The Sunshine Blogger Award VI

A huge thanks to Saba Niaz siddique who has kindly brought me some more sunshine by nominating me again for this award. I much enjoy reading the blogs of those from different cultures to my own, I find them so instructive and informative and they help me to view things from another’s perspective which is so important. Indeed the strap line on Saba’s blog, which she only started in March of this year, is as follows:

Get rid of ignorance. Share what we know and search what we don’t know.

Admirable sentiments! Please go and check out her excellent blog, say hi, give her a follow and show some support to a newbie blogger.

Here’s those all-important award rules

1. Show the logo on your blog √

2. Thank the blogger who niminated you √

3. Respond to the 11 questions you were asked √

4. Bestow this honour on other bloggers √

5. Pose said bloggers 11 questions √

Questions posed by Saba

1. Have you had anything date back to your salad days?

Now, I’m not too sure what Saba means by this and my salad days were a long, long time ago.

2. What is your favourite possession?

I’m not big on possessions. Sure, I have lots of stuff but, if the flat was burning down, I’d grab my beloved husband and run. oh, and maybe Teddy (see photo below), we’ve been together for a very long time.

3. Do you like to watch cartoons with kids?

I love cartoons! While I don’t mind watching them with kids, I do find that they constantly chatter over the film, generally to tell you what’s happening next. It’s best to watch them in the privacy of your own home or on a long-haul flight.

4. Dedicate a short paragraph in honour of your country.

I was born in Great Britain but have always considered myself a European, rather than British. Please don’t ask me to explain Brexit as I see it as a cry for help from disadvantaged communities rather than any real comprehension of the complex issues. I’ve spent the last 15 years living and working in France. If Brexit goes ahead, I’ll apply for a French passport. This is my home and I have no wish or desire to return to the UK. I moved to France because I adore the French and their way of life, their culture, beliefs, food and weather. I’ve found paradise on earth and I’d like to stay here.

5. What do you easily give away:-

  • Your books

  • Your toys too 

Would you lend him out? No, he’s way too old.

  • Money

The answer to this question is none of the above! About the only things I do give away easily are my time and baked goodies.

6. What do you feel when you visit your fellow bloggers but they forget that your blog also exists?

I never give it a moment’s thought. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

7. Does blogging really matter?

I think it depends on why you blog. I blog for my own amusement and it’s an easy way for friends and family around the world to keep up with what we’re doing. If other people read and like my blogs then that’s bunce.

8. Five lessons you’ve learned so far from your life?

  1. Be true to yourself
  2. Do unto others as you would have others do unto you
  3. If you can give someone else a helping hand, do it
  4. Don’t put off tomorrow stuff you can do today
  5. Go for it! You never want your epitaph to be “If only!”

9. Have you remembered your time with your teacher(s), would you like to share?

I enjoyed school (and university) but it was a long time ago.

10. Who is more corrupt, leaders or common people, or both?

11. What is sacrifice?

Giving up something you value for the sake of other considerations.

My nominees

This is my third Sunshine Blogger Award in as many weeks. If you’ve taken the time to read my entire post and have found yourself here – Congratulations, you’ve been nominated.

Here’s my 11 Questions

1. Describe your perfect day and explain what makes it so.

2. If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) to dinner, which 5 people would you invite and why?

3. What would you serve at the dinner in 2 above?

4. What’s your favourite sport and why?

5. If you could solve one of the many problems facing today’s world, what would it be and why?

6. Are you a cat or a dog person?

7. Use 5 adjectives to describe yourself

8. How do you enjoy spending your vacation time?

9. What brings joy into your life?

10. At this stage in your life what’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?

11. Who are you going to nominate for this award?

Thanks for reading, have a great day and remember:-

 

Sunshine Blogger Award V

Awards are like buses, you wait for ages and then two come along at almost the same time. I know lots of bloggers pooh pooh awards but I believe it’s a great way to encourage new bloggers and they help us all get to know one another better. It’s all about spreading some sunshine and who doesn’t enjoy that? Exactly!

I was nominated by a relative newbie to the blogosphere Saba Niaz Siddique,  a native Urdu writer, who started her blog in early March to help improve her writing in English. That’s a laudable aim and I know a number of the bloggers I follow write in a language other than their monther-tongue and they’re all to be congratulated. It isn’t easy and I say that as someone who’s a bit of a polyglot and, while I do write in languages other than English, I’ve never attempted it on my blog. So a big shout out and grateful thanks to Saba for the nomination.

