A Leibster Award, me? Why thank you!


I was surprised and honoured to be nominated for a Leibster Award last week by the wonderful Fearse Family who are blogging about their year of buying nothing new (check it out, these guys are so inspiring). The award is a kind of no-rules, no judges affair, whereby bloggers pass on a nod to other bloggers who may or may not not be hugely well-known.

Part of the deal is that I answer ten questions about myself, and then I nominate a bunch of bloggers that I think deserve a little lovin. You can find my answers and nominees below.

Thank you, Mama and Big Poppa Fearse, I really appreciate your support. Please keep up the great work cos I love reading about your adventures and the way your family is evolving simply by buying nothing new!

1. Which books are on your bedside table right now?

The Lavender Keeper by Aussie author Fiona McIntosh whom I saw speak earlier this month, Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorrant,which is an amazing story of the rescue of almost 50 pit bulls raised as fighting dogs, and The Dirt Doctor’s Guide to Organic Gardening, which I really, really will read one day.

2. What is the most sentimental item you own?

My piano – I haven’t played in twenty years, but I shipped it from Sydney to Queensland, and insisted on my parents storing it while I was living overseas.

3. When is the last time you pushed yourself to your physical limits?

April 21, 2012, when I gave birth after a very intense three-hour labour.

4. What amazes you in this world?

True kindness. Unconditional giving. The capacity of humans to be unbelievably generous.

5. If you could choose anyone in the world to become your instant house mate, who would it be? (and why?)

My mum – and not just because she’d be a live-in babysitter, I swear. But because she is very wise, fun and giving.

6. What makes you happy?

Many things, ranging from walking, to tea in a pretty cup, to knowing that something I’ve written or said has prompted someone to make a positive change in their life. FYI, my family doesn’t make me happy, it makes me.

7. What do you wish you could change?

The short-term vision of our government (thought I’d start small).

8. If you could go back and observe (fly on the wall style) one day in your life, which day would you choose?

I’ve always wished I was a guest at our wedding, but a fly would do!

9. What principles guide your life?

“Be the change you want to see in the world” and “this too shall pass”. Life is a temporary, fleeting thing – do it well.

10. Name one item you absolutely could not live without.

My first thought was: “my iPhone”, but of course I could live without it, I managed fine until 2011! Actually, there is no single thing I could not survive without, if there was I’d be worried…

And the Leibster rolls on…

Drumroll, please. The bloggers that I think are fabulouso and deserve a bit of love are….

Now, at least two of these bloggers are just about to have babies, so they might not fancy it, but in Liebster Award tradition, I invite all nominees to answer my questions in a blog post then link up in the comments.

  1. What are three things even your readers don’t know about you?
  2. Are you a one-book-at-a-time kind of gal or do you have three on the go?
  3. What gets you out of bed in the morning (literally)?
  4. What gets you out of bed in the morning (figuratively)?
  5. Best food experience ever?
  6. Favourite country and why?
  7. Why would you make a better PM than Tony Abbott?
  8. What’s the greenest thing you dis this week?
  9. What would you tell your 15 y/o self?
  10. What will you tell your 15 y/o daughter?

Thanks again to Mama and Big Poppa Fearse for nominating me for a Liebster Award!


  1. Eliza says

    Thanks so much for your responses. I loved reading every single one. Gee wilikers! I gave birth after a pretty intense four hour labour just 5 days after you. Must have been something in the stars that week.

    (PS I have two books on my bedside table that I really, REALLY will get around to reading one day, too)
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  2. Tricia says

    I like your ‘what amazes you’ – “The capacity of humans to be unbelievably generous…”. I’m reading “the Good LIfe – what makes life worth living” at the moment – and apparently it’s helping others that’s the key to a good life.

    Thank you for including me in the awards :-) x
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