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Rather than lose a rich tapestry of stuff related to awards, I have decided to keep this page. You may find some of it interesting.  For me, it is a treasure trove of precious memories and footsteps in my journey of blogging.

Raili, Nov 2020

Footsteps Along the Road of Awards

It’s such a buzz to be recognised by fellow bloggers when they consider your work nomination worthy for an award. For newbies it’s a fabulous way to meet and greet other bloggers and get yourself known out there in the big wide world of blogging.

I started my blog in July 2015.  Around May 2016 I took the very hard decision of becoming an Awards Free blog. The main reason for this was  time constraints. I found accepting awards is a bit of a double edged sword in that it is a lot of work. And it’s controversial. There are many divided opinions about their value. (If you want to get some background about the whole Awards thing I go into it in this post –  Dragon’s Loyalty Award.)

Having said all that, I wanted to find a way of being able to accept and acknowledge nominations with a heartfelt ‘Thankyou!’ in my own way.  And at the same time pay it forward with a link to the blogger from whom the awards originated. This is it.

In April 2017 I also commenced a monthly Soul Gifting tribute as a way of thanking people who find their way to my blog.


I am delighted to akcnowledge and thank the following bloggers for their thoughtfulness and kindness in nominating me for awards.  Please go and take a look at their blogs. You won’t be disappointed.


This section lists the awards I received whilst still actively accepting awards. I have included links to my response posts for anyone who may be interested to see what I had to say. You see, I like to bend the rules. That usually meant a lot more work for me. I did enjoy the creativity involved.


March 25, 2015

I got hit with a double whammy today! Two different bloggers, living in different countries, nominated me for the same thing – the Liebster Award.  Many thanks to Gretchen and Nam H Nguyen for their thoughtfulnes

My response post:  Double Jeopardy

Dec 12, 2105

Guess what? Nick of  Fifty Words Daily nominated Soul Gifts Blog for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award.

If you are looking to get your head around Awards the first response post addresses some of that and provides links for additional information. 

My response posts: Dragon’s Loyalty Award

And because I was feeling particularly creative, can you believe I wrote a SECOND one.

What was I thinking !? :   Ode to the Dragon

Feb 24, 2016

Studiotj has nominated me for the Dedicated Blogger Award.

My response post, one that I’m most proud of : My Acceptance Speech 

March 5, 2015

Thank you  studiotj  for nominating me for the RESPECT Award.

My response post :  Respect

April 10, 2016 

Laura at  The View From My Window has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

My response post:  Thanks a Million

May 23, 2017

Lisa from Cries from an unkempt garden – for a Real Neat Blogger Award10, 2017

Pierre de Ronsard

For a period of time this was my way of saying thanks to those who visited or followed my blog.   I wanted to do it in a unique way. I like gifting.  I like surprising people in a nice way.  So here’s what I  came up with.   I called it Soul Gifting – a small token of my appreciation for your presence on my blog – a published thank you with a link to yours, posted, at random times.

Rather than lose the history of this period once it came time to make changes, I decided to merge it with my Awards Page.


 March 2017

The first Soul Gifting goes to Elaine’s Bloggers Paradise

for being my 1000th follower. An artist in the making, Elaine shares her journey of creating and apartment living with us. Thanks Elaine 😀
 ♥ April 2017
Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha from  a cooking pot and twisted tales  is the recipient of April’s Soul Gifting. An author, poet, photographer, vlogger – there is no end to this lady’s talents. Thank you, Jacquie, for being part of my blogging family.
May 2017
Candice Louisa Dacquin from The Feathered Sleep  is May’s Soul Giftee. Thank you, Candice, for your encouragement, interesting conversations, thought provoking and powerful poeming and friendship.
June 2017
Linda Bethea from Nutsrok  has had me in stitches many a time with the tales she tells of growing up and her family.  Not only can she tell hilarious – and true – stories from her life with a tribe of very colourful characters. She can also pen poignant historical stories based on real life. She’s a treasure and a delight. You’re it for June, Linda – thanks!
July 2017
Jane Basil from Making it Write   is it for July. Jane is a gifted writer. Her posts are raw, authentic, passionate, at times irreverently funny and witty. We have shared laughter, tears, grief, pain, outrageous political incorrectnesses – often found in conversations threaded through the comments. 
August 2017
Mara Eastern describes herself as a ‘sardonic blogger, snapper, scribbler and rhymer; a virtual space invader who indulges in cheerful negativism, morbid self-deprecation and bleak humour.’ She’s right. It is funny. We are as good as twins in the blogosphere having started around the same time. I should also mention she is the ‘custodian of a cat’. 
September 2017

Tom Merriman from Beyond the Sphere is September’s Soul Giftee. Artist, photographer, poet, philosopher, Superhero story teller, letter writer – Tom’s blog is a veritable treasure trove.  On his site he has also created a number of candles for ‘spreading the light’ in this world of ours. Should you wish to join him in this, simply go over and grab a candle or two and start spreading  Tom Candles.

