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Sunshine Blogger

Hi there bloggies, I met a new blogger the other week by the name of Shalini and she’s a great bloggie, really friendly and fun. So the other day when I she nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award I found it to be a very nice surprise.

As with all awards there are some rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

 


 

  • What do you do in real life? And do you love what you do?

I’m an engineer by trade, I design circuit boards but my real love is reading, writing, art, creating stuff.

  • What is your favorite song and why is it your favorite ?

The Telegraph Road by Dire Straits – I dunno why.

  • What is your favorite destination for a holiday and why?

I’ve never been but I want to go to Iceland!

  • Which do you prefer the real world or the blogging world and why?

I prefer blogging, hands down!

  • If you can change one event from your past, what would it be? You don’t have to reveal your dark secret, it can be a funny or embarrassing moment too.

I’m skipping this one.

  • Do you remember one moment of your life where life changed dramatically for you, what was it? Again this is not a trigger question, but a memory of happiness.

I don’t know.

  • Which part of the world do you stay and what do you like and dislike about that place? 1 each will do

I’m in the UK, I like the freshness of the UK, the greenness. I don’t like the cost of the UK or the way it’s run. I feel the system is very broken.

  • So you believe in astrology? Do you read the forecast? If you do, has that forecast ever come true?

I didn’t used to believe in it until recently but I don’t pour over every detail.

  • What is your favorite drink? One alcoholic, one non

India Pale Ale and Vimto.

  • What is your favorite color and why?

Purple. Just becasue.

  • Do you believe in love at first sight or attraction at first sight?

Nope, never seen that.

  • What is the most frequently used word in your conversation? It can be a swear word.

I have no idea!

 


 

 

My Questions

  • What in life makes you wonder or dream?
  • What is the 5th song in your current playlist?
  • Do you have a favourite Bloggie? Who are they?
  • Share a link to your favourite or most viewed post.
  • What’s the one thing you want to achieve this year that would make you fist pump?
  • Are you a bloggie that plans or kind of random and get the post out?
  • What kind of sense of humour do you have? What makes you laugh?
  • Did you have a new year’s’ resolution and did you keep it?
  • If you could be any animal – what would it be?
  • If you could visit any planet – which one would it be?
  • Do you believe in love at first sight or attraction at first sight?
  • What is the most frequently used word in your conversation? It can be a swear word

 


 

My nominations:

Katrina

Tiff

Sandra

Holly

RaynotBradbury

Hot Mess Memoir

Lennon

Uptightprettygirl

Sweetchaosweb

Charlie

Kate

 


 

I hope you can all take part but no pressure! Thank you again Shalini!

Simon 🙂

 

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Mystery Blogger Award

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I woke up this morning to a blog award nomination from MacKenzie. You really should go and have a look at her blog, she has a pretty long list of conditions she’s been diagnosed with but she refuses to let this get in the way and has some pretty inspiring posts so go and pay her a visit please as she’s great!

 


 

Mystery Blogger Award:

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”
Created by Okoto Enigma.

The rules are:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  • Share a link to your best post(s).

 


 

Here are my answers from MacKenzie!

  • What’s your biggest goal for 2018?

To do what I do and have fun doing it.

  • What’s your favorite holiday?

A quiet one near the great outdoors.

  • If a genie gave you 3 wishes, what would they be?

I thought about this and it drove me nuts. I would either have to be selfish or not and if I wanted to help others I couldn’t help everyone. So I gave up.

  • If you could go anywhere on vacation where would you go?

The Lake District

  • If you could only have one type of sandwich the rest of your life what kind would it be?

Cheese and pickle! 😛

 

Three things about me are:

I always struggle to think of something new to put into these, but I’ll have a good go:

  1. I try to make sure I go for a walk everyday – I can’t stand sitting around.
  2. When I was at school I was really crap at Maths – so I went into engineering as a career. Nuts eh?
  3. I’ve recently been using step / sleep tracking in my everyday life. It’s funny the effect this has on you as I now try and take the long route when walking to get a few extra steps in.

 


 

My nominees:

Some questions I have for my nominees:

  1. What’s do you hope to better yourself in this year?
  2. What was your favourite Christmas yummy?
  3. What in the world now worries you most or would you like to see change?
  4. What’s your favourite biscuit?
  5. What is on Netflix right now that you can’t help watching?

I hope you can all join in – if not don’t worry but you it would be interesting!

