Saturday, September 5, 2009

Meme Award

Wendy over at Greenish Thumb has been kind enough to pass a Meme Award on to me =) She is an inspirational gardener who shares her passion for food and gardening through her wonderful blog so thank you Wendy, for your friendship and warmth, and for the award.

The requirement of the award is that you reveal 7 things about yourself so I thought if I do this, I'm going to do it properly and reveal 7 things that are special to me. Passions that make me who I am.

1. Birds. I just love birds =) The most wonderful gift I have ever and shall ever receive was for my 4th birthday, a beautiful blue budgie I named Bifi. He showed me the hidden world of birds, one that is open to anyone who commits their time and love to these most wonderful of creatures. Anyone that knows birds can tell you of their larger than life personalities, their loyalty, their affection, their curiosity and intelligence. I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to open my heart and share my life with Bifi and my other birds since. They are my greatest love.

2. That would have to be... Dessert ;)
I have the biggest sweet tooth, embarrasingly so and what started off with a love of _eating_ sweets manifested into a love of _baking_ sweets. I'm the person you invite to a BBQ knowing that dessert is covered. I love creating all types of desserts, so much so that it's rare for me to make something twice. If I do, then you know its gotta be good! The last few years have seen me become absolutely passionate about baking.. its my joy. And one that I love sharing.

3. Dragons and Fantasy books.
I do have a faerie in my garden but dragons are my real passion. Maybe part of it is that they remind me of birds.. these winged, wise and ancient beasts. They represent to me knowledge and wisdom; strength and power, not for ruling over others but for standing up for whats right and knowing in yourself. Oh and to be able to fly, its like swimming in the sky.. can you imagine anything so free. And Fantasy books. Ok, this is on the back of dragons- how else would I have gotten to know so many? I am a voracious reader, I always have been, and there is nothing like a good fantasy book. I have so many beautiful memories that have been inspired by fantasy books, they have had a phenomenal influence on my life and I can't imagine who I would be if I didn't read.

4. I love to draw. Its not something I get much time to do, other things seem to take priority nowadays but when I pull the old sketch book out, its like time stands still. Who needs meditation when you can put pencil to paper. When I draw I get into a zone, and its like I'm in another world entirely. One filled with dragons most usually ;) A most blissful place to be.

5. An interest of mine is True Crime. It's something that surprises most people, I guess I don't fit the stereotype, whatever that may be. I even considered going into forensics but thinking about it, its an interest I wouldn't want to consume my life. I love the forensic biology and anthropology aspects the best. I know its a topic that freaks some people out but the way I look at is the true is the truth, no point sticking your head in the sand if thats whats out there in the world. Everything can be learned from. Its an interest that has contributed to my knowledge on safety and it has also made me a more compassionate person. I see it from the perspective that the victims have a right to tell their story, whether through words or bones. Let them have the last word.

6. I consider myself a relatively spiritual person and one aspect of me this leads to is the topic of mediums. I gobble up everthing I can on mediums and the supernatural. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not fanatic and I don't go around trying to convert people, I just consider myself open to certain possibilities that are, well for want of better words, unexplained. I don't automatically believe people's claims either but I do think there is more to this life than we know.

7. This passion is a little bit different but still integral to who I am. The whole reason I got to thinking about growing my own food, eating organic produce and looking after what my family and I eat is due to the Weston A. Price foundation. I read a wonderful, eye-opening and inspirational book by Sally Fallon called "Nourishing Traditions". She details what foods "nourish" your body and why, traditional foods that were better known to our grandparents and explains how corruptive the modern diet really is. Its not a diet book, far from it, and for some its a radical approach which opposes much of what we've been told is good for us. Sally explains it much better than I ever could. When I read it, everything just clicked. Its like what I've always known, and much I didnt. Finally there were explanations that made sense. If there was ever a life-changing book, this is it for me.

And there you have it, hope I haven't bored you too much. 7 things that make me, well, me! Gardening is a new hobby for me, one that I'm very happy to add now to my list that make up my passions. Hope I've given you a little insight into who it is that writes this blog.

Now for passing the award on. There are just so many blogs I love to read its hard to choose just 7. I don't know if the following people will be interested but they are those who inspire me most, their blogs having some aspect that I relate to.

