Sunshine Blogger Award


It is an honour to be nominated for a Sunshine Blogger award by  Lee-Anne this week.  I certainly would never have considered myself to be awarded anything for this blog.

I am now spreading the “Sunshine Award” by accepting and passing it on.

The Sunshine Blogger Award rules are:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions you’ve been asked.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, making sure to let each one know that they are nominated.
  • Ask the nominees 11 questions.


The questions that I was asked to fill in were:

1. What is your favourite drink?

I tend to drink water but otherwise it would be English Breakfast tea

2. Where is your hometown?

Winchester, Hampshire in England.

3. Do you prefer sweet, sour, bitter or savoury flavours?

My tastes have changed over the years and I’d say savoury now.

4. What is your favourite song?

To be honest I can never remember the name of songs but I know the second I hear the tune.

5. Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?

Things that happen during my week.

6. Are you a minimalist or a collector?

Oh definitely not a collector.

7. What colour is your suitcase?

It’s so long since I used it but my overnight bag is quite colourful and is used far more. 

8. Which trees do you like the best?

At the moment I would say the Mirabelle Plum tree. It gave the most fabulous crop last year! 

9. Do you have a day job as well as blogging?

I’m a qualified Specialised Teaching Assistant and I help run the family business which is a holiday home.

10. What is your favourite smell or scent?

This is difficult but probably grass cuttings – ahh summer!

11. Do you prefer to eat meat or vegetables?

Give me a vegetable any day… 

I would like to nominate the following people:


I have learnt new insights throughout the world from these blogs and made blog friendships too. You’re all an inspiration to my world of blogging, so thank you to everyone who passes by.

If you wish to accept the challenge go ahead but please don’t feel obliged to answer the questions if you’d prefer not to. I also feel there are people I have missed out too for this award so please don’t feel abandoned – I nominate you all. 😉

11 Questions for the nominees

  1. Where in the world do you live?
  2. How long have you lived in your current place?
  3. Do you have a favourite hobby?
  4. If money was no object where would you love to visit?
  5. Do you have any pets/animals?
  6. Do you have a favourite place to write your blog?
  7. Where or what do you like to do when you need to escape and chill?
  8. Your favourite food or dish?
  9. What do you love about your home?
  10. Do you have a holiday booked for this year?
  11. How long have you known your closest friend?

Tasty Delights

This week I’ve felt the need to be a little more conscious of what I’m eating. I’ve doubled the amount of water that I usually drink in a day and no snacking at all once I’ve eaten my evening meal. I’ve also been more active in an evening. I used to walk a lot in the evenings but it seems to have lapsed and just confined to a weekend. Also 15 minutes before eating an evening meal I’d eat half a grapefruit. The enzymes are supposed to help to burn fat though has it many other benefits in a diet.

I decided to make a hearty Chicken Chorizo & Chickpea Casserole.



Adapt quantities for your household


2 large potatoes (adaptable)

1 tbsp vegetable oil

8 slices chorizo (adaptable)

2 chicken fillets (adaptable)

1 leek or onion

can of chickpeas (drained)

can of chopped tomatoes

tomato puree

300 ml chicken stock or stock cube

2 tbsp red wine vinegar

1.5 tsp chillie flakes

Good handful of kale or spinach


  • Bring the potatoes to the boil for 8 minutes and drain
  • Add the oil to a pan and cook the chicken pieces
  • Add the onion/leek and chorizo until onion/leek are softened
  • In a large pan/casserole dish put all the ingredients apart from the spinach/kale and bring to the boil.
  • Simmer for 30 minutes
  • Put in the spinach/kale for 5 minutes

Sprinkle the casserole with parsley, serve and enjoy!

As for my desert…


Well it had to be a slice of homemade Coffee and Walnut cake!

Did I lose weight – yes and feel much better for it.