Carrying on from the old fashioned chain letter that tormented me in my childhood, the concept has continued online. I’m actually flattered to be chosen for the Leibster Award, where bloggers nominate blogs (or their writers) they have taken a liking to, as it shows people do read my stuff! Actually it wasn’t this blog I was nominated for, so I’m selfishly using this blog as it fits in better with the following post!
Many thanks go to Proofed by Linds for nominating me. Actually I’m going spoil things by saying she was the second person to nominate my nature blog, and I’ve only just got around to fulfilling the requirements of the Liebster Award.
It works by the nominator giving me 11 questions to answer, I add on 11 random facts about myself, and then I select 11 more questions for another 11 bloggers to answer in their Liebster Award post. You can see where the chain letter concept fits in. It is a bit of fun, and has no real function, but you never know, people might like what I’ve written. (And I do feel a little guilty that it’s in this blog and not the nature one I was recommended for.)
1. What’s your favourite food and why?
I’m such a glutton I want to say all kinds of food, which has caused my downfall with weight most of my life. So my attitude towards food has changed over the years, depending on whether it’s good for me or not. Of course my favourite would be what I’m not allowed to have, like chocolate, taramasalata and cheese (not all together at the same time), though even these in strict moderation wouldn’t be that bad…?
2. Where do you go when you want to “get away from it all”?
If it’s a beautiful day a walk in the countryside with lots of wild flowers (hence the nature blog). If it’s the midst of winter, somewhere cosy with a log fire. In both cases a valuable distraction is necessary to make it feel worth while.
3. What three things would you take to your desert island and why?
I suppose these would be skills as well as material things. Knowing how to make a fire, catch your food and build suitable shelter would be invaluable. Having a practical, sharp knife would be vital. A book about the properties of plants and how they can help you might come in useful.
4. People blog for a variety of reasons… What are your reasons?
This is a very good question. I blog because I have an overwhelming desire to tell people stuff. Sometimes it’s to get things off my chest. Sometimes it’s to explore an idea or concept. But mostly it’s to pass on knowledge to others so they can benefit from it, or to gain pleasure from what I enjoy talking about too.
5. Give three qualities that you believe make up a good blog post
An excellent headline to attract attention to your post and generate a desire to read it. A conversational style that flows easily and guides the reader effortlessly down the page. A totally worth-while subject that is easily grasped, understood and valued for what it really is.
6. What really makes you laugh – right from the belly?
Clever humour. It has to be subtle as well as downright silly. It has to be delivered in a way that’s not meant to be funny. It has to surprise and catch me unawares.
7. What annoys you more than anything else?
Bad form. Inadequacy passed off as superior. Undue inappropriate criticism. Unnecessary stupidity being given a higher prominence than it deserves.
8. What’s number one on your bucket list?
To visit all the countries of the world I haven’t been to yet.
9. Who inspires you?
People who have been successful through their own merit, hard work and perseverance. This doesn’t have to be in the world of business, but in self-discovery, helping others and changing the world for the better.
10. What would you say to King Henry VIII if you could?
It depends how much I could say without getting my head cut off! I suppose I would tell him that one of the greatest monarchs England has ever had came from his loins, but not who he thinks it would be.
11. What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
To put yourself in the other person’s situation, in order to see the world from their point of view. Many disputes and arguments would be solved (or never arise) if this was taken into consideration; we are nearly always too self-centered to stand back and view the situation as a whole. This also includes listening, learning and appreciating before you open your mouth, even if it appears to undermine yourself; the benefits should outweigh the inconvenience created.
11 random facts about me
- When I was 18 months old I burned my left hand so badly I was forced to become right handed.
- I was wrapped up in my own little world until the age of 13.
- I had a speech impediment and had speech therapy for 3 years. Also I find it difficult to read aloud due to dyslexia.
- I studied music for my degree. I was rubbish at playing instruments, so I composed instead. I was never any good at music, but I didn’t realise this properly until I arrived at university, which by then it was too late!
- When I worked at Sadler’s Wells, the administrative offices were situated in the house of my great, great, great, great uncle Charles Dibdin (Jnr) who was director of Sadler’s Wells in the early 19th century.
- I can trace three of my family trees back to at least 1720.
- I absolutely hate peanut butter. It is the most disgusting food ever!
- I believe I am a Norman, whereas my husband is a Viking.
- As a young girl I learned how to knit, sew, do cross-stitch and design samplers.
- It seems at the moment my wardrobe mostly consists of various shades of purple.
- I absolutely adore all kinds of fish, both to look at and to eat!
11 nominated bloggers
(who can participate only if they want to, no pressure…)
Birds on the Blog
Maria Hastings Personal Stylist
Diksha Fix Me
11 questions for my 11 bloggers
- What was your favourite pet and what was its name?
- What was your school life like?
- Have you visited anywhere exotic?
- When you say the word ‘scone’, does it rhyme with ‘stone’ or ‘john’, and does this really matter?
- Which famous person would you have liked to have met, and why?
- What makes you get up enthusiastically in the mornings?
- What’s the colour you hate the most, and why?
- What’s your biggest phobia (if you have any)?
- Do you prefer winter, spring, summer or autumn?
- If you won a £million in the lottery, what would you spend it on?
- Who in your family do you mostly resemble, and in what way?
Phew, that was actually a very difficult post to write – I hope it was worth it!