Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mystery Blogger Award

Thank you to Tamara at Part-time Working Hockey Mom for nominating me for the Mystery Blogger Award. I first came across Tamara during a blog challenge last year and I now take part in her weekly challenge Top Ten Thursdays which is great fun - check out her blog as you'll really enjoy it. Interestingly Tamara and I both started our blogs in 2012.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma as another way for bloggers to link up and share great blogs that others may not have discovered.

The rules of the award are:
  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 - 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).
Okay, I've completed the first four rules so now I have to tell you three things about myself. What to share that my readers don't already know?

1. When I was ten years old I fell over rollerskating and broke my arm - the break was right in the bend of my elbow so they couldn't plaster it and just had to keep it in a sling for weeks. Luckily it was my left arm and I did manage to improvise and still play snooker by resting the cue on my broken arm. Also, we went to Wynyard airport to see the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester arrive in Tasmania and because I had my arm in a sling one of the entourage stopped to speak to me.

2. I really can't stand Handel's Zadok The Priest!! I think it stems from being in a choir and trying to learn it just after we'd done the Messiah, which is a very hard act to follow. I've never met anyone else who doesn't like it and it's very popular, being played at every coronation of a British monarch since it was composed in 1727, and also featuring in tv ads fairly regularly. Drives Me Mad!

3. During my life I have called 15 different buildings home but despite that I still hate the process of moving

(I also have a bit of a coffee obsession but I think everyone knows that)
(Online stock image)
The blogs (only seven, sorry) that I would like to nominate (in no particular order), and hopefully encourage you to visit and read them are :

Angels Bark - I discovered Michele's blog during the 2016 A to Z challenge and love reading all her posts whether they be about life, dogs, or more challenge posts.

Southern Graves - another blog I discovered in last years A to Z. Stephanie is a girl after my own heart as she documents graveyards through photographs and research.

Writer in Transit - Michelle is a discovery from this years A to Z. Her blog is very positive and she takes part in the We Are The World Blogfest which highlights the good in the world.

Ink Interrupted - I'm not sure how I stumbled across Rory's blog, but I take part in her challenge which is all about having a chat over coffee, with Rory setting the topic each week.

The Multicolored Diary - another from this years A to Z. Zalka describes herself as a storyteller and is currently writing about folktales from around the world.

My Life in Retirement - Denise states that she is a "full time life observer" in retirement and I discovered her in this years A to Z.

Positive Letters....Inspirational Stories - Hilary's blog always teaches me something as she writes about life with the history and trivia behind it. And yes, another blog I discovered during the A to Z.

(I hope you're getting the hint that the A to Z challenge is a great thing to do if you want to connect with other bloggers across the world).

Now I need to answer the five questions that Tamara posed in her Mystery Blogger post.

Q: How did you decide to start your blog?
A: My first ever post in September 2012 was entitled Reason For Blog Title (it's short so it won't take you long to check out) and I guess I started the blog both as a record for us but also for my family and friends on the opposite side of the world.

Q: If you were a fruit, which would you be and why?
A: Dragonfruit - because they're a bit crazy looking (and pink) on the outside but soft and sweet once you get past the weird exterior.

Q: Show me your favourite purse/bag/backpack?
A: I have lots of bags of loveliness but thought I would share this one with you that my husband found for me in a charity shop and even got the strap made longer for me - it's the perfect festival bag as it fits all the things you need when you're out all day enjoying music. It's embroidered with an elephant in the middle.

Q: Chicken or Beef?
A: Neither as I'm a pescatarian (fish eating vegetarian).

Q: What are three of your best traits?
A: Hate questions like this but being a good girl I will play along.(a) I think I'm a good listener, (b) a good sense of humour (though a little strange) and I'm told I have a lovely smile, (c) compassionate and empathetic - I hate seeing injustices against others.

