Nominated for Versatile Blogger

I’ve been nominated with this lovely Versatile Blogger award by Public Transit User’s blogger for which I am quite pleased, thank you very much!


Display the Award on your Blog.
Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who nominated you.
Present 15 deserving Bloggers with the Award.
Link your nominees in the post and let them know of their nomination with a comment.

Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Seven things about myself:

1. I’m in engaged to someone who lives in the U.K. (I’m in Canada)

2. I love Coronation Street and my fiance and I were part of a Canadian documentary called Corrie Crazy.

3. I created my own website (and now this blog) because I love to write travelogues when I travel.

4. I am not very musically talented at all. Can just barely carry a tune. Most of the time.

5. Organizing a trip is half the fun!

6. I’m not one of the world’s most graceful people! My scarred knees can testify to that.

7.  I’m a fan of Shakespeare.
versatile-bloggerAnd to nominate 15 blogs to pay it forward:
1. Liberated Travel is new to me but her Paris blogs  have drawn me in and I really enjoy the Travel Journey of the week challenge, even if I can’t join in because I’ve not been to a destination!

2. Cee’s Photography – fun challenges and great photos!

3. Cinema Parrot Disco for great movie reviews.

4. Ese’s Voice for photography and interesting musings.

5. Photo and Tour for her amazing photos.

6. Road Tripping Europe for their interesting travels on the back roads and towns of Europe!

7. Postcards from Scotland because it’s one of my favourite countries too.

8. Canadian Travel Bugs – Canadians living and traveling in China

9. Janaline’s World Journey – She’s been everywhere!

10. Tranquil Dreams – foodie, travel, photo challenges and movies!

11. Life: A Scot in Norway – Norway, another country that I’d like to see sometime.

12. Lonely Travelog: A Sanctuary of Photography & Travel

12. The London Historian for my love of British history.

13. The Habitual Runaway – great adventures from Canada

14. Museum in a Bottle because I love museums!

15. Where’s my Backpack also for some good travel adventures

I’ve been nominated and so have you!

Thank you to Chronicles of a Public Transit User for these great awards!

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Rules are simple, I nominate 10 people, then so do you, put the Awards up like I did and thank the person who gave you the Awards, 3 Awards.

And my nominees are

Reality award!

reality-blog-awardI am very flattered to be awarded the REALITY blogger award by The Habitual Runaway’s blog. It’s lovely to know people are reading and enjoying armchair traveling and planning with me here.

To accept the award, I must answer 5 questions and then nominate 5 blogs I enjoy reading.

1. If you could change something, what would you change?
I would invent the Transporter, like they have in Star Trek. Flying and slogging through airports is such a chore. I always say I love to travel, I just hate getting there.

2. If you could relive one day, when would that be?
I guess that could be the day Graham and I got engaged, May 30, 2006. We spent much of the day in Blackpool, about an hour’s drive from Manchester under sunny skies, also a rarity for most of my visits overseas. We went up the Blackpool Tower, had fish and chips by the seaside, went to a Doctor Who exhibit and later, in the airport hotel that night, he asked me to marry him (I was flying home to Canada the next morning). Eee it were a Grand Day!

3. What one thing really scares you?
Losing someone I love is awful. Thinking that I will eventually lose others scares me.

4. What one dream have you not completed yet and do you think you will be able to complete it?
Keeping back it to a travel theme, I’d love to fly around the world. If I ever get to go to Australia and New Zealand, I will head there from one direction and head home from the other. Will I be able to do it? Hard to say. I’ll probably have to wait until I retire to have the time to do it and possible the money as well.

5. If you could be someone else for the day, who would you be?
Are there things about myself I would change? Yes. But would I want to be anyone else for a day? I am not so sure I would unless it was a lottery winner ;)

Here’s five blogs I like to read. I guess I can’t nominate the Habitual Runaway back though I do enjoy reading her adventures!

Kim at Tranquil Dreams – The movie reviews, the travel and the photos!

Nikki at International Travel Chick – a new follow for me and already I’m hooked on her travels!

Sue at A Word in Your Ear – For the wonderful weekly challenges, great travel stories and even her weird stuff that happens!

Gerty at Paradise Has Mosquitos – Another new follow – An Englishwoman living in Portugal with lots of various topics to explore

London Historians because History is my other love!

Beautiful Blogger Award!

beautiful-blogger-award1I am hugely flattered that a fellow blogger and reader Kim at Tranquil Dreams  has given me this Beautiful Blogger Award.  She lives in Montreal and has been recently blogging about her visit to Hong Kong! She blogs about all kinds of neat things including food and movies and travel.

Beautiful Blogger Award Rules:

The idea behind the Beautiful Blogger Award is to recognize some of the bloggers we follow for their hard work and inspiration.

1. Copy the Beautiful Blogger Award logo and place it in your post.
2. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
3. Tell 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 7 other bloggers for their own Beautiful Blogger Award, and comment on their blogs to let them know.

So … 7 things about me.
1. My first camera was a Polaroid instant camera that was given to me for Christmas when I was about 12. I’ve never looked back! While I’ve never taken photography as far as I could have, I still love it and I love taking photos. They are the most important souvenir of my travels.
2. Travel – ah yes. I went on a school trip to Rome and Paris in high school and craved travel after that though it took me a lot of years to be able to afford to go.
3. I thought about becoming a teacher but when I saw the lists of teaching graduates and not that many jobs, I changed my mind. I am a computer programmer and though it frustrates me some days, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
4. I love the British television show Coronation Street. It’s quite popular here in Canada and I’ve made a large number of very good friends through it and gained a fiance as well!
5. I’m in a long distance relationship. My fiance lives in Salford, U.K. which is next to Manchester. We visit twice a year and communicate daily via various forms on the internet. Eventually he’ll move to Canada.
6. I’m not really very good with spontenaity. You really have to give me a bit of notice first.
7. My favourite book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I’ve been a lifelong reader for which I thank my parents.

So there you have it.

Seven blogs I read regularly:

Bucket List Publications

A Word in  Your Ear

Habitual Runaway

Taking to the  Open Road

London Historian

Corrie Canuck

Margaret’s Miscellany

I do enjoy all the blogs I follow here on WordPress and elsewhere. I thank you for all your information, your lovely travel adventures and photography. Thank you for reading my blog!