Wednesday 9 May 2012

I shall wear purple...

The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated.              Charles Baudelaire

If there is one thing left that I would like to do, it's to write something really beautiful. And I could do it, you know. I could still do it.
                                          J B Priestley

These two great writers say it better than I could: we all strive in our way for beauty, in all its senses. So I was very touched when I found a Beautiful Blogger award from Fiona J Phillips at Fi’s Magical Writing Haven waiting for me in the in-box this morning (just as I was wondering what to do for a blog post today). It’s been a long while since I’ve joined in the blog awards scene, but this time I thought, why not?

Award acceptance involves divulging seven obscure facts about yourself, so here are a few things you might not know about me:

 - I really do believe that anything is possible if you work hard enough and want it enough – but you have to be willing to accept advice and redouble your efforts.

 - Sadly this no longer seems to apply to the weight-loss diets I attempt.

 - I shall wear purple (in allusion to Jenny Joseph’s famous poem Warning) to the school reunion I’m going to tomorrow night with my two stalwart girlfriends from that era of Santana and Saturday Night Fever.

 - I’m worried I may look like a bordello curtain.

 - I’ve just laughed till I cried with one of the friends imagining all the (un)likely outcomes.

 - One of my old boyfriends is going to be there.

 - It’s fine: we’ve been great friends all these years too, ever since we were in a school production of Miller’s Death of a Salesman and I played a girl he picked up in a bar.

According to the rules, I now have to nominate seven blogs, which is a chance to tip my hat to a cross-section of blogs I always enjoy reading and which embody – in their very different ways - a special beauty.

I hereby pass on the Beautiful Blogger award to the following seven blogs:


Deb said...

Thanks Deborah! I appreciate your support over at The Berry Pickers. Your blog is truly beautiful and I enjoy it every time I stop by. It has inspired me to visit the Luberon this summer. There is no way I could be in France and not experience such a sensuous place as you describe in The Lantern.

Maureen said...

Thank you so much for highlighting my blog in this way. I'm honored to be included among your mentions.

aguja said...

Thank you for my nomination for this award ... which I accept.
Is that all I have to do; divulge seven obscure facts about myself?

*Chic Provence* said...

Deborah thanks so much for honoring Chic Provence... I loved your book and would love your "crumbling house in the Luberon" as much as you do I am sure!! Would love to meet you one of these trips...

I'll check out the other honorees now!

a bientôt


Deborah Lawrenson said...

Yes, Ann - you let slip the seven random fact, best advice is to click on Fi Phillips' blog (link at the start of my post) because she explains it very clearly.

Julie Farrar said...

Thanks for the award, Deborah. And I love the iris at the top of your page. My yard is full of purple irises.

I'll do my best on fulfilling my duties this week. Now I'm off to find an equally beautiful photo to use.

aguja said...

I did it Deborah! and I have returned to say that I enjoyed reading yours. I suppose these emergent facts make us ... well, human!

Muriel said...

Thank your so much for the award Deborah. It is very much appreciated.
As for the weight loss diets, I have also given up and I feel much happier now, which can only be a good thing :-)

Vanessa said...

Congratulations on your blogging award. I love irises and there's a wonderful nursery near us that specialises in them. Some of the colours are just fabulous. I've never been to a school/uni reunion - too cowardly.

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