The Liebster Award Nomination.


I woke up this morning to read the wonderful news that I had been nominated for this award. I’ve just enjoyed completing blogging101 at WordPress university, which was educational, inspirational and fun. This is the icing on the cake.

Thank you to for the kind nomination.

This award is intended to spread the love, and encourage growth, and is supported by the following rules:

  1. Display the Liebster award on your blog.
  2. Thank and link back to your nominator.
  3. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions.
  4. Nominate 11 other bloggers with about 200 or fewer followers and link to them.
  5. Draft 11 new questions for your nominees.
  6. Notify your nominees via their blogs or social media.

Right down to business. I have been asked the following questions:

1.How do you fit blogging into your life?

With a shoe horn! Working full time and other interests (like eating and sleeping) limit the time available, but I’m trying to build it into a regular routine. I have to be honest, there’s still some blogging101 homework I need to complete….

2.Do you spend more time posting on your own blog or looking at other blogger’s material?

It depends upon how inspired I’m feeling or if I’m looking for that inspiration. At it’s probably 50:50.

3.Vegemite, Promite, or Marmite? (Careful, – this could be a trick question!) :).


4.How have your friends and family reacted to your interest in blogging?

Hmm. It’s a bit of a secret. My husband knows and is a great proof reader, although he probably wishes that I didn’t disappear into my den so much….

5.If you had to spend a whole day inside a building, which one would it be?

Lincoln Cathedral. Our first visit reduced my husband and myself tears. It is so magnificent. I can only begin to imagine how it would have inspired wonder and awe when it was first built. We hope to return this year.

6.What gives you the most pleasure, – the journey or the destination?

The journey. I haven’t reached the destination yet, just stopping off here and there.

7.Where are you right now?

In my den (box room) at home, sitting on a rescued piano stool.

8.Who are your heroes?

My Mum, in her late eighties and still energetic and mischievous. So many musicians, and composers, so I’ll pick Michael Stipe. Where did he get those words from?

9.Why do you blog?

To get things out of my system, to share what I find funny, beautiful and/or inspiring, and to connect to the rest of the blogging network.

10.If you had to lose one of your senses, which would it be?

Oooh. Tough one, but probably touch. Might make geocaching difficult. And blogging. Hmm, not sure I know the answer to this.

11.Would you rather be a whale or a shark? (Definitely a trick question!).

A whale. Or maybe a whale shark?

Here are my nominees, in no particular order. I am aware that this award is moving around a bit at this time, so I make no apologies if you have already been awarded, I second that nomination!!

I know that the award is for new blogs and some of these are far from new, but they are new to me…

I also encourage anyone who reads this post to take a look at all of the following.  “Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel”. Which is what I am doing ….  Some great photos and very honest blogging. I’ll be revisiting and revisiting for photography tips.  Thank you for inviting me into your world. It’s fascinating.  Thoughtful posts on a variety of subjects. Kind enough to comment upon my posts with suggestions.  Vibrant quilts and insight into techniques. I will learn to quilt one day, in the meantime I am enjoying this visual oasis.  This blog is so beautiful. Please take time to look at the Secret Messages Project. My daily visit gave me a real lift on those dark January mornings.  Great sense of humour. A varied and interesting read. A book lover too.  I’m selfishly awarding to try to encourage him to post more photos!  A creative blog to make you feel good – thank you!  I love a good photo blog and this is one of my current favourites, I keep returning and finding more incredible shots.  Selfish award again, I would like to encourage more from vadare1. I really like her style of writing. More please!

Ok, here are my 11 questions:

  1. What made you start blogging?
  2. What is the most important thing that have you learnt since you started blogging?
  3. Three words that describe you.
  4. Three words that don’t!
  5. Bus or Train?
  6. How would you change the world outside your window?
  7. What was the last thing to make you laugh out loud? I mean really out loud.
  8. If you were a musical instrument what would it be?
  9. What is your favourite song lyric or hymn phrase.
  10. Ironing or Vacuuming?
  11. What will you be having for dinner tonight?

Thank you for reading and here’s hoping we continue to enjoy this journey together.



Pleased to meet you neighbour, part 2

Musings on a Comment

Sorry neighbour, but this one is about me, me, me.

In the final assignment from last week’s blogging101 course, we have been encouraged to blog further on a particular comment left as part of a previous exercise. In that exercise, we chose four+ blogs which we had not previously visited and left a comment.

One of my comments was at Words Like Honey  on a post Sweaters in Waiting

Such evocative photos of yarn. I have never mastered any form of knitting, but your call to action has me reaching for the sewing box….

And that summed me up. Or at least where I am at the moment, recently.

I hear a call to action…

and I reach…

I might even grasp…

And start to…

… but rarely complete.

When it happens, I might beat myself up (not literally) about yet another unfinished project – sometimes not even started.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

And then I mulled over whether this is a recent trait or something more ingrained in my character. And why might this be. The above proverb has been interpreted in a number of ways, but I think that you can see how I’m reading it.

This blog might seem a little self centred when it started with a reference to another blogger, but this is where my train of thought took me, and given that I at least want to complete this post, I’m sticking with it.

