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I’ll Have Them Both, Thanks!

A few days ago Khana over at Khana’s web nominated me to receive the WordPress Family award. Then a couple of days later Nanuschka nominated me for both the WordPress Family award and the Sunshine Award!

I’m touched – I feel as if my WordPress buddies are part of my extended family and I’ve wanted this award for ages! I love reading about the experiences and views of people from far-flung places like the USA, South Africa and so on as well as posts from closer to home. I feel like I almost know some of you people.

The Sunshine Award – now, I’m not really a “Sunshine” kind of guy. Maybe my overwhelming pessimism doesn’t come out in my posts? But I’ll accept this one as well – maybe it will inspire me to positivity!

Here come the logos!

WordPress Family Award

Sunshine Award

Here are the rules for the WordPress Family award:

1. Display the award logo on your blog. See above

2. Link back to the person who nominated you. Check and check

3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family. That’s 10 combined for both awards, right?

4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them. FineI shall do this but it seems like a lot of hard work.

5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people who have taken you as a friend, and spread the love. Yay love!

The rules for the Sunshine Award are similar, but there are also some questions, which I shall attempt to answer below. I hope no-one minds, but I’ve added multiple instances of the letter “u” to the questions below because I’m a Brit.

  • Favourite colour – blue, and most shades thereof, moving into purple (but not pink). Sorry, just one colour you say? Okay, blue.
  • Favourite animal – cat, because they’re cute and fluffy and above all, independent. They’ll be there for you – on their terms.
  • Favourite number – why would I have a favourite number? I hate numbers. They get all mixed around in my head. You need an answer? Okay, I’ll take a leaf out of “Bill and Ted‘s” book then – “Sixty-nine, dude!”
  • Favourite non-alcoholic drink – “Tesco no added sugar cloudy lemonade.” I jut checked round the corner and I currently have 14 litres in the house, sitting next to my stockpile of Diet Coke cans (currently numbering 38).
Lemonade and Coke

Mmmm. Nearly no calories of tasty refreshment.

  • Prefer FaceBook or Twitter – I really only use them to publicise my blog, though I read what my friends are up to via Facebook every few days, so Facebook I guess.
  • My passion/s – I don’t really have any. I’d love to have some. Reading maybe.
  • Prefer getting or giving presents – Giving.
  • Favourite pattern – what does this mean, favourite pattern? Like, plaid or something? I’m not keen on patterns as such. I don’t like anything which regularly repeats itself.
  • Favourite days of the week – Saturday. Yay for Saturday!
  • Favourite flower – What? What? I can identify roses, daisies and dandelions. My favourite is none of them. See below for what my favourite flower might be.
Favourite Flowers

Some of these might be my favourite flowers (taken at Bodnant Gardens, North Wales)

These flowers are shades of blue and purple, so that fits with “favourite colour”.

And so to the moment you’ve all been waiting for (or dreading) – the nominations! I know that some of these people either don’t really do awards or already have these awards. That’s cool. Feel free to take one or both of these awards if you like, but this list is really just to thank you for being a part of my little WordPress family and bringing a little sunshine into my life. I love to read what you’ve written, comment on your posts and read your replies.

So this is a list of just a few members of my treasured WordPress family (in no particular order), and I hope you’ll check out their blogs if you haven’t already!

Kate Stull
Knocked Over By A Feather
Morrighan’s Muse
The Rambling Diaries
Hope* The Happy Hugger
Fish of Gold

And finally, last time I showed you a view from inside the awards ceremony, so here’s me arriving for this ceremony, complete with imaginary girlfriend! Do you like my tux? Pretty sweet, huh? And the limo – fully stocked with Tesco No Added Sugar Cloudy Lemonade and cans of Diet Coke. Please be aware that this picture contains some flash photography.

Red Carpet

“Red Carpet” by DraliDoodles (TM)

  1. June 25, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for taking part! Love the DraliDoodles!


    • June 25, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for the nomination!
      The perspective and scale went a bit wrong on the doodle, but hey 🙂 why change the habit of a lifetime!


