Two Blogging Awards From India

Liebster Award


I would like to say a big thank two wonderful bloggers from India, who have independently nominated me for the Liebster Award. Unfortunately, I’ve discovered that this particular award is meant for bloggers with under 200 followers but Sarah Potter Writes has 767 followers, which, sadly, means I’m not eligible to accept it.

So instead of writing a blog award post, what I’m going to do — by way of gratitude to my two nominators — is direct you to their blogs for a read.

First, I introduce you to Keyur Panchal at his super cool blog, Keep Picturing. You can read his Liebster Award post here. Keyur is a traveller, photographer, experimental film maker and a gamer, who works for an eLearning company where he creates and develops 3D sets for educational games meant for kids. Also, he does the most amazing dancing, for which he wears traditional Indian costume. You can see him in action, swirling about, dressed in all his finery here.

Second, I introduce you to Swetank’s wonderful blog, Being Bett’r which is full of self-improvement tips for being a better person. You can read his Liebster Award post here. Swetank is blessed with incredible wisdom for someone so young. I’m not sure of his exact age, but I know he’s a student who, last year, asked me to recommend a cookery book to him that he could use when away from home without his mother to cook for him!

So here you are Swetank, I found my son’s old cookery book he used when fending for himself at university. It’s called Nosh for Students and there are various editions of it, depending upon your tastes, i.e. whether you prefer vegetarian or meat dishes. If you don’t eat a certain type of meat recommended in a particular recipe, it’s easy to substitute it for another meat. You can buy the different books from the series at Might I add, that recently I’ve tried some of the recipes and am finding them easy to cook, tasty to eat, and the ingredients cheap to buy. Enjoy 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award & The Breadmaking Machine

My heartfelt thanks to Keyur Panchel at Keep Picturing, who has an awesome photography blog and was kind enough to nominate me for the One Lovely Blog Award back in mid-September … sorry about the time-slippage on my part D:

Here are the rules of the award

1. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog
2. List the rules and display the award
3. List 7 facts about yourself
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on 1 of their posts to let them know they’ve been nominated.

Now I’m going to cheat and break all the rules. This is my twelfth award and I’m running out of new things to say about myself, but you can read plenty of random/eccentric facts from earlier posts via my page Blogging Awards

Before you do this, I’m going to tell you about “The Gadget” that has recently boosted my standing as a domestic demi-goddess: a fact of sorts … hah 😉 And please do stick around to find out who I’ve nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award.

Story Of The Gadget

“What would you like for your birthday?” asked Mister.

“A breadmaking machine,” I replied.

“But women get cross if men give them a household gadget for a birthday present.”

“Not if they’ve requested it.”

Even though my birthday was still a month off, he ordered the machine straight away from Amazon, and immediately it arrived, we had to check it worked and after I’d cooked my first loaf, it seemed silly to miss out on waiting until my birthday to cook another loaf, or two or three …

Not only can this amazing machine be used for bread-making, but also for cakes, pizza dough, and jam-making. So far, I’ve cooked wholemeal loaves, French loaves, and a coffee cake. Apart from them tasting better than the shop-brought stuff, they’re also much healthier as there are no additives. As for the new topping I’ve discovered for wholemeal toast — yum, super-nutritious organic cashew nut butter with sugar-free pomegranate and raspberry jam.

PS Will be providing a report on increases in the waistlines of Mr and Mrs Potter in due course!

Homemade Bread

 My Nominations

I’m going to break another rule and just nominate three lovely blogs I’ve started following fairly recently, which means they haven’t received nominations, or multiple nominations for awards from me before. The links I’ve provided will take you straight to their “about” pages, which describes them far better than I can!

The Eloquent Garden

A View From My Summerhouse

A Delectable Life

Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Many thanks to Blondeusk at Blondewritemore for this nomination. Everyone, do check out her writing blog (after you’ve read my post, of course!) and say “hi” to her. I love reading her posts, which are concise, relevant, and gently humorous. She’s also an extremely good writer and is my guest storyteller for August, so watch out for her post scheduled for next Saturday on my blog.

The Rules:

Thank and link the person who nominated you.

  • List the rules and display the award
  • Share 7 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know you have nominated them
  • Proudly display the badge

The 7 Facts:

Well, this is a difficult one as I’ve been awarded the “Inspiring Blogger Award” twice before. So if my fellow bloggers don’t mind, on this occasion I’ll share some up-to-the-moment trivia about me and, if you’re interested, you can visit my “Blogging Awards” page afterwards, where you can link to my earlier posts.

