One woman's quest for the good life in a little patch of suburbia
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.
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/ )
I was absolutely delighted to be nominated for The Sunshine Bloggers Award (my first ever blog award!) by reducingoverload.com
The original post can be read here: https://reducingoverload.com/2018/08/20/sunshine-blogger-award/
It’s a very inspiring website which records a journey to a more fulfilling and less stressful life, featuring minimalism, frugality and healthy living. Sounds good to me! Go there for a lot of good tips 🙂
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
(I copied this from Reducing Overload)
‘It’s a peer-nominated award that helps showcase bloggers, specifically ones that have inspired other bloggers. It gives bloggers the opportunity to not only showcase their own blogs, but nominate other bloggers that have helped and inspired them, whether it be personally or through their content.’
The bloggers who I’m nominating have inspired, motivated, given tips on hobbies/interests/writing/life issues or have simply entertained me.
There are several rules to the Sunshine Blogger Award. The rules ensure that the award continues to spread and more bloggers can be recognized.
The rules are:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your blog post and link back to her/his blog.
2. Answer the questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and give them 11 questions to answer.
4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo in your post on your blog.
Here are the questions I was asked to answer.
#1: What is one of your favorite quotes?
There’s a number of quotes I like, but one I particularly relate to is Shakespeare’s ‘There’s more to heaven and earth than meets the eye’. I am open to the idea that there is something else out there beyond the material world and universe. It’s only a feeling I have but I find it very comforting.
#2: What chore do you hate doing?
Hoovering. It’s boring and such a faff getting the vacuum cleaner out of the cupboard. I can’t even listen to music as it’s so loud.
#3: Why did you first start blogging?
I’ve always wanted to write a novel but it was more talk and no action. A blog was a good opportunity to motivate me to be more creative. Also I wrote an earlier blog a few years ago about my sabbatical from work which I enjoyed and, when I started hen keeping last year, I thought I could write about it as a sort of online learning journal. I do write about other topics too. I like learning in general and this helps me to remember what I have learnt.
#4: What is the best advice you were ever given?
Don’t worry about what other people think.
#5: If you could travel to any location in the world, where would it be and why?
Anywhere that’s peaceful and beautiful. Near me, the Lake District. Further afield, Alaska. Also the countryside of Scotland and Ireland. So much choice!
#6: What are 5 things that help you relax?
Reading, being around nature, tea, writing, a hot bath.
#7: If you could grant another person one wish, who would you choose and what would you do?
One of my closest friends has Crohns disease so I would wish her better health.
#8: What three things would you not want to live without?
My favourite people and pets, nature and books (tea a very close fourth!)
#9: What is your favorite book?
Jane Eyre. I read it as a 15-year-old and then at university. It has everything – drama, a historical backdrop, mystery, romance, a strong heroine… I identified with Jane and rather liked Mr Rochester at the time (I was in my gothic romance phase!)
#10: What has been your biggest challenge so far in blogging?
When I first started, it was worrying what other people will think.
#11: What goals do you hope to reach this year with your blog?
To continue to learn and write interesting (I hope!) posts.
My questions are:
1. What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
2. What is your favourite place and why?
3. Do you have a role model, someone who inspires you in some way?
4. Do you have a favourite book or writer?
5. Do you have a favourite film?
6. What 3 things would you not want to live without?
7. Do you have a favourite animal? If so, what and why?
8. If you could live in a different era, which one would you choose?
9. What’s your favourite thing about writing a blog?
10. What advice would you give your younger self?
11. If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you wish for?
I nominate (and there’s no obligation to accept, only if you will like to. It’s just a little way to say I enjoy your blogs):
It was about this time last year (September 12 to be precise) that I started writing this blog. It coincided with getting chickens – and then a week later, an ipad. So my journal about hens, gardens, nature, musings on life, self-sufficiency, curious places, treks, dreams and adventures came into being.
On the journey, I’ve come across interesting bloggers and blogs, learnt about chickens (sometimes the hard way!), enjoyed walks and adventures and learnt to become more creative.
My main reason to write this blog was to finally get into writing, something I’ve been aiming to return to since a teenager. Writing a blog enables me to practise creativity and organisation. It also helps me learn about my interests, such as gardening and wildlife, and places I visit.
More than 40 posts have been written. Some I enjoyed more than others. My least favourite post to write was in recalling the building of the chicken coop, although not quite as bad the actual construction itself! The most pleasurable posts involved writing about the hens’ characters, imagining what would they say if they could speak in a ‘human’ language.
I still think of Jemima as posh, Dottie as bossy and Florence as optimistic and cheerful!
Some bloggers have many targets for figures, followers, hits, likes and comments. I am tempted but it’s so easy to get stressed over such things. I’m not in it for the money or the fame so as long as I enjoy writing this online journal and some people enjoy reading it, then all is well. ☺️
So to mark Cosy Cottage’s first birthday, I thought I’d give a little plug to three blogs I have enjoyed reading.
A blog written by a Book Club friend about the search for what makes a book truly great. The website is striking and well written and covers an array of book reviews and opinions. One for the bookworms.
This is written by a woman, walker and nature lover who is ‘strolling around south east Michigan. Sending joy in the journey’. She says she started a walking regime in 2011 and decided to blog about her experiences to help her memorise people, places and things seen on her daily walks.
So there are lots of nature pictures and we get to know the various characters at the park such as Parker the cheeky squirrel. I like this blog for the feel-good factor it gives.
It offers a great variety of subject matter – style, ballet, books, travel, baking… And I have also read some helpful articles about blogging here too. Yes, here is a stylish lifestyle website with both variety and content.