I got nominated!

Mostly that would cause me to run away, but since the person who did it is someone I value, and anyway it’s good to make connections, here is my response;


This is the ‘Liebster Award’. This is what it says about it:

“For those bloggers and readers who are unfamiliar with this award, “The Liebster Award” is given to up and coming bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers. The word ” Liebster” comes from German and can mean the sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, most beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.”

Seems a tad OTT to me, so for me it means appreciated, valued, and liked, or somesuch. I don’t really follow many blogs, so I’ve just asked a very few. If you don’t want to do it that’s fine. If you want to make it in video form that’s fine too.

So Rules are…

Thank the person who nominated you.

When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

Pass the award onto 6 other blogs {while making sure you notify the blogger that you nominated them!}.

You write up 11 new questions directed towards your nominees.

You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated your own blog! -You paste the award picture into your blog.

So first, thank you very much Laurel, for this. You can find her here: Nefaeria

My 11 answers to her questions:

1 Sitting by a camp fire or sun bathing on the beach?

Both. It’s great to light a campfire on the beach after the sun has gone down.

2 Your favourite poet?

John Donne. Metaphysical poet I studied for A level (16-18) whose work has stayed with me ever since. Check him out, he’s extraordinary.

3 If you garden {or could} what are your top three variety choices?

I don’t really understand the question, but my favourite things I’ve put in the garden are raspberries, asparagus and artichokes. The best bit, aside from their yumminess, is that they keep coming back every year.

4 Would you be more likely to speak your mind and risk hurting someone’s feelings, or hold things in to keep the peace?

I ALWAYS speak my mind. I can’t cope with dishonesty and lack of internal congruence. I don’t think holding things in keeps the peace anyway, because the tensions created ends up creating more problems than they solve.

5 Mead, wine or whiskey?

Not really much of a drinker, and I have a very childish palate, so probably mead, though I occasionally enjoy a glass of wine.

6 What is one thing you never leave your home without?

A key so I can get back in again.

7 If you could choose one lifestyle to lead {nomadic, homesteader, pop culture icon, etc.} what would it be? Why?

Probably homesteader, which is sort of the life I’m living anyway, though I have had nomadic tendencies, of mind if not body. Because I find being grounded and connected to the simple realities of life important. I’ve always wanted to change the world though, but think pebbles in ponds works far better than fame and fortune.

8 A book or an electronic reading device?

Book. There’s something about the feel, smell and sense of a book in your hands.

9 What do you think your most prominent talent/gift is?

Oh gawd. Being creative maybe.

10 Are you able to harness that talent or gift on a regular basis?

I follow it, I am in harness to it rather than harnessing it. I ride it. It’s my life, it takes me all over.

11 Should you have to take over the world, what changes would your underlings have to look forward to?

That there would be no underlings.

11 random facts about me:

1 A day rarely goes by that I don’t eat chocolate.

2 I love hot weather. The hotter it gets the more energy I have. When everyone else is drooping around with cool drinks I’m pounding off on walks.

3 I’m very left handed. This used to make me really clumsy and unco-ordinated but barring a few things I’ve never quite mastered (like climbing gates, tangled legs) I’m alright now.

4 I was born within the sound of Bow Bells. Theoretically that makes me a Cockney.

5 I rarely get angry, but when I do it’s probably a good idea to get out of the way, or listen. Listening is good.

6 I can go days without speaking to anyone without being at all bothered. In fact sometimes I need it.

7 I have fair hair. I’ve never dyed it.

8 My first child was 2 months premature.

9 I’m strange with patience. Sometimes I have it endlessly, other times not at all. I’ve never been quite able to work out the logic of it.

10 I don’t wear make up. I’ve tried, but generally it seems to make me look worse, not better. I prefer natural anyway so that’s ok.

11 I rarely do what I’m told, so my doing this is quite bizarre.

 11 questions for my nominated people:

1 What is your earliest memory?

2 Has there been an inspirational person in your life? If so who and why?

3 If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

4 What is your favourite book of all time?

5 What do you like most and least about the internet?

6 If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?

7 What animal do you most relate to?

8 What three wishes would you ask a Genie for?

9 What do you like about yourself?

10 Sweet or savoury?

11 What happens when you die?

The people I’m nominating: