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Most Influential Blogger Award

Today I am sorting out awards people have gifted me , so I’d like to thank Don Charisma for granting me Most Influential Blogger Award. I love these awards as I think, as I’ve said before, they show the great camaraderie which exists in the blogging community. So thanks, Don, you’re a great blogger, a generous man, and someone who’s always ready to offer a helping hand to anyone who needs support in any way.

I am supposed to offer a connection to my favourite music and so here’s a link to “At the River” by Groove Armada. It’s lovely, laid-back, dreamy summer music with the refrain throughout:  “If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air/Quaint little villages here and there”, words taken from Patti Page’s original recording of “Old Cape Cod”.

I am supposed to nominate in turn ten bloggers for this award but, as I have health challenges, I prefer to work with five nominees which I can handle. So here are my five nominees for interesting blogs which are worth looking at:

If any of those nominated don’t accept awards, that’s fine, it’s up to each individual and what you feel comfortable with.  I personally can’t handle all the rigmarole or controls that come with some awards so I amend my response to what I can handle within my abilities.

Have a great day,  everyone, hopefully not as windy as here in North Cyprus, where we have sunny skies, bright sunshine and a really strong wind which at least keeps the temperatures down!



Some Housekeeping

I’m catching up with myself this week so, for once, I’m not reading other blogs until I’ve sorted out all my various bits and pieces of housekeeping.

I am replying to e-mails sent so long ago the original sender is probably going to have a shock to actually get a reply to me and to find I’m still alive. As well, I’ve been sorting out all the awards that people have kindly awarded me which I think is pretty nifty and brilliant (the awards, not me sorting them out as I’ve procrastinated like the clappers).

I have decided with awards to do what I can so I have thrown all the rules and regulations overboard because they take so long and I get discombobulated trying to sort out what to do where.  Firstly, my grateful thanks to:

Don Charisma who is an ace blogger, very generous, very supportive and an inspirational guy. He awarded me the Inner Peace Award and the Angel Award. Thank you, Don. You’re a busy guy and your encouragement to others is terrific, gratefully accepted and much appreciated.

Thanks to Green Lizard at http://lizard150blog,  She blogs about ways to live sustainably and is really inspirational in what she does – she walks her walk, and talks her talk. If you want advice about green living, the Green Lizard’s your go-to destination.

Here are some facts about me:

Why did I start blogging?  I started a blog in Australia which was mainly rants about various stuff going on in the world and that blog has gradually morphed into my art blog where I try to blog daily. This particular blog is an on-going book as blog about what I’ve done with my life and what I’ve learned. Hopefully some of what I’ve experienced, learned and grown by can help others.

Why to I love the internet?  Because it links so many people and places, I have met – cyberwise – some wonderful people with really interesting blogs, and I get to travel the world enjoying Mexico, Rio de Janiero, Spain, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, England and a whole heap of places without moving from my study. Great stuff – we are all one!

Where do I live? In a pretty spacious, ground-floor, 3 bedroom-apartment, five minutes away from the Mediterranean with the Besparmak Mountains to the back of us. We are on the north coast of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus,  mainly known as North Cyprus. This little country was formed when Turkey intervened to stop genocide by the Greek-Cypriots against Turkish-Cypriots. The intervention has been classified by the international community – due to crafty propaganda by Greece and Greek Cyprus – as an occupation. It isn’t, it stopped Turkish-Cypriots being slaughtered or driven off  the island.  On the upside, this place is paradise because it is so unspoiled and is cheap because it’s outside the Eurozone, thank goodness. On the down side, the embargo has created great hardship for Turkish-Cypriots who are the most wonderful, friendly, kind people.

Who do I live with? My partner for 27 years and 10 years my husband (slow to get to the altar, lol, or should I say, registry office!). We were going to be footloose and fancy-free here in North Cyprus, but now have four rescue puppies and three rescue cats. We did have four cats but one disappeared suddenly which is sad but quite common for cats in this country.

Travels? I worked out once that I’ve moved 39 times in my life. I have lived, visited and/or worked in England, Scotland,  Australia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Germany, France, Dubai, Netherlands, Israel, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the People’s Republic of China. As we have lived here for 2 years without talk of moving house or continent, we are the most settled we have been for a long time.