Daphne's Dandelions has a most wonderful gardening blog. Her tomatoes are my envy and my inspiration, as are her monday harvest posts in which other can also share their weekly harvests. Someday I'll work my way up to a harvest worth posting there too ;)

Annie's Kitchen Garden, now there is inspiration at its finest. Not only is Annie just adorable but her Granny has the most productive garden I have ever seen. And the canning and pickling! Her blog is my dream. I can't imagine how much work she puts in.

Garden amateur has a lovely backyard garden in Sydney. His posts are always informative and its so nice to see what's going on in his garden because a. its always beautiful and b. he's a local =)

Totally inept balcony gardener is also a balcony gardener, and not very inept at all might I add. She grows veggies, fruits and flowers and is constantly inspiring me on what can be done.

Grannysgarden is the most homely blog and Granny is just so welcoming. I love her garden, her love of her home and life. She makes it a joy to visit.

The London Vegetable Gardener looks like his balcony space is even smaller than mine and you should see what he grows. His experiments into what can be grown in such a small space really could and should revolutionise what balcony gardens could be. Imagine if everyone grew just a little something.

Garden Geek is a blog I have just recently discovered. His small balcony garden in Lahore is roughly the size of my own and one that he has filled with the most beautiful flowers! Truly an inspiration.

The Meme award guidelines:

1. Link back to the person who gave you the award
2. Reveal the 7 things about yourself
3. Tag 7 other bloggers at the end of your post and link to them
4. Let each blogger know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Let the tagger know when your post is up.


  1. Hi Dot,thankyou for my Meme award,I will post next week :0)Im enjoying watching your little garden grow,and get a good chuckle,love your sence of humour! I hope your having a wonderful weekend,take care..Granny x

  2. Thanks for the award. You will have to post some harvests in a few months when we are all locked up in snow and ice. I'm counting on the Australian blogs to give us northern hemishere gardeners something to dream about over the winter.

  3. Thank you for the award, Dot. I'll be posting a reply on my blog tomorrow (already did two posts today).

  4. This was so interesting to read, Dot! Too bad you're on the opposite side of the world, I'd invite you to dinner any day! I almost never make the same thing twice. It's sort of a motto I try to live by. Life to too short to bake the same thing twice, right? My husband loves fantasy - among other genres that you might like - some sci-fi, paranormal stuff, etc. The only series I ever really got into was the Elric series. Loved that. I'm going to start a book soon you might like as well - Animal Investigators - sort of a true crime book involving real animal cases. It sounds very interesting.

    I do agree there are things that are unexplained.

  5. thanks so much for the award dot. i will post reply on my blog soon.

  6. Great to know more about you.
    Have you ever read any of Michael Pollan's books? Sound similar to Weston.

  7. A very nice write-up... so interesting to read. How meme award spread like gigantic spider web, connecting gardeners and bloggers!


  8. This is just to let you know I've posted the meme.

  9. I've posted my reply to the meme award at

    Thanks again, Dot. I'm honored that you considered me as one of your seven nominees.

  10. Thanks Granny! I look forward to reading your post =) Hope Pa enjoyed Father's day.

    Daphne, thanks for posting! I find it hard to imagine all your gardens shutting down completely... do you grow anything indoors in the cold months?

    hehe thanks Wendy! If I was closer I'd take you up on that dinner ;) your dishes and veggies always look so bright and appetizing. Your husband has great taste in books! So animals and true crime in one book? Sounds like a great read. Are they investigating the animals or using them to help solve crimes? Interesting either way.

    Muhammad, I'll be tuning in to read it =)

    Rosey, I just googled Michael Pollan and his view does sound very similar (if a bit more environmental, which is an important issue too!). I'll have to read up on him some more, thanks for mentioning it =)

    Thanks Bangchick! It's very nice to see a glimpse of everyone's lives behind all the gardening.

    That's nice of you to say AG. You are an inspiration to so many gardeners, myself included ;)

  11. Hi Dot,

    Thanks for the meme award. I'm still thinking of what I'll post in reply. I'll let you know when I get my act together.

  12. Hi Jamie, Thanks for the heads up. You're such a garden guru I'm always amazed at how much you know. Am looking forward to reading the post =)

  13. no, I'm inviting you to dinner b/c you bring dessert, not to show off MY cooking!!! :)

  14. Dot

    I've finally replied to the meme, sort-of! You'll understand when you read it...