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Winning a Race and Gaining a Sunshine Award ~ My Lucky Week!

Happy Friday! I’ve had a bit of a lucky week this week, so you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be playing the lottery tonight, LOL. Here’s what happened.

Last Saturday, I completely unexpectedly entered the local model-boat-race… and won (nearly). Photos below!

On Monday, I was awarded the Sunshine Award by my rocking friend, Karen Soutar ~ thank you, Karen, and please find my SUNSHINE POST response and nominations below!

Last but not least, I also won tickets to the Waddington Airshow in a competition at Siren 107.3 FM. This, for the woman who never wins anything! You can see why I simply have to play the lottery tonight…although you might argue I’ve had my lucky three!

Winning the Boat Race

One of my greatest regrets about my time at Oxford University is not having joined the College Rowing team. I had two good reasons, though. One, I can’t swim, so rowing isn’t an obvious pastime for me. And two, I really struggle to get up at 5 a.m.. But as a result, I missed out on all the boat racing fun.

I made up for it last Saturday! Dunholme, a village nearby our home, hosts a fabulous village fete every year, and as part of the fete, they stage a boat race on the little river running through the church yard. Anyone is welcome to construct a boat out of any kind of materials and race it, for a small fee.

Needless to say, the kids constructed massive entries featuring several milk bottles, cereal boxes, egg boxes and what have you. Their boats did well, but they didn’t win.

I didn’t have an entry. I had no intention of entering. But observing the winning boats, I tried to explain to the kids where their constructions had gone wrong and was met with incredulous stares.

“What do you mean, Mummy, a bottle with a sail would have done better?”

Well, there’s no better way to teach than to show. Right? So in between races, I commandeered a soft drinks bottle (empty), four lolly sticks (sans lollies), and one random wrapper. I made two holes in the bottle, stuck the lolly sticks in (two per hole) and fashioned my sail. At the last minute, I remembered to add a few little stones for ballast to ensure my boat would stay upright.

The second-place-winning entry. Yes, I know it's not in the water. I hadn't taken my camera! This wasn't planned!!

The second-place-winning entry.
Yes, I know it’s not in the water. I hadn’t taken my camera! This wasn’t planned!!

I paid my 50p, I entered and….

 second place

I came second place! (I would have come first but there was an interference…anyway, water under the bridge!). I’m mighty thrilled, and I got a mug to prove it!



My offspring were incredulous, but gleeful on my behalf. Will they remember this lesson for next year, I wonder?

The Sunshine Award

It’s been a while since I’ve last been able to accept an award nomination. Here’s a big, heartfelt Thank You to all you lovely bloggers who bore with me when I had to pass on your lovely, kind and gracious nominations over the past few months owing to time constraints, deadlines and other calamities. You know who you are ~ and you know I love you!

However, on this occasion, I had a clear week and I thought it was time to have a bit of fun again!

Therefore, a huge thank you goes to the awesome Karen Soutar for nominating me for the Sunshine Award. A fellow rock lover, Karen and I were introduced on Twitter by the lovely Julie Valerie, and we’ve been rocking and chatting together ever since. We have many things in common, but there’s one crucial difference… which you’ll find imminently.


To accept the award, I have to tell you ten random things about me, and pass the award on to ten fellow bloggers. Here goes!

1. I don’t drive. Weird, but there you have it. I’ve blogged about this some other time, but the upshot is, I don’t drive. Karen, on the other hand, is a driving instructor! So if I do ever get overcome by the urge to pick the steering wheel  up again, I know who to turn to for refresher lessons.

2. I’ve not watched a whole episode of Star Trek since I was a child. And then, I believed quite firmly that all the cast were wearing pyjamas because Captain Kirk’s uniform looked exactly like my Dad’s sleepwear.

