The joys and responsibilities of being a blogger :-)

I confess to being negligent – a few weeks back Claire nominated me for the Liebster Blog. I was delighted to receive the award but got lazy when it came to passing it on. “Liebster”, so I am told, is a German word meaning dear, sweet, kind, nice, good, beloved, lovely, kindly, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome! Wow – I promise I didn’t make that up.

The rules are:

  1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them  (as above – Claire and Subhakar Das
  2. Reveal your top 5 picks for the award and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Post the award on your blog.
  4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogosphere – other bloggers.
  5. And, best of all – have fun and spread the karma. Definitely the best part!

 Then, much to my delight, I have just been nominated for the Versatile Bloggers award by Subhakar Das on his blog, Fic Faq.

Thank you so much to both of you for nominating me for each award.

The Rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are:
Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
Share 7 random things about yourself.
Thank the blogger who nominated you.
Add the Versatile Blog Award logo on your blog post.


Seven random things about myself

  1. I grew up in a small town in country Victoria called Cohuna
  2. I had my first child when I was 21
  3. My three sons had moved out of home by the time I was 50
  4. I am Australian with ancestors from Ireland, Scotland, England and Norway – no convicts to my knowledge 🙂
  5. I love learning about all sorts of new things – but at my own pace 
  6. I like to be unique and have a point of difference – I am not a crowd follower
  7. My partner was born in England

Now, there are responsibilities in accepting an award from a fellow blogger. There are rules to follow (not my strong point 🙂 ) however I will give it my best effort. Can I be forgiven for responding to both awards at once? I will see if I can get away with it.

I have pleasure in nominating the following bloggers  for a Liebster Award and a Versatile Blogger Award. You may chose to select one or both 🙂

Subhakar Das (nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award)

Claire (nominated me for the Liebster Award)




Well folks, this was a big blog! There are so many bloggers that I haven’t included – I hate to leave anyone out. I love the occasional comments I get from people who are photographers or artists – I may only hear from them once but gain much from their observations. I feel like I have known a lot of you bloggers for a long time as we have shared the Post A Day 2011. I hope you keep blogging in 2012 as I know that I will be and look forward to reading yours.

Kind regards


The saucepan dilemma

A stainless steel frying pan.

Image via Wikipedia

When I start something, there is no telling where it will lead to! Just before Christmas I reorganised my kitchen cupboards to make them more practical – less bending down etc. Some of my electrical goods that I don’t use much, went into the big drawer under the gas stove. It is really deep and that limits its use.

Next I found a better place for my cooking implements – saucepans, fry pans, cake tins etc. While I was doing this I realised that my saucepans (fairly cheap ones when I bought them years ago) were showing some wear and tear. In my mind I could see a lovely new set of stainless steel pans gleaming in my cupboard. Next thing, I was off to the shops with a mission to buy some new ones – good quality stainless steel.

I couldn’t decide which ones to buy as there was too much choice and some reluctance on my part, at spending that much money. All was not lost as I bought a new outfit to wear on Christmas Day – top, skirt and shoes.

I thought I had the saucepan obsession licked until I started reading ads for Boxing Day sales – saucepans up to 70% off the normal price. I rang up to see what the postage would be but there was no-one there to answer my questions (thankfully?)

You see, when I was first married we were on a very low-income and I always bought the cheapest of everything or sometimes went without. When my marriage broke up I had less income than before and often shopped at second-hand stores for most things. Later I got a good job which enabled me to take on a good mortgage. I had to watch my spending closely or I would get into debt. Now I am in a better financial position but I still find it hard to spend money. One voice is saying “treat myself, if I can’t afford it now I never will”. Another voice is saying “there is nothing wrong with the saucepans I have – they do the job”.

I wonder if I’m I trying to get a “buzz” through some nice shiny pots (retail therapy)? Probably, but I argue that I could give my existing pots to someone who needs them more than me!

Aren’t I a lucky girl, if this is all I have to concern myself with in this world on this lovely sunny day?



PS What would you do, if you were me?