Inspiration – Awards and stuff

I apologise for the delay on a post about all these wonderful awards that have been bestowed upon me!

I am so grateful for these blogging trophies, and appreciate every single one…

As I also appreciate every single reader; all my (over 200) followers, all those who leave a comment or press the Like button, and everyone who simply stops by for a look now and then.


Now the awards…

First of all, thank you to for sending me the Inspiring Blog Award! Me? Inspiring? Well, all I can say is, I have been inspired by all your amazing blogs!

Melody’s photos of wonderful flowers, and her words and poetry on life and nature are very inspiring. Thanks Melody!


Then Robin at  and Tj at sent me an award called the Very Inspiring Award. Thank you Robin! Thank you Tj!

Robin’s blog is certainly very inspiring, with wonderful photos of her time spent in Europe, recipes, and her “Quotes from the masters” challenge every week.

Tj also shows us beautiful photos – her garden in southern Arizona, with its hot and dry climate is the inspiration for her informative and interesting posts on the plants and wildlife there.


Next, Carine at  nominated me for three (!) awards all in one go! The Lovely Blog, On Fire, and Addictive Blog Awards!

Thank you Carine!

Carine has a versatile and lively blog – a platform displaying her love for America and New York (as an immigrant from Paris!), as well as good books and beautifully photographed food. A very lovely blog Carine!


Dan at sent me the Illuminating Blogger Award a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Dan!

Dan is an aspiring writer; studying creative writing. Dan’s blog is his outlet for thought-provoking (and fun!) poetry, and a wealth of  illuminating ideas and thoughts on life and happiness.


Finally, gave me the Beautiful Blogger Award AND The  Reader Appreciation Award! Thank you Nutsfortreasure!

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Nutsfortreasure is an amazing lady! She blogs about so many fun and interesting things; nature, birds, flowers, wildlife and life! Great photos! (Love the hummingbird post)


I’m not sure which rules to follow, but they’re all similar, so:

7 things about me and some nominations

1. I love walking in the wind

2. I hate temperatures over 25°C

3. White chocolate has, and always will be, my favourite

4. I have only this year discovered that I adore raspberries

5. I “allow” lots of weeds to grow in my garden

6. My current favourite CD is Vans Joint, by Bill Evans

7. My favourite childhood toy was a farmyard

I am passing on the awards to the following very deserving blogs, all of which are relatively new to me:

Afternoon Popcorn Snack – Beautiful Blogger Award

Mary Going Native – Inspiring Blog Award

Vegetarian Ventures – Illuminating Blogger Award

EarthElixir – Very Inspiring Blog Award

The Pyjama Gardener – Blog on Fire Award

Gardenwalkgardentalk – One Lovely Blog Award

Tjs Garden – Reader Appreciation Award

The Garden Deli  – Addictive Blog Award

Congratulations to you all, and if you get a moment, take a look at the other fabulous blogs I’ve linked to!

Thanks, and Happy Blogging!


Good Things

The good things in life right now, in no particular order, are:

My garden, strawberries, poppies, dogs, favourite people, peonies, sunshine, Karel Capek’s book “The Gardener’s Year”, and blogging!

I am so lucky to have such accommodating plants in my rockery that flower every year without fail, attracting wonderful wildlife and giving bursts of colour just when needed.

And I’m so lucky to be nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Gina from Professions for PEACE !

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thanks Gina!

Gina’s blog offers inspiring thoughts on making life more fulfilling, living each moment to the full… and she’s a gardener too!


All I need to do now is:

~Thank the person who nominated me and link back to them

~Nominate 7, 6, or fewer blogs that I enjoy

~Post a comment on each of these nominees’ blogs with a link to my page for the details

~Paste the Award image somewhere on my blog, if I wish

~And, continue blogging!

Since I don’t follow so many blogs I will just nominate three outstanding ones that I have followed now for some time, and stress that accepting this award is purely a matter of choice – there is absolutely no obligation! (I know some bloggers are put off by the rules.)

  • One of the most beautiful blogs I follow is Strawberryindigo. Her prose and photography are wonderful and her inner beauty shines through.
  • The first blog I ever followed was The Iris and the Lily. Bonnie’s garden is in many ways like mine, although we live miles apart! And her photography is absolutely beautiful, examining plants and nature from a different angle.
  • My other favourite is The Teacup Chronicles. Danielle’s blog is beautiful and magical. Her photos, recipes and her style of writing calm and inspire me.

Thank you all three of you for your beautiful posts!


I hope some of you will take a few moments to look at their blogs, and share their love of nature.

Have a lovely day everyone!

Genuine Blogger Award

Jymiely from Littlefurrow gave me this wonderful award last week. Thank you so much Jymiely!

Jymiely, from the Philippines, loves writing and if you take a look at her blog you will see that she has a very special way of expressing herself. Keep writing Jymiely!

I decided to find out where the Genuine Blogger Award originated, as there are no rules attached… If you’d like to read about it, have a look here.

I would, however, like to pass this award on to someone. I have chosen a blogger in Finland who I discovered after she visited my blog only recently:



A Leaf in Springtime

Sharon’s nature photography is fantastic and she captures the light so perfectly in each of her photos. Her writing is also exquisite, wise and moving. Above all it is such a positive blogsite, full of goodness and beauty…

And it is “Genuine“.

Thus, the Genuine Blogger Award!

I love your blog Sharon, and look forward to many new and inspiring posts!

And thank you once again to Jymiely!