It was the end of rather a fractious day but then a lovely message popped into my Inbox: France Says had nominated me for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I love unexpected gifts like that! And I was particularly pleased because I always look forward to her very amusing and astute posts which feed the français manqué of my existence. Who am I to refuse? It’s probably very banal to say this but one of the chief pleasures in blogging is this connection to people and their ideas and passions all around the world.
Of course I can only accept the Award if I agree to abide by the Rules but for once these are rules I don’t mind keeping to. The Rules are:
- thank and link to the person who nominated you
- list the rules and display the award
- share 7 facts about yourself
- nominate 15 other blogs you enjoy then comment on their posts to let them know that you have nominated them.
So here I am giving France Says a kiss on each cheek, and saying thank you for not only finding my blog inspiring but also for putting a smile on my dial so regularly.
But what are the seven things I can tell you about myself?
- I’m easily distracted. I started this blog to promote my novel but now I blog about all kinds of things. I’d make a terrible businessman.
- I love buildings of all shapes and sizes and ages. I have to touch a famous building when I see it, like I’m shaking hands with an old friend.
- I tend to see the silly side of life – laughter is the elixir of the gods, surely.
- Although I live in Australia I practically always drink French wine.
- I’ve always been mad about cars. When I was 12 I had a letter published in CAR magazine complaining about the lack of ‘faces’ on the current crop of cars. I signed the letter Cohen de Bizet for no particular reason and my mother said everyone would think I was Jewish, which I thought was rather fabulous.
- My favourite food is Italian. I love its simplicity – a humble dish of spaghetti with oil and garlic was one of the stand-out meals when I was in Sicily.
- I am beyond hopeless at maths.
Now for my nominations for the 15 blogs that inspire me (and in no particular order):
silver painted river – fascinating and thought-provoking musings about colour
the dangerously truthful diary of a Sicilian housewife – life in Sicily beyond the tourist traps
standing ovation, seated – a wonderfully perceptive, sometimes controversial and always amusing look at art
the good, the bad and the Italian – Italian life in Australia (changed my coffee habit, too)
Hecichera – down-to-earth food thoughts and inspiring recipes
Invisible Paris – the vicarious pleasure of discovering Paris’ hidden secrets
Gay carboys – serious car journalism with my kind of bent
Victoria Blake – a published writer and her lovely writerly thoughts
Andrew James – French vocab, Parisian living and good energy
Artlark – a fantastic resource for all kinds of art historical info
Mary Ann Adair’s Is It Art? – serious evaluation of all things artistic
Virginia Duran – excellent resource for architecture buffs travelling the world
Unwilling Expat – more Sicilian musings and lovely photos
Amelia Carruthers – art history, philosophy and more
Rotten in Denmark – good writing and always an interesting take on life
Quite a broad selection there but always worth checking in. (And did I mention France Says?) I hope you enjoy discovering them as much as I did.