This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

'Cabbage' painting by Egretta Wells.
Recently I received the 'Stylish Blogger Award' from two fellow bloggers. I'd like thank both of them very much for the award! Both have really interesting blogs I enjoy, and I hope you'll visit them if you haven't already:

In receiving this award, the rules are:
  • Link back to the person who gave me the award.
  • Share seven random things about myself.
  • Award 5 to 15 new or recently discovered bloggers and notify them.
7 random things about me:
1. I did the 13km Mournes Mountain hike last year to raise money for NI Hospice (a really tough hike up a rocky mountain).
2. One of my favourite films is the 'Last Holiday' starring Queen Latifah.
3. I trimmed a beautiful yellow forsythia shrub at the wrong time of year and killed it (a real pity!)
4. I enjoy kayaking and canoeing, but scared of white water rafting!
5. I grow sweet pea every year and don't ever like it.
6. I'm a bit of a hoarder (should see the state of the garage!).
7. I keep all the gardening magazines I buy and re-read them (& re-read again over & over).
'Carolina Wrens Building a Nest' by Egretta.
I'd like to award the 'Stylish Blogger Award' to...
Egretta Wells of 'Paintings by Egretta Wells' at
At 70 Egretta set a goal to set up her own blog and post a painting every day. She has very beautiful paintings some of which I've included in this post, with permission. It was Egretta that inspired me to start blogging.
'Zucchini Family and Yo-Yo's' by Egretta.
Egretta has a second blog that is about her daily life living in Florida. It is

I hope you'll visit Egretta's blogs. She is very deserving of the Stylish Blogger Award.
Above: one of my favourite paintings by Egretta called 'Textures of Nature'.


  1. Congratulations on the award. I can see why you like 'Textures of Nature', what a gorgeous painting.

  2. Wow! Thank you, Kelli, for the award!That is so special and I hope I can put it on my blog for everyone to see. Some of the nicest things about blogging is seeing the wonderful blogs other create, learning from them, and making blogger friends. Thanks again!

  3. I endorse Kelli's award to Egretta. What energy she has - to produce a new painting so frequently. I have two of Egretta's paintings, and I LOVE them.
    And how nice to see that people recognise the merit of your work too, Kelli. (P.S. I think you now have to nominate 14 more blogs!!)

  4. Congratulations. The award is well deserved. cheers. ann

  5. Kelli - I, too, save all my garden magazines and re-read them. My husband says I'm a hoarder, but I disagree. Egretta's paintings are fabulous! I look forward to visiting her blog.

  6. Congratulations, you really have a very interesting blog. I really like Egretta's painting. It is very pretty.

  7. Thanks for all the lovely comments.

  8. Congrats on your award. These are lovely paintings - thanks for the tip.

  9. I feel so good to see your painting on gardening and flowers. I do garden design and will bring some photos of my work. nice blog