Sadje Has Nominated Me For The Versatile Blogger Award

The wonderful Sadje, the creator of Keep It Alive has kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award, as you can see from her post below:


The original creator of the Versatile Blogger Award wrote that it was an award for bloggers, recognising “the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page.

The Rules

  • Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.
  • Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 10 -15 other great bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Seven Things About Me

What would you like to know? Here are a few things I have mentioned before, but am recycling for this post. I am all for recycling!

  • ironingI love karaoke
  • I love ironing (almost as much as karaoke!)
  • I love having cookery lessons from friends from other countries. I have had cookery lessons with friends from Ethiopia, Germany, Ghana, India, Iran, Italy, Jamaica, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain and Thailand – and I am always eager to learn more.
  • Candles scare me. In the town I grew up in there were a lot of deadly house fires due to accidents with candles or cigarette stubs that had not been extinguished properly. The houses on the council estate I grew up on would burn up like cardboard. Whole families have been lost in some of the fires that occurred. Very upsetting. Whenever anyone gives me candles as a gift, I give them away to someone else, normally a charity shop.
  • Sea, Ocean, Blue, Water, Sand, NatureI used to swim competitively. From a young age I swam around ten hours a week. I am a complete and total water baby. My happy place is the water. I love diving down and dancing in the water. I love to swim up and down and up and down and feel the thrill of gliding so fast through the water. In recent years, I have taught several adult friends how to swim, including three women from Pakistan who had never been a swimming pool before they came to England.
  • I love my food processor. I use it almost every day to make something. I love making my own hummus, pesto, coleslaw and how much easier it is to make parts of other dishes – for example a biscuit base for cheesecake. It’s really hard to imagine not having a food processor now.
  • I do believe that you often reap what you sow. If you have healthy habits, you should reap the benefits, whereas if you choose harmful habits, it is likely that you will experience poor health in time. However there are other reasons why people suffer. Sometimes someone just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sometimes people who have lived very healthy lives experience devastating illness. Righteous people have experienced all manner of cruelty from those who are clearly unscrupulous. Often unprincipled people prosper and live in luxury. I think it is incredibly cruel and frankly outrageous when some intimate that anything bad that befalls a person is because of something bad they have done previously. It’s preposterous and shocking. And just as foolish as pointing to the wealthy and presuming their riches are blessings for being good. I scratch my head at how anyone can think that way! Suffering sad things is bad enough without thinking it is pay-back for some mistake you made, but not even being sure which mistake it was!

My Nominees

Jay-lyn Has Nominated Me For The Versatile Blogger Award

Back in April, the delightfully talented Jay-lyn, the creator of The Wonderful and Wacky World of One Single Mom, nominated moi for The Versatile Blogger Award, as you can see from her fantastic post below:



The Rules

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog – THANK YOU JAY-LYN!!!
  2. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  3. Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly and nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Seven Things About Me

seven.pngI never know what will be of any interest to anyone else. So I am going to try to have the theme of SEVEN to give me some inspiration:

navy stilletoI take a UK size 7 shoes.

I am one of seven siblings.

I was courted by a lovely young man for seven years. I ended the relationship when I was convinced we could make each other very unhappy. That was a really hard decision for me. But I have always been sure that it was absolutely the right decision.

latte mugs.jpgI live on my own at the moment but I have seven tall latte mugs which I love. I drink a lot!

I have had seven wedding invitations from friends who are getting married this year. Three weddings I have been to, one is just before I go to Australia, two I am going to miss because they are while I am in Australia, and there is another a couple of weeks after I return.

elmers greenWhen I was seven years old, the primary school I attended was burnt down by three former students. (One was eleven, the other two were fourteen.) For the next three years we had to go to the site of the remaining rubble of our school where double-decker buses would drive us to the other side of town where we were allowed to use some spare classrooms within a high school. Then it was my time to leave primary school and start at high school myself. But I went to an entirely different high school in another town all together.

I love the theme tune to “The Magnificent Seven“…and if you are not familiar with it, here it is for your enjoyment!

The Bloggers I Am Nominating

Riya Has Nominated Me For The Versatile Blogger Award

I just keep on finding nomination/award posts in my drafts folder! When I checked this one, it turns out Riya nominated me for THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD back in January!!! That is a long time ago, but as promised, I will always make sure I complete these nomination posts eventually!

Riya, the creator of WORLD OF MY THOUGHTS, has nominated me for THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD, as you can see from her post below:


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  1. Thank the person who nominated you – THANK YOU RIYA!
  2. Link to the blog of the person who nominated you
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 more bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

Seven Facts About Moi

Couscous, Salad, Food, Lunch, Cuisine

I have been a vegetarian since I was six years of age. But over the years I think I ate way too much dairy, and now I have an intolerance to it. So most of my meals are vegan.

I went to stage school for two terms when I was a teenager. I was not great at dancing or acting, but I loved singing lessons. I still love singing and if anyone says “karaoke”, I am very easily persuaded to take my turn on the microphone.

I once fell off the back of a sledge I was “driving” and clinging onto the handle bar for dear life (and also anxious that my two friends might end up crashing into a tree if I let go) the husky dogs dragged me along through the snow for several minutes until my arms felt like jelly and my tummy was frozen! The guy who owned the husky dogs and the sledges ran like crazy to catch the sledge as it veered off the track into the forest. I think I am still slightly traumatised to this day by event!

I aspire to be like Maria Von Trapp in the gorgeous musical, “The Sound Of Music“. I love singing and I love her spirit!

I have had the privilege of working along with older volunteers who were imprisoned in concentration camps when the Nazi party was in power. They have been an incredible inspiration to me.

In the past year I have published three novels and a poetry book. This was my first, “We Hide What We Hate About Ourselves“. It was published back in February.

I am one half of an epic romance that has been through huge challenges (so many challenges!) and at the moment is experiencing a very happy dreamy phase – he recently put a ring on it! But what a bumpy journey it has been! You can read some of our saga in the STORM IN A TEACUP SERIES which I recently re-published.

My Fifteen Nominees


haederpaul – Paul Haeder, Author

Sharese Hunt

Sharese Hunt – Swirl and Spice


amsotemann – A.M. Sӧtemann


val.180 – Inside A Soul

Pam Brant

Pam Brant – Volleyball and Sunsets

Greg Forrester

Greg Forrester – Bandit Fiction


Sakhi – Sakhi Speaks

Emily MacDonald

Emily MacDonald – Lessons In Shimmy-ing

Eve DeBardeleben Roebuck

Eve DeBardeleben Roebuck – I Want More


Em – A Quintillion Words | Book Reviewer | Copywriter

Scott Abbott


Chloe Henderson

Chloe Henderson – Coin-Operated Press


jdathwriting – Julia’s Bookshelves

Emma Tanner

Emma Tannerprincessemmablog


KathyRooted & Growing