Liebster Award XVIII – XX

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

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


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

11 Facts about me

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Aktion’s Questions

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

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

2. What kind of music do you like?

I like all sorts of music.

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

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

4. Do you play video games?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Do you like to cook?

I love to cook!

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

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

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

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

10. Would you choose Pringles or Tortillas?

Again, neither unless the latter is home-made.

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

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

Stefania’s Questions

1.What’s your name?

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

2. Do you like your name?

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

3. Where do you live?

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

4. How long have you been writing the blog?

Too long!

5. Did you practise any sports?

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

6. Who’s your favourite actor?

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

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

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

8. What would you eliminate from this year?

Racism and not just from this year, for ever.

9. What are you afraid of?

In truth, very little

10. What is your best quality?

My relentless positivity

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

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

12. What animal would you like to be?

See my answer above!

Querida J’s Questions

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

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

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

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

3. What is your favourite/often used phrase?

Tout à fait (absolutely)

4. Who was your favourite teacher and why?

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

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

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

Award Rules

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

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

The Outstanding Blogger Award

Back in June, Wild at Heart most kindly nominated me for The Original Outstanding Blogger Award. On her blog she claims to be scared to let it out. Although she’s in her early 20s, she’s still a teen at heart, uncertain about anything in her life. But given that life itself is a very uncertain journey, she enjoins us to share our doubts, get over our fears and navigate through this uncertain and mysterious world together. Please go and check out her blog.

Wild at Heart’s Questions

1. What’s the funniest word in the English language?

Mmm, this is a tricky one as there are quite a few. How about snollygoster? This refers to a politician who does or says things for their own personal advancement instead of following their own principles. I wonder who this might be? Yes, BoJo, I’m looking at you and you’re not the only one (sadly)!

2. How do you make yourself sleep when you can’t seem to get to sleep?

This so rarely happens. My head hits the pillow and I’m gone. But if it does, I just think of something really pleasurable……..don’t ask, I’m not going to tell!

3. What are some of the best vacations you’ve had?

How much time have you got? I’ve had some amazing holidays, most of which I’ve written about on my blog. Check out those from my trips to the Basque Country, Australia and many more……………………

4. What’s the craziest video you’ve ever seen?

I’m not someone who watches many videos unless they feature cute puppies or koalas.

5. What’s the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had?

It has to be the late 70s poodle perm. It was so easy to look after but once it started to grow out……..

6. What habit do you have now that you wish you started much earlier?

Doing yoga first thing in the morning.

7. What movie or book do you know the most quotes from?

I don’t quote from books or films. My favourite quotes tend to be those of Dorothy Parker. Here’s a few of my favourites of hers:-

Brevity is the soul of lingerie.

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

8. What was one of the most interesting concerts you’ve been to?

I’ve been to so many, where do I start? Maybe, it should be one of those artists I’ve seen multiple times such as Bowie or Prince or Lenny Kravitz.

9. What’s the most annoying noise?

My beloved snoring while he’s still awake! Unbelievable but true.

10. What trend are you tired of?

I’m not and never have been a follower of trends. I like to plough my own furrow.

My Nominees

As always, my question remains the same and the nomination is open to all of you outstanding bloggers.

Award Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

This award was created by Colton Beckwith.


I hope you’ve all had an enjoyable weekend. Sx


The Kennedy Award for Excellence

It might take me a while but I eventually get around to completing all my nominations. A case in point, my dear friend James A. Best – Author most kindly nominated me for this award in mid-June.

The Kennedy Award of Excellence is a registered award of excellence for blogs through their writing, presentation and objectives. It fosters human values; promoting intellectual emotional, and moral growth of peers.

I’m assuming the award is referencing the late John F Kennedy who said:

The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.

Physical Fitness is the basis for all other forms of excellence.

It’s hard to argue with either of those quotes!

A huge shout out and thank you to James for thinking of me, I’m most grateful. If you haven’t checked out his blog, you really should. A published author of two books A Walk in Time and The Haunting of Marcasite, he uses his blog mainly for his imaginative short stories. He also writes about music, inspired by his parents’ collection of 78s. So, head along there and give him some more support.

