Why Am I Pouring Myself A Shot In A Furry Hat?? 6 Awards From You Lovely People, That’s Why! Cheers!!!


Firstly I want to express my gratitude to EVERYONE who has been kind enough to ‘like’ my posts and leave comments about my work, I didn’t anticipate such support but it has been most  happily received!! Writing is a bit scary for me but here goes….

So, for Genuine Blogger, Versatile Blogger, Kreativ Blogger and Blog on Fire awards the ‘rules,’ should you choose to accept, are……

1. Thank and link to the person who awarded you (you are allowed to be as gushing with this as takes your fancy!)

2. Share seven random facts about yourself.

3. Pass the award on to more blogging friends.

4. Contact those friends with the link and congratulate them!

5. Post your award with pride.


1. Age 7 was a bad year for losing ‘bits’ off me – my sparring partner chipped one of my front teeth in Taekwondo and I had my tonsils out.

2. I had a chocolate-loving pet rat called Rommel when I was about 13. When he died I burried him in the garden with a drawing and poem I wrote and planted a white Buddleia tree there (because he was white and the blue one we had attracted so many butterflies I knew it would be beautiful) My dad wanted to dig him up once he decomposed to reassemble his bones as a project but I said no.

3. I won 3rd prize in a WHSmiths pop-up ‘jungle’ card competition when I was 8 and met Bob Holness (of Blockbusters fame) and Jane Asher (making cakes fame?). I won £300 of WHSmith’s vouchers for my school and £100 for me but my mum made me buy a typewriter. I was so happy to have won something. The typewriter was a piece of s**t though (sorry mum 😉 )

4. Green is my favourite colour to wear – especially Emerald, Jade and Teal varieties.

5. I like face-painting. A lot.

6. I am very passionate, sometimes to my detriment. I always stand up for my friends and the things I believe in. I always see the best in people. Everybody has good in them. That said, I don’t let people take advantage of my good nature either. I can be tough if I need to be 😉

7. This might be controversial but I have never rated fish as a pet – I would rather a Lava Lamp!


Thank you to both Suzanne http://awindowintothewoods.com/ (a loving look at her world of woodland wonders) and Ann Novek http://havehest.wordpress.com/ (inspirational in her work for animal rights and shows us why we should protect the natural world) for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!! Made me very happy!

Thank you to sweetest Nia http://photographyofnia.com/ (glimpses of the loveliest things in life, beautiful photographs and a view of life that could warm the coldest heart) for for deeming me worthy of two awards! Genuine Blogger and Blog on Fire! I feel thoroughly spoilt 🙂

Thank you Scott Brill http://seekraz.wordpress.com/ (Brill by name, brill by nature 😉 Just the best images, especially his fabulously frosty photos and he just seems like a really nice guy, I’m glad to have ‘met’ him) for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Woop woop!

Nomination time!!


Kenneth Todd – http://gaia365.wordpress.com/ (Ken you were my first ever follower, oh how I smiled that day)!

Karin – http://karinbabin.wordpress.com/

Dianne – http://diannejwilson.wordpress.com/

Manipal – http://manipalphotoblog.wordpress.com/

Vicky – http://vcagross.wordpress.com/

Michael – http://blissfuladventurer.wordpress.com

Francis – http://niltsi.com/

Bonnie Michelle – http://theirisandthelily.wordpress.com/

Dan Miller – http://mydaysinfocus.com/


Russell – http://russellchapman.wordpress.com/

Stevie – http://steviegill.wordpress.com/

Mimo – http://mimokhair.wordpress.com/

Max – http://maxreynolds.wordpress.com/

Brian – http://briangaynorphotography.com/

A Hardy Perspective – http://ahardyperspective.wordpress.com/

Shutterbug – http://travellingartist.wordpress.com/

Anake – http://anakegoodall.wordpress.com/

Marina – http://www.marinakanavaki.wordpress.com/

Deb – http://www.adamsart.wordpress.com/

Suren – http://surensmart.wordpress.com/

Bashar – http://2riversphotos.wordpress.com/


Mark Armstrong – http://markarmstrongillustration.com/ (This man has had me laughing out loud on the tube – people give me funny looks – it’s embarrassing quite frankly. He is always on fire 😉 )

Maen Amor – http://maenamor.wordpress.com/

Madhu – http://theurgetowander.com

Ann – http://havehest.wordpress.com/

Dolly – http://allaboutlemon.com

Eazy – http://emaculent.wordpress.com/ (Good photography – even if he does say so himself 😉 )

Mick – http://mickaslin.com/

Lorna – http://lornastearoomdelights.wordpress.com/ (Because I too love tea and cake!)

