I was a little shocked to receive a nomination for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award last week. I wasn’t quite sure what it was all about? The nomination was made by a fellow Norfolk lass, art & design blogger – Brogues In A Coffee Bar blog: “written by that girl in the coffee bar window, wearing beaten up brogues”. That girl’s name is Laura and naturally I think she rocks for nominating me.
If you’re interested in art & design, sculpture, illustration, literature and museums & collections, then I’d thoroughly recommending grabbing a coffee and heading on over to Brogues in A Coffee Bar. She’s one smart cookie when it comes to art & design and clearly has a focused eye for all things creative. This lady’s one to watch!
This is what she had to say about Roots & Toots:
“Roots” being food and “Toots” being travel, fellow Norfolk girl Leah writes about fantastic vegetarian food and travel. A self professed “bad vegetarian” her recipes are delicious and her blog is quite simply, good for the soul.
That was very kind of her!
The award has the following rules:
- Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
- List the rules and display the award.
- Share seven facts about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other inspiring blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated (I wanted to say a little bit about each, and keen to keep this post to a manageable length, I’ve only written about 10)
- Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you
Righty, 7 facts about me…
1) Last March I was silent for 10 days. This was during a meditation retreat in the foothills of the Himalayas. Before hand, I’d turned the decision over in my mind possibly one hundred times or more. At the last moment I plucked up enough courage from somewhere to confirm my place on the retreat. It was one of the most profound and rewarding experiences of my life. And I actually managed to keep my silence! Apart from one breakfast time, when a swear word slipped out of my mouth just as I dropped the porridge ladle in the canteen. That got a few looks I can tell ya. If you’re interested to learn more please go to Tushita or email me.
2) I actively love winter. The short days and cosy nights give me the perfect excuse to stay at home and write. I love it all: electric blankets, PJs, the winter clothes – jumpers, boots and coats, oh yes – the carbo-loaded foods, melted cheese and velvety red wines, open fires, the warm belly of my cat and movies in bed.
3) I usually have five books on the go at any one time: One in each of these genres: poetry, Buddhist non-fiction, general spiritual non-fiction, a novel (usually magical realism or something of a psychological nature) and an anthology of short stories. This is what I’m reading at the moment.
4) I’m a lucid dreamer: This means I am often aware of my dreams as they happen. I know this might sound a bit strange. Rest assured, I am a bit strange. But it’s a coined term and known phenomenon and it’s something you can learn to do if it doesn’t come naturally. It can help for all sorts of things. Many use it to improve their creativity, learn new skills, face fears or simply to have some fun and fly around your dream. It’s awesome! Find out more from my talented teacher Charlie Morley or buy his book here.
5) I love cats so much that an ex-boyfriend and I paid $5,000 to ship our adopted cat, Chi, from the Turks and Caicos Islands back to the UK. Chi now lives with my 16 year old Siamese cat, Dobalina, at my parent’s cottage in Norfolk, where he has the space to roam. These days, through the cat-flap he brings us blackbirds over lizards.
6) I’m a bad vegetarian. After witnessing some pretty shocking conditions in animal welfare in South East Asia last year, I’m now a vegetarian. Most of the time. I make exceptions when I eat out. I know, I know, that doesn’t really make me a vegetarian, but I find it hard. Perhaps if I still lived in London where the vegie options are so diverse, then I’d be a much better vegetarian. But I do try. 90% of what I cook at home is meat-free, around 10% has fish or shellfish.
7) Simplicity wins: Although I’ve eaten at some of the world’s best restaurants and know how to cook with exotic ingredients, possibly my favourite thing to eat is fish and chips – best served with the smell of Norfolk sea air or with the company of swans on the Broads.
For my Very Inspiring Blogger Award nominations I’ve included a mixture of food, travel, Norfolk and writing blogs:
Ms Marmite Lover – www.msmarmitelover.com
If you’re a foodie and you haven’t heard of Ms Marmite Lover, then where have you been? I’m in awe of this award-winning food blogger who played a pivotal role several years ago when the Supper Club phenomenon became all the rage in London. She’s also the author of Ms Marmite Lover’s Secret Tea Party and Supper Club: recipes and notes from the underground restaurant.
Eat Like a Girl – www.eatlikeagirl.com
Why should ‘eating like a girl’ be a bad thing? It’s not – especially when you see the delights this talented food and travel blogger (my hero) has in store for you. A must for every foodie and travel junkie’s bookmarks.
Amuse Your Bouche – www.amuse-your-bouche.com
I love this light-hearted food blog. Simple vegetarian recipes you’ll want to cook again and again. If you love cheese, head on over to this little temptress!
Eddie Shephard blog – www.veggiechef.co.uk
Calling all veggie and vegan foodies out there! Yes, we do exist. Written by the award winning veggie chef, Eddie Shephard – who’s been described as the ‘the Heston Blumenthal of the vegetarian world’.
We don’t eat anything with a face blog – www.wedonteatanythingwithaface.blogspot.co.uk
Written by a very entertaining working mum of two and a keen home cook, this veggie has called her blog called We Don’t Eat Anything With a Face for obvious reasons. She’s been a veggie for 20 years and her two children have never eaten meat.
Quirky Traveller – www.thequirkytraveller.com
A blogger after my own heart, this is exactly right up my street – quirky travel is about seeing life from a different angle, looking at things from all sides, finding the unusual, the interesting, the fascinating. I love the alternative travel ideas captured in this blog from luxury safari lodges to the simple pleasures of a canal boat holiday – and everything in between!
Vicky Flip Flop Travels – www.vickyflipfloptravels.com
This 20-something travel blogger is such an inspiration on so many levels. Her blog is described as “the blog for young women with full time jobs who want to make the most of their annual leave, weekends and money”. This sassy traveller knows exactly how to make the most out of travelling and gets the most out of every experience, even on a tight budget.
A Lady in London – www.aladyinlondon.com
I recently had the pleasure of meeting travel journalist, Simon Calder (forgive the name drop daaarliks) and if he hadn’t mentioned this blog, I never would have known about this little gem. This lady knows her stuff. She also offers a travel planning service to help others plan their trip or travelling adventure.
Sophie in the Sticks – www. Sophieinthesticks.co.uk
Another fellow local blogger, Sophie blogs about all things Norfolk. I love her passion of the great outdoors – she creates a beautiful snapshot of what it’s like to live in this idyllic county. Her wildlife pictures are truly beautiful and she also writes about style, food, fitness and photography. Even if you’re not from the region, you’ll love her captivating tone and free-flowing content.
Older Mum in a Muddle – www.older-mum.blogspot.co.uk
I recently went to the Brilliance in Blogging awards and discovered this absolutely inspiring blogger, who was also the winner of the ‘Writing’ category. Her blog contains heartfelt musings, prose, flash fiction, memoirs and inspiring words of support for older mums and those suffering from depression or birth trauma. With a strong sense of voice, authenticity and intuition for a story, if there’s any writing (or older mum) blog you should check out, then it should be Older Mum In a Muddle.
I’ve really enjoyed being a part of this ‘award’, it seems to be a really lovely initiative to connect bloggers and support peers, while giving followers recommendations to discover other like-minded blogs. And that’s what I really like about the blogging world: It’s supportive and encouraging, with sociability at its heart. This sort of environment breeds creativity and a sense of community. I think a lot of industries could benefit from this sort of approach, and who knows, with online communications growing rapidly, who’s to say this more transparent and supportive approach won’t be more commonplace in the future.