The Geeky Gardener’s won an award
I’ve some very exciting news to share. I’ve won a blogging award. I know. I can’t believe it either.
I didn’t have to teeter up a red carpet, borrow a frock from some high-end designer or give a schmaltzy speech thanking my mum, my agent and my hairstylist. But it’s an award nevertheless.
Oh, I’ve forgotten the important bit. The name of the award. It’s the Versatile Blogger Award, which even has its own blog if you want to know more. I did note, however, that the blog about the award has won the award itself. At least, it features the logo prominently. Is this just a little bit weird? Or is it just me? Mmm.
So, now I’m officially a versatile blogger. I don’t really know what that means. I use words AND images, and cover a range of topics in whichever style I fancy that week. Apparently that’s versatile and fits the bill. Who am I to question the judging criteria?
Anyway, I’m chuffed, stoked and a little bit proud.
So a big thanks goes to the blogger who nominated me: The Belmont Rooster. Go and check out his blog. The Belmont Rooster is one of those people in the blogging community that ALWAYS comments on my posts, however banal the post. And he’s so ENTHUSIASTIC. I’m using capitals, not to scream at you, but to emphasise the energy and the enthusiasm in this man.
In accepting this award, I need to nominate 15 other blogs for the award myself. It sounds a bit chain lettery and some bloggers can’t be bothered to do this next bit. But here are the top 15 blogs that I follow and think deserve to be recognised for what they do:
- Spy Garden
- Plant Scientist
- Great Dixter Vegetable Garden
- Gwirrel’s Garden
- Saving our Trees
- The Botanist in the Kitchen
- 365 Days – A Diary of a Newly Single Mum
- Milkwood: Homesteading skills for city & country
- Biology Curator
- Art Plantae Today
- Science of Mom
- Why? Because Science
So go and click on their links, check them out, give their stats a bit of a boost and hopefully pick up a new blog or two to follow. Maybe they’ll even follow you back.
Now, a little about me
The last bit I have to do to accept The Versatile Blogger Award is tell you seven things about myself. So here goes:
- My favourite smell is baker’s yeast. I was once on a train at about 2 or 3 on a weekday afternoon when I smelled my favourite smell. But I couldn’t tell where it was coming from. So, I followed my nose to the next carriage, where I saw a man in overalls covered in flour. He must have been a baker who had just come off shift. If you are slightly freaked out by this anecdote, please don’t be. I don’t make a habit of stalking bakers.
- My favourite hot drink is rooibos tea, otherwise known as African bush tea. No caffeine, a lighter taste than regular black tea, and no tanniny after-feel (are these real words?). Rooibos had a starring role in Alexander McCall Smith’s book The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. It was the calming, reason for a break, greaser of tongues favoured by lead character Precious Ramotswe – Botswana’s only female private detective.
- I have only once lived in a home without access to a garden, veranda or other open space. I was in my mid-20s and it was for just 6 months. I remember feeling slightly claustrophobic at the time. Now, I have my own patch of dirt and sky. It helps to keep me somewhat sane when things around me are chaotic.
- My favourite read is aeonmagazine, which bills itself as an online magazine about nature, culture and ideas. I love its mix of topics, approached from unique angles and presented with such beauty and simplicity. This is the kind of writing I aspire to and use as an example of what my students can aspire to.
- That brings me to my day job. When I’m not geeking, gardening or hanging out with my 5-year-old daughter, I teach journalism at university. News, features, ethics, law. I learn as much as I teach, every day.
- A little about my daughter. Yes, I know that’s cheating as I’m supposed to be talking about myself. She loves rolling around in the dirt and poking sticks into it to see if the sticks’ll grow. That’s when she’s not dressing up as a fairy, princess, pirate or witch (or using a hammer just like her mummy). No, I’m not a great handyperson. But I have a shed full of tools and occasionally use them to fix something. Then my daughter copies me.
- When I grow up, I want to be a polymath. That means several more disciplines to grasp and so little time. If you’re interested in polymathy, read this recent feature by aeonmagazine (see point 4) called Master of Many Trades.
That’s enough talking about myself for now.
Thanks again to The Belmont Rooster for nominating me. Thanks also to my mum, my agent and my hairstylist.