The Encouraging Thunder Award

The lovely Krista from ‘FROM FOOD STAMPS TO A FUTURE‘ has nominated me for The Encouraging Thunder Award.  Krista runs a lovely blog that showcases her creative talent through her brilliant works of art and craft.  I simply love her polka dotted ceramic tile coasters, floral clipboard, the blue scarf and the wooden plate with that retro touch.  She truly lives her creative dream through her business.  Please do go check out her blog and be amazed!

Thank you dear Krista for this wonderful nomination.


Encouraging Thunder Award Rules:

  • Post it on your blog.
  • Nominate other bloggers for the award.

What you cannot do:

  • Abuse/misuse the logo.
  • Claim that it’s your own handmade logo.

What you should do after receiving the Encouraging Thunder Award:

  • Enjoy the award!
  • Participate in award or give thanks via comments, likes and/or mentioning the blog that you received the award from.
  • Mention your purpose in blogging

My Purpose for Blogging:

I have always wanted to write.  Most times, when I travel or walk or cook, words keep rushing through my head in sentences.  When I see something beautiful, I don’t see the visual, I imagine the scene as words in my head.  I’ve always written small essays and articles and stories on paper, purely to satisfy the urge to write.

I chanced upon a very beautiful blog post late last year, and asked myself why I couldn’t start writing a blog.  So, a bit of learning the ropes and I joined the WordPress community in January this year.

My purpose for blogging is to satisfy my craving to write, and to keep writing.  I am a keen observer of people and enjoy the simple moments that life throws at us at all times.  I try to capture these moments through my blog, as it is these simple moments that form the mosaic of our lives and shape us into who we are.

Initially, I merely enjoyed the ‘writing a blog’ process.  Now, I actually look forward to interacting with my WordPress friends regularly and thoroughly enjoy being a part of this wonderful community.  A heartfelt thank you to all my readers and followers, for it is your encouragement that keeps me going.

I love and enjoy reading each of your blogs.

I would love to nominate the following blogs for this award:

Belinda Crane 

Kate Loveton – Odyssey of a Novice Writer

Victore Dolore – Behind the White Coat

Tony Burgess – The Blog of Tony Burgess


Thank you all!  Have a great week ahead.

Big hugs,


Of pine forests, high jump and dreams

During our recent holiday, when we were outside the local Botanical Gardens, a lady came to us, selling painted pine cones.

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The pine cones triggered a wonderful memory from my childhood.

There was a beautiful pine forest near our little township. We could get there, by walk, in ten minutes.

My friends and I, went there sometimes to collect pine cones and play in the soft, fallen pine needles.

We would also take fresh pine needles off the tree, and braid them, as they were in threes.We have had many hours of fun there.

Then again, in the eighties we watched the Seoul Olympics on television. We watched the track and field events, and discussed them with fervour, with our friends.

Very inspired by the athletes, and sensing potential Olympians in each one of us, we built a high jump pit.

We got two eucalyptus wooden poles that we stood on each side. We hammered nails at various heights, on both poles, and found a thin wooden stick that we used to jump over.

We had lots of fun high-jumping, hearing the applause in our minds.  There was however, one small problem. We had to be careful when we fell on the other side. Though there was grass cover, we still ended up bruising ourselves at times.

The pine forest saved our Olympic dreams. We carried many bags to the forest, and brought back dried pine needles.

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We built our own pad to cushion our falls.

What glorious days those were!