Posted in Blogging, Writing

Real Neat Award

Real Neat Blog Award

I received the Real Neat Blog Award by Dear Kitty last year. Kitty writes a very interesting and varied blog about politics, animals, peace, war, arts and many other topics.

Here’s what she says about the award: “Late in 2014, I made this Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I wanted to try to do something about that.

“It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging, but my computer drawing had become rusty. So, I made the award with this logo then.

“It is good to see that this award, which later came back to me, has gone to many places of the blogosphere. And that some people have made new logos for it, like the one at the top of this blog post.”

The rules of this award are:

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  • Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog.
  • Nominate any number of people linking to their blogs and let them know you nominated them by commenting on their blogs.
  • Come up with 7 questions for the people you nominated.

Kitty’s seven questions for me are:

1. Who is your favourite visual artist?

There has been a lot of beautiful art over the years which I love to look at but I don’t have a favourite artist. I love beautiful landscapes, Pre-Raphaelite scenes and art which tells a story – or makes me think and ponder.

2. Which is your favourite bird species?

Kingfishers have stunning colours and I always feel as if robins are curious to see what I’m doing but my favourite will have to be the chicken (I have to say this or my hens won’t forgive me!) My bantams are fascinating, complex little creatures and I feel that every day is a learning curve watching them.

3. Which is your favourite mammal species?

My favourite mammal species has to be the dog simply because the dogs I’ve known and loved provide a comfort and friendship. They may be untrustworthy scoundrels when it comes to food (yes, Teddy, I’m talking about you!) but they are always very lovable. 🙂

4. What is your favourite insect?

Butterflies are very beautiful although I wish they would stay in one spot so I could photograph them more easily! I do have a lot of respect for the hard-working bee as well. I read a novel called The Bees which gives a fascinating insight into the life of a honey bee. It’s fictional but the way the hive in the novel is constructed is based on real bee colonies.

5. What is your favourite plant?

I love all plants but the weeping willow is especially romantic in my view.

6. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

From the UK and the USA.

7. If you would be invited to make a space journey, then to which solar system planet would you like to go?

Not sure about this one, none seem very appealing in terms of atmosphere! I would be very curious though. Maybe Mars as it’s the nearest.

I’m going to stick with the same questions and nominate YOU. I’d love to hear your answers… 🙂

Real Neat Blog Award

Posted in Blogging, Charity, Environment, Writing

Butterflies and Blogs

green typewriter written blog
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

To celebrate my second blog anniversary last year, I set up a page to promote other blogs. Each time someone promotes their or someone else’s blog, I will donate £1 to Butterfly Conservation (£2 for the first 25). So far, I have raised a grand total of £14! Hopefully, this will increase as time goes by 🙂

I thought I would promote a few of the posts from the page every so often and so here’s February’s offering:

Inspiration for Wellness is a blog focused on health, beauty and natural living. She’s a registered nurse with a passion for holistic health and her inspiring blog covers essential oils, nutrition, exercise, health supplements and more…

Here’s an example of a post –

Why I Love Essential Oils

Inspiration for Wellness has a similar post to mine called Networking for Bloggers. Here you can meet more bloggers and introduce yourself…

Networking for Bloggers

Mental Health From The Other Side – who is a retired mental health nurse – has an unsettling personal story to tell. It’s a stark and important reminder that mental illness can affect anyone and everyone.

My journey through a psychotic depression – part I

If you’re looking for craft and DIY inspiration, Michelle’s blog is a lovely one to find inspiration.

One example is the DIY Shabby Chic Lamp – https://www.blessingsbyme.com/2019/03/13/diy-shabby-chic-lamp-2

These great blogs aren’t the only ones mentioned on My Favourite Blogs page (the others will get a call-out next time) so why not head there to take a look? Or promote your own blog or someone else’s?

animal beautiful biology bloom
Photo by Cindy Gustafson on Pexels.com

For information on Butterfly Conservation, a UK nature charity, visit https://butterfly-conservation.org

If you would like to promote your or someone else’s blog or blog post, please drop a comment on to https://cosycottageandthequestforthegoodlife.wordpress.com/about/your-favourite-blog-posts/

 

Posted in Blogging, Writing

My Liebster Blog Award!