Simon 🙂

The Christmas Tag

I got this tag from my lovely friend Tiffany and it was a really kind and loving gesture. Thank your Tiffany I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Here are the rules for this award:

    Thank the person that nominated you with a link to their blog 

    Add the picture in your blog 

    Copy these rules into your post 

    Add a link to this original post Original Christmas Tag

    Answer the 10 questions (you can add extra Christmas – related questions if you want) 

    Tag at least 3 other bloggers with links to their blogs 

    Have fun! 
These are the questions Tiffany left me:

What´s your favorite thing about Christmas?

It’s generally a cheerful time and people are nicer than normal.
What´s your favorite Christmas memory?

 When I was a kid way back when and the excitement of it all.
Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

Not really… I would like something less traditional myself.
What’s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general)

I wish Christmas was led commercial.
What´s your favorite Christmas dish?

Mice pies and brandy butter!
What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?

Nice soft white lights.
What´s your favorite Christmas song?

The Greg Lake one.
Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

At home

What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?

Peace and goodwill to all.
Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

Dunno… 

Additional question for my interest: If you could make Christmas different next year what would you choose to do? 

Spend it at the beach.
And who are my nominees for Christmas Tag

There are always loads of people I could tag on these, but I’ll keep it to a few:

Lennon

Kelly

Trina

Here are the questions for my nominees, I’ve kept them the same as Tiffany’s as things are busy:
What´s your favorite thing about Christmas?

What´s your favorite Christmas memory?

Are there special traditions your family has for Christmas?

What´s your Christmas wish? (can be personal or general)

What´s your favorite Christmas dish?

What´s your favorite Christmas decoration?

What´s your favorite Christmas song?

Where do you usually celebrate Christmas?

What does the “Christmas spirit” mean to you?

 Who out of anybody in the world would you want to spend your Christmas with?

  Additional question for my interest: If you could make Christmas different next year what would you choose to do? 
Happy Christmas to friends near and far. Tiffany and Family and thanks darling Ben for asking me to take part. Love to You and Yours!

Happy Christmas to all my bloggies! 

Simon ☺️

Summer “Would you rather?” Tag

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Lise tagged me on her Summer Tag: Would you rather post the other week and being a sucker for a tag I thought I would join the Summer fun and take part!

 

Now, would you rather . . . 

  1. live in a tree house or a castle? I would love to live in a tree house, being high up, feeling like you’re above the troubles on the ground and able to look out the on the worlds horizon.
  2. be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully? I think to be able to dance well would be much cooler. You can do that with someone!
  3. ride a horse or a camel? A horse, to be able to ride that noble animal and have that connection would be amazing!
  4. know a fairy or a unicorn? A unicorn, the ultimate fantasy beast.
  5. have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit? I would love a bouncy castle, so much fun can be had with them. Even at my age 😀
  6. travel or stay home? I would like to travel a bit, but there’s no place like home.
  7. be able to fly or be able to breathe under water? I would like to be able to fly, the world in all it’s glory can be seen from up above.
  8. know where you’re going or have it be a surprise? I want and need to know where I’m going. The surprise build up can easily lead to disappointment.
  9. be on a boat or on an airplane? I love boats, they’re a very peaceful place to be.
  10. be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired? I would like to be able to see in the dark, so I can take in what’s going on when everything think’s it’s hidden.
  11. go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains? I love mountains, nothing beats the joy of reaching the top after a hard climb.
  12. have picnics in the forest or in the park? How about a park in a forest?
  13. swim in the ocean or swim in a pool? Swim in a pool, there’s sharks in the ocean!
  14. be a dolphin or a cheetah? A dolphin would be cool, to be able to swim fast and keep out of trouble and be able to talk still!
  15. be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you? I want to be able to make people laugh, you can’t make them trust you.
  16. be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get? I want to be bale to pick…
  17. eat popsicles or watermelon? Water melon, it leaves me feeling good, a popsicle has guilt attached.
  18. go camping or stay in a hotel? Camping, being outdoors is a tonic for the soul.
  19. do art or read? I can’t choose, so I duck out and say both.
  20. experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line? Zip wire – I don’t like heights but having been on an epic zip wire it’s the best.

 


 

Here are the questions so you can copy them! 

  1. live in a tree house or a castle?
  2. be able to sing beautifully or dance beautifully?
  3. ride a horse or a camel?
  4. know a fairy or a unicorn?
  5. have a backyard that was a huge bounce house or a huge ball pit?
  6. travel or stay home?
  7. be able to fly or be able to breathe under water?
  8. know where you’re going or have it be a surprise?
  9. be on a boat or on an airplane?
  10. be able to see in the dark or be able to never get tired?
  11. go on a vacation to the beach or to the mountains?
  12. have picnics in the forest or in the park?
  13. swim in the ocean or swim in a pool?
  14. be a dolphin or a cheetah?
  15. be able to make people laugh or be able to make people trust you?
  16. be surprised by a present or be able to pick what you get?
  17. eat popsicles or watermelon?
  18. go camping or stay in a hotel?
  19. do art or read?
  20. experience an epic waterslide or an epic zip line?

