Sunday, May 31, 2009

Creative Blog Award

Lovely DJ Kirkby gave me an award a week or so ago. I didn’t get around to displaying it; so here it is. In return I must list seven things that I love and pass the award onto seven creative bloggers that I admire.

So, seven things, huh? I am going to exclude people from my list otherwise it would be a list of seven people or groups of people which mightn’t be very interesting. Should I exclude tea? And books? You all know I love them… Maybe, maybe… here’s an idea: my criteria shall be things I haven’t already told you I love…

So, drumroll please, in no particular order…
  1. Cats
  2. Custard Creams
  3. The Sea
  4. Gin
  5. Sunday lunch esp Roast Lamb and mint sauce
  6. Photoshop
  7. Lavender

Now I am supposed to pass the award on to seven creative bloggers that I admire but because I can’t do anything I’m told to do… There are five blogs that I go to… usually as a lurker… for the quality of their photos. I go and sigh a lot and wish I could take pics half as good. *Sigh* I don't know if any of them really 'do' blog awards, but at least they'll know I appreciate them even if I don't make comments on their sites.

The first site is Kingsdowner. I found this blog when I was looking for visuals of the Kent countryside for research for my novel. I might have grown up in the countryside but I’m a bit of a thicky when it comes to plants and creatures. Kingsdowner is an expert. I’ve never commented there because I’m so in awe.

The second site is Nomadic Tendencies. I think Ange found me first and I spotted her on my stat details… She’s an Aussie living in Thailand; she posts a picture a day on a Thai theme. Ange has a lovely eye for composition and a first rate eye for colour.

The third choice, some of you may already know, Uphilldowndale. I can’t remember how I found this blog. She lives in a truly gorgeous part of England and her photos are spectacular. Do go and have a look.

Fourthly, Yesbut’s pictures I found when googling ‘nude in a scarf’ for this post. The picture was so much better than mine: *sigh* I have made an assumption that Yesbut is female but I could be wrong. Update: Oh deary, deary me. I am wrong; Yesbut is a man, a most manly male man. Big apologies Yesbut. Tee hee: you were most gracious about your sex change, and I DO live in Thailand...

Finally, and fifth, is our Spiral Jen at Inspiral Daze. Living not far from where my book is set, her pictures are mostly of the natural environment: pulled right out at a landscape or right up close to the zoomed in landscape of a flower or leaf.


Anonymous said...

congrats to all the awardees and you specilly!

Anonymous said...

meant 'specially'

JJ Beattie said...

Hey, MelRox, thanks for coming by and thank you for your comment.

Amanda said...

Congrats of the award!

DOT said...

Congratulations - Thailand has Talent!

And thanks for pointing me to Kingsdowner - I too am in awe.

Debs said...

Congratulations on your award, it's lovely.

Your answers are great, and I especially agree Custard Creams.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the award, but I'm not sure about the sex change. :)

Flowerpot said...

having to cut it down to 7 - how do you choose?!

DJ Kirkby said...

Oooh great loves...I like your loves :) also admiring your rebellion on the meme handover. xo

Carol and Chris said...

Ooohh, those blogs sound good. I shall go and visit :-)

Congratulations on the award

C x

Pat Posner said...

Congrats on the award, JJ.
Hope you're migraine free now.


JJ Beattie said...

Thanks Amanda.

DOT, We do, indeed. Kingdowner's pics are great. What patience he must have.

Thanks Debs. Oooh custard creams... I wanted to buy them in the shop today but I didn't. I am a good girl.

Yesbuts, EEeeeeekkkkkkk! Sorry. I have amended your gender.

Flowerpot, well, I could do seventy, but I thought you might all get bored. I did the first seven that came to me.

DJ, phew, I'm relieved you're not cross with my rebellion. Glad you liked them.

C&C, They are all lovely. Totally fab pics. Thanks m'dear.

Pat, thanks. And I am now migraine free, at last.

Lane said...

Some lovely blogs there jj!

HelenMHunt said...

Custard creams and cats. Yes, that'll do!

Jon M said...

With you on the roast lamb and mint sauce. Custard creams? yeah okay!

Kingsdowner said...

JJ, thanks for your kind comments, which came as a surprise because (as you admit) you've previously only "lurked" through my blog.
Please, no awe is needed as I'm only a minion of the people who (a) really know their stuff on the natural world, or (b) take incredibly good photos.
Some do both, regularly!

Anyway, you're very welcome, especially with you link to the lovely Weald of Kent, where I grew up.

JJ Beattie said...

Lane, thank you. I certainly enjoy their photos.

Helen, and dunked in tea? The custard creams, obviously; not the cats as that would be wrong.

Jon, see above: vastly improved when dunked in tea,

Kingsdowner, you're welcome. I'm still in awe at the knowledge and patience needed. I shall continue to visit... I might even be brave enough to comment!

Ange said...

JJ - thanks again so much. Having looked at the other sites, I think my level of undeservedness (maybe not a word!) has increased significantly! But I'm glad you enjoy the photos - I love taking them and I love being able to share them.


JJ Beattie said...

Ange, well I think you deserved it! Maybe I like the five sites so much because you are all totally different. I like the Thai-ness of yours.

Inspiral Daze said...

Aw, thank you! Aren't you scrummy? I will repay your kindness in champagne in a few weeks!

Am off to investigate the others now!