Surprise! Today I opened my in-box to discover I’ve been nominated, with several others, for The One Lovely Blog Award. This is as flattering as it is interesting, because we’re 7 nominees in total, and we’re a mixed bag, including a female soldier serving in Afghanistan, several photographers, a woman sharing her grandmother’s fascinating diary entries from 100 years ago, a couple running a Bed & Breakfast in the States, and a dog lover.
And this is surely what makes the world of blogging such an interesting one? We who read a variety of blogs get views and insights into other worlds, other lives, other ways of thinking, and forge cyber-relationships with people we’d never otherwise come into contact with.
The blogger who nominated me, who writes Thoughts from an American Woman, is very different indeed from me. She calls herself as ‘an American housewife and Army mom’, and writes about her experience of being the mother of a serving soldier, and shares with her readers her curiosity, her busy life, her love of dogs, her poetry and her Christian faith. Despite her active days, she finds time to follow very many blogs. Thank you, Patty, for nominating me and for sending me frequent words of encouragement.
Now, apparently I need to share 7 things about myself:
- I’m fine with spiders, and snakes, and mice, and bats, and birds, and creepy-crawlies. But I don’t much care for the scrabbling and rustling noises that are beginning to emerge from behind our kitchen cupboards.
- I sometimes fear my life is defined by my total inability to get a good night’s sleep.
- I think I’ve got quite a mixed blood-line. On my mother’s side, Suffolk and Yorkshire blood, with great grandparents called ‘Pickard’. Originally from Picardy in France surely? My father, long dead, took any stories of his Polish family to his grave.
- For years I’ve been banging on about doing a long stretch of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostella. I even have half-baked plans half-talked about with several different friends. Perhaps going public here will force me to do something about it at last.
- I can’t begin the day without my fix of coffee. Please don’t expect me to.
- I can’t end the day without reading myself to sleep. I normally get an hour or more in during the night as well. A good way to be fairly well-read.
- The best stress-buster is to get in the kitchen and cook. Then relax over the results with easy company and a glass of wine.
And then I need to tell you which blogs I would like to nominate. Here they are, in alphabetical order.
As a Linguist: An American teacher comments perceptively and engagingly on language in its many forms.
El Bueno El Malo Y El Feo: Exciting, atmospheric, often gritty photos, mainly taken whilst travelling round Spain.
Mama Clark’s Kitchen and Back Porch Emporium: Leann was our friend and neighbour when we all lived in Harrogate. Once back in the States she began this blog. Beautifully and atmospherically written
My Spanish Steps: One of my daughter’s blogs, highlighting things that interest her during her early months teaching in Spain.
Slow Living in the French Pyrenees: Kalba moved to France at much the same time as we did, and we met very early on, so I enjoy her take on France and the French.
The Nelson House Diaries: A bit incestuous this! Sharon is a Francophile and found Kalba’s and my blog – so we found hers. Hers is the story, among other things, of the challenge of renovating her home to an exacting – and exciting – standard.
The View from the Potting Shed: Gilly gardens with great knowledge and enthusiasm here in the Ariege. She’s not posted recently, so I hope this may encourage her to resume her useful and inspirational blog.
Welcome Visitor: Another incestuous one. This American expat, living in Germany, discovered my blog – so I discovered his. It is, as he says, about his life in Germany – and life in general.
So…. Just eight among thousands and thousands of blogs you could spend 200 hours a day reading. And to Patty, and all the bloggers who give me such pleasure: thank you.
The rules for One Lovely Blog are:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them.
- Share 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate other bloggers for this award.