 

I’ve tagged these great bloggies to take part in this:

  1. Adelise
  2. Laura
  3. Mandi
  4. Pooja
  5. Sooz
  6. Roger

Have fun with this – even if you don’t reply!

Simon 🙂

The One Lovely Blog Award

So over the last week or so I’ve been privileged with TWO nominations for the One Lovely Blog Award. The first one was from Pooja:

https://lifesfinewhine.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/one-lovely-blog-award-3/

and the other was from the lovely but self proclaimed weirdo Adelise:

https://adelisemcullens.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/the-one-lovely-blog-award-the-versatile-award/

Thanks to both of you for nominating me for this I really appreciate an award, it’s the thought that counts and this time the thought has come in stereo! 🙂

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
  2. Post about the award.
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate (up to) 15 people.
  5. Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

7 facts about me:

  • I’ve not read ANY Harry Potter
  • I hate Apple stuff
  • I have loads of books I want to write and publish… won’t they write themselves?
  • I’m 42 – the BEST age ever!
  • I’m a Sagittarius
  • I love growing things
  • I wish I had chosen a different path in life

My Nominees Are:

 

teaandtales1

beautybeyondbones

whatsandrathinks

thelittlemermaid09

bigandpinkytoes

tanushree0830

I’ve got some pretty cool bloggies nominated here, if you don’t do awards… sorry. I hope you’ll all join in though!

Have a great day all!

Simon 🙂

Mystery Blogger Award

You guys know me – I’m a sucker for an award, so when J.S. Pailly nominated me for my second Mystery Blogger award I was naturally chuffed (I’m very British you see). Thank you for the nomination and thank you to Okoto Enigma for creating this award.

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According to Enigma’s website:

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.

I’m genuinely excited when I get an award becasue it means that what I’ve done isn’t meaningless twaddle, it means something to someone like so many of you guys inspire me!


 

Award Rules

  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award (Okoto Enigma) and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  • Nominate roughly 10 – 20 people for this award.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs.
  • Ask your nominees five questions.
  • Share a link to your best/favorite post that you’ve written.

 


 

So as part of accepting this award, I’m supposed to tell you three facts about myself and then answer five questions from Outside Perception. Here goes:

Three Facts about me:

  1. I’m weird – No, really I am!
  2. I like music more without words.
  3. I’ve always had a mind full of adventures and people – but I’ve not thought about writing any of it down until recently.

 


Five Questions from J.S. Pailly

 

The Mystery blogger award demands I answer 5 questions from my nominator so here it is:

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I would prefer not to, but if I have to then I would like to be someone who plays outside all day in some way or the other.

What book has had the most influence on you?

2001 A Space Odyssey

 

Has a movie ever brought you to tears? If so, what movie was it?

Yes, it was Shrek!

 

If you were a dinosaur, which dinosaur do you think you’d be and why?

I would have to be a Tyrannosaurus Rex, becasue they’re mean and shit and no one bothers them much!

What will be the title of your autobiography?

How a weird guy got by in life!

 


 

So I’ve got some nominee’s of my own:

journeytoambeth

outanabout

mandibelle

arousedblog

thedarkestfairytale

teaandtales1

alliepottswrites

runwright

 


 

My Questions

  • What’s your most recent big achievement?
  • If I was anew blogger why should I come and visit your blog?
  • What was the last movie you saw? Was it good?
  • What kind of person are you?
  • What will be the title of your autobiography?

 

I hope you can all take part in this, but if you’re a no awards blogger then no worries just take this nomination as recognition of being awesome.

Simon 🙂

 

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 5

This is the 5th and final day of the Song Challenge. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. I’ve loved doing this and maybe I’m going to do something like it again from time to time… who knows? 


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

Beauty Beyond Bones

Little Mermaid


I just love Seasick Steve and this is one of his best tracks – it reminds me of me a bit!

Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

Seasick Steve – You can’t teach an old dog new tricks


“You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks”

There must be something wrong with me
What it is I can’t quite see
I can’t seem to do nothing right
Never need to change my style
Been this way for a long long while
Maybe there’s a few things I oughta fix

But can you teach an old dog new tricks

Wanna put a little fire in my life
Climb a little higher, that is right
Tired of this ordinary bullshit
Never need to change my style
Been this way for a long long while
Maybe there’s a few things I oughta fix

But can you teach an old dog new tricks
Can you teach an old dog new tricks

Well, that right
Maybe I should leave well enough alone
I might not be perfect but I’m me to the bone
I don’t need to change my style
Been this way for a long long while
There ain’t nothing that I got to fix

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach an old dog
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
You can’t teach
Have mercy!
You can’t teach
You can’t teach
O Lord!

