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.

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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