Katie – http://katiescamerablog.wordpress.com/

Sheila – http://sheilatphotography.wordpress.com/

Scott – http://seekraz.wordpress.com

David – http://davidohall.wordpress.com/

Joshi – http://joshidaniel.com/

Nia – http://photographyofnia.com


Dug – http://www.tr4f.wordpress.com/ (Dug has been on some incredible adventures to raise money for the victims of human trafficking. Inspirational)

Robyn – http://throughthehealinglens.com/ (Such a warm and honest person, also very inspirational in her story)

Lionel – http://spiderpaw.wordpress.com/ (Great photography and stories)

Judy – http://jayjaysfavorites.wordpress.com/

David – http://davidoakesimages.wordpress.com/

Lemonyshots – http://lemonygregghead.wordpress.com/

Suzanne – http://awindowintothewoods.com

John – http://nativemichigander.com/

Wolke’s Welt – http://wolke205.wordpress.com/

Taking Snaps – http://takingsnaps.wordpress.com

Dave – http://snowschuler.wordpress.com/

Ana – http://anaslense.wordpress.com/


Thank you to the lovely Dolly http://allaboutlemon.com/ (a kind, caring and sharing kinda girl with a heart of gold and a blog as bright and fun as you could hope for) for giving me the Creative Chaos Award – I squealed with joy at this one! Plus it looks so damn cool…too cool for me I think haha.

Now for the ‘rules’ in accepting the Creative Chaos Award……As rather wonderfully written by the Delicious Dolly herself….

1. You must tell 3 completely weird things about your habits. If you claim to have no weird habits, you’re lying and we’ll have to send an investigative team for further analysis.

2. You must tell why you look at the “glass half full” scenario and ask “what? No coffee?”

3. Complete any one of the following essay questions:

A. You find yourself in a desolate place when your car breaks down. You have no cell phone service, no Walmart (I know, GASP, right?), and only a candy bar for food. It is 150 miles to the closest town. What color are your pants and why?

B. You find yourself having to ride an elevator quite frequently. How do you pass the time to show off your creativity?

4. Then you are to nominate 5 random people and let them know.

5. Make sure to show proper gratitude to the person who nominated you whether that is to shower them with gifts, prizes, and cash or to see that they are put into a clown costume and photographed for internet mocking.

6. Make sure to post the award somewhere other than the underside of the toilet seat.


1. Habits:

-I have been known to wake up in the dead of night and eat cookies by the side of the bed without even getting up / turning on the the lights – as a charming ex-housemate said I’m a ‘fat girl inside’ haha

-I am a magpie. If its sparkly, bright, patterned, unusual, impractical, pretty, transparent, ridiculous, fun or frivilous – I want it. Whatever it is. One day I will be on one of those hoarding programmes on channel 4. Oh, and I’m a sucker for a bargain. Especially Primark pants.

-Dancing on the shop floor to pass the time and entertain the customers (no wonder my cheap ‘bargain’ shoes don’t last long)!

2. Glass half full?

-I must confess I don’t ‘get’ this question but I think it means how I see things positively when they could be seen negatively so….I’m always running late for work (literally) which extends to sprinting up the escalators in the tube stations so although I am bad at being punctual, at least my legs will be ready to see the light of day come summer due to this coincidently being great exercise!!!

3. The amazing essay question

-I choose B – my pants are polkadot…..because it’s hard to be angry when you’re wearing polkadots…..


El Guapo – http://guapola.wordpress.com

Ralphie – http://ralphiesportal.me/

Greg – http://gregpc.wordpress.com/

Oleg Ti – http://olegti.wordpress.com/

Richard Guest – http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/


I would like to thank Madhu http://www.theurgetowander.wordpress.com/ (she takes us with her on her amazing travels with beautiful photographs and insights – wonderful stuff!) for the Liebster Blog Awardso kind of you Madhu!

As Dolly (http://allaboutlemon.com) told us Liebster is German for ‘Dearest’ or ‘Beloved’ and also ‘Favourite’.

There are no rules for this one – just to pass it on to 5 fellow bloggers and congratulate them. It’s designed to get the word out for bloggers with 200 or less followers.

Of course I do not know if this is the case with my nominees but they are definitely worthy of attention so here goes….

Unspoken Heart – http://alphaqsecc.wordpress.com/

Kabrina – http://notmanhattan.wordpress.com/

Lightswimming – http://lightswimming.com/

Kenny Williams – http://kennywilliamsphotography.wordpress.com/

Anteneh – http://antenehseifu.wordpress.com/about/

Special mention: The wickedly wonderful Androgoth – he won’t take any awards but though he has a fierce exterior he is all mashmellowy inside. Be delighted by his Gothic Realm if you dare! http://andro51.wordpress.com/

I think I need another drink after all that 🙂 🙂

87 thoughts on “Why Am I Pouring Myself A Shot In A Furry Hat?? 6 Awards From You Lovely People, That’s Why! Cheers!!!

  1. Congratulation, dear Tania! I am very happy for you! Your ‘likening’ my work and been one of the first of my followers means so much to me. Best of luck and many-many-many more awards!

  2. Congratulations, Tania! So many awards! Have another shot or two. 🙂 And I laughed out loud about your father and your special pet rat. Glad you said no. 🙂

    Thank you so much for nominating my photography blog also. I truly appreciate it!

