It is so lovely to get a blog award and to know that people are reading your blog and even enjoying it. So a big thank you to my friend, Annette at Annette’sGarden wonderful blog and to Sarah Jane at Daydreaming Out Loud who has an amazing craft blog for the nominations for the Liebster Award.
Thank you also lovely Rosademure for the One Lovely Blog Award.
So what are these awards? I have done a little research and it seems they are a bit like chain letters, except you are not promised great riches as long as you keep them going and you are not threatened with catastrophe if you don’t. Really, they are a way of telling other people when you find a blog that you enjoy, which is lovely, as we all hope that we are not talking to ourselves when we write. It is an honour to be recommended in this way by your fellow bloggers, so thank you very much. I really appreciate it.
So what do you have to do when accepting the Liebster Award ? You link back with the person who nominated you then you have to answer the 11 questions they set you. Oh dear, this means I have 22 questions to answer. I’ll keep the answers snappy.
First Sarah Jane’s questions.
1. When you think about your blog what makes you smile? My blogging friends make me smile. Many of them make me laugh.
2.What new form of art or craft would you like to learn? I would love to be able to paint.
3.What do you collect? Plants and books.
4.Where is your favourite place for being arty or crafty? My garden.
5.Tea and biscuits, do you dunk or crunch? I don’t eat biscuits.
6. What is your favourite toast topping? Cheese.
7.Where would be your dream arty-crafty destination in the world? Martinique. I have been to this magical island four times and the vibrant colours haunt my dreams.
8. E-reader or good old-fashioned paperback book. Which do you prefer? Either. A beautiful hardback book is wonderful to own. But I read so much that I have to make do with which ever is cheapest and most convenient.
9.What is your favourite season and why? Spring. I love it. The time of renewal and the excitement of all your treasures reappearing. Spring flowers are the choicest and the most endearing.
10.Which famous artist/ crafter/gardener would you like to meet and why? Reginald Farrer. He fascinates me. He died quite young on one of his intrepid plant hunting expeditions but he was incredibly knowledgeable and had such a way with words. I would love to have met him. I like people who can garden and write well.
11.What would your dream job be? Garden writer.
So those are Sarah Jane’s questions answered. I think anyone interested in craft as Sarah Jane is would have answered the questions better. But sewing needles make me bad tempered. I am probably the world’s least crafty person.
1.What causes butterflies in your tummy? New flower buds on a rare plant that I have grown from seed.
2.Your favourite dish? Seafood pasta cooked by my wonderful Pianist.
3.Your favourite scent? The elusive scent of the first violets in Spring.
4. Which job would you like to do in your next life? I would like to be an author.
5. What does your dream garden look like? Very much like my previous garden. It had been the garden of a well known nursery so there were magnificent, well -established shrubs and trees and many rare plants. I had a woodland garden full of camellias, magnolias and other beautiful shrubs and trees. There was a lake and and I had room to create a summer garden full of my favourite roses and a large winter garden too. I even had a small arboretum. So that was my dream garden and I still dream about it. But I love the garden I have now and it is manageable without any help as long as I can persuade the Pianist to mow the lawn.
6.Your favourite book? Middlemarch.
7. What do you loathe? The way young people talk nowadays. The rising inflection at the end of the sentence. The constant use of the word ‘like’ . The awful cliches. The absolute ignorance of the basic rules of grammar. To Lay is a transitive verb. Oh dear. It’s awful innit? I’m so not going there. End of.
8. Which country would you like to visit and why? South Africa for the wonderful wild flowers.
9. A happy moment. A summer evening eating in the garden with my lovely family.
10. Which garden personality do you admire? Beth Chatto for the wonderful garden she has created and her profound knowledge and understanding of plants. She is a nice lady too.
11.The world would be a better place if… I will just quote Blaise Pascal here. ‘ All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. ‘ So if we could all just stay quietly at home, or better still mind own business and dig in our gardens how nice and peaceful the world would be. But then what do I know? I’m just a gardener.
Choosing my nominees for the awards is difficult .I know some of the blogs I follow don’t want awards. Others have many followers and I believe these awards are to encourage people who have not been blogging very long. I have so many favourites that it is hard to pick out just 5. In fact all the blogs I follow are well worth reading. But my 5 nominees for the Liebster Award are:
So if you accept this award you have to link with the person who nominated you. Choose 5 blogs with under 1000 followers. The rules seem to vary here; Sarah Jane suggested 11 blogs with under 200 followers. But 5 is easier. Answer the 11 questions and think up 11 questions to ask your nominees. Let your chosen bloggers know and explain the rules.
My questions to you, my lovely Liebster Award nominees are:
1. Why did you start your blog?
2.Which is your favourite gardening book?
3. What do you love to do when you are not gardening?
4.Describe yourself in 3 words.
5.What is your favourite film?
6. Tea or coffee?
7. Favourite flower?
8. How long have you been gardening and what got you started?
9.Do you garden organically?
10. How do you deal with slugs and snails?
11. Do you prefer cats or dogs?
And now for the One lovely Blog Award, thank you again Rosedemure. Here, there are no set questions. You have to share 5 things about yourself.
So here we go.
1.I have a lot of books. In fact I just counted my gardening books and I have 375. And that’s not counting the ones my daughter
2. I don’t own a television, but then why would I need to? I have loads and loads of books.
3.I hate sewing.
4.I hate anything to do with balls. Playing with them or running about after them. What is the point? Or watching other people run about after balls. I just don’t get it. When I rule the world I will ban all balls. OK. I’ll let small children have them. And consulting adults as long as they do it in private.
5.I am Chairman of a large garden club and I write a monthly article for their website. As nobody knows that I am Chloris , I use material from my blog for the seasonal articles on the website.
So there you have it. Chloris revealed. Book-loving, sewing-and-ball-hating and totally obsessive about all things horticultural.
Again I have had trouble choosing blogs for this award amongst all the fabulous blogs I read.
So my 5 nominees are:
If you would rather not accept the award that is fine. At least you know you are appreciated as are all the great blogs I follow.
Thanks again to Annette, Sarah Jane and Rosademure. I am proud and delighted to accept the awards.
No flowers to show you today, I haven’t been outside. But look at this sunset.