It has happened! Two days ago, in the middle of a sunny morning, bags have been put down and the Lantern fastened next to the tree. Transplanted from a southern suburb to a leafy northern suburb nestled just above Wellington’s Botanic Garden. Secluded spot, surrounded by a bush, bird sanctuary and neighbours that wish you good morning and smile at you even though you have just arrived. My new abode is small and cute. Just like a hobbit’s hole; one has everything one needs and nothing one does not. Here are some photos of it.
It has been a sort of purging exercise … woman who once acquired rather impressive number of things; including furniture, clothing, accessories, etc. … decided to put in practice her long standing theory of travelling light through life. And then she gave away, donated and sometimes sold all of it. The criteria were simple, yet effective; if not used during the last six months; it is not needed and therefore it has to go. The result is impressive and satisfying. Total of my earthly possessions fits into one bedroom apartment … and I love it. Because the best things in life are not things … I always believed that one can only sleep in one bed and wear one pair of shoes at one time (I have touched upon that on here: ‘News on Saturday morning‘) … now I know for certain that to be true.
Except for books that is … and some old photos of people long dead, my grandmother’s scarfs, the last letter she wrote to me, and an old tobacco tin. It is all I carry across the world. My talismans.
While search for the Lantern’s new spot has been underway, good people of blogging world have found in their hearts to pass some fantastic awards to us! Thank you very, very much … and I am indeed very sorry for being so late in honouring the awards. Times have been tough recently, and I am not saying this as an excuse … just the fact. And now I am going to do my best to honour each and every award!
The first nomination came from my great friend Kathy of ‘sharechair’, at: http://sharechair.wordpress.com/ If you have not visited her blog, please do so soon as Kathy write with integrity, warmth and sincerity. Kathy nominated the Lantern for the ‘Blog of the Year’ award! I cannot possibly think how the Lantern and I deserve such an award … still THANK YOU SO MUCH!
The second nomination for the ‘Blog of the Year’ award came from ‘The Raven’s Witch’, at: http://enchantedsolitaire.com/ One enchanted blog and an interesting blogger, well worth your visit. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
The third nomination for the ‘Blog of the Year’ award came from ‘Who’s Your Granny’, at: http://mmeara.wordpress.com/ Marcia’s blog is simply beautiful, full of humanity, love and life. The photo on ‘About’ page tells it all just by itself -:!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
And so thanks to those wonderful bloggers, the Lantern now has three golden stars to display! Thank you!
The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:
1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award,
2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award,
3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!),
4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them,
5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience,
6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar, and start collecting stars! Yes, there are stars to be collected and this is where this award is different to others. Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once; this award is different; every time you are given the award by another blog; you can add another star. There are total of six stars to collect. Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs, and even if they have already been given the award by someone else, you can still bestow it on them again and help them reach the maximum six stars!
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And now for the best part -:)! My nominees for the ‘Blog of the Year’ award are:
- http://freepennypress.wordpress.com/ for absolutely wonderful, inspirational and interesting blog,
- http://chrisbkm.wordpress.com/ for poetry that touches one deeply and profoundly,
- http://clareflourish.wordpress.com/ for being true to herself,
- http://myblogaddiktion2011.wordpress.com/ for beautiful and inspirational blog,http://mixandmatchmeme.wordpress.com/ for all the wonderful things that can rhyme!
Congratulations to all!
- Blog Of The Year 2012 (ackans.com)
- “Blog Of The Year” award – another star (rhubblog.com)
- I Feel the LOVE ~ Blog of the Year 2012 Award! (misifusa.wordpress.com)
- “Blog Of The Year” 2012 Award – 6 Stars (actually it is 7, but only 6 are allowed) (rhubblog.com)
- Blog of the Year 2012 award (realisticbird.wordpress.com)
- “Blog Of The Year 2012″ Award – Five Stars (rhubblog.com)
- Blog of the Year Award (retconpoet.wordpress.com)
- quirkybooks Awarded Blog of the Year 2012 (quirkybooks.wordpress.com)