Saturday, June 9, 2012

It's Award Time! ... and it's a double whammy!

Yes it seems that there are readers out there who appreciate my blogging efforts and find my little corner of the world and my take on it, quite interesting. Both my blogs have been chosen for little awards and I'm extremely grateful for the recognition and somewhat humbled because I have to admit, I just do this for fun, and I don't really put much thought or planning into my blogs at all.  

It's taken me a long time, but I've finally gotten around to returning the privilege bestowed on me by Helene many, many moons ago.

I received the  Versatile Blogger Award   from Helene at Graphicality-UK back in January!!!  She listed my blog amongst so many fabulous blogs and it was not only a lovely surprise, but an encouraging lift to my blogging spirits.

For those who are in the dark about this particular award, let me quickly outline what it's all about.  I'm not sure where this award originated, but the sentiment behind it is quite simple.  It's a call-out, a mark of recognition for those who really add a bit of this and a bit of that to their posts, and show a many-sided aspect to their blog.

The rules once you've accepted the award:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award  ....  check!
2.  Include a link to their blog ... check!
3.  Select 15 bloggers that you follow or have just discovered who you would consider fit the bill of a 'versatile' blogger ... check!
4.  Tell 7 random facts about yourself ... check!
5.  Include this set of rules in your post ... check!
6.  Inform each of your nominated bloggers of their nomination ... check!

So, after following rules 1 and 2, let me now move onto my selection of great versatile bloggers.

Aussie bloggers first:

diane b @ Adventure Before Dementia  full of wonderful tales of their travels both here at home and abroard.

Liz @ The Greatest Of These Is Love takes the most fantastic photos and showcases loads of spectacular Australian scenery from her corner of Oz.

Titania @ Lavender & Vanilla does not only have a great gardening blog, but has several blogs where she writes and shares her thoughts on many varied topics. 

I love popping by visit Marisa @ Onslow and Miss B to see what's happening in her sub-tropical garden down in the south-east corner of our state of Queensland.  She also loves to chat about her two best dog pals, Onslow and Miss B, and her travels to parts near and far.

It's great fun visiting Bronwen @ A Snail's Eye View to check out the goings-on up in the tablelands area up in the north of my home state.  She writes on such a wide variety of topics and always with a wicked dose of wry humour!  I also love her music clips 'Music For Writing', which are often Aussie made!

Pacific Neighbours next:

Mama Nene of Mama Nene's Garden has the most spectacular collection of Orchids and Cacti.  I just love popping by to see what her latest highlighted plant is ... great photos too!

Aaron @ Aaron's Gardening Blog is a young man with a love of plants in general, but carnivores in particular.  He shares his wonderful photos and posts in between hours filled with study and school work.

Steph @ Steph's Green Space is a gardener from Malaysia who has a passion for plants and grows a surprising number in quite a small space.  She shares successes, disasters and her learning along the way.  She also shares aspects of her culture and her travel experiences.

J.C. @ My Sunny Happy Garden is yet another of the Malaysian garden bloggers who loves to share not only photos and information about great tropical plants, but also photos of the beautiful country of Malaysia.

Then there is the lovely Andrea @ Andrea In This Lifetime.  She is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to tropical plants and writes great posts about her travels, her garden and the beautiful butterflies and birds of her country, the Philippines.

Now to the other half of the world:

Eileen @ Gatsbys Gardens writes about her beautiful garden and shares her expertise in garden design, as well places of interest around her home state of Illinois.

Sue @ My Garden And Me who posts about her various interests from gardening to sewing to baking, and her travels to places in the sun.

Flowerlady @ FlowerLady's Musings also posts about her lovely garden, her favourite plants and she shares her beautiful stitched creations and re-cycling projects.

Bridget @ Arigna Gardener will teach you all about her sustainable way of life over in Ireland and she shares environmental issues that are close to her heart, and close to the heart of all of us who worry about our world's future.

Lastly, but definitely not least, is Shirley @ Rock-Oak-Deer who shares not only her own fabulous garden in San Antonio, but also other stunning

O.K., it's time for 7 random facts about myself.  I found this bit difficult at first, but after a bit of deliberation I decided to go with ... well  I never!