The five questions I would like my nominees to answer (if they feel like it) are:

1. Do you plan your blog posts ahead or just write them when the mood strikes?
2. Favourite type of chocolate?
3. Cats or dogs?
4. Who was your favourite singer when you were a teenager?
5. If you could go back in time to any era, which would you choose and why?

Final rule is sharing links to my best post(s). I've chosen three for different reasons.

The first is the one that has had the most views and was posted in November 2016: Top Ten Thursdays - Plans

The second was the most difficult blog post to write as it was after the death of a dear friend: Goodbye to Macclesfield and a Very Special Friend

The third is one of my favourite posts as it's about one of my most favourite things in the world, and that's my beloved: Our secrets to a happy (crazy) marriage

As I finish this post I encourage you to visit the blogs of the people I've nominated and to visit Tamara's blog, Part-time Working Hockey Mom. Right, I think I've earned a coffee now.

Until next time, be good, stay safe, and do something nice for someone else this week.

Pamela & Ken


  1. Hi Pam - thanks so much for the award and the mention - sorry I learnt long ago not to take awards up ... as I find they detract from the 'run of the blog' ... and I just like my content flow along. I also find writing about things I'm not thinking about detracting from other posts and work going on ... so apologies - but I am grateful and so glad you enjoy reading.

    The A-Z is a great challenge isn't it - and introduces us to so many new blogs and thus friends around the world.

    So forgive me - I'm very grateful you enjoy visiting ... and it's always good to see you ... enjoy what is now officially summer - I am sitting in a mass of sea fog! No doubt it'll dissipate soon ... but am glad it's somewhat cooler.

    I don't know all the participants you've mentioned ... so I'll get over and see them sometime soon ...

    Thanks again ... and cheers Hilary

    1. No problem at all Hilary, I know it can be a pain to write extra posts. The A to Z has helped me find so many blogs that I now love so will definitely be doing it in years to come.

  2. Hi, I'm Karine from Tropical Colours, I found your blog from Tamara's post!
    Great post and congratulations on being nominated :)

    1. Thanks Karine, glad you liked it and thanks for stopping by.

  3. Thanks so much for the nomination!! :)
    I have never tried dragonfruit - I'm going to have to expand my fruit horizons.

    1. Dragonfruit tastes a little bit like a kiwi fruit, just not quite as sharp.

  4. Hey Pamela,
    Just wanted to bop in for a quick second and let you know that I haven't forgotten about the Mystery Blogger award nomination.Thanks so much for the recognition. I so appreciate it.
    I've been a bit overwhelmed for the last several weeks: my Mom is moving here (to Austin Texas) and she arrives next week. I've been so busy getting her new apartment ready and dealing with selling her house in North Carolina...and then I coordinated the selling of a bunch of her furniture on Craigslist... and have secured the movers and the shipper that's going to ship her car here... It's been crazy! But I'm so excited that she's going to be just 12 miles up the road from me and now I can take care of her in person instead of feeling helpless being over a thousand miles away.
    Anyway, I'm just a bit swamped right now and trying to keep up with my regular blogging features. I hope to get to the acceptance post one of these days...maybe. These awards are fun but they are often so time-consuming to follow through with all the requirements. I'll try but please don't be offended if I don't manage to get to the acceptance post. In the past with awards, I usually post them on my Awards page on my blog with a link back to the person who nominated me. I might do that in lieu of doing a full acceptance post, just because of my current time constraints.
    In the meantime, please know how much I appreciate you nominating me. Makes me feel very special! :)

    Wish me luck hosting my family next week: my brother and sister-in-law are flying down with my mom and they'll be staying here through Aug 15th. Will be nice for all of us to be together again while we get my mom settled in to her new place.

    Thanks Pamela. Talk soon,

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. No problem whatsoever Michele - I know what life can be like. How exciting that your mum is moving nearer to you - will be great once everything is sorted out. We're in Australia at present visiting my mum and catching up with family whilst still trying to recover from jetlag!! Have fun with all your family.