Double thanks to double awards …

Thank you very much to dorothymcdonall at Eyes to Heart who, on 24th March, nominated A Little British Pea for the Liebster Award! I had begun to prepare for “accepting” this award and passing it on when I became ill for a second time, and so I couldn’t even take care of myself for a week, let alone take care of my blog!

And then, in an extraordinary turn of events, as I decide to come back to blogging on Weekly Photo Challenge day, I find I have been nominated for the Liebster Award for a second time by dreaminofobx at Things I See and Know. So, I hope I don’t sound terribly big-headed, but I shall graciously accept them both!

The Rules

  1. The Liebster is given by bloggers to other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.
  2. Each blogger should post eleven facts about himself or herself.
  3. Each blogger should answer the eleven questions that are asked by the person doing the nominating.
  4. Choose eleven new bloggers to nominate for the Award and link to them in the post.
  5. Create eleven new questions for your nominees.
  6. Go back to their pages and tell them they’ve been nominated.
  7. No tag backs.

Eleven Facts About Me (I will do this only once!)

  1. I can’t think of one fact, let alone eleven.
  2. That realisation makes me wonder how anyone can find my blog interesting, let alone give me two awards!
  3. When I first started school I would tell people I was born in Sweden, until a Swedish girl started speaking to me in Swedish, and then I realised … I probably wasn’t born there! My mum later informed me I was actually born in Swindon!
  4. I’m almost 21 and still can’t drive – I am learning now though!
  5. My first flight on a plane was when I was 17 – in the 3 and a half years since then I have taken a total of 22 individual flights!
  6. I like to include France in my list of countries I’ve visited – in truth I only went through the northern corner coming out of Calais and going into Belgium!
  7. I’m addicted to Vanilla Coca Cola, the only time I’ll drink something fizzy! Usually I only have it when I am in the US, but now it’s back in the UK, I fear I cannot resist …
  8. I have a terrible obsession with collecting pens!
  9. I don’t always know how to correctly use an apostrophe – isn’t that sad?!
  10. I am short – only 5′ 2″! I’d never wish I was taller though.
  11. I love genealogy – my family tree goes back to the 1500s, and so far my ancestors are all from England, except one from Ireland!

My Answers to dorothymcdonall’s questions

  1. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour? Chocolate chip mint! I could eat it all day every day, it’s delicious!
  2. What are three things on your bucket list? My top three would definitely be visit Machu Picchu, do a bungee jump or skydive and see the northern lights.
  3. What’s your occupation? I am a receptionist at a dental practice … it’s actually a lot more fun that it sounds, promise!
  4. If you had a chance to dine with a celebrity, dead or alive, who would it be and why? Ooh, that’s tough! I would probably pick someone like Einstein! That would be an awe-inspiring conversation … and completely one-sided!
  5. What’s your favourite way to spend an unexpected afternoon off? If the weather’s nice, I would take a walk up to Windsor Great Park – I never miss an opportunity to go there! If it’s not so great outside, then I’d just sit and read.
  6. Do you have a personal anthem? If so, what is it? Hmm, no I don’t have one, but I wish I did!
  7. When was the last time you walked in nature and where were you at the time? As you all know by now, Windsor Great Park is the most likely place to find me when it comes to nature! I was there only yesterday.
  8. Which travel destination has delighted you most unexpectedly? Leipzig, Germany. We were only staying there one night and day as that’s where we flew into on a visit to Chris’ German family. I didn’t realise just how much Leipzig had to offer, and I really want to visit again to truly appreciate it all!
  9. If you were a colour, what would you be? Yellow. My room has been yellow more times than any other colour (I re-paint my room often!), and I love how it’s just so sunny and bright. I would like to cheer people up with my sunniness and brightness.
  10. Can you name five sports beginning with the letter “S”? Snooker, Skating, Swimming, Skiing … Surfing.
  11. What book, fiction or non-fiction, have you read that has changed your life for the positive? Wow, I couldn’t possibly answer this question with one title! Every book I read affects me, and that’s why I absolutely love reading!

