Liebster Award XV – XVII

Forgive me for bundling these awards together but I find it’s the best way of responding. Now, that sounds a bit boastful. It’s not. It’s because I generally 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 scintillating prose and gorgeous 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 bloggers: the lovely Wild at Heart over at  WildScaredCrazy; the funny and eccentric Shaheshal; and, the wonderful Mrs Holliman. 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 running out of things to tell you! Apologies in advance for any repetitions.

1. I have three brothers-in-law, but only two sisters.

2. I’ve rather enjoyed lockdown largely because I enjoy my own company and that of my (long suffering) beloved husband. In addition, I’m someone who’s always busy and can always find silver linings to pretty much anything – I make that 5 things!

3. Since lockdown has been slowly lifted in France we’ve been enjoying where we live all over again. It’s been lovely to visit places without any tourists and happily snap away without worrying about getting heads in the way. While the situation isn’t economically viable, I’m going to make the most of this window of opportunity.

4. I’ve been sharing my baking with some of my more vulnerable neighbours. They’ve enjoyed the treats so much one or two have wondered whether they could sign up to a cakes-on-subscription service! We can’t possibly eat all I bake so I’m happy to continue sharing.

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 continue long-term.

6. I haven’t missed watching sport on television as much as I thought I would.

7. We’ve taken an exective decision that any travel from now until the end of next year will only be in France, Italy or Spain, and quite probably none until this September.

8. We’ve not binge-watched any box sets on the television or watched any films, we’ve been too busy.

9. Our succulent garden on the terrace has much benefitted from a spot of TLC. I’m never going to be a “gardener” but I have quite enjoyed the experience of having plants thrive rather than die on me.

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

11. I’m looking forward to a long, hot summer at home.

Wild at Heart’s Questions

1. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My natural inclination is to say lobster. On a trip to New England I famously ate it every day for two weeks but I’m not sure I could manage it ad infinitum. So, let’s go with baked potatoes, with my home-made coleslaw.

2. Who is your favourite author?

I don’t have a favourite, I have a number of favourites such as Evelyn Waugh, Margaret Attwood, Kazuo Ishiguro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

3. Who is your hero?

My late father.

4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Right where I now live, the Cote d’Azur.

5. What is your biggest fear?

I don’t really have one. I think you fear less as you age. Let’s say the unknown.

6. Do you have any pet peeves?

Not too many minor irritations, but one or two. For example, I dislike it when anyone inconveniences another or shows insufficient consideration.

7. Which meal is your favourite: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

Definitely lunch!

8. What song always gets you out on the dance floor?

Nothing and no one these days gets me on the dancefloor!

9. When you were a kid, did you eat the crusts on your sandwich or not?

I did otherwise my hair would’ve been dead straight. Yes, I bought big time into that FIB!

10. What activity instantly calms you?

Watching waves lap the seashore

11. Ideally, how would you spend your birthday?

With my beloved. Please don’t spoil my birthday by throwing me a surprise party!

Shaheshal’s Questions

1. Is a hotdog a sandwich? Why or why not?

According to the definition: a sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese, fish or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein bread serves as a container or wrapper for another food type. So, yes, it’s a sandwich!

2. What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

My memory is stuffed full of useless and ridiculous facts. How about this one? The average human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap.

3. What is the funniest joke you know by heart?

I don’t tell jokes. I tell stories in an amusing way.

4. How do you feel about putting broccoli on pizza?

Like pineapple, it has no place on a pizza. Ask any Italian.

5. Who do you know that really reminds you of a character in a TV show or movie?

I can’t say I’ve ever really thought about this. So that would be no one.

6. What are some fun ways to answer everyday questions like “how’s it going” or “what do you do”?

I hate the expression “How’s it going?” and will respond “How’s what going?” To the “What do you do?” question, I’d probably respond “How long have you got?”

7. What is your favourite thing to do when you’re bored?

Here’s the thing, I’m never bored!

8. Do you like to cook?

Is the Pope a Catholic? Of course I love to cook and bake. Check out my posts entitled “The Musette.”

