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I am mindful that by following a blog or by adding a blog to my blog list it is considered by many to be an honour. Indeed I too believe this to be so. I am also very aware that there are quite a few awards/memes that do the rounds and that by some they are received with mixed feelings, however these make me flutter with pride when I am given one I hope you like them too!
The rules of these lovely Blog awards as I understand them, is usually to honour 5-7 Bloggers at a time, so that I guess their worth isn't diluted.

So I have decided to create my own Award and I have given myself permission to give these to several or more of my favourite bloggers in' FFF's New Year Honours' and I will again on my 'official Birthday' in August - (I don't want an unofficial birthday as one is way too much as it is!)

I'm awarding THE SOULFUL AWARD to the bloggers I find particularly insightful, original, humorous, inspiring and yes soulful!

The online Dictionary definition of soulful is - full of or expressing deep emotion

The Thesaurus offered up these synonyms - ardent, deep, expressive, feeling, fiery, fervid, impassioned, meaningful, moving, passionate, stirred, stirring, tender, touching

I'm sure you get the drift ... I passed on an award a few weeks ago, so for some of you it's the double ... but you're worth it!


BS5 - you are consistently funny and sweet (that's a compliment!)
Woman in the window - she watches, she thinks, she writes such beautiful soulful posts
The View from this End - well as if I need to explain!
the Lehners in France - for their new blog
Vintage Reads - two favourite words, great blog wish it were mine..I devour it!
A shelter from the storm - Great place to hide out in from the storm clouds,
A life in the day of - I thought I had lost her mask but now she is found and still making me laugh out loud!
Halo - Words can't descrsibe this girls inner beauty
Out and about in NYC - like Merisi I live vicariously through their images

One strangely lush mother - from y neck of the woods, a little bit of home with attitude

Suburbia & Family Affairs & Poetic License - well cos I love 'em to bits!

oh and I mustn't forget Stinking Billy cos if I do he's liable to write something bad about me or come a stalking, yes I can be bought!

If you would like to pass this award to 5 -7 bloggers whom you admire and who inspire please feel free to do so, it isn't mandatory. All I ask is that you leave a link to FFF and let me know of your post so I may follow the journey.

Coming soon...
there are two awards, this one here and the other image at the top of the post is FFF reference free, just take your pick!


  1. Why thank you - I am really touched.

  2. Congratulations to the recipients of your awards!

    May 2009 bring you good health and happiness. :)

  3. arptttt...that's me with a candy stuck in my throat and maybe something else too. I scrolled your list to see if any one was familiar and yep, there was Moanie and down down down, what? back up? Me? arptttt...
    thank you so much. I think I need to write a post about this. When I started blogging I didn't know how this went and then I've gone and goofed it up. I'm very appreciative, a little shy, mostly proud. thank you!

  4. Thanks a ton. This is the first award LL has ever received, and she's about to turn four in a few weeks. So when are you coming up to Edinburgh - I'll buy sushi or burgers; you choose.

    Have a wonderful New Year and thank you again - that's a very pretty award.

  5. Thanks so much Saz - a beautifully created award - I am very touched. Thanks to for your words of advice of late! Happy New Year to you xxx L

    ps my word verification is pantra - which sounds like my sort of mantra!

  6. Thank you again Saz! You keep making me smile! i will add it too my blog when i have a little more time, very busy my end haha.

    Have a wonderful new year!

  7. How fabulous is this ... thank you .. I aspire to be soulful and hope to keep you filled with eye candy from my lovely part of NYC .. and occasionally elsewhere.

    LOVE your blog and I resolve to leave comments more often .. I read almost every post you publish but often cant comment .. office stuff.. this week I am home and enjoying blog visits ... and comments!!

    Happy New Year!!!!!!! and thank you for your friendship


  8. Aw, what a lovely end to 2008. I'm so pleased. Love Nicola

  9. Thank you Saz, it's a very beautiful award.

  10. Well written post! Mes bons mots ici!

  11. Happy New Year! You are very creative - I love the colors in the award and the butterflies are perfect. Congrats to all who received this. Celebrate!

  12. Great idea! And congrats to all.
    I wish you and your family all the best for 2009, and I am looking forward to many more humorous blogs of you.

  13. I posted a thank you on my blog, but I'd be remiss if I didn't thank you here, too. I feel so honored.

  14. This is so cool. Thank you Saz.

    I'll enjoy spreading the bloggy love.

  15. Thanks so much, Saz! I've only just gotten around to going through blog posts and here this is for li'l ol' me!

    Big hugs and love to you - D

  16. A bit belated but thank you so much for my award! xxx ps I am glad to be back!

  17. Saz, thanks so much for the award I will display it with honour on my new blog! Sorry for the late response I have had the flu virus from hell and conjunctivitis, very attractive NOT! I couldn't even see the keyboard let alone what I was typing, so I gave up. Bonne Annee Debs xxx


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