An Award

Liebster Award, Thank You!lliebester-award

Dear Kitty, of Dear Kitty Some Blog  has been so kind to nominate Forest Garden for the Liebster Award.

Thank you so much, my dear blogger friend! I appreciate you very much!

This is the first blog award I’ve been nominated for, and it took me by surprise.  I promised to respond within the week, but that was back on August 2, more than three weeks ago.  I’ve been busy posting to my blogs, feeding the cat, tending the garden, reading the blogs I follow, and cooking for friends. 

Finally I found a quiet afternoon to put together this response.

The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. So, what is a Liebster?  The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Isn’t that sweet? Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.

The rules of the Liebster Award:

1. Add the award logo to your blog.

2.  Post 11 random facts about yourself.
2. Answer the 11 questions by the person who nominated you.
3. Create 11 new questions.
4. Pass the award onto 11 other blogs, link to them, and let them know.

Random Facts about Myself:

I love to dig in the dirt/Plants are always an appreciated gift/I love the smell of baking bread/I believe chocolate is a health food/I love to watch butterflies dance with one another/I stay up late /I always have a pot of coffee on/I spent most of my professional life with 12 year olds/Most of my friends garden/I love to walk on the beach/I prefer books on science or history

Here are the 11 questions for me:

1. Have you ever seen a dinosaur in a museum?

I’ve seen dinosaur skeleton fossils at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural history.  Only recently did I learn that some researchers are saying that these fossils are radioactive, and have been painted with a special paint to make them safe.  Wish I’d known that when I was taking middle schools students there on field trips.  They would have loved that little tidbit.

I’ve never actually seen a dinosaur, though a friend recently visited a cave in Italy where dinosaur footprints and human footprints were found in the same layer of rock.  That opens up many intriguing questions.  Most species of dinosaurs were extinct before my day.  For more on this, please check out Michael Cremo’s Forbidden Archeology

The only “dinosaur” relative I’ve encountered in a museum was the wonderful Komodo dragon at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

2. If so, what species was it?  Please see number 1

3. Which person, dead now, would you like to meet, if it would be possible?

I would love to meet Imhotep, the great Egyptian architect.  Robert Bauval and Thomas Brophy have just completed a book on this enigmatic character from history, and after reading a bit about the book, I’m more intrigued than ever by this person and would love to meet and talk with him.

4. Which person, dead now, would you not like to meet, even if it would be possible?

So many come to mind…  Over the centuries, there have been some very cruel and ignorant humans.

5. What is your favourite city?

I don’t have a favorite city, in the usual sense.  I prefer being away from cities and on the beach.  Virginia Beach, though technically a city with some pretty good shopping and restaurants, still has miles of beaches and countryside.

6. What is your favourite area of natural beauty?

I love the coast of Oregon.

7. What is your favourite painting?

My favorite painting is one painted by my father on Topsail Island, NC.  He painted it from the deck of our beach cottage back in the 1970s, and he recently gave it to me.  It reminds me of how beautiful the island was then, and what good times we shared there together.

8. What is your favourite sculpture?

A tree in winter.

9. If you could travel in a spacecraft, to where in space would you like to go?


10. What is your favourite food?

Fresh peaches

11. What was/is your favourite subject at school?

I loved reading good novels in English classes.  I didn’t like writing papers about them, and hated grammar lessons.  My favorite teacher, Bill Brown, introduced me to Herman Hesse and Robert Pirsig.

Now, 11 new questions for my nominees:

1.  Why did you begin blogging?

2.  Which do you enjoy more on a blog:  The writing or the photos?

3.  How do you think blogging is changing the world?

4.  If you could only visit one blog a week (other than mine, of course) which blog would you visit?  WHY?

5.  Do you believe human culture is evolving, or devolving, as a result of our current digital technology?

6.  What is your favorite companion animal?

7.  Where would you most like to visit in time or space, given an unlimited budget?

8.  How do you follow the daily news?

9.  What is your personal mission statement as a blogger?

10.  What is your personal mission statement as a human being?

11.  What is your greatest hope for our planet?

My 11 nominees are:

Naturalist Notebook

Then Ancient Eavesdropper

Forest So Green

A Window of Wisdom

Hudson Valley Gardens

Timshala Gardens

The Girls of Morningside


Macedon Ranges Landscape and Gardening

Gwennie’s Garden

Nature’s Place

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  1. Thank you for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award. What a lovely surprise! I have found the guidelines for the award and will respond shortly. Thanks again!

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