This blog has won an award. There’s no option of heading off to Cannes to collect it at a gala dinner or anything like that, but I’m delighted all the same.
The award is a Liebster Award, which is awarded by bloggers to bloggers. Thank you to The Mindful Expat, who nominated me.
To accept the award you have to:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog to your post
- Answer 11 questions they have asked you
- Nominate 11 bloggers who have 200 followers or fewer for the award
- Ask 11 questions of those bloggers
- Let your nominees know you nominated them
- Add the Liebster Award logo to your blog
That all sounds easy enough – and I’m certainly not going to turn it down. So, here are my answers to the questions I have been asked:
- What inspired you to start your blog? (And, if it’s not totally obvious, how did you come up with the name for your blog?)
My partner and I had wanted to spend Christmas and New Year in Dordogne, but my father-in-law wasn’t well, so we stayed in England. I was in need of a French fix and came up with the idea for the blog on New Year’s Eve as a way to see me through 2014. A virtual year in Périgord, if you like.
- Do real people in your life know about your blog (and read it), or do you keep it anonymous?
Some of my friends, family and colleagues subscribe but I haven’t aimed it at them specifically.
- If someone were making a movie of your life, what actor would you want to have play you?
George Clooney, of course. I have no idea if he can do an English accent but people sometimes comment that we have the same silver hair thing going on. (OK, OK, one friend said it once.)
- What genre would best characterise your movie?
World cinema – the plot would be suitably slow at times, a bit farcical in places and need subtitles at various points.
- What’s one item on your bucket list that you hope to accomplish in the next few years?
I want to see more of the world. I am really keen to visit loads more countries in the coming years, particularly within the rest of Europe. Hungary is next on the list – I’m off there in March.
- If you came back in another life as an (non-human) animal, which one would you want to be?
Well, dogs are my favourite animals, though I’m not entirely convinced I’d like to come back as one.
- What languages can you speak?
English is my mother tongue. I speak decent French and German (and have been fluent in both languages at times in my life). I can also read Italian, Spanish and Dutch to a certain level.
- What’s your favourite food that you discovered as an adult?
Gooey cheeses. I never had much of a taste for them until I was into my 20s. The same is true of wine, as it happens.
- Name one thing you’re grateful for.
My partner, Damon. He’s always very supportive and loving. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in January – it just goes to show blind dates do work out sometimes!
- Name one great book you’ve read that you’d recommend.
Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series, Joe Keenan’s hilarious My Blue Heaven and William Corlett’s Now and Then. I’ve not read any of them recently, but I’ve read each of them many times and I still enjoy them.
- Do you listen to podcasts? If so, tell us one of your favourites.
I don’t – I’m not able to listen to them in the car on the way to work and I simply don’t have the time at home, unfortunately.
I was never much of a follower of blogs before I began A Year in Périgord, but I have really come to enjoy them over the year. I appreciate the commitment behind them and being able to hear a voice come through clearly.
I nominate my 11 favourite blogs for the Liebster Award. In strictly alphabetical order, they are:
- Back Bay Français – French teacher Susan shares anecdotes on learning French
- Blog-sur-Aude – Gill battles through the restoration of an old French village house with good humour
- A Crooked Mile – Adventures in travel, food and other earthly delights, from Rouen
- Distant Francophile – Australian Janelle shares her passion for France on her excellent blog
- Ian Cook’s Blog – Professional photographer Ian delights readers with images shot in his free time
- Life on La Lune – British writer Vanessa offers up her life in south-west France for our enjoyment
- Liquid Marmalade – Advice on solo dining and apéros in Paris from a Londoner in the city of light
- Living French-Li – South African Li blogs about her move to France to be with her rugby player husband
- Loving a Frenchman – American Bendilyn shares hilarious tales of the misunderstandings between her and her French husband
- My Five Romances – Australian Bernard offers tips on five romance languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian
- Our French Dream – Yorkshire-born Chris blogs on her work to restore a home in the Dordogne
My questions for the nominees, if they want to accept their nomination, are:
- What inspired you to blog?
- How much time do you spend on your blog?
- Where do you write your blog posts?
- Where did you go on your first holiday abroad without your parents?
- Share a mistake you remember making when trying to speak a foreign language.
- What’s your favourite French film of all time, and why?
- If you could spend an hour with any French person – real or fictional, past or present – who would it be?
- Do you have a favourite drink you like to relax with at the end of a hard day?
- Starter or dessert?
- If you were going to eat your last-ever meal tonight, what would you have?
- If you were president of France for a day, what would you change?
Once again, thank you to The Mindful Expat for nominating me. Hopefully, my nominees will be as pleased as I am.