The aim of Saba’s blog is to “Get rid of ignorance. Share what we know and search what we don’t know.” I feel this is very pertinent for all of us. She’s written some very interesting and informative pieces, such as the one on Ramadam. On a less serious note, she often writes about her cat Sweetie who’s just given birth to a litter of kittens. So don’t forget to drop by, check out her blog say “hi” and give her a follow.

Here’s those all-important award rules

1. Show the logo on your blog

2. Thank the blogger who niminated you

3. Respond to the 11 questions you were asked

4. Bestow this honour on other bloggers

5. Pose said bloggers 11 questions

The questions Saba asked me

Unsurprisingly, Saba has posed some very thought-provoking questions.

1. What do you think of my personality?

It’s hard to be specific when you only know someone through their blog. But I would hazard a guess that Saba’s a very kind, caring and thoughtful person possessing a lively and inquisitive mind.

2. Do you take stand if someone is abusing someone regardless of any so called difference?

Absolutely! Differences are delightful, they’re what distinguishes us from one another. They should be embraced and celebrated, not abused.

3. Write a short humorous post?

I have written a number of humorous posts in the past. Most of these revolve around something either I or my beloved have done, or haven’t done. Here’s one from my archives.

4. How long does your habit support your nature? (nature is who you are, and habit you adopt from nurture).

The nature vs. nurture debate is an ongoing current topic centered around the effect genes have on human disposition as opposed to the influences that early environment and development might have. I would say that I’m a product of my parent’s upbringing but that’s been heavily shaped by my experiences.

5. What would be the level of your excitement for Christmas eve in your salad days? Have you had any gift back in your childhood?

My salad days were quite some time ago but fortunately, despite my advancing years, I’m blessed with a good memory. As a child, I was always fairly hyper on Christmas Eve and up early on Christmas Day (05:00am) to open my presents though I tended to derive more pleasure from the present’s wrapping material than the present itself. Quickly repurposing boxes, paper and tape. Or, I used the present for something other that its intended use. I recall, I turned a beautiful doll’s pram into a wheel barrow. One abiding memory, from the Christmas before I was five years old, was finding my first two-wheeled bike, albeit with stabilisers, propped up against a tree in the park on a pre-Xmas lunch walk. It was red and shiny and mine. I quickly lost the stabilisers and had hours of fun riding that bike. Fun that I’ve never lost as I still enjoy riding a bike.

6. Paper books or e-books? why or why not?

I love reading and use my iPad to keep up to date with the news but I prefer to buy books, particularly cookery books. There’s usually a pile next to my bed which I enjoy dipping into and re-reading, seeking inspiration.

7. Have you remember your experience in primary school ( grade 1 to 5)?

Now, Saba’s really trying to tax my memory! My first primary school was a girl’s only, private prep school where I was in the class one year ahead of my age group. I sat at the front of the class under the teacher’s watchful eye as I tended to be one of the more lively members of the small class.

8. What do you do for energy saving?

Cycle! Eat local and seasonal.

9. Your occupation is your passion or profession?

Prior to my early retirement, I spent many years working in the financial services industry as a CFO in a largely administrative role, managing teams of people in some of the following functions IT, HR, Finance, Company Secretarial, Facilities which I much enjoyed, but I wouldn’t say it was my passion. I save that for my beloved and sport.

10. Would you like to share your bitter experience in life? (If any).

I gave this a great deal of thought because I’ve had lots of different experiences but I couldn’t remember anything that I would describe as bitter, or even bitter-sweet. Maybe, I’ve just been very fortunate.

11. What is the level of satisfaction for you?

I’m not sure I understand exactly what Saba meant by this. I’m a very positive person. On the odd occasions where there are clouds, I can always find silver linings. However, I always strive to do my best and am never satisfied unless I feel I’ve done that.

12. Don’t you think I don’t deserve this award…..

Hmmm, a double negative – I think we both deserve this award Saba. And you’ve asked 12 rather than 11 questions. Did you think I wouldn’t notice? By the way, I’m pulling your leg.

My nominees

This is my second Sunshine Blogger Award in as many days, although I have spaced out my responses. If you’ve taken the time to read my entire post and have found yourself here – Congratulations, you’ve been nominated.

