Thursday, January 27, 2011

as it's the award season....

If it's good enough for's good enough for me! Gratuitous Colin shot coming right need for a thank was absolutely no trouble :)
Boy that was a good movie. You might want to stop reading now...Colin is probably as good as it gets :)
But if you're brave, or just have nothing better to do...a little while ago now I was given this award...
by two very lovely bloggy people and their very stylish blogs...'Cross the Pond and I used to be snow white but I drifted...thank you possums. I have had this once before from Sara Louise...and once again, I'm chuffed! As you would be. That time I told you about my most embarrassing moment...relive it here if you must..or better still go and visit those lovely grantees :)
Then, as you do, I got to thinking about the definition of stylish...dictionaries mostly refer to stylish being about conforming to the modern fashion...which I most definitely do not :)
So I went looking for quotes...and this one grabbed me right down to my ever so stylish Haviana thongs (flip flops for the northern hemisphere)...well it's really hot here and I'm on holidays so don't judge me ok :)
''Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.'' Gore Vidal
and this one too...
“Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others.” Orson Welles
Oh are so right. And, apart from the "not giving a damn" bit (because I do believe that you need to take others into consideration, most of the time) I'm with Gore as well. 
You know how it goes...I'm meant to tell you 7 things about me but what more is there to tell that is publishable I wonder!!
But I'll give it a crack...

1.    My first love was a boy called Kenneth Brown. He sang like an angel to me over the back fence when we were only five...mostly the song was "take me back to the black hills, the black hills of Dakota, to the beautiful Indian country that I love" (why that song I'll never now seeing we lived in a city in Australia!) Very sadly he died one Christmas Eve when he was 19, electrocuted putting up the Christmas lights. I still think about that.
2.   I am an excellent speller. Even before spell check.
3.   I know it's terribly unfashionable...unstylish even (gasp) but I have lots of buddhas in and around my house...15 at last count...they make me feel tranquil when I remember to look at them. I'll show them all to you one day. Bet you can't wait for that. They must have the right face or they don't make it home with me:) My most precious one (not in terms of cost) I bought at Buddha's birthplace in Nepal.
4.   On a related note, I have an as yet unrealised plan to meditate every day. I may be on my way to looking like a jolly buddha but that's as far as my buddhist leanings go at the moment I'm afraid.
5.   I am not, never have been, never will be...a minimalist. You knew that already didn't you? And I have a real love of 'ethnic' things.
...and I'm mad for a bit of Mildred (and ignore the slayer in the corner)
6.   I try very hard not to be a hater but I have two pet hates: use of the word 'hero' in the same breath as sporting (these people are not heroes, sorry) and misuse of the word tragedy in the same way. Someone breaking their finger, toe, arm, or having a cold and not being able to play for Australia is not a tragedy. Glad I got that off my chest. Thank goodness yesterday was Australia Day...I'd be deported if I'd said it then :)
7.   I like the cold better than I like the heat despite growing up not too far from a beach and harbouring a desire to go and live on the north coast of NSW. I will need air conditioning and a pool thank you very much. 
8.   And one extra thing (told you I wasn't a minimalist)...I have dubbed 2011 The Year of Living a mad attempt to reduce my mortgage. This of course doesn't apply to books, learning or travel :)

Crumbs you're good if you've got this far. I would like to pass this on to a couple of blogsters who make me laugh...because as the sidebar blurb says...I do love to laugh...either through their posts, their comments or both. Now that's stylish.

Play if you feel so inclined, but no probs if you don't :)
all photos by me...except Colin...oh to get that close!


  1. Thank you for sharing with us ! It's fun to get to know you better :) In some way. Because you're on the other side of the planet.

    Have a wonderful day !


  2. None of those are too surprising about you! Very funny as always. And thanks for the early morning eye candy - British men are my thing.. Fortunately, my husband is British! Colin played the role so extraordinarily well. I listened to the original war speech given by King George just the other day and Colin replicated it perfectly. How you can speak with such impediment without ever suffering from it in reality is remarkable and he deserves an Oscar. Rachaelxx

  3. Dearest Kerry, If anyone should receive a stylish blogger award....then it most certainly should be you. Anyone who can seriously discuss the merits of knitted pebble covers or dishcloths [in a variety of colours of course] to the point where those of us [I include myself here] who really should know better feel tempted to include them in our interior decorating schemes, is clearly a trailblazer.

    You dearest Kerry are not only create, live and breathe a unique style that the rest of us poor mortals can merely dream of!!!!

    A belated but warmly sent Happy New Year to you and the VS.

  4. 15 Buddhas! That 15 tummies you have to rub.
    Congratulations on your award and thanks for mine! xx

  5. Thanks for sharing Kerry. Boy, point number one is just so terribly sad.
    Yes, please post your collection of buddhas,

  6. Ah, I love finding out more about what makes you tick, Kerry.

    #1 was a real tragedy. I unite with you on #2. I'd also like to do #4 but find I can't relax enough to do it (although that's meant to be the whole point but do you know what I mean?). I totally agree with #6 and #7. Unfortunately #8 is our default position on one income on PB.

    Oh, and Anita, Carmel and Ann are brilliant choices - bravo you! J x

  7. Oh, you are priceless my friend! Thanks for starting my day off with a good chuckle as always. Of course, I now have 'Black Hills of Dakota' stuck in my head...........aargh!!! K xx

  8. Interesting points. I especially like the last one about living frugally. I need to pay down the mortgage this year. No more projects until I have cash to do them. I was a bit wild last year and need to smarten up. Frugal is good.

  9. Heavens thanks!! And of course with all that pressure I simply can't think of anything remotely witty to write... A x

  10. Oh and thank you also for the early morning gift of Colin... here's one for you... yep, THAT scene.

  11. Congratulations Kerry, you Stylish Blogger you. Great to know more about you. I'm happy to see you love Colin. Did you know Colin comes to Vancouver often, as he has a son with Meg Tilly? God, I'd love to run into him. ;)

  12. Congrats on the award Kerry. You are certainly stylish!! I didn't know Buddhas were unstylish?! I have a TON in my house . . . and I'm a Christian :-) I just love them so much and they came as part of the estate when we bought this house. OH, and like you, I am quite a good speller before spell check too - probably from reading a lot (although I was an English teacher too :-)

  13. Congrats on the award, Kerry. It's nice to get to know you better. The use of the word hero in sports. Yes, I'm there with you. Not right!

  14. Kerry,

    First, thank you. I feel very honoured ... you're one of those blogs that I sort of think are always way out of my league - hundreds of followers, wise beyond words, lots of comments from people from all over the world ... so to have you mention me is a bit of a shock!

    you are all style. Full stop. And raucously funny. And down-to-earthly honest too.

    Thank you.

  15. It took me awhile 'cause I had to keep going back to the top, just to have another quick look!
    Going to see him next weekend!!!!!
    Congratulations, you are indeed a very stylish blogger and I race to catch up with you as soon as I get home each nigh! please note I said each night!!!!! xoxo

  16. Hey Kerry, what a great post, you always make me smile. Love your work stylish lady!!
    Im with you, sportsmen are NOT heros, just people with a great talent that earns them plenty of dollars!!
    Cheers xx

  17. Mildred is fantastic! And she's very pretty with that red bow around her neck :-)

  18. I love your list! I always try to action frugality (with sometimes limited success) and I am not a minimalist either.


  19. My darling husband Colin Firth sends his thanks to you Kerry for featuring him on your very stylish blog. Must dash as he's asked me to proof his Oscar's acceptance speech.
    Millie x
    P.S. Poor Kenneth.


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