Brainstorms Award

Brainstorms Award

The Brainstorms Award was created by Nabeeha Jameel over at Brainstorms.

This award is basically for all those bloggers out there, new, or old, who do a lot of work to keep their blogs alive and an interest for other people!



  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Tag your post with #BrainStormsAward and follow if you’re willing.
  3. Display the BrainStorms Award logo.
  4. Display the rules on your blog.
  5. Talk a bit about your blog, why you started, what you write about and your goal for your blog.
  6. Answer the five questions you’ve been asked.
  7. Nominate five other amazing bloggers.
  8. Ask them five questions.

Thank You

A big thank you to Graham at Middle Age Fanclub for nominating me. Graham’s blog is an eclectic mix of poetry, commentaries on life as a teacher, football, and book reviews. Can you tell why I like him? He’s as un-niched as me. It’s very satisfying to be appreciated by him.

About my blog

I started writing as a sort of therapy, to have an outlet for all the ramblings running through my mind and to allow me to express my feelings and thoughts about our loss of our third son at 20 weeks pregnant early in 2019. After a while I discovered this wonderful community of supportive people, all reading and responding to each others’ thoughts. Sometimes I plan what I write and focus on a specific topic, sometimes I diarise our family life and trips or my efforts making stuff. But I also like to just let the thoughts flow, generally just a stream of consciousness, but with occasional bad poems.

My Answers

Questions for my nominees

  1. Could you recommend a cheese to me and let me know why, please?
    Ooooo tough one. Small boy would say Emmental (holey cheese) and large boy would say mature (to rhyme with nature) cheddar. For me, it’s got to be something strong and flavoursome. Maybe fourme d’Ambert? Or just a Shropshire blue? My dad had some amazing hard goat’s cheese last time I was there but I don’t know wat it was. Anyway, it’s got to be punchy and should be eaten with my mum’s homemade sour dough bread and proper soft butter.
  2. What’s your favourite quote?
    “This must be Thursday,’ said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. ‘I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” – Arthur Dent in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

    I don’t like Thursdays either.

  3. If you could have walk on music, you know for every time you enter a room or your workplace, what would it be? You can mix songs together if you want.

    Everybody Hates Me by Coach Party – I love that the singer just doesn’t care.

    (Cheeky promo for My running playlist at this point.)
  4. Who would you get to play you in the film of your life?

    Carey Mulligan – do I need to explain? No? Good.
  5. What were your three favourite things about lockdown? (It’s Ok to say that there were good things about lockdown, by the way. We discovered a house with an entire miniature railway in their back garden that we’d have never known about had it not been for lockdown walks).
    • All the hard things we’ve gone through have given us other opportunities too. No rushing around to swimming and rugby? Well, we discovered new local treasures to visit.
    • No trips to attractions 20 miles away? Well, we savoured our local woods as the seasons changes and enjoyed watching the spring and summer blossom with weekly arrivals of leaves and flowers.
    • No summer holiday to France? Well, a wonderful two weeks with our parents making up for missed visits.

There’s a nice post about a whole bunch of folks’ Silver Linings by the way.

My Nominees

I always find this bit the hardest.

Eugi at Eugi’s Causerie (on Twitter @FranceH45083335)

Rayo at The Alcyone (on Twitter @The_alcyone)

Helen at Crispy Confessions (on Twitter @hhensell)

Michelle at Sincerely Michelle Rose (on Twitter @MichelleRoseG33)

Kathy at Baby Boomer Super Saver (on Twitter @BabyBoomerSaves)

My Questions

  1. When you get up in the morning, are you alert and ready to go or sluggish and befuddled?
  2. What subject do you wish you worked harder on at school?
  3. What’s the bravest thing you’ve done?
  4. If you could go back and re-live a certain memory, what would it be?
  5. How annoyed are you at having to think of a bunch of questions for other people?

I hope anyone reading discovers some new blogs through this post. Thanks again Graham for nominating me and I’m sorry it took me so long to respond.

Love from Smell xxx

17 thoughts on “Brainstorms Award”

  1. Congratulations SS&GP! Richly deserved 🙂
    I enjoyed reading the answers to the questions that were posed for you. Although, having got distracted by the link to your running playlist I’m now feeling very old because of the number of artists in the list that I’ve never heard of! Thank you!

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  2. Great post. I love these types of awards to get to know bloggers better and your questions for your nominees with get some interesting answers.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. i never read that hitchhikers galaxy book but that quote is spot on — I don’t like thursdays much either. it is like dangling a piece of candy that you won’t ever get.

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