Real Neat Blog Award


I was nominated for this award a couple of weeks ago by the wonderful Alex of Brian And Lily, I must thank her for this and her kind words. She’s one of my earliest friends on WordPress, so please go and have a look at her blog and meet the adorable Lily and Brian, her dogs. Alex (great name!) writes a wonderful blog full of details about life with and caring for her dogs.

Questions… I nipped over to Whippet Wisdom (another of Alex’s nominations and a great blog too!) to borrow the logo and questions for this post.

Here are the rules for the Real Neat Blog Award:

  1. Post the Award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blog.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like and link to their blog.
  5. Let them know you nominated them by leaving a comment on their blog.


  1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?That’s hard to answer as it seems to vary from day to day… The UK, the States and Canada, but I’ve also had visits from Singapore, Israel, Finland, the Philippines, Cape Town… all over really and all wonderful places that I aspire to visiting one day
  2. What is your favourite sport or exercise?I do a lot of walking, myself, as I like to observe, take note, pass the time of day with whatever happens to be out and about. Not really one for sport. My games teacher at school once gave me this report: “If Samantha were to put as much effort into participating in games as she does in avoiding it, she’d probably get on quite well.” Apparently that won a prize in the staffroom for the most original report.
  3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?Starting this blog and entering the wonderful world of WordPress. I have met some great people that I am truly pleased to call friends.
  4. What is your favourite quote?I’ve answered this question a few times… the answer is still the same: This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.’ 14th Dalai Lama. I love these words, a great philosophy to live your life by.
  5. What was your favourite class when still at school?English. I love the vagaries of the English language. From ‘through’ to ‘thorough’ to ‘rough’. It has been used to write some of the most beautiful and memorable pieces of literature, yet remains quirky and individualistic.
  6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
    To ride a bike. Still haven’t learned – too afraid of falling off… and I have a feeling it would have been a useful skill…!
  7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?I always wanted to learn to play the piano, it struck me as an elegant sort of an instrument.


My questions:

  1. Sunshine or rain?
  2. If you were a herb, what would you be?
  3. First thing you ever cooked or baked?
  4. First pet?
  5. What country would you like to visit and why?
  6. What one piece of advice would you give to your 16 year old self?
  7. Favourite drink (alcoholic or otherwise)?

My nominations:

  1. Ella
  2. Chic-Soles
  3. Paperpuff
  4. Sasha’s Journey
  5. gillyflower
  6. Chloe Douglas Blog

As always, these nominations are a mark of appreciation. There is no pressure to accept of course, either.

And to everyone who’s been kind enough to stop and have a read, a like, or a subscribe –



Some lovely autumnal photos, taken by Alex Marlowe

39 thoughts on “Real Neat Blog Award

  1. Congratulations! Interesting answers that help us all get to know you a little better. And thank you for nominating me (my first award, yay!) – I shall have to put my thinking cap on!

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  2. Congratulations! Super answers. I always wondered why they didn’t stream us for PE – those who could and those who could not, or cared not! I would qualify with both inability and indifference. Thanks for nominating me and I shall check out the other nominees that I don’t know. Also, I have that jug!

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      1. Ooh I love all those enamel looking housey things. Might have to google…
        I think you and gillyflower have hit on something with this idea of renaming government positions and political office after chocolates or sweets. There is definitely a ‘fruit and nut’ Party…


      2. I bought Mum that jug from B and M..should show up on Google as I don’t think it’s a specifically Midlands shop. mystery to it at all..turn it all into chocolate, problem solved :)….No point in Twirl-ing senselessly around looking for solutions. Don’t even mention -ahem- Twixit….hahahaha!!

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  3. Wow. Your favorite quote is awesome and well worth repeating over and over:

    This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
    –14th Dalai Lama

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  4. Thanks so much Samantha! I didn’t get to see this post on time, otherwise I would’ve dropped my comment earlier. Yes, I accept it, and yes, I’ll do a post on it and let you know once it’s published. Thanks again for all the support and unspoken encouragement. *big hugs* 😀

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  5. Oh, I love this, I do 🙂 It kind of makes you more real! And you can’t imagine how happy it makes me when I read you can’t ride a bike (for the selfish reason of me being unskilled in this area-I generally feel like I’m the only one, on the outskirts of the bike-obsessed civilization, with my old-fashioned views that there’s nothing a bike can do that a horse couldn’t do better) x

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      1. I hope you’re better now-it’s not cold enough to kill off all the nasty bugs 😦 I use whisky -but I know it’s not your preferred medicine…wine, perhaps? Anyway, some super warm hugs for you x

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