My Nominees For The Kennedy Award of Excellence

These are all blogs that I’ve followed for sometime and sadly are some of the many who no longer appear in my Reader timeline for reasons unbeknown to me, them or WP! Please answer the same questions posed by James.

Jeanne @ A Jeanne in the Kitchen

Mel @ Caramel (Learner at Love)

Manji @ Manji Mexi Mexcessive

James’ Questions

1.When did you start blogging?

I started back in 2009, ostensibly seeing it as a way of keeping sponsors up-to-date with my progress towards achieving an objective. I initially saw it as a short-term project but family and friends found it useful to keep abreast of our goings on in France, so I carried on…………..albeit with a bit of a hiatus when I started writing for VeloVoices.

2. What is your blogging objective?

It’s a useful way to record what we’re doing. If others read it and/or are informed or amused, so much the better.

3. What motivated you to start blogging?

Aside from my initial objective in 1. above, I carried on because I enjoyed it.

4. Do you see blogging as a long-term goal?

I intend carrying on for as long as I can but don’t see it as a way to earn money.

5. Is there a specific topic you enjoy?

I only write about things I enjoy!

Hope you all had a great weekend and I’m looking forward to reading all your blog posts! Sx

Award Rules

  1. The recipient must thank the person who nominated them.
  2. The recipient should post a photo of the Award on their blog.
  3. The recipient may nominate as many blogs for this Award (minimum five), but only after careful thought.
  4. The recipient must answer questions from the nominee.

Amazing Follower Award I

Back in June – doesn’t time fly? – I was most kindly nominated for the Amazing Follower Award by the wonderful Mrs Holiman who spread’s God’s word over at God’s Love. Please check out her blog and show her some love and support.

About the Award

You don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.

Are you a successful blogger? Have you worked hard at making your blog a success? Are there people in the blogging community who make you smile? Who are they?

This award will be given to the amazing people who are there in all your highs and lows. We learn so much from each other. In the same spirit…this award is a small token of love and gratitude to all the people who have been so supportive!

My Nominees

In some ways this award is quite ironic. I’m meant to name those who have been supportive of my blog. But, as I recently explained, the WP gremlins have dealt me a bitter blow, one which their Happiness Engineers are unable to resolve. Yes, the posts of some of my most loyal followers, whose blogs I also follow, no longer appear in my timeline. So far I’ve identified over 50, but I’m sure there are more. In some cases, there’s a double blow as my posts no longer appear in their timelines. Go figure?

I try to get around the problem by looking their blogs up via Mr Google but often WP will allow to “Like” but not comment or vice versa! I know one or two bloggers who have had enough. I’m going to plough on and hope that WP get their act in order. Otherwise I may be making up another Award, one not quite so complimentary for all the bloggers toiling with WP’s indifference!

Mrs H’s Questions

1. How does my blog inspire you?

Sorry but I’m inspired by life, not other people’s blogs. If I follow your blog it’s because you write about things which are of interest to me.

2. Your favourite post from my blog?

I don’t have favourites, I follow far too many blogs.

3. Anything you want me to write about in my blog?

No, it’s your blog. You should write about what you love and know, your passions not mine.

4. Why did you start blogging? Was there one idea that clicked to help you start?

I started my blog to keep sponsors informed of my progress towards a goal but carried on afterwards because I enjoyed it.

5. Would you like to write for a living?

No, I would not.

6. Would you like to write television shows /movies?

See 5 above

7. Your hobbies during this pandemic……

My hobbies during the pandemic are the same ones I had before: cycling, cooking, travelling, yoga, photography, reading

8. The most recent book you read or are reading?

I’m reading a bunch of cookery books.

Award Guidelines

  • Put the award logo on your blog post.
  • Answer the 8 questions asked by the person who nominated you. Also, provide a link to their blog.
  • Tell us why you like their blog. How has it inspired you?
  • Nominate around 8 other amazing people who have supported you every step of the way.
  • Ask them 8 questions of your choice.
  • Follow The Ethereal Unicorn.


