THANKS – An Award !

To Fethiye and Beyond …     recently awarded me theirSunshine award


Thank you so much to The Smidge – I’m honoured .  Of course, as with every award it is now my duty to pass it on along with a set of rules which are:

  • Include the award’s logo in      a post or on your blog.
  • Answer 10 questions about      yourself.
  • Nominate up to 10 other      fabulous bloggers.
  • Link your nominees to this      post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been      nominated.
  • Share the love and link the      person who nominated you.

So, here goes:

What inspired you to start blogging?   Probably a combination of  wanting to have a platform (& on occasion a soapbox) for my writing, and just because I could …. you know, if not, why not ? 

How did you come up with the name for your blog?   After a great deal of effort, after making a list of possible names all of which were awful, suddenly despatches from timbuktu just fell into my head! I liked the fact that it referred to Africa, to faraway places, and the word despatches  had the ring of  bulletins from battlefields, or progress of daring explorers.

What is your favourite blog that you like to read?  Difficult to answer but probably another wordpress blog : life to reset, which has marvellous pics & accounts of Japan, and sometimes Taiwan.

Tell us about your dream job:  The thought of having to work again after 12 years of retirement does not appeal, but … hmmm … owning my very own small, quirky bookstore crammed with all the books that I like (not to worry about prospective customers!). There’d be shelves of cookery books, travel books, poetry books, futuristic/speculative fiction/SF novels, comic novels, and art books. So if business was slow, I could just park off & read. Now that couldn’t be bad, could it? I might even make some money, if I wasn’t careful …

Is your glass half full or half empty?   Neither – it is absolutely overflowing. I love my life. That’s right, LOVE it. And when you love your life setbacks are merely little hiccups that can be easily overcome. As Terri Guillemets said ‘How can something bother you if you won’t let it?’  (Thanks to the Smidge for this response – I couldn’t have phrased it better)

If you could go anywhere for a week’s holiday where would it be?   Oh the agonies of choice.  Just a week? Venice, I think. But mid-Autumn. I don’t want to be fighting off hordes of tourists.

What food can you absolutely not eat?  Tripe –  a horrendous experience at boarding school, which I won’t go into.

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?   Dark, laced with orange, please. Alas: strictly on the forbidden list now … sigh.  

How much time do you spend blogging?   Not that much – it depends. I spend more time writing my blog posts, I think.

Do you watch TV – if so what are some of your favourite TV shows?   Yes, I watch TV. Sherlock – both the British & American versions; Big Bang Theory;  Northern Exposure; Blue Bloods; Master Chef Australia. Pretty much anything on Travel Channel.

My Sunshine Awards go to…

  1. Life to Reset
  2. Soulshine Traveller
  3. The Fantastical Voyages of Flat Kathy
  4. Dharmagiri
  5. Travelling Mudskippers

Yes I know there are only 5 but I felt it made it all the more special to award just a handful of the wonderful bloggers I follow rather than just award them all – although I enjoy  each and every blog I read, these 5 are  that I read regularly and enjoy the most.


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9 responses to “THANKS – An Award !

  1. I love the idea of nominating other blogs cos that’s a clever way to get them out there to other people…I checked out Flat Kathy ( mmmmm not sure about traveling around with a doll) but Mudskippers is a nice one, the two of them are so upbeat and in harmony! And Dharmagirl has a lot to say, she seems to use her blog as an essay… interesting stuff ! I’m bad about reading blogs regularly though and I certainly could never write one, too time consuming.I enjoy yours though! Ginny


    • Glad you dipped your toe into the blogging pond – there are thousands of blogs out there, covering every subject under the sun. One has to be selective, otherwise nothing else would ever get done!


  2. dg

    wow – congratulations and thanks for passing on the sunshine award – now i have to get going on a new blog post! hope you’re well and look forward to seeing you at Jo’s retreat, love Thanissara


  3. Birds Nest

    Oh my! Will have to read later – have to “run”. looks too good to “rush” read ….l


  4. Congratulations! I like Northern Exposure, too.


  5. Lindsey van Heerden

    Congrats with the award! Like that bookshop idea and that you glass is overflowing (who needs chocolate anyway) 🙂


  6. orchid

    thank you very very vERY VERY VERY VERY much! and Congratulations too!
    favorite blog, now i am blushing! 🙂

    by the way, your dream job is my dream job too! hopefully, we can make it happen!


    • who nows what the future brings us ? we may land up in our quirky little bookstores – or not. Meanwhile, my house is beginning to look like a bookstore …. too many books!


  7. This is wonderful – well done and a well-deserved award, Alison!

    And Flat Kathy would be DELIGHTED to hear of winning the award too! She is currently in the south of England with my dear neighbours, would you believe! I feel rather bereft without her sunshiny presence. I’ll notify them of the happy news immediately, and perhaps she’ll end her blogging hiatus soon!


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