Jumbly Nepotism

It’s all jumbly in here today.

You see I know and like gardening, I can take the odd decent photo, I can cook up a scratch meal, and occasionally I manage to ski reasonably well. But when it comes to writing it all down, some days fail me. It’s all a bit of a jumble. Trying to clear out and order and organise thoughts and words.

Noodle awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. We think Noddle is a star, and not just because she likes what she reads here. I’m looking forward to her promised post about The Noodle Cupboard!

There are rules for the Versatile Blogger Award. (1) I must list 7 random things about myself that you don’t know and (2) nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award.

Here goes:

  1. I have dyed my hair many colours over the years, memorable colours include  pink and blue. Not at the same time though.
  2. I’m double jointed – handy for when you want to reach something but can’t be bothered to move.
  3. I’m a lifelong Manchester United fan, it’s where I grew up and that includes having worked for Arsenal FC (oh the shame!)
  4. I love day dreaming, if I could write that on my CV, I would.
  5. I’m a bit of a techie geek, only mildly in comparison to some of the people I’ve worked with over the years, but none-the-less I’m a geeky IT girl
  6. I’m allergic to all things dairy. Always have been, probably always will be. And this is from someone who was brought up on whole milk! Sometimes the reaction is strong, other times I can get away with it. Generally, if I avoid processed dairy products, milk and cream I can nibble and munch on cheese. Phew!
  7. We used to work on the music festivals – Glastonbury, Womad, and the Big Chill on a food stall serving Trinidadian food. A long story for another day. For now though I’ll say that I miss the music festivals – the buzz, the beauty, the chaos, the people, the party, oh and the music!

Now awards are odd things, you feel warm and special for being noticed, recognised even. And then it dawns on you that you have to pass the award on. And this is where I struggle. How do I choose? Sounds like a bit of a cliché?  Read on. There are so many great blogs out there, most of them seem to already have this award so it narrows my choices down. But that’s not what I’m struggling with. What is niggling me is what if I miss someone out? How mean would I feel? Maybe it’s the Catholic guilt coming out in me – bearing in mind I’m not a Catholic but I seem to have the famous guilt that comes attached to that particular brand.

I just worry about the “responsibility” of it all. Oooph! Then I have to remind myself that this is a hobby, a pleasure. Not a make or break life changing decsion. But sometimes the words fail me. I stumble around, muttering, half forming words, forgetting others as soon as I try to write them down. You see it’s all a bit of a jumble in this head of mine. That’s probably why the blog is Jumbly – a mix of bits and bobs, scatterings from here and there. No cohesive collection to be found.

In fact I like my new word Jumbly. I’m going to adopt it.

But back to the task in hand. I need to nominate and award other bloggers. So I need to un-jumble. Trying to describe why I like them and why I think you might is tricky. Could you just accept some simple words that describes their blogs rather too literally as opposed to me explaining myself? I hope so.

  1. Bishop – A gardener and grower in Florida. But more than that, as any good blogger does he comments on life and all that goes around. Put simply it’s one of my favourite reads.
  2. PlateandPlanet – healthy food and healthy planet is her motto. She dishes up some great stuff and always makes me stop and think.
  3. Jared over at LickTheFridge  – I hope you like this blog as much as I do. Funny doesn’t do it justice. Nor does droll. Or thought provoking. Go over and have a read, As he says it’s about “irreverence for myself and my readers”.
  4. Deb from East of Eden – writes about life and food, all woven around Steinbeck’s Salinas valley. A lovely read, it comes with great photos and she weaves a story from Steinbeck quotes. Clever and unique.
  5. Dadirridreaming  – a wonderful blogger who posts about her life, giving us glimpses into her garden, the wildlife, her yoga and her view of the world from Australia .
  6. Stacey of DownToEarthDigs will I’m sure entertain you with her garden and her photography.

So as opposed to the 10 I’m meant to dish you up here’s 6 special treats for you to read.

Ski run

And then we get onto the nepotism part. What’s nepotism got to do with Jumbly? Well, as I’ve said it’s a jumble in here and then there is Mr Promenade or rather in his current guise, Mountain Man. You see he is blogging too. We have his and her’s blogs 🙂 He’s a relatively new kid on the blogging block, so could I be cheeky and give him a mention?  He’s the RealSnowReport which basically means he writes and photographs what’s happening here in the French Alps on and off piste. He also muses a lot, occasionally rambles, all with a soupcon of humour. I’ll fess up, he took today’s snowy pictures 🙂 Pop in if you like. I think he’s a star, but then I know I’m biaised.