Writer – Seasick Steve

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 4

Get ready to dance for Day 4 of the Song Challenge. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much music to my blog so this makes a nice change and it’s making me think about some different and interesting tunes.


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

K

Gail


I just love this son – it’s… I dunno but I like it!

Walk the Moon – Shut up and Danc with Me

Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Danc with Me


Shut Up And Dance”


“Oh don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

We were victims of the night,
The chemical, physical, kryptonite
Helpless to the bass and the fading light
Oh, we were bound to get together,
Bound to get together.

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

A backless dress and some beat up sneaks,
My discothèque, Juliet teenage dream.
I felt it in my chest as she looked at me.
I knew we were bound to be together,
Bound to be together

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

Oh, come on girl!

Deep in her eyes,
I think I see the future.
I realize this is my last chance.

She took my arm,
I don’t know how it happened.
We took the floor and she said,

“Oh, don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance!”

“Don’t you dare look back.
Just keep your eyes on me.”
I said, “You’re holding back,”
She said, “Shut up and dance with me!”
This woman is my destiny
She said, “Ooh-ooh-hoo,
Shut up and dance with me.”

Ooh-ooh-hoo, shut up and dance with me [x2]

 

Writers: Eli Maiman, Berger Benjamin Harris, Sean Waugaman, Kevin Ray, Ryan Mcmahon, Benjamin Berger, Maiman Eli Brose, Nicholas Petricca

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 3

I’ve got a real power song for this third day of the song challeng. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much music to my blog so this makes a nice change and it’s making me think about some different and interesting tunes.


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

Charley

Firefly


I fell in love with Evanescence and their music the day I heard this song, Katherine Jenkins took it and made it even better if that was possible. But this is the original!

Evanescence – Bring me to Life

Evanescence – Bring me to Life


Bring Me To Life

How can you see into my eyes like open doors?
Leading you down into my core where I’ve become so numb
Without a soul my spirit’s sleeping somewhere cold
Until you find it there and lead it back home

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
Before I come undone
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

Now that I know what I’m without
You can’t just leave me
Breathe into me and make me real
Bring me to life

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
Before I come undone
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

Bring me to life
(I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
Bring me to life

Frozen inside without your touch
Without your love, darling
Only you are the life among the dead

All this time I can’t believe I couldn’t see
Kept in the dark but you were there in front of me
I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
Got to open my eyes to everything
Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul
Don’t let me die here
There must be something more
Bring me to life

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
Call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
Bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
Before I come undone
(Save me)
Save me from the nothing I’ve become

Bring me to life
(I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside)
Bring me to life

Writers:David Hodges, Amy Lee, Ben Moody

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂

SONG CHALLENGE DAY 2

On this 2nd day of the Song Challenge, I’ve picked a cheery tune with a bit of nostalgia. A big thank you to Erika Kind who nominated me for this challenge. It’s been a while since I’ve posted much music to my blog so this makes a nice change and it’s making me think about some different and interesting tunes.


Here are the rules:

HERE ARE THE RULES:
POST A SONG A DAY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.
POST WHAT THE LYRICS MEAN TO YOU.  (OPTIONAL)
POST THE NAME OF THE SONG AND VIDEO.
NOMINATE 1 OR 2 BLOGGERS EACH DAY OF THE CHALLENGE.

Today’s nominees:

Ginger Ocean

Lennon


This song is appearing all over the place these days, but Eric and Ernie immortalised it!

Bring me Sunshine – Eric and Ernie

Eric and Ernie – Bring me Sunshine


“You Bring Me Sunshine”

Bring me sunshine in your smile
Bring me laughter all the while
In this world where we live
There should be more happiness
All the joy can give
Te each brand new bright tomorrow
Make me happy through the years
Never bring me any tearsLet your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Bring me sunshine in your eye
Bring me a rainbow from the sky
Life’s too short to be spent having anything but fun
We can be so content if we gather little rainbows
Make me happy all the long
And I’ll keep singing my happy songs

Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Make me happy all long
And I’ll keep on singing my happy songs

Let your arms be as warm
As the sun from up above
Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love

Written by: Brenda Lee

Sources. YouTube / A-Z Lyrics

Simon 🙂