Awesome Blogger Award


The beautiful Rhapsody Boheme has nominated me for this award. I am very moved by this as I am really fond of her, so this award means a lot to me as did the lovely things she said about me in the nomination. She has her battles, not least with chronic illness. Despite these battles she has a glowing, loving and positive outlook and has the kind of freedom of spirit and inner beauty that I am in awe of. She is a very talented artist, writer and photographer too. And, of course, custodian of Luna, the worlds feistiest Guinea Pig. Thank you beautiful friend for nominating me, you enrich my life.

Rules For This Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  • Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

Rhapsody Boheme’s questions:

What was your biggest accomplishment in life?

Tough one this. Careerwise probably being co-author on a Science paper this year that helped persuade the UK environment minister to support a ban on Neonicotinoid pesticides.

In my personal life achieving a distinction in my botanical art diploma meant a lot to me but as far as me as a person is concerned then probably overcoming early adversity to become an at least half-decent human being.




What would you do different if you had to do it again?

Truth? I would have not settled down so young and would have spread my wings a little first. But this is not something to speculate about really as all experiences, good and bad, have shaped who I am. I would not be blogging or met my lovely WP friends if it had not been for the threads of previous experiences leading to this moment.

What is your favorite past time?

Either the golden age of botanical discovery in the late 18th and early 19th century or the 1960s because the music was greatπŸ˜€

What is your definition of happiness?

Feeling loved. Though eating Indian food is a close second!

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring because of the sense of renewal and possibility.

What quality do you love about yourself?

I’ve answered this question in a previous award post.Β  I do like my sense of humour and I try to be kind and patient. (Not sure I love anything about myself but I know I will get scolded for saying this! I’m working on it – OK?)

Optimist or Pessimist?

Optimist, which might surprise some people.

What was your biggest lesson learned so far?

Others see qualities in me that I do not see easily myself. To be negative about myself is to disregard their opinions. I am still learning this lesson.

What is your dream job and why?

As the job of Penelope Cruz’s lover is probably not available I would say that I would like to work from home as an artist and maybe sell some plants too.

What is your best advice for new bloggers?

Follow and visit other blogs and leave comments. Use the WP search facility to find other people who blog about things that interest you. Do not be scared. I love the friends I have made via WP.

My nominations are, really anyone that wants to participateπŸ˜€. Also please do not feel any obligation if nominated.

Ortensia Writes in such a beautiful and quirky way about her life and family and her posts are a joy to read.

Jen Shares my love of the natural world and is a talented photographer. She is also very kind and inspirational.

Chandra Lynn is a teacher, photographer, writer and champion of the arts and is a very inspiring and positive person too.

Collettebytes has powerful things to say about the state of our world. Sometimes these can be uncomfortable truths. Her compassion shines through in her writing. The link goes to a post with some disturbing images.

Martina has been one of my nominees before so I hope she will forgive me for doing this to her again. Martina is a lovely, kind and inspiring meditation teacher and I feel I have learned a lot through following her.

I simply cannot do this particular award without mentioning Dominique. As a science journalist by profession she has a unique voice among the myriad style and fashion blogs out there. She is also kind, positive, inspiring and much funnier than she thinks she is!


Questions for my nominees:

1. Would you ever trust any politician enough to buy a used car from them?

2. Toast: Jam, Honey, or Marmalade on it?

3. TV. Cheers or Frazier?

4. What is your earliest memory?

5. Are you a cold weather or warm weather person?

6. What book are you currently reading?

7. Why do you think compassion is seen as weakness by so many people?

8. Your favourite movie director? And favourite movies of theirs?

9. If you could have one wish, what would it be?

10. What are your biggest hopes for 2018?



  1. Oh wow, hello and thank you. I am humbled. Have a welcoming hug please. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’•

    I will pop over and visit you too in a little while.

    Sorry, don’t fancy either of those two. Maybe if they wore a long dark wig and I was very drunk and was given a promise of a big financial incentive I might consider it…πŸ˜‰

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  2. well, wigs aside it would have to be the financial incentive….w have 1.37 at this time saved for such activities…….maybe we should discuss this further once the funding is approved. I have sent a zillion emails requesting 100 from the recipient for them to receive moneys from a small African country whose prince is recently deceased and left them bazillions……….i’m hoping it works! :\

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  3. Congrats on this Awesome Blogger Award! You’re certainly awesome and deserve it. πŸŽˆπŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ

    Also, Happy New Year! I’m sorry I’m rather late with the wishes and everything, I’m still in the process of catching up with my favourite blogs. πŸ˜…

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