Congratulations to Dorann at Virginia Views for receiving the One Lovely Blog Award and many thanks to her for nominating my fledgling blog for the same. Dorann writes a lovely, literate blog about country life and her photographs are extraordinary.
The rules for this award are that I have to reveal SEVEN things about myself. Gulp. Not easy for me. What is easy for me is the “pay it forward” component to the award by nominating seven other blogs.
OK, here’s seven things about me:
1. This year will mark our 40th wedding anniversary which is difficult to comprehend as I am only 35….in my head. Really.
2. My first record album was “Crosby, Stills, and Nash.” All these years later I can still sing every syllable of every song. Marrakesh Express, anyone?
3. I’m an Army brat. I’ve lived in seven states and was born in Germany. I alternate between wishing I’d lived in even more places and rueing the lack of deep roots.
4. I am a notorious klutz. Attempts at skiing, canoeing, and horseback riding have not ended well.
5. I was a surrogate mother for my sister – carrying my nephew into this life. One of the great joys of my life.
6. My travels, especially to Asia, have broadened my horizons and shaken my certainty about almost everything.
7. I feel strongly that a requirement for graduating from high school should be the ability to differentiate between your and you’re.
And I was wrong. It isn’t easy to choose just seven blogs. All the blogs I follow are lovely and you should check them out!
In any case, I nominate the following seven blogs for the One Lovely Blog Award:
1. The Redneck Rosarian: everything you ever wanted to know about roses written by a most charming Alabama Southern gentleman and possibly my favorite blog name ever.
2. Cambodian Beginnings. One of the best things about blogging is the people I have “met” from all over the world. And a particular favorite is Philip – a New Zealand schoolteacher working in Cambodia. His photographs and glimpses into real life in that beleaguered yet beautiful country are something to behold.
3. The Gracious Posse. Teeming with fun, useful information about life in Richmond, gardening, gracious hospitality, recipes, you name it. I love starting my day by popping over to see what’s happening with the “Posse.”
4. Janaline’s World Journey. This young woman is a traveling machine and she documents her adventures around the globe in this beautifully photographed blog.
5. Forest Garden. Written by the charmingly named “Woodland Gnome”, this gentle and poetic blog is loaded with useful information about gardening in a woodland area and much more.
6. de Wets Wild. A beautifully photographed blog, this one set in South Africa. I have learned so much about this “bucket list” country reading this blog but I’d follow it for the photographs alone!
7. Castelsarrasin. The author documents her adventures barging in France, writing fiction, and photographing her travels. Her short stories are remarkable.
The blogosphere is full of so very many interesting, engaged, and talented people. I really had no idea when I jumped into this arena that it would be as enriching an experience as it is becoming. Thank you again, Dorann, and thank you all for reading.