Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Versatile Blog Award

I am so thrilled, Margy from has included me in her versatile blog recognition award.  It is the first award that I have received and I am very grateful to Margy for thinking of me.  Margy's blog is absolutely fascinating.  It is about her life in a floating cabin in Canada, complete with floating garden and floating wood store. It really is worth a visit and a browse through the archives.
In order to accept this award I have to thank Margy and tell my readers seven things about myself, so here we go.

1.  I have three boys aged 27, 24 and 20.  They are, along with my husband, my reason for living and I am very, very proud of all three of them and the fine adult men that they have become.
2.  I am by trade an English teacher, although these days more into management and I work in a correction centre.  I am very lucky because I love my job.
3.  I have wanted to live on a houseboat since I was a teenager and now my dream is coming true.
4.  I am Commodore of Tollesbury Sailing Club and the first lady commodore in its history.
5.  I am vegetarian and I get very upset by animal & child cruelty.
6.  I am seriously addicted to chocolate.
7.  I don't do power/ego trips and I don't like people who do or jobsworths.

Now I have to pass this award on to 15 other bloggy friends whose sites I have recently (or fairly recently) discovered and whose blogs I love reading.  I have quite a blog roll because I love reading other people's blogs.    After a day's work, I love settling down on the settee with my laptop and catching up with the day's news through the blogs, learning something new or getting advice from people who know more than me.  I do not buy any magazines any more because my blog roll is far more interesting and I have made some really lovely bloggy friends with mutual interests or lifestyles.  Here is my list, in no particular order, and I apologise to anyone I miss because I can only have 15.

1.  VallyP at
2.  Janys at
3.  MrsL at
4.  Elizabeh at
5.  Zaira at
7.  Becky and Seb at
8.  Melissa at
11. Simon at
12. Tim at
13. Steve at

I hope you have some fun browsing these blogs, I know I do.


  1. Thanks for the link back. You really are versatile and quick for that matter. I am glad we found each other. I've enjoyed reading about your barge remodel and look forward to all the next steps. You've also been the source of other blogs of similar interest to ours. From your post yesterday I got in touch with Melissa about floating gardens. How fun to have friends around the world. - Margy

  2. Margy - It's lovely to have people all over the world with similar interests that you can chat to and learn from. Your lifestyle is as remote as Melissa's is busy in the city, but we all have boats in common. I am really enjoying finding out more about your life. xxx

  3. Wow, thanks so much Fran, and I feel honoured to be in your list. I shall also follow up with Margy as I don't know her blog and it sounds great. I'll try to do a post about this at the weekend, so bear with me for a couple of days and it will be there xx