Two Awards ….and a change in the rules here :)

The past two weeks have been really busy and I have not had the time to do these so my apologies to those who nominated me. I really do appreciate the nominations which I accept for the compliment however am going to change how I do these, following the lead of two other bloggers, Lois and Robbie. These are very time consuming to do and I run short on time so will no longer do them in their entirety. I also find it hard to just nominate certain blogs as I love all the blogs I follow and many nominees do not “do” awards so….I would like to pass a compliment on to ALL those I follow for their great blogs and point you in the direction of the right hand, lower part of my page to those blogs and tell you there is some great reading and some wonderfully special people there!

VIBA #1Thank you to Robbie from for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award 🙂 Robbie has the most beautiful blog, her front page describes it far better than I ever could!

“I designed our “Urban Potager” as a place for people to gather, share and create art…..a place to heal us + nature in our cities, so an Urban Potager is much more than a kitchen garden…it is a place to grow food + flowers + community together while nurturing our creative souls. I am constantly learning about growing in small areas, vertically, containers, recycled raised beds, apartments, suburban lots or any place that a person does not have enough space to grow food”

Robbie is a delight and I enjoy my chats with her! She has the most beautiful photography and a gorgeous garden.

Blog of the Year Award 2 star jpeg

Brigid from nominated me for The Blog of The Year 2013 Award, thank you 🙂

Brigid has a wonderful and truly inspiring blog which covers everything I love, I devour every post…art, food, natural health, birds, organics etc etc. A lover of nature Brigid has the most beautiful photography which she sells from her store. I love this I found on her About page:

Once I spoke the language of the flowers
Once I understood each word the caterpillar said
Once I smiled in secret at the gossip of the Starlings
…and shared a conversation with a housefly in my bed
Once I heard and answered all the questions of the crickets and joined the crying of each falling dying flake of snow,
I once spoke the language of flowers.
How did it go?
How did it go?
Shel Siverstein

Thanks to these two lovely ladies for thinking of me 🙂

The Versatile Blogger Award

I am honoured to receive The Versatile Blogger Award, nominated by The Belmont Rooster

For those of you interested in gardening may I point you in his direction, he has a virtual encyclopedia of plants, gardening etc and blogs about all sorts. I enjoy his writing style, his photography, variety of subjects and his humour 🙂 Because he has done it so well (and researched everything properly!) I have copied his version of The Versatile Blogger Award rules and protocol and I thank him for that 🙂

“When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

Honor those bloggers who bring something special to your life whether every day or only now and then.”

VBA Rules

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.  (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So, 7 things about myself:

1. I sing very loudly in the car where no-one else can hear me

2. I love everything Bohemian and Vintage – embroidery, sequins, florals, rich textures but preferred mode of dress is jeans and top.

3. I don’t enjoy shopping and I dislike supermarkets.

4. I love the scents of old roses and violets, and blue / purple flowers

5. I like alot of time to myself when I don’t have to talk to anyone

6. I am a typical Taurus;  earthy, stubborn, practical , calm… until once every few years   someone will really make me angry then yep, I am afraid I do react like a bull…

7.  I do not know how to use the remote control for our TV (because Roger hogs it) and when I try to use it I invariably have to wait for Roger to arrive to sort a “problem”.

So I need to find 15 other bloggers to nominate for this award. I dislike doing this bit because I am afraid of missing people out whose blogs I enjoy, and because some do not accept. I like doing it because it is acknowledgement to others that I really enjoy their blogs, it is a compliment. So…if you cannot for any reason accept your nomination please accept the compliment (nothing more needs to be done 🙂 )  I enjoy all the blogs I read so if your name isn’t here know I do appreciate all of the ones I follow.

VB #7

1. The Novice Gardener

2. The Contented Crafter

3.Willow Archway

4. Country Lady

5. Rabid Little Hippy

6. RT at

7. Old word Garden Farms

8. Cauldrons and Cupcakes

9. Eric Tonningsen

10.  Bealtaine Cottage

11. Real Food Pledge

12. Gluten Free Gus

13. The why About This

14. The kindness Blog

15. My Watering Can

The Sunshine Award


I got an award! I didn’t think I would accept if I ever did receive one but Shaun asked very nicely for those nominated to accept 🙂 Thank you Shaun

First the Sunshine award:
So the rules of this award are the following:

1) Use the logo above in the post.
2) Link to whoever nominated you.
3) Write ten pieces of information about yourself.
4) Nominate ten fellow bloggers “who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere.”
5) Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.

Ten pieces of information about myself:

1. I love music and like to dance when I am on my own.

2. I love great minds, beautiful voices, prodigy – especially when it comes with autism, it intrigues me.

3. I work (on a casual basis) in mental health support and am procrastinating in finishing my last paper in psychology.

4. I like home better than anywhere else, home and family is where my heart lies.

5. I have several phobias….spiders, deep water, heights, flying.

6.  I wish people could be kinder to one another, I think it’s a sad world in too many ways.

7. I laugh when I shouldn’t and cry when other people are sad.

8. My whole life my dreams have foretold my future….some good, some weird, some not great. I don’t know how this happens and wish it didn’t.

9. When I was a child I wanted to be a folk singer or a nun (I have no idea why, I couldn’t sing and we very definately weren’t Catholic!)

10. I think too much.

I now nominate 10 people:

1. – for her passion and commitment and the quality of her posts.

2. – for her warmth, sincerity and beautiful blog

3. – for her commitment to the environment, her talents and wisdom.

4. – brilliant wealth of knowledge and craft

5. – likeminds 🙂

6. – for the integrity and beauty of words and art

7. – a blog I enjoy very much

8. – for her humour and commitment to her garden and family

9. – for her wit, great use of the english language and brilliance 🙂

10. – likeminds, shared interests, great blog

I hope you can accept this, if not at least accept the complement expressed in the nomination. If you can’t accept I understand totally but please pass on to someone you admire.