The Sunshine Blogger Award III

Well, what a lovely way to kick off 2019 – at the back end of 2018 Dr Tanya kindly nominated me for another Sunshine Blogger Award. Please take the time to check out and follow her blog which has a great name, “Salted Caramel.” Who doesn’t love that? Dr Tanya likes it in brownies and ice cream. That melange of sweet and salty is soooooooooooooo addictive.

Dr Tanya’s lifestyle blog is about continually re-inventing ourselves, change being the only constant, and forwards the best way to go. On her blog she shares her struggles so that you and I can become even better versions of our already awesome selves.

The rules are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them.
  • Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees about it on one of their own posts.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.

My Responses to Dr Tanya’s Questions:

  1. Why do you blog? Of course, because you want to. But do you blog as a hobby or to complement a business, or for other reasons?

I blog because I can and it’s purely for pleasure, neither profit nor gain.

  1. How long have you been blogging and how has your blog been doing in this time?

I’ve been blogging on and off since mid-2009. It started as a way to keep my sponsors for a cycling event apprised of my progress and morphed into firstly a cycling blog and more recently what might be called a Lifestyle one. 

  1. Do you write for yourself or for your readers?

Rather selfishly, I write for myself.

  1. Has blogging changed you or your life in any way?

Not that I’m consciously aware of but I do enjoy the discipline of writing regularly.

  1. What kind of blogs do you like to read and follow?

I love reading all sorts of blogs including those about food, wine, travel, fashion, poetry, photography and sport. There’s so much great writing out there in the blogosphere.

  1. If you were to write a book this year, what would it be called? (This question doesn’t apply to already published authors)?

I’m not going to be writing a book anytime soon, though I have edited a couple – far more enjoyable and much less stressful.

  1. What is your favourite quote?

Anything by Dorothy Parker, I love her witty ripostes.

  1. Name a book that has inspired you.

I’m struggling to think of a book that has inspired me. There’s plenty that I’ve enjoyed, I’m a voracious reader, but none that have inspired.

  1. Share a link to your favourite post/posts.

We’re not going to have enough room to do this here!

  1. How do your family/friends/pets react to your blogging habit?

My long-suffering husband is supportive, friends overseas find it a useful way of keeping in touch and I don’t have any pets.

  1. Do you still see yourself blogging in five years?

Yes, providing I’m still in the land of the living!

My 11 Questions:

  1. How long have you been blogging and what prompted you to start?
  2. What do you write about on your blog and why?
  3. Typically, how much time do you spend each week on your blog?
  4. What prompts you to follow certain blogs?
  5. Do your family and friends read your blog? And, if so, what feedback (if any) do they give you?
  6. It’s The Sunshine Blogger Award so how do you spread rays of sunshine on your blog?
  7. If you could change one thing about blogging, what would it be?
  8. If you were to impart one pearl of wisdom about blogging, what would it be?
  9. Who or what, if anything, has influenced your blog?
  10. What’s the best bit about blogging?
  11. What’s your idea of “A Perfect Day”?

My 11 Nominees are <cue drum roll>:

Best Indian Food Blog

Matty and Annika

Poetry in photographs at

Calm Kate at

Our Girl in Zurich

Rosemarie’s Kitchen

Oh yes they did

Kat at Antiquarius

Kellie’s Food to Glow

Rachel Hill

The Sunshine Blogger Award II

A big thank you and shout out to Ahmed Alozade, Digital Artist, who kindly nominated me for “The Sunshine Blogger Award.”  He said:

You deserve, because of the importance and the beauty of your blog, which diffuses the light like the sun 🙂

Isn’t that charming? It quite made my day.  

Answers to Ahmed’s questions:

1. My favourite breakfast?

A cup of strong hot coffee with avocado on toast.

2. Favourite author and why?

I don’t really have one because I read a wide range of books. I have favourite authors for different types of books. But if I had to pick one it would probably be Evelyn Waugh, whose entire catalogue I read while at university.

3. Favourite painter?

Again, I don’t have a particular favourite. But if I had to pick just one it would probably be French Impressionist landscape artist Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot who is allegedly one of the most copied artists.

4. Favourite movie?

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

5. Favourite quote?

I’ve always admired the sharp, rapier-like wit of Dorothy Parker. Of course, many of her famous quotes aren’t politically correct. However, I rather like this one, and it’s so true! “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.” 

6. More interesting concept in your life?

I’m not too sure what Ahmed means by “concept” so I’m going to interpret it as “belief.” I’m conservative with a small “c” so I’m pretty sure that none of my beliefs are particularly interesting. However, I do believe that if you can give someone a helping hand, you should do it.

7. Why did you start blogging?

I started the blog to keep my sponsors up-to-date on my progress towards achievement of a particular objective. Once achieved, I was going to stop blogging but family and friends asked me not to as my blog was a good way of keeping in touch.

8. If you could live at another time in history, when would it be and why?

I have no desire to go back in time. I’m happy living in the here and now.

9. What is your favorite place to visit?

Australia and there’s plenty of posts on my blog about our trips there in 2016 and 2017.

10. Best quality in your partner’s personality?

This one is much easier to answer. My beloved is very kind and considerate. 

11. Which famous person do you admire most and why?

The problem with famous people is that you have to rely on what’s been written about them, much of which is anecdotal. I’ve met and gotten to know very few famous people. If I were to pick one it would be Dr Bridie O’Donnell whom I had the pleasure of interviewing a few years ago after she’d set the UCI hour record. A former elite athlete in a number of disciplines, she’s now Head of Office for Women in Sport and Recreation in Victoria, Australia.

My nominees are all blogs which bring sunshine into my life with their stories, poems, photos, artwork and recipes. It was hard to pick just 11!












If you accept the Sunshine Blogger Award, you must answer my eleven questions and name eleven blogs that bring Sunshine into your life and the lives of others.

My Questions?

1. How do you take your coffee?
2. If you have a free couple of hours, what would you do and why?
3. What’s your favourite sport and why?
4. Which team are you supporting in the FIFA World Cup?
5. Which languages do you speak?
6. Where are you planning to visit next?
7. Why did you start blogging?
8. What would be your last meal on this earth?
9. What is your most prized possession and why?
10. What’s your favourite time of year and why?
11. Who would you like to invite to dinner and why?