Quite a while ago – during my blogging pause – the lovely Sierra Leone Girl nominated me for the Sunshine blogging award. I was so touched and delighted especially as this is still a relatively young blog. Please do go and check out her awesome blog, as well as the other 11 bloggers I have nominated for the award below!

Sunshine Blogger Award Rules:
-Thank the blogger who nominated you.
-Answer the 11 questions asked.
-Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
-List the rules and include the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.

My Answers

What have you always wanted to be growing up?

This changed constantly and is still continuing to do so. Past desires have included a vet, run an animal shelter, a town planner, a farmer, a writer, a librarian, an academic researcher, an editor, a journalist, a professional chocolate taster….

… or finding a way to be a professional reader.

If you could tell your teenage-self anything, what would that be?

Time doesn’t heal all wounds but it helps.

Please be kinder to yourself.

If you could meet anyone from any time period who would it be?

Gráinne Ó Máille (O’Malley) – she was an Irish Pirate in the 16th century and due to her exploits became known as the Pirate Queen. She sounds like a total badass and I would have liked to meet her.

Who would you say is your biggest influence?

My parents

What is your guilty pleasure?

Eating nutella (a sort of chocolate spread) straight from the jar with a spoon.

What is your idea of a perfect rest day?

To rest and relax for a day I would pass the time reading books, drinking tea, I would probably binge watch YouTube or Netflix, ideally I would also take a walk close to home but otherwise remaining in PJs for the whole day.

What is your favourite day of the week and why?

I don’t have a favourite day, I try to enjoy them all.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’m currently living in Italy and loving life here. In the future I really want to live in Brussels, France or Germany. I would also love to live in Japan for a while. The truth is that I love experiencing different cultures and ways of living so I am open to living in most places. I also want to travel basically everywhere.

What is your favourite film or book growing up?

I used to love rewatching all the old Christmas movies. It is impossible to choose just one favourite book.

If you could work on a project with anyone from any time period, who would it be and what kind of project?

 One project that I would love to work on is a project promoting geography education. I think the world is increasingly segmented into different echo chambers, through our social media feeds, the newspapers we read or news reports we watch tend to reinforce our existing world views and prejudices. For me geography, the study of others, other countries, other lives, other cultures, is a way to escape the echo chamber. That is something I would like to share. In terms of who I would work with and where, with anyone interested in helping me and wherever I am 🙂

What kinds of things bring you joy?

Spending time with the people I love, Reading, Writing, Tea, Coffee, Food, Cooking, Travelling and exploring new places.

Blogs I want to nominate for the award (and ones that are really good so whoever is reading this should go and check them out!

The Secret Bookseller

The Consulting Writer

Luggage & Life

Gin & Lemonade

Living in the Pleasant


Croissants & Conjugations

Silence Killed the Dinosaurs

An Evolving Life

The Book Hamster

An Historian About Town

My Questions

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What are you most proud of?
  3. If you could meet anyone from any time period who would it be? (I stole this from my list of questions because it was so good and I want to hear other peoples answers).
  4. What would you like your older self to remember when you look back on this period of your life?
  5. Where is the last place you travelled to? Would you like to revisit it in the future?
  6. What is the silliest thing you have ever seen or heard on public transport?
  7. What book do you think everyone should read?
  8. What film would you recommend watching on a rainy day?
  9. What is your beverage of choice when writing?
  10. Have you ever studied a foreign language? If yes which one and what are your study tips?
  11. Do you prefer large or small marshmallows in your hot chocolate? 😉

Looking forward to hearing all the answers from my nominees.

A presto! xoxo



6 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Hi! Thank you for the nomination! I really appreciate it. However, these kinds of awards don’t work with my blogging format (illustrations and stories with illustrations) so I don’t do them. I hope you understand. I’ll answer a few of your questions here though!

    1. I wanted to get the stories and art I was making out there.

    2. Proposing to my partner.

    3. Uh … I don’t know? I really liked your pirate queen answer. I’m not sure I know enough bad ass historical figures to be good at this question.

    4. That I was doing my best.

    5. I’m going to say you have to stay over-night for it to count for this. So, Melbourne. I don’t love big cities, but I have family there, so I guess I will revisit.

    6. I don’t know about silliest. I recently saw a long line of people accordion into each other down a double-decker bus stairwell though (the bus took off while they were still climbing. No one fell over or was injured).

    7. Full disclosure: I’m *terrible* at this kind of question. I don’t do favourites, and I just don’t think there’s one best/right thing. Besides, I feel like this question is asking me to pick something deep and thoughtful, but I like reading things that are fun. I guess I’d get everyone to read some Terry Pratchett (let’s say Jingo, but you can’t really go wrong) and have a good time.

    8. Again … I don’t think there’s a one size fits all answer. I find disaster and monster movies oddly comforting, so I’ll probably be watching San Andreas or Jurrasic Park the next time I’m stuck at home on a rainy day. But I figure that’s not everyone’s style.

    9. Tea!

    10. I learned a tiny bit of Japanese and French in school. Not enough to speak either language properly.

    11. Haha. Mini marshmallows.

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    1. I love your answers! Thank you so much for posting them here and I completely understand your reasons 🙂 I think you are right about the one size doesn’t fit all in relation to book recommendations but I am always intrigued by peoples answers to these kinds of questions. Terry Pratchett is a wonderful reccommendation, I can’t even pick a favourite of his – although I could probably narrow it down to Wyrd Sisters (or any of the witches books) or any of the Sam Vimes books centred books… yeah its not easy to narrow these things down 😉

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      1. My favourites are probably Nightwatch, Monstrous Regiment and Carpe Jugulum. And the Hogfather maybe? But Jingo would be in the next tier, and seems to be one of the universally appealing ones (also, interesting and often relevant themes of war and nationalism) so I picked that.

        Yep. I can’t do favourites.

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  2. Who wouldn’t want to be a professional chocolate taster? It’s so cool that you live in Italy, I’ve always wanted to travel there! Loved all the answers to your questions, you sound like such a beautiful soul! Thank you again for the nomination<3

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