9. If it suddenly started snowing in the summer what would be your reaction?

Snow in summer? We don’t get snow in winter!

10. Would you rather know the history of every object you touched or be able to talk to animals?

Can I not do both? My friends claim that I’m a child and dog whisperer.

11. Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again?

I have pretty good traffic light karma so I’d choose not to ever have to queue again.

Mrs Holliman’s questions

1. What is your favourite thing to blog about?

All sorts of things, but probably local trips and travel abroad.

2. What would be one thing that you would change that you did in your life?

I would’ve become self-employed and moved to France earlier.

3. Strawberries or Blueberries?


4. What is your favourite food to cook?

I love cooking with vegetables.

5. What does love from GOD mean to you?

Now, Mrs H you know I’m not a believer. Of course, I may be proved wrong but any love’s surely a good thing.

6. What is one of your favourite quotes? Any quote.

I love Dorothy Parker’s sharp, witty tongue, so any of her quotes. Such as:-

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.
If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.

7. Hot dogs or Hamburger?

A plant-based hamburger, preferably one I’ve made myself.

8. What is your favourite TV show to watch?

I love travel programmes such as Michael Portillo’s train series.

9. What would you be doing if snow came to your city?

I’d get out my cross-country skis.

10. What is your flavour of cake?


11. What are you thankful for?


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 reached the end! Please reward yourself in some way. Hope you had a great week-end. 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.

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.

Liebster Awards VIII, IV and X

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Award Rules

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

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

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

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!!

5. Compose 11 questions to ask your nominees.

As you know, I habitually ignore the rules!

Facts about me

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

Jyoti’s questions

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

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

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

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

3. Your friends find you which type of person?

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

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

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

5. Do you believe in aliens?

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

6. Why do you follow my blog?

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

7. Why should I follow your blog?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do you like more sunrise or sunset?

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

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

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

Altair’s Questions

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

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

2 How do you drink your wine?

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

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

Probably gluttony

4. What do you choose between silence and speech?

Silence every time

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


6. Do you like poetry?


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

Absolutely not!

8. Are you more of a pessimist or optimist?

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool optimist

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

Tough choice but it would have to be science.

10. Can we succeed in proving his love?

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

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

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

Beth’s Questions

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

Is there life after death?

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

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

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

Time is finite

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

Have a great week-end!

Liebster Awards III, IV, V, VI and VII

I was kindly nominated for 5 Liebster Awards in just over a week consequently here’s my quintuple amalgamation. Please forgive me.

I was lucky to be chosen by the following fantastic bloggers:-

1. Stuart who blogs about life, love marriage and…sex over at Something to Stu Over

2. Joshua who blogs about his brliefs over at Joshua’s Blog

3. Young woman of mystery Dragon Warrior who used to blog and draw on the wonderfully named Den of Dreams.

4. Another young woman of mystery, Tatterhood who muses over at Tatterhood.

5. Steve who blogs, along with his cat Muffin, at Steve’s Country.

Each of these bloggers writes wonderfully well, with beautifully illustrated (photos and/or drawings) posts and has an interesting point of view. Do go and check out their blogs and, if you don’t already, please give them a follow.

Hold onto your hats, this is a long, really long post. In fact you may need a cup of tea or coffee, and cake, to help it go down!

The Rules:

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

2. Share some facts about yourself.

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

4. Nominate some more lucky bloggers and make their day.

5. Ask your nominees further questions.

11 Facts about myself:

Honestly, after all these awards I must now be an open book and I’m scrabbling around to tell you something I’ve not already mentioned. How about:

It’s my proud boast that I’ve never gotten a tattoo, changed a nappy, been on a hen-do, played any video games or watched any of the Star Wars or Harry Potter movies!

Stuart’s Questions:

1. What is your favourite love song and why?

I don’t really do favourites of anything. But if I had to pick something it would be Memory by Barbra Streisand.

2. Do you feel that love goes much deeper than what the world is teaching our children?

I wouldn’t know and it’s difficult to comment because I don’t have any children.

