The Best Things Come in Threes – Blogging Award

I was nominated for two blogging awards a while ago, and have finally put aside the time to respond properly (as a proper response is definitely required. I haven’t been awarded anything since I got an ‘attainment certificate’ for A Level Drama). Then along came a third this morning, so this post is definitely overdue. I don’t get an actual prize (feel free to send me money to make up for this. Anyone?) but it’s an excuse for bloggers to say WELL DONE to each-other, share things they wouldn’t usually share, and point you in the direction of other blogs they like. Read on for tales of crabs and volcanoes.

Firstly thank you to Frances, who nominated me for the Sunshine Award, and to Akeem, who nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award, and to Joseph, who nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. You’re the best.

The Sunshine Award requires the following:sunshine-blog-award

  1. Post this logo ….. (it’s over there – to the right)
  2. create a link to your nominator (easily done: Stories By Frances)
  3. answer ten questions
  4. nominate ten others
  5. inform your nominees

… and the One Lovely Blog Award asks that you:One Lovely Blog Award

  1. Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post.
  2. Share seven things about you.
  3. Pass the award on to seven nominees.
  4. Thank the person who nominated you.
  5. Inform the nominees by posting on their blogs.

Whilst the Very Inspiring Blogger Award requires you to:


  1. Post the logo
  2. Add a link to your nominator
  3. Explain why they’re great
  4. Pass the award on to 15 nominees



As you can see, there’s an overlap going on here, so I thought I’d kill three birds with one stone (that metaphor doesn’t work, I know, but ‘answer three sets of blogging-award questions in one go’ is worse). Here goes…

Answer Ten Questions:

1. Favourite colour: Green. And red. Red and Green together ideally (Christmas runs through my veins).

2. Favourite animal: Cats, if I have to choose, but I’m also a fan of horses, sheep, owls, ferrets, pigeons, crabs, snails, frogs… and other weird things. I used to have a pet land-crab on Nauru. I’d feed him pieces of coconut… then his hole-under-a-tree flooded and he abandoned it/me. Life is cruel.

3. Favourite number: 7! My Australian grandad was born on 7th January, my dad was born on 7th September, and I was born on 7th January. My other grandad is one of seven brothers, and has seven sisters. All the 7s belongs to us.

4. Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Cider! Oh, wait… non-alcoholic… er, gin? I’m not very good at this.

5. Favourite alcoholic drink: Depends on the season. Champagne or cider in spring/summer, port or scotch in autumn/winter.

6. Facebook or Twitter: Facebook – I don’t have the energy/patience for twitter.

7. My passions: writing, art and the theatre, the countryside, and my fiance Tom (vomit, I know. He is my most time-consuming hobby though).

8. Giving or receiving gifts: Definitely giving. It’s an excuse to go shopping without feeling guilty.

9. Favourite city: London, of course, though Florence does have a special place in my heart.

10. Favourite TV shows: Anything on BBC4 except for foetid programmes about musicals. The Murder Channel (ITV3) is also my comfort channel, as I need something else to occupy my mind whilst I’m working (I’ll often have the tv on mute with subtitles, classic fm on the radio, and a book or my laptop on my lap. I’m female – I can’t just do one thing at once or I’d get bored!) Also, if you need a murder solving, I’m your girl.

Anyone would think that was quite enough sharing, but the One Lovely Blog Award also asks me to ‘share seven things about you’, and I wouldn’t want to disappoint, so…

Share seven things about you:

  1. I didn’t go to school until I was 8. I was homeschooled instead, as the school (yes, school singular) on Nauru taught efl for the first year, and my parents didn’t want me to be a year behind, you know, the world.
  2. My parents have flown inside a volcano, when my dad was flying single-engine planes in Papua New Guinea (I wasn’t there, but I’m appropriating their lives as they’re more interesting than mine). Wouldn’t that be a great date?!
  3. When I was little, like 5-7 years old, I genuinely thought I must have been a cat in a past life, as cats and I got on so well.
  4. I used to work at Denis Severs’ House in Spitalfields, with the most wonderfully eccentric people. The best times were when the rooms were empty of visitors, and I could skip back in time for a while.
  5. I had three giant African land-snails called Porthos, Thundershell and Cat until recently (Tom’s friend Charles procured them from some Nigerian men he met in a ‘market’, ostensibly for food) but they all died of a mysterious disease in January. I am still sad about this.
  6. I wrote my MA thesis about vagrants in early modern drama.  I cannot remember why.
  7. I collect wedgwood jewellery, antique tophats, and I’d like to start collecting Prada handbags. Donations welcome.

Explain Why Your Nominators are Great:

Stories By Frances writes short stories that I can’t stop reading.

The Bloggers Soliloquy takes the time to actually see things, and write about them eloquently.

A Glimpse into My Work has an eye for detail that always  grabs my attention.

My Nominees (I’ve gone for 9, rather than 7, 10 or 15, seeing as I seem to have changed the rules along the way):

Following other blogs is a bit like talking to friends that you like, but you don’t really know. You can share whole conversations, or they can just flash the cover of a book or a sexy pair of shoes at you and smile. Some of the blogs I’ve listed below are conversations, others are flashers (so to speak) but  I enjoy all of them, and many more.

Rowena Dunn writes about books, art and theatre. It’s nice to see what she’s been up to, as it’s often what I should be up to as well – she always inspires me to make the most of London’s art scene.

Bloody Hell Brennan says the things I think, but rarely dare to say. Not many writers make me laugh out loud (really, it’s embarrassing. People think you’re mental if you laugh at books/ your phone/ computer screens in public. They’re the losers though. Yeah.)

Acheebee is someone else I check up on whenever I can, as her writing is both honest and naturally funny.

Imponderabilia gives me regular updates on modern archaeology. Which I love. Like a  cool Time Team.

The Attic Birds do vintage, antiquing, and cracking advice on both.

My Midsummer Garden offers pretty, whimsical pictures, music and thoughts. Fashion, vintage, romance and art – Parisian and floral daydreams galore.

Beautiful Fashion Styles is a flasher – great ‘mood-boards’ of clothes and accessories, that always send me running for my debit card.

Minutiae writes about stars, toads and pottery. And other things, but these are the things that I like.

dartwalker’s Blog reminds me what life (the countryside) is all about. Flowers, toadstools and walking on Dartmoor –  one of many ‘this is what your life could be like!’ blogs that I follow.


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