Very Inspiring Blogger Award


“She`ll get around to it…eventually.”  Those words will be engraved on my headstone.

Well, today and for my 100th post, ~Ta-da!~ I am finally getting around to acknowledging some of my neighbours in Blogland for their inspirational posts. And to offering them A Very Inspiring Blogger award.

Knitrun4sanity very kindly offered me this award waaaay back. Should`ve got an award for Very Procrastinating Blogger but there ya go. Didn`t your mother ever tell you that life isn`t fair?

Anyway, thank you KR4S!

Now, I could drag this on like they do in the stupid lotto programmes. Or, worse still, those nutty X-factor shows, but, luckily for you, I am not that kind of hen.

Firstly, if you`re on my award list there`s certain  award requirements:

  • Display the award logo on your blog page.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
  • Notify those bloggers of their nomination and the award’s requirements.

Well, I`ve done the first two. I`m leaving the third one to the end of this post in the hopes that you don`t get there. And I`m going straight on to the nominations.

This is the tough bit. Just cos you`re not there, doesn`t mean you`re not inspiring. Or even any less inspiring than anyone else on my blogroll. You wouldn`t be on it in the first place if you weren`t smart or cool or both. I just happened to pull these smart, cool people out of my blogroll hat.

And the Nominees Are…

Right… and, in no particular order….  Zoe is a sportsperson extraordinare. A triathlete, she trains so hard, you`ll wonder how she finds hours in the day. I don`t know how purlgurl does it all but somehow the child rearing, the day job, the running and the knitting and acts of generosity all come together in this beautifully presented blog. Enjoy! I just love reading Shaz`s posts. She`s a slogger who does a lovely job of balancing up her running passion with her passion for country living. I especially admire the fact that she shares all of it so wonderfully with her family. Roy is a running coach and a terrific author. I downloaded and thoroughly enjoyed his book “Tess of Portelet Manor”. It`s about a girl living through the wartime occupation of Jersey and beyond. Roy is from Ireland, but lives in Jersey so expect insights into both on this blog. Plus running and writing too. Hedwigia is a floral encyclopedia. And a running one at that. She`s also a huge inspiration to her pupils. Me included!  does exactly what she says on the tin. It`s hard to keep all that moving, cooking and creating going but somehow, she manages it all.  I could nominate her for her inspiring blog banner alone. But you`ll see lots of other stuff on there too like how she combines a love of nature, cycling and running with her working day. This blog is inspiring for its title alone. I also love that she gives me an insight into what life is like in Tasmania and into all the work she and her husband do in training for their races.

And, lest you think I`m only all over the runners on wordpress, well, these bloggers will open your eyes to other passions in life

Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin inspired me to try a myriad of new tastes on this very inspiring blog of hers. Love the presentation of the blog too. And the food, of course. The above is my take on her tarte tatin. I never expected goats cheese, sundried tomatoes and puff pastry to taste so good.  If you do nothing else in Blogland today, follow that link. It will take you into the killer humour of our man Down Under, Araneus. Lots and lots of other good stuff in there too.Mostly involving dogs, humour, photography, social commentary, fiction and usually all at once. I love that this Irish lady has a lot to say about our history and it`s impact on us. If you`re interested in researching your Irish roots, this blog has a lot to offer on that theme too. Scroll down a little. Stop! See the ice cream in the china cup? Yep, that`s why I like this blog. Great pics,nice recipes, and a sense of what it`s like to live on a farm in Tipperary. An Irish girl living in France, well, what could be more inspiring than that? As an added bonus, she also happens to make beautiful things.

More great pics and wonderful insights into Irish history on

And, for a great mix on everything under the sun, and a pretty perfect blog  there`s

Right, off with you then, let me on with the painful part of this award ceremony~

Seven Facts About Me

  • I can foot turf
  • It`s proven to be a more useful skill to me than trigonometry. Oh, go on, you must remember sine, cos and tan, no?
  • I came second last in a school race when I was ten. And decided then and there I`d never run again.
  • I keep learning the hard way to “Never say never”
  • I can play the piano badly. And do so regularly, to the dismay of the Teen Chooks.
  • I love my job.
  • I have running conversations with other drivers on the road. No, not that they can hear me but the Teen Chooks can. And it drives them nuts.

Now, I`m off to tell my nominees the good/bad news about their nomination. Should also install a Very Inspiring Blogger widget. I will, eventually, I`m sure…

19 thoughts on “Very Inspiring Blogger Award

    • Oh, more people just really need to read that shag pile entry of yours-and more besides. You`ve many treats in store for them in your blog. But I`m still laughing at that shag pile story!

      • I’m so glad that it tickled you and thanks again for the extra exposure [if you will excuse the expression]. I can hear the chickens from over the creek and it reminds me of you.
        Don’t forget to be awesome.

      • Listen carefully. Listen for the chook that`s louder and crankier and crazier than all of the others. That one`s me 😉

  1. Pingback: Very Inspiring Blogger Award | mummy flying solo

    • You`re very welcome. I love getting blog recommendations from other people too. Never realised writing a blog would actually give me a chance to read so much and on such a variety of topics.

  2. I’m flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as some of your other nominees RH, and I’ll check the others out at once. But no, I’m not from Ireland but ought to have been 🙂

    • Haha! Thank you for your correction. And sorry for my assumption. I forgot that the McCarthys were such a prolific lot who rambled far beyond these shores long before your time.

  3. Huge thanks for the nomination am very flattered, thanks for kind words too. I love reading your blog also and learning about life in Ireland. Keep it up!

  4. Thanks dear Red Hen, that is lovely of you to nominate me and your comment has made my day, thank you so much!!! I wouldn’t miss one of your posts. Love hearing about your running and life in the Chook House (enjoy your recipes too).

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