3. Are you currently blogging about what you feel your calling is?

I blog about what takes my fancy because I can. My calling quite clearly is to make life as easy as possible for my husband. I tell him when he dies and goes to heaven, he’ll be sorely disappointed.

4. How would you describe God?

A comfort blanket, and I mean that in a good way.

5. Growing up what was your favourite game to play?

Football, cricket, table tennis or tennis with my Dad.

6. Did you feel like a loner in school or were you one who fit in with everyone?

Neither! I was a leader, never a follower.

7. Do you read the Bible or do you study the Bible?

No, neither.

8. How much time do you spend in prayer? I know that may seem personal, it’s just I don’t even feel as if I spend enough time praying.

No time at all.

9. What is your favorite dessert?

It used to be my mother’s home-made lemon meringue pie but now I can’t eat dairy I don’t have a favourite.

10. Are you a get in and get out shopper or are you one that has to look at everything?

Depends why I’m shopping. If it’s for food, I love looking round the market (in France) before deciding what to buy. Anything else, I do my research beforehand, buy what I want (preferably on line), otherwise I get home asap.

11. Do you prefer a crowd of people or alone time?

I hate crowds but it’s nice being with a group of friends from time to time. Generally I don’t enjoy group activities, it’s with my husband or on my own.

Joshua’s Questions:

1. What is your favourite sport?

I love riding my bike and watching bike races.

2. What is your favourite drink?

Again, it depends on the time of day and year. But in view of 4 below, let’s say champagne.

3. Who do look like the most: your mother, or your father?

Like most kids I’m a mixture of both.

4. What’s your favourite hot drink?


5. Which do you prefer: summer or winter?

I love sunshine so prefer the summer that said it’s hard to better the combination of crisp white snow and sunshine.

6. If you had a favorite teddy bear or doll, what was its name?

Edward Bear – not very original.

7. Do you have a LEGO set?

No but the young son of friends sometimes allows me to play with his fabulous collection of LEGO.

8. Do you have faith in GOD?

I don’t believe in GOD.

9. Do you enjoy reading?

Yes, it’s a great way of relaxing.

10. Do you want to write a book (or books) someday?

No but if I did it would be a cookery book.

11. What is your favourite 8-letter word?


Dragon Warrior’s Questions:

1. Who is your favourite fictional character?

I don’t have one.

2. Who is your idol?

My late father.

3. Favourite holiday spot?

San Sebastian in Spain.

4. What do you like best about yourself?

My positivity.

5. If you can live anywhere in the universe what would it be?

Right where I’m currently living, the French Riviera.

6. Favourite time of the day?

Dawn and dusk.

7. Do you prefer writing in paper or typed in computer?

Depends what I’m doing.

8. Your favourite blogger?

I don’t do favourites.I follow a large number of great bloggers who write and take photos of a diverse range of subjects which I find hugely instructive and of great interest.

9. Three things for a deserted island?

My husband, WiFi and my iPad.

10. Dream dish?

Freshly broiled lobster.

11. One wish to come true?

Equal opportunities for all.

Tatterhood’s This or That Questions

1. Strawberries or Raspberries

I like them both equally, but if I have to choose then it’s strawberries

2. Chocolate or Sweets

I don’t eat much of either, but as I like Haribo’s Gummy Bears, I’ll say sweets.

3. Horror or Romance

It’ll have to be romance, I don’t like horror anything. Still traumatised from watching Jaws.

4. Cinema or Netflix

Cinema (OLd School).

5. Early Mornings or Late Nights

I like both but I’ll plump for early mornings.

5. Book or Kindle

Book every time.

6. Dragons or Unicorns


7. AC/DC or Whitesnake


8. Cream then Jam or Jam then Cream

Jam only, I can’t eat dairy.

9. Tea or Coffee

Coffee only before 15:00, then I like a cup of Marco Polo tea from Mariage Freres

10. Pokemon or Digimon

Sorry but I’ve never played either of these

Steve’s Questions

1. Do you enjoy reading?

Sure, it’s a great way to relax.