3. I can’t swim. Well, not really. I do a hapless little backstroke that keeps me above water, just.

4. I once hitch-hiked across Germany to see a rock band I desperately wanted to see despite having no tickets, or no accommodation at the other end. When my then-boyfriend realized that I was serious about going after this band, he joined me on my trip, much to his mother’s distress. I know, let’s not go there. We got to see the band alright. Sadly, the story doesn’t continue at all like Sophie’s story does, so we’d better draw a veil over this.

5. I’m a sucker for seafood. Everything but squid, eek, no thank you.

6. My favourite fruit is a strawberry.

7. I invented orange-and-cranberry cocktails. I swear I did. I was mixing orange juice with cranberry juice before that notion ever made it into public consciousness.

8. I don’t own any tech gadgets beyond a basic mobile phone and a laptop. No iPad, smartphone, tablet, iPod or other device in my house. (Yet)

9. I’m a member of the society for the appropriate use of the apostrophe, as well as the appropriate use of their vs. there, and less versus fewer.

10. I have a love-hate relationship with serial commas and participle phrases.

And the Sunshine award goes to…

An Author’s View
Brook Cottage Books
Eve’s Chick Lit Reviews
Everything Books and Authors
Forget the Housework
Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Julie Valerie 
Sheryl Browne
The Adventures Within

Okay nominees, how it works:

Use the award logo in this post. Link to the person who nominated you (hey, that’s me! Woo hoo!). Write ten pieces of information about yourself. Nominate ten fellow bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them about the award. Have fun!

PS ~ if you’re too busy for this award, or if you can’t accept it right now… don’t worry. It’s only a bit of fun, and I won’t mind if you have to pass. Honest! 🙂

Wishing you all a great weekend. Have you ever experienced ‘lucky spates’ like this one? And do small mercies tickle you pink, too?

Twinkle, twinkle, my blog got a star!

I’ve been given a star!

Wow! As if I wasn’t in the Christmas spirit already… now I’ve been awarded a shiny, twinkly star by the lovely Vikki Thompson.  Yes, Vikki thinks I’m deserving of a Blog of the Year 2012 award.

I say ~ Awesome, and Thank You, Vikki!

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg

What is the Blog of the Year 2012 Award?

Here are the description and rules, which I have lifted straight from the originator’s very cool blog ~ hope that’s ok, and thank you!

Do you know a blog that deserves an award? Do you have special blogs that you love to read? Which blogs do you bookmark and follow? Would you like to give them an award this year?

Then the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award is for you!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

6 stars image

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

My Thank You goes back to the blogger who nominated me…

Give it up for the lovely Vikki Thompson at The View Outside! (Vikki has collected six stars, by the way ~ she totally rocks!)

…and I’d like to pass the honour on to some of my favourite blogs:

Tobi at Forget The Housework, I’m Reading

Kate at Me, My Books, and I

Lou Graham

Nancy S. Thompson

Nova at My Seryniti

Rea Book Review

The fabulous Romaniacs

Anneli at Words from Anneli

Wishing you all a starry, twinkly and happy Christmas and… keep blogging through 2013!

Beautiful, Versatile, Sunshine!

Turns out that I am beautiful, versatile and full of sunshine.  Or if not me, exactly, then my blog.  Needless to say, I am completely blown away by these accolades for my humble blog and I’ve done the happy dance and celebrated quietly for a few days already.  Now it’s time to say Thank You to the wonderful bloggers who passed on these three awards to me in the past few weeks, and to spread the joy by passing on further.  Get ready for the triple award ceremony!



The Sunshine Award was passed on to me a few weeks back by the amazing Marina Sofia. Thanks, honey, your poems and music bring sunshine to my life, too!

The award rules are:

  • Write five things about yourself
  • Include the award’s logo in a post
  • Nominate 5 other bloggers
  • Link to your nominees
  • Link the person who nominated you

I’m streamlining the ‘write five things about myself’ and combining it with the other awards at the end of this post.  (Otherwise I’d have to write my life history, and you really wouldn’t want to trawl through that…)  However, here are my five nominees with their links, in no particluar order:

Writerlious, My, My Books and I, love reading love books, The Romaniacs, The Lazuli Portals


I received the Beautiful Blogger Award from Donna over at My Life. One Story at a Time. Thanks, Donna-you know how much I love catching up on your lifestories!

