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Thursday, August 27, 2009

red carpet hour

The hugely talented Nicky, at Absolute, and whose prolific writing and creative imagination have me awestruck – has very kindly listed Monkeys on the Roof on her roll call to receive this illustrious award. Thanks Nicky!

The award is the Kreativ Blogger award and the rules are:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.

2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.

3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.

4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.

5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.

6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.

7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated.

Ahem so seven things about me that might be interesting….even mildly….thinks…

1. I first popped into the world in Canada – New Westminster, BC. Apparently it is beautiful there though I have yet to return. We left when I was small (was there ever a time?) but I think I get visceral memories when I see north american scenes, lakes and coasts with big pine forests. I own an inch of a totem pole somewhere there, but still haven’t found the certificate to prove it;

2. I did schooling in England and often still miss my English friends and life, but I have an amazing African life – living in wild beautiful places which is full of adventure and wonderment;

3. My sister had a horse called Kennedy who had a huge barrel chest and frequently ran away with me like a express train – all well meant of course but I am of the sack of potatoes style of riding. He also used to stumble mid gallop. It’s a wonder I stayed on at all – and I didn’t always. I still love horses but prefer ones that can stop when you want to;

4. Monkeys have been thundering up and down my roof all day.

5. I once did a bike trip through the Kalahari with my friend Pam to prove we could. It was the best fun.

6. I love clear night skies and the change of seasons, my wonderful friends, reading a good book, hearing lions at night, dark chocolate, being in the blogosphere, listening to elephants browsing quietly, the smell of first rain, having water on tap, that first cup of tea, laughter, incense, music, art and the miracle of life; and so many more things..

7. sometimes I wonder…………..

The seven Kreativ Bloggers I nominate – and this is the toughest part – what only seven?? – and trying to avoid those that have been nominated already….

Petie at Verily I go

Bonnie at Original Art Studio

Tam at Fleeing Muses

Pink Dogwood from Wandering Mind

Kathryn from Last visible dog

Chris from Middenshire Chronicles

Lauri from Thoughts from Botswana

Janelle from Ngorobob Hill House
Janet from Under a Blood Red Sky

Dear Lauri from Thoughts from Botswana gave me a beautiful award some time back, and nows the time. It was the Friendship Award

Blogs that receive the Let’s Be Friends Award are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers.

Kristin from Candy Sandwich
Miranda from The Times of Miranda
Janice from Life in Matthews
Nicky from Absolute Vanilla
Tessa from Aerial Armadillo
Reya from The Gold Puppy
Lori from Lori Times Five
as always if my links dont work please look on my sidebar.

Hurrah! Congrats everyone and Blog On xx


Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Thank you so much, you're very kind.

What an interesting life you have led - totem pole owner and wild-horse rider! How do you get to own a totem pole?

Thanks again for thinking of me.

Janelle said...

aw shucks val THANKS MAN!!!! wow! sending love love love xxx j

pink dogwood said...

Thanks so much Val - I am honored.

Will do the tag as soon as I can make up(just kidding) seven fascinating things about me :)

Enjoyed reading seven things about you - I guess we have a few things in common - I also like change of seasons, reading, dark chocolate, smell of the rain, being in the blogosphere :)

Lauri said...

Thanks for the award Val. I'm sitting here being in awe of the fact that you biked across the kgalagadi! WOW!!! What about lions? Did you have people following you or did you sleep in tents on the ground? I really am a chicken.

Lori ann said...

I heard about that trip. It seems it's quite legendary! I hope to hear more about it someday. Your seven things were fun to read and get to know more about you.
British Columbia is one of the prettiest places I've ever seen. Both my Grandparents and Parents lived there at one time. My first birthday was spent there.

Thank you for the award, I won't lose this one!

Bonnie Zieman, M.Ed. said...


So nice to read your 7 things - you are quite a woman!!!

Thank you so much for passing on the award to me. I am honoured. But now, I too, like one of your other awardees have to go and invent 7 interesting things about myself. What am I saying? I have been talking in my blog about authenticity!!! LOL I think it will be an even harder task to come up with 7 true and interesting things.

Love you blog and your visits to mine. Take care, Bonnie

e said...

I loved your seven things, totem pole and horse best of all...

Verily I go. said...

A bicycle. OMG! Val, the lolipop, on wheels. Thank you darling girl for the award. I love it here.

Vagabonde said...

I enjoyed reading the seven interesting things about you – I share a few and liking dark chocolate is a big one. I also received the Kreativ Blogger award a while back. At first I refused it because I did not want to speak about myself and at that time I did not know many other bloggers, but I was told I could keep it anyway. Congratulation on yours.

karen said...

Hi Val, I enjoyed your seven things... listening to elephants browsing is something I never tire of, too! Thanks so much for the lovely award! xx

Val said...

CBW - an auntie bought a piece of the totem pole for me and my sister as a pressie. it was a looooong time ago. there was a certificate which i now cant find anywhere. did i dream this up? perhaps ants have eaten the totem pole by now??

Janelle - your cupboard must be getting full? i just love your blog - its like a magic carpet ride through wonderland:-)

pink dogwood - ha, i will be fascinated to hear seven things about you.

Lauri - they were scramblers not bicycles :-) but yes, we were lion aware!! and i am fully chicken, thats why i had to do it. make sense?

Lori - i have only heard amazing things about BC - id really love to go there one day (again) and hey - i also had my first birthday there :-)

Bonnie - you were so quick and your seven things are awesome. thanks you so much for writing them.

e - haha thank you. That horse was a great character - the stumble trick became famous!

Verily - nooo not a bicycle - gawd imagine pedalling thru all that sand!! twas a MOTORbike thank goodness :-)

Vagabonde - do it now - please? i would love to hear seven things about you.

thanks dear bloggy pals for all your comments. Its great to know you xxxV

Val said...

hi karen - yes its strangely calming listening to eles browsing.. as opposed to having them bear down on you while you are stuck in sand, and they are screaming in your ear :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you blopal. Too kind!
It's so great how the blogoshere connects people in far off places.

Kristin said...

Thank you so much, Val! An award from you means a lot. I really like and respect both your writing and the woman behind it.

Miranda said...

Gee thanks Val! Hey, I think its time you wrote a post on your bike trip with Pam. Please please?? I remember you both had those sunglasses with the leather bits on the side to stop the sand and sun going in - I was dead jealous of those!! And when mom came back I was expecting her to rush over to the tap and drink loads of water!

Reya Mellicker said...

Ah you are a woman of many landscapes. That makes perfect sense to me. BC is an incredible place, so full of magic and fairies and mosquitoes. Wow. And England, which I love more than I'm supposed to ... and Africa that I knew little about until I started reading your blog and Tam's and Miranda's.


Is there any one place where, when you put your foot down, feels like "home"? I ask myself the same question all the time.

THANK YOU for the award! I am honored.

Unknown said...

I LOVED your seven things! Thinking of you listening to the lions in the night reminded me how much I loved hearing the hyenas calling to each other as night settled in. Note to self, must get back to the bush!

And thank you soooo much for the Lets be Friends award - huge *mwah* :-) xxx

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