Sunshine Blogger Award XXVI

Once again I’ve been very fortunate to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by another wonderful blogger, Swetha Sivakumar studying for his B.E in computer science in Chennai, whose blog Business English is helping us to improve our communication skills.

Please head on over to Swetha’s blog, check it out, and give him some further 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 consider yourself nominated and keep up the good work!

Swetha’s Questions

1.Why did you start blogging?

I must have answered this question at least 20 times! I started the blog back in 2009 to inform my sponsors – largely family and friends – on my progress towards obtaining an objective. I never intended to continue but said family and friends asked me to as it was easier for them to keep up with our news from afar. So I did. The blog was originally pretty much all about my life on two wheels but over the years it has morphed into a more lifestyle type of blog.

2. Who/what inspired you towards blogging?

No one though you could say that it was encouragement from family and friends that made me continue.

3. Ever thought of giving up blogging?

I had a major hiatus from 2012-2015 while writing lots of cycling articles for VeloVoices.

4. Except blogging what else are your hobbies?

Cycling, cross-country skiing, cooking, reading, travel, photography

5. What is your aim right now?

I’m going to continue blogging so long as I still enjoy it. It’s an interest not how I earn my crust.

6. Who is your biggest supporter?

I’m fortunate in that I have many followers, a number who’ve been with me for a while. The support and encouragement of the blogging community is much appreciated.

7. How will you describe yourself in one line?

Energetic, positive, curious, self-deprecating, young-at-heart

8. Among all your post which one is your favourite?

I don’t really have a favourite as such though I do enjoy the ones I write about my long-suffering beloved husband.

9. If you had a chance to go back in your life and change something what it would be?

I’d definitely have longer, slimmer legs

10. Who is your most favourite person?

That’s easy, it’s my beloved husband.

11. Who is your favourite blogger?

Much less easy as there are so many great bloggers out there. Let’s just say that if follow you, you’re one of my favourites.

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.

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.

Sunshine Blogger Awards XVI and XVII

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

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

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

My Nominees

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

Shruti’s Questions

1. Which country are you from?

UK originally but I now live in La Belle France.

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. How has blogging changed your life?

It hasn’t.

6. What would you like to change about yourself?

Absolutely nothing!

7. What new thing are you learning these days?

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

8. Which is your favourite movie?

The Shawshank Redemption

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

Go to some “sold out” shows.

10. Which is your favourite cuisine?

Probably Spanish or maybe Australian.

11. Do you love your job?

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

Joshua’s questions

1. What is your main purpose in blogging?

To entertain, to amuse, to inform

2. What activity do you find the most entertaining?

Sport

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

To be honest there’s no one instrument.

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

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

5. Do you watch videos on YouTube?

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

6. What is your favorite time of day?

Early morning

7. How often do you blog?

Generally daily

8. What is the ultimate dream of your life?

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

9. Do you go bowling?

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

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

Sunshine everytime

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

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

Award Rules

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