Thursday, 2 May 2013

Sunshine and memories

I want to say a very big thank you two lovely blogging friends. Jill from Jill London and Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings. Both have kindly nominated my blog for an award - thank you ladies!

I received the 'Sunshine Award' from Jill.  Thank you Jill your blog posts never fail to make me smile, and I'm honoured to receive this award from you.



The rules for this award are as follows;
Include the award's logo in a post or on your blog
Link to the person who nominated you. Answer 10 questions about yourself
Nominate 10 bloggers
Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs letting them know they have been nominated.




Just as I was basking in the glow of one award – another comes along!  Thank you Brandy, I'm delighted to accept the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

The rules of this award are as follows;
Display the award logo on your blog.
Link back to the person who gave you the award.
State seven things about yourself.
Nominate fifteen other bloggers.



This post would be very long if I answered all the questions ...so... I’m going to answer 8 (instead of 10) and state 2 things about myself (instead of 7). I hope that makes some kind of sense!

Questions and answers 
(1) A favourite quotation: I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something;and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. Helen Keller. (2) Favourite animal: Dogs but I also love cats and anything else small and furry. (3) Beatles or Rolling Stones: The Beatles – no contest! (4) A favourite destination in the UK: St. Ives in Cornwall. (5) Favourite alcoholic beverage; Southern Comfort and Lemonade with a slice of orange. (6) A favourite film: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (7) Bugs or Daffy?  Daffy! (8) Nicknames: Bob or Bobbie, and sometimes Lady B - I can’t think why!


It's hard trying to think of two things you don't already know about me, but here goes.
I've always enjoyed entering competitions, especially ones that involve writing a slogan.  Back in 1987 I entered one such competition but instead of a slogan, entrants had to suggest items to put in a time capsule. Sun Life of Canada and The Basingstoke Gazette organised the contest and when the winners were announced at the end of May 1987, I was one of them. My prize was a cheque for £25 and an invitation to attend the 'Burial Ceremony' on Friday 12th June, 1987. My suggestion was a mail-order catalogue. I thought it a good idea at the time, but I’m not so sure now, 100 years in the ground may not do it a lot of good! The capsule is due to be ‘dug up’ in 2087. I won’t be around to see it, but I hope my grandchildren will be.

The 'time capsule' with the Mayor of Basingstoke and Maggie Philbin a presenter from the Tomorrow's world TV programme.

I've always loved this photo of mum taken in the grounds of Ibstone House in Buckinghamshire. Mum was housekeeper at Ibstone for a while. My memories of living there are very vague, but I do remember my parents telling me the owner of the house; a Mrs. Andrews was a writer. But it was years later before I realised ‘Mrs. Andrews’ wrote under the pen name of Dame Rebecca West, the author of Black lamb and grey falcon, the birds fall down and the return of the soldier among several other well known books.

These are my nominations for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award  
Tracy at Pen and Paper  Catherine at An Angel in the Garden 
Sandy M at Patches of Heaven  Sharon at Sharon's Sunlit Memories Eve at The Desert Rocks
and for the Sunshine Award
Silvina at Tazas & Cuentos Bish at Random Thoughts

Congratulations!  You are all truly deserving of these awards, and they are passed on with love xx


28 comments:

  1. Thank you Barb. I wish I could see those catalogs! Was it the Peterman catalog perhaps? Anyway, can't wait to visit the other inspiring blogs on this list!

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    1. Hi Eve, now you’re asking! I think it was the Littlewoods catalogue or maybe Freemans, but it was a while ago. Wish I could be around in 2087 to find out!

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  2. ~ Hello Barbara...such a lovely post, full of interest and lovely thoughts.....~ You are very deserving too....LOVE the picture of your dear Mum and you....~~ With kindest thoughts....Maria x

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    1. Thank you Maria, I appreciate your sweet words. xx

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  3. Congratulations on these most deserving awards! How cool that you got to suggest something for the time capsule. I think a mail order catalgue was agreat idea. Just think how things will have changed by the time they dig it up. LOve the picture of your mum!