  1. I spent two hours in the local town centre the other day and only bought a recipe book that cost £4.99, 6 postage stamps, and a bargain packet of AA batteries (5+3 free). The sales were on in the clothes shops, but I thought that everything was rubbish, much of it unethically produced in sweat shops, and I couldn’t wait to get home.
  2. My granddaughter just had her 12th birthday and dyed her hair bright pink to celebrate! I couldn’t help wishing they’d had fun colours like that around when I was that age; although, thinking back, I was more interested in climbing trees and making stink bombs than bothering about how I looked.
  3. At the moment, I’m only watching two programmes a week on the telly: the exceedingly quirky conspiracy theory Utopia (Series 2), and an atmospheric but perplexing thriller, The Honourable Woman. On my computer, I’m doing a catch up of Game of Thrones (Series 4) — the brilliant epic fantasy series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin.
  4. I’ve given up taking all nutritional supplements other than Krill Oil (sustainably sourced, of course). As a result, my former food intolerances have disappeared, including that of chocolate. Yay 🙂
  5. The most gripping novel I’ve read this year is 11.22.63 by Stephen King. It’s a time travel novel first published in 2011 that asks the question “What if you could go back in time and prevent the JFK assassination?”. I wasn’t sure if I’d like the novel, but am now grateful that it was part of a 3-for-the-price-of-2 offer in the bookstore or I might never have read it! Thanks W. H. Smith.
  6. Sometimes I wish that the first person I submitted my first novel to had told me it was rubbish and that I should give up writing. Instead he used the word “promising”, thus condemning me to many years of chasing a dream when the odds of success are only a little higher than winning the lottery. Even so, I have a consuming passion for writing, the flip-side of passion being pain.
  7. Last night I dreamt that zombies had taken over my home town, although they only came out after sunset (vampire-zombies?). This meant that everybody had to rush home and barricade themselves in their houses with blackout blinds at the windows, and stay silent. In my dream, I was walking across the recreation ground just a moment after sunset, trying to get home before the zombies saw me. But then a bass from the church choir (it’s always a bass) started to sing and drew attention to us. One of the zombies, whose name was Valerie and who looked normal (apart from her glazed blue eyes), took a liking to me and taught me how I could hoodwink zombies into believing I was one of them.

My Nomination(s):

I’m going to break the rule here about 15 nominations, as I’ve already showered awards on certain bloggers and don’t wish to drown them in a sea of the things. Thus, I’m nominating just one blogger who I’ve started following recently. Ajaytao Botanical Photography shares my love of flowers and delights me daily with his photographs accompanied by a few well-chosen words.

Yay, Versatile Blogger Award Number Two :-)

imageThank you, so much Aisha, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I feel most honoured.

For anyone not yet acquainted with Aisha’s Oasis, you really need to visit this blog, which is a fascinating account of daily life in Cairo. Aisha is an American woman who suffered twenty years of marriage to an abusive White Anglosaxon Protestant and ended up marrying an incredibly loving Egyptian Muslim man she met online.


Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

1.  Create a post and thank the person who nominated you and link your post back to their blog.

2.  Nominate 15 other bloggers that you think have a versatile blog, link back to their blog.  Notify them to let them know they are nominated.

3.  Share 7 little known facts about yourself.


I’ve decided to nominate 6 bloggers and not 15, as I’ve  showered many of my favourite blogs with multiple nominations already and don’t want to overwhelm them with yet more! There are other blogs deserving of nomination but who display the logo “Award Free Blog”, so I must respect their wishes.

My Nominations

Harvesting Hecate

Janaline’s world journey

Social Bridge

61 Musings




7 Previously Unknown Facts About Me

1. An instant cure for my gloomy moods is to wear bright clothes. I’ve recently purchased a fuchsia-pink raincoat to encourage me to go out on rainy days.

2. I rarely suffer from writer’s block when working on a novel, but give me a greeting card or letter to write and my brain hits a blank wall.

3. The three authors who’ve taught me the most about writing are Stephen King, Rose Tremain, and Karin Fossum. I don’t believe in reading “how to write” books but prefer to read a wide range of fiction and study what techniques work and don’t work.

4. My husband and I got married on our joint birthday, so there’s no excuse for either of us to forget the date of our wedding anniversary.

5. According to ancestral research, it runs in my family to become increasingly reclusive with age, so why on earth do I want to become a published author? Answer: because I’m stubborn and like challenges.

6. I’ve recently given up taking dietary supplements and am feeling a million times healthier as a result.

7. My current favourite breakfast is organic muesli, topped with pear, banana, strawberries, walnuts, ground brazil nuts and almonds, and oodles of sheep’s milk live yoghurt. I have a very large breakfast bowl.


If you enjoyed this post, you might like to visit my gallery page “Blogging Awards” with links to earlier posts.

Woot! I’ve Been Nominated for Blog of the Year Award, 2013:-)

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Many thanks to skolender for nominating me for the Blog of the Year Award 2013. Do check out his art blog at, which is full of wonderful paintings by the great man himself.

The instructions for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Blog of The Year 2013 Award

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

My nominations for Blog of the Year Award, 2013

Cindy Knoke  – photography

boy with a hat  – writing

Ese’s Voice   – photography, haiku, and haibun

Jaycee68 – life journal and fearless opinions

Writing Between the Lines  — storytelling through travel photography and words

The Why About This  — words of encouragement and photography —  inspirational words and pictures, quotes, music, human psychology

Harvesting Hecate — thoughts on creativity, writing, and magic

Graphite Bunny —  short, quirky prose

Harcourt 51 — haiku, photography, reflections on life

digginwivdebb — allotment diary

The View Outside — writing

Ralphie’s Portal — humour, poetry, and comment (serious or tongue-in-cheek)

Poetic Parfait — poetry, music, and inspiration

skolender — art

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