A very long time ago (goodness, back in March!) I got an unexpected blog comment from The Bead Den Craftivities awarding me this beauty –
It’s taken me forever to do anything about it, for which I can only apologise! The rules of the award are quite simple, and require me to do the following –
First – and most importantly – to thank the person who awarded it to me. So, thank you so very much to The Bead Den – and do go back and read the nomination post here, since it contains links to lots and lots of other worthwhile things. The rest of the blog is also great, of course, and well worth your attention!
Second – to tell you all seven things about me you probably didn’t know. This was hard (and the main thing to be honest that’s slowed me down these almost-two-months!). So here goes nothing!
- I’m a master mariner’s granddaughter. Mostly this means I’m good at tying knots, and seem to have inherited a genetic resistance to motion sickness! Once upon a time I could do semaphore and morse code, too, but I’ve forgotten how.
- I learned to love real ale aged 19 (university has a lot to answer for!). Ten years later, aged 29, I started to brew my own.
- I have four hens – Gertie, Mabel, Flora, and Spot. I can heartily endorse back-yard hen keeping, which is a source of great joy (and fantastic eggs!). Hens make wonderful pets.
- I have a 2.1 in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. This has no bearing whatsoever on my day job!
- I love learning new things, which tends to mean I acquire a new hobby at least once a year – much to my husband’s distress, as he points out (quite rightly!) that there’s no room in our small cottage for any more of my ‘stuff’. When the hobby turns out to produce something he can eat or drink, he’s a bit more easily mollified!
- I have no formal training in cooking, sewing, brewing, curing, butchery, horticulture, photography, writing (beyond GCSE English!), chandlery, or really any of the other skills in this blog – I do have a habit of thinking ‘how hard can it be?’ and just giving things a try! I have to remind myself from time to time that the other key question is ‘what could possibly go wrong??’.
- I adore the information, inspiration, and new perspectives which I get from fellow bloggers, and it’s great to think that in a small way I can contribute to that rich community! [Ok, perhaps this doesn’t really qualify as ‘surprisng’ but I was really struggling for number 7!]
Third – to nominate seven more bloggers for this wonderful (and pretty, isn’t it?) award. There’s no obligation here, folks, if you’ve been given this award before, I’m sorry to bother you again, and if you have better things to do, that’s just dandy! But without further ado, and in no particular order, here are my seven nominees (along with a quick note about why I think their blogs are so great, and always look forward new posts) –
From Belly to Bacon – charcuterie, what more is there to say?
Very Berry Handmade – amazing fabrics, designs & sewing inspiration
The Rowdy Chowgirl – great food, and fermentation – just what every girl needs!
Into Mind – fashion & clothing customisation
Domestic Diva, M.D. – fabulous anecdotes & comfort food
Happiness Stan Lives Here – lots of red-meat based solid grub
Conker & Indigo Recipes – great food & photos
Finally, I have to go and comment on all their blogs to let them know they’ve won (and with apologies for the, um, kreativ spelling) – I hope they’re suitably psyched, or at least not too irritated with me!
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