LiebsterAward

Rebecca from Wild Sensibility has very kindly nominated Cosy Cottage for the Liebster Award and I am delighted to accept my nomination. She’s got a terrific blog about nature, dogs, writing and running and I’d definitely recommend a wander to her website here: Wild Sensibility

I’ve copied Wild Sensibility’s definition (courtesy of The Global Aussie blog) of the award here:

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The award is a way to be discovered but also to connect and support the blogging community. Originally it was given out to blogs with less than 2000 readers but this has slowly lowered as the reward has gained popularity. If you like helping other blogs out, go ahead and do it regardless of its size.

The rules of the Liebster Award are (loosely):

1. Acknowledge the blog which nominated you.
2. Answer the questions your nominator asked.
3. Nominate two to six other bloggers who might appreciate the boost.
4. Ask them several unique questions.
5. Let them know you have nominated them.

Liebster Award

Here are my answers to Rebecca’s questions:

1. What typically is the closest object on your right when you’re writing (not including a computer mouse)?

A cup (or should that be a big mug?!) of tea.

2. What one-sentence bit of advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?

Be yourself, it’s okay not to be the same as everyone else. Don’t pretend to be a trendy Take That fan if you’re really a geeky Suede fan! (As was my case!) 

3. Describe your ideal writing space and place (assuming money isn’t an issue).

I would have a lovely vintage style shed in the garden.

4. What is your most frequent photographic subject?

Probably scenes of nature, places of interest, chickens and other pets. It would be lovely to be able to take photos of wild animals but they don’t stay still for me and I end up with a blur instead! 

5. Favourite quote?

‘There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy’ (Hamlet, although I used to think it was ‘There’s more to heaven and earth than meets the eye’!) and To thine own self be true (Polonius, again from Shakespeare’s Hamlet). I think there is a truth in both quotes, we don’t know everything there is to know in the universe and it is best to be true to ourselves and learn to accept and respect ourselves.

6. What does blogging (writing, and reading) add to your life?

For some years, I felt something was missing from my life. Until I started writing my blog, I hadn’t realised it was simply having a creative outlet which, it turns out, is rather important to me. Blogging also makes me feel part of a wider, international community and the diversity of the blogs out there has entertained and inspired me over the last two years.

7. If you could choose to be any animal for a 24-hour period, which would you be and why?

A pampered dog, with lots of delicious food and nap time.

8. Do you have other creative outlets besides writing?

I would like to learn crafts and do more gardening and baking. I bought a knitting kit recently so hopefully will get into knitting soon. The last time I knitted anything was when I was 10!

The most difficult choice is who to nominate when there are so many fabulous bloggers out there. But I’ve chosen:

My Colourful Life

Nora Edinger – JOY Journal

Food.for.Thoughts

Cheryl Bayle

But if anyone else wants to answer the questions, go ahead! I know the rules say ‘unique questions’ but I’m going to cheat and just go with the ones above. 🙂

green typewriter written blog
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

Two years ago, I started Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage. It started off as a garden and chicken diary and has become a diary of some of my life’s experiences (including chickens and gardens!), an outlet to voice opinion on issues which matter to me (nature mostly) and a way to motivate myself to write and get fit. I love learning – whether it’s about plants or historic places – and writing it all down helps me remember.

Here’s a few of my very early posts:

https://cosycottageandthequestforthegoodlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/down-at-the-allotment/

https://cosycottageandthequestforthegoodlife.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/rurbanites-and-the-quails/

https://cosycottageandthequestforthegoodlife.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/all-cooped-up/

IMG_20190804_145402

I’ve also virtually met many bloggers who have supported me via likes, comments and follows – and an enjoyable read of their own blogs. The variety out there is wonderful, thank you for the support and great reading!