    To many more awards coming your way…. 🙂

    • Now that I have recovered from my hangover…haha….thank you for the comments! Yes my dad is a strange one but I wouldn’t want him any other way! Your blog is an inspiration for me, thank you 🙂

  3. Thoughts on why you’re pouring a shot.. you’d have to be drunk to wear a hat like that 🙂 .. I,m just jealous ..Thank you so much for thinking of my blog in your grand award ceremony, loved reading it. All your awards are well earned, your blog is ace :-). Thanks Tania 🙂

  4. Congratulations on all your well deserved awards! That was a mammoth task, passing them on to so many other bloggers (must’ve taken ages to do this post so well done for that alone!), and thank you for giving one to me, very kind and much appreciated.

    • Lorna, you are most welcome! Yes it took an age to do all that I must admit haha. Thanks for your recognition of that, I’m slow enough at the best of times! Worth it though 🙂

  5. Congratulations dear Tania, you deserved all thes awards. You are one of my beautiful and creative bloogger friends. I love your dancing colours and creative works… It is always so inspirational and enjoyable to be here. Good Luck with all your works and for your life. Thank you so much for your nice words and for nominated me too. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

  6. Congratulations! Awesome! You did it girl… I’m so proud of you,. You deserved all of these awards and more awards for you to come 🙂 Thank you so much for those beautiful words for me and the nomination too. I am really honored. See you around dear and always have fun.
    Dolly xoxo

  7. Thank you Tania, for this special mention of My Gothic Realm
    I am honoured that you consider my Space worthy of such a
    fine accolade and I certainly appreciate your lovely thoughts 🙂

    Do have a truly exciting and
    exquisite Tuesday my sweet friend 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

      • Yes and I will be popping in again soon so watch out for any of those skeletons that tag along with me on my adventuring as they tend to run off and hide… Mind you I always catch up with them at some point in time but… Yes I am a tad eccentric 🙂 lol

        Have a fun evening Tania 🙂

        Androgoth Xx

  8. I not only added this to your previous posting by mistake
    but now I have completely forgotten to add how great it is
    that you have received this lovely Award, so I apologise
    for my ridiculousness my friend…

    Have a very nice day today Tania 🙂

    Androgoth XXx

    • Androgoth, my friend! You never need to apologise to me for such things – posting it twice just makes me doubly happy! Haha. Thank you for my mention, you are very kind 🙂 I hope you know that I really do appreciate the support you have given me. It has helped my confidence a lot x

      • You deserve nice comments on your work, indeed I have been enjoying my visits to your Space and it does not surprise me in the least that you are being nominated for these Awards, your photographs are really good my friend 🙂 The link I added to my previous comment is to my Space so don’t worry about clicking on it, I left something there for you, which is what the link represents 🙂 Have a very nice rest of evening Tania 🙂

        Androgoth XXx

  9. You’d better drink responsibly, ’cause that’s an endangered species you’ve got on your head. If it gets hurt when you fall off a rug, you’re gonna be in big trouble… : P

  10. Congratulations Tan! Your sweet heart and gentle, fun spirit make lifting you up and showcasing you something people obviously live to do! 🙂

    And thank you for your nomination…I deserve nothing, but accept your recognition. You’re too kind! Loved your tidbits about yourself! Keep running those steps, three cheers for summer legs year ’round! 🙂

    • Thanks Dug! Always happy to see you here! What a lovely comment, I truly appreciate your kind words, thank you. Of course you DO deserve your award, what you are doing is BRILLIANT! I wont hear anything said to the contrary…..I might have a sweet heart but I can be very stubborn and I fight like scrappy-do so you’d better believe it or else there’ll be trouble! haha. I’m off to Portugal on Sunday all on my lonesome (just for 5 days) – I am soooo excited! Gosh I hope my legs ARE ready…..they’ve not seen the light of day for quite some time! (damn you English winter)! 🙂

  11. Congratulations Tania,

    You look so happy! I hope you’re sharing that drink and joy with someone. Cheers!


    im just editing some of my thousands of pics from miami beach last week.
    i nice roadtrip, but not better than your adventures. just stay tuned
    and thanks again love.

    where are you from btw?

    • I look forward to that…..bet you have some tasty treats in store for us knowing you!! As for the award – you were eazy (!) to choose – most deserving of the accolade…..I just adore your photography. EMACULENT! Haha.

      I’m from England – Nottingham (land of Robin Hood) originally, now based in London town 🙂 Nice to ‘meet’ you.

      So what’s your name?

      • Im erick. Thanks for all the love. Now I have a contact when i visit London town this early summer. hopefully you will be there.

        Robin Chick =]

        Glad you got the name. not a lot of people get it.
        e for erick
        maculent sounds better than mmaculate

      • For sure Erick 🙂 The name is good – I bet all the best people get it!! Keep up the great work….damn you for making me so hungry with those delicious looking food snaps!! Haha. Tan

    • Aww thanks! Only when I’m drinking though…..or should that be when other people have been drinking??! Haha. Thank you, it was lovely that people thought of me as a nominee, made me feel proud 🙂

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