Thanks for reading, join in if you feel so inclined. Hope you’ve had a great weekend. Sx

The Penable awards I – III

A few months ago I was nominated for The Penable Award by some fantastic bloggers, as follows:-

Three Latvians, Aiva, Ericeira and Valters, currently living in Sligo on Ireland’s West Coast, together make up Our Crossings. The trio met many years ago and created the travel blog to log their outdoor adventures, failures and triumphs. They’ve visited over 30 countries and 90+ cities, many of them several times, and hence are veritable fountains of knowledge.

Writer Laleh Chini whose book Climbing Over Grit is a Canada Book Award Winner. Her blog A Voice from Iran is all about sharing stories from Iran and all around the world, Iranian history, culture, myths, and legends. She likes to share things that interest her, what it was like to grow up in Iran in the early 20th century, as well as what it’s like to live in Iran.

Lastly, Wild at Heart a slightly crazy 20 something year old who shares her navigation through this uncertain and mysterious world with us on her blog Wild Scared Crazy.

Now, please check out their blogs and give them some further encouragement.

The Penable Award and Nominees

Wild at Heart advises that this particular award is given to really special people with incredible writing skills such as authors, poets, story writers, inspiring people or those with just a great blog.

If you fall into one of the above categories, why not give this award a go. Tell us more about those writing skills and answer any three questions from the six below.

My writing talent

After spending years of writing reports, largely financial, it’s now with some relief that I can write about anything I like. What started as a blog about my cycling has morphed into one that covers all of my interests: sport, cookery, photography, travel, architecture, art and life with my beloved husband of over 40 years. I hope to inform and amuse!

Our Crossings sadly deleted their award posts before I had gotten around to responding! But here are the questions from the other two bloggers:-

Laleh’s Questions 

1. Where would your next travel destination be?

During the pandemic I’m much enjoying a staycation which is pretty easy given I live in a lovely part of God’s earth, the French Riviera. Next year, I’m hoping to go a bit further afield and satisfy a long held ambition to undertake a tour around Italy and Sicily. With any luck, I’ll also visit the Basque Country, but nothing further afield.

2. Which season is your favourite?

Summer’s my favourite although I love living here all year round.

3. What colour gives you peace?

I find green a very calming colour providing it’s not too vivid.

Wild at Heart’s questions

1. Where do you find freedom?

I’ve probably filed it under “F.” I jest. Freedom generally means the ability to act or change without constraint. I have that, I don’t need to go looking for it.

2. What’s your favourite genre of books?

TBH it depends on my mood. I love reading cookery books, about historical events, thrillers, biographies, books about sport, books about architecture, great stories, poetry………..

3. How do you feel when you sit down each day to write?

I don’t write every day – thank heavens for scheduling! However, when I do sit down, I enjoy the process of writing (and editing).

The Rules (if you receive this award)

1. Tag your post with the #penableaward

2. Display the Penable award logo (above) on your post and follow Penable if you haven’t already

3. Thank the person that nominated you

4. Tell us what your writing talent is

5. Answer three questions that you have been asked

6. Nominate three inspiring people for this award.

7. Let them know of their nomination by commenting on their most recent post with the news, including the logo in your comments

8. Give them three new questions to answer!

Sunshine Blogger Awards XXIV – XXV

Once again I’ve been very fortunate to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by two wonderful bloggers. Firstly, Wild at Heart who over at Wild Scared Crazy she shares her doubts and helps you get over your fears so that we can navigate through this uncertain and mysterious world together.

Then, Darell who writes equally eloquently on his blog about matters dear to his heart.

If you don’t already follow this wonderful twosome, please head on over, check out their blogs and give them some encouragement.

Spread a little sunshine!

My Nominees

Despite the difficulties we’re all currently facing, have you managed to spread some sunshine? If you have, please conside yourself nominated and keep up the good work!