So, to mark my second blogging anniversary, I’ve set up a page on my blog called Your Favourite Blogs. Here, you can include a link/s of your favourite posts or of the blog itself. If you want, you can even promote one of your favourite bloggers. For every link, I’ll donate a pound to Butterfly Conservation, a British nature charity which aims to protect butterflies and the natural spaces they live in. (Read about them here https://butterfly-conservation.org/

animal beautiful biology bloom
Photo by Cindy Gustafson on Pexels.com

Here’s where to find the page –  Your Favourite Blog Posts

Two years on… My Second Blog Anniversary

Posted in Blogging, Writing

100th blogging post!

dsc_2635.jpg

Since I started writing Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage, I’ve found the blogging community very supportive and helpful so, as a way of saying thank you and a means to mark my 100th blog post, I have decided to mention a few posts I have enjoyed recently.

Here’s a tip if you want to either promote your blog or find new ones to read – there’s a blog called What You Blog About and it features a wide range of writings covering all manner of subjects. One of which is mine!

Dreams and Adventures at Cosy Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a place to both submit your story and a directory to find more blogs. Thank you again to What You Blog About for paying Cosy Cottage a visit. 🙂

My second is one in which one of my nature posts inspired someone else to create a beautiful artwork.

It made me wonder if we all inspire and motivate someone else in life in some way but the majority of the time never realise this.

And then sometimes we get inspired by someone else in a subconscious way, in a way we don’t consciously think about but the seeds are sown…

https://familyfurore285309785.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/hummingbirds/

person using typewriter
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

My third post is a lovely one promoting kindness from Cyranny’s Cove. She has started a regular kind-hearted challenge for us to join in. There is a lot of darkness in the world, so why not spread a little light?

Kind Hearted Challenge – August Edition

And talking of spreading more light, here is Anita’s blog. A cheerful site which always ends on a note of kindness.

https://anitashope.com/

For those of us who are fascinated by history, Alli’s blog offers a way to time travel to the medieval age and all the intrigues it offers. She recently went on a quest to Wales which can also be found here: https://medievalwanderings.com/

I started off with a blog supporting other blogs. To round off is one by It’s Good To Be Crazy Sometimes. Every week she has a blog party where we can promote posts and pay a visit to fellow bloggers.

https://itsgoodtobecrazysometimes.wordpress.com/

These are only a handful of the fabulous blogs I follow and I hope to promote more when I celebrate my second blogging anniversary in September.☺️

 

 

 

Posted in Blogging

Sunshine Bloggers Award

summer garden yellow petals
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

I was thrilled to be nominated for my second Sunshine Bloggers Award, this time by A Guy Called Bloke. He has a fantastic blog covering an array of subjects and can be found here:

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/

sunshine-blogger2

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring – people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world!

The Rules

Thank the blogger/s who nominated you.

Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and list the rules.

Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.

Nominate 5-11 bloggers you want to give the award to.

Ask the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own.

sunshine-blogger2

My Answers

Why was he called Darth Vader and not Fart Fader?

Hmmm, I have no idea. Although he does look like he may be wearing a gas mask! I haven’t watched all the Star Wars films so I had to ask Yoda, who seems a wise enough and helpful fellow. Quite frankly, he was appalled at the question. He replied, ‘Ask about Darth Vader that question, you dare?’ It appears to be a big secret in the Star Wars world, and I was too scared of the dark side and Mr Vader to broach the subject any further…

What’s the worst pair of socks you have ever owned?

The pairs where one always goes walkabout and gets lost. They know who they are!

Do you think the older we get, whilst we become wiser to a certain extent we become dumber in so far as our faster progression of digital software and if so why and if not why?

I think silver surfers can be of any age.

What is the difference between an acquaintance and a colleague?

