Liebster Awards XI, XII and XIII

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

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

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

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

The Rules

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

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

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

4. Nominate some bloggers and make them happy!!

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

Nico’s questions

1. Are you a pessimist or an optimist

Incurable optimist!

2. Bookworm or gamer

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

An adult who’s young at heart.

4. Are you a sadist or an empath.

Empath

5. Introvert or extrovert

Introvert though most people think I’m an extrovert.

6. Singing or dancing

Neither!

7. Favourite writer

Nobel Prize-winning British author Kazuo Ishiguro.

8. Your passion

My beloved husband of 42 years.

9. Have life pause button or have life rewind button

Neither, I’m on fast-forward

10. Favourite sports

MotoGP, cycling and football.

11. Favourite quote

Anything by Dorothy Parker

Smiley Subi’s Questions

1. What is the best thing about you?

My positivity and energy

2. Why did you start blogging?

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

3. According to you your best post.

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

4. Would you like to donate your organs?

Absolutely!

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

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

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

Why not?

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

Encourage them to hand themselves in before I report them.

8. According to you, How can control corruption?

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

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

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

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

I liked managing multi-disciplinary teams.

11. Best Memory of Life?

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

Steve’s Questions

What 11 things do you dislike and why?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nominees

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

Liebster Awards VIII, IV and X

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Award Rules

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

2. Share 11 facts about yourself.

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

4. Nominate 11 bloggers and make them happy!!

5. Compose 11 questions to ask your nominees.

As you know, I habitually ignore the rules!

Facts about me

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

Jyoti’s questions

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

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

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

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

3. Your friends find you which type of person?

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

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

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

5. Do you believe in aliens?

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

6. Why do you follow my blog?

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

7. Why should I follow your blog?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do you like more sunrise or sunset?

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

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

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


Altair’s Questions

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

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

2 How do you drink your wine?

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

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

Probably gluttony

4. What do you choose between silence and speech?

Silence every time

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

Never

6. Do you like poetry?

Yes

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

Absolutely not!

8. Are you more of a pessimist or optimist?

I’m a dyed-in-the-wool optimist

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

Tough choice but it would have to be science.

10. Can we succeed in proving his love?

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

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

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


Beth’s Questions

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

Is there life after death?

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

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

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

Time is finite


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

Have a great week-end!

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?

Coffee

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?

Champion

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

Neither

7. AC/DC or Whitesnake

AC/DC

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?

Yes

7. Do you spend time outdoors each day?

Yes

8. How much time outdoors?

On average, 2-4 hours/day

9. Do you exercise regularly?

Yes

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

Sheree

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?

Life!

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

Sheree

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?

Absolutely!

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

Sheree