My Answers to dreaminofobx’s questions

  1. Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met? Well! Living in Windsor has it’s perks – I’ve seen most of the major members of the royal family, and can see visiting diplomats etc when they are visiting the Queen at her favourite royal residence – Windsor Castle! I’ve also seen various celebrities – footballers, musicians, film stars, comedians – visiting Legoland Windsor when I worked there for 4 years. But actually met, as in spoken to them? Hmmm … none!! Well, apparently I served the footballer at Legoland, but as I don’t follow it, I had no clue who it was!
  2. Why did you start blogging? Haha, I started blogging because at the time I was planning to be an au pair in Paris, and so I wanted to document the experience. Well, that never happened! But I decided to change the blog name and give blogging about life in general a go.
  3. What is your most likeable quality? Umm, I don’t think I could answer that myself.
  4. What is one item you should really throw away, but probably never will? I am a hoarder. Not like those on the TV, but I like to keep things which have certain memories associated with them. I don’t display them or stick them in scrap books (I started that last year and never got far!), so they just sit in a box waiting for me to feel sentimental and look through them all. Tickets, receipts, wrappers, various other bits and bobs I’ve just kept. I know they’ll all have to go when I move to the US, but I’m not thinking about that right now, haha.
  5. If you could be anywhere in the world this New Year’s Eve, where would you choose and why? It’s always been a dream of mine to be in Sydney to see in the new year! It’d be great fun being one of the first people to celebrate it! But that’s not likely … I never go to a major city for New Year’s Eve, I always stay at home and fall asleep on the couch with the rest of my family!!
  6. Summarise your outlook on life in six words. Always look on the bright side!
  7. What event in the next few months are you most looking forward to? I have my 10K run on 6th May to look forward to – that’s only 1 month away! Then in the middle of July I’ll be turning 21, and then at the end of July my sister and I will be taking a trip to Helsinki, Finland! So a lot to look forward to for now.
  8. If you had a $100 gift card to spend in any store, where would you choose to spend it? Staples! (see fact 8!)
  9. What cheers you up when you are having a bad day? If it’s a free day for me, I’ll go for a walk. It is always the best way to unwind and calm down if things are going wrong. If it’s raining (which let’s face it, it usually is!) then I’ll pop in a yoga DVD and get lost in an hour or so of yoga. Perfect stress-busting right there.
  10. What one piece of advise would you give to a new blogger? Don’t worry about finding your niche. Unless you deliberately started blogging to talk about a particular topic, then don’t stress over keeping to the same structure. Blog about whatever you feel like blogging about, whether it’s pages of writing, or just a picture for the day, don’t worry so much about keeping it the same. People like variety!
  11. If you could create a memorial to yourself in a city park, what and where would the memorial be? Hmm, I don’t think I would want a memorial to myself!

Eleven Questions for my Nominees

  1. If you could learn one skill that you’ve never had, what would it be, and why?
  2. If you had the chance to redo things in your life, would you?
  3. Are you a procrastinator?
  4. Do you have a fear that you have not yet conquered?
  5. Do you have a dream you’ve suppressed due to life commitments?
  6. Do you prefer to go to bed and get up early, or late?
  7. Have you ever told a lie and repeated it so much that you eventually believed it yourself?
  8. What is your favourite time of the year? New Year, Summer, Christmas, etc.?
  9. If you could travel to any point in time, when would it be?
  10. Do you share your blog with people you know in real-life?
  11. What inspires you?

My Nominations for the Liebster Award (Go on, give them a visit!)

The Hoppy Mommy Bunny

Crazywonderfullife

Airstream Family

Hyperfocalart

The Random Act of Kindness

Jumbled Contents of My Head

The Photography Butterfly

Stilettos2slippers

Still and All

Cancerinmythirties

My Year of Sweat

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