In the past couple of days two people have very kindly given my blog an award (now three – see below). This has really brightened up the end of January for me, which in my opinion is the most dismal month of the year. Don’t worry; this isn’t going to be a tearful Oscar acceptance speech. But I do have to thank them and nominate some others to receive awards in turn.
Kate Swaffer’s Forget-Me-Not Award
Kate Swaffer is a remarkable lady. She is a little younger than me but was diagnosed a couple of years ago with early onset dementia. Despite this, she retains a positive outlook on life, blogs every day about her life and feelings and is an unflagging combatant in the fight against this awful disease. She does a lot to increase people’s understanding of dementia and of the people who suffer from it. Her own blog is life-affirming and inspirational.
Thanks very much, Kate. I need to give some thought to worthy recipients – I had already done that for the award I received slightly earlier, which is –
The Liebster Award
Victoria Corby has lived in France for many years and started her own blog a few months ago. She lives near Bordeaux and, like me, is a writer by trade except that she has had three novels published, which is three more than me. She nominated me with four others to receive this award. It’s intended for blogs with less than 200 followers which deserve greater recognition.
I am supposed to pass on this award to five other bloggers. This poses a certain difficulty. I have no idea how many followers people have and don’t wish to offend anyone by assuming they have less than 200. So I’m going to ignore that bit of it and just give this award to blogs I like and follow regularly and that deserve as wide a readership as possible.
Here they are, in alphabetical order:
Life, Love and Llamas in Limousin – Stephanie has been blogging since 2009 about her life in France with her family and a range of animals, including llamas. She unearths some interesting facts about French life, always delivered with humour and vivacity. An excellent chronicle of a family’s discovery of life in France.
Melanged Magic This blog has been going for a couple of years but I came across it only recently and I’m glad I did. Evelyn is, I think, an American lady who lives in Lot near the river and writes about her life there. She is a girl after my own heart since she’s interested in the history of the area. Not content with taking things at face value, she always seeks out the story behind the facades.
My Kind of Writing Blog – Melissa Lawrence blogs with refreshing candour about her experiences and ups and downs as a writer. Always readable, informative and something I can strongly identify with.
Provence, the Luberon and an old house on a hill – Deborah Lawrenson is a novelist who owns a house – actually a hamlet – in Provence. Her blog is full of the light, colours, scents and tastes of Provence and illustrated with beautiful photographs. Her last novel, The Lantern, was set in Provence and has been a great success. I await her next with impatience.
Kate Swaffer – I have mentioned Kate above. She is a deserving recipient of this award.
Have you heard of the three buses theory? You wait for hours and then three come along all at once. It would be too much to hope that a third bus (award) might turn up but you never know.
Here’s the third bus – Versatile Blogger Award
Update: lovely Kate Swaffer answered my wish for a third bus and has kindly nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks so much, Kate. My cup really runneth over.
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