Kristian Has Nominated Me For The Real Neat Blog Award

I have been nominated for THE REAL NEAT BLOG AWARD by Kristian, creator of Tales from the mind of Kristian, as you can see from his fabulous post below:



  • Display the award logo
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog – THANK YOU KRISTIAN!
  • Answer the questions from the blogger who nominated you
  • Nominate seven to ten bloggers
  • Ask them seven questions

Questions for my nominees:

When were you last surprised, what happened?

phoneWell, the biggest surprise I had recently, was that phone-call. I was shocked as it began to dawn that Jack was on the other end of the line. The surprise of the century!

But Jack has surprised me again and again since that day. Not so much with things or plans he has made, more just by revealing parts of his personality that I didn’t appreciate before. He has surprised me by remembering so much about our time living together, working together on projects and socialising together. It has surprised me to realize that I was on his mind all this time. I would never have imagined it.

If you were to put together a time capsule that encapsulated your life right now, what three things would you put in it?

times capsOoooh. I am not sure. I have a journal with some lovely special memories I shared with Goldfinch. Maybe I would put that inside. Some personal photos of my family and close friends (I have a story to tell you about that actually). What else?

Well, I have no idea what to do with wisdom teeth in my bathroom cabinet. Maybe I should put them in the time capsule. Everything else that I own (which is not a lot) I do kind of need really. It would be a bit of a nuisance for any other item to be in a time-capsule.

If you could drive in any direction, what direction would you drive in?

walesI have not actually driven since I received head injuries. But if I were to jump in a car now, I think I would want to drive somewhere I knew the roads. Perhaps out to Berkshire as that is not too far away from London – west of London.

If I was feeling more adventurous, then I would head up to North Wales, Snowdonia to see family there. But to be honest, I prefer Jack being in the driving seat. That means I can give my full attention to controlling the music choice on our journey.

If you could choose a new name for yourself, what name would you choose?

ready for rhtaAnnabelle. I have always loved that name. Is it a coincidence I chose it as the name of my fictional character in my Annabelle Riley series? Of course it is not!

I don’t actually know if my little apricot would have been a girl, but I thought of her as a girl. It helped me to name her before we buried her. Annabelle was the name I chose. I am sure she would have been very beautiful, because her father is gorgeous. But I do wonder what she would have looked like if she had the chance to grow.

When I read “The Buccaneers” by Edith Wharton, I became very fond of the name of the main character Annabelle St George, called Nan throughout the story. I’ve always liked names with the letter “L”, like Laura, Lucy, Lauren, and Alicia.

Would you prefer to live in a world where alcohol was free or where politicians were honest?

Hee hee…is this a trick question? If they were truly honest hearted they would not be politicians.

I would like to live in a world without any “politicians”. I would like that world to be so wonderful, that if alcohol was imbibed at all, it was just a little, just enough to make your eyes sparkle. Not the sickening quantities than cause people to abandon all their principles, take dangerous risks or make awful mistakes they will regret for a lifetime.

View More: live, just have so much wonderful in life that alcohol is the occasional treat – like a glass of champagne at a wedding, a margarita at a party, or a glass of Baileys on a cold winter’s night. Don’t drink alone. Very bad habit to get into. Let it be the occasional treat for special celebrations (in moderation). Or if you buy a bottle of wine, let it be to share with a few friends.

But while it is a substance that can inflict so much damage – I think it is wise to keep prices high.

What song would you play at a party in order to encourage people to leave?

To leave! Why would I do a thing like that?

I can only think of one song that is even closer to fitting the bill.

Who was a really good role model for you when you were a child?

window cleanerMy parents were wonderful role-models.

Both of them are really hard workers. They were very active. They helped other people. neighbours, family, friends. They were always giving. Mum is more chatty, everyone loved chatting to her when they bumped into her around town. But people are also extremely fond of my lovely Dad, who is a little shy. They are just a wonderfully sweet, kind, humble, hard-working couple who are incredibly faithful and reliable.

I am so pleased with all of the wonderful things they taught us, but especially the example they set for us. They taught us what makes life special. And even though we never had much in a material way, we were rich! Oh so rich in so many ways. My parents trained us to work around the home, they played with us, they learnt with us, we did so much together as a family.

I grew up thinking we were poor because so many of our other friends had a bigger house, and had so many toys etc. But now I see how rich we were. I would not swap what I had with anyone else.

Seven Questions For My Nominees

  1. Do you like getting dressed up smartly to go out to special events?
  2. How do you feel about queues – especially long queues?
  3. Have you ever performed live on stage in front of a large audience?
  4. Are there any DIY skills you would love to have?
  5. Do you enjoy playing board-games or working on jigsaw puzzles? Do you have a favourite game?
  6. Have you ever dated someone and found yourself realizing there was absolutely no spark with the person, although there was nothing necessarily wrong with them?
  7. Do you have favourite scents you like for soap, bubble bath, shower gel, or to add fragrance to your home in the form of linen spray, scented candles or those scented  plug-in?

My Nominees

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