Sunshine Blogger Award * 2, Blogger Recognition * 1…what a 2021 start…

Wow…what a start to my 2021 Blogging Year…bam! not one but 2 Sunshine Blogger Awards together with a Blogger Recognition patiently waiting for me. The perfect motivation after my year-long absence in the Blogosphere.

Thank you so much for thinking of me dear Taking Up Room (Rebecca) and Realweegiemidget Reviews (Gill). The awards are appreciated. I’m going to combine my next round of questions into one post (hope you don’t mind).

So…of course, the required rules for the Blogger Recognition:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Post the award banner on your blog.
  3. Share the reason you started your blog.
  4. Share two pieces of advice for new bloggers.
  5. Nominate a maximum of 15 other bloggers.
  6. Tell your nominees about the award post, so they can participate

and Rules for the Sunshine Blogger:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Taking up Room’s questions:

What’s your hope for 2021?

Well, this is very cliché but I hope that things will get back to some sort of normality, whatever that may be. And, of course the annual hope that they year will be a good, healthy and happy one for family, friends and the natural world we have around us.

What helped you stay sane in 2020?

Well, to be very honest, I was so busy in 2020 that I didn’t have time to think about staying sane. Although, I must say, 2020 was good in bringing me back down to earth…with forced reduced hours and working off of overtime hours, I could find myself again through hiking, reading, watching movies and just having down time in general. I guess that kept me sane…or at least stopped the “I can’t go further” I was inevitably heading for at work.

Are there any movies you’re looking forward to this year?

I really don’t know what is out there. I’ve totally lost touch with the movies to be expected (and even what’s current). I do vaguely know that there is a last Daniel Craig James Bond due to be released so that’s what I’m looking forward to.

You can visit any five celebrity homes from any era. Which ones would you pick?

Oh my…I’m really bad with these type of questions but I’ll give it a go…hmmm…let me think…whew…gosh…I’ll get back to this one…




…sorry, there really isn’t anyone that comes to mind who’s home I’m interested in seeing.

You’re about to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. What, if anything, would you take that the experts might frown on?

Ooooh…oooh…Rebecca, this looks absolutely awesome. Wow…one day I’d like to tackle just a small portion. Well, I’d obviously take whatever is required and maybe, just maybe, sneak in a hot water bottle…I hate cold toes 🙂

Who are your three favorite film critics and why?

I don’t have any here…sorry. I’ve never found (of the few I’ve seen/read) a critic who’s recommendations fit with me. Besides, I always feel we all have such different opinions and thoughts that I’d just prefer making up my own mind. Film critics (in my opinion) tend to overthink movies and often forget about “movies for the sake of movies” and escapism.

When you’re watching stuff other than movies, do you prefer YouTube and streaming services or traditional broadcast TV?

Absolutely…traditional broadcast TV. I don’t like YouTube at all…find the content very random and (sorry) pointless. The only things I do watch on traditional TV though is the odd show that I choose to watch and even then, I don’t watch much at all.

If you could adapt a TV show into a movie, which one would you pick and why?

I can’t really say because I rarely watch TV shows. And things like Graham Norton Show or Would I Lie to You or Strictly Come Dancing work perfectly just as they are.

Which film prop or costume would you most like to own?

No idea…maybe something from one of the classic westerns but even then…I can’t tell you what. It would sit forgotten in a box anyway…

Who is your favorite movie or TV couple? Your least favorite?

I absolutely love Arianne and Centurion Quintus Dias in Centurion as well as, of course you shouldn’t be surprised, Cora Munro and Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans. Really irritating, although, that’s part of the role are Johana and Jacques Mayol in The Big Blue. I guess they’re not really my least favourite but just the couple that don’t fit…that’s the movie though.

What was the last album you listened to?

No album…just a random selection of the music on my “Cat’s Mix” playlist. I haven’t listened to an album in years…although, was probably Human by band A Life Divided.


Now for Realweegiemidget’s questions:

Have you ever met a celebrity somewhere random?

Nope. I’ve never met any celebrity. Only seen Gerard Butler from a distance and then some cyclists up close…Jan Ullrich, Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellara and a few more over the years. None of them I’ve “met”.

Have you ever had a celebrity write to you in response to your fan letter?

I’ve never written a fan letter (I’m not that kind of person) but, I did once write to author Sue Grafton asking her if she knew how I could get hold of her very unheard of book The Lolly Madonna War (turned into a movie I quite like). She answered me with a wonderful letter including wondering why I would want to find a book that she herself doesn’t much like herself. She continued to tell me that she was busy with book S in her alphabet mystery series. I now have that letter tucked into the hard copy of S is for Silence.

What’s your favourite advert with an actor or actress.?

Ahm…I rarely watch TV and don’t noticed adverts.

If you could ghostwrite a celebrity’s autobiography with their permission who would it be?

Once again…I really don’t know. Maybe Daniel Day-Lewis…but I’m really not that phased about celebrity lives.

Have you ever been on telly or in a movie?

Yes…when I was in primary school I was in a Winter Wonderland ballet production that was broadcast on TV. What a long day of takes and retakes and retakes. I also took part two years running in “The 24 Hour Film Project” where I had small role.

Who was your first film or TV love?

John Wayne! John Wayne! John Wayne!

You are allowed to snog, marry or avoid three movie or TV stars.. who are they?

Hahaha…just for fun I’ll go with this one…

Snog…ahm…a young Christian Slater (my film love after John Wayne once I’d discovered newer movies)

Marry…aw…hmmm…ok, Daniel Craig.

Avoid…absolutely wouldn’t go near many stars but for this one…let’s just say Jim Carrey.

If you could give out an Oscar which category would it be for..?

Most historically accurate picture (way too many are so horribly off)

Who would you like to accompany to the Oscars?

I’d rather watch it from home…but I’ll be some fun and say…Daniel Day-Lewis.

Which film would you watch again and again?

Would I? Rather do I…I watch The Last of the Mohicans, Yellow Sky and Catch and Release again and again and again and again and….you get my point 🙂

What’s your favourite TV Movie?

Hmmm…I don’t really know…hang on…let me go check in my collection what was a TV movie…so…The Legend of Butch and Sundance…yes, it doesn’t rate highly but I enjoy it. Actually…that’s an idea of what to watch this evening.


As for the questions required for this award…I find it really difficult coming up with questions I haven’t already asked…and nominating blogs that haven’t already been nominated by the person nominating me…so, I’ll park this part for now and make up for it on a rainy day. Promise.


Moving on to the Blogger Recognition award from Realweegiemidget:

Why did I start blogging? That was purely because I needed to write, to put my thoughts down. Never did I think of making them available to everyone out there in the blogosphere but only by doing so did I make a bigger effort to write. It was also at a time where I had a consulting drought and desperately needed to keep myself busy.

Advice to other bloggers…I always find this such a personal thing because everyone has their own thoughts and opinions so let me just say…write what you enjoy writing about and because you want to – blogging should be fun. And if you don’t want to or feel like it, leave it and write when it all feels right (no pun intended) again. Take a break if you need to…I’ve learnt that your blogging friends are still there when you get back.

And here too, I’m going to save posting it on to other blogs for now. I’ll save it for that rainy day.

Whew…that was quite a post…but I’ve so enjoyed writing it. Thanks Gill and Rebecca.