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 ...