The Liebster Award, and The Versatile Blogger

I’ve been nominated for two more blogging awards over the last month, so thought it about time I got my act together and responded.

Liebster Blog Award The lovely Laurelandlily has nominated me for the Liebster award. (Thanks!)  For this you have to answer the ten questions given to you by your nominator, and then nominate ten other bloggers to answer the ten questions you want to ask. There’s no mention of a logo, but I like blog-award logos (it feels like being given a sticker, and we all know that is a prize to be treasured above all others) so I found one.

The London Scrapbook has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award, and I got another nomination for this a few days ago from The Infinite Abyss(es). Thank you to both of you! To claim my award (no actual award apparently. Money in the post welcome as always though) I have to:

The Versatile Blogger

  • Thank the person who gave it to you, and include a link to their blog (links above).
  • Tell the person who nominated you seven things about yourself.
  • Then select fifteen blogs that you’ve recently discovered or regularly follow, and nominate them for the award.

another sticker logo, yay!

I thought I’d answer Laurelandlily’s ten questions first, so here goes:

1. What is your earliest memory?

I remember pootling around outside our house on Mount Macedon, looking for garden snails to stomp on like Dad had taught me, and hearing some hikers next to our property exclaiming over a koala. That koala kept us awake all night barking, so I remember deciding to waddle over there to lay claim to the git. I couldn’t talk properly (I must have been two or three), but I went and stood underneath the gum tree it was squatting in until they got uncomfortable and left. My house, my koala.

2. Is there a film, book, object, person or place that makes you cry every time you are confronted with it?

I can’t even look at a copy of My Friend Flicka without feeling a deep well of distress awaken, and I have to leave the area or hide it from view. I don’t even remember what happens, but the horror and misery I felt when I first read it has stuck with me.

3. Who is your favourite architect or artist and why?

Impossible to choose! One of my favourite artists though is Sir John Everett Millais, as his paintings are so vibrant and detailed.

4. If you had to be a different person for a day, who would that person be and why?

I’d like to live in the neolithic period for a day, so I could see what the hell was actually going on at that time, and ask everyone WHY they were doing whatever they were doing.

5. Have you read a book that’s changed your life? How come?

I read Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy for my undergrad English degree, and my own writing suddenly improved hugely. It may have been circumstantial, the result of a  year and a half under my belt of reading all the books in the world, but I carried that book around for weeks like a talisman.

6. Do you have a favourite song? Which one, why?

Beethoven’s 6th Symphony. I first heard it on an audiotape I had of Wind in the Willows, and whenever I hear it again as an adult I am instantly transported to a little rowing boat making its way down a twisting stream, overhung with weeping willows. A flurry of bubbles like pearls cascades over gentle rapids, and spring flowers are just starting to poke their delicate heads through the soil on the river bank.

7. Dr Seuss or Roald Dahl? (If you have no idea what I’m talking about, get thee to Google IMMEDIATELY.)

Dr. Seuss. The only Roald Dahl book I encountered as a child was James and the Giant Peach, which I remember being quite perturbed by. 

8. Do you have siblings? What’s your relationship with them like?

I’m an only child, and very happy to be (sharing?! Ha!) but am always fascinated by sibling relationships.

9. Where did you grow up? Did you like it there?

I lived in Australia until I was four, then on a tropical island called Nauru until I was eight. We then moved to Cornwall, then West Sussex, and finally settled in East Sussex when I was eleven. Most of my formative memories are from my time on Nauru. I’d go to the beach nearly every day, snorkelling in rock pools on the reef, or play in the jungle near our house. There weren’t many expat children and I was home-schooled, so I suppose it was quite lonely compared to most people’s childhoods. In every other way though it was paradise, and I spent nearly all my time exploring.

10. Favourite film? Why?

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. No explanation needed surely?!

Right, my turn! The ten questions I put to my nominees are (nothing serious, don’t worry):

1) What are your five favourite novels?

2) What’s the best lie/ tall tale your parents ever told you as a child?

3) What one object would you save from your house in a fire? (Nothing alive – presume that even the tropical fish can get themselves safely out without your help).

4) Do you remember the first ever fancy-dress party you went to? What did you go as and why?

5) What would plan B have been, career-wise?

6) What one garment or item of clothing that you own could you not live without?

7) What’s the best mistake you’ve ever made?

8) Do you have any phobias, and what do you think caused them?

9) What is your most common typo? (Mine is Englihs . Yes, I know. ‘I am an Englihs teacher’. Sigh.)

10) Why did you first start your blog, and is it the same thing that keeps you writing it now?

Now, my nominees:

Last time I was nominated for blogging awards I put them all into one post, which I’m sure was annoying. So… I thought I’d do it again. Sorry! I really want to hear my nominees’ answers to my Liebster questions, but if you’d rather not then please feel free to accept the Versatile Blogger award, and share seven things about yourself instead. The weirder the better.

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8 thoughts on “The Liebster Award, and The Versatile Blogger

  1. Hi Jade – thank you for the award nomination. To be honest, I’m never sure what to do with awards, I don’t really understand them, but that does not diminish the gratitude one feels when singled out by another blogger! To have you visit and leave a comment over at my place is reward/award enough and to come and read about what you are up to is always rewarding for me. Many thanks x

  2. Thank you! I can’t wait to tackle those questions! They give a bit of a different perspective to the bloggers’ ‘voice’ we hear every day. Well done on your multiple awards too

  3. Really got an insight into who you are and your life away from the blog. I’m glad the fish make it out ok 😉 Dahl really is a great writer mind. I really should go and visit it sometime.

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