Luccia Gray (who I now know is a construct of the Internet!) has nominated me for an award: the Very Inspiring Blogger.
I’m chuffed to bits and pretty stunned. I keep saying I’ve hardly started blogging but special people like Luccia pop up and do this. As my twenty-something children would, no doubt, say, if in receipt of such undeserved acclamation: SICK.
I still have one small problem (smaller than when nominated for the VBA, it is true) which is getting the nominations right but we will come onto that.
First the rules:
1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. THANK YOU LUCCIA/LUCY: link right at the top.
2. List the rules and display the award. (DONE)
3. Share seven facts about yourself. (BELOW)
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs (SEE BELOW) and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. (DONE)
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. (AH. NOW HOW DO I DO THAT? I KNOW I NEED A CODE, DON’T I?)
1. I wasn’t given a middle name by my parents and the Archaeologist was. As a result I added Thomas (after the eponymous Tank Engine) from years 7 to 10.
2. I find a little academic failure can be ok, but mustn’t be overdone (I have similar feelings about horseradish and Opera). The eleven plus slipped past me, I blew my English language O level first time around and I achieved a second O level in French when I was aiming at an A level. I still held down a decent job for several years before they found me out.
3. I am incompetent at organising holidays: once I booked two cottages in Devon, each for a week, for our two centre, two week break. Unfortunately the lettings ran concurrently rather than consecutively.
4. I had a thing about red Kicker boots when I was 20. Still do, not that I have a pair anymore.
5. I am allergic to molluscs; I discovered this during a client lunch at Wheeler’s Fish Restaurant. So did the rest of the guests.
6. I took my father to South Africa for his 70th birthday to watch some rugby. We took a tour of the Isandlwana battle field and Rorke’s Drift (on which the film Zulu was based). It was the first time I’d seen him cry and it opened up our relationship in ways a thousand pints in a hundred pubs could never do.
7. I am never more than five metres from a pair of nail clippers.
Now the nominations: some of these will have been nominated before. Of course they will. They’re brilliant. Please accept this as my recognition of your skills and don’t feel you need to pass this on again. Some will not want the award and, of course, that is entirely fine but, as above, please know that this is to recognise your skills and all I have learnt from reading your words.
1. Anne because she started me off and I love her thoughtful blog and tremendous stories;
2. Charli because, if they attached Charli to the Idaho grid they wouldn’t need to frack for oil and gas;
3. Lisa because she is a crafty piece of work who makes me dig into the dusty corners of my past and expose all sorts of buried stuff (sadly little treasure);
4. Irene because she is an extraordinary role mode of a blogger who has an inexhaustible supply of blog-bits to post;
5. Norah because she sees life through a prism with a firmly fixed moral compass and I wish she’d taught me at school;
6. Sarah because she makes me laugh, and I’m with Monsters’ Inc on the power of laughter;
7. Jenni because of her acerbic take on life and, especially, for providing me with my weekend funnies;
8. Willow.21 for adding to the poetry in my life;
9. Tracey for some rather neat, if some times depressingly true takes on the process of authorship;
10. Lori for the power of her story and the courage to share it;
11. Larry for being a brilliant writer of flash and someone who I want to emulate without any real hope I will;
12. Ruth for her trilogy about Jessie and Cumbria that are just excellent and her insightful writer’s tips;
13. Dylan (who I have just found) for his recommendations and the fact he loves Suffolk and cricket, so what’s not to like;
14. Amber because, like me, she is a novice blogger who, unlike me, writes beautifully;
I wonder if I have done this right? Whatever, do check out the listed blogs and see what you think.