Dee gets a Stylish Blog Award

February 13, 2011

Ahh shucks, how lovely. Thanks Susan ….. I’ve just been given a Stylish Blogger from Joyous Flowers.

It’s a bit of craic, and to accept the award and share it with others, this is what you do:

To Accept The Award Requirements: Thank and Link Back to the Blogger Who Awarded You With The Award and Share 7 Things About Yourself. Award 5 Recently Discovered Great Bloggers and contact the bloggers, inform them of the award.

Two of the little horrors!

1.  I’m mum to three primary aged kids who love their activities so I spend a lot of time taking them from place to place, leaving my hardworking hubby at home to……

Knock holes in the wall???

2.  We’ve been renovating our old farmhouse for the past eight years, doing all the work ourselves.  The five of us lived in a one bedroomed mobile home for 18 months (we thought we’d have it all finished within six months). We’re nearly finished …. only another year or so to go (and then we’ll be re-decorating it again! Ha ha!)

3.  Our ‘dream’ was to live by the sea, be mortgage free and totally self sufficient….. hmmm had to re-think all of those, but we do have five chickens, dogs, cats and fish.

The children would love more hamsters/guinea pigs/rabbits but we’ve kindof gone off caging animals.  It’s sad enough watching the fish swimming around and around (and guess who has to clean them out all the time, actually not me but poor old hardworking Mr G!!).

4.  I too am in the Bloggers Book Club along with Susan and Lorna  having joined it in January.  I’ve read nothing but gardening books for the past two years so felt it was time for a change!

I love to read and have no particular preference on whether it’s fantasy, sci-fi, autobiographical or historical. Have to say I’m not that keen on horror books though. I remember reading Bram Stoker’s Draculla years ago and could only pick it up lunch times at work as I was too scared to read it at night! Funny now as I love reading/watching vampires, especially True Blood!

5. I’m Group Leader with Leighlinbridge Scout Group .  I started as a youth leader six years ago when the group had around 50 children.  We now have over 100 six to 12 year olds and 21 adults.

Scouting’s great for kids, getting them away from the tv and video screens as well as giving them an alternative to sports if they’re not into that kind of thing. It’s also a good way of meeting other adults who love an outdoor life and it teaches us all some basic life skills, that brings me to……

6.  In case you hadn’t figured it out from my blog I’m mad about veg! I love growing it and cooking it (although we’re not vegetarian). I also love helping other people grow it as for some odd reason I worry that we’ve all become too dependant on others and have lost the ability to fend for ourselves.

7.  Lastly, I’m quite a simple creature really. I love nature, wildlife and our environment and do all I can to help it.  I worry about how our race is destroying it and how we can protect it.

It’s hard being ‘green’ though when our governments increase our taxes so we can’t afford to do everything we can to preserve our planet. I’d love to live in a solar powered, straw baled, zero rated house and not rely on oil or driving a car everywhere because there’s no other alternative. Having said that I’m grateful we have a home at all.

So here are my fav five blogs at the moment

Ena is plant mad over at horti’curious and Nessa cooks delicious meals in her kitchen. Mr H is an inspiration in his self sufficient paradise and Marie  whom I started following on Twitter, now touches me with her beautifully written work. Lastly, Lorna at Garrendenny Lane encouraged me to start blogging…. little did she know what she’d unleashed!


  • Reply Lorna February 14, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Great blog post Dee (you are a master now 🙂 ) and many thanks for the Stylish Blog award, I'll do mine on Tuesday. I didn't realise it was me that started you on blogging!!!

  • Reply Catherine February 14, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Hi Dee! Thanks for the follow – I've just followed you, great to see you responding so fast to the Award that Susan passed on to you – did I read 5 to pass on to? I tagged 15! Maybe I should have gone (back!) to Specsavers! Anyway, I like the look of your blog, and great that you're in the Bloggers' Book Club. Looks like we have a number of blogger friends in common. Hope you enjoy visiting my blog. I don't really know Carlow that well.
    All the best, Catherine

  • Reply Nessa Robins February 14, 2011 at 12:37 am

    What a lovely idea! Thanks Dee for including my blog. Nessa.

  • Reply Susan February 14, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Dee, we gutted our house when we moved in, & the upstairs is still unfinished.(and it is a small house!) So hard to get the work done when you actually live there, it seems! We're still dreaming of sheepswool insulation.. maybe one day when the recession is over…

  • Reply Greenside Up February 14, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Ha ha Catherine, I'm still getting my head around tags! Thanks for the follow back 🙂 Nessa you're welcome – your blog is lovely. Susan… it's never ending isn't it ~~~ we thought we'd have the whole place finished on 10K in 6 months HAHAHA!

  • Reply Mr. H. February 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks Dee.:) It was very nice to hear some more about you and # 6 and 7 really resonated with me…and of course #3 too. I loved seeing the picture of the little chick that had just hatched…precious. Seeing your potato patch makes me wish for spring to hurry along. Thanks again for the award.:)

  • Reply Jack Gardener November 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Congrats Dee for getting the Stylish Blog Award. Thank you also for sharing this wonderful blog of yours. I like # 6 and 7 because I'm a nature lover too. I even planted fruits and vegetables in my backyard and also make landscaping and water features in my garden. It's nice to know that you care for our environment. Once again, thanks a lot for your nice blog.

  • Reply Greenside Up November 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Jack 🙂

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