Friday, 28 January 2011

I'm The Gok Wan of the Countryside.... Yeo Valley, Yeo Valley..

Wow, two very eminent bloggers have nominated me for a Stylish Blogger Award: 'Cross the Pond and Tattie Weasle. I love both their blogs and try to catch up daily.

'Cross the Pond gives a great view of London, (and lately other parts of the UK too,) through the eyes of a hard-working professional. She recently moved to the UK from the States with her family and as a mum and wife sometimes she writes happy, sometimes sad, but she always writes passionately and she's always honest. Best of all I like her view of the our history or traditions. A great read.

Tattie Weasle is wonderful. A mum to two boys, she wears her heart on her sleeve sharing with us the joys and heartbreak as her boys grow up. She also has a great deal of humour in her very human posts. Reading her blog is like catching up with a best friend.

So it is with great humility I accept the Stylish Blogger award ...... twice!

As this IS an award ceremony I'm sure you'll want to know what I'm wearing: It is not, I hasten to add, likely to be a strappy, gold lamé affair with a décolletage you could park your bike in! No Sir-ee , it's -3° here and I've just tended t'chickens!

Thermals, wellies and a faux fur to my knees, that's my ode to Vogue. Plus a dashing wax hat at a jaunty angle. It was brown and now is green .... or was it green and now is brown?.... can't quite tell. Anyhoo, that's my indoor clobber, utterly sensible as I'm on a 'save the wood pile for the evenings' drive. 'Tractive eh?

All that I need to do now is thank the award givers (check) :

Then I need to share 7 things about myself that you chaps didn't already know. Hmmmmmmm, tricky! And then I need to award 15 recently discovered bloggers, (I'm also including some of my favourite bloggers under this criteria,) with the title of Stylish Blogger. (I will, of course, contact the winners to tell them of my adoration.)

Seven things, here goes:

1: I was tongue-tied until an op aged 23'ish.... It never held me back from talking but I wanted to eat ice cream better.............

2: I love the film Yentyl.... and sing the soundtrack out loud most days but loathed Slumdog Millionaire and all its hype.

3: I fantasise about being stranded on a desert island, eating fish, getting slim and tanned and finding out what my real hair colour is. I do not crave the company of Christopher Atkins

4: I do not understand Twitter... I have recently added it to my repertoire on the blog and am beginning to feel that it is the antithesis of all I wanted to do on the blog - that is; to write well, conjure scenes, paint pictures with words. It is air space filled with nothing.... or am I missing the point. Please feel free to admonish me if I'm missing something....

5: Rum and butter sweets give me nightmares ........ although......

6: ..... some of my nightmares and dreams have been the basis of some very fine ideas for fiction, even if I do say so myself. And one day, these stories will be published.

7: I have really great friends. They do not number millions, thousands or hundreds, as is the fashion with Facebook, Tweeterville etc, but they are really great and that makes me happy.


Now these bloggers may have won this award before, I make no apologies for nominating them again. It's just that I love to read them. So the wonderful bloggers I choose are:

The Archers at The Larches

Lou - Chicken whisperer....

Lou - Chicken whisperer....

Snowy and Moon

Snowy and Moon