Versatile Blogger Award

Through the process of publishing a book and working on this website/blog I’ve enjoyed the unexpected bonus of making virtual friends with a wide range of people. One of these is fellow SilverWood Books author, Kathryn Gauci, originally from the UK, but now living in Australia, via Athens.

9781781322963-Perfect.inddI enjoyed Kathryn’s novel set at the end of the Ottoman empire and I’m delighted to receive the Versatile Blogger award From her.

Click this beautiful book cover for Kathryn’s blog.





The rules for this award are:

1. Display the Versatile Blogger  logo

2. Write a post and link it back to the nominating blogger. Thank you Kathryn, I hope more people discover your blog and book.

3. Post seven interesting things about myself. I’ve done this below, but phew, it was hard, but are they interesting?

4. Nominate up to fifteen other bloggers with a comment on why they’ve been nominated. Please see my award winners below.

5. Inform them of their nomination. Done,so I hope they are up for it!

My Seven Interesting(ish) Insights:

~ I wasn’t entered for the 11 plus exam, a fact that bugged me for years. Then I realised that my parents probably couldn’t afford the uniform and extras of a grammar school. My brighter younger siblings didn’t have the opportunity either.

~ I’m a retailer at heart,  my first job in a wool shop, on a Saturday morning, paid me half a crown, 12.5p. I was ahead of my school friends when it came to working full-time, and I took a day off work in a shoe shop to formally leave school.

~ People presumed that I was pregnant when I married in a registry office aged 18, and prophesied it wouldn’t last. I wasn’t and it’s our 39th anniversary this year.

~ I really don’t like TV or films, shame as I love quizzes and bomb in the entertainment section.

~ I enjoy preparing vegetables… especially for a crowd!

~ Our first holiday abroad was not until I was 40, we went to Egypt, loved it and decided Greece was next. Actually it was Crete and the rest, as they say, is history!

~ For ten years we drove from the UK to stay in Crete, with many adventures (and map based arguments) along the way. Now we fly and have a car in both countries as it works out cheaper.

Now for my Versatile Blog nominees, just click on the green text:

Eklektos Bookshop – Lynne has wonderful energy and goes out of her way  to engage with local people in Elounda and the many summer visitors. Oh, and she sells Kritsotopoula, Girl of Kritsa.

Steve Daniels – Take a different view of the Cretan flora and fauna. I’m now more inclined to look at a bug than swat it. 

Staying on in Crete – Its hard to maintain a regular blog based on your everyday life, but the range of topics covered certainly make it interesting.

Lance Greenfield – his virtual coach tours are inspired, book your free seat and enjoy the ride.

The TJ Blog – I initially found this blog as part of a #blogging101 exercise, I keep visiting as I love the fresh perspective he gives.

But Maybe She Wheel – I found this blog by searching for Crete based posts, it’s so inspiring I have it as a favourite.

Ramblings from Rhodes – An excellent blog that has put a visit to Rhodes high up on my, ‘must visit’ list.

Patrick ‘Paddy ‘ Leigh Fermor  – Yes, of course I know that Paddy is long dead! Tom Sawford uses this blog to keep his memory very much alive commenting on Paddy’s work and escapades,  and reporting on other people who embark on Paddyesque adventures.

I enjoy cooking so these two blogs, full of fresh ideas make the list.

Kouzounas Kitchen  and Kouzina Cooking

 Scones in the Sky Another blog that I found via blogging101 that stayed on my ‘must read ‘ list.

I recently participated in an award for new blogs, had I not done so I’d have more to nominate here. However, I’m not going for the quota just for the sake of it so I’ll stop here, with quality not quantity. X

4 thoughts on “Versatile Blogger Award”

  1. Hi Yvonne, I should have thanked you long ago for your nomination but the visitor season has begun and what with fitting in Greek lessons as well, time seems very short! Anyway apologies for the delay but thank you all the same. I regret that I have none nothing about the requirements of the honour – the reason being partly lack of time but mainly because I am not a great reader of other people’s blogs, unless they are friends or I have a particular interest in their topic. However, you might be interested in this one: Looking forward to reading your novel which I have just added to my Kindle and will try to come to the ‘party’ in Kritsa to say hello but when exactly is it?

    regards, John

    Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:33:56 +0000 To:


    1. Hi, thanks for this and the link, I’ll certainly take a look. I’m red eyed in Athens airport killing time until my connecting flight to Crete at 6.50, so a good time to catch up on my virtual world.

      The date of the book launch in Kritsa has been delayed to 3rd week May, I’ll confirm ASAP and it will be fab to meet you there. X


  2. Hi Yvonne!
    I am so sorry I’m late in seeing this! I don’t know what happened to me not seeing this until now! I will post tonight, thanking you for this nomination. That was very kind of you and means a lot to me that you considered my blog. We absolutely loved Crete. Maybe when we get back there we can come to Krista and see it’s beauty!
    Many thanks,
    Erika (

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    1. No problem Erica, I’m pleased you’ve seen it now and I hope you have fun passing on nominations for blogs you enjoy. It is proving a fabulous method for me to enjoy blogs that are new to me so I look forward to visiting your nominees. X


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