Monday, 20 July 2009

Doubles, anyone?

I got double-tagged. A truly lovely compliment from two adorable and bird-like ;) bloggers I admire - Laurel of HappySimpleLife and un bel Oiseau. I first came across Oiseau's ("Bird") blog a while ago and then Laurel's (who shares my adoration of Gatsby); I found that they have a winged obsession in common, remember Laurel?

I adore this award, it's so unfluffy and simple, it's a bit English too, which fits, so thanks! So the rules are, according to Laurel:

I need to copy the logo and place it on my blog (Right)

Link it back to the person who gave it to me (Which? I'll put both)

Pass it on to five fellow bloggers (Gladly)

List 10 things about myself (OK, this should be easy for a relatively anonymous blog)

Before I give my 10, I would like to pass this on to, in alphabetical order and with just one of their talents highlighted:

Anika - Book collector
Will Bryant- Artist/Illustrator

If you have been tagged, then I hope that we can find out 10 more things about you. I'm not sure what to write, so here follows a simple stream of consciousness.

My ten are:

1. I am an optimist with a reality hat on. I see the world as it is but rose-scented.

2. By the age of twelve, I had visited over forty countries. I love travel but have a nesting instinct.

3. I decided to be a writer early on after my love of reading. I decided to be a Filmmaker too aged sixteen after reading Orson Welles' biography by Barbara Leaming. He was a misfit and nothing else fits but film and words.

4. I choose my close friends carefully (sometimes after a minute) but am friendly to everyone. Life is too short and precious to be cold.

5. Last year I was faced with my own mortality. It was a tough time but brought me back to my true course; I quit my current work and decided to direct my own projects. Nothing teaches you more about reality than realising how short life is. I'm fine now.

6. Although I live by the city, I like oceans, lakes and mountains. Nature refreshes me, if I had a choice I would eat facing a view, all the time.

7. I don't drink.

8. I think Africa is the most beautiful, varied and mysterious continent. From Mozambique to Morocco, so earthy and ethereal.

9. I believe in God. My DNA is because of him, I'm grateful.

10. I don't know what to put for 10, I really don't. If you have read my blog and you know anything I can put there then let me know. Good or bad, I don't mind.



Laurel said...

You are without a doubt one of the coolest people I know. I feel lucky to kow you. Love and HUGE appreciation for you and your brilliance.

Honor Woodard said...

You could say, "I listen with my heart and speak the unique and universal truth as it comes through me..." or something like that.

Lori ann said...

Dear Clarity,

number ten: You are gentle, compassionate, talented and an instant friend to me, i hope ☺

Of course i think you are so deserving of the award, congratulations! and thank you for thinking of me, i will do my best to think of ten more things about me.

♥ lori

Jacqueline said...

Hi there and thanks for coming to see are from Toast and I bought them in the sale as they were REALLY expensive.... I love them because you can wear them in the summer.., I've always wanted boots that you could wear in the summer...they were fine afte a bit of TLC. Will come over to see you often. XXXX

OceanDreams said...

Aww, congrats on the award and glad to hear that you love God and the ocean! Me too! Happy Monday love. :)

Vivian said...

I had no idea you had traveled so much!! That is so great... and you sound like an amazing person.

Dustjacket attic said...

Oh well done on the award list, Laurel gave it to me too, have been really slow and haven't posted it yet.(sorry Laurel)

It's always interesting to read others lists and find out more about our blog friends.

Cheryl Lynn said...

Thank you so much for dropping by and congrats on your awards.

Have a great evening.

Diane Dorrans Saeks said...

Hi Clarity-

Love your comments on my blog

Bravo to you. These comments are personal and captivating. Here's to many many more!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Thank you for your visit...and congratulations on your award♥x

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Number 10: You have a well-developed sense of humour!!

And I thank you so much for tagging me, with a compliment as well!! You've made my night! I shall have to put some thought into ten things interesting enough to reveal!!

