21st December 2012

A Very Sunny Blog Post

I’m delighted to say that my wee Musings & Mutterings (Previously known as my BOF – Blog on Friday) has been nominated for the ‘Sunshine Award’ (YAY!) and as I like sunshine and sunflowers, I am doubly happy to accept it.


The Sunshine Award isgiven and passed on to bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere,’ and that makes me even happier.  The thought that my wee blog could inspire anyone creatively makes me get goosebumps on my goosebumps.

Acceptance of the award comes with the following instructions:

  1. Acknowledge the person who gave this award in a blog post.
  2. Do the Q&A below.
  3. Pass on the award to 10 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

So, first of all, oodles of thanks to Jenny Alexander, @jennyalexander4 on Twitter, who blogs at Writing in the House of Dreams, for nominating me for this award, and for all her support over the last year and a half (my Twitter and blogging life so far.)

Secondly, here are the Questions and my Answers…

1.Who is your favourite philosopher? I don’t have one.  I like the random things that people say that surprise and enlighten me.  Having said that, much of what Zen teacher, Shunryu Suzuki, says, and much about his life and teachings, really resonate with me and my own thoughts on life.  David Chadwick’s ‘Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki’ is a fascinating book.

2. What is your favourite number? 6 – it is my birthday date and I’ve always thought of it as my lucky number.

3. What is your favourite animal? The elephant.  All their wisdom and gentleness is held in their eyes.

4. What is your favourite time of day? All of it!  From Spring through to Summer, I particularly love the early mornings and dusk because I love to hear birdsong and watch the bats fly around our house at dusk.

5. What are your Facebook and Twitter accounts? Facebook: Abi Burlingham Twitter @AbiBurlingham

6. What is your favourite holiday? Every holiday I have had has been my favourite at the time I am taking it.  I find it impossible to choose.  I do love Wales though and have been there for the last three years.  The Welsh mountains around Beddgelert are one of my favourite places on the planet!

DSCN06237. What is your favourite physical activity? Walking through fields and woods and sleeping ;o)

8. What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink? Water.  I don’t do caffeine but I do like a cup or two of de-caf tea most days ~ it’s a writer’s prerogative.

9. What is your passion? Life and living it… if I had to choose… my friends, my children, my hound, writing, drawing and painting, reading, teaching, drinking wine, eating cheesecake, music, dancing, walking though woods, burying my face in a lavendar bush, lying under trees… you see how hard it is?

10. What is your favourite flower? The hellebore.  I have loads in the garden and would be quite happy to have a garden full of them.  I also love snakeshead fritillary and lavendar.

April 2012Now, I’m going to cheat here because I don’t have 10 blogs that I regularly read and want my choices to be genuine.  So, I am going to award the Sunshine Award to 5 people who I feel really do inspire others and whose blog posts I read without fail and always enjoy.

1) Julia Munroe Martin: Julia’s blog posts are a joy. Funny, original, downright hilarious at times, thoughtful and profound.  They are like a box of Quality Street – you never quite know what you’re going to get but it is always yummy!

2) Emma Pass: Emma is one of the most supportive people on twitter and supportive of others’ blog posts.  She is also open and honest about her writing journey, which I know inspires a lot of other writers.

3) Nadine Tomlinson: Nadine is also incredibly supportive of other writers and of her fellow Jamaicans.  She regularly gives blog space to others and celebrates with them.

4) Nettie Thomson: Nettie’s posts are funny, honest, well-written and heartfelt.  They are always a pleasure to read.

5) Jo Carroll: Jo’s posts are often inspired by her travels – of which there are many – and are inspiring in themselves, often looking, not only at the places she has visited, but the people she meets along the way.

So… many thanks, again, to Jenny.  This will probably be my final 2012 post ~ where did the year go?  Thanks to all for accompanying me in my musings and wishing you all a fun and food filled Xmas and loads of writerly lucky for 2013!


About Abi Burlingham

I write children's books and paint pictures inspired by nature, animals, trees etc, mostly in acrylics. I am a crisp addict.
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14 Responses to 21st December 2012

  1. Ken says:

    Nice post! Sleeping is certainly one good activity to do. 🙂 Congratulations for the nomination.

  2. Jenny Alexander says:

    I loved reading your answers, Abi. So much resonates with me 🙂

  3. I loved the questions, Jenny. Thanks again for passing on the award to my wee blog and giving me chance to take part in the fun!

  4. Martin Day says:

    As you already know, Abi, I have found your blogs an inspiration and so appreciate your generosity in passing on some of the hard-mined nuggets of wisdom you have found

  5. Emma Pass says:

    I loved reading your answers – they’re fabulous! And thank you so much for nominating me, I’m honoured. xx

  6. Thank you for nominating me, especially with such lovely words. I loved learning more about you, especially your fave flower…I’d never even heard of the hellebore before! I do love lavender, too. Thanks again!

    • Hi Julia, you’re very welcome. Your blog posts are one of my ‘treats’ – so enjoy reading them. Glad I was able to introduce you to the hellebore – they flower in Spring and are gorgeous naural colours, from white through green to a musky pink. I adore them. Just realised I spelt lavender wrong too – oops! 😉

  7. Jo Carroll says:

    Just home again, after visiting daughter to take grandson to the panto (Oh no you didn’t, OH YES I DID) to find this – thank you so much, Abi. I’m off again on Friday, so who knows when I’ll pick this baton up – but one day I will.

    Do hope you are well – and have a wonderful Christmas.

  8. Hee hee. Oh you didn’t, did you? All sounds fab. Happy travelling and no worries about picking up the baton – break the rules and just keep it for yourself 😉 Have a lovely Chrimbo too.

  9. Nadine says:

    I love sunshine and sunflowers, too, Abi. My mummy had some in her garden when I was a child, but I don’t remember why she no longer has them.
    Such a beautiful post. Thanks again for nominating me, and for all your support. I feel so honoured to be included. Can hardly wait to share this award in my first blog post for 2013. 😀
    Have a lovely Christmas, and I know that you’ll have lots of wonderful writerly things happening in your world in 2013. xxx


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