So, back to non-completion. Why? It could be any one of the following:

  • Lack of real intention
  • Procrastination
  • Too many commitments
  • Lack of skills or resources to complete the task
  • Laziness
  • Fear

I don’t think that I suffer from a lack of real intention. Previously I was  occasionally be guilty of the false acceptance of an invitation that I didn’t really want. I’ve just about given this up and learnt to say “No”.

Procrastination. I hope you don’t mind if we come back to that later. No really.

I do sometimes lack the skills or resources to progress sometimes. And I’m too bloody independent for my own good. I just do not like asking for help. That’s a whole topic in itself. But this blogging101 project has made me have to ask questions. Small steps, small steps.

Very few people would call me lazy, but I do feel that I don’t quite reach my full potential. Is that a form of laziness? Perhaps.

Which brings me round to…

Ah yes, fear, my old friend.  Fear has “guided” me on many occasions. The reunion invite I accepted, but I was too scared to attend because I worried that I wouldn’t live up to the achievements of others. The geocaching social gatherings that I am too scared to attend alone. The walk up the hill that I didn’t undertake in case it started raining. The unanswered question in the staff briefing because I thought everyone else would know and I would look like an idiot, or worse still an idiot who had not paid attention earlier.

And yet, I’ve stood up, played and sung my own words in front of that most critical audience, my peers. I’ve asked the question that everyone else wanted to hear the answer to, but were too afraid to ask themselves. I do talk to strangers, actually that’s a cheat because quite often you won’t see them again so you won’t have to know what they think of you. And at the last reunion invitation which I accepted, people found me and my life interesting (I was quite surprised!).

And yet, I’m always scared to be judged. Even if it means approval.

And of course, fear drives procrastination, if procrastination can be driven!

So what now? Is it all about fear? Fear of being judged? Fear of failure? Fear of what others will think?

A fellow blogger has written a post,  “four kinds of people on earth” , where he suggests that the most common type of person is the coward. Well at least I’m not alone!

Yours, going back behind the sofa for a while,


Pleased to meet you neighbour, part 1

One of the best things about taking on the blogging 101 assignments has been discovering just a few of the fantastic blogs out there.

Not surprisingly there are a myriad of topics to scan for and many different takes on some similar subjects. Having already made some new contacts in an earlier assignment and just by being here, how was I going to tackle the latest assignment. For those aware of the blogging101 diary, I am still (at least) one day behind, and the widgets and formatting will have to wait until the weekend.

So, back to the problem of choosing. My job has to follow certain rules and regulations and is driven by numbers. Whilst analysis of results allows for some interpretation and imagination, it is generally about how things are. Out of work, I like a bit more random. So I went for two blogs chosen by some logic, and two (almost) totally random.

Based on what people following you follow: Words Like Honey 

Wonderful photos and some good advice. As I don’t have many followers, you may have already been here. If so, thank you for the recommendation. If not, why not take a look.

Based on the first thing I saw when I looked up from the reader:  Calico Moon 

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Check out the music too.

I didn’t really see a multi-coloured moon. Our cat is a calico shorthair.

Based on what people with similar interests follow: So many books

If you love books and reading, head here. There are thoughtful posts and links to many book related blogs.

If you want to see a funny and apt banner photo, take a quick look. It made me smile. God I know that feeling!!

Based on a fairly random typing in of former holiday location (Lugano): Stai Al Borgo

Again, great photo content, and I could almost smell the Panini featured in one of the posts. Colourful and I am now regretting not cooking a Tuscan stew for dinner tonight.

I hope that you have the time to look and enjoy as I have,


Now go to the back of the class

Well it’s been a large week so far at work. Getting to my wordpress assignments without damaging my eyesight and health (screen use and lack of sleep) was always going to be a challenge.

So I gave myself permission to be a little late with my homework. After all, whoever is out there is not sat just behind me, unlike my boss. Let me get one thing straight though, he’s a decent man and very supportive.

Updating the “about me” page was quite daunting (to use my mother-in-law’s favourite word). Surely I am my own Mastermind specialist subject? But how to describe me? Hmmm.

The page did need updating and I make no apologies for using some of the words already posted when introducing myself. I haven’t changed that much since last Monday! One things I have spotted that changes is the way I sign off. Sometimes MinG, sometimes min6, or Min6.

I reserve the right to sign off whichever way. Oh yes, I also changed my tag-line, again.

I remain consistently inconsistent.

Anyway, tis done. For now. Please take a look and enjoy (I hope)


blogging101 : A new beginning?

Have signed up for blogging101 and I am currently waiting for the first assignment.

 Looking at some of the other participants entries, I felt admiration, welcomed, kinship and relief that there are many out there who, like me, are looking for inspiration and guidance to get re-started.

I have to confess that I feel a mixture of excitement and resignation. What new tricks will I learn? Will I manage to fit it into my day? What on earth do I have to say that anyone else would want to read?

One thing I do know, it’s time to revisit my theme. So it’s time for a little background research – deliberate pun there, sorry!

More later.