Receiving a Sunshine Award for Blogging


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Quite out of the blue last week, I had an email from the writer and fellow blogger  Hemmie Martin,  to tell me she had awarded me the Sunshine Award . Thank you so much Hemmie – what a thrill and an honor! Hemmie is an author of Contemporary Women’s fiction, published by Winter Goose Publishing. The Divine Pumpkin is available, and Hemmie’s second novel is due out in February 2013.

“The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere.” The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”


1. Favourite Time of the Year?

 Spring.After the long slog of winter, when bright green buds start inching their way forward, it’s as if the world is renewed and anything is possible.

2.Favorite Festive movie? It’s A Wonderful Life. I love the schmaltzy moments along with films idea that your life actually does have meaning, even in it’s small details. It’s always on during the holidays, so it’s easy to pick up the plot anywhere. The quote where Clarence, the angel says:- “Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings”, was renewed for me after a ‘Roseanne’ episode where she said  “Everytime two lesbians kiss, an angel gets her wings.” It’s good to have modern twist on the classics!

It's a Wonderful Life - A Familiar House

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Familiar House (Photo credit: geminicollisionworks)

3.What is your Passion? What else but writing and painting?

4. Favorite Color?


5. Favorite time of the Day? The morning. I have the most energy at that time of day and love the early morning light. Except of course for those grey, drizzly mornings that are an English specialty. Then I have a good excuse for staying home to write!

6. Favorite flower?

The tulip. Even when tulips droop they’re beautiful.


by A.K.Andrew

7. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Beverage Ginger beer. It’s fantastic there are great companies making ‘proper’ ginger beer with a nice bite these days, rather than the watery stuff in a can. (It goes very well with vodka BTW  – then it’s called a Moscow Mule…)

8. Favorite Physical Activity? I used to love cycling, but unfortunately can’t do that now. At the moment, a back care Pilates class is my favorite physical activity. Even if I go feeling tired and stiff, I always come away feeling rejuvenated and more flexible.

9.Favorite Vacation? My first trip to Venice. My partner and I went during Carnivale  a number of  years ago for our tenth anniversary, and it was magical. Stunning scenery, fabulous food, artwork everywhere, breathtaking costumes and the light indescribably beautiful. We walked for hours, got endlessly lost, listened to a quartet play Vivaldi in the church he’d frequented, drifted down tiny canals in a gondola past crumbling palazzi and went to see glass being blown in Murano. Sharing all this with my favorite person in the whole world was more than I could have ever hoped for.

Gondola on the Grand Canal Venice
by A.K.Andrew

 Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Award:

Bindurani Saju

Jeri Walker-Bickett

Laura Darling

Cheryl Therrien

Leora Wenger

Tasha Turner

Tope Olofin

Lubna Kably

Rebecca Thompson


Go check out their blogs and see what they are up to!

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  1. How awesome. Congratulations my freind. You are so deserving of this and more. :)))
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  2. I could have known it would happen soon enough! I shared the Moscow Mule with my husband and number ten is wonderful.

  3. Heartiest Congratulations! Loved your top 10 list and the glimpse of some of your inspiration. “It’s a wonderful life” is in my top 5.

  4. Hi
    I am so deeply honoured and touched that you nominated me for the sunshine award. Of course, I shall pass it on.
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  5. Congratulations! One day I will make it to Venice. It’s a Wonderful Life is a great film to have as a favorite. I tried to make ginger beer – the recipe called for fermenting the ginger – but mine just sat in the water and did nothing, sigh.

    Need to get back to blogging regularly. Life for me has been too un-regular lately.
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    • Thanks Leora. Venice is definitely worth the effort, even for a short visit.
      I also tried home-made ginger beer one time and the results were not stellar I have to say!

      It takes a while for life to get back to normal after everything you’ve been through. All in good time:-)
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  6. Congratulations AK. I love that I know you, and several of the bloggers on your list. Keep on blogging!
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  7. What I most love about blog awards is that it’s a way to glimpse a bit more about the writer that might not ever surface in their usual posts. I used to do pilates, but have gotten out of the habit since I started jogging a year ago, but I need to start again! And thank you so much for passing the award on to me. I’ll be sure to share the blog love on a future post 😉
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  8. Lovely that you have rec’d this award, A.K. And it was great getting to know more about you as well.

    I’ve yet to visit Venice, but it sure looks great – although they’ve had some flooding lately. I hope all is well there now.

    Enjoy your day!
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    • Thank you so much Doreen. I do think getting to know each other a little better is the best part of these awards, although I am very pleased to receive it too.
      Venice is incredibly beautiful, and it’s true it does have the ‘acqua alta’ from time to time. But it seems nowhere is safe from inclement weather these days.
      Glad to hear you were ‘in Switzerland’ with your book recently! Hope it’s going well.:-)
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  9. Why am I always the last? Congratulations AK! You must be thrilled! I love spring too. Infact I love Spring, Autumn and Winter. I left summer out bcos I get that round the clock in Nigeria, all year round! Can be pretty boring because I don’t get to do the wardrobe change. I am only stuck with summer outfits!!!

    Ermm Venice, that is going to be my honey spot! Wise choice?
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  10. I agree with it’s a wonderful life. One of my favorites and Carnival must have been incredible.
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  11. Hi A.K. Yellow’s my favorite color too. It’s very cheery. 🙂 Congratulations on your award!
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  12. Congratulations and thank you for sharing the love!
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  13. Sorry for the late comment, still trying to play catch up! Congrats on your Award! Well done 🙂 I love that house in It’s a wonderful life. It’s pretty amazing 🙂

  14. Not to worry Claire – I play catch up all the time. Thank you so much for the congrats – I was v. happy to receive it. The photo of the house in the film did catch my eye – actually it makes it look kind of spooky here. 🙂
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