Thank you again!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Congratulations! I don't know anyone who is more deserving of such an award. Love your ten things - how exciting to have visited forty countries by the age of 12! :)

Hello Lindello said...

forty counties?! wowza, thats cool. I also love to travel but loooove being home too :)

Chessa! said...

Iloved reading this. I want to know every place you've traveled...after family and is my passion and driving force. I love to get out there and see new things, visit new places, meet interesting people, eat new foods...everything.

Cheryl Lynn said...

Thank you for your wonderful comments. I will be doing more elephants for sure.

Have a great week.

Micki said...

I just found your blog, and after reading this post, we do have a lot in common. I enjoyed reading your posts this morning, and your blog is wonderful. You are a gifted writer.

Shell said...

I enjoyed your list,Clarity. I love nature too though I am a city girl. Congrats on the blog award.

Anonymous said...

Congratz!! And uhm...nice to meet you? - after reading the 10 things about yourself. - lol - I liked number 4, sounds a lot like me.

I'm happy you're doing fine now and that you're doing your own projects. Good for you...really!! XXX, Carmie.

Clarity said...

Thank you for those sweet words Laurel, Lori, Honor and Pamela, I would pick out what you said but I feel a blush coming on, so thank you, love, xxxx.

Pamela - looking forward to reading it, you write so well.

OceanDreams and Shell - Thank you for the compliment and sharing that with me.

Lindello, I agree, they're not two opposing forces either. We are blessed.

Vivian and Chessa - It gets in your blood, perhaps we are all roamers at heart, I hope to forward you some special spots one day.
Micki and Jacqueline - welcome!

Thank you Dustjacket and Diane - that is kind. As are you C.T. - nice to re-meet you and thanks deeply for the sweet thoughts.

Jennifer said...

These are great! I would say from your blog that you have a gentle and wise soul which is a wonderful gift! Congrats on your well deserved award :)

P.S. I'll forward my cookie recipe this evening, I forgot to bring it with me :(

Deidra said...

10. You have a sweet and generous heart.

Congratulations on your double award! It's well-deserved my friend.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

congratulations and so nice to get to know you better!

The Socialite said...

Great list love the "I see the world as it is but rose-scented." - that's actually great advice, I think! ;)

lavelle said...

I am very jealous of all the places you have been to!

I want to read that book you mentioned on my blog



Clarity said...

Thank you Cafe fashionista and Vanessa, the socialite, both very kind, xx

Bonbon, you're next on that tag I hope, many thanks.

Deidra, that is so sweet, thank you!

Jennifer, I am touched and glad, looking forward to the recipe too!

Heavenly Housewife said...

Nice to learn more about you! :D

Karyn - (French Charming) said...

Great to know a little more about you! My dream is to travel the world...lucky you!

#10 You are a sweet, thoughtful and generous soul!


NicNacManiac said...

Congrats on the award. I also am friendly to all, but chose those to be close to very carefully. I love water and as I was born is South Africa miss it very much.
Have a fabulous day!1
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

moa said...

hi -
..and thank you for the sweet comment on my blog!
you made my day :0)

hugs from moa

Tracy said...

Very much enjoyed this post and learning more about you...Congrats on your award and fun tag! Happy Day :o)

Anika said...

Gorgeous, that was one of the most truthful and insightful "10 things about me" post. I love all of them; I am an optimist as well and adore fellow optimists, I love travel (and have done a fair bit given mum and dad worked for airlines when I was younger), I'm glad you're doing good and more so that you're now doing what you really want to do, and amen to no.6 and 8. I grew up in Africa and have given away a substantial part of me to Africa and its beauty :)

Thank you so much for the award/tag too. Sorry it took so long to respond, I've been mowed under this week by work, an assignment due asap and the flu. Boo. I promise to do the tag post asap :)

have a wonderful day bella and thank you, I'm very much honoured.

