Saturday, 17 September 2011

I'm versatile. Really, no lies...

I even got an award for it :) And, okay, I prolly don't deserve it (make that a definite) but I'm delighted to recieve the Versatile Blogger Award from  MC Rogerson Thank you!!

See? Isn't it nice and shiny and fun?

Now, to earn my reward, here's what I have to do:
1) Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2) Share 7 things about yourself.
3) Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it

Hmmm, 7 things about me...
1) I was born and grew up in South Africa, and managed to live in 3 of the 4 provinces there. I now live in the UK and have managed to live in 4 of the counties here - so far.

2) I have twin boys who take shifts to drive me crazy 24 hours a day, lol. I know I can't take all the credit for their existence, but they're my greatest achievement.

3) If there was ever an apocalypse, I'd stock up on chocolate. It's high on energy and contains the 5 basic food groups required for healthy survival. Seriously. You can trust me, I'm a writer.

4) I hate the cold. It seeps straight into my bones and kills my will to live. Snow is pretty, when viewed through the window of a log cabin with a roaring fire.

5) My husband proposed by secretly tossing the ring into the deep end of the pool and suggesting we go for a swim. It was the middle of winter. Did I? See point #4. He eventually had to explain why we had to go for a swim (right now!) and then I jumped right in :)

6) I'm petrified of spiders. There's no logic involved, I just am. If you wanted to keep me locked in a room, all you'd have to do is place one tiny spider between me and the door and you're set.

7) I'm a tech geek by day and a romance writer by night

And now for my reward, I get to pass the Versatile Blogger Award on to some awesome bloggers:

Judy Croome
Rebecca Emin
Maggie Fechner (Mommy's Always Write)
Wendy Soliman
Liz (Home is Where the Cat Is)
Lucy V Morgan


  1. Thank you, Claire. Pass it to me and I'll keep the spirit alive. Not sure I'm worthy, though.

  2. Hi Claire so glad you came by my blog and shared some thoughts today. I am now stalking your blog 4ever! I just received this award also and love your 7 things very funny. I especially love 4-5. I am also going to stalk your friends being awarded;)

  3. The best thing about this award is the getting to share and learn a few facts about everyone, really loving that.

  4. Loved reading about your seven things, especially the story about the ring. Was it an outdoor pool? I hope not!

  5. Haha! Claire, you and my Mom and spiders! When we still lived in Zim, my Mom spent the ENTIRE night on the kitchen table (with my sister and I in her arms) because my Dad was on night shift and a giant rain spider amiably wandered into the kitchen. She let the cake in the oven burn as well, rather than risk putting a foot on the floor! :)

    Thanks so much for the award - much appreciated. Here are my 7 things.

    1.I've wanted to be a writer from about age 12, but never had the confidence, so I only started writing in my 40's!

    2. I'm always on diet but never seem to lose weight (maybe all those chocolates have something to do with it?)

    3. I prefer a mild temperature - one of the reasons my parents left Zimbabwe was because I was always getting sick from the heat in the hot months.

    4. No matter how many extra language lessons I take, I can still only speak English. In a country where there are 11 official languages, and most people speak three or four of those official languages, I feel embarrassed at my complete inability to learn another language.

    5. I'm a terrible procrastinator. I put things off as much as I can, especially starting new things (like a new novel or a new diet)

    6.I'm cat mad (maybe this should be number 1?) I was 6 months old when I got my first cat and have had cats ever since. Husband had to choose between a dog or me and my cats! He said it was a hard decision, but luckily me & my cats pipped the canines at the post!

    7. I'm addicted to blogging and social media. It's very sad really, but what can I do?

    Thanks again for the award! :)

    Judy, South Africa

  6. Some crazy points here. Good on you for winning the award and I will be coming back here too. Some very good references to hunt down and lots of good energy. Best of luck with all, catherine

  7. MC Rogerson: Oh, definitely an outdoor pool!

  8. Thank you, Catheriine :)

    Judy, I can totally relate to your mom, I would have done no less.

  9. Hi Claire,
    I like your 7 facts - especially the story of how your husband proposed to you. My husband proposed to me at the Butt of Lewis (far NW of the Western Isles of Scotland).
    JoAnna (Helen Clancy)

  10. Hi Claire - Love your 7 facts. An outside pool, eh? I would have to think very seriously about that one. :)

    I'm stocking up on chocolate just in case...

  11. Thank you so much! I'm honored! I love your proposal story :)

  12. JoAnna, I can't imagine anything more romantic than being proposed to in Scotland, my alltime fav place :)

    Shirley, never too soon or any reason too small to stock up on choccies

    Liz, pleasure, I love your blog

  13. Thanks so much for the blog award, that is lovely of you. I love the way your husband proposed. Shame it wasn't on a hot day though!

  14. I thought I posted on here the other day [facepalm]

    Thank you for the award! Your proposal sure beats mine (a note under the door from a rather nervous college boy and his friend, lol!).

  15. Love your facts, your boys must keep you on the go. How you work and find time to write is absolutely amazing!

  16. Ok, that may be the funniest and most original proposal I've ever heard. I wonder if he'd do it over the same way? Thanks for the award. I forgot to do it on my blog this morning, but I'll catch up!

  17. I agree, what a fun proposal (minus the water--because I'm totally with ya on #4).

  18. He threw it in the pool? I hope it was a big ring. I'd be terrified it would get lost or fall into the drain. Yup, I would have dived in too. ; )

    I would so rather be cold than hot. With hot, there is not much you can do to cool down and I love cuddling in a blanket before a roaring fire or with my hubby.

  19. Number 5 still has me covered in goose bumps (for the cold and the fear not the romance element!) but then I'm scared to go out of my depth in the pool so it would have been a totally wasted gesture on me.

  20. Hi Claire,
    I have just nominated you for another award - see for details!
    JoAnna (Helen Clancy)

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