The Parliament Award… no it’s not what you think

No, I am not running as a Member of Parliament. I do not have the patience, I blush and say ‘um’ too much when public speaking, and I am not good at dissembling. So I make things up instead and write about them. Houses of Parliament - photo 9-4-14This is an award about loyalty but this time it is my loyalty being recognised: as a reader of blogs and supporter of writers! I love reading about writing and reading, of course, but also photography, cookery, travel and my favourite sport, tennis and I regularly read blogs written by writers in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, Taiwan, India, France, Holland, Germany, Spain and loads of other countries. the parliament award logo 9-4-14My thanks go to Karen Oberlaender at My Train of Thoughts for nominating me for this award. Karen is a confessed book addict who reads… and reads… and reads.

The Rules for this award are as follows:

  • First, display the Award on your blog;
  • List a few things that make you a loyal member;
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog;
  • Nominate at least five well-deserving bloggers whose loyalty and love you value and consider part of your Parliament and Pack; for the Award and let them know the wonderful news by sending them a message on their site.

The five features of loyalty I consider important in a blogger:-

One… writing regular blog posts that are entertaining, that inform, are funny, emotional, that open a window on a world I don’t know;

Two… visiting other blogs, and as a matter of manners clicking the like button as a sign you have visited;

Three… engaging in dialogue with other bloggers, exchanging views and giving support;

Four… offering feedback in a positive and non-critical way, do not write anything in a comment which you wouldn’t say to someone’s face;

Five… remember that no-one is making you read something. If you don’t like it, then stop reading and find a blog that you do like.

I nominate these five bloggers for the loyalty they demonstrate to quality blogging:-

Lottie Nevin actually has two blogs so I am nominating both here. Lottie's header photo 9-4-14The first, The Rioja Diaries [above], is about her life in rural Spain. The second, Gumboots and Goats, is a memoir of her 30 years raising five children on a farm in North Yorkshire.

Stefania Gioffrè at eTinkerbell is a teacher of English, living and working in Rome. She writes about teaching, of course, and literature plus films and life in Italy.

Discovery Walking is my fantasy walking blog. Most days I sit at my desk, I long to walk in the fresh air and know I should exercise more. So I walk virtually. Thanks to Ros at Discovery Walking, I have been to Tenerife, the Yorkshire Dales, the mountains of the Costa Blanca, and Exmoor. Not just photos, but maps, links and useful information too. Visit Siena's header photo 9-4-14Siena [above] is an historic Italian city and Visit Siena blogs about everything from the food and drink, to architecture and history, with beautiful photographs of this beautiful city. Chocolate, pizza and literally hundreds of photos.


  1. Sandra, many congratulations to you on your Parliament Award, it is well deserved and THANK YOU for nominating me! I was blown away by the lovely email you sent me earlier and the fact that you have nominated me TWICE! Wow, what a wonderful Easter Day surprise 😀

    I’ve not posted for a few weeks as I’ve been very busy sorting out the house…..rain pouring through the bedroom ceiling, over flowing drains, that sort of thing but there are going to be lots more adventures posted soon on The Rioja Diaries and Gumboots and Goats. Thank you again for making my day; your nomination and appreciation means a lot to me and I look forward to reading the blogs of your other nominees. Lottie

      • You are welcome, Sandra! I already sneaked a peek at two of their sites. They are worth following – as will be the sites of your other nominees. OK