The Versatile Blogger Award for a Potter of Plain Muggle Stock

A big thank you to the lovely, talented NaomiBaltuck for bestowing upon me the Versatile Blogger Award.

She and I belong to a mutual admiration society. I love Naomi’s blog ‘Writing Between the Lines’ as it’s packed full of fascinating descriptions of places she visits, people she encounters, and snippets about her family, all of which she illustrates with her awesome photography.

The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award.

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Select (if you can) 15 other blogs/bloggers that you recently discovered or are following.
  4. Nominate those blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My eyes are a little squiffy at the moment, following a cataract op, which limits my time on the computer just now, so please excuse me if I just nominate the following eight blogs for the Versatile Blogger Award, as selecting fifteen would send me cross-eyed.

ClownPonders (Clown Rhymes) for great poetry and song lyrics, and a regular interblog Poetry Challenge.

davidkanigan (Lead.Learn.Live) – Inspiration, ideas, and information, conveyed in  most entertaining and innovative ways.

marchsteinman (Anansi the Poet) – For transportation to weird places.

allaboutlemon – Accessible art and culture, plus various interblog challenges of a musical, photographic, or poetic kind.

roboticrhetoric (Robotic Rhetoric) – The author calls it a cheeky little blog. What more can I say?

graphitebunny (Graphite Bunny) – Poetry, flash, absurdist snapshots and humorous fiction.

marilynkaydennis (Splatter) – The author describes her blog as drips and drops of everyday life. I think they’re fascinating historical accounts of not-so-everyday life.

davefarmersblog (Dave Farmer) – Brilliant creative writing (a particular liking for zombies), interesting writing info/tips, and great photos.


Now for seven things about myself.

  1. Aged 3, I could read all of Angela Banner’s ‘Ant and Bee’ books.
  2. Aged 15, I got expelled from boarding school for carrying out a dare which was considered outrageous then, but nowadays would be viewed as fairly tame.
  3. My mother (now retired) was a top breeder of Basset Hounds and an international judge at dog shows, including Crufts.
  4. I used to be the only woman player in an otherwise male cricket team.
  5. Aged 19, I walked the South Downs Way – 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne – in a record two days, with just a three-hour sleepover in a haystack en route. The same year, in one day and one night, I completed the 44-mile Lyke Wake Walk across the Yorkshire Moors.
  6. My son was born one week early after a twenty-five minute labour involving four contractions and no pain.
  7. I once broke a window singing a high note in a piece by Benjamin Britten.
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