are colour coded.

7. I always fold my towels a particular way.

Those (Pesky) Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Link to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

 

Sunshine Blogger Awards XVI and XVII

Back in December, I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Shruti Dubhi who blogs over at Fantastic Reads. She’s a bit of a shy blogger but posts regularly about her life and beliefs.

Joshua from Spread the Word also kindly nominated me. It’s not the first time he’s done so and I suspect it may not be the last!

Don’t forget to check out both these lovely bloggers and give them a follow if you don’t already.

My Nominees

If you’re reading this you’re welcome to join in and answer all or some of the questions posed below either on your own wonderful blog or in the comments section below.

Shruti’s Questions

1. Which country are you from?

UK originally but I now live in La Belle France.

2. What is the one thing you wish to do before you die?

One? There are loads of things I still want to do and hopefully I’ll have enough time to do most of them.

3. What is the thing you have done and you regret it the most?

I don’t regret anything I’ve done and hope I don’t regret anything I don’t get around to doing.

4. Which place would you like to visit the most?

I still have a bucket list though to be fair many are re-visits.

5. How has blogging changed your life?

It hasn’t.

6. What would you like to change about yourself?

Absolutely nothing!

7. What new thing are you learning these days?

I’m learning new things everyday and long may that continue.

8. Which is your favourite movie?

The Shawshank Redemption

9. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Go to some “sold out” shows.

10. Which is your favourite cuisine?

Probably Spanish or maybe Australian.

11. Do you love your job?

I’m retired so my main job is clearing up after my beloved husband which I don’t enjoy!

Joshua’s questions

1. What is your main purpose in blogging?

To entertain, to amuse, to inform

2. What activity do you find the most entertaining?

Sport

3. What musical instrument do you like to listen to the most?

To be honest there’s no one instrument.

4. When you choose your clothing, what colour do you tend to buy?

Depends on which season I’m buying for, but I’m awfully fond of black.

5. Do you watch videos on YouTube?

No, life’s too short to waste it in this way.

6. What is your favorite time of day?

Early morning

7. How often do you blog?

Generally daily

8. What is the ultimate dream of your life?

You might say I’m living the dream or I would be if my beloved husband didn’t make such a mess.

9. Do you go bowling?

No! I’ve played a few times but it’s not really my bag.

10. Which do you prefer: sunny weather or rainy weather?

Sunshine everytime

11. If you could sell everything you have for one thing, what would that “one thing” be?

Equality for all, elimination of poverty and disease, rain for Australia…………..

Award Rules

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees for their nomination through their blog or social media.
5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

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.

Nominees

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.

Mystery Blogger Awards IV and V

Many thanks to @chingmonis of Life and Life Lessons who kindly nominated me back in early November for this Mystery Blogger Award. His blog is his avenue to show us what’s in the deepest recess of his heart and what’s taking place in his mind. He aims to take us on a unique ride where we can get to know his feelings, crazy thoughts, aspirations and greatest dreams.

I was then nominated in December by Joshua from Spread the Word who’s a Christian and a firm believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior! He likes reading books, fishing, Scrabble®, Risk®, Battleship®, Othello (Reversi), checkers, chess, funny things, Christian music, classical music, Latin music, hymns, practicing his guitar, playing catch and frisbee, exercising, cats, dogs, bears, fish, and other animals, but NOT centipedes. I’m with you on the centipedes Joshua!

Go and check out their uplifting blogs and give them a follow!!!!

The Mystery Blogger Award

An award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one 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. – Okoto Enigma

Nominees

As you know I follow so many amazing blogs that it’s well nigh impossible to nominate every deserving blogger. I’d therefore, as usual, like to invite those who are interested to take part either in the comments section below or in a post on your own blog. Go on, you know you want to!.

Three (more) things about me

1. My birth sign is Capricorn and, yes, I’m a goat not a sheep!

2. I’m not much one for New Year’s Resolutions. If something needs changing, I do it now, I don’t wait for New Year.

3. I’m a very positive and energetic person. My proud boast is that I’ve yet to meet the child who can wear me out! How long this will continue is anyone’s guess.

Ching’s Questions

1. Tell us something interesting about you.

I’ve already told you all so much I think I’ve exhausted anything remotely interesting.

2. What topics/genre do you like writing about?

Anything that takes my fancy!

3. If you are to recommend a place to visit in your country, what would it be and why?

France is the most visited country on this earth. There’s something for everyone here and I’m slowly and surely working my way around its many splendours.

4. How do you see yourself 5 years from now (in terms of blogging)?

Still tapping away on a daily basis.

5. Any wish for yourself or anyone.

Health and happiness to all.

Joshua’s Questions

1. Have you ever been abroad?

Is the Pope a Catholic? I think we all know the answer to this one, unless of course you’ve not been reading my posts!

2. What kind of music do you like?

I like lots of different music: rock, heavy metal, electronic, rap, R&B

3. Have you ever climbed a mountain?

Col de la Bonette!

No, and I’m never going to climb one because I don’t like heights. I have however scaled small mountains on both my bike and on foot.

4. Can you ride a bike?

Yes! I’m a pretty good rider (for my age) see photo above.

5. Who’s the ugliest cartoon character you’ve ever seen in your life?

I don’t think you and I watch the same cartoons Joshua!

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.

No.

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