Awards and red carpet . . .

I’ve just been nominated and have received an award.  Jane of all Trades, ( one of my most favourite blogs because of its own versatility, has given me an award and because validation is always nice, especially when you’re a writer, I’m unashamedly including her comment and boo sucks to anyone who thinks I’ve got a big head.  Remember a writer will soak up all good commentary whenever!  So thank you Clare Sager.

Mesmered’s BlogA fellow masquerade-loving stitcher/scribbler.  She never ceases to amaze me with her constant curiousity about the world around her, her readers and the craft of writing.  To top it all off, this wonderful woman has a great way of drawing a reader in.”

There are rules to these awards:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!

4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Like Gentlewoman Thief, I don’t read a lot of blogs, but those I am committed to, I really love.  My choices go to: Simon is wicked.  A fellow writer from the stable, he is a new father and has an insatiable love for all history, being a writer of historical fiction himself (Roman).  His blogs are as witty as Stephen Fry’s and he includes wonderfully pithy anecdotes about history, fatherhood and touring.  Wonderful images too. Variety is the key to MG’s blogs from wonderful reviews of books, movies and TV, an enduring love of all hist fict and in particular Jane Austen, and of course the much loved and highly viewed RA Fridays. In her first blog ever, she achieved note on the WordPress Global Dashboard.  Now she has just secured a Squidoo Lens award.  She claims she’s new to all this but truly, she writes with wit, charm and the expertise of the most experienced journalist. I’m a miniature book collector and love that this takes one on a regular tour of the Lilliputian world of miniature bookmaking.  New and already a favourite. Another writer from the stable.  Pure black and white comment on the world of the book, of jewelry making and the writing life in general.  Calls a spade a spade and that’s what I like!

Now along with the awards, I have to tell you seven things about myself.

1.I’m nearly 60, hate that age is creeping up and watch Robin

Hood and Spooks lustily but furtively.

2. I love writing fantasy, but prefer to read hist.fict.  A conundrum.

3. I am an utter water-baby.  Anything to do with the sea and the ocean and I am lost.

4. I always wanted to marry a farmer and met my husband who was from a farming family but had given up farming to become a rural journalist.  Much later and after years of being a broadcasting executive, he is now back farming and I am his jilleroo. (Australian farmhand: female. As opposed to the male version: jackeroo)

5. I was the first female weather presenter for the national broadcaster (Australia’s version of the BBC) back in the 1970’s, before I met my husband.

6. One of the first female broadcasters of farming programmes, ditto.

7. I don’t particularly like Prudence, but am okay with Prue.  But if Guy of Gisborne wants to call me Prudence, I am okay with that too!