Right, back to the daydreaming 🙂


  • As an ex HR person I thoroughly endorse the use of “Daydreaming” on your CV!! Loved this post – finding out more about you, (I share the hair thing) and looking forward to you elaborating in future posts on some of the things you mentioned. And I´m now off to check out the blogs you mentioned, all of which are new to me. Congrats on your well deserved award and to Mountain Man on his beautiful photos 🙂

    • There’s so much to write and talk about isn’t there! I’ve wanted to do a truthful CV for ages. I’ve joke ones before now, but never actually used them. Maybe one day…… and thanks for popping over 🙂

  • What a beautiful photographs… I loved this train… Congratulations. Thank you for sharing with us. Blessing and Happiness, with my love, nia

    • Hi Nia, thank you. The petit train is a great sight when packed with skiers and their skis! I’ve seen these motor trains in lots of French resorts, and even in Paris (if I remember right). Claire

  • Congratulations on getting the award. The French Alps certainly seem to have all of the snow this year. What fun.

  • These photos are gorgeous! I can’t lie, I’m a bit jealous…we are barely hitting 50 degrees here in North Carolina. The train is awesome – can’t think of a better word 🙂 And I love the opening picture of the snow covered tree…wish I could see something like that here!!

  • Congrats, Karen! Love that these posts allow us to learn a bit more about the authors, as well as get introduced to some new blogs. A win-win, to be sure. And today, I picked up a new word. “Jumbly.” Perfect!

    • Hi Inger and thank you, taking photos is such a beautiful place is a pleasure
      What a shame about the no show of the snow – maybe you’ll get a good fall soon – I hope so!

  • Great post, fantastic pictures (yes, clearly I’ll have to check up on Mountain Man’s own blog for further views of his pictorial skills), great referrals to some blogs I expect I’ll enjoy immensely. And all only serves to further illustrate why you deserve the award! Congratulations. 🙂

  • Re the….
    Double jointedness. Claire is also amazed when other people can not reach things without moving.
    Man Utd. Probably one of Claire’s finest moments. Jumping up and down when said United scored only to suddenly remember that she was at the home end at the Arsenal ground. One of my all time regrets is that I didnt see it.
    Music festivals. You forgot the mud…..hmm or maybe you don’t miss that:-)

    One other thing which most of you won’t know about Claire. She is the best best mate to have. I know this because she is my best mate
    P.S. Do check out Mountain Man’s blog. It is fab!

    • The cheque is in the post.
      One thing that might need clarifying is that I was wearing an AFC jacket at the time I was jumping up and down cheering 🙂
      you know it’s amazing how you forget the mud, then someone reminds you and all you can see is mud, mud glorious mud! The festival sites in the rain used to remind me of MASH, but more of that another ime I think!

      Ooops, forgot to sign the cheque ……. 🙂

  • Claire,
    I am both humbled and flattered by your nomination. It was interesting to learn a little more about you. Another common link was discovered… my son is a fan of Man U and his club team is linked to Man U….so I am obliged to watch the odd match or two. I am more of a Rugby fan though, having played for nearly 12 years before retiring after a severe neck injury…..looking forward to the upcoming Six Nations starting in February. Look for my acceptance blog soon……
    Thanks again,
    Bishop – one note; I was in Florida a week ago – just watching the son play in a soccer tournament but reside in the Houston area of Texas….

    • Ooops, switching Florida for Houston!! But I’m pleased you like your award, it’s well deserved.
      I enjoy the rugby too, my OH is a fan so we go to the pub to watch it, any excuse 🙂 and of course in France it’s popular so we’ll get to see it when we are there

  • Congrats on your award–very well-deserved. And by the way, I think you take terrific photos–I am always impressed. Plus–and very importantly–I loved reading about your hair–and the music festivals!
    And thanks so much for your nomination, an honor coming from you. And I got some great ideas for other blogs to check out. I am just starting in the blogging world, so it’s nice to have some other ideas. Thanks.

    • Thank you Nancy for your kind words. I love taking the camera out with me, you never know what will catch your eye! It’s a pleasure to pass on blogs I enjoy 🙂

  • HI Claire, thanks so much for the award! and so interesting to learn that you have dairy issues too, no wonder I enjoy your recipes (I am allergic to cow dairy protein, can eat butter and cream (fats) but only sheep and goat cheese or yoghurt). It is easy in France, but harder here where we dont have much small animal dairy. Thanks for your kind words, and I have enjoyed checking out your other nominations, have followed a few, so glad to find them! Christine PS Are you in France for much longer?

    • Christine you are very welcome, it’s a fun way of getting to know a bit more about other bloggers and their lives. In essence it’s about sharing 🙂
      So I meet another dairy struggler, I’m sorry to hear that. It can be very frustrating at times, but over recent years, the alternative products available has greatly improved, still a long way to go though! I often think it’s one of the reasons I love to visit countries like Thailand, where dairy isn’t on the menu.

      We’re in France until March/April – weather, work and lives dependant!

  • The photos are beautiful I loved reading about you I change my hair all the time to.

    It is amazing to see all the snow we are sweltering here. I went in the pool after dinner it was so hot!!

  • Thank you so much for the nomination! I am beyond pleased that you enjoy my blog! I am always delighted by your photos and musings. It’s such an enjoyable journey; who knew your garden adventures would lead us down the snowy slopes! A bit of whimsy is ways time for a celebration.

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