Sunday, 24 February 2013

Liebster Award!!

I was delighted to discover (eventually in my spam!) that I had received a Liebster Award from the lovely Magali over at
Magali lives in Brittany, France in an old Fisherman's cottage which she is renovating. Among many things shared, such as tales of renovation, she is currently helping us vicariously explore all the beautiful houses that are to be found in wonderful Brittany!
Needless to say, as a new comer I am absolutely thrilled with this award!
So what is the Liebster award?
The Liebster award is given to a blog that is a favourite of yours; one that is up-and-coming, with 200 followers or less. 
Here are the rules...
1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, and then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.
4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
5. No tag backs.
So to my job as recipient of this great award...

Random facts about me...
1. My real hair colour is Auburn despite my parents both having black hair, these locks have never seen a bottle of hair dye!
2. Artist Mark O'Neill once painted these same locks.
3. I have one sister and two bothers all younger than me.
4. I don't like feet, not even my own.
5. I have Hemophobia; an extreme and irrational fear of having blood drawn.
6. I love cheese. I could live without chocolate but not cheese!
7. I love tea and drink a minimum of 6 cups per day of the good old fashioned variety.
8. I have a 'pipe dream' about having my own tea room.
9. I am not sporty. Apart from a stroll, I exercise as a last resort.
10. I like to cook and bake but love to eat more.
11. I am left handed which puts me in good company; Leonardo Da Vinci, John-Paul Gaultier, Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc, Jack the Ripper.

 Questions asked by Magali...

1. What is the one song/music you listen to when you need to be cheered up?
To my husband's dismay, it's probably Yes, Sir I Can Boogie by Baccara. Can help singing and boogying (badly) when I hear it!
2. Are you a cat or a dog person?
Having had both over the years I would say I am a dog person. Our family had two dogs which were with us for most of our childhood; Buddy and Chubby. They died a few of years ago aged 17 and 18 years.
3. What is the little habit you know you shouldn't have but can't give up?
Daydreaming. I'm a big daydreamer. It got me in bother at school and even appeared on a school report; 'must stop daydreaming'! In my defence most of my best ideas come to me in daydreams.
4. If you didn't live where you are right now, where would you like to live?
Hmm, that's a tough one as I love where I live right now. I would still live in Ireland as it is such a magical, scenic, green place.

5. What is the colour you never wear?
Pink!! Not even in a sock! With this hair, it just doesn't work in my opinion.
6. What makes you cry for no reason?
I'm not really a crier, not even at a sad movie. If I cry, there's usually a reason!
7. What's the device that makes you happy you were born in this era rather than in the Middle Age?
I would have to say my iPad. I can catch up on my blogging in bed, follow recipes in the kitchen, what's not to love.
8. Is there a TV-show you hate to miss?
At the moment, it's Dermot's Secret Garden. It's about gardener Dermot O'Neill as he restores a secret Victorian Walled Garden 'Clondeglass' in Co. Laois. What happened Thursday evening, yeah, missed it and Sky+ failed me!
9. What's the title of the book that changed your life?
When I was little, I went to stay with my aunt. She had two boys who were grown up so her house was kind of boring for a 6 year old girl. But I found a set of Childcraft encyclopaedias, one of which was Make and Do. I read it from cover to cover. Better still, I got to take them home!!

10. Which fictional character are you in love with?
After watching Jane Eyre, I was in love with Mr. Rochester for a time, granted this was aided by the fact he was played by the lovely Irish actor Michael Fassbender!

11. How did you start blogging?
I read many blogs and have done so for years while my own life was an undocumented blog; living in the country, decorating our home, crafting and gardening. It was my husband that suggested I start my own blog, so this year as sort of a 'new year's resolution', I did.

My nominations for the Liebster Award...
Cottage Dreaming & Flea Market Wishes - An Oklahoma girl and her Chi Chi's who are moving from city to country and all their flea market finds along the way.

A Good Year - A country girl living in Worcestershire, England who shares her beautiful photography and her wheat free, egg free, yeast free treats!

A Load of Old Tat - This lovely blogger is from Kent, England and writes to us of life's simple pleasures.

Cottage in the Lane - This gardening enthusiast lives in Surrey, England and constantly amazes us with her beautiful crochet.

Crafted by Carly - Carly is from Britain living in Duesseldorf, Germany and hand makes the most inspiring things!

Dian's Timpanalley - Dian is a genealogy addict from Utah, USA with Irish roots who regales us with tales of nostalgia.

One Little Acorn - This artist from Australia is currently studying Art therapy and brings us lovely life stories from magical Melbourne.

Pretty at Heart - This lady blogs about charming family life in her pretty seaside home in Whitstable, Kent, England.

Shrimpton and Perfect - This perfect blogger shares with us her love of all things vintage from East Sussex, England.

Beneath the Elm Tree  - Dee, a keen writer and cook brings us ramblings from the good life in York, Pennsylvania.

1939 Cottage Collectables - This mother daughter team from California share their love and their collection of amazing Victorian antiques.

And finally my questions for my nominees...

1. What was your first thought when you got this award?
2. Tell us something about your corner of the world?
3. Have you ever been to Ireland?
4. Why do you blog?
5. What is your favourite cuisine?
6. What are you most afraid of?
7. What are you most grateful for?
8. What is your favourite time of year?
9. Are you introverted or extroverted?
10. What is the worst job you ever had?
11. What have you learned today?


  1. Oh SAL how lovely of you, what a nice way to connect with your blogging chums.
    Jean x

  2. I forgot, I enjoyed browsing through your nominees' blogs very much!

  3. Cheese....oh I can so relate! Love it. Perhaps a tad too much. Welcome to blogging, be sure to ask questions of your favourite bloggers as you will soon discover that fellow bloggers love to help.

  4. The garden show looks interesting.

    Thanks for following my blog. I had to google yours, because for whatever reason your profile did not link back for me.

  5. Thank you so so much for the award. I am thrilled to receive it. Also for the links to more wonderful people in blog land.

  6. How awesome. Thank you so much for the award. I hope it's okay that I copied and pasted the rules from your post. It just seemed easier that way. I'll probably post it in a couple of days after I figure out who I'll nominate. Oh by the way, I love your blog and I'm following you, too.

  7. Congrats on your award and have a great weekend.

  8. This is probably the best 'award' set of questions I have seen. I am also left-handed, could not live without cheese, am not sporty and love to bake, am a dog person and I do cry easily.


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