The Sunshine Award is one of the happiest blogging prizes I have come across yet. Madhusmita at Dreamznclouds nominated me [thanks Madhusmita!] and on her blog she says: “The award is given to bloggers who are positive, inspiring, creative or whose blogs you just really enjoy reading”.
- Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you
- Share random facts about yourself
- Pass the award on to 11 other bloggers
So, visit Madhusmita’s blog at Dreamzandclouds to enjoy her beautiful Indian take on life, her musings and ramblings, her belief in saying ‘yes!’ She is my kind of person, because she believes books can never be boring.
A few random facts about myself… mmm this is more challenging, having already divulged quite a few private facts during this awards season. Here are a few more…
Coffee or tea? Depends on the time of day and my mood, can be up to eight cups of tea a day. When we are in Spain I drink much more coffee, café solo – black, short, no sugar [Pablo thinks I am mad!];
American Idol or X Factor? No choice for me, American Idol every time. I set it to record on Sky+ and then watch the episodes back-to-back. I like the way AI shows the artists maturing musically, I get a kick from seeing the experienced musicians mentor the contestants. My favourite winner? Phillip Phillips [below]: yes, it was me who smiled at you in the hotel reception in San Francisco after you sung the national anthem at the 2012 World Series, Game 1. Go, Giants!Woolly jumper or fleece? I am a woolly jumper girl, chunky sweaters are the order of the day here in winter. Today it is hot in the sun, but in the shade it is v chilly.
Breast stroke or front crawl? Again, a no-brainer. I was a slow-learner, eventually swimming for the first time at the age of 10. I was taught breast stroke and that is all I can do. Never worked how to do the breathing thing for crawl.
Hum or sing along? Both, I sing most days. I am like my mother in that way, who would hum along to a tune in her head only she could hear. I also tap my feet in time to music; yes, even when driving. Best music to drive to? Anything by Bruce Springsteen [below]. Now to the bloggers who bring sunshine to my reading, I nominate the following 11 bloggers to receive the Sunshine Award:-
Magdalena, a lawyer in Siena who writes Visit Siena – because each time I read it, it reminds me of a wonderful holiday in Italy and makes me want to return again.
The wonderfully-named Lady of the Cakes, written by a multi-lingual, multi-national lady who loves living in Spain. Toledo, a small but perfectly-formed city.
Kildare, Ireland-based photographer Ed Mooney, I love his photographs of ruins, castles, and stone circles.
Sawa Minori at Angelart Star, for her beautiful poems and illustrations.
Homemade with Mess for the tasty, achievable recipes such as ‘chilli, garlic and herb marinated olives’ and ‘rocket, walnut and feta pesto’. Who cares about making a mess in the kitchen, if the food tastes this good!
Photographer Toby Gant, for his beautiful nature photography of North and South Carolina, Georgia and around the USA.
Anna, a Swedish woman taking photos with her i-Phone at Inte Fan Gor Det Det [no, I don’t know what that means either, but her photos are great!]
More photography, this time from Red Stuff Dan who lives in Aquitaine, France.
Julie Montagu, food writer at The Flexi Foodie. I admire her yoga and plant-based diet, her recipes are glorious and make me feel so virtuous!
Lottie Nevin and the intriguing story of her move in 2013 from Indonesia to Spain. Not your everyday house move. “Hasta 2014, Lottie!”
Judith Logan-Farias, artist from Ballymena and one of my fellow contributors to The Milk of Female Kindness: an Anthology of Honest Motherhood [click here to buy on Amazon]. Check out her beautiful illustrations of mother and child.
5 to remember
un premio – a prize
positivo/a – positive
inspirador/a – inspiring
creativo/a – creative
las reflexiones – musings