The Liebster award

Thank you to Mae Clair for nominating me for the Liebster Award. I don’t often participate in awards because I work full time and find it hard work keeping up with my blog as it is without anything extra. Mae’s nomination was well time for me, however, as yesterday was a public holiday in South Africa so I had a bit of extra time. Mae has a lovely blog and I recommend that you pop over and visit her at

For the Liebster Award, the rules are:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
  3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate 11 blogs
  5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
  6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

Random facts about myself

  1. I am the oldest of four girls;
  2. I started reading adult books when I was ten years old as I finished all the children’s books in our local library;
  3. I have attended more than sixteen schools;
  4. I have lived in more than twenty houses;
  5. I have lived in Cape Town, Johannesburg and George, all in South Africa;
  6. I used to teach spinning in the gym;
  7. Red grapes are my favourite fruit;
  8. Yellow is my favourite colour;
  9. Both my sons have Dean as their middle name;
  10. I like to read classic books; and
  11. I really like my pay check job – most of the time.

The Questions

You’ve been given a working time machine. What era of history would you visit?

This is a very tough question as I really love history. I think that if I could go back in time I would visit 20 July 1969 when Neil Armstrong first stepped onto the moon. So exciting to be a part of such a huge first in the history of mankind.

What is your totem animal? (Inspired by a post I recently saw on Jan Sikes’ blog).

Well, I think I will have to go with a giraffe. I love these beautiful and grateful animals especially when seen in the wild.

What was the first story you wrote?

I tried to write a novel when I was sixteen and in High School. It was about two girls who liked to get out and about and enjoy themselves and one gets raped. I never finished it and I lost the pages that I had written years ago. I have always liked to write poems, especially naughty and funny ones. My son, Michael, and I have written a series of children’s books about Sir Chocolate and I have just finished a bigger children’s book for an older age group entitled Silly Willy goes to Cape Town.

Beach or mountains?

Mountains – I am allergic to sea water.

What is your favorite time of year?

Early spring when all the flowers start blooming and summer stretches ahead for months.

Name someone from history you find intriguing.

I find the story of King Henry VIII totally fascinating. He was a despicable man but the story of his six wives and the establishment of the Anglican Church is fascinating.

What is your favorite fairy tale?

My favourite fairy tale is Rapunzel. The idea of the little man dancing around the fire chanting and letting slip on his name is totally splendid to me.

When was the last time you played a game of chess?

I can’t play chess – I never had the opportunity to learn how. My boys can both play though.

If you could travel to any city or country in the world, where would you go?

I would go to London. I love London and England and everything English. The houses, the literature, the history – delightful!

Name your favorite cartoon when you were a kid.

I think if I had to chose a cartoon figure it would be Superman. The man of steel thrilled me when I was a child. Of course, there wasn’t the variety that there is today.

What mythical creature do you wish actually existed?

I like unicorns – really boring and girly.

My questions

  1. What is your favourite children’s book;
  2. What is your favourite flower;
  3. Board games or computer games;
  4. Books or television;
  5. How do you like to relax;
  6. Which scientist do you think did the most for mankind;
  7. Where do you like to go on holiday;
  8. Where would you like to go on holiday in the future;
  9. How do you like to exercise;
  10. Would you like to be part of the Mars project if you could; and
  11. What is your favourite sweet treat.

My nominees

I know that not everyone has the time or inclination to participate in blog awards so if you aren’t able to participate that is not a problem. If you would like to join in the fun, I look forward to reading your responses to my questions.

Yassy from;

Kim from;

Patricia from;

Vicki from;

Bella from;

Terri from;

Donna from;

Ann from;

Annette from;

Isabel from; and

MichelleMarie from

Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town (coming soon)

53 thoughts on “The Liebster award

  1. Hi Robbie, so sweet of you to nominate me. I find it hard to choose who to nominate for blogging awards. Everyone does a great job and we all know it is hard. So, i hope you dont mind if i dont accept, but i an truly honoured by your nomination and it means the world to me. Sorry and thanks . Regarfs bella

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      1. So sad to hear it. Next time I go, I will take lots of pictures so you can enjoy the beauty without becoming ill 😉 My daughter gets that way ever time we go to the garden. Have no idea what it is, but she always has to take medicine…


  2. Fun! I can’t imagine being allergic to sea water. My favorite places in nature are where the ocean and mountains collide; it feels like God decided to spoil us with those places.

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      1. To tell you the truth Robbie, I am feeling uninspired at the moment. My husband is visiting from the UK and that always causes stress in the household. I will try harder to get some poetry out soon though. Thanks for your concern.x

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    1. Hi Tandy, when I was a child the sea water used to make me itch and now, as an adult, my allergy has got much worse and I get dermatitis which is very unpleasant. I have to take cortisone when I visit Cape Town, Knysna or Durban although the later two tows are much worse because of the humidity.

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  3. Robbie, 16 schools? I’m sure you took it in stride, but that had to be difficult.
    You’ve topped me on number of homes lived in — that’s pretty rare… and you are much younger than me.
    Yellow is such a happy lovely color. Hugs.

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      1. Here I’ve found (with the exception of career military families) the vast majority of people I’ve met have never lived outside of the state in which they were born. I remember a survey about 25 years ago stating that 50% of people (USA) lived within 35 miles of the town where they were born. No, I can’t confirm that.
        But yes, it is interesting to me too. We all just have different comfort zones, I guess. Hugs.

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  4. Robbie, I loved reading your answers and learning more about you. I can’t imagine going to as many schools as you have or having lived in as many houses as you did. You have such a diverse background.

    Reading you’re allergic to seawater was mind-boggling to me as I love the beach and the sea and would choose to live along the coast if the option presented itself.

    My mother’s favorite color was yellow so that made me smile 🙂

    This was a most enjoyable post!

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  5. Robbie, my daughter loves unicorns and they are quite magical. i am a real rainbow fanatic, which could fall into the same department but I don’t think we should ever lose that twinkle of magic in the eye.
    The moon landing has always intrigued me. I was due to be born on that day but was ten days late. Still, it really resonates with me and forms part of my birth story.
    xx Rowena

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    1. Thank you for visiting and reading, Rowena. I love unicorns, the represent the goodness of the world to me. So exciting that you were born near the moon landing date, I can’t claim anything nearly as exciting with regards to my birth.

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  6. Wow! Talk about footloose :p – I cannot believe you attended more than sixteen schools and lived in more than twenty houses! How did you do that? Was it rough to change all the time?

    I love spring too. 😀 I don’t like the sea and knowing that there’s an allergy to sea water is a very convenient excuse. Never knew that actually!

    And thank YOU for the nomination, Robbie!x.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Ann. I think changing schools and homes frequently during my life made me quite resilient to change which I think is a good thing. It also taught me to socialise easily and make new friends.

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