Thursday, 28 August 2008

Brilliant Bloggers

Ladies and Gentlemen, please take your seats for a roll-call of brilliant bloggers.

Along with Mrs Green at MyZeroWaste, I am thrilled to have accepted the award from the amazing Emma - aka Muppet or even Fluffius Muppetus - who can normally be found in The Alternative Kitchen Garden over at She said some kind words in her award speech, saying our blogs were very inspirational.

Thank you Emma, it was a lovely surprise and I am now pleased to pass it on to some other fabulous bloggers, who I think are great, but are so diverse. Of course Mrs G would be right up there in the line-up but she's already polishing her own award.

So bloggers, please stand up and be ready to accept your awards,

@ Just Gai - The lovely Gareth Rae, who offers many words of wisdom as well as joy over the world we live in and how things should be. Don't miss what Just Gai has to say on the latest contender over at BIN 101.

@ Strawberry Jam Anne - A newcomer on the scene, with Anne who writes an uplifting blog about family and friendship, with moments that touch close to your heart.

@ Bean sprouts - Melanie Rimmer offers a fabulous foundation for sustainable living, with fresh ideas at every turn. She provides inspiration to many, including me when I turned to her for advice at the very start of this blog. If you haven't done so already, check out Mel's guest article here.

@ Dandaworld - A true Italian friend who's pushing the boundaries over in Italy with inspirational thoughts on sustainability. Danda's words can now be read in English, which puts my non-existent Italian to shame.

@ Tracey Smith - An inspirational friend and mentor who set up International Downshifting Week and helped me justify giving up what is deemed proper work. She's even got her own book out, a fab read about...guess what...yes Rubbish. Grab a preview of the sample pages over at

@ Environmental Notes - by Fr Peter Doodes, with inspirational messages about the important things in life and the world. Thought provoking moments.

@ Good Living Tips - written by Russell, who provides a fabulous range of thoughts on sustainable and ethical living.

@ Jo Beaufoix - A thoroughly entertaining mother from Mansfield, who shares an insight into her life in a way that can make me laugh my socks off and cry with sadness, sometimes at the same time. I will be forever thankful to Jo for slimming her bin, and making a difference to Nottinghamshire landfill.

@ Mother at Large - A fabulous blog for older mothers, written by Helen, following the trials and tribulations of arriving at motherhood "fashionably late". Congratulations to Helen on the arrival of her second daughter who too was described as fashionably late.

@ Ruby - the blogger turned friend and the person who inspired me to blog. She's has been there by my side through the whole Rubbish Diet experience. She slimmed her bin, then scarpered off to York, where she's now settling in for a new set of adventures.

@ KatyBoo1 - a more recent acquaintance, a blogger who says it how it is, stamps on the hushed side of motherhood, and after the week she's had, is in need of cheering up.

@ Richard Madeley Appreciation Society - I know, a surprise entry. Written by Richard Madeley, as himself but not himself. He will know he's worthy of awards and above them at the same time. Confused? You will be, so pop along to see why.

and last but most certainly not least

@ Fake Plastic Fish - where Beth has made the most amazing inroads into living with so little plastic, she's worthy of a medal or two. An inspirational woman with such vigour and determination, I can only sit back and admire.

There are many more I could include. Each and every blog I visit and pause for a while, I do it because I enjoy your company and I enjoy your presence here too. I wish I could visit more often and if I haven't for a while, I will be back soon. But days pass with so little time for words to be read or even written.

So after I've come over and visited you all, please feel free to pass on the award to others. Whether you're rule-followers or rule-breakers (which I know some of your are), the rules are outlined below.

1) Put the logo on your blog.
2) Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4) Add links to those blogs on yours.
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs



Mrs Green said...

congratulations, mrs A! You truly are an inspiration to many people.

Some great nominations from you there; it's a shame we can't choose 100 :D

Have a wonderful weekend

Danda said...

Today mornig I was waked up from my sleepiness by a message with so sensational news! (see also my comment at Dandaworld)
Congratulation to you and Mrs Green too! It' a great thing to be mentioned in a blogger award: it creates strength and inspiration and a sort of web in which every node is very important for improving a world far from being simply virtual! And I'm proud to be part of it!
Thank you so much!

katyboo1 said...

Ha! You won an award. That's awesome. Ha! I won an award. That's awesome too. Thank you so much. Thank goodness I managed to get my hair done in time to accept it properly.
You are a superstar :)

Fake Plastic Fish said...

Well, aren't we just great! I'm happy to be included in such company. And I'm also shy when it comes to blog awards. I never know who to pass them along to because I never want to leave anyone out! So usually I just pretend I didn't notice. (Not that it's happened very often!) But in this case, you knocked on my door pretending to be a landshark and now I have no where to hide!