October 2017

Soul Gifting goes to Janet A who has subscribed to my blog almost from its very beginning by email. Thank you so much for your friendship, support and presence in my life. 

 November 2017

 Bernadette from Haddon Musings delights me with her passionate and generous support for “showcasing the talents of the post 9 to 5 generation” through her hosting of the Senior Salon. In it you will find art, music, writing, poetry, photography, creative cooking and fashion to name just a few.  Through her Feminist Friday posts she celebrates the contribution women make to a vast array of endeavours. I am honoured to have Bernadette as a member of my blogging community. Please pay her a visit.

December 2017

December 2017 Soul Gifting goes to Opher Goodwin, of Opher’s World

Opher is passionate about many things. A prolific writer of sci fi,  rock music and other things, he calls himself an antitheist. Ever prepared to discuss and debate, he also likes a good laugh or two. Of those, he has given me plenty with his witty comments. In his own words –

I believe in equality, tolerance, justice and freedom. I respect other people’s points of view and do not expect people to share the same beliefs as me. ..and would like to live in a world where there is harmony between people and respect for the environment.

With this in mind, he has drafted a document for discussion about the  Universal Declaration of Animal Rights

January 2018

The first Soul Giftee for this New Year is  2gatherstones.  The sudden death of an only child, a young doctor, plunged 2gatherstones into a deep grief from which she struggles to emerge.  Laying bare her soul and  grief journey on the pages of her blog she gathers stones, rocks and pebbles for healing. Do go and visit. 

Describing herself as a country girl, she shares the  farm with her husband and an assortment of animals. Gertie Goose and Hector the Mule are two quirky characters whose photos and antics find their way to the blog now and then. 

February 2018

This blog has reached – and now exceeded – 2000 followers. Never in a million years did I expect this to happen. I am honoured, humbled, amazed to have reached this milestone. Thank you to each and everyone of you!!

To celebrate, the Soul Giftee for February 2018 is the 2000th member of my blogging family – Jennifer Dionne.  A busy lady, she is mum to three kids, four cats, two dogs – oh, and one husband.  In her busy life she finds time for an assortment of other activities  such as camping, running, hiking – any physical challenge in fact. And wait – there is more! Jennifer is also a passionate supporter of her local community.

March 2018

Soul Gifting goes to  Elizabeth  Sheel.  She has a fascinating tale to tell about her life in South Africa where she owned and worked in a healing centre called the Place of Angels. A lover of writing, Elizabeth share stories, teachings and discoveries   in transitioning from a non-spiritual person to enlightenment and the knowledge that we are all multidimensional beings in a multidimensional universe. In her words “Mystical writing and stories poured out of my pen, unasked. Eventually, my hundreds and thousands of words were transferred to a computer. They are dense with spiritual knowledge.” Do visit her site.

On Elizabeth’s extension blog Gentle Ignition  she shares posts that she has found inspirational . 

♥ April 2018

goes to Cathi of the Yellow Brick Road fame. She posts conversations with inanimate objects. Deep meaningfuls about life, the universe and everything. Like this chat with Swiss Cheese. Most illuminating and tasty. This is what Cathi has to say about her chats – 

 ” I see it through the eyes of middle aged characters and beyond.  To name a few, I’ve chatted with a graying dandelion,  a raisin whose heart is breaking as she lets go of her grape kids, and an older tree feeling much more fragile than she used to. Even the Tooth Fairy is considering a second career as an Implant Fairy. They’re all searching for ways to hold onto their sparks or find new ones. Every conversation reminds me that different ages and stages are revolving around us all the time…and our creativity carries us through. “

 I encourage you to don your red, sparkly Dorothy shoes and go skip along that yellow brick road for a bit.