Corinna White Charlton said...

it is true what you say, i have noticed your blog is rather anonymous and i have always wanted to learn more about you- i always appreciate the insight in your posts and comments. i'm looking forward to going through the bloggers you tagged!

Clarity said...

HH - merci and I'll take the 1930's test...
Moa - Hugs back, that's sweet.
Thank you Tracy, you too!
Corinna - thank you for that, and I'm glad to share more with you.
Karyn French Charming - that's incredibly kind, xx.
Nerina - glad we share those special things. South Africa is beautiful and I've visited it often.
Anika - your vivacity and energy are endearing. You are so blessed to have grown up in Africa and wow, your parents were "connected", super! I look forward to reading yours, as always, xxx.

the paris apartment said...

Love your list of 9 things about you. I'm looking forward to discovering the 10th.

butterfly said...

I wonder why too..maybe its to do with how life is these days, people are craving a calmer more easy going life and seeking it through images like these...just a guess. Thanks for the boot rec, I'd actually considered those but not sure. I miss my old boots that broke hah!

Anonymous said...

40 countries before age 12? That's impressive. I love traveling as well, but I don't actually do it so often!

Amy said...

Hi! I was told about your blog by Purple Flowers! I started my blog just last week and I'm still adjusting to having one! I adore The Great Gatsby and Faulkner. I decided to be an english major after reading Gatsby much the same way that my mom did. I also grew on the North Shore of Long Island.

I lov your list of 9 things about yourself. I'm sorry I cannot contribute a #10, maybe after I read your blog! I'm happy for you that you're healthy again and came through your scare stronger and wiser. I share your prefence for eating with a view!

I just wanted to say hi. Have a nice weekend Clarity.

Anonymous said...


Thank you for all your lovely comments. Pater is my father, I wish he was an archaeologist, but he sadly isn’t. It would be quite cool to have Indiana Jones for a parent I suppose. Clouds are lovely. I think I would be classed as a weirdo by the locals if I was caught photographing clouds, so I do it in secret and post it in secret. My dissertation is on the female character in Jane Austen’s novels, it’s slightly vague though but I have an idea on where I’m going with it. The first book is a Dorling Kindersley book on Castles, the second a Stephanie Laurens book called ‘A Rogue’s Proposal’ (I think), Camelot’s Shadow is a fiction about Camelot, it’s not as intellectual as a feminist treatise, alas and then ‘A Book About the Countryside’ and a poetry book with an introduction by Elizabeth Goudge, who is one of my favourite authors.

Thank you for reading my blog, tis appreciated!


Ann said...

For #10. You have a way with words ... humorous and engaging writing skills.

vicki archer said...

I love your list and happy to have found your blog. Congrats on your awards and enjoy the rest of your weekend, xv.

agnes said...

love this tag, i'm glad to know more about you.

whooops, and i am just so jealous of you, I have only been to like 5 countries. you are very lucky indeed. :)

anyway, Congratulations on the award! you are very well-deserved.

agnes xx

agnes said...

love this tag, i'm glad to know more about you.

whooops, and i am just so jealous of you, I have only been to like 5 countries. you are very lucky indeed. :)

anyway, Congratulations on the award! you are very well-deserved.

agnes xx

Renee said...

I am the same as you for No. 1.

My No. 10 for you is refreshing.

Clarity, I adore you and thank you for helping me and sending me so much love.

Love Renee xoxo

Kotori said...

Forty countries? That's amazing... how lucky you are!

paolo said...

i think i fully endorse your stream of consciousness, great 10 quotes !!

indigotangerine said...

congrats! I'd love to go to Africa, it is probably the most exotic place left in this westernized world.

TheDecoDetective said...

10) You write a special blog.

Thanks for sharing these things with us! I'm not good at being tagged myself, but I always enjoy reading about other bloggers...

A French Cloud said...

thanks for stopping by and so wonderful that I can get to know you a little better. I'll check in after this weekend-make yours happy!