A colleague is someone you work with. An acquaintance could be someone you know out of work.

If nothing held you back in your confidence what would you cram into one day where the rest of life would be made easier because of the previous days actions?

I’m not sure. If I was a bear, I would cram in eating as much as I can and that would make it easier for me to hibernate. As a human, possibly write a best-selling and critically acclaimed novel and retire early so I could then write at my leisure. I do love a good daydream! 🙂

Of everything you do in a given 24 hours per day what takes up the most time?

Work or sleep during the week.

If you could travel back in time and change 1 hour of your life knowing full well it will alter your current past, present and future would you do so, and if so what? If not, what prevents you from doing so?

I can’t think of anything in particular. Unless I had the lottery ticket numbers, then I could take a note of the numbers, take that back with me, buy the winning ticket and be a lottery winner. I would then buy land and have an organic smallholding/nature reserve and lots of rescued animals. But I am daydreaming again!

Ok, so we live each day, every second, every minute and every hour of every day, week, month and year, and at which point of any given day, week or month or year would you say you feel or have felt  the most alive?

I don’t know, I’ve had high points and low points in life. I suppose getting back from a long hike up a big hill does make me feel alive (although my legs feel nearly dead!)

What’s more important to you? Your Phone or your wallet/purse/bag?

My purse usually has my money and bank card so that would be more important. It would be a different matter if it only had 10p in it.

Uh oh! You have died before your time and you are there standing with the Maker and discussing your available options, which are:

Go back as a donkey

Go back as a walrus

Go back as a cockroach

Go back as a completely different person of 40, your choice of gender.

Stay dead.

What would you choose and why?

If you chose the ‘stay dead’ option, why did you do that?

Stay dead, I’m hoping Heaven will be a very pleasant place (and I’ll be allowed in!)

sunshine-blogger2

 

2. What’s your favourite place in the world?

3. What’s your comfort food?

4. How would you describe your blog?

5. What is your favourite season and why?

6. How would you spend your ideal weekend?

7. Which blog post on your blog is your favourite?

8. If you could choose any superpower, what would it be?

9. Have you set yourself a new goal/s for this year?

10. What five things help you to relax?

11. What is your favourite quote?

And once again, thank you to A Guy Called Bloke for the nomination and the fun questions. 🙂

Posted in Blogging

Versatile Blogger award

versatile-blogger.png

 

I was delighted when I was nominated for this award by the Arty Plantsman. Thank you, Darren. His website is a wonderful mix of plants, beautiful art, humour and much more. Please go and visit him at https://artyplantsman.com/

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:

  1. If you are nominated, Congratulations – you have been awarded the Versatile blogger award!
  2. Thank the person who gave you the award and include a link to their blog.
  3. Select 10 -15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  5. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

My selected bloggers:

This is simply a thank you to a few of the fantastic bloggers out there. Some of them are particularly supportive of other bloggers, some are particularly versatile with their blogs but all are entertaining. Please pay them a visit.

https://silverbells2012.wordpress.com/

https://chomeusewithachou.com/

https://itsgoodtobecrazysometimes.wordpress.com/

https://aguycalledbloke.blog/

https://familyfurore.com/

https://diaryofawouldbenovelist.com/

https://amandaonline.blog/

https://therapybits.com/

https://mesmotsbysazz.com/

https://anitashope.com/

https://blessingsbyme.wordpress.com/

https://revolutionarymusings.wordpress.com/

There is no obligation to take part!

 

7 things about me.

  1. I love castles, cathedrals and old buildings in general.
  2. I wanted to be a vet when I was a child. Unfortunately I was, and still am, too squeamish and impractical.
  3. I think the world would be a much better place if there was less greed and more wisdom.
  4. I used to go horse riding when I was 14.
  5. My favourite colour is green.
  6. I used to read and collect Bunty comics when I was a child.
  7. I’m a Taurus.

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: