Sunshine Award

I am very honoured and delighted to receive this beautiful award from my lovely friend and fellow poet Marousia (Marsha Berry) Please do check out her wonderful poetry.

And as per the rules for the award..

1. Need to include the award’s logo in a post or on the blog
2. Answer 10 questions about yourself
3. Nominate 10-12 other awesome bloggers
4.  Link your nominees to this post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated :-)
5. Link the person who nominated you.

10 questions about myself ..

1. what is my zodiac sign? I am a Taurean
2. what is my favorite food? My favourite food is Italian though I’m fond of Chinese, too.
3. My favorite book? My current favourite book is Sunbathing in the Rain by Gwyneth Lewis
4. What is my favorite color? Blue
5. What is my favorite movie? Watership Down
6. Which place would I love to go for vacation? A Greek island
7. Which is my favorite inspirational read? Rumi
8. Why do I blog? To share my poetry, writing & thoughts
9. What do I love doing best? Walking in the countryside, enjoying nature, spending time with my partner, writing & reading.
10. One thing which I would like to improve in myself: To stop procrastinating and do something….I will, in a minute… 😉

The nextstep is to nominate 10-12 awesome bloggers. 


  1. @grasscraig
  2. @Sisyphus47
  3. @Libithina
  4. @EdjoFrank
  5. @montygrant39
  6. @jtvancouver
  7. @Diana605
  8. @baldychaz
  9. @benmind
  10. @VerseEveryDay

One Lovely Blog Award

I am very honoured and grateful to be nominated for this award by my new friend, blogger and writer, Honoré Dupuis @Sisyphus47 ~ A big thank you! 🙂

The rules of acceptance for this award nomination are as follows:

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
  • Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know
OK, 7 things about me:
  1. I love writing poetry (obviously)
  2. I love reading, especially YA Fantasy novels. His Dark Materials, The Hunger Games. I love a good story that I can get my teeth into.
  3. My favourite food is Italian. (King Prawn Linguine)
  4. My greatest fear is being buried alive. *shudders*
  5. I would love to be able to play the piano.
  6. I love watching cricket. If I could, I would follow the England team around the world to watch them play (or buy Sky TV)
  7. However, if I won the lottery I’d buy a cottage in Devon or Cornwall and spend all my time with my partner and writing.

Finally, I would like to nominate these blogs for the award: @JAHesch @foxglovelane @mrsmediocrity @EveRedwater @Awdures @peterwilkin1 @denfemte @The_Linnet @marousia @fumanchucat @dustyjournal @FenixGaudior @bullishink @poetjanstie

🙂 Thanks again, Honore!

A Lovely Award

I have been truly honoured to receive the Liebster Blog Award from Julie @ Thank you so much, Julie. It’s always wonderful to be appreciated by other bloggers and writers out there in the sometimes scary internet world.

The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany (Liebster means “favourite” or “dearest” in German) In accepting this award, the recipient agrees to:

1. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. (Happily done)
2. Reveal your top 5 picks for the award and let them know. (Pleasure & done)
3. Post the award on your blog. (done)
4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people in the Blogshere. (easy bit, done)
5. And, lastly – have fun and spread the karma! (done: I love good karma) 🙂

OK, top 5 picks:

Peter Wilkin @peterwilkin1 has been such a good friend and so supportive of me and my writing. I cannot thank him enough for all the support he has given me. His poetry and writing inspires me to aim for a similar high level of quality and integrity and I am proud  to call him my friend. You can read some of his beautiful and sensitive writing here @

Joe Hesch @JAHesch is someone who I adore, both as a person and as a writer. I came across him through the wonderful poetry on his site @ He writes in a way that touches my heart and soul and our friendship has since deepened into something very special. He is a man I am very proud and pleased to know.

Martin Stein @_Daniel521 (aka Starwatcher) is a lovely, gentle guy who loves to read and write poetry. Another wonderful friend who has been visiting my site since I started blogging and who has offered me much friendship and support. You can read his own poetry here @ Cemetary of Fogotten Poems

Quirina @denfemte is a lovely person and friend, as well as a wonderful poet and writer. She is someone I very much admire and I feel very lucky to count her as one of my friends. I’d like to thank her here personally, for all the support she has shown me since I started blogging. Her own beautiful writing is here @

I wanted to give this award and my thanks to Brian Miller @bmiller007 and @dVersePoets for all the support and time he & the poetry community have shown towards me. The encouragement and poetry love they provide has helped me tremendously to become the improved poet that I am today. My grateful thanks for all you do for the poets, writers and artists.


OK, that’s it. There are many other people I could have chosen to give this award to, but sadly I could only pick five people/blogs. Please know that I appreciate each and every person who visits and comments on my site. I love all of you! 🙂

A Big thank you!!

A big thank you and hugs to Bonnie at Bongoisme for honouring me and my blog with this award…..Please check out her site and amazing story at  

So here are the rules to getting this award:

  1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you the award
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Award 15 other bloggers
  4. Contact these bloggers to let them know they have received this award

Ok …..the hard part…….7 things about me…..

  1. I believe in God
  2. I can no longer eat apples
  3. I  lived for 4 years in Italy
  4. I haven’t dissociated in nearly a year now
  5. I love butternut squash and sweet potato
  6. I am an emotional/physical abuse survivor
  7. I once ran a 10k road race for charity and would like to run a marathon

The easy bit……..15 bloggers I would like to offer this award to

  1. Dolphin Visions
  2. PeterWilkins BLOG
  3. Difficult Degrees
  4. Embracing who we are
  5. inPsychotherapy
  6. Bruises of the soul
  8. Emerging from broken
  9. Shadow Dancing with the Mind
  10. Sad Poems
  11. Poetic notions
  12. Sweeter poetry
  13. haiku love songs
  14. Living and dealing with Bipolar and DID
  15. My Poetic Journey 

So here I am now….writing my story in the past tense…..although still some way  to go I think……I need to get back to work for one……try and figure out what my ‘normal’ life is going to look like. Much better than it looked this time last year I can tell you. I’ve come a long way….but no doubt I’ll still have my ‘down’ days… but I’ve learnt how to ride them out….how to think positively….not to let them overwhelm me. A lot of this is down to my support –  ‘Team Louise’  – my psychiatrist and psychologist; my key worker and employment support worker; my counsellor who taught me mindfulness; my Gp who treated me with  kindness and sympathy and my friends who listened (you find out who your  ‘real’  friends are when you go through something like this!) and  my church and my faith.

But I’d also like to take this opportunity to give a big  thank you to everyone in my ‘online’ world who have visited and followed my blog and for all the lovely comments I’ve received. It’s wonderful to think that there are so many caring and concerned people out there…..