So thank you Mrs. A. I'll try to do it justice. And congratulations to you for receiving it in the first place!

just Gai said...

Wow! What can I say? Thank you very much. It's gratifying to learn that my random musings on life are appreciated.

I have just spent longer than I perhaps should have visiting the blogs of my fellow recipients. Inspiring stuff!

My next task is to choose my own nominees. A few spring immediately to mind but I shall need a few days to finalise the list.

Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Jo Beaufoix said...

Congratulations and thank you so much lovely Mrs A. You are fabulous, ad as Mrs Green says, an inspiration. Hugs.

Dick Madeley said...

I would like to thank you for this award but I'm not sure what you mean by this 'not himself' jibe. Seems a rather backhanded way of giving a chap a compliment. When Judy read it, she broke down in tears and is now crying in her room. The door's locked and all I can hear is the sound of furniture being moved. I don't know what to do. I'm at my wits end... I got the ladder out the shed but the fifth rung from the bottom was a touch rotten and I fell a good six feet, injuring my back. When I called for help, the neighbour thought I was being robbed and called the police. When they arrived, I explained the situation and they were mightily put out by being called to a trival domestic. They let me off with a caution but if the papers get wind of it...

Well, I'm happy I got this award but I'd ask you to be careful making comments about a man not being himself. Judy gets terribly metaphysical about these things.


Thank Mrs G - you are too and I hope you're busy polishing your own award before your Zero Waste Week next week. Hopefully you'll have more awards to follow too. I noticed I stopped at number 13 as I needed to get off to bed....I could have gone on all night with our lovely international bloggers, the fabulous polythene pam and another one I frequent Frog in the Field, and there's the fabulous Suitably Despairing all the way up in Scotland. You see I could go on and on and huge hugs to all you bloggers out there who didn't get a mention this time. But I'll be updated my blogroll soon showing all those places I hang out. :-D x

Hi Danda - thank you so much for your support, I really find it amazing how we can all gather for the odd natter and help make the world a much better place. Big hugs ;-D

Hi Katyboo - your hair's lovely darling. Glad you loved it and I thought it would make the perfect end to a challenging week. Enjoy the celebrations ;-D

Hi Beth - I think you've said it in a nutshell. I feel something amazing is happening and everybody who visits this place and those that blog about it elsewhere are all part of it. I know what you mean about worrying about leaving people out. It's hard, which is why despite having had to stop with the nominations, this is for everyone who hangs out here. So polish yours well and I look forward to seeing who it's passed onto :-D

Hi Just Gai - so glad you enjoyed your surprise and please never underestimate the power of your random thoughts. Many have made me stop and think and then there's the think and stop. Thanks so much for being part of it from almost the beginning. Hope you enjoy thinking about your own nominees. ;-D

Hi Jo - well deserved gorgeous. I meant every word and am just sad I don't get to visit as often as I'd like to. I know you'll pass it onto some dear folk too and I'm looking forward to your own award ceremony ;-D

Hi Dick - My word that doesn't sound like you...ooops sorry...better not dig myself into another hole. Please pass my sincere apologies onto the lovely Judy...what a terrible disturbance, you must have been fraught. I hope you've managed a good recovery. Now as for that ladder, it doesn't sound safe to me. I'd advise you get rid of it but don't go sending it off to landfill will you. Try your recycling centre for starters. I'd hate to thinking I was responsible for your broken ladder as well as Judy's upset. Please reassure her that I know who you are and you are who you are and you're no-one else but yourself and please, yes please continue blogging. ;-D

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

First of all congratulations on your award D - very well deserved.

I usually visit blogworld each day but failed to do so yesterday so that when I looked in this morning it was a lovely surprise to find that I have won an award. I am really thrilled - thank you so much. As you commented I am a newcomer to blogging and to be truthful I am still feeling my way around. But I do enjoy it and feel this is the icing on the cake so to speak, especially as I am in such worthy company.

Like Gai I shall have to give some thought to my list of nominees because there are so many blogs I enjoy but I will be attending to it this weekend.

Thank you again D - it is my first blog award and it is especially nice to receive it from the lady who made the first comment on my first blog.

A x


Hi Anne - glad it was a welcome surprise and it is much deserved. Your blog gives me that lovely occasion for pause for thought, stopping to appreciate those nice things in life. It seems like you've taken to the blogging lark like a duck takes to water. Gotta go to bed now, but I'll be doing my rounds tomorrow and am looking forward to my visit ;-D x

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