The Versatile Blogger Award

I have been quiet the past few days-I have reverted back to my very much hated nocturnal state. But I am back!!


nervous friends GIF

I Hate you nocturnal brain!!

Firstly I would like to thank ‘Babbling Mummy’ for nominating me for The Versatile Bloggers Award!! For those of you that do not know about the award; you get nominated by other bloggers for your blog. Once nominated, you thank them as I have just done (although that is the kind thing to do isn’t it?) and write a short post with some facts about yourself, before nominating other bloggers for the award.

8 Facts about Myself

  1. I really hate certain noises. Also known as Misophonia (although I am not officially diagnosed-one thing at a time!) But do not come near me and crack bones, grind teeth or chew loudly with your mouth open because it makes me feel physically sick.
  2. I Love learning new languages. I speak 2 fluent languages, 1 at an intermediate level and 4 languages I learned when younger and was either fluent or nearly fluent in. I wish I knew so many more languages.
  3. I despise odd Numbers. Really, actually hate them – when I had an eating disorder I couldn’t eat rice without counting the grains.
  4. I was raised as the oldest child, but I actually have an older brother. Plus 3 older half-siblings.
  5. I can easily rewatch the same programme/movie again and again. I don’t think my wife really gets it!! I will happily watch Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, Harry Potter Movies and Friends back to back!!
  6. My dream job would involve mental health, animals and work to my own schedule-ideally from home.
  7. I love watching scary films but equally hate watching them – I am too jumpy and paranoid about reliving the films so I avoid them. Especially when they involve jumpy moments when there’s nothing and then suddenly a scary child screaming at you.  Or the one moment in Harry Potter that scares the daylight out of me – when Harry and Hermione visit Godric’s Hollow and that stupid snake jumps up at the camera!!
  8. I have a massive bucket list (I am planning a post for this in the future) but my top 5 completed bucket list tasks are:
  • Get my wood beads.
  • Achieve my Explorer Belt.
  • Achieve my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.
  • Visit Buckingham Palace. (I was awarded my DofE in the Gardens)
  • Live abroad for 6 months to volunteer.


My nominations

Here are my nominations for bloggers that I have discovered that I love to follow and I think they deserve some recognition for their work and writing.



My Day at Buckingham Palace 

I travelled to London March 22nd to go to St James Palace but we were evacuated and cancelled due to the Westminster attacks.

So May 24th, 2017 I made the journey back to London but this time to attend Buckingham Palace for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Presentation.

It was a long day and a very hot day, I got worried I was ill at one point as the sweat was running off me but may have been a mixture of heat, anxiety and dehydration ☹️

Through the Gates of Buckingham Palace

There was a heavy Police presence in London and a long queue to clear through Security at the Palace but it was totally worth it.

Our group from Wales had Tim Rhys Evans MBE talking and presenting our awards and we even had a chat with the Earl of Wessex, I was totally gutted I didn’t get to speak to the Duke of Edinburgh but he was also present at the ceremony. I spoke up (totally unlike me due to the anxiety) when the Earl asked who had gonestraight  to the Gold award rather than do Bronze or Silver first! I was the only Direct Gold Entrant !!

I even got to meet Ross Kemp and Greg Rutherford!!

I am Honoured to be a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Holder and a Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Award Holder. And I am especially Honoured that I got to be within the grounds of Buckingham Palace, especially when the Queen was present in the building. I did not see the Queen but she was in.

If you would like any information, tips or advice about the DofE Scheme, let me know and I will try  my best to help or direct you to your nearest DofE group.

“There is no such word as ‘Can’t “