  2. June 25, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Congratulations again & again. I’m not sure so much fizzy stuff is good for you though, maybe you should take out shares in Tesco’s & Coke lol. I love the Red Carpet pic 🙂


    • June 25, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Probably too much fizz is not the best, true! But it’s so yummy.
      I do drink a lot of apple and orange juice as well, but they have so many more calories in them! Artificial sweeteners are the future 😉


      • June 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

        I’m just kidding if you love fizzy just enjoy it 🙂


  3. June 25, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Yay for Drali doodles and diet coke – yum! I don’t know anything about flowers, but the ones in the picture look lovely. 🙂 The only thing is, Drali dear– numbers are wonderfully beautiful! 😀 Congrats on all the awards and thank you for including me in your Presser family!


    • June 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

      You’re welcome!
      I know numbers can be beautiful but weirdly, although I have a PhD in Physics and therefore had to do degree-level applied maths (up to a certain point), I can’t do “the numbers”! Replace numbers with letters and I’m fine – yay algebra :-).
      I can do number puzzles and so on (like, “what’s the next number in this sequence?”), but give me any number over 5 digits and my brain will immediately switch some of the numbers around. Good job PINs on credit cards are only 4 digits or I’d never be able to buy anything in a shop ever again!


  4. merbear74
    June 25, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Thank you much!!


  5. June 25, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you for the nomination! I’m not sure artificial sweetners are the future, but never mind!!


    • June 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      You’re welcome!
      As for artificial sweeteners I guess it’s that classic trade-off between fewer calories or fewer chemicals. Put like that, sugar does sound like the better choice!


  6. June 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Reblogged this on SERENDIPITY and commented:
    Wow, thank you! These are beautiful awards and if I do not respond quickly … and I probably won’t because I have so many deadlines and committments in the next bunch of weeks (how did THAT happen?), I have not forgotten YOU or these lovely awards. I really must learn how to look at a calendar and realize that there are only a finite number of days in there and you don’t get to a deadline in one day. There’s a process leading to it and that’s more time, lots more time than I have left myself to do what I’m ‘posed to do. I figure I’ll be dug out by sometime in August if I don’t make any more promises. I love doing this, but I need to get better organized. Thank you and thank you again. I like your “U” additions. I’ve always felt that “or” becomes ever so much classier when accompanied by a “oUr” ! It’s why you Brits always sound so much smarter than we Yanks.


  7. Gilraen
    June 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the nomination. Work to do for me 🙂


  8. June 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    For everyone who is a Sunshine awardee, you are welcome to my site to snatch a remodeled version of The Sunshine Award! It seemed to be getting a bit tatty from repeated cloning. Since I have lots of pretty sunflowers. I made a new award picture you can use. If you like. You can make it big — really really big — or as small as you like. It’s a thank you to all of you wonderful people who make me feel I matter to someone outside my little clapboard world 🙂



    • June 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      That’s really great, I just saw it! Thanks for doing that, I think I’ll grab me one of those!


  9. garryarmstrong
    June 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    As a visitor, I am taken with the sharing and caring of the Word Press family.


    • June 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Exactly how I felt after I started my blog – I was expecting to write a bit, read a bit and that was it, but there’s so much love and caring going on between bloggers.
      Sometimes people who have real problems and others helping them, or just some kind words about someone’s post.


  10. June 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Congrats and thanks!


  11. June 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Does your girlfriend have a name? I think your fan base just got larger there, too! Way to go!


    • June 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Hmm, I think I’ll call her Emma after the girl in Once Upon a Time, ‘cos she’s cute and kicks ass :-).
      Yes, my fan base did expand – it’s great and now I’m having a little panic attack.


  12. June 26, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Congrats to my brainiac on your awards. Yes, I did claim you but after reading that your lousy with numbers I will have to toss you back. I need a man that’s good with numbers!
    Seriously, thanks for all your wonderful words and doodles!


    • June 26, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Oh no – I’ve blown my chances due to my lack of mathematical ability 😦
      Glad you’re enjoying my posts and doodles!


  13. June 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Love the doodle!! Mucho! Emma rocks 😀

    Also.. yay purply/blue flowers! Later.. when I am big and a much better grown-up I hope I have this teenie tiny (tree)house in a lavender field.

    Anyhoodle.. Congrats and thank you so much for nominating me!! 😀


    • June 30, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      You’re welcome for the nomination.
      Your dream tree house sounds great 🙂


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