Award-Influential Blogger

On Saturday, December 7th,  Cee’s Photography granted me the

Most Influential Blogger Award


Although I thanked Cee via email last weekend, I have taken a while to publicly thank Cee.  So I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cee once again for conferring this award on my blog.  It was totally unexpected.

The Rules for the Most Influential Blogger Award are: 1. Display the Award on your Blog. 2. Announce your win with a post and thank the Blogger who awarded you. 3. Present 10 deserving Bloggers with the Award. 4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment. 5. Answer each of the 11 questions that your awarder asked, and then write 11 for your awardees (or use the same ones up to you!)

First up, my answers to the questions:

1) What makes you happiest?

Knowing that we can leave the kids in charge and that they are old and responsible enough to manage.

2) Do you love the Oceans or Mountains more? 

Probably somewhere in between.  I love the unpredictability of the ocean and the serenity of the mountains.  Camping at the 7,000 foot level in the Canadian Rockies was unforgettable.  Likewise a rough sea or a mirror like body of water can be fascinating

3) What has been a special moment in 2013?  

This year our special moment(s) have been spent in Africa.    We expected to see animals but not as  at such  close range.  Our hosts from Imagine Africa 4×4 Safaris and Sausage tree Safari Camp were the best I ave ever come across.  Plans for a Pacific holiday have been ditched in preference for another trip to Africa.

Our travelling companions also made the trip an enjoyable experience and hopefully we can stay in contact, even if it is only via email.

4) What’s your favourite quote.

I love JFK’s “Ask not….” quote.  There are times when many of those younger and the very young could/should take note.

Martin Luther King also gets a guernsey for his, “I have a dream…..” speech.  Again, there are times when I think the world is nearly there…only to find we have taken one step forward and three steps back.

However, depending on the situation there are many others.

5) Do you like yourself?

Most of the time.

6) Do you stay up till midnight on New Year?

I am a bit of a night owl and tend to sit up until the Melbourne and Sydney fireworks have run their course.

7) Something you wish could be done ASAP? 

We have a big front and back yard so I will stick with landscaping as well as some ready-made trees to shelter us from harsh winds.

8)What was your favourite class when still at school?

French all through high school and add physics in my last year.

9) What musical instrument have you tried to play?

I tried to learn to play a banjo in my early teens, took some guitar lessons but mainly taught myself to strum a few chords…can’t play any thing now.  And  I always had to play right-handed which did not make it any easier…..

10) Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

I wish I had learned that you are never too old to learn at a much earlier point in my life than I did.  However, even being a bit slow off the mark, I still think that my timing has been reasonably good.  I now encourage others to achieve and have the patience and empathy with older students and understand their frustrations, having experienced most of them myself.

11) Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting?

The only thing approaching any of these is my love of photography and making  home movies, in the past.  An occasional bit of  woodwork, but again I rate my ability with a camera as higher.


I would  like to pass on the Most Influential Blogger Award to the following bloggers.  In the nearly nine months since I commenced WoollyMuses blog these bloggers have in some way assisted me and influenced me to keep going.  Some are award free blogs.  Please don’t be offended if your blog is one.  I can read 🙂  I am just taking this time to say thank you for your help and I hope you enjoy the mention.

I totally understand if any blogger does not wish to participate.  I just wanted you to know that I think your blog is great.



A Word a Week Photography Challenge-Track


My “Tracks” for this week.River_0222This reposted river bed is full of tracks….even if they are wheel tracks.

DSC_0425aThis, on the other hand, is a bona fide animal track, though not sure which one.

DSC_0548“Stay in the vehicle at all times” we were told.  So what does guide number one do?  Wanders off down a track looking for tracks!

DSC_0549There could be a lion, leopard, rhinoceros or elephant lurking in the scrub at road’s edge.


DSC_0550aJust as we were beginning to think guide number one had lost his marbles,

our driver decided to join him.


DSC_0551…leaving us alone and hoping the hand brake was on…

DSC_0552…while they kicked and scratched around in the sand..


DSC_0554… determining just what these tracks belonged to.





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