Versatile Blogger Award

 versatileblogger113I am honoured to have received a nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award from the generous Lisa Rieter.  Thank you, Lisa. Variety, novelty and learning are my passions, so this award is very special. I’m excited to pass it onto some fantastic bloggers who have posts to suit my mood whenever I browse their blogs. I was delighted to find WordPress actually run a site for this award, to provide a central locale for the winners and maintain the rules.

The rules are:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.versatile-blogger
  2. Include a link to their blog.
  3. Next, select 15 excellent blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award – include a link to this site.
  5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

When you consider nominating a fellow blogger for the Versatile Blogger Award, 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.


Please take some time to visit these great blogs read around them – I promise you there’s something for everyone on all of them!


Louise Allan – ‘Life from the attic’ at

Dawn Barker at

Andrew Burke  at

Emma Chapman at

Amanda Curtin at amandacurtin.comI

Iris Lavell at

Natasha Lester

Glennys Marsdon at

Angela Myer at

Annabel Smith at

Dianne Touchell at

Irene Waters at

Marisa Wikramanayake at

Charlotte Woods at



  1. I always wanted to be a writer, but my first book, Other People’s Country, was not published until I was 70 years old.
  2. My husband and I eloped the year before my book was published. Eloping saved the hassles of explaining to our combined children (nine of them) and deciding which of our granddaughters would be flower girls.
  3. My first trip to Europe was to France for our honeymoon, and I’ve been back three more times. I can’t get enough of the country and the culture.
  4.  This week I’m in Dowerin, a tiny country town in the Eastern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, where I’m ‘minding’ the Dowerin Bed and Breakfast for my sister while she’s in Bali. Today, I cooked and served breakfast for five people by 6.15 a.m.
  5. I started my blog six months ago, and after a few weeks of not knowing what I was doing, now love the process. I am delighted to have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.
  6. My garden occupies much of my attention. I’m passionate about my orchids, and slightly in love with my Pierre du Ronsard rose.
  7. I expect the phone will ring any moment and my daughter will tell me that my second great grandchild has been born; then I will drive to Perth to greet him or her.


22 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations on being nominated, Maureen, and thanks so much for the nominating my blog. I know a lot of the blogs you’ve nominated, but I’ll go browse the ones I don’t, while I try to come up with seven slightly interesting things about me.

    • Thanks, Louise. We obviously mix in the same cyber circles! Can’t wait to meet you in person, soon. And yes, one of the hardest thing about the Award is having to come up with seven things about yourself, especially when we post such personal blogs. Good luck with it.

    • Thanks, Elizabeth. Blogging has become quite fun. Thank you for being a ‘regular’ and making such kind comments.

  2. Maureen, congratulations. I can tell you are having great fun with your blog, and a lot of people appreciate and enjoy your writing.
    And thank you so much for nominating me. Herein my thanks, and grateful acknowledgement of your appreciation.
    And herein also a confession. I am a selfish blogger; I post infrequently, when I find time and am inspired to do so. I don’t post regularly as so many do. And although I follow a few blogs, including yours, I don’t spend time on it daily or even weekly. I don’t care how many followers, or how few, I have, and I rarely check my stats. Therefore I’m not able to reciprocate by nominating the required number of bloggers. Nor do I really believe in these orchestrated events. I’m sure they work well for community-minded people, but for a reclusive and selfish blogger like me, I don’t find it worth the time and effort to fulfil the rules.
    I guess I’m a bit of a rebel. I don’t read books because they’ve been awarded, and I tend to avoid doing things that are laid down. This is absolutely nothing to do with you, it’s about the institution of blogging and its expectations that you will get more followers, subscribe to more blogs, post more blogs, etc. I do what I want to do when I want to do it, unless, as in my work, I’m getting paid for it, or am genuinely helping someone I love or care for and want to help.
    I’m sounding like a grumpy old woman. Time to stop.

    • Hi, Christina. Yes, I really do like blogging, partly because I find weekly the deadline I give myself to post something new is a challenge. But I understand your position about the institution. The requirement to nominate fifteen versatile bloggers was also quite a challenge!

  3. Thanks so much for nominating me, Maureen! It’s lovely to learn a bit about you, as well. The B&B sounds like a big job, but it’s nice for your sister to have a break. Your garden sounds lovely. I smelt roses unlike any I’ve ever smelt before at Ballindaloch Castle in Scotland last year.

    Unfortunately I’m so, so busy with work and travel at the moment I’m not sure I’ll get time to pay this forward. I owe a few blog posts around the place. Thank you though. And warm wishes,

    • Thanks for your response, Angela. Lovely to hear from you, and great you are busy with work and travel. I follow your blogs with interest

  4. Dropping in quickly to say a huge congratulations on your nomination, very much deserved, and send a warm cyber huge your way for nominating The Ponder Room, it made my day, week, month … you get the idea.
    Will have to put my thinking cap on for other blogs as I seem to go to the same ones as you too.
    Enjoy the B&B and new arrival.

    • Hi, Glennys, and thank you! The Ponder Room truly a versatile blog. It is informative, interesting, and often makes me laugh out loud. It was a great pleasure to nominate it for the Versatile Bloggers Award. Thank you too, for your kind wishes about the b and be and baby Bayley. I can’t wait to get home to see him and my granddaughter.

    No wonder you are so busy these days, enjoy the fact that you can be. I say this from my debilitated state, I am ever so slightly envious!!
    Love and blessings Rosiexx

    • Yes, it seems quite nice to have another great grandchild. Sigh. I know I am so lucky and blessed to be busy. Thank you for your understanding.

  6. Thanks so much for nominating me, maureen – that is lovely.

    Although it must have been frustrating for you, I think it’s wonderful that at 70 years old you had a book published – it just goes to show that it’s never too late and is an inspiration for those who feel they are lagging behind in some way. Sometimes I am impatient for my career to ‘progress’ and this is a good reminder that there is no rush – writing is a lifelong venture.



    • Hi, Annabel. Thanks for recognising how good it was for me to publish my first book at 70 when serious writing had been a long-held ambition. That is not to say that my life has not been rich and fulfilling, with a large family and a varied career of which I’m proud. The book was special. And now my second one is ‘under consideration’ by a publisher. I can’t wait to hear if they like it.

  7. Thanks, Maureen! And congratulations. I’m in the bowels of Melbourne Airport on my way to Tassie for launch and readings. I’ll be doing the same in Perth in early August, so hope to see you then. (Loved yr book, btw.)

    • Thanks, Andrew. Look forward to seeing you if you can make time in August.

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