Well that’s a lovely surprise.
Dull and cloudy here in Glasto, but the lovely and hugely talented Swetha M has nominated me for A Sunshine Blogger Award.
So here to celebrate are The Temptations, circa 1965, and assorted deer, badgers, foxes, frogs and things. (I know – the relevance eludes me too. Very sweet, though.)
Now the rules for sunshine blogger award:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you for the award.
- Display the banner /sticker /logo on your blog.
- Share 7 facts or things about yourself.
- Nominate 5 bloggers that you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.
So I’ve said ‘thank you’ and the banner is up there above the warthogs, and it now falls to me, as the proud recipient, to list 7 facts about myself.
Let’s see… I was going to do a bucket list, but I’m actually the most ridiculously contented of people and I don’t think I could come up with that many desires, so I suppose it has to be facts.
- I don’t have any pets since the last of the goldfish died in October, and I have no plans to replace him (Could have been a her – not sure how you tell with fish – but its name was Merlin, so ‘him’ it was.) as I want to encourage wildlife in my pond.
I love animals, but it has to be a glimpse of a red kite, hare or fallow deer on a country walk to really rock my boat. The neighbour’s moggy relieving itself in my garden or a pug-on-a-pink-lead just doesn’t do it for me.
- I lose myself totally in gardening and disappear off somewhere magical – that’s the kneeling on the ground with hands deep in loam variety of gardening. When I return to the planet, I feel pure joy for hours afterwards.
- My favourite place in the world is the Chalice Well Gardens. I used to regularly travel hundreds of miles to visit them and now I live just across the road. How lucky am I?
I don’t drive. Never have. Yet I love travelling, so do masses of bus and train journeys; less convenient perhaps, but greener, and they’re far more fun, as you get to meet such amazing and interesting people. Last year I had a bus ride around North London chatting happily with a pair of young Afro-Caribbean guys nursing a huge aspidistra; would love to know the back-story!
- I’m not afraid of death. Absolutely not at all. Dying could be unpleasant, of course, depending on the circumstances, but I’m with Peter Pan on this one: ‘To die would be an awfully big adventure.’ Not that I’m suicidal, I hasten to add. I find life a huge adventure too, and am very much enjoying it. When the time comes, though, bring it on.
- Just one bucket list item to finish, then. I want to write another book, or maybe more – something that will help people feel good and important and generally as wonderful as they really are. So a book to banish fear, basically, because that’s all that holds people back.
Right, and now for my nominees…
Yes, ridiculously difficult to select just five, and I do want these people to understand that if they don’t want to accept or do anything with the award, that’s just fine by me. However they are people whose writing inspires and/or fascinates and brings me great pleasure, so I hope other readers will follow the links and discover the magic:
First a couple of ‘Version 2.0’ writers (You’d have to have read my book to understand that!). Love reading their blogs and their comments on mine. Don’t always understand everything as my mind isn’t wired that way, but enjoying learning and finding out more…
Next some wonderful, generous people who give freely of their time to channel incredibly wise Guides and answer readers’ questions. I’ve learned so much from both sites…
Cynthia and Bob on Ask The Council
and finally, a new discovery whose wizardry as a writer just blows me away…
Oh I never have been one to follow the rules…! There’s a sixth blog I simply have to nominate. Sorry if this brings WordPress crashing down around us, but I illegally nominate this wise and heart-based blog from an amazing and perceptive lady who has taught me so much:
Mariner2Mother on Life is a Journey… Not a Guided Tour
I’ll creep away quietly now… 🙂