It’s been a while. It really has. So much has happened over the last few weeks but circumstances have contrived to keep me away from writing. I’ve had lots of things to write about – doing a cartwheel, and overcoming the muscle strain with relaxation meditation and anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger, my new breakfast buckwheat chia raw porridge, having the biggest, most uncomfortable detox/healing reaction so far, realising that when I judge someone, it’s usually because something in me is disturbed – and I will write about them soon. The 4 month anniversary of my regime has been and gone. But when I’m not well, all my energy goes into juicing, meditating and resting. And then when I’d recovered from the detox outbreak, preparing a submission against a freeway that will take away our local oval and wetlands took up my roughly one hour a day I have to write. But here I am, back again.
Before I write about anything else, I have to acknowledge the kindness and generosity of The Imperfect Kitchen in nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award and to accept it with gratitude. Thank you.
You should go and check out her blog here – it’s beautifully written and there are lots of really yummy recipes that I haven’t tried because they are not on my programme. But you should, and let me know just how divine they are.
The award is the Versatile Blogger award. It is awarded by bloggers to other bloggers who bring something special to their lives whether every day or only now and then. They consider the quality of the writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. Or, of course, the quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.
The rules are that you “receive” the award upon accepting your nomination. Then you must:
- Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
- Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
- Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
- Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to the Versatile Blogger Award site like this http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com.
- Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
So I’ve done the first 2. Now for bloggers I follow and feel uplifted by and who I believe deserve recognition and acknowledgement for the effort and/or love they put into their blogs. And the fact that they enrich my life. They now follow in no particular order:
- Ian Gawler: Out On a Limb
- The Wellness Warrior
- Laura’s recovery
- Dear Seamus
- One Hundred Per Cent Raw
- The Imperfect Kitchen (mutual love going on)
- 38 Below
- Suzanne Askham’s blog
- Far From Africa
- Honk If You’re Vegan
- The Seven Spheres of Health
No, not quite 15 but a very genuine and heart felt 11. You might also find a theme emerging. I’ll leave it to you to work that out. So now for 7 things about me:
- I was 6 weeks premature. Clearly impatient from the start. And why learning just to be, right here and right now, is obviously appropriate for me.
- My favourite book series as a kid was Swallows And Amazons. I loved the tomboys, the sailing around the lakes and the enthusiasm for the simple things in life like butter. I studied the maps in the books for hours on end and made my dad help me with making maps for all our family trips. Remember tracing paper? I went through a lot of it!
- My first love was Woody from the Bay City Rollers. I would sing myself to sleep each night trying really hard to remember the words to Bye Bye Baby at the age of 6.
- My inspiration for studying law was Petrocelli which I watched religiously at 10. I was having a hard time deciding whether to be an actress or a detective. Petrocelli ran around trying to solve mysteries and then always performed well in court, getting the best result for his client. No wonder the law never really met my expectations – I never got a safari suit like his.
- My first proper job (other than in my parents’ plastics factory wrapping plastic trays for supermarkets to sell produce and meat on) was on the checkout at a local independent supermarket. My first night there, Remembrance Day 1983, we had a hold up. The manager was shot in the chest (he survived) and I was the next person to have the gun pointed at them. Luckily a customer yelled “police” and the gunman ran off. I don’t know if he was ever caught but I always figured it must have been drug related. Holding a supermarket up during its busiest time of the week is not a sane or rational thing to do. I’ve made up for bad things happening on Remembrance Day – my husband and I got married that day but many years later.
- I talk to myself. All the time. It’s very confusing for people around me. For some reason they think I’m talking to them.
- Home is a refurbished former psychiatric institution. Some would say that given number 6, that’s just as it should be.
Be well. Be happy. Just be!