Buses, and other good things, often come in threes. So it’s been for me over the past few days when, quite astonishingly, I’ve been given three different blog awards.
First up is the 7×7 Link Award, bestowed upon me by the lovely Meg of Meg Travels.
Meg, as her blog name suggests, does a lot of travelling. Her blog is filled with wonderful words and pictures of all the places she trots off to round the globe. Maybe she’s been somewhere you’ve been or would like to go – why not have a look and see. She’s got a list of places very handily arranged by country (I wish my blog was this well organised).
The second award was the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, gifted from the lovely Nicole of Cauldrons and Cupcakes:
Nicole writes beautifully uplifting and encouraging posts about happiness, positive thinking, spirituality and other worthwhile pursuits, and I always benefit from what she’s written. Like many of her readers, I often feel she’s written a post specifically for me. This reminds me that however different we are, in some essential ways we’re all very alike, which is reassuring and comforting.
Award number 3 is the Kreativ Blogger Award, which I received from the lovely Letizia of Dutch Goes Italian:
Letizia is half Dutch, half Italian, and brings that fascinating mix to her blog. Along with some delicious-looking food and drink, she introduces her readers to the less well-known Italy, rather than highlighting the usual touristy places. If you’ve never been to Italy, Letizia’s photos will surely inspire you to visit, and if you have been you’ll no doubt want to go back and find all these hidden gems.
All of these awards come with rules, which I really ought to stick to. However, because 3 came along at once, I’ve decided to naughtily combine them and make up my own rules for how to deal with them. For each award I’m supposed to nominate 7 other bloggers, but instead I’m going to nominate 3 for each one, making a total of 9, which isn’t that far off 7 but much more manageable than 21. If this offends your sense of decency and fair play I quite understand and apologise. It’s very unprofessional of me, but ever since I became self-employed last year I’ve felt I could make this sort of God-like decision.
I’m also supposed to provide 7 links to my own post for the first award, give 7 facts you probably don’t know about me for the second one, and tell you 7 interesting things about myself for the third. To make this (to my mind, at least) in some way coherent, I’m going to again do 3, 3 and 3.
Award no.1, the 7×7 Link Award goes to:
And the links to my own posts are:
- Most Controversial: 1 teabag for 5 cups
- Most Popular: Tearoom of the Week (6)
- Most Helpful: Battle of the 70s
The Very Inspiring Blogger Award goes to:
Three facts you probably don’t know about me:
- I can, or at least used to be able to (I haven’t tried it for years, but perhaps it’s like riding a bike) ride a unicycle
- When I was a child, I wanted to be a gymnast when I grew up
- I’m such a wreck these days that I can’t even touch my toes without bending my knees
The Kreativ Blogger Award goes to:
Three things about me that might be vaguely interesting:
- When I draw with my left hand I’m more creative than with my right (I’m right-handed and my left-handed drawings come out a right old mess, but all the same I think they’re more creative)
- I had a strict religious upbringing and was firmly disciplined as a child. Nowadays this level of strictness would be frowned upon but I think it was the perfect parenting strategy because my mum and dad are my two favourite people in the world.
- I get seasick virtually every time I go on a boat, but despite this I choose to work at sea because when I’m not being sick I love it.
Thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who cheer my days with their interesting, witty, imaginative and inspiring blogs. There are many more than I’ve mentioned here, but a special thank you to the ones in this post who have brought me lots of happy reading lately.