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One Lovely Blog Award

Logo of the One Lovely Blog AwardMany thanks to the wonderful flash fiction writer and blogger, Helena Mallett, for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog Award! The rules are at the foot of this page.

As stipulated in these rules, I must now tell you seven random things about myself and nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.

Seven Random Things About Me

Hmm. What might regular readers of my blog not already know about me? Here are my carefully considered seven things, roughly in chronological order…

  1. When I was a child, Edward Heath, later to become Prime Minister, was my local MP
  2. I spent my teenage years in Germany, making friends from all over the world at an international school. I’m now enjoying reconnecting with them on Facebook.
  3. 25 years ago, I was  sent to Geneva to edit the inch-thick catalogue of a United Nations trade exhibition. It was to be printed in four languages – only three of which I could understand.
  4. One of my first PR jobs was to write the Wall’s Pocket Money Monitor for Wall’s Ice Cream. Yum.
  5. Although I’ve been married twice (widowed once), I’ve never had a mother-in-law.
  6. I was once kissed by Norman Wisdom (Albanian fans, eat your hearts out).
  7. I’ve been on a day-trip to Albania (but that’s not where I met Norman Wisdom).

My 15 Nominated Bloggers

Please pay a visit to my fifteen nominated blogs. They’re a real mix of styles and subjects, each compelling in its own way. (There are others I’d have chosen but I think they’ve already been nominated! I’m talking about you, Joanne Phillips, for a start!)

Christian Mihai – rising young writer shares his thoughts on writing and other things

Everywhere Once – fab travelogue of a couple travelling the world in a camper van

For The Love Of Bookshops – avid reader celebrates all things bookshoppish

From The Kitchen Sink – lovely mother of six rising to the challenge of special care needs

Jump – brilliant magazine blog for young girls, by young girls

Laura Zera – lovely Canadian traveller connecting cultures from around the globe

Life After Debts – plucky lady rebuilding her life after bankruptcy

Marla Madison – kind and thoughtful writer of a certain age

Moodscope – I can’t recommend this highly enough to lift your spirits and keep them on an even keel

Retiree Diary – beautiful travel photo blog

Sally Jenkins – thoughtful writer sharing advice and opportunities

The Butterfly Storm – aspiring writer on the brink of publishing her first novel

The Tiger Father – killingly funny blog by a stay-at-home Australian dad looking after two small daughters in China

The Mostyn Thomas Journal – touching, thoughtful blog by mother of a child with special needs

Undercover Mummy – brave lady blogging anonymously to get through tricky personal circumstances

And don’t forget to click on my nominator’s link, Helena Mallet, at the top of the page either! I highly recommend her book.

The Rules of the One Lovely Blog Award

1.  Recipients must thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog. 

2. Recipients must list seven random things about yourself.

3.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.


English author of warm, witty cosy mystery novels including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mysteries and the Gemma Lamb/St Bride's School series. Novels published by Boldwood Books, all other books by Hawkesbury Press. Represented by Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agents. Founder and director of the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival. Course tutor for Jericho Writers. UK Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. Lives and writes in her Victorian cottage in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

8 thoughts on “One Lovely Blog Award

  1. Hello! We following your blog – for quite a while now after which finally
    got the bravery to go forward and still provide a shout out of Austin Texas!

    1. And I’m looking forward to reading your novel, Kate! I’m sure the award will help you gain the wider audience that it deserves! x

    1. Thanks, Sally! Finding 7 interesting facts across 5 decades wasn’t too hard, but not sure I’d have enough to fill an autobiography though! I wonder what a psychologist would make of my random choices – it’s a bit like doing a Rorschach ink-blot test in public!

    1. Oh, you would love Albania, Laura! We went when my Laura was about 3 and it was a fascinating day out – not always in the ways that the government-supplied tour guide was planning! I will try to write a blog post about it some time soon, especially for you! 🙂

      1. I’d love to read a post about it, and about how you ended up on that tour. There are few, er, no places in the world that I’m not interested in hearing about!

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