Wild at Heart’s Questions

1. If you could get a paid three day break from hustle and bustle of life, where would you spend your vacation?

Of course, life isn’t quite the usual hustle and bustle. Still, a three-day spa break on my own at the InterAlpen Hotel in the Austrian Tirol would be very welcome.

2. What “old person” things do I do?

I never, ever do any “old person” things, okay?

3. Whom do you miss right now?

No one really.

4. What’s one thing you love about yourself?

My energy and positivity – okay, I know that’s two but………

5. What country are you from?

I was born in UK but I left it (thank goodness) over 15 years ago and now live in France.

6. Do you believe in karma?

Absolutely! What goes around, comes around.

7. If you were a drink, what would you be?

A glass of Dom Pérignon

8. If you could go back into any period of time, what would it be?

Women have a tough enough time at present, I wouldn’t want to go back in time at all.

9. Which moment would you remove from your life if you could?

There aren’t any moments I’d remove, I don’t have any regrets.

10. Who’s your favourite singer?

I don’t really have a favourite. I like lots of singers past and present. But if I have to pick one, why not Lenny Kravitz?

11. What do you love to talk about?

Anything and everything, particularly sport.

Darell’s Questions

1. What are you thankful for right now and why?

For obvious reasons, I’m so glad I’m living in France and staying safe and sound.

2. Who inspires you?

Life’s inspiration enough.

3. Where is your favourite vacation spot?

The Basque Country

4. When did you first realise your love for blogging?

I enjoy blogging, I don’t love it.

5. Why does Black Lives Matter?

Pervasive and systemic racism has held back under-represented minorities, especially Black people. We should all be consciously committed to helping correct this inequality.

6. How many pets do you have?

None, unless you count my beloved husband?

7. What new skills have you acquired during lockdown?

I have discovered a couple of green fingers, improved my Spanish and cooked a trillion of new dishes.

8. Where does your inspiration to blog come from?

My wonderful, everyday life

9. Who is most important to you in your life right now and why?

The same people who are always important to me – my beloved husband, family and friends.

10. Why should bloggers follow your blog?

No one *should* follow my blog unless they find it of interest or amusing.

11. When will racism end?

I sincerely hope that it’s in my lifetime, so we need to get a move on!

Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blogging sites.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate upto 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions.
  4. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog post.
  5. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

Vincent Ehindero Blogger Awards V – VII

I’ve been most fortunate to be nominated by three wonderful bloggers whom I would like to sincerely thank for thinking of me and my blog:-

– Artista10 who shares amazing real life stories on her blog.

– Darrel Philip for great news, poetry and opinion pieces on his blog.

Amy who wisely tells us all not to fake who we are because we want to impress others.

If you don’t already follow these great guys and gals, go and check out their blogs. You will not be disappointed.

My Nominees

I follow so many fantastic blogs with interesting, funny, beautiful, sad and thought-provoking content. How could I pick just 30? Plus, I know, a number of you have “Award Free” blogs – nothing wrong with that.

Please feel free to join in with this award, answer any 10 of the questions below and thank you.

Artista’s Questions

1. What inspires you to write?

Life is more than adequate inspiration.

2. What is your favourite thing to do?

There are so many things that I love doing that it would be hard to choose just one. Regular readers will know I’m not fond of “favourites.” But, in general, I love doing things with my long-suffering beloved husband so my answer would be anything with him.

3. How do you deal with stress and anxiety?

I am and always have been a seriously chilled person! The only person who stresses me out is my beloved husband.

4. How long have you been writing?

Since I first learnt to write.

5. What is your favourite thing about your family?

They live in another country! I’m not kidding. I only have two sisters and see them regularly when they visit.

6. Do you like animals? If so what kind?

I like animals but preferably those that aren’t intent on stinging, strangling or biting me.

7. How do you feel about your life at this time?

I’m very happy with my life.

8. What do you like to do for hobbies?

Cycling, watching sport, walking, cooking and baking, travel, blogging, reading, listening to music, gardening

Darrel’s Questions

1. What is an example of something good to have come from your lockdown experience?

A reminder of how much I love where I live on the Cote d’Azur.

