Tuesday 1 December 2009

er... thank you, I think... twice

You can tell the season for giving is upon us. I was given an award by Penny a short while ago, and have only now worked out how to get it onto my blog. This new Mac remains mysterious and unfathomable at times of its own choosing, but I think I've cracked this one, at least.
Ta-daaaa! Thanks, Penny. I needed a new hobby involving a mouse, expanding my repertoire of bad language, and some serious soul-searching about why I thought I should have a new computer.

But of course there's no such thing as a free lunch blog award; you always have to work for it. I worked hard for bloomin' ages to get this picture onto the page, and then there were these rules to follow:
  1. Each Superior Scribbler must in turn pass The Award on to 5 most-deserving Bloggy Friends.
  2. Each Superior Scribbler must link to the author and the name of the blog from whom he/she has received The Award.
  3. Each Superior Scribbler must display The Award on his/her blog, and link to This Post, which explains The Award.
  4. Each Blogger who wins The Superior Scribbler Award must visit this post and add his/her name to the Mr. Linky List. That way, we’ll be able to keep up-to-date on everyone who receives This Prestigious Honour!
  5. Each Superior Scribbler must post these rules on his/her blog.
  6. You must not run or whistle in the corridors.
  7. You must not turn over the waistband of your school skirt to shorten it above the knee - oh, sorry, flashback to third form there....
Now I have to say I'm reluctant to use the phrase 'most-deserving'. I'm not a Daily Mail reader, after all. I'd prefer to pick those bloggers who make me laugh, or cry, (not too much though - not a flattering look, being all puffy-eyed, and snuffily dripping tears onto one's keyboard), or who lead me into new and wonderful territory through words and pictures. And there are dozens of you out there who fit those criteria. (I know, I know, I sound soppy and insincere all at the same time. It's still true though.....)

So, here's my first-out-of-the-hat five, and I hope those of you who aren't on the list will know that I really, really wanted you to be. And if you didn't want the award, or its Rules, no worries. Ignore at will. But unroll that waistband and cover those knees!

Smitonius and Sonata. Because their comments are so sharp and witty, and a mother-daughter blog with no (visible) nagging or pouting is such a good idea.

Susan at 29 Black Street. Because she loves cats, lives in the most beautiful little place, and has just discovered LURVE in the most soppily, romantically, extravagantly gorgeous way that it's impossible not to stand on the sidelines, damp-eyed, cheering her on.

Lauren at My Aunt June. Because I suspect that she's really a very sensible, hardworking and organised woman, but she writes in a lively, ditsy, self-deprecating way that always makes me laugh. And she has the most beautiful tabby cat.

Elizabethm at Welsh Hills Again. Because her writing is just beautiful; simple, pure, full of feeling, and impossible not to be moved by.

Lizzie at My Overall Story. Because she's tackling the almost-impossible almost single handedly, renovating an old house after a massive, emotionally challenging move, and staying positive about it; she makes my plans to move seem like luxury travel with servants and bandboxes.

Oh, and so many more.... blogland is full of lovely writers/photographers/creative people who are a joy to find. Superior Scribblers all, with added gold stars for cat photos and a special posy of flowers for those who write to me. 

And then I received this award from Smitonius and Sonata - after I drafted the above, honestly - exhorting me to reveal a heap of stuff you didn't know about me. The first and only thing that came up was how quickly my feeble mind goes blank when challenged in any way..... I'll come back to this one later, I think. Pretty colours. Or Kolours

Anyway, thank you for my awards. I may ask friends for some things you didn't know about me, and test myself if I dare to post them. Or I might consult the cats. I know they have views on the subject.


SmitoniusAndSonata said...

aha! We will come to this scribbler award laer too! But thanks (we think). Those cats are bound to have an opinion, mine does!

Val said...

Rachel, thank you for the wonderful compliment. I think the next trip is going to be one we made to a beautiful little retreat called Temenos, in a small village named McGregor. It's a place of flowers, fragrance, peacocks, wildbirds and greedy ducks and I can't wait to share it with you.
Congratulations on the award, well deserved. What a lot of work you now have to do but I'm going to enjoy visiting the blogs of the people you mention.
Finally, the cats - they will definitely have some firm views!

Anonymous said...

Apart from giving a little fanfare to blogs you enjoy, this award thing is a really good way of finding new blogs to look at as recommended by people whose blogs you enjoy. (Does this make sense at all...hmmm...)

Susan said...

Merci Madam ! and Wowee !! love the new banner and the all set for Christmas - beautiful sitting room. May take me a day or two to get my list of pass it on recipients up and going. Kisses to les Chats and that adorable dog from all of us smitten folk here at 29 Black Street.

Elizabeth Musgrave said...

Wow, thanks Rachel. I am honoured. I sometimes wonder if my blogs made me sound very serious (moving and all). Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am incredibly up for a good time and a glass or two!

Pam said...

Oh dear. More good blogs! Don't you understand? - I don't have time to read any more blogs! Fortunately I have lots of lovely marking to do so I don't have time to check them out. Yet. Sigh.

Bee said...

You made all of those blogs sound absolutely wonderful! Oh, if only I could just sit around all day reading blogs.

p.s. The Xmassy mantelpiece looks wonderfully cosy.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

An Award ! We're honoured .No , I don't do the visible pouting much any more , though I can see that this might change in a few years as Smitonius has to nag me through the nightmare of old ladyness !!
The word verification is stwiniff . A doughty abbess from Lindisfarne ?

Anonymous said...

Oh Rachel! Moi? Thank you. I will get around to doing the necessary soon, and congrats on receiving these awards, very well deserved. I think you deserve an award for a most gorgeous mantlepiece display too. By the way, how to get rid of the peach oblong is still bugging me, and I think you would need to get into the hml to erase it. X My word verification is 'outiopyl' which I think I'll ask my GP for!

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