Favourite colour? Why, purple of course, hence the purple hair and the purple clothes. The purple clothes I put together for travelling when we moved to North Cyprus, as it was easy to mix and match. Unfortunately, our luggage from Australia got stuck in Istanbul for six months and so purple became my default colour. Believe me, I really enjoyed unpacking my clothes when our boxes finally arrived!

That’s it, folks. I am fixing up the awards kindly given to my art blog:

and there I will pass on awards to other blogs. Don’t want to double up.

Have a lovely day, gorgeous week and do your damnedest to grow old disgracefully – it is so much fun!





Another Award – Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

sisterhoodI am delighted that Shelley at has nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. thank you, Shelley, I really appreciate you thinking of me.

It’s always an honour when fellow bloggers nominate you and, for me, it serves to underline the friendliness, kindness and mutual support that exists in the blogging world.

I am also delighted to say that I have finally worked out how to get images into the widget boxes and managed it first time today, a miracle indeed!

I have decided, in order to manage awards when they’re kindly granted to me, to do what I can within my health challenges, so I am sticking to nominating six blogs that I really, really enjoy and which light my life when they turn up in my e-mail inbox.  Apart from Shelley’s blog, here are my six nominations for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers:

Chrissy writes delightful posts which really lift my spirits when I open them up. She’s also into crystals, like me, so is obviously a great gal!


Amy posts wonderful photographic images which always amaze me with their brightness and creativity. Plus she loves dogs!

Brigid writes about organic gardening and is a fount of wisdom on plants, growing plants, organic gardening, facts about plants, and so on.  Fascinating stuff which I pass on to my husband as he has green fingers. Plants look at me, then wilt and die!

Rita writes beautiful poetry and offers lovely wisdom which I so much appreciate when I read her posts.

Ayse posts lovely poetry and quite stunning watercolour images, mainly of herself and occasionally of places and people.  I drool with envy when I view her images.

And finally:

Mary writes about the world of art – sometimes about the paints themselves, sometimes about activities in the world of art, sometimes philosophical posts about artists and the creative beings within us. Good stuff.

And now for the final part, and at least with this award you don’t need to think about questions, they’re provided:

Answer these ten questions…

Your favourite colour …. Purple – what else?

Your favourite animal … I don’t have a favourite animal, Iove my cats and dogs, just love animals and have done since I was a kid. My mum said she used to dread movies where an animal died because there’d be a great wail from me, plus floods of tears, and she’d have to take me out to calm me down!

Your favourite non-alcoholic drink …. Swags of coffee

Facebook or Twitter …. Facebook. I’m on Twitter but by sheer serendipity, have no idea really how it works.

Your favourite pattern …..Dip out on this, I hate patterns, much prefer plain colours.

Do you prefer getting or giving presents?….I love getting presents and I love giving presents equally.

Your favourite number … 3 – it’s my numerology number

Your favourite day of the week …I love every day of the week.

Your favourite flower …. Gazanias. They are so bright and cheerful, very sturdy and even I can’t kill ’em off!

What is your passion? ….. My art and photography. Kindness. Tolerance. Love.

Blogger Award – A slight diversion!

A while back, I was nominated for “Versatile Blogger” award by Rita Kowats whose blog, Spirituality Without Borders, I follow.  It’s lovely to be honoured in this way, and now here are my own fifteen nominees for the award. These are blogs I follow, enjoy and think have great content. I am a bit late posting this but have had some health challenges since I got skittled by one of my dogs and had a bad fall. I am, therefore, not in a position to notify each person individually  so I hope all the blogs I’ve nominated recognise their name. To all these bloggers – thank you very much, you have enriched my life!

Each blog nominated is requested to nominate a further fifteen blogs which helps publicise all those who diligently blog about so many different subjects. Here’s the link:

 I know that Painting Pundit has been nominated by someone else but I wanted to include her as part of my list because she writes such interesting and varied material around art and the world of art.

If you’re interested, look these up as their blogs are great to read and very informative. I love the way the blogging community supports each other so generously and in such a good-hearted manner.

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