2. Which blog is currently your favourite and post the link here?

I follow thousands of wonderful posts. It would be impossible to pick a favourite something that would be an anathema to me.

3. Why do you blog?

Because I can!

4. What are the features of a great blog?

Great content whether that’s photos, prose, articles, whatever……..

5. Who is your favourite writer and why?

More favourites! But if I have to pick one I’ll go with the late Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’m trying to improve my Spanish so that I can read some of his works in their original language.

6. What is your favourite book and why?

You’d have to support your local football team to understand this one: Colin Schindler’s “Manchester United Ruined My Life.” Of course, Colin’s now having the last laugh.

7. Where in the world would you like to take a vacation?

Thanks to the pandemic I’m taking staycations but at least they’re (IMHO) in the most beautiful country on God’s earth.

8. When is the best time to write/blog?

Whenever you feel most like doing it.

9. Where does your motivation to write/blog come from?

My life.

10. If you had the opportunity to be stuck on a desert island with anyone from history to the present day, who would that person be and why?

I’ve been asked this question before and my answer’s the same, my beloved husband. Fancy being stuck on a desert island with someone you didn’t know? It could be an unmitigated disaster.

Amy’s Questions

1. What gave you the push to start blogging?

Taking part in a challenge where I needed to keep my supporters updated on my progress.

2. Are you proud of the progress you’ve made so far? If not, why?

TBH, it’s not something I really think about. I enjoy it and that’s reward enough.

3. Is blogging a profession or a hobby for you?

Purely a hobby.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Hopefully, still alive and still blogging.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog to make money.

It would be inappropriate for me to hand out that type of advice as I don’t make any money from my blog, nor do I want to. I leave that to those who do.

6. Where do most of your views come from?

No idea, it’s not something I check but it’s probably from countries that speak English or where it’s widely spoken.

7. What’s your post frequency?

I try to post daily and have an established routine of posts.

8. Are you doing the most when it comes to fulfilling the demands of your niche?

I don’t have a niche, my blog is very general and i write what I want. If someone else wants to read it, that’s a bonus.

9. How many friends have you made from blogging?

A surprising number, I’m not keeping count.

10. Do you ever regret any of your posts? If the answer is yes, why?

No because I’m very conscious that my blog could be read by anyone, anywhere and I take care over what I post.

Challenge Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Make a post of the award (with a Photo of the Logo).
  3. Post the Rules.
  4. Ask 5 – 10 questions of your choice.
  5. Nominate 10 – 30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  6. Thank the originator of the award who has given us a platform whereby bloggers can be discovered and recognised for the work that they do. Please follow Vincent’s blog here:

Food Award I – III

As a keen amateur home cook and baker I was, of course, delighted to be nominated by three wonderful bloggers for the Food Award.

Firstly, Mrs Holiman over at God’s Love, spreading the Lord’s words, who has her own wonderful chef aka Mr Holiman.

Next, Rishabh Kumar who shares his poetic journey with memories on Myjooypress.  He freely admits to being less experienced in the kitchen but he’s clearly mastered some classics already.

Finally, last but not least, Wild at Heart who writes over at WildScaredCrazy who claims she wouldn’t have had this award if it was given on the basis of her cooking and eating skills. But, now that she’s gotten it, she’s claiming it with joy.

Please drop by all these blogs, check them out and give them a supportive follow!

My Nominees

Are you someone who loves spending time in the kitchen? Do you have a food blog? Do you post fabulous pictures of food on your blog? Do you have recipes on your blog?

If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, please consider yourself nominated. Answer any five questions from those posed below.

Mrs H’s Questions

1. What is your favourite dessert?

It used to be my mother’s lemon meringue pie – a legend it its own lifetime. But now that I can’t eat dairy, I’m much less fussed about desserts. I’ll happily skip them, or maybe have some fresh fruit.

2. What is your favourite snack on a hiking trip?

One of my home-made oat bars.

3. Do you like Mayo?

Only if it’s homemade and vegan.

4. Would you rather a hamburger or a hotdog?

TBH, even before I became vegan, I wasn’t overly fond of either. However, I do make vegan burgers so that’ll be “Hamburger” then.

