Apologies for my absence!

Phew!  Back on the internet at last!

I’ve had a security issue with my computer and had to avoid the net since coming home after my Christmas holiday. Apologies for the silence but I should be able to resume normal transmission from today onwards.

I have an enormous amount of catching-up to do so better make a start. As well as reading all your posts there’s the $#@* spam  to be gone through  to sift out any poor innocent souls who may have been inadvertently turfed out into the spam folder.

I’ll stop complaining NOW and set to work. Hope you have all had a satisfying start to the year and that life is treating you well.

Brissiemaz

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The Illuminating Blogger Award

I’d like to send a big THANK YOU to Jenn for nominating my blog for this award. I’m trying to catch up with everything that went on when I was on hols….hence the spate of acceptances. I am so grateful to everyone who has nominated my blog for an award and thank them for their interest and support.

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You’ll find Jenn’s wonderful blog at http://the-serenity-space.com/1197-2/

The requirements for The Illuminating Blogger award are:

Leave a comment on the original award site

Share a random fact about yourself

Choose 5 bloggers to pass the torch to

Random Fact – I’ve been involved with the Alexander Technique for 33 years.

I have great pleasure in nominating the following blogs:

1001scribbles.wordpress.com

mothergrogan.wordpress.com

patriciaddrury.wordpress.com

pixelvoyages.wordpress.com

theopensuitcase.wordpress.com

travellersoul76.com

Congratulations and happy blogging!

Warm Regards

Mary

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Blog of the Year 2012 Award

I must say a big THANK YOU to Clanmother for nominating my blog for this award and for her unfailing support since I started blogging.

Your time will be well spent checking out her blog at http://clanmother.com/

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

With great pleasure I would like to nominate the follow blogs:

arhphoto.wordpress.com

lizziejoysphotosuite.com

northernnarratives.wordpress.com

pommepal.wordpress.com

rainbowbakery.wordpress.com

russelrayphotos.wordpress.com

sueannm66.wordpress.com

Congratulations and happy blogging!

Warm regards

Mary

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Sensual Blogging Award

I couldn’t help accepting this award. I’m sure it’ll be the only time the word sensual is associated with anything I do. A big THANK YOU to Cathie for the nomination.

Cathie’s wonderful blog can be found at http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/

Rules for the Sensual Blogging Award

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back
  3. Answer 7 sensual questions
  4. Select some nominees and notify them on their blogs
  5. Copy and paste the award on your blog

Questions and Answers for the Sensual Award

  1. Most romantic memory – Going to my first ball at Uni
  2. Most sensual music – Schubert’s Serenade
  3. Most sensual season – Summer with it’s perfumed breezes 
  4. Favorite flower – Jasmine
  5. Favorite fruit – Mango
  6. Best gift received – Conception of my only child after years of trying!! 
  7. Love is – a two-way street and enables us to compromise without resentment

Awards are a great way to show appreciation for the work of others who have inspired  or encouraged us on our own blogging journey. It’s with great pleasure I nominate the following blogs (in alphabetical order) :

eof737.wordpress.com

megtraveling.wordpress.com

pixavantgarde.com

the-serenity-space.com

trishfalin.com

Congratulations…..and happy blogging!

Warm regards

Mary

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Reality Blog Award

I must begin with a genuine THANK YOU to Cathie  for nominating my blog for this award.

You’ll find her inspiring blog at     http://helpwithyourlife.wordpress.com/

No doubt, a lot of  you who have been blogging since long before I knew the meaning of the word, have become a bit blasé about awards but for a relative newbie such as yours truly it’s a veritable shot in the arm to be recognized by some very generous-spirited members of the blogging community.

These are the rules for accepting the award:

Rules for the REALITY Blog Award

  1. Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you
  2. Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back to them
  3. Answer the 5 questions presented
  4. Nominate up to 20 blogs for the award and notify them on their blogs
  5. Copy and paste the award on your blog somewhere

Questions and Answers for the Reality Award

  1. If you could change one thing what would you change?  I would like the Alexander Technique to become part of the school curriculum.
  2. If you could repeat an age, what would it be? Age 30.
  3. What one thing really scares you? Possibility of shark attack while surfing!
  4. What is one dream you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?  It would be wonderful to sing in the Albert Hall in London. (Last night of the Proms, perhaps). It may be a bit late now…but…you never know!
  5. If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?   Renee Fleming (soprano)

Now, it’s my pleasure to nominate the following blogs for the Reality Blog Award. It is a joy to visit these blogs and, in alphabetical order, they are:

adinparadise.wordpress.com

allysonmellone.wordpress.com

amblingaroundbrisbane.com

cobbledtoolbox.wordpress.com

dannivee.wordpress.com

deliciousfoodandtravel.wordpress.com

knowledgeknut.wordpress.com

latebloomershow.wordpress.com

lplk.wordpress.com

pacificnorthwesttravelerdotcom.wordpress.com

patriciasands.wordpress.com

poeticcreole.wordpress.com

retireediary.wordpress.com

skyheartphotography

thekitchensgarden.com

Congratulations to you all……and happy blogging.

Warm Regards

Mary

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Season’s Greetings!

Our Christmas Tree in the holiday unit.

Our Christmas Tree in the holiday unit.

Well, it’s great to be back in the land of the living….er….blogging. I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and getting to spend time with your loved ones. I had a wonderful holiday but was surprised just how much I missed blogging! I managed a few minutes of internet occasionally, just enough to keep up with my replies and, initially, to post a Weekly Photo Challenge article. Then….kaput!! No internet access for days…even though I’d paid for it!!

Cranky is not the word!

View from our balcony, Caloundra

View from our balcony, Caloundra

Had plenty of time in the surf though so I can’t really complain.  This photo shows the light from the hot, hot sun shimmering on the ocean off the point not far from the beach  where we go surfing. We had marvellous weather most of the time….average temperature was 30 degrees.

Now …….. I  must stop talking and get on with some work!

Best wishes for 2013 🙂

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

Finding some pictures for this week’s  Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate was not too much of a challenge provided  I limited myself to flowers. So my first post on the subject is floral. I  found a couple of other interpretations which I’ll put in a second post.

RTaken at The Chelsea Flower Show, London

‘English Rose’ – taken at the Chelsea Flower Show, London

Taken at the Tropical House at Kew Gardens, London

Clivia – taken at the Tropical House at Kew Gardens, London

Taken at THe Chelsea Flower Show

Orchids and moss – taken at the Chelsea Flower Show

Taken at the Chelsea Flower Show

Orchids – taken at the Chelsea Flower Show

Taken at the Chelsea Flower Show

Rhododendron – taken at the Chelsea Flower Show – positively fluffy!

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