Yes, dear friends, this morning we awoke to our first frost of the season here in our little corner of Somerset! I knew that it was cold when our cat Eddie shot in from outside and immediately jumped up on top of the kitchen radiator, having been outside since having breakfast at the
ungodly early hour of 5 am when he and Maisy are fed by Hubby.
Yet it wasn’t long before the sun was shining, giving rise to one of those lovely, crisp November mornings as the sunlight bathed the golden leaves still shining on our Acer Tree.
Even the windows of my summerhouse were iced up but I can hardly believe it, my geraniums are still out! This is the middle of November after all. Just shows how mild it has been for this time of year, up until today.
Surely after this first frost this will be the end of them now. I have given up trying to keep geraniums over the winter – I’ve housed them in a greenhouse, the shed and garage, even inside my summerhouse, wrapping them up in bubble paper, special garden wool brought from the garden centre, plastic bags, you name it, but they never survive. They might keep better inside over winter but I don’t have the room.
In California I would leave my geraniums alone and they would die off, looking like dead pieces of wood sticking out of the pot by mid-winter.
Then miraculously, by spring, little shoots would appear, fresh and green and lo and behold, I would have bigger and better geraniums, just like that! Not here though, far too cold.
My mum has taken some cuttings for me this year and will keep them for me so I will let you know next year how they do!
Well, I digress. This post is supposed to be about me letting you all know that I have been very blessed to have been given not one, not two but three awards recently!
I am always so humbled to receive an award, to know that someone is thinking of me and recognising my blog in this way is always truly uplifting and inspiring and always makes my day.
The only problem is that I am so blessed with such a wonderful, loving community, that is all of you, and so thankful for each and every one of you that it’s been really hard to know who to give these awards to! I also know that some of you don’t ‘do’ awards but I don’t want to leave anybody out!
So, with all that said I’ll do the best I can and I’ll kick off the celebrations by spreading the happy news that I have very kindly been nominated for One Lovely Blog Award by my lovely friend Pat from Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom.
Pat’s blog is best summed up in her own words which welcome you to her blog – ‘Warming ‘kitchen table’ stories to inspire and warm your heart’. By the time I have finished reading her stories I really do feel as if I have been sitting with her around her kitchen table in her lovely home in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Many thanks Pat for this lovely award!
My nominees for this award are lovely blogging friends that I’ve met fairly recently whose blogs have greatly inspired and blessed me very much. Please do visit them. I’m so happy that we met and for the wonderful conversations which I hope will continue for a long time to come:
- Things I Want To Tell My Mother
- Fully Rely on God
- How the Cookie Crumbles
- Jill Weatherholt
- Elizabeth Frattaroli
- Tracy Lee Karner
- Sweet Precision
- A Holistic Journey
- Seventh Voice
- Fabulous 50s
- Lorraine Reguly’s Life
- Honouring Grandfathers
- Life Through the Kitchen Window
- Life and Other Turbulence
- Andrea Stephenson
- Playful Kitty
(PS Please know that there are no rules for this award, so please accept it and display it proudly on your blogs (if you wish to of course!). You deserve it 🙂 )
As if this wasn’t enough, my wonderful friend Steven over at Moods A Plenty then nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Steven displays his amazing art work on his blog as well as his very cleverly written posts. He is funny, clever, intelligent and I love the banter that we share. He writes with a dry, witty sense of humour which belies the reality of his struggle with bipolar disorder. Thank you so much Steven for thinking of me!
With this award, I have nominated bloggers new to me who write about ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) and their personal stories and family experiences, this being something very precious to my heart as you all know. I admire them all greatly:
Last, but certainly not least, I was very pleasantly surprised to receive the Dragon’s Loyalty Award from Robin over at Playful Kittyher new and ever-growing blog all about, well, cats! It is good to know that she reads my blog even though I don’t write about cats all the time! Thank you very much Robin for thinking of me, I really appreciate it, and it is such a lovely, colourful award too!
The criteria I picked for this award was simple – it speaks for itself. Yes, I know I’m gushy but you all know me well enough by now to know that I mean it and besides, I just wanted to say thank you all so much for being part of my little blogworld here in my cyber summerhouse.
As before, I do invite all of you, my dear friends to please accept this award with love from me, including all I previously nominated in September (see One Lovely Blog Award ) and I would like to make special mention to these bloggers, friends, who are every bit as inspirational and lovely to me:
- Third Hand Art
- Moods A Plenty
- Plain Talk and Ordinary Wisdom
- Fascinations of a Vanilla Housewife
- Making My Mark
- That’s a Jenn Story
- Jane Dougherty Writes
- Unshakeable Hope
- My Feather Quill
- Aspie Story
- Xbox2121’s Random Thoughts and Ramblings
So that’s it for all the nominations. Many congratulations everyone!
One last bit. (You didn’t think there wasn’t a catch did you?) For both the Dragon’s Loyalty Award and The Versatile Award there are few rules:
1. Firstly, display the Award on your site (see sidebar!) You earned it and you deserve it!
2. Link back to the person who gave you the Award (once again, many thanks Robin and Steven!) in your acceptance post;
3. Nominate 15 well deserving bloggers for the Award (done that) and then let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site (about to do that!);
4. List 7 interesting facts about yourself – see below.
So all that remains for me to do is to complete rule number 4. I find this the hardest, it’s the same when someone asks me what I would like for my birthday or Christmas. For some reason I can think of ideas all year long but when I’m put on the spot I’m completely useless at coming up with anything.
My plan was to get this post out this morning (ha, so what’s new pussy cat?) but I had to abandon all ideas as time marched on as I had to take Aspie daughter food shopping and then to an appointment and myriad other things cropped up, as they do, (you and me both right?) so my earlier comments about a bright, sunny and crisp morning are slightly redundant (it is now evening) but hey, that’s the way the cookie crumbles around here.
Anyway, I’ll shut up now. Here are my 7 ‘interesting’ facts:
1. I once met Clint Eastwood while horse riding in the Hollywood Hills. He tipped his hat at me and said ‘Howdy Miss’ (I was 19). I just about fell off my horse. I should also mention that nobody in my family believes me.
2. I hate shopping for clothes. I never try anything on. When I do try them on at home I end up returning them all. Then I say I haven’t got a thing to wear…drives my Hubby mad.
3. I will eat just about anything except rhubarb and desicated coconut. Can’t stand them. I blame this on school dinners, even though I actually liked everything else.
4. The first time I experienced an earthquake I was 7 floors up in an office building on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles and from my window I could see the surrounding buildings swaying as they rolled with the shocks. I’ve never been so scared in all my life.
5. When I was 14 my then best friend and I played a flute duet as part of a musical presentation at our school. Sir Bobby Robson, then captain of Ipswich Football Team, was sitting in the front row and shook our hands afterwards. My friend, who was a huge fan, almost fainted.
6. My favourite drink, given half a chance, is a glass of chilled bubbly 🙂
7. Why does someone work in a pet shop yet refuse to handle frozen mice when you go in to buy one for your pet snake? Isn’t that their job? (Sorry, that’s not very interesting or about me, but just had to rant…watch this space)
That’s it folks! Now I’m going to bring you all the happy news! Congratulations and many thanks to you all.
I wouldn’t be here without you 🙂