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    1. Thanks Darlene! I just hope the capsule is waterproof! I’ve always loved the picture of mum, she looks young and happy.

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  4. Dear Barbara congrats , well deserve award :)
    Loved the photo of your mother with you ,very interesting post :)

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    1. Thank you Aunt Mary I appreciate your kind words.

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  5. Well done on two much deserved awards and many thanks for thinking of me, I truly appreciate it.

    So exciting to have taken part in that time capsule project. If you were to enter today what would your suggestion be?

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    1. Good question! I would probably still plump for something made of paper, a newspaper, photographs of local buildings or modes of transport. Most important of all a letter to my grandchildren just to let them know how much they are loved and valued.

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  6. Congratulations Barbara, always well deserved!

    Congratulations to all the blogs you nominated, I'll try and visit them.

    Love your photos.

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    1. Thanks Michelle, I'm sure you will enjoy the other blogs.

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  7. YOU TOO ARE A BEATLES FAN????? ME TOO! I love the Stones but hands down, the Beatles win in every category: BEST MUSIC, CUTEST GUYS, FUNNIEST GUYS, MOST CLEVER...the list goes on!

    Happy day dear Barbara and congratulations on the awards! Anita

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    1. Hello Anita, George was my first love. Followed by John, Paul and Ringo! The walls in my bedroom were covered in 'photos when I was a youngster!

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  8. Aw, thanks so much Barbara! I have another Very Inspiring Blogger Award to post about and now this Sunshine Award :) Do you have to ask me questions or do I just put in my own facts?

    I love your favorite quote. Wise words to live by and I like to think that I try to.

    http://brandysbustlings.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Hi Brandy, go ahead and answer the 8 questions listed above (the ones I answered) or anything you like really. No rules just have fun.
      Congratulations on your two awards you truly deserve them for your lovely blog.
      Glad you liked the quote. Barbara.

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  9. Thanks for thinking of me, Barbara, and for taking an interest in my blog. I love the picture of you and your mum - it's inspired me to find one from my childhood too...

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    1. Hello Marilyn, yours was one of the first I thought of. I always enjoy visiting you, and I’m already looking forward to seeing the photos.

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  10. Oh my - thanks so much for the award Barbara - you are a real sweetheart and I like the sound of this one - the Very Inspiring Blogging award! - it has a nice logo as well. Congratulations on getting both these awards - always very well deserved. I always enjoy reading snippets about you are these are really great. The time capsule catalogue idea was brilliant and the photo is a lovely one - its a pity you can't remember more about the house as it looks very grand.

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    1. Hi Sharon, sorry I'm late in reply to this comment. I've only just found it. I hesitated before passing the award on as I know how time consuming these things are. It's lovely to receive them but finding the time to reply and pass them along is not always easy.
      I would like to go back and visit the house one of these days. It's on my bucket list!

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  11. Congrats on your awards! I think the time capsule is fascinating. It would be great if your grandchildren could be there when it is dug up.

    I visit many of the blogs you nominated and I look forward to stopping by some new ones.

    Great picture of you and your mum. :)

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    1. I didn’t really think about not being around when the capsule is opened – I suppose you don’t think like that when you are young.
      The mad thing is our two new little granddaughters will be 75 and 76, in 2087 and our grandsons 93 and 95!

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  12. Lady B? I like it! And how lovely it is that you have shared so much with us that you're stumped for something to add :-) You're such a sweetie, Barbara, and I have been catching up on your blog today and finding so many beautiful things! You really are a ray of sunshine xx

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    1. That did sound a bit pompous…sorry! :-) I’m happy if my blog spreads a little sunshine, but can’t take any credit for it, the books do the talking!

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  13. congratulations. I loved seeing your mother and learning even more about you.

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I really appreciate your comment. Thank you!
Barbara xx

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