Friday, 10 December 2010

My Award Acceptance Speech...

... and some awards to be awarded too.

A great big thank you to the lovely Pauline Barclay for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award and as a mark of acceptance I understand that I now have to list out seven interesting facts about me. It’s not easy doing this. I’m more comfortable writing interesting facts about others but these are the requirements of the award and so, here goes:

1.      There is a musician inside me struggling to get out. I’ve had a go at playing the oboe, recorder, mouth organ, bodhran drum, classical guitar, folk guitar and piano. I still have the drum, two guitars and a piano around the house so visitors beware!

2.      For the first 45 years of my life I had a recurring dream that I was swimming with dolphins and I’d always wake up disappointed. At the age of 45 I learnt how to swim and I haven’t had the dream since.

3.      I didn’t go to University until after my children started school. I got a degree and trained to be a teacher. Before then I was a secretary, but not a very good one. I never did like being told what to do.

4.      When I was 13 I won a medal for amateur dramatics. I was the leading lady in a play called Dark Brown. (If anyone has a copy I’d love to read it again.)

5.      I have a secret stash of chocolate (Green & Blacks, dark, 70%) hidden in a cupboard but I’m not going to tell you which cupboard.

6.      I long to be able to dance like they do on Strictly Come Dancing. If only they would phone me... but first I’d have to become a celebrity. Bother! 

7.      I meet with a group of writers twice a month. One of the monthly meetings is for a writing workshop. The other is for an ‘everyone bring a dish’ lunch. It’s an excellent way of keeping your writing going through the hard times and it’s also an invaluable support network. In fact, everyone should try the lunch thing and so I end this list with a toast. Here’s to ladies who lunch.
Finally to my award presentation. I’ve provided seven interesting facts and so I’m going to pass the Versatile Blogging Award on to seven bloggers:

Amie Kaufman at

And I’d like to present the Laid Back Ladies Award to:


  1. Mazeltov on the award and look at the lovely list of YOUR books on the side of your blog. Keep up the good work, Ros, you are an inspiration to all of us!

  2. Rosalind, what a wonderful blog, I loved reading all the interesting things about you. Now I understand the sound of drums I hear from afar....ha ha ha!

    I'm feeling very humble, thank you for the lovely Laid back Literary Ladies Award, I will hang it with pride on my Blog...Hugs x

  3. Thanks, Rosalind! Love the insights - especially 'ladies who lunch' :D

  4. Oooh Ros, thanks so much - that's the first award I've had since I left school .....and that was a long time ago ( and I didn't get many there either!)
    Wow a musical, dancing, swimming, chocolate stasher .....and I never knew.
    Well done and well deserved on your award.
    Thanks again.

  5. I feel honoured to be awarded this Rosalind. Thank you so much.
    And I loved your 7 points, they were fascinating, especially the one about your dream.

  6. Thank you for the award! I loved reading your seven interesting facts, too. I think we may have a lot in common. I have an inner musician (that's definitely not as talented as your inner musician), I would love to learn to *really* dance, and looking at that chocolate bar just now made me drool. ;)


  7. Thank you so much for the award!! I loved learning so much about you--such an interesting life. :o) Thank you, Rosalind!!

    Have a great weekend.

  8. That's so sweet of you Rosalind! Thanks :)

    Love the insights too.

  9. Thank you Rosalind!! I've been busy (a close family member had a baby this week and I've hardly been home!) I really appreciate it. I'm another music lover, although I don't play nearly as many instruments as you do!

  10. Thank you so much, Rosalind! :) Yay!

    Oh how I wish I *was* laid-back right now. Perhaps some wine will help. Cheers!

  11. Goodness, thank you, you're too kind!

    You won't take it back if I search your house for that chocolate stash, right?

  12. Can I slip in an eighth interesting fact...................... you are a fantastic mum, a wonderful caring daughter, outstandingly brilliant wife and the most lovely, loveable little sister and I am so, so proud of you.................. bet I know which cupboard the chocolate's in!!!! Oh and you are a celebrity (Fact No: 6), just look at what you’ve achieved :-) Lots of hugs.xx

  13. Hi Rosalind - loved this post. One of my unfulfilled ambitions is to swim with dolphins. That will be some blog post if it ever happens!

  14. Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and a special thank you to Rifka. I'm still blushing.

  15. Hi Rosalind, thank you so much for the award. :D

    I loved your interesting facts. I used to play clarinet, but passed it on down to my son who now owns it.

    Have a fabulous week~