“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Another lovely surprise

Afternoon Tea Break , a new blogger trying to help people change careers in these challenging times, has surprised us with the very gratifying (and humbling) "Noblesse Oblige" award. Apparently, we are being recognized for the following:
1) The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs (don't know about this one!).
2) The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions (if this is true, so delighted).
3) There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social, Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences and Beliefs (well, maybe a couple of these).
4) The Blog is refreshing and creative (thank you very much).
5) The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking (not sure about this one either, but I hope so).

The Blogger who receives this award will need to perform the following steps:
1) Create a post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award (done).
2) The Award Conditions must be displayed in the post (done).
3) Write a short article about what the blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or more older post to support (well...).
4) The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions (this one's easy).
5) The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog (OK).

What my blog has achieved so far: Well, we started the blog with the intention of getting the word out about my book, a travel memoir about our trips back to England. Since we still haven't secured a publisher, this hasn't been as successful as we hoped; however, we've made lots of interesting cyber-friends, and we've been surprised to discover you all are interested in English cookery! And of course, the lovely comments and emails (and yes, awards!) have encouraged us enough to continue on that elusive hunt for a publisher. So thanks to all our readers, do hope you continue to enjoy our adventures.

We