Friday, May 6, 2016

The Leibsters!

Wow, Kymber from Framboise Manor nominated me to take part in the Leibster Awards. This is very cool as Ralph and I both hope our blog can help and entertain the Blog'o'sphere!

This is what is required to participate in the Leibsters.

The idea of the Liebster Blog Awards is

to discover new blogs and here's what 

you need to do to take part:
  • Ensure you thank the person who has nominated you and include links back to their blog, after all it's important you share their lovely blog too!
  • Include a photo/badge of the Liebster Blog Awards logo on your blog post to show you've taken part. 
  • Answer the 10 questions asked by the blogger who has nominated you
  • Nominate 5 bloggers that you want to share with your followers and blog viewers
  • Create 10 new questions to ask your nominees - have some fun!
  • Ensure you make your nominees aware that they have been nominated so they know to answer their questions!

First I will answer Kymbers questions....

1. what is your favourite thing to do when you have 2 free hours all to yourself?

I would have to say read a good book. No research, no facts just a good story.

2. who is your favourite author and why?

 This is a tough one as I read a very wide variety of books from sci fi to historical fiction and Good thrillers and adventures. I am going to name two #1 Robert  A.Heinlein.  His science Fiction always had men who were men and women who could be tough and strong as needed and yet were women in every sense of the word....Humn Kymber comes to mind.  #2  Clive Cussler, His fame is in his strong men and brilliantly smart women. Romance with no sex for the sake of selling a book. Dirk Pitt and Kurt Austin are wonderful and so is Gamay Trout, a brilliant woman scientist.

3. when it snows do you make snow angels or snowmen? (c'm PP - we all know that you do!)
I  make snow bowls :)

4. do you ever walk through the mud and/or grass in bare feet?
I absolutely love going barefoot, it drives poor Ralph crazy but as soon as I can it barefoot for me....I have to say the chickens and turkeys think my toes are food which makes it an adventure!

5. do you love where you live?
This is heaven on earth for me, Ralph and I looked long and hard for our farm and we still cannot quite believe we have found such a perfect spot for us. It makes me happy just to look out the window in any direction and even the rain is wonderful!

6. what is the most exciting thing that you ever grew and were thoroughly pleased with yourself by?
Peanuts...I come from an area where we had 90 days or less frost free, to grow peanuts was just so amazing for me and then to roast and eat them...totally cool! Valencia Red, Carwhile's White and Schronce's Black were the varieties.

7. what is your favourite house cleaning tip?
Don't  use your vacuum cleaner to clean out the wood stove unless you want the smell of woodsmoke in the house every time you vacuum!

8. what is your favourite alcoholic drink?
Shandy on a hot summer day.

9. do you love swimming?
Yes I do and I miss the river back west but someday maybe we will be able to clean out our pond here.

10. if someone got you a mermaid tail, would you wear it? in private and in public?
I would certainly try it in private. I am not the bold and brave sort when it comes to that sort of thing:)

Now to my nominees:

#1 E-i-e-i-omg

This site is  fun, touching and very inspirational for anyone who makes the change to self sufficiency and independence! There is always something new going on and adventures with animals...and the dogs!

#2 The Dancing Donkey

I have grown to love the donkey's that live here but there is so much more to this site. It always cheers me to see the goings on about the place! From Border collies to strange milk cows it all flows out from the wonderful Donkey's!

#3 The Rock Whisperer

There is much to be said for this honest blog. It is a window into how people change and learn and make things better for themselves even on a small property.

#4 Hillbilly Hobo's

 A real glimpse into a homestead with all the fixin's and critters. It is down to earth with success and failure and a deep sense of accomplishment.

#5 Octoberfarm

This is a recipe filled joy and gives you a wonderful look into a deep and caring heart. I follow the children in the food program and the wonderful Chow Teddy and always come away with a marvelous feeling that there are such good people in the world.

Now for the questions:

#1- If you were going to travel where would you go?

#2- What is your favorite time of day?

#3- Who is the most inspirational woman in your life?

#4- If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?

#5- What is your very favorite food?

#6- Have you been to a movie lately and if so what was it?

#7- What made you decide to start and maintain your blog?

#8- When was the last time you sat down and read a good book?

#9- What kind of costume would you wear to a costume Ball?

#10- What was one thing you had a trouble learning?


  1. oh Fiona - thanks for taking part in this! i think it is so important for us to share some of the blogs we read so that we can learn about other blogs...that we can then learn from.
    but a couple of questions for you. what is a waterbowl? you grow peanuts - can you tell us how? and what the heck is a shandy?

    again, thanks for taking part and i can't wait to read your blog picks answers!

    wending love. your friend,
    (p.s. - i already knew your answer to my question #5...i am so happy for you and Ralph!)

  2. A water snow bowl...Very ROUND snow angels due to my weight:)

    Shandy is a English drink of beer and ginger ale

    I will do a post on the peanuts which are actually easy to grow if you have a very long season.Humnnn do you have an agriculture store near by...a "Muck Tub" might be big enough for a couple of peanut plants then you could start them early.

  3. Fun read, Fiona- I've been envious of those peanuts since the first time you mentioned them :).

  4. Just come over from kymbers and I love your answers! Living somewhere with just 90 frost free days a year must have been hard!

    1. It had some advantages...fewer bugs and potatoes loved the climate. Good skiing:)...lots of time to holiday in Mexico!

      Stop by anytime, it is great to have visitors to see what kind of trouble we are getting into.