Sunshine Blogger Award

A huge thank you to Mark Bierman for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. You can read Mark’s lovely post here: https://markbierman.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/sunshine-blogger-award/. Mark has a great book about child traffic called Vanished. He has handled this disturbing topic every well. You can read my review of it here: Goodreads Review

For accepting the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination, there are a few rules:

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.

• Answer 11 questions the blogger asked you.

• List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your blog post.

• Nominate 11 new bloggers & their blogs. Leave a comment on their blog to let them know they received the award and ask your nominees 11 new questions.

I love to know what makes people ‘tick’ so here are 11 questions for you. I promise, nothing embarrasing. If there are any questions you do not wish to answer, please feel free to give them a pass.

1. What is the most extreme “sport” you’ve done (if any)? 

I used to instruct spinning at the local gym. I taught 10 classes a week. I also used to cycle and I road the Argus Cycle Race in Cape Town a few times. It is just under 100 km. We also cycled in a number of other cycling races.

I have also tried skiing when I visited South Korea. I had an accident, but wasn’t injured badly.

2. Do you have a favorite travel destination? If so, where?

Yes, I like to go to the UK. It is so full of places of historical and literary interest. We went to York and traveled through the whole of Scotland last year. We have also been to London, Essex, Canterbury, Dover, Suffolk and Reading.  We are going to Bath, Glastonbury and London this year.

3. What is your favorite blog topic? 

I don’t really have a favourite topic. I blog book reviews for children and poetry books mainly, fondant art and occasionally recipes, as well as poetry and some fictional prompts on Robbie’s Inspiration.

I blog book reviews of horror, science fiction, classics, paranormal and other adult novels, extracts from my WIP’s, thoughts on reading and writing, dark poetry and writing prompts and anything else that takes my fancy on Roberta Writes.

I post promotional material and reviews of mine and other people’s books on Robbie Cheadle which is my flagship website.

4. Do you have a prefered time of day to blog? When?

I usually blog in the early mornings, 5.30am to 6.30am and again in the evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm. After that I check my sons homework and read with them until 9.30pm. We usually go to be at 10pm. On weekend days, I write in the mornings from 6am to 8am and again in the afternoon, if possible. I blog in between and on a Sunday evening.

5. Do you drink coffee while you blog?

No, I drink tea and water.

6. Do you have pets?

We have two cats, Push-Push and Smudgy. Push-Push is a clever cat and often visits me in the mornings.

I am not a big dog person as they damage the garden. Sorry friends, but this is the truth.

7. If you were trying to fix a broken shovel handle and a 500 pound gorilla came up to you with a roll of tape, what would you do? 

Take the tape, of course. We don’t have gorilla’s in South Africa, we have baboons. They are very naughty and steal food from the resorts in the bush. They have large teeth and can be dangerous.

8. Do you prefer to swim in a pool or a natural body of water? 

I don’t like water and I am highly allergic to sea water. I don’t swim as chlorine in swimming pools also effects my skin and we have Bilharzia, or schistosomiasis in many of our natural rivers and bodies of water so it isn’t advisable to swim just anywhere in South Africa.

9. It’s Thanksgiving- turkey, some other type of meat, or no meat?

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here. We celebrate Christmas though and we usually have chicken and gammon (eaten cold). Sometimes we have cold roast lamb or beef. It is very hot here at Christmas time which is why we have cold meats and salad for Christmas. Sometimes I host Christmas in July and we have a hot roast lamb, potatoes and vegetables meal.

10. Given the choice, would you prefer a spider or a snake in your home? 

Haha, we get spiders in our home all the time. Great big rain spiders as big as Terence’s hand and tiny jumping black spiders. We also get Daddy-long-legs spiders here. Sometimes we get snakes in the garden too, but none of our local ones are poisonous. You get Mozambique spitting cobras sometimes in Pretoria and surrounds, but I haven’t heard of one hear. We had a crocodile in the local dam and a hyena in the local park once too.

11. What type of music do you listen to? 

I like ’80’s music. My favourite music is from Broadway and theatre productions and my favourite musicals are Cabaret and Mame.