I’m not entirely sure about the rules for this one, but I assume that they are as for the Sunshine Award above.  For random things about me, see below.  Here are my nominees, in no particular order:

Jennifer M Eaton, Yasmin Selena, CommuniCATE, This Write’s Life…, Dizzy Cs Little Book Blog


It is with tremendous pleasure that I receive my third Versatile Blogger Award from Anneli at wordsfromanneli.  Thanks, Anneli, it’s always a pleasure visiting your blog and finding out about hot potatoes, grizzly bears and other life essentials over in your part of the world.

The Versatile Blogger Award is a little more involved, and here are the rules:

Thank the person who gave you this award. Include a link to their blog.  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. (I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!) I’ve found that it’s a bit of work to list 15, but please don’t feel that being nominated should be a burden. If you only want to nominate 8 or 10 bloggers, that’s fine too.  Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award (you might include a link to this site) and let them know that you’ve nominated themFinally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So once more, here are my nominees, in no particular order:

Jane Risdon, Word by WordPolly, thatpanicgirlee, UK Treasure Trove, Shirley McLain, Lynnareynolds, Jersey Girl Book Reviews, Madison Woods, Oh, for the HOOK of a BOOK, Rebecca Leith’s Blog, Forget the Housework, I’m Reading… , Been there, done that. , Kindle and Me, lynnelives 


I hate chainletters. I do. I never participated in them as a child, and I avoid them like the plague now.  So, you ask rightly, what’s with these blog awards?  They’re not too dissimilar to chain mail, surely?  No, you’re right: they are the blogosphere equivalent of chainletters.  But they serve a different purpose.  They are visible and fun, and they connect bloggers with each other that might otherwise not find each other.  It’s all about visiblity and passing on the good vibes!

I love being on the radio.  That’s a recent discovery, but I get a real buzz out of it and could quite happily visit a radio station every day.  Perhaps I missed my career vocation?

I sweat the small stuff, but am handy in a crisis.  Little, trivial things make me lose sleep, tear my hear out, and howl in despair.  Throw me a major life crisis, especially involving blood, splinters or broken limbs, and I am calm, cool and collected.

I love all seafood except squid. Oh, and oysters. Enough said.

I used to be allergic to hazelnuts.  I did! It was a family joke; Nicky doesn’t need botox to plump her lips; she just needs to eat hazelnuts, or pralines containing even traces of hazelnuts.  (I hasten to add that I have never, nor will I ever, resort to botox, my lips are fine as they are, thank you!).  However, since my second pregnancy, that allergy has disappeared.  Don’t ask me how that’s possible, but it’s gone.  Instead, I struggle with sesame seeds now–which is a pain, considering I adore hummus and prawn toast.

One day, I want to travel all the way around the world. Can you tell I missed out on my gap year?  There’s no such thing as a ‘gap year’ in Germany; at least there wasn’t when I left school.  It was a completely alien concept to me when I arrived in the UK and found most everyone had taken off to go travelling for a year.  I wil lcatch up with you–soon!

I can’t take the heat. Clearly, I’m a precious Northern European shady flower.  That doesn’t sound right, does it?  Anyway, I can take heat. I wasn’t born to take heat. Even the modest heat waves that befall the UK from time to time are enough to send me over the edge.  Most people head for hotter climes in their hols (or retirement); me, I crave Iceland, or Newfoundland, or Canada.  Maybe Alaska.

Enough about me! Congratulations again to all the nominees today. I hope you get a chance to take up your well-deserved awards some time soon.

Meanwhile–do tell me something random about you, right here, right now. I’d love to hear it! 🙂 xx

Another Versatile Blogger Award for Nicky’s Blog!

Whoop Whooop!  My little blog has received another “Versatile Blogger” Award!  There’s certainly been a lot of celebrating going on here lately..

