Blog of the Year Award 2012

Two of my fellow bloggers have been kind enough to bestow upon me the Blog of the Year Award 2012, which was jolly nice of them.

Both Meg Travels and All Things Boys saw fit to nominate my blog, and I would like to thank them for their good wishes and pass mine on to others.

(Incidentally, if you click on my links and they don’t open a new window, I don’t know why that is because I did tick the box asking it to do that – one of the peculiarities of WordPress, perhaps.)

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As with all such awards there are various rules (which can be found here), one of which is that you can nominate as many or as few blogs as you like. I decided to choose three.

There are many blogs I subscribe to, more that I dip in and out of, and some that I’ve only read a post or two from over the year, and I’m grateful to all of them for supplying me with reading material. There truly is a treasure trove on offer in the blogosphere.

treasure chest

Image from Dorling Kindersley

I chose my three based on the education I feel I’ve received this year. Anyone who can teach me anything useful or interesting gets a big thumbs up from me, and these three have done just that.


image from ministry-to-children.con

1. Cauldrons and Cupcakes – Nicole is the writer of this fine blog, and one of her outstanding attributes is her ability to communicate. You just need to look at the comments people leave on every post to see how she touches others and makes them feel she’s speaking directly to them. Before I began my blog I started writing a self-improvement book, which remains unfinished. When I began reading Cauldrons and Cupcakes I felt I was in the presence of a master, and where I had struggled to explain some concepts in my book, I found Nicole dealt with them with ease and grace. As if that weren’t enough she’s also a wonderful cook and baker and I’ve made some of her recipes with great success. All in all, the gal is a class act.

2. The Hazel Tree – Jo writes this blog, along with her other entertaining blog, Jo’s Journal. Writing one blog is a big enough job, but keeping two on the go at once is hugely impressive, and Jo does it beautifully, giving each its own flavour. With The Hazel Tree, Jo brings history to life for me. History was my worst subject at school, and since then I’ve struggled to embrace it. Things are changing now that I read Jo’s blog, because she has a real knack of presenting what I would previously have thought of as dull facts in an interesting and enlightening way. It’s not only history she writes about, but all sorts of other things (including her delightful cat, Purdey, and the amazing paintings of her husband, Colin), and I always look forward to settling down to read a new post on either of her blogs.

3. The Naturephile – Finn, who writes this blog, is the sort of scientist I can only dream about being. I toiled through a degree in Ecology and, although I enjoyed it, I did find it hard to get a good grasp on the business, and I still often feel all at sea with science. Finn’s enthusiasm, coupled with his fine attention to detail and academic nouse, is what makes The Naturephile one of my favourite blogs. Every time I read a post on his blog I learn something new and fascinating, something I probably always wanted to know, without knowing that I wanted to know it. He illustrates his posts with beautiful wildlife photography, which always leaves me feeling good about the world.

Thank you to all three blogs, and to all the many others I read and enjoy. I’m looking forward to blogging along with you in 2013.



41 thoughts on “Blog of the Year Award 2012

  1. Congratulations on a well deserved award. I just started to follow your blog and I am enjoying every post! You have great content and I love tea. Looking forward to our ongoing blogging adventures in 2013.

  2. Wow, thank you so much, Lorna! You are too kind. I am so glad that you enjoy my blogs and thank you for recommending them. I have to admit that I have neglected The Hazel Tree of late, due to pressure of work, but hope to take up the threads again in 2013. If I could nominate a blog in return, yours would be top of the list, because it is always so well written, entertaining and refreshing – and it makes me want to make cakes! – but I see you’ve already been nominated, which is well deserved. So thank you again – I will have a think about other nominees!

    • Thank you Jo, I do think you do an amazing job with both of your blogs and I think it’s fine that there are busy times with blogging and then quiet periods, it’s a case of adjusting to other demands sometimes. You’re most kind to think of nominating my blog, it was a real pleasure to nominate yours, thank you again for your wonderful contributions to the blogosphere!

  3. i always enjoy your blog posts and congratulations on this prestigious award! it is well merited. i also appreciate how you are conscientious about following other blogs and commenting on them. i too follow Jo’s Journal and would agree with you that it is a blog definitely worth following. well done, Lorna! πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations Lorna, the award is richly deserved and some of the lovely things you said about The Naturephile could just as easily describe your blog! I’ve learnt a huge amount from reading your posts about not just the tearooms, but the towns and villages and wildlife of your part of the world, all beautifully told with a healthy dose of humour. It’s a terrific read. Well done.

    • That’s most kind of you Robin, thank you! I’ve very much enjoyed your blog this year, too, and I’m hoping that 2013 will showcase your writing skills in all sorts of ways, I for one am looking forward to whatever you write.

  5. Congratulations Lorna! You definitely deserve this award. Your blog is a joy to read, with teas, yummy treats and enjoyable journeys. I’m sure your book will also be a success!

    • Thank you kindly Doodlinggal, your blog is also a joy. I always love to see that adorable little dog captured in your wonderfully warm and humourous doodles. I’ll be keeping you posted on the book progress in the new year, thank you for the encouragement!

  6. Congratulations, Lorna! Well deserved, I might add. I will be checking out the other blogs you write such wonderful reviews about – adding them to my own list of blogs to follow. The world of blogging is truly rich and varied, I agree. I’ve met such wonderful, interesting people. In fact I think it’s one of the better venues to grow from the Internet! With that, I’m off to refresh my tea. Again, congratulations!

    • Thank you very much Kathleen, I hope you enjoy checking out my nominations. I completely agree with you, the blogging world is rich, varied and hugely positive. I’ve had such a good experience, I would recommend it to anyone.

  7. Many congratulations, Lorna! This is a very well-deserved award. I always enjoy your blog – and as ajb said, I also appreciate how faithfully you comment on mine and others’ blogs. I wish you all good things in 2013!

  8. Congratulations and well-deserved! You are an inspiration. I always enjoy your writing and blog, you have made me realize that the blogosphere is an incredible world which I plan to explore more in 2013. You’ve almost single-handedly kept me going with my blog…and desiring to continuously improve, share and inspire through this unique world. Thank you Lorna!

    • Thank you so much Linda, what a lovely comment. I’m really looking forward to reading your blog in 2013 (especially with your new camera equipment), because I’ve enjoyed it a lot this year. As for finding out how incredible the blogosphere is, you and me both this year, m’dear!

  9. Lorna – in case I don’t get the chance to thank you for your inspiration and support this past year – I am going to do it now – your success is deserved – Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year – Scott

    • Scott, thank you very much, what a lovely comment! I’ve really enjoyed all your wonderful, magical photos this year, and am excited to see what you bring to your adoring fans in 2013. A very happy Christmas to you too, and a guid new year!

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