2. Do you watch more than 2 hours of TV a day?

Only during major sporting events such as Olympics, World Cup, Tour de France, Giro d’Ialia etc

3. If you had to move to a different country, which would it be?

I’ve already moved to France but could quite happily live in Spain, southern Germany, Austria or Italy.

4. Do you enjoy travelling?

Yes, do you not read my blog?

5. What is your favourite food?

I don’t really have one, but let’s say lobster.

6. Do you like coffee?


7. Do you spend time outdoors each day?


8. How much time outdoors?

On average, 2-4 hours/day

9. Do you exercise regularly?


9. Would you enjoy living in a place that had long winters, with at least 5 months of snow on the ground and temps reaching -30C?

No, I would not.

10. Why do you follow my blog? (I needed one tough question)

In a word, Muffin!

My nominees:

First of all congratulations, you deserve an award, or indeed several awards, for wading through all those questions and answers. If you’re still awake and you fancy taking part, go ahead, be my guest.

Questions for my nominees:

1. If you had the ability to solve one of the world’s many issues (eg climate change, inequality, an ism, corruption, poverty,…..) which one would you choose and why?

2. You can invite five people to dinner (fictional, dead or living) who would you choose and why?

3. What are you going to serve to eat and drink at this dinner?

4. You’ve been gifted a plot of land on which you can grow vegetables and herbs. What would you grow and why?

5. Have you ever visited a place just because someone wrote about it on their blog. If so, where was that place?

6. You have the chance to live someone else’s life for a year. Who would you like to be and why?

Yeah, I know that’s only 6 questions, not 11, but what can I say, I’m a bit of a rebel!

Thank you for reading my post and celebrating this award with me.

Have a great day


Liebster Award II

Two Liebster Awards in a week! Woman of mystery and newbie blogger Dragon Warrior 07987 who posts on the wonderfully named Den of Dreams kindly made the award. According to her site, she’s a day-dreamer who loves to read, write, draw and dwell in her magical world called Cygnet. I can certainly attest to her skill at drawing as her posts are illustrated with her charming pictures. She also weaves a mean tale. Do check out her blog and give her a follow.

The Rules:

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the questions the blogger asked you.

4. Nominate 11 lucky bloggers and make them happy.

5. Ask your nominees 11 further questions.

6. Notify your 11 nominees.

11 Facts about myself:

1. I’m a keen cyclist, easily the toughest sport I’ve tried, and a keen fan of cycling. Many of my travels are worked around the season’s major races, particularly the three Grand Tours.

2. In theory I have retired but I could well be the busiest retiree you’ve ever met.

4. I do not act my age, ever!

5. I love cooking and my friends, particularly the French ones, joke that I have a Michelin star – if only!

6. I am useless at handicrafts but one of these days…………….

7. I love animals but don’t have any pets.

8. I like children but (from choice) don’t have any of my own. Instead I borrow those of friends.

9. I love planning our trips almost as much as the trip itself.

10. I’m married to a man who my family call “The Man who just Turns Up!”

11. I cannot dance.

Dragon Warrior’s Questions:

1. How can you describe creativity?

Creativity is the capability or act of conceiving something original or unusual.

2. What brings you most smiles?


3. What is your favourite type of blog post?

I don’t have a favourite. I like lots of different ones.

4. If you could get into any fictional place, where would it be?

There’s too many places I still want to visit without worrying about fictional ones. However I’d love to visit The Barefoot Contessa’s house and garden in The Hamptons.

5. Favourite fictional character?

I don’t have one.

6. The story you always wanted to write?

I don’t write fiction. If I were to write a book it would be a cookery one.

7. Something you wish people knew about you?

After two Liebster awards I must now be an open book.

8. Do you keep notebooks? Or journal or diary?

No, though I do jot stuff down on my iPad: shopping lists, packing lists, “to do” lists, ideas for blog posts…..

9. Favourite holiday destination?

The Basque Country which spans the Atlantic coasts of both northern Spain and SW France. You’ll find loads of posts on my blog about our trips there.

10. Types of creativity you prefer? Origami? Arts? Writing?

I would never describe myself as a “creative” type. I channel any creativity I possess into writing, photography, interior decorating and cooking.