I nominate the following bloggers for this award:

Beth from https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com/;

Smitha from https://lifeateacher.wordpress.com/about/

Ritu from https://butismileanyway.com/

Lorraine from https://blindwilderness.wordpress.com/

Marcia from https://marciamearawrites.com/

Ellen from https://ellenbest24.wordpress.com/

Willow from https://willowdot21.wordpress.com/

Janet from https://tidalscribe.wordpress.com/

Kamal from https://boundlessblessingsblog.wordpress.com/

Patty from https://campbellsworld.wordpress.com/

Esther from https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/

Dan from https://nofacilities.com/about/

Annette from https://annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com/

Teagan from https://teagansbooks.com/

Traci from https://tracikenworth.com/

I realised that I forgot to include questions. Haha, I think that is quite amusing. Anyhow, I am now being a bit lazy and using Mark’s great questions.

1. What is the most extreme “sport” you’ve done (if any)? 

2. Do you have a favorite travel destination? If so, where?

3. What is your favorite blog topic? 

4. Do you have a prefered time of day to blog? When?

5. Do you drink coffee while you blog?

6. Do you have pets?

7. If you were trying to fix a broken shovel handle and a 500 pound gorilla came up to you with a roll of tape, what would you do? 

8. Do you prefer to swim in a pool or a natural body of water? 

9. It’s Thanksgiving- turkey, some other type of meat, or no meat?

10. Given the choice, would you prefer a spider or a snake in your home? 

11. What type of music do you listen to? 

74 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award

  1. Some great answers. Obviously, swimming is not on your list of good things to do. You are so busy, I´m sure you wouldn´t have time anyway. I do hope you get to Bath this year. It´s on my list too but not sure it will work out. Congrats on the award.

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  2. Lovely to read and learn more about you Robbie and so deserving of this award.. You truly do shine a light, a ray of sunshine where ever you go and your blog is full of delights..
    Congratulations Robbie, and also happy to know you love our Country so much… I am working upon a post for my Garden blog in the future which takes in travels of Scotland.. 🙂
    Hugs and love your way Robbie ❤

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  3. Great answers, Robbie! Enjoyed learning more about you. And thanks so much for including me in your list, though I’m still trying desperately to catch up on everything that fell behind when I fell. Plus, I’ve taken on a new endeavor which hasn’t been made public yet, so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to find an extra bit of time to do this justice. If I can, though, I’d need to know what your new questions are. It could be my very bad eyes, but I don’t see them included in the post.

    At any rate, I promise to do my best, if at all possible. 🙂 ❤ Again, this was fun, and I even learned some things about South Africa, too. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions, Robbie! I really enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you. I had no idea you lived in South Africa. You deserved the nomination as your blogs are upbeat and full of info. I love the idea that you, your son, and your mother have all at one time, or another, worked with you to write a book(s).
    I also wish to extend a big “Thanks” for the thumbs up book review on GoodReads. All the best with your next book venture!

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  5. Lovely to read your answers and good to get to know a little more about SA…we get the same spiders as well as snakes like you..Congrats on your award, Robbie it was made for you as you have such a sunny disposition…:) x

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      1. Same here, Robbie and those little jumping ones plus we get the odd scorpion..Hubby is a master at catching them and despaching them outside back into the jungle…I had a huge toad in my bedroom the other month god knows how he got there as all our windows/doors have screens but again hubby to the recue and he got dispatched back outside to the pond.

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  6. Well-deserved award, Robbie. I didn’t know you had been a spinning instructor! I did try a few classes but wasn’t very good at it (and last time I tried to cycle I almost ended up soaked in a fountain). Enjoy your next trip to the UK!

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  7. Congratulations Robbie on the award. You so deserve it- you do spread a lot sunshine here 🙂 I enjoyed reading your answers – the swimming bit and the spiders bit. Got to know a little more about you and South Africa (it sounds so much more scarier than Mumbai). Thank you for the nomination. Its a great beginning to the new year. Am going to get to answering these questions by the end of the week. 2020’s begun with keeping me on my toes.

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  8. Done. I’m being as lazy as you’ve been with the questions 🙂 You have the excuse of having too much on your hands and I have the excuse of, “Well…Robbie’s done it. So I can too.” We’re thinking of London too this year. Would be fun if our trips are around the same time.

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