4 June 2013

Leibster Award

Thank you so much, Anita Chapman for nominating my blog for a Liebster Award. It was a lovely surprise and couldn't have come at a better time. I won't bore you with the details but the last few weeks have not been good so this has made my day! Smile Anita's blog is always an interesting read so do pop over and take a look. She's also a lovely lady and is very supportive so thanks again, Anita.

The rules:


  • Thank Liebster Blog Award nominator on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you;
  • Answer the eleven questions from the nominator;
  • List eleven random facts about yourself;
  • Present the Liebster Blog Award to up to eleven blogs and let them know they’ve been chosen;
  • Pass on the eleven questions to your nominees, or create new ones;
  • Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.

Here are my answers to the questions forwarded by Anita:


1. What’s your favourite novel and what do you love about it?

This is always a difficult one because there are so many books I love in equal measure. I'll say, 'Devil's Cub' by Georgette Heyer, today. I love it because both the hero and his father (it's a sequel to 'These Old Shades') are the sort of men who could definitely steal my heart. It's full of brilliant dialogue and has action and adventure in spades. It's the kind of book that leaves you smiling, long after you've read it.

2. Do you have any pet peeves in fiction?

Endings that leave me feeling dissatisfied. By that I mean, where I'm left to draw my own conclusions or where the end is such a complete surprise that I think, where did that come from? Unless it's a mystery or murder, in which case a surprise ending is good.


3. What are you most proud of?

Er ... I'm not really sure. I've had many proud moments but I don't think there's one thing that stands out. Besides, my grandmother used to say, 'Pride comes before a fall.' So I wouldn't tell you anyway. Laughing


4. Your most and least favourite people in history?

Most favourite - Queen Elizabeth I

Least favourite - I don't have one. There are many despicable people throughout history, some worse than others.


5. The country, city or other place you’d most like to visit?

Saturn. Everywhere else I can go to, if I want, but there's just something about Saturn ... Perhaps it's because I'm a Capricorn ... if you believe in that stuff.


6. Which five people would you like to meet (dead, alive, or fictional)?

Dorothy Parker - I adore her wit, wisecracks and poems.

Elizabeth I - I'd love to hear her life story.

Captain James Tiberius Kirk - perhaps he'd take me to Saturn.

Georgette Heyer - to tell her how much pleasure her books have given me over many, many years.

Galileo Galilei - learning about him when I was very young, got me interested in astronomy.


7. What makes you laugh the most?

Silly things. I've been known to cry with laughter over a wisecrack or something someone does. Other than that, Frasier, the TV series. It's still one of my favourite shows.


8. If you could know the future, what would you wish for?

Good health and a long and happy life.


9. If you won the lottery and could donate money to charity, which charity would you choose – and why?

Er ... I do donate to charity - you don't need to win the lottery to do that - every little helps, as they say. Even £1 a week can make a huge difference if enough people do it. (Sorry, I'll get off my soapbox) I donate to GOSH, the NSPCC, the PDSA, the RSPCA and my local animal sanctuary. Yes, children and animals.


10. Do you suffer from any little phobias or superstitions?

I'm scared of spiders and snakes. One of my grandmothers was incredibly superstitious so I won't put shoes on a table and crossed knives or knives pointing at me have to be dealt with immediately! Sad, but true.


11. What’s your favourite guilty pleasure?

Oh dear. I have so many. Champagne, I suppose because it is so expensive and gone in seconds.



Here are the eleven random facts about me:

1. I absolutely adore Christmas. I love all the sparkle and the promise of wonderful things to come and I firmly believe in the magic of Christmas. (And Santa Claus).


2. I love stargazing. Not the celebrity, kind; the night sky, kind.

3. I wanted to be an astronomer but I was hopeless at Physics.

4. I passed the Church of England Diocese of Chichester religious education exams when I was eleven - with Dinstinction.

5. Before wanting to be an astronomer, I wanted to be a nun. Clearly, I had watched 'The Sound of Music' too many times at a very young age.


6. I back-packed around the Society Islands, French Polynesia in the South Pacific when I was 30.


7. I definitely do NOT like back-packing. (I'm a hotel kinda girl)

8. I swam with sharks and Manta rays in the South Pacific.


9. I love to ski.


10. I love snow.


11. I've had a crush on John Cusack (the actor) for years.

Well, you did ask!


So I'm nominating the following lovely people:

Shani Struthers

Joanna Gawn

Carol Hedges

Susan Bergen

Donna Trinder

Suzie Tullett


Thanks again to Anita and if my nominees don't have time or don't fancy doing it, that's absolutely fine. Cool

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