Sunshine Blogger Award

Well, a big thank you to Ingrid from for putting me forward for the ‘Sunshine Blogger Award’. I love reading her posts. There is poetry, words of optimism and the most beautiful imagery!

The Rules Are:

1.Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog.

2.Answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3.Nominate 11 people and ask them new 11 questions.

4.Notify the nominees by commenting on one of their posts.

5.List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award in your post.

Ingrid’s questions were:

1.Who is your all-time favourite writer?

You know what! I’m gonna say it! Charles Dickens. I love ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’ so much. But then again Oscar Wild’s ‘The Happy Prince’ melts my heart every time!

2.What is your all-time favourite poem?

My favourite poem has to be Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. It is such an epic story. And if truth be known I did live a few houses away from his blue plaque in London for many years! But can I add, my favourite quote from a poet is in fact Lord Byron ‘Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine’. Something we can all learn by…

3.What is your all-time favourite novel?

After some debate with John that non-fiction is not a novel, we googled and found out that it is! So my answer to this one is obvious. And that would be ‘Eighteen Moons’ my family story, quite unlike any other. Search Amazon for details. It really will fascinate you from cover to cover!

4.What is your favourite quote from a movie?

Well, another quote! My own personal favourite would be Ripley from the Aliens movie, ‘Get away from her you BITCH’! But John has just shared his and I smiled. So I am also including it in my answer! ‘When Harry Met Sally’ is the movie. And the scene at Katz restaurant on the lower east side. We dined there ourselves once and enjoyed the most amazing salt beef sandwich! In the movie, the character Sally emulates an orgasm whilst sat down to eat! The waiter stops at the table opposite and asks what the young lady would like. She replies ‘I’ll have what she’s having’! Lol

5.Can we save planet Earth from ourselves?

NO sadly.

6.Are you religious? If so, what religion do you follow? Tell me a bit about it, as I like to learn about different religions. 

No thankfully. But if truth be known, I’m a bit of a tree hugging pagan! Mother Nature is as high as it gets in the ‘Godly Realm’!

7.What languages do you speak?

I’m An Englishman! Guess?

8.What do you look for most in someone else’s blog?

Emotion. Pure and simple. And hopefully a smile! Refer back to lord Byron’s quote…

9.What is your main aim in writing your own blog?

To promote my book of course, that’s the reason why I started to blog almost 2 years ago! Yes, I’m in it for the long haul.

10.What is your favourite food?

Celeriac mousse!

Just kidding. It has to be ‘Shellfish’ for sure. Oh! And Chips… see below for tonight’s dinner! Crab cakes and Chips! Pure bliss.

11.Would you go to space if you had the chance?

I think so, who wouldn’t! Though I am sure my 10 year old self would have shown so much more enthusiasm about it!

Okay that’s it from me! Did I find my mojo again? Can I associate myself with words once more?

Okay! Now my questions to whom I am in turn nominating!

What brings you the most happiness in life?

If you could ‘do it all again’? How would you have done ‘it’?

Following on to that. Who would you be now?

What makes you get up in the morning?

Do you like Dalmatians? And if so, why?

Apple’s IOS or Android? And why the preference?

What’s your ‘Porn name’? Add your first pet’s name to your mothers maiden name!

Do you ever give a political opinion on your blog? I choose not to. So, why do you (or not)?

I have a design degree but also did year 1 of a geology degree! What 2 opposites make you happy?

What started you blogging?

Now, we have all engaged with the image of the rainbow over the lockdown period! I want to see a real myriad of colour now, so my final question is ‘what is your favourite colour? (Hehe.)

Okay, my nominees are:

Greg Vessar

Macey Wilkie


John Malone




The Tiny Potager

Blogs by J

Josef Havelka


P.S. I remember that I blogged every single day through the months of lockdown in the UK! I think that now that lockdown has been eased here and after my quandary of several days of questioning my words! I would once again love to find them within my diary posts a few times a week at any rate! No pressure on the days, no absolute rules! A few times a week, a few days off here and there That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Updates on family life, here in ‘The Shires’ to follow

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

33 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award”

    1. Please relook at my post? The original copy/paste ended with white print on white! Thank iphone black background for the situation! Maybe try to copy/paste from the page into an email or word doc if the first half of the push is still not visible! Odd hat sone could see and done could not!


    2. Just had a look Josef and you answered all 11 questions set by myself! So, all is well. Combined with your set of 11 for your nominees! It all looks perfect! Well done on your answers and great questions laid out in response!


  1. Congratulations, you deserve it so much!! I’ve always enjoyed your blog and seeing a bit of your family life! It is an honor and I will gladly accept the nomination, thank you so much! For some reason I am not able to view anything you wrote on this post, I can only view the two pictures and the link to the site that nominated you. I am not sure why it is doing this, but I’ll keep trying!

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    1. Haha! I too have been having a problem viewing as there was a lot of copy/paste and re-writing! I am so glad you pointed this out! It may have something to do with my iPhone being set to the dark setting J. I can’t view on the main page but if I go through the link at the top of comments back to the page, it views as normal! Maybe try that! Thank you for accepting the award/challenge. It certainly helps to see a little more of the person and their own unique experiences. Try the top link. But I will try coping and pasting in an email to myself and see if that brings back what I imagine is just white text!!! Duh. 🤔

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      1. It works, I can actually see it now!! LOL. Of course, I thought it might just be me, but I wanted to actually be able to read your post. Great job and congratulations again!!

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    1. Hehe Jaya… I saw Ingrid’s list! But no need to confirm as I see you have just done another eye opener on your blog!?!?!

      I really have fought with myself over words as of late! Sorry the acceptance of Ingrid’s nomination did serve a purpose in rectifying that! 😃

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  2. Thank you for sharing this post. Nice to know you a little more. Charles Dickens is a great author and those crab cakes look yum. And I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to reading the entirety of your book! I will get to the questions in the coming week. Thanks for the nod! Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Spent the afternoon in the woodland besides the guys school! Thought of you and your days out in the wilderness with hubby and T… it is funny to think that Dickens was a series writer, everything published in snippets!

      Have a great weekend too guys 🙃


  3. Thank you for sharing your answers, Andi – there is so much I can identify with here! I love Dickens, and also The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I once tried reading it to the kids to terrify them to sleep, but needless to say, it didn’t work! (P.S. that was a joke, I don’t really want to terrify my kids, but I hear laughter is cheap medicine :-))

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    1. Hahahahaha… to wake up to your lovely words are a real tonic!!! (Another reference)! Thank you Ingrid 🙃🤣🤪

      Some great questions to Thank you for! At first glance, I was cautious, but I love that we really get to engage with ourselves, don’t we? I equally loved your nomination answers and equally look forward to the people on my new list, should they choose to participate! Hopefully talk soon 😉

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  4. There should never be any pressure to post. If you force the proccess, you will lose the fun. Most days you write about your children. We can’t expect them to do amazing things everyday. I hope you have agreat weekend, and find something to share soon.

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