1.  I've never watched Star Trek, Kill Bill, It's A Wonderful Life or The Grapes Of Wrath!
2.  I've never smoked!
3.  I've never worn stilettos, a bikini, a fur or a tiara!
4.  I would never have believed I would be a Grandmother before I turned 50!
5.  I never stepped onto an aeroplane until I was in my 30's!
6.  I never stepped outside my home state of Queensland until I was in my mid 30's!
7.  I never stepped outside my country of Australia until I was in my late 40's!

In closing I'd really like to say once more ...

to Helene.


  1. Love these facts about you. Fabulous garden!?! Wow, thank you so much for this award. I really should think up some fun and random facts about me to post too.

    I'm definitely checking out these other bloggers you recommend too.

    1. I think the title of 'Versatile Blogger' fits you perfectly. Your posts always make a great read and yes I do think your garden is fabulous.

  2. Thanks Bernie!! I feel so honoured. Thanks for sharing and spending your precious time writing this post. Most of the blogs you nominated here are new to me. Since they are nominated, they must be good. Will visit them after this. Btw, I have never worn a bikini before either hehe... Have a great weekend!

    1. You're very welcome, Stephanie. I hope you enjoy visiting the other blogs I've mentioned today.

  3. Congratulations on this award and thank you for thinking that I deserved it. I enjoy blogging and photography like you enjoy gardening. I look at my garden and wished it looked like yours.

    1. I'm only too glad to give your blog a big shout out, Diane! I know anyone who visits will be hooked!

  4. Congratulations on this award! I had fun reading your "never did that" facts. And I am going to enjoy discovering the blogs you have nominated here, many of them new to me. I've got some reading to do!

    1. Laurrie, I know you'll enjoy visiting those blogs I've mentioned. It's a big wide world, the garden blogging world, and there are just so many great bloggers ... you being one of them!!

  5. Congratulations Bernie. I have always enjoyed your posts of beautiful birds and flowers. Valerie

    1. Thanks Val, and your fabulous photographic creations are something I thoroughly enjoy whenever I visit your blog.

  6. Dear, dear Bernie ~ how wonderful that you have won awards for your two lovely blogs. They and you are deserving of the honors. Your blogs always inspire me.

    I thank you for giving me this award and for your kind words about my blog. I became an award and tag free blog soon after I became a blogger almost 4 years ago, so won't be doing the follow up, but I do thank you from my heart for the award.

    Now I need to check out these other blogs that you have mentioned. I know I'll be in for some real treats in reading and photographs.

    FlowerLady Lorraine

    1. Thank you lovely lady, and you're most welcome. I consider it an honour to give your blog some recognition, but I understand perfectly why you won't be doing a follow-up. I only hope lots more readers come by your blog and enjoy it as much as I do. It's always such a treat to visit and find out what you've been up to over there.

    2. Thanks Bernie for being understanding and supportive, and for the plug for my blog. I appreciate it.

      Hugs ~ FlowerLady

  7. Congratulations on this award & I am honoured that you felt I was deserving of the award too. I do love photography and sharing my part of the world with others all over the world. I love your "I've never..." facts and I love your blog. You have an amazing garden and I appreciate you naming the flowers/plants I just can't seem to identify.
    Thanks again Bernie!! I have quite a job ahead of me now selecting 15 bloggers... and listing 7 facts.

    1. Liz, you definitely deserve a shout out! Your photos are just amazing and I can only hope I help bring a few more readers to your blog so they can see your wonderful work.

  8. Hello lovely lady, congratulations on receiving this award. You deserve it. Your blog is always a delight to read and the photographs are a feast for the eyes. I love your” I've never” facts. Thank you for passing the award on to me I am touched. It's going to be fun passing it on to other wonderful blogging friends.

    1. I was only too pleased to pass on the award to you Sue. I hope lots more readers find their way to enjoy your blog posts.

  9. Thanks a lot for the nomination, Bernie. I feel really honoured. It really cheers me up and motivates me to continue blogging when people read and comment on my blog. I've always enjoyed reading yours, to get some insight and knowledge of gardening in different countries. Thanks again!

    1. You're most welcome Aaron. If just a few more people discover your blog and enjoy your posts I will be most pleased.

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