♥ May 2018

Families are so important, aren’t they. I consider those who visit and follow my blog as my Blogging Family. Kids have been on my mind the last two weeks as my hands were busy crocheting. And as is the want of wandering thoughts, I found myself remembering all the wonderful, heartwarming stories that Sam from Don’t Make It Weird writes on his blog about being a single dad. He does it with style and child-like delight. With equal warmth and love he writes about his own dad.

In his words – I’m raising two beautiful girls who are 6 and 16. I’ve sacrificed, learned, and grown more in the last two years than I have in my *almost* four decades on this spinning earthen spaceball. This is something I’m extremely proud of, and I’m pleased as can be with my simple lot of Father, Teacher, Tutor, and Swim Coach…. I like peace. I like positivity. I like quiet. I like ideas. I like friendship. I like acceptance. I like heart. I like kindness.  

Thank you, Sam, for being a part of my Blogging Family. 

♥ June/July 2018

Lady Calen of Impromptu Promptlings is a fighter. She is resilient, courageous and loves to go spelunking in the inner cave of her psyche.  In her words – 

I’m a seeker, firstly, plain and simple. And I have the personality of a dragonfly! I flit from one thing to another — up, down, side-to-side, backward, forward, even in a diagonal pattern from time to time. Ya just never know what you’re going to get with me. But if you’re not afraid to go along for the ride, then you’re my kind of reader.

Jane Basil ofMaking it Writeis a fighter of a different kind. She’s done it tough. And she  writes it out. Words spill  in vivid cascades of verbiage – all the  turmoils, twists and turns that life has put in her path. Along with a wonderfully wicked sense of humour. In her words – 

the writing remains,
my first passion, a myriad of faithful words that float with love unending,
requesting no return, begging only
to be poetry.

It is these that saved me,
finding me, offering unfailing constancy,
giving breath where air was thin,
and finally delivering me
to you,

you who read me.

♥ August 2018

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Ivor,Plumber/Poet, a semi-retired plumber and amateur poet. A gentle man with a big heart, he says – 

My empty hands are full of

Of memories and rhymes

Ivor has added his voice to that of other bloggers in a  call for peace

Let There Be Peace In Our Time.

♥ September 2018

goes to Paul Sunstone from  Café Philos: an internet café which came to my attention relatively recently.  Since then, I have spent many delightful moments in his company. And had many chats.  Some irreverently nonsensical, some serious, some in between. Like this one –Pauls-brief-and-saucy-primer-to-the-scientific-revolution. Paul is a prolific blogger. When I last looked he had posted 82 times just this month.

He says – ‘At Café Philos, we proudly pick only the ripest electrons on the internet, then roast and brew them into fresh, hearty commentaries on living, religion, the arts and sciences. Fresh posts most days!

I was raised in a tiny Mid-Western American town of 2,500 people in which the dogs were allowed to vote in local elections on the theory they knew everyone in the community just as well as anyone.’

Paul’s blog is the only one I have come across that has an  “About You”page. In it he invites us to introduce ourselves by choosing from a range of questions to help us along the way.

I have recently become aware of the possibly alarming fact that I myself have been up until now subconsciously imagining my audience was an undetectable leprechaun farting invisible rainbows beneath my cottage window.  Consequently, I wish to update my view of who reads this blog…um…just as soon as possible!

Do go visit and leave your paw print. Or invisible rainbow.

♥ October 2018

It delights me to introduce you toSue DreamwalkerofDreamwalker Sanctuary – this link takes you to a delightful story about honey and bees.

She offers a cornucopia of plenty on her site – recipes, herbs and gardening, art and crafts, Light workers tools and vision quests to mention but a few. She calls herself  ‘but an ordinary woman, who sees beyond this Vale. And wants to share her Light and knowledge with others…’

Do visit and stay a while.

♥ November 2018

This month’s Soul Gifting goes to Letters from a State Hospital-‘Exposing corruption in the Utah Mental Health System’.  Never give up.  There are people out here who care.

Please visit and let her know that her voice is being heard.

♥ December 2018

As an early December Soul Gifting, I have chosen Tamara Hoerner from The Purple Almond. She is a student at the Hawthorn University working towards a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. She has this to say –

For me, health isn’t just about food it’s about living a positive, happy, healthy life.

Where food is concerned, I’m all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You’ll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body.

Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: meditation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You’ll find all these included in my blog as well.

Her blog is full of fascinating stuff – for example this 100 year old recipe for Apple Johnny Cake. You just might something interesting for Christmas. Do visit.