The Sunshine Blogger Award Nominated by Mary Smith


Many thanks to Scottish author Mary Smith who recently nominated “Watching the Daisies” for the Sunshine Blogger Award.

Mary blogs at She has written a number of books including my favourite read of 2017 – “No More Mulberries.”

Please call over and say “hello.”

The Rules

Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and make a link back to their blog.

Answer the 11 questions sent to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, and then write them 11 new questions – or cheat like I did and use the same questions 🙂

List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog

Here are the questions I received and my answers:

What was the driving force behind the creation of your blog?

In June 2015, I attended a book marketing conference in Dublin. It was incredibly inspiring and blogging was highly recommended for book promotion. In February 2016, I started my blog to help promote my memoir “Watching the Daisies.”

What was your vision for your future in blogging/writing when you first started this blog? How has that vision evolved?

My original vision was of a self help blog for others who suffer from chronic illness. However, it has metamorphosed, and now includes posts on gratitude, Nature, gardening, walks, the beauty of Donegal…

Blogging has become an addiction of sorts, and I love connecting with other bloggers, authors and readers around the globe.

What age were you when you realized you loved writing?

I loved writing up projects in primary school, including photographs, dried flowers, leaves…

Later on in life, I created copious notes for my students when I taught natural medicines. This evolved into The Scottish School of Holistic Healing, a professional training for therapists.

In 2010, I joined a local creative writing group, which met weekly for six years, and my self publishing journey followed…

How has your life changed as a result of the electronic age? Is it better/worse/the same?

The Internet has opened up terrific communication links which are a great advantage when you live in a rural area. I am able to talk to old friends and family with greater ease.

There are so many great groups to support authors on social media, and marketing is so much easier with the Internet.

However, 24 hour access is not a great idea!

I recently exchanged my mobile phone for a landline, which has greatly stilled my mind.

What was the very last website you visited today?

Mary Smith’s Place to copy these questions.

What was the first website you visited when you woke up four days ago?

Amazon Author Central to check my book sales.

If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be?

I would love to have my mother alive. She died when I was 14, and I miss her every day.

How would your life be different today if that one thing from your past were to change?

I think I might be less serious and perhaps more fun loving like my mother.

If you have children, tell me…how did your parenting change from the time you had your first child until the time you had your last?

Unfortunately, I have no children despite wanting to be a mother.

Tell me about the funniest experience you’ve had in the past month.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to a fashion show at our village Day Centre for the Elderly. The models were mostly in their 70’s and 80’s. They were a joy to watch as they paraded along the red carpet wearing their most glamorous outfits.

We also enjoyed a glass of prosecco, tea and cakes amid LOTS more laughter.

I hope they arrange another similar event.

What do you have planned for the upcoming holiday season?

I will be travelling to Scotland this summer for my nieces wedding. It will be lovely to meet up with family and visit many dear friends.

If I nominate you and you have an award free blog, please view the nomination as a compliment: you are under no obligation to respond. My questions are the same as those posed to me.

My eleven nominees:

Heather at

Caz at

Jennifer at

Jessie at

Jena at

Miriam at

Ali at

Lisa at

Annika at

Jennifer at

Molly at


  1. Brigid, congratulations and you are most worthy of the Sunshine Blogger Award!😀 Your posts always bring light into my days and leave me with lots to think about. I’m moved by answers here and feel deeply for the loss of your mother so young. There are nor ever will be enough words.

    Thank you so much for the nomination and that means a lot to me. Darlene mentioned me the other week and I am writing a post soon to accept this and will happily link you and your naming of me as well.

    hugs, my friend. xx❤️

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  2. Congrats Brigid! Wow, your answers really spoke to me. Losing your mom at 14! Wanting, but not having children, (me too). The Amazon Author page… I still need to figure that out. I enjoyed reading more about you, Brigid. You are such an interesting lady! xo

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  3. Congrats on the award! I loved reading your answers, these novel kinds of questions give such an interesting insight into the bloggers behind the blog.

    How did you find the transition to landline? The issue I’d have with that is feeling the need for a phone when I leave the house in case of emergencies, or to be contactable by things like hospitals about any appointments. Not sure I could give it up!
    I am so sorry you lost your mum at such a young age, I can only imagine how heartbreaking that must be, and of course to miss her every day since. But I do think she’d be incredibly proud of you for everything you’re achieving and for the compassionate, kick-bum woman you’ve become! I’m very glad to have ‘met’ you in the blogging world.
    The summer wedding for your niece definitely sounds like something to look forward to 🙂

    And thank you so much for the kind nomination 🙂
    Caz xxxx

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    • Thank you Caz. I found the landline transition OK. I thought I would have withdrawal symptoms but I didn’t! However, I cannot use my wee daisy emoji and it takes a bit longer to catch up each morning, but I am not looking at a mobile every time a message arrives. My head is much more peaceful!
      I am really looking forward to going to Scotland and catching up with lots of good friends and enjoying the wedding. Happy Weekend Caz. xx

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