Oh la laaaa! The light! It is tiger, tiger burning bright. How I love it especially these recent days with the gift of a baby breeze, just strong enough to flop your hat.
Speaking of gifts, it is time to spread a little bit of this sun around. In my previous post (and thank you so much for all of your thoughtful comments), I mentioned that the lovely Natalie from Jewel yet to find had presented me with The Sunshine Award, one for "bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere." Now some of you might sniffle (as a certain unnamed French man whose name begins with "R" and ends with "i") about this not being a "real" award, just something passed along between bloggers but guess what? NO AWARD FOR YOU! Heh, heh...
Now on to my list. It was tempting to just steal Natalie's list as they include some of my favorite blogeueses on the planet nor did I want to repeat my previous list for there are too many others to mention...
Here we go, in no particular order:
1) Dash at the French Sampler. Some of you might remember what a fabulous time we had when we met up in Aix. She is brilliant and has an encyclopedia noggin' of all that is fabulous. Unfortunately, she has been on a bit of a hiatus. I am secretly hoping that this little reminder will give her the boost in the derrière to start up again because she is missed!
2) Jane and Lance Hattat of Hattat. Similarly, when the Hattats go on holiday for too long, general panic starts to ensue on the blogosphere. They have the most loyal readership I have seen anywhere and a glance at their current post--which somehow makes a visit from the Queen of Norway while they were in residence at the mind-bogglingly beautiful Villa Massei seem just the most normal thing in the world--will quickly convince you why.
3) Jeanne at Collage of Life. That she was literally blogging from the airport before boarding the airplane before her moving to Vietnam on Sunday says it all. Her generosity of spirit knows no bounds nor does her creativity. She takes an open world-view on life and I will eagerly be looking forward to her discovery of her new home.
4) Helen Tilston of Helen Tilston Painter. In her current post, she magically weaves working with beeswax, the phenomenal symmetry of the Fibonacci numbers with a poetry reading by Yeats himself. Not to mention that she is kindness personified.
5) Tabitha at Bourbon & pearls. Because, no one and I mean no one makes me laugh as hard and as regularly as Tabs. Even when her Scottishness leaves me wondering what on Earth she is talking about, I still can't help it. Besides, she can weave a Madame Bovary reference into a post about hemlines without seeming the least bit twee.
6) Aidan at Conjugating Irregular Verbs. She is no-fuss about her writing, is Texan-sized positive, a fellow expat in the South of France and has an adorable Golden who may or may not be Ben's long-lost girlfriend. What is not to like?
7) Jennifer of Gustia and The Auntie Times. Although she spends most of the year in Monaco, we won't hold it against her, especially as she is delightfully frank in her writings about her everyday life and does a lot of good through a baking charity that she established soon after arriving from Canada. She is similarly unpretentious in being a "Vegetarian Gourmet" who takes her readers along to some of the world's finest addresses for veggiemania.
8) Ella of Tales from the chambre de bonne. Girlfriend is brutally honest. She moved to Paris, was engaged, got her heart broken and yet has turned her life around and made it work. Or is trying. She is a work in progress but makes no bones about it which is great because aren't we all?
9) Mimi at Manger. A recent find, Mimi has immediately charmed me not only with her life--she is beautiful, as are her kids and her husband's photography is a stunning update on Dutch Master stills--but she has a prescient knack for offering up a recipe for the precise thing that you want to be eating. Delightful.
10) Elizabeth Minchilli at Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome. Elizabeth is an incredibly accomplished author of books that make you whimper such as "Italian Rustic" not to mention being a regular contributor to basically every single design magazine that you have coveted for the past twenty years. She has also written two food apps (for Florence and Rome) and is now giving specialized food tours (sign me up for the cocktail workshop please). But her blog. I receive it usually just about time for the apéro and sit down with a glass of wine because it is always something to be savoured slowly. Grazie.
For those of you that choose to accept your little bit of hello, you are simply asked to make a mention of the person that nominated you (aka this little redhead) and then pass on the award to ten others and let them know. It seems as if the embarrassing rule of answering ten questions about yourself has recently been shuffled down the deck--hallelujah! But I will follow in Natalie's footsteps and add magnanimously that if there is anything that you really want to know, just ask.
One last little note, today I am guest-posting over at Tish Jett's blog, A femme d'un certain age about some wonderful and ecological rose-scented products by the company Tadé Pays de Levant. Voice le lien:
I raise my pastis to you in gratitude for staying with me for so long!