11. Do you watch cricket? If yes, favourite player?

Yes, I do enjoy watching cricket. I’m a great admirer of Indian player Virat Kohli, plus West Indian Chris Gayle.

My Nominees:

If you’ve managed to read this far, consider yourself nominated and please answer the questions below.

Questions for my nominees:

1. If you had the ability to solve one of the world’s many issues (eg climate change, inequality, corruption, poverty,…..) which one would you choose and why?

2. You can invite five people to dinner (fictional, dead or living) who would you choose and why?

3. What are you going to serve to eat and drink at this dinner?

4. You’ve been gifted a plot of land on which you can grow vegetables and herbs. What would you grow and why?

5. Have you ever visited a place just because someone wrote about it on their blog. If so, where was that place?

6. You have the chance to live someone else’s life for a year. Who would you like to be and why?

Yeah, I know that’s only 6 questions, not 11, but what can I say, I’m a bit of a rebel!

Thank you for reading my post and celebrating this award with me.

Have a great day


Liebster Award

This is my maiden Liebster Award which was kindly bestowed on me by Steve over at Steve’s Country. Steve and Muffin his cat live in a particularly scenic albeit very cold part of the world. A keen photographer, you’ll find plenty of lovely photos of his local fauna and flora on his blog.  Don’t forget to check out Steve’s blog and give him a follow.

The Rules:

1. Thank the Blogger who nominated you.

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

3. Answer the questions the blogger asked you.

4. Nominate 11 lucky bloggers and make them happy.

5. Ask your nominees 11 further questions.

6. Notify your 11 nominees.

11 Facts about myself:

1. I’ve been married over 40 years! Please note this is where you express surprise and comment that I must’ve been a child bride!

2. I’m a typical Capricorn.

3. I live in one of the most gorgeous countries IMHO on God’s earth.

4. I love watching and taking part in different sports.

5. I spent the entirety of my working life in the Financial Services industry.

6. I now have a very small family, just my two sisters.

7. I enjoy cooking and baking for family and friends.

8. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie.

9. I have bags of energy and it’s my proud boast that I’ve yet to meet the child who can wear me out. Plenty of my friends’ kids have tried but failed.

10. I was a bit accident-prone as a child.

11. I cannot hold a tune.

Steve’s Questions:

1. Do you like rainy days?

I don’t mind them since we need water plus sun for things to grow, though I prefer it to rain overnight.

2. Favorite thing to do on a rainy day?

Cook up a storm [in the kitchen].

3. Do you like thunderstorms?

We get plenty of thunderstorms on the French Riviera. They’re usually spectacular but I prefer to enjoy them from indoors.

4. Do you enjoy flying? In a plane naturally.

It all depends on the airline, the class of travel and how long I’m going to be in the plane.

5. Do you know how to fly a plane?

No and it’s not one of my ambitions to learn.

6. Do you enjoy photography?

Yes, but generally I only photograph buildings and scenery, rarely people.

7. Why do you have a blog?

Because I can.

8. How long have you been blogging?

Since 2009 though I did have a bit of a hiatus on my blog while blogging on VeloVoices.

9. What country do you live in?

France, the most visited country on this earth.

10. Morning person or night person?

I can be either.

11. Do you think you could last one month without any kind of internet connection?


My Nominees:

If you’ve managed to read this far, consider yourself nominated and please answer the questions below.

Questions for my nominees:

1. If you had the ability to turn back time, what time period would you return to and why?

2. You have the opportunity to make up a word and have it added to the dictionary. What would it be and what does it mean? Give examples of its use.

3. You’ve been gifted a plot of land on which you can grow vegetables and herbs. What woul you grow and why?

4. Have you ever visited a place just because someone wrote about it on their blog. If so, where was that place?

5. You have the chance to live someone else’s life for a year. Who would you like to be and why?

Yeah, I know that’s only 5 questions, not 11, but what can I say, I’m a bit of a rebel!

Thank you for reading my post and celebrating this award with me.

Have a great day