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

My 2nd “Inspiring Blog Award”:-)

Many thanks to Vikki Thompson at the The View Outside, who has nominated me for the “Inspiring Blogger Award. You’re a real star, Vikki, and a most inspiring blogger, too. I just love the informative, honest, gently humourous, and chatty style of your writing blog 🙂


The rules
1. Display award image on your blog page
2. Link back to the person who nominated you
3. State what inspires you
4. Nominate 5 others for this award
5. Notify said bloggers

The things that inspire me

Sunshine, blue skies, interesting clouds, thunderstorms, moonlight.
Flowers, trees, birds, butterflies, bees.
The dawn chorus.
Energising conversations with other writers.
Meeting someone who has achieved their dream against incredible odds.
Singing a perfect note at the top of my vocal range.
Reading brilliantly crafted novels with unforgettable characters.
Drinking tea and eating homemade cakes.
The loyalty of dogs to their owners.

The blogs I’m nominating for the award

Cindy Knoke
Poetic Parfait


When nominated for the “Inspiring Blog Award” in 2012, it had different rules and a different logo. You can read this post at

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