Wednesday, May 12, 2010

two big thank you's and one quite interesting fact

I could gush about these two awards...honestly, I think I could probably gush for Australia. But you's actually really hard to know what to say except thank you for these. I'll try though!
Thank you to two wonderful women who I don't know apart from in the blogosphere (but I very much wish I did); whose posts I never, ever, ever miss. Dash from The French Sampler gave me the Beautiful Blogger award and Jeanne from Collage of Life handed over the Happy 101..

I am honoured. Why? Because these women are intelligent, interesting, stylish, creative, thoughtful, fun, witty, thought provoking and so much more. I wish they didn't live on the other side of the world 'cause I'd be stalking them for sure (in a very nice and thoroughly appropriate way...can you stalk appropriately??) Do I feel like I deserve these awards...not really.  Am I going to take them...yes I am! 
If you haven't read Dash and Jeanne's blogs (and I'd be surprised if you hadn't) please go and do it. If you don't follow them already, you're mad...go on, hop to it (once you've read down to my very interesting fact at least!)
Playing by the rules of these awards...which, surprisingly I'm inclined to do...I'm meant to tell you seven things about me that you don't know (and quite frankly may not want to) and 10 things that make me happy. Now as well as gushing for Oz, I am also capable of going on...and on...and on....and.. I think it's in me to write a small blog novel if I were allowed. 
But, I won' least not today (I heard that collective sigh of relief). So what I thought I'd can think a lot when you're at home sick, in between sleeping and answering work emails (knew the Crackberry was a bad idea!)...
...what I thought I'd do was honour the rules, but space it out a bit. A couple of things today, a few tomorrow...some next know...ration me out (I just know I heard a yippee somewhere out there!!)
OK, thing you don't know about me. Starting with the glamorous stuff first because it's all downhill from here I assure you. I was at their wedding...those two below...
That, bloggy peeps in case you didn't know, is the King and Queen of Jordan on their wedding day. This is an official photo because I wouldn't dream of invading their privacy by posting a personal one. My friend Mary in Canada who reads this blog was there too and she'll confirm (hi Mary). See the soldier in the background? He parachuted into the palace grounds with the sword you see them cutting the cake with...awesome but highly risky in my humble opinion. And I was in the Army and I've jumped out of a plane (once) so I should know! And in case you're wondering why I was ex-husband spent 12 months studying with (the now) King Abdullah at the Army Staff College in Camberley UK in 1990 (what a cracker of a year that was!!). Look, the staff college crest...owls have been in forever...

Come on...admit it...that was quite interesting.
And one thing that makes me very happy? (apart from the obvious MGM, the first born and the 22 year old...and the order is interchangeable depending on how nice they're being). Notice how I left out the vampire slayer who is never nice!
...books, books and more I wish I had a book tree like this. I think that I could have rescued the ailing economy of a small nation with all the money I've spent on books in my lifetime, of all kinds. And magazines. But I justify my consumerism by telling myself that I am supporting an art form...and I am. One of my strongest childhood memories though is going to the local library every week with my dad all through my growing up years in Newcastle...this is my favourite home town beach...Nobby's...where I spent many an hour trying to impress the boys and get a tan (both spectacularly unsuccessfully)
Dad and I and my big sister would get out six books each (the maximum allowed) and read, and read, and read.  Much to the annoyance of my mother who we shamefully left with all the work and who didn't actually start to love reading until she was in her mid 60' you can't stop her!
I will pass these awards on...but I want to think about it a bit more, because, of course...I want you all to have them...but that's probably not the same as being given one...and I know how good that feels.
Did I say thanks! And thanks also to everyone who left a comment for me when I was a bit sickly yesterday. Starting to feel better, and yes...the 22 year old did look after me quite well. He's not silly!
Come back tomorrow and I'll show you a small project...that doesn't involve silver leaf, but was tricky in its own sweet way!
images by me and'll know which is which I'm sure. And if you don't you'll forgive me...I'm still not 100%...cough!

...and at the risk of sounding like a broken record...don't forget to enter the giveaway


  1. Dear Kerry,
    More congratulations....these awards are coming in thick and fast. You are obviously doing lots of things right !!!!
    How impressive to have been at that Royal wedding. WOW. ....and, you spent time in Camberley. I spent loads of time there, as my Aunt and Uncle lived there and my sister and I went to stay in the holidays. I loved it there. We had some great times with our cousins.
    I'm so pleased that you are feeling better and that your son won a lot of points, looking after o!! Didn't Buffy curl up beside you ?hehe.
    Keep drinking the chicken soup and you will be 100% before you know it. XXXX

  2. are a sweetie!! How kind you are and to be mentioned along with Dash...even better!!

    I loved, loved, loved this post. You are one happening gal...I would love to sit around a table with you, with a wine glasses in front of us. I have a feeling we would have a good laugh.

    Love your photos here and the stories that follow..lovely insight and so nice to read all about you. Look forward to the next little tid bit!!
    Take care and b-well :)

    Jeanne xo

  3. Amazing what we don't know about people...very interesting post my lovely..Rachaelxx

  4. That's brilliant! Congrats on the awards and I'm very very impressed with your bit of interesting information. Love it!
    I am the same as you with reading - I'm a shocker for being tempted by book shops and newsagents. I actually have to smuggle them into the house these days. I bought Lunch in Paris yesterday and am really enjoying it though fear it will not last me very long.
    Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better!