Here’s my 11 Questions

1. Describe your perfect day and explain what makes it so.

2. If you could invite anyone (dead or alive) to dinner, which 5 people would you invite and why?

3. What would you serve at the dinner in 2 above?

4. What’s your favourite sport and why?

5. If you could solve one of the many problems facing today’s world, what would it be and why?

6. Are you a cat or a dog person?

7. Use 5 adjectives to describe yourself

8. How do you enjoy spending your vacation time?

9. What brings joy into your life?

10. At this stage in your life what’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt?

11. Who are you going to nominate for this award?

 

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award IV

If someone is kind enough to nominate you for an award you should respond, it’s only polite. Plus, of course, it’s awesome getting awards particularly at my stage of life, or indeed at any stage.

This time my grateful thanks go to the gorgeous Priyanka Nair who around two years ago started her wonderful blog. And, in that short time she’s achieved much – just check out her “About” page. Her writing is inspirational and brings that veritable ray of sunshine into our lives. You just know that this determined lady will go far! If you don’t already follow her blog, you should. You won’t regret it.

Award Rules

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you √

2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you √

3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions √

4. List rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post /or on your blog √

5. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts √

Priyanka’s Questions

1. What is your favorite colour and why?

I don’t have a favourite colour. As a child I loved red because my party shoes were red but nowadays I embrace all colours. Though I would say that I’m not overly fond of blue when it comes to decor and don’t like sleeping in predominantly blue bedrooms.

2. Are you eating for survival or are you a gourmand?

I’m most definitely a greedy gourmand as my waist (or lack thereof) will testify. Also check out my recipes on my “The Musette” posts.

3. Black, red or white grapes?

Not a big fan of grapes, though my other half loves them. I prefer grapes once they’ve been turned into wine: one of life’s little miracles.

4. What is your favourite dessert?

This is much easier. It used to be my mother’s home-made lemon meringue pie. However, for health reasons, I’ve had to give up dairy and hence generally give desserts a miss. There are lots of delicious vegan recipes which I’m happy to embrace but they rarely evoke the same memories as my mother’s truly magnificent lemon meringue pie.

5. What is your favorite pasta dish?

My home-made vegan spaghetti bolognaise. On eating it, my two sisters declared that they didn’t realise there was no meat in it – result!

6. Do you eat fresh salads?

I’ve always loved fresh vegetables and salads and eat them daily. I’m not vegan, as I eat fish, but I do now follow a largely plant-based diet and feel so much better for it.

7. Sweet or spicy?

I like a mix of hot, sweet, sour, spicy and salty – umami!

8. If you are a woman: dress or pantsuit? And, if you are a man: suit or casual?

I’m a woman with a wardobe full of trousers, and very few skirts or dresses. Though, when I first started work, it was frowned upon for women to wear trousers – yes, I’m that old!

9. If you are a woman: high heels or flat shoes? And, if you are a man: Oxfords or sneakers?

Give me flat shoes any day! I have some fabulous pairs of heels, and wear them when appropriate, but love the current trend for athleisure with sneakers.

10. Do you like your birthday day?

Again, when you get to my age, birthdays just show that the sands of time are running out. My bithday is three weeks after Christmas, never a great date for a birthday unless, like me, you were a keen sportsperson, since age is always taken on 1 January.

11. And the last one: have you prayed today?

Not yet.

My Nominees

I follow and enjoy a great number of blogs on a very wide range of topics but this time I’ve decided to nominate those that I’ve recently started to follow.

Christy

The Lanes

Chef Nikki Meow

Anita

Jess

Russell

Shanon

Irene

Sandmoos

Andy and his other half

Dyami

 

Here are my Questions to You

1. How do you bring sunshine into people’s lives?

2. Describe your perfect day

3. How would you keep an energetic 3-year old entertained? Asking for a friend!

4. What’s your favourite meal?

5. Use five adjectives to describe your personal style

6. How do you like to relax?

7. What qualities do you look for in your friends?

8. If money were no object, what would you buy and why?

9. Describe the town where you live and explain why you live there?

10. Use one word to describe how you felt when you read you’d received this award?

11. How would you like to be remembered?

There’s no time limit for your reply but, remembering my great age, please try and make it in my lifetime.  I’m looking forward to reading your answers.

A big thanks once again to Priyanka and have a great day.

Sheree x