Six word Saturday


I was so proud and happy

Downton Abbey frock

I have already completed 2 posts full of wedding photos, but failed to exhibit the Downton Abbey frock, with yours truly inside.  So, with humble apologies, here I am.  For those of you I meet here on Saturdays, who’ve probably missed all the good photos, here is the link for To the Manor Born.  Lisa and Leo will be back from their Venice honeymoon by the time you read this, but I haven’t yet disturbed them.  Let their bubble last just a little bit longer.


Proud and happy are also good descriptions for how I felt when I received the above award from GallivanceTHE SHINE ON AWARD highlights bloggers who are shining stars in the vast array of available blogs.  Wow!  Isn’t that just the best of compliments?  And here I am, dressed for the ceremony.  If you follow the link you will be introduced to a feast of talent.

In accepting this award, I’m tasked with sharing seven facts about myself :

1.  I rate pretty highly on the “World’s clumsiest people” list.  I even managed to collide with one of the antique chairs at the wedding reception. (ssh! I didn’t hurt it)  A limp and a purple knee are all the damage.

2.  I love sunrises and am awake to witness them probably more often than I would like. (a very pretty one is appearing over my shoulder as I type this)

3.  I fizz and enthuse absolutely to the point of “no further” on occasion.  That warning look appears in my husband’s eye, and I’ve learnt to “put a lid on it”. (well, almost)

4.  That sunrise really IS lovely.  I had to stop typing and grab the camera.


5.  As well as the travel bug, I am becoming increasingly obsessed with photography.  I can barely leave the house without a camera, and if I do, am constantly aware of superb photo opportunities everywhere.

6.  I’ve stopped again because I’m bathed in a golden glow from this sunrise.  Sadly it’s too bright to capture.  I’ve got sunspots before my eyes from the attempt.  My skill level in no way matches my enthusiasm.

7.  I am desperately heavy on shoes, so it’s a good job I like going barefoot.

That’s too much about me, isn’t it?  So, I’ve shared a link to Gallivance, listed my 7, and it’s time to pass on the award.  I follow so many inspirational bloggers, but I’ve narrowed it down to these 5.  I expect you already know some of them, but do spare the time to drop in.  You’ll be in for a treat.

A Nomad in the land of Nizwa–  I love Cath’s constant exploration of the world around her, and of herself.

Another day in Paradise–  You just know you’re going to have a smile on your face when you finish reading one of Sylvia’s posts.  And the photography- fabulous!

Jakesprinter–  I first got drawn into the photo challenges thanks to the talents of this remarkable guy.  I have absolutely no conception of how he achieves his graphics, but I am in awe.

The Urge to Wander–  Madhu already has a trophy cabinet full of awards, and deservedly so, but if I’m talking about shining stars in the blogging world, I can’t possibly leave her out.

First and Fabulous–  blogs about nothing, if you take Gemma at her word, but it’s often a very thought provoking nothing, and there’s a warm heart to this lady.

As usual, I’ve used and abused Cate’s 6WS, so go and see her to cheer her up at Show My Face.  The header or the link will take you there.  My previous posts are on my Six word Saturday page or the button below.  See you next week?



    1. I’ve been! Lovely post, Cath. I hope Steve McCurry picks up his award. I’ll be able to claim a distant friendship then! He’s amazing.
      I’m busy meeting Rose and Carol…

  1. You look stunning in your Downton Abbey frock, Jo!! I know the wedding, and I’m sure their honeymoon in Venice, was a fabulous affair. Thanks so much for the nomination for Shine On, Jo!! I will hopefully soon follow up and accept!! You’re the best!!

  2. Your dress is absolutely stunning, Jo. You look really elegant. 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words and for the award nomination. That sunrise is a real beauty. Thanks for sharing that too. 🙂

  3. Wow! You look amazing in that dress. I was wondering what yours looked like after seeing all the photos of the other costumes. I’d love to have the opportunity to dress up Downton Abbey style although I doubt I’d carry it off with as much grace and style as you have done.

    1. I’m taking a curtsey! I felt a little foolish as I had to get dressed up again to take this in our front room. Goodness knows when the wedding album will be out. Bit better than the hiking boots?

  4. You look fabulous in that “frock”. The color is gorgeous. You sound so proud and excited. Congrats, Jo. And thank you for the oh so kind words and the pretty award to add to my blog.

  5. Wow …. you’re stunning!!! That dress is fantastic on you and with the gloves.
    I must say you get all my points …. Sweden 12 points.
    Congratulations to you and your nominees. Is the honeymoon over now … I’m sure Venice can be a bit bitter this time of year. Once again, you’re the queen of the ball.

    1. Bless you, Viveka- I’m trying to grow old not too disgracefully!
      We talked tonight. They managed snow in Venice last Monday, and were marooned at a Carnaval ball till 4.30 in the morning due to Aqua Alta. Perfect really!

      1. You’re a very beautiful woman … with a young figure.
        I suppose being on honeymoon nothing is really a problem. Wait until 20 years of marriage .. being stuck on a party isn’t that great. *laughing.

  6. I am so glad we finally get to see you in your frock. What a stunning gown. Congrats on your well deserved award . I always enjoy your posts. Learn so much about your area of the world.

    1. Thanks Lynne. Yesterday morning I said to Michael “I’m going to put the frock on. I need a photo”. And the response has been wonderful. I might blog for the rest of my life at this rate!

    1. Thanks so much, Dianne. I searched long and hard on the internet because I didn’t want to let the side down. (well, you’ve seen the daughter!) The honeymoon was fabulous too, by the way.

  7. Hi Jo, You look absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for your very kind mention. I love your 7 Things, and thanks for introducing the great bloggers you nominated. As always, you Shine On! ~Terri

  8. Wow! I love your elegant dress and gloves! You look lovely Jo…
    I love Downton Abbey. I bought all three seasons. (Oh my goodness what a season this 3rd one was!!! I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen the finale. It airs here tomorrow evening.) My mother-in-law was English, and my husband was born around Stocksbridge England. She would have loved watching Downton…but she has been gone a few years now, and we all miss her so very much! I loved her and her English ways. (:>)

    Have a blessed day!

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

    1. Many thanks, Lorna. I promise never again to post about the wedding after this week! Can’t believe that a week ago at this time we were setting out to look for the church.

    1. Many thanks for your kind words, Jim.
      They do tend to be time consuming, but now and again I can have fun with them. And this one’s very pretty. Must sort the Widget out too!

    1. Thanks, Rough. So many people had asked me about the frock, and I was more interested in taking shots than being in them on the day. Did the dressy-up and posed in our front room, poppies and all. Not Thrumpton Manor (but warmer).

  9. Oh wow! You look stunning! I will have a look at your wedding post later 😉
    Can imagine you felt proud and happy on a day like that though!!
    Love the sunrise photo 🙂

    1. Talking to her last night, Richard, they had a snowy day, which was amazing, and were marooned at a Carnaval Ball till 4.30am (with drinks, divine food and entertainment). When the claxons sounded for Aqua Alta it kept on and on rising and they couldn’t get out, even by boat, till it subsided. She loved it!

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