  5. Well, I knew you were special but wow! A guest at a royal wedding no less - just a little bit impressive! Glad you're on the mend, we need you at the top of your game so make sure you get that lovely boy of yours to keep the medicinal icecream at the ready. Oh, and you thoroughly deserve the growing number of awards you've been showered with! Have a great day, and I suggest another day of rest and recuperation - sound good? Just tell work I gave you the day off! K xx

  6. Very interesting post {and how much cough syrup have you been taking?}.


    Oh...congratulations on the awards! ;-D

  7. Wonderful post. Anyone who has jumped out of a plane doesn't need to give 6 things we don't know about her - one is enough. Quite fun to read a post written on Wednesday before Wednesday has even arrived here in Canada.
    Congrats on your awards - glad other people appreciate you like I do.

  8. Well aren't you just the clever girl and with many hidden parts! Look forward to more revelations. The only disappointing thing about blogging is that we only get to know a part of all these amazing people out there and there are so many that I know I would love to get to know better. Get well quickly

  9. forgot to ask what is a DIY linky party. You would think I should have learnt these things by now but I think I must be blog insular!! Glad you liked my little bit of nonsense.

  10. I'm duly impressed by (in no particular order) the fact that you were at the wedding; by that amazing cake; and that you parachuted out of a plane. I'm looking forward to more interesting facts - should be, well, interesting!

  11. Wow!! You are one interesting lady my dear!!! Not that I didn't already know that:) Congratulations on your wonderful and very well deserved awards Kerry!! Loved learning these new things about you too. Hope you continue to feel better. Big hugs to you ~ Tina xx

  12. Congratulations on your award Kerry!! Your posts are always great and I really do enjoy following your blog. Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. I for one am highly impressed that you were at that wedding :) What an experience!! As for books, I love reading too although my time to do so is much more limited these days with Grace. I love going to the library and can't wait until Grace shows more interest in our little visits. I notice you're reading 'Lunch In Paris' at the moment, it's currently on my 'to read' list - let me know what it's like. Your comfy bed looks like the perfect spot to blog away on your laptop xx

  13. Congratulations on the awards! You totally deserve them both. How cool that you were at a Royal wedding?! I can't wait to learn more about you.

    Oh and I am a big reader too! In fact, when I'm not blogging (or working), I'm usually reading or knitting!

  14. Hello Kerry, I was pleased to stumble on this post. Now I think I kind of know you. I came across from Meredy's Count it all Joy blog. And I've also seen your name on comments on the blogs I follow. Nice to meet you. x Anita

  15. Hi Kerry
    Well Dash and Jeanne are two of my favourite bloggers.. and I totally agree with all you have said about their blogs.. so refreshing to find entertaining blogs that all inform.. and of course their great personalities.. diversity is the thing!!

    I can't believe you were at the wedding of the King and Queen or Jordan.. well.. lucky us to see these pictures .. that certainly is one huge wedding cake...

    Thank you so much for popping over to my blog and your lovely birthday wishes.. What a thrill to receive wishes from bloggers I didn't even know.. and even better finding their blogs as a result.. Ange is some kind of wonderful!!! Have a fabulous day.. hope you feel better,. and thanks again.. xx Julie

  16. I love that picture of your bed crammed with books, the laptop. You are a queen and you deserve your share of the cake, congratulations! xoxox

  17. Kerry -

    Congratulations on your awards!!!!!!!! Thoroughly deserved! If I knew how to give you such a thing, I would have!

    I cracked up at the comment on my blog re: you making the farm animal cake for your son and him uptuning the animals, head first into the cake.

    I have lamented - (ever since) not putting the musk life savers on the figurines on the 'Pool Party' cake ever since you told me about it!!!!

    Tracey at Velvetine Lily

  18. Congratulations on your wonderful awards!
    I descovered your blog through Mama loves to shop. Please come and join "My little Jedi" blog and say hi xx

  19. Congrats on the awards .. now go back to bed. you sound sick just from reading your words. no more blogging until you are better. we can all manage for 1 more day. look forward to your fun posts soon (-: linda

  20. Hi Kerry, I'm late commenting (was stuck at airport waiting for an arrival and home way too late!). Congrats on the awards. What a lovely surprise to see that photo and it sure brought back some great memories! What a week that was! Must admit that it still is something special to have experienced and shared with so many friends. By the way, Mark said to tell you that he is very impressed with your blog! I showed it to him as soon as I saw the picture from the wedding. Hope you are feeling better and as long as you are only 'playing' on the computer and not working, it is okay to have it on the bed with you!

  21. Kerry there is so so much goodness going on here!! Congrats on your much deserved awards and that cake! My goodness that cake. And you were in the army?! How did I not know this. This is so cool!! Do you have any posts dedicated to this? I would love to read em :) Have a great day gorgeous! XO

  22. Dearest Kerry
    congratulations on your awards! they're more than deserved cause I bet those ladies are interesting,funny, creative, smart and brilliant and SO are you!You had an adventurous life, have you? Loved to read about it and a royal wedding... wow, I'm impressed!!
    Have a lovely day and take care
    xx Flaviana

  23. Wow, love reading this and learning more about you! Well deserved on the awards! have a wonderful Wednesday!
    Take care

  24. Oh kerry I feel very humbled by your lovely comments, it was a pleasure to give you the award, as indeed it is a pleasure to read your divine blog.

    I love your answers, well fancy that, mingling with royalty and jumping out of planes, what a girl! did you have a piece of that beautiful cake?

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