Thursday, 3 May 2012

The Sunshine Award

Hands up if you feel a bit 'meh' at the moment.  That's British weather for you.  I am trying my best to embrace the gloomy days and get cosy at home but I'm a bit huffy that I have to light the woodburners every day and wrap up in my winter clothes.

I bought these.  Why can't I wear them?!  *sulks*

I had a lovely comment on my last post from Lily at Gingham & Daisies to let me know that she had given me the Sunshine Award.

So chuffed!  It's really nice to know that someone out there enjoys reading my blog.  Thanks Lily, you made my day. :-)

In order to receive it I have to answer ten questions and then pass the award on to five other people.  Choosing just five blogs worthy of the award is going to be difficult because there are so many I could nominate, so I'll start with the easy bit:

1.  Favourite colour?
Impossible to say.  I don't like wearing colourful clothes (black, grey, neutrals and navy all the way for me) and I am not keen on too much colour in the house either.  I like splashes of red and pink.  I also like cool blues.  Struggle with orange and lilac.  (Favourite sweets are the green ones, if you're interested.)

2.  Favourite number?
I don't have a favourite number.  That concept is a bit odd to me; I don't understand how you can favour one number over another.  Words, though, are something else.  I have loads of favourite words.  Current favourite is 'tumultuous'.  Read into that what you will.

3.  Favourite animal?
Am I allowed two favourites?  Dogs and monkeys.

4.  Favourite non-alcoholic drink?
Coffee - I drink far too much of it.  The problem is that it is the perfect partner in crime with my favourite foods (cakes and chocolate).

5.  Do I prefer facebook or twitter?
I am fairly new to twitter but prefer it to facebook, especially with a bit of instagram thrown in.  Instagram is great fun.  Come find me (I'm xxNickiFxx) - I'd love to follow you.  (That sounds a bit creepy but you know what I mean.)

6.  What is my passion?
This is an enormous question!  Whilst I care a great deal about a lot of things, I am most passionate about child welfare.  I love children and am fascinated, delighted and appalled by them in equal measure.  I don't have children of my own but I have such strong views on how children should be raised and the type of life I think they have a right to.  Youth culture fascinates me and ever since the riots last year I have found myself pondering our society almost every single day.  I could go on and on (and I would if we were sitting in a pub sharing a bag of crisps and a bottle of wine - you're spared!).

7.  Do I prefer giving or receiving?
I'm ashamed to admit that I prefer to receive. *hangs head in shame*  I am always thrilled with any kind of gift but I find it stressful choosing the perfect present for someone.  I want things to be special and worry too much.  The whole experience of gift-giving is just one stress after another for me!

8.  Favourite pattern?

9.  Favourite day of the week?
Friday!  The prospect of a whole weekend ahead and the ability to do as you please for two whole days with your favourite people is so uplifting.  I love the sense of anticipation that Friday brings.

10. Favourite flower?
Peonies are my very favourite.  Especially very large, blousy, pale pink ones that are almost ready to keel over.

And on to the five people I'm passing the award to.  As I said, there are loads of people I could easily give the award to but I'm going to go for some of the blogs that I've only recently discovered:

Hopefully all of those links work, blogger was misbehaving.





  1. love the answers to the questions you posted, I love getting to know bloggers better :) Also the weather is getting me down too! I want to be in sandals!

    Love Amie

  2. Gorgeous sandals! I have been suffering from cold feet as I have been wearing mine regardless of the rain - it's May after all :)
    Victoria xx

  3. Thanks for accepting the award! You are quite right its totally weird to favour one number over another isn't it! One of my favourite words is obsequious as long as its not me needed to be it (Hehe) xxx

  4. Congrats on the award :) x love reading through your answers....I agreed with you about the favourite number thing then a minute ago I realized I'm obsessed with the number 11! Weirdo I am. Lovely pics too x

    Take care lovely x x x

    Jo x x x

  5. Congrats on the award :) x love reading through your answers....I agreed with you about the favourite number thing then a minute ago I realized I'm obsessed with the number 11! Weirdo I am. Lovely pics too x

    Take care lovely x x x

    Jo x x x

  6. Hi Nicki ,thankyou so much for the award ,im really chuffed ,i am a big fan of yours anyway ,you write lovely posts and they always make me smile xxxxthankyou again for the award xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. Hi Nikki, I do participate in awards! Thank you so much. I enjoyed reading your answers and will try to be as honest as you when I do mine! Lots of love xxx

  8. Well done for getting an award! Should be sandal weather very soon ... Xxx

  9. Congrats on your award! Hope you get to wear those lovely sandals very soon. XX

  10. I have so many pairs of shoes I am desperate to wear; hurry up summer!

  11. Well I am only so excited to partake! Hurray! Congratulations to you Nikki and thank you so much for sharing this award with me and the other 4 blogs! New friends to find and follow! :)

  12. Ah, I love reading blogger questionnaires! And oh lordy, that blanket of yours looks just gorgeous :o) Frankie xx

  13. Evening Chickalingling

    Loving those sandals. Loving the fact you don't have a fave number either (what IS that all about...)and I am pig sick of this stinky weather too.
    Loving your passion, very heartfelt and selfless (your passion could have been Wham bars or something).
    Hope you have a lovely weekend doll.
    x xx x

  14. Oooh thanks for the award! Will have a think about those questions & post mine this weekend. Loved your answers & I hope you get to wear your sandals soon! (So sick of this weather now!!)xx

  15. Just found you via the lovely Emma at log cabin - I know I will be back xx

  16. Hello,
    Aw, I hope you get some sun. I love your sandals. I would love to hear your views on the yoof. I used to work with teens and although the riots were wrong, I always felt they desperately needed help. Along with some firm words of course! Lots of the kids I worked in with softies though and held doors open for me, dead lovely really.
    There is a link on my latest post to my flickr friend's new blog. I tried to put the link on this comment, but for some reasonit won't let me. She has loads of utility china, so I thought it would be right up your street.
    Tracy xxx

  17. Congratulations on your award, very deserved. I am a big fan of your lovely lovely blog.

    With love,

    Lexie @

  18. really enjoyed reading this. My fav. flower too. not long till they are out either....

  19. Missed this. Congratulations on the award Nicki :D

    Off to peruse your recommended blogs.

    PS I'm with you on the green ones ;D