5. What is your favorite salad dressing?

One that’s appropriate for the dish in question though, of course, it’s hard to beat a classic French vinagrette.

Rishabh’s and Wild at Heart’s Questions

1. What do you usually have for breakfast?

Glass of water with fresh lemon juice, something with oats or homemade nut butter or spicy avocado on toast, then black coffee.

2. Are you personally a good cook?

I love cooking and people seem to love eating what I cook, so I’m probably not too bad! Check out my recipes under “The Musette” banner.

3. Do you like chocolate? What is your favourite type?

Yes and I like my chocolate to be at least 70% cocoa

4. Which type of food can you NEVER EVER eat even if some one threatens you to eat it?

I don’t eat dairy, soy, meat products or fried foods.

5. Which food did you or you are eating forcefully?

Not sure I understand this question. I only eat foods I enjoy eating.

Award Rules

  • Thank the person(s) that nominated you.
  • Pingback to the creator, Elisha at
  • If possible, use the same featured image as your nominator(s).
  • Answer the five questions.
  • Create five questions about food.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend. Stay Safe! Sx

Really Neat Award IX and X

A couple of months ago, I was most kindly nominated for this Really Neat Award by two great bloggers.

Firstly, Roxancena, a full-time Human Resource and Yoga Practitioner, who is aiming to become a motivational writer/ blogger/ speaker. Writing is her way of expressing herself and her amazing experiences of life.

Secondly, by Wild at Heart who writes about her uncertain journey through life.

Now, don’t forget to go and check out their amazing blogs and, if you don’t already do so, give them a follow.

My Nominees

If you want to run with this award, please feel free to answer any of the questions below!

Roxy’s Questions

1. What’s your biggest fear in life? How do you deal with it?

Not having enough time to achieve everything I want to. Careful planning and preparation to make the most of every moment.

2. What are your accomplishments so far in your work/ career and life?

I’ve had a successful and enjoyable career and a very long and happy marriage.

3. Share your thoughts about couples with no kids (childless)?

We’re a childless couple (from choice). I think that says it all.

4. Your thoughts about becoming a full-time blogger.

I am full of admiration for anyone who becomes a successful and full-time blogger. It’s not for me.

5. Describe your relationship with your family?

I had/have a very small family. I had an excellent relationship with my late parents and get on well with my two sisters.

6. What are your plans when you reach 60 years old?

Why 60? Because it’s the traditional retirement age? I’m over 60 and I still have plenty of plans. There is so much more I want to see and do. The important thing is to reach 60 in good health and with sufficient funds.

7. Anger Management. How do you manage or control anger?

I count slowly to however many it takes with plenty of deep breaths. Showing anger is, in my book, unprofessional.

Wild at Heart’s Questions

1. When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great?

Lots of things though it’s not so much going badly, more not going as planned.

2. What food is delicious but a pain to eat?

 Couldn’t think of anything. Probably anything that sticks in one’s teeth, like crisps.

3. What is the most amazing slow motion video you’ve seen?

Me, cross-country skating. The coach chose to film me on account of my near perfect technique but didn’t need to slow it down much as I wasn’t particularly fast!

4. What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?

On property programmes where couples say they want to put their stamp on a place.

5. What movie quotes do you use on a regular basis?

I’m not aware that I use any. Maybe I should?

6. What was cool when you were young but isn’t cool now?

Hundreds of things. How long have you got? Of course, many things from 60s/70s have become cool again.

 7. One word that describes you?


The Award Rules

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs; and asking them seven questions.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Hope you’ve all had a Really Neat weekend! Sx

Awesome Blogger Award II, III and IV

Over the past few months I’ve been most fortunate to receive a number of nominations for this award from some awesome bloggers – thank you.

Rishabh Kumar at Myjoopress who tells us about his slightly introvert and caring world.

Wild at Heart at Wild, Scared, Crazy who is sharing with us her hopes and fears in this uncertain world.

