The Liebster Blog Award

So surprised (and immensely grateful) to be nominated for the Liebster Award 😀 Thank  you, thank you, thank you to the audacious amateur blogger for nominating me.

THE RULES

  • Answer the questions your nominator posed to her/his nominees
  • Pass the award on to others
  • Ask five questions for one’s nominees to answer

Simple right? Answer questions, ask questions, nominate. The thing is this award actually requires thinking and at the moment I have no idea what questions to ask. Let’s just see where the wind blows us shall we? Great, on with the show. 😀

Answer Questions:

  • Where in the world to you feel most “at home” and why?

Feeling ‘at home’? Trickier than it sounds really. I currently live ‘at home’ with my parents and little brother but am I too old now to consider this ‘home, home’? Of course it’ll always be home in a sense but it doesn’t provide the same comforts as it did five years ago. The thing with being 19, on the cusp of being a grown-up, is that little bells start ringing as if to say “you need independence!” whereas, at the same time, you’re desperately clinging onto the mothers apron strings. I have yet to move into this years house at uni so am unable to say whether I feel ‘at home’ there, although I do wonder whether you can feel at home in a place you’re only going to spend 8-9 months.

  • If you could have lunch with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you order?

This is quite a tricky one, I think it would have to be Jane Austen for several reasons: one; she wrote Pride and Prejudice and two; it would be fascinating to experience luncheon as it was during her time. A typical British afternoon tea perhaps? Cucumber sandwiches and scones. Is that what they ate then? Of course, I’m assuming I could be the one to travel back in time and that she wouldn’t join me in the 21st century 😀

  • A place you have traveled to that MOST surprised you.

Paris. I think it was because it didn’t yell ‘city’ at you. At least, it was nothing like London which seems cramped. Paris is truly beautiful, I hate cities – too many people – but I could see myself living in Paris for a little while though I would probably have enough and come home after a couple of years.

  • What villainous character do you most admire and why?

Severus Snape. Ok, so I’m a bit of a Harry Potter nut. Professor Snape, the potions master, is such a complex character when you start to think about it. His entire life revolves around love, and yet he seems to be the least likely man (apart from Voldy) to even know what love is. Maybe these books left such a great impression because I was quite young when they were coming out and I was reading them, in a way I grew up with them throughout the majority of my school career (especially if you count waiting for the films as well). Anyway, at first you dislike him and his attitude towards little 11-year-old Harry, then you HATE the bloke for killing off Dumbledore and finally you feel guilty for all of this as all becomes clear after his death. Also, Alan Rickman plays a spectacular Snape 🙂 Although, since he is effectively cleared of all charges in the end, is he really a villain?

  • Item on your “bucket list” that you would be MOST upset if you didn’t accomplish.

I don’t have a bucket list but I would love to go to Venice  one day 🙂 Anybody been?

Ask questions:

  1. What is your favourite book? Which character do you identify with most and why?
  2. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
  3. Who is your hero/heroine?
  4. What would it take for you to make friends with an old enemy?
  5. What keeps you writing when that dreaded monster known as ‘writers block’ strikes?

Finally…

MY nominations:

One Lovely Blog Award

As usual there are certain rules to comply with so here we go:

Firstly, thank you ever so much to Cynthia for nominating me 😀

Seven Facts About Me, Myself and I

  1. I’m in the process of buying a new camera with the intention of making photography a new hobby (if only I could understand the technical jargon)
  2. I’m starting my second year of uni studying Education and Sociology on October 1st
  3. My felt rug achieved a third prize at yesterday’s village show (my decoupage box unfortunately didn’t win anything)
  4. I make a delicious chocolate and beetroot cake
  5. I often read a dozen books in a dozen days and then I won’t read anything for over a month
  6. I want to be able to draw better (I keep telling myself to get on and do something about it but I always get distracted)
  7. I honestly believe A-levels are harder than uni – last year I was a bit bored so hopefully this year will be a bit more challenging 😀

Nominate fellow bloggers:

  1. http://awomeninherthirties.com/
  2. http://giddysap.wordpress.com/
  3. http://petersburgh.wordpress.com/
  4. http://crazytraintotinkytown.com/
  5. http://makesomethingmondays.wordpress.com/

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the very talented blogger Make Something Mondays!. Please be sure to visit her blog. It is very inspiring as well.  Thank you for nominating me :-)

Rules:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you: Thank you, thank you, thank you  Make Something Mondays!for nominating my blog for this award. I’m very thankful for your support! 

2. Post the award image to your page.

3. Tell 7 facts about yourself.

1. I played tennis for two years and still occasionally pick up a racket.
2. I’ll be entering my second year at University this September.
3. I love baking and cooking.
4. I have one brother and eight cousins.
5. No matter how hard I try, I don’t tan – ever.
6. I really wanted to hate the olympics and although I still don’t see the point of actually making the effort and going down to London, I’ve been watching far too much of it to be healthy.
7. Surprisingly I found this part very hard and it’s taken me ages to finish this post 😀

4. These are my 15 nominations (in no particular order).

  1. http://lonifoundherself.wordpress.com/
  2. http://slendermeans.wordpress.com/
  3. http://emilyjanuary.wordpress.com/
  4. http://giddysap.wordpress.com/
  5. http://mjspringett.wordpress.com/
  6. http://awomeninherthirties.com/
  7. http://agirlcalledemily.wordpress.com/
  8. http://dominicdemeyn.wordpress.com/
  9. http://doyouspeakgeek.wordpress.com/
  10. http://sprinklinthoughts.wordpress.com/
  11. http://analyfe.com/
  12. http://modernalice.wordpress.com/
  13. http://mbmphotography.wordpress.com/
  14. http://thenewstateswoman.wordpress.com/
  15. http://thisbookisuntitled.wordpress.com/