Thank you so much to The Romaniacs for granting me this award. The Romaniacs post daily features filled with fun and full of good advice, and they’re one of my most favourite blogs!

The rules of the award are:
1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award (done)
2. Share seven things about yourself (see below)
3. Send it onto fifteen other bloggers you appreciate and let them know you have awarded it to them (see below)

 So…here go seven things about myself:

1) I am a woman in an identity crisis! My passport says I’m German, but really, I’m not—at least not, any more. But I’m not really British, either. I guess that means I’m simply ‘me.’

2) I hate wasps more than I hate spiders. Wasps would be my room 101!

3) I am a very enthusiastic person, and quite a lot of people I know tend to be taken aback when I go into full enthusiasm mode! Yet it gets things done, and it gets results, and it makes me happy. So, who cares whether other people can (or cannot) keep up with the good vibes?

4) I don’t like lamb! I won’t eat it and I can’t cook it.

5) I can’t swim. Well, not really.

6) I used to get mistaken for Cynthia Nixon, once upon a time. Before I had kids and the first whips of grey hair under all that red!

7) I am a teaching assistant in the German Saturday School in Bristol, and I absolutely love it!

And without further ado, I would like to pass The Versatile Blogger Award on the following blogs:

A. L. Jackson; Amy Gregory; A Writer’s Life; Bloggin’ with Rich; Crystal Jigsaw;  Garry Kassay; Janice Horton; Kindle and MeLinn B. Halton;  Mandy Baggot;  Me, My Books and I;  Nancy S Thompson; Patricia Sands’ Blog; S. Blue Remy; Stephanie Keyes 

Nicky’s Blog received The Versatile Blogger award from Sue Fortin!

I am absolutely astouned, amazed, delighted and bowled over at receiving the following award from the lovely Sue Fortin over at lovereadinglovebooks:

Thank you so much to Sue at love reading love books for granting me this award.  Sue has been a tremendous source of support and advice as I started out on my blogging journey and there’s been a few occasions where her guidance saved my day.

The rules of the award are

1.  Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award

2. Share seven things about yourself.

3. Send it onto fifteen other bloggers you appreciate and let them know you have awarded it to them.

So…here go seven things about myself:

1) Even though I still refer to Germany as ‘home’ occasionally, I haven’t lived there for 18 years and have no desire to move back!

2) I hate wasps more than I hate spiders.  Wasps would be my room 101!

3) I had a career in something approximating business consulting once, but I’ve recently retrained as a teaching assistant and love every minute of my volunteering work in a local primary school!

4) I had violent food poising arising from badly cooked lamb once, and to this day I can’t deal with even just the smell of lamb cooking.  Bit of a problem at Easter time!

5) I can’t swim.  Well, not really.

6) A very nice-looking gentleman approached me in Pentagon City Shopping mall asking me for an autograph.  He kept asking me if I was Cynthia Nixon.  When I looked confused, he started mumbling something about sex in the city, so I thought he was being very strange… and when HBO came into the conversation, I thought he was being downright rude. NB: This was my first weekend in Washington DC and I’d never, ever seen Sex in the City, or heard of HBO.

7) I had to re-learn all German nursery songs when my first child was born, not having spoken German on a regular basis for over 12 years. Doh!

I would like to pass The Versatile Blogger Award on to the following blogs. A lot of them are book bloggers, and quite a lot of them love chick lit (yes, I **will** continue to call it this!)…but quite a few of them also review all manner of different genres and are definitely worth checking out.  All of them work hard and offer great posts!

1.) Alchemy of Scrawl

2.) The Book Chick

3.) Chick Litaholic

4.) Kritters Ramblings

5.) Chick Lit Central

6.) Girls Who Love to Read

7.) The Review Girl

8.) Books 4 U

9.) The Write Stuff

10.) My Life. One Story at a Time.

11.) Bookworm, Ink.

12.) Sue Watson’s Blog

13.) Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

14.) Ela’s Book Blog

15.) Turning the Pages