Soumitra at The Pensieve who claims the blog is a haphazard collection of posts that buzzed through their mind.

Now, don’t forget to go and check out these awesome blogs!

Let’s just remind ourselves of the definition of “awesome:”

extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring awe.

However, I suspect that in the case of the award, the word is being used in its informal sense as being:

extremely good; excellent.

High praise indeed!

My Nominees

I only follow Awesome Bloggers. So if I follow you, please consider yourself nominated and answer any 10 questions from the 30 below.

Rishabh’s questions

1. What were the challenges before you started blogging?

Getting to grips with WordPress, a challenge I can’t honestly say that I’ve truly come to terms with.

2. What kind of motive your blog has now?

It’s more of a lifestyle blog

3. Any tips for us, your fellow bloggers?

Be yourself, write about what you know and love, engage with the blogging community

4. What’s something that you want to learn?

I’m constantly learning new things. The day I stop learning is the day I’ll be six-feet under.

5. What kind of books or blogs do you read?

I love reading about sport, cookery and history. I read all sorts of blogs but mainly those that share my interests.

6. Any mistake that you remember from your past?

It took me a while to engage with other bloggers.

7. How does it feel when you get likes or comments from bloggers?

I aim to amuse and/or spread joy. So I love it when I succeed.

8. If you had a chance to do something that doesn’t bound you at all, what would you like to do?

I’m not sure I understand the question. Are you asking if I’d do something outside of my comfort zone? If so the answer would depend on what it was but I’m game for most things.

9. Some of your favourite persons from your real or virtual life.

Family and friends, plus athletes, artists, chefs and musicians whose endeavours I greatly admire.

10. Any memorable event in your life.

How much time have you got? There are far too many to mention.

Wild at Heart’s questions

1. Favourite place to visit?

The Basque Country – if you don’t believe me check out my many posts from there.

2. Describe life in three words?

Amazing, thrilling, wonderful 

3. Describe love in three words?

Amazing, thrilling, enveloping 

4. What advice would you give your teenage self?

Absolutely none, I was a smart cookie!

5. If someone is showing ego then what will you do?

To be honest, it kind of depends on the situation.

6. Few words for art?

Majestic, intriguing, powerful

7. You happen to find a hundred bucks in your jeans after you’ve washed them. What would you spend it on?

You can’t spend US dollars in Europe so I’d have to change it into Euros and then I’d just put it in my purse to spend on every day items.

8. Favourite quote?

Pretty much anything by Dorothy Parker. She had a razor-sharp and witty tongue.

9. Favourite flower? Also tell the characteristics?

Hydrandeas because of their range of colours

10. Favourite colour? Also tell the characteristics?

Coral – a colour that goes so well with so many others.

Soumitra’s questions

1. What was the idea behind your blog when you first started it? Has it stayed the same? Or has it… wavered?

It started off as a way to keep sponsors updated but then morphed into a lifestyle blog after a bit of a hiatus.

2. Which type of content do you love reading/writing the most? (You can either have two different individual answers to them or they can both be the same)

I like reading about all sorts of things and I enjoy writing about my trips and travel.

3. What is your favorite colour? Why?

See 10 above

4. Eternal silence? Or eternal noise? (You HAVE to choose. Neither ain’t an option!)

Silence, every time!

5. Have you ever watched the clouds in the sky & imagined they create various forms & shapes? If yes, what were they?

Yes and yes! I usually see animal forms.

6. Can mistakes be treasured? How?

Yes, if you learn from them.

7. How right is right?

Are were talking right as opposed to left, or right as opposed to wrong?

8. One quote that changed the way you thought about life. What was it & how did it influence you?

There are no quotes as such, rather things my father said to me which I hold dear. Such as: “Be the very best version of yourself!” “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” “If you can give someone a helping hand, you should.” “Neither a lender, nor borrower be.”

9. Your idea of a perfect day.

Any day spent with my beloved husband.

10. What makes happiness ‘happy’?

Whatever you want it to be!

Award Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer the questions you were asked.
  • Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them about the nomination.
  • Give them ten questions.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Sx