Thank You!

31 May

I was very happy and surprised to find the other day that Olga over at Self Expression had awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. Now, before I go any further I have to apologise as I have an enormous problem inserting links.  I have learnt how to do it now, but for some strange reason my laptop won´t let me do it in a “pretty”way. Sorry folks, I´m clearly not as versatile as I should be.

Anyway, back to business.  Olga comes from Ekaterinburg in Russia and teaches English.  I enjoy her blog mainly because it´s so different from many of the others that I read. She is interested in psychology and many of her posts reflect this.  Olga also includes guests blogs and it´s good to read about things which make me sit back and reflect for a while.  I thoroughly recommend that you pop over there and pay her a visit. Thank you Olga for the award, am feeling happy and humble!

So, it seems that I am asked to tell my readers seven things about myself that they may not be aware of.  Presumably something which they will also find interesting…hmmm, that´s a tricky one.

  1. I am left handed.  Perhaps not so fascinating for most people, but any lefties out there will understand the daily struggle  with ordinary things like knives and scissors that we face.
  2. I want to learn to play the guitar.  I have a guitar, I have the books, I even have a little plastic picky thing called a plectrum.  I just can´t seem to settle down and get to it.
  3. I am interested in tracing the history of my family. I got as far back as a 7 times great grandfather who was a humble farm labourer in Gloucestershire in 1787 but have hit a wall.  It´s interesting to look at conditions in the times of our ancestors and to imagine the lives they led and the hardships they, undoubtedbly, endured.  And then to feel grateful for all that we have now.
  4. I have “done” the Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk. When my best friend and I turned 40, we went round the world for three months.  What a trip!  A few days after my birthday we treated each other as a gift, to the bridge walk.  We were at the top as the sun went down over the city and the group we were with sang Happy Birthday to us.  One of those amazing, once in a lifetime moments.  I was very lucky. Apart from the awful grey boiler suit I had to wear and the lamp strapped to head.  I looked like a large illuminated sewer pipe.  

    If you look really, really closely you´ll see a group at the top doing the walk!

  5. I am easily distracted, although I like to think of it as being very good at multitasking.  Since starting to write this post I have done a machine load of washing, emptied the dishwasher, made jam, sorted out my car insurance, fed the dogs, and dug out some material I want to turn into a tablecloth.  My life is like this -I love to have several projects on the go at once and am already planning the next before I have finished the one I am working on.
  6. I confess that I don´t really like Flamenco singing.  “What a heathen” my new Spanish family and friends think.  I have tried and tried, and whilst I enjoy the clapping and stamping and dancing, I just can´t learn to love the wailing and sobbing that goes with a “good” fandago.  Sorry, I guess that´s the Brit in me coming out.

    Our beautiful niece Fátima (r) and her friend, also Fátima, ready to dance!

  7. My favourite book of all time, and which I have read over and over again is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I studied it at the age of 16, fell in love with it, and the passion has endured.  Sigh!

With this award, also comes the pleasure of passing it on to others. Now, I haven´t been blogging for that long, so haven´t yet had the chance of building up a good collection of “Virtual Blogging Pals”.  Also, my dodgy laptop won´t let me be too creative in naming them, but I´ll do my best.  Some of the blogs I love to read have already, understandably been given this award (in some case several times) previously – so an honorouble mention for Greg at Rufus´Food and Spirits Giude He writes with passion and humour, and damn fine photos, about food and drink.  I think I have already put on a few kilos trying out some of his delicious recipes.  

So, awards are passed on to

Florence over at Florence and Freddie   Florence has a wonderful craft blog and can seem to turn even the most everyday object into a work of beauty.  She takes much of her influence from the Andalucían countryside where she, like me, lives.  I can understand her inspiration, I wish I had her creative talents.

Mandy over at The Complete Cook Book  Mandy has done exactly what her blog says and compiled an amazing collection of recipes from her home country (South Africa) and blended with with recipes, hints and tips from other countries and cultures.  Thanks for making it all look so easy and do-able Mandy.

Trevor over at Wartime Gardening  Trevor´s blog is a wonderful mixture of gardening tips from a book issued during the second world war to inspire the people of Britain to “Dig for Victory”. He also shows us how he does it himself in his beautiful garden in France and throws in some delicious recipes, using his own or local produce.  This is such a fun blog with loads of inspiration for cooks and gardeners alike.

JamieAnne at A Dash of Domestic She posts great recipes, money saving tips and she´s the kind of person whose blogs always make you smile.  Thanks too JamieAnne for all your lovely comments!

Apparently recipients can do as they wish with the award i.e. accept, ignore, tell us more about they wish! I do need to tell them though that they have been awarded it, otherwise this wouldn´t make very much sense.

So, that´s it for now.  Thanks again Olga and now back to the kitchen for me.  Or should I go and do some  gardening, or read a book, or make that tablecloth????!


20 Responses to “Thank You!”

  1. trevorhunt May 31, 2011 at 20:02 #

    Just wanted to say a very big THANK YOU for passing on this award and for your kind words. I will act on it over the coming days. Good luck with that tablecloth!

  2. thefooddoctor May 31, 2011 at 20:28 #

    Congratulations on your award
    A pleasure to know a little more about you

  3. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 31, 2011 at 21:01 #

    Woo hoo, someone thinks I’m funny! Must tell the wife.:) I enjoyed reading the list of seven. A three-month trip at 40 sounds amazing. My wife and I want to go to Sydney for our 10th anniversary, so two more years. I’m familiar with JamieAnne and Mandy’s blogs (both great) and can’t wait to see the other two. Great picks and your blog is truly deserving too.

    • chicaandaluza June 1, 2011 at 07:58 #

      Thanks so much and glad you enjoyed reading the list (it was tricky doing it!). Can highly recommend Sydney. Have been lucky enough to visit twice, amazing food there, you´ll love it. Hope you enjoy visiting the others blogs too.

  4. florence and freddie May 31, 2011 at 22:13 #

    Hi Chica. Just a note to say thank you for your kind words.
    Regard Florence x

  5. JamieAnne May 31, 2011 at 23:16 #

    Thank you So Much! You’re very kind, and sweet. Big Texas hugs sent your way!
    I’m checking out the other blogs tonight.

  6. thecompletecookbook June 1, 2011 at 03:29 #

    Thanks so much for the award Tanya, I am honoured that you chose me. It was fun reading your 7 facts. Looking forward to more wonderful posts from you.
    🙂 Mandy

    • chicaandaluza June 1, 2011 at 08:02 #

      Aaah, you´re welcome. Clearly a popular lady and congrats on your “double whammy”, am off to read yours properly now!

  7. Olga SE June 1, 2011 at 11:33 #

    Tanya (right?), thank you for the kind words about my blog. I appreciate that.

    Although your blog is very young, I enjoy it immensely. For the atmosphere you have created here is very warm and friendly. I like the seven facts you shared about yourself. Number five 100% applies to me as well. 🙂

    • chicaandaluza June 1, 2011 at 14:55 #

      Yes, it´s Tanya – and I´m glad you are enjoying what you have sen so far. I see you have put up a post, so am heading over there now to check it out!

  8. (Kate) Kate from Scratch June 1, 2011 at 13:52 #

    Congratulations on this wonderful award! Well deserved and I’m glad I stumbled up on it. I’ll be back soon for more, I’m sure!

    • chicaandaluza June 1, 2011 at 14:54 #

      Why thank you Kate! And thanks for stopping by my blog. Have just been over to visit yours and loved the Saltwater Taffy recipe. I don´t really know what Corn Syrup is, I know we can´t get it in Spain, but I´ll ask around to see if I can substitute it for something else. Will also head back for more soon.


  1. Going Nuts Over My Awards… | Chica Andaluza - September 24, 2011

    […] I am not a believer that you can have too much of a good thing), so check out my 7 bits of info in this post. Better not reveal any more or I may lose some of my mysterious allure.  What…I don´t have […]

  2. Secret Santa and Stinky Baked Camembert « Chica Andaluza - December 16, 2011

    […] Award, so a huge thank you to the lovely Nia.  For my responses to this in a previous post, check this […]

  3. Many Reasons to Give Thanks « Chica Andaluza - January 2, 2012

    […] As I think I am already dumping a load of information on you, check out my previous answers here. […]

  4. Orange Marmalade « Chica Andaluza - February 29, 2012

    […] (it´s not rude, I promise!), click here. Thanks guys for the Versatile Blogger Award, and here´s my previous post on that if you want to check it […]

I love to hear what you think, please leave me a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Entre El Comal Y La Olla

Una aventura culinaria


So in 2016 I turned 50. I was in Italy for my 21st, 30th and 40th. To keep this birthday tradition going I always knew I'd be in Italy for my 50! This blog starts with my 5 week adventure in Puglia but my love affair with Italy continues.....


2nd time around

Our Growing Paynes

A journey about cooking, traveling, gardening, and crafting.

the chef mimi blog

So Much Food. So Little Time.


This site is all about gluten free cooking and more.


Trying to find order in all of this chaos

The Complete Book

A little bit of everything


Tales of adventures in quilting, gardening, photography and cooking from the Kingdom of Chiconia

Gather & Graze

In the Melting Pot of an Antipodean Kitchen

Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Living well in the urban village


Roaming, at home and abroad

East of Málaga

Tales from the AUTHENTIC Costa del Sol .... and beyond

50 Year Project

My challenge to visit 192 countries, read 1,001 books, and watch the top 100 movies

Cooking in Sens

Living, Drinking and Eating in Burgundy


farming, gardens, cows, goats, chickens, food, organic, sustainable, photography,

Chica Andaluza

Sometimes Up a Mountain in Andalucia and sometimes Down by the Sea on the English South Coast

bits and breadcrumbs

where all trails lead to good food

The Material Lady

Fabric, life, and all that

Back Road Journal

Little treasures discovered while exploring the back roads of life

Promenade Plantings

from seed to plate

Mad Dog TV Dinners

Guess what's coming to dinner?

Food, Photography & France

Journal of a food photographer living in France

from the Bartolini kitchens

"Mangia e statti zitto!"


Creating now.

Lavender and Lime

a food and lifestyle blog ♥

Chef in disguise

Easy authentic middle eastern recipes

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

A how to for everyone and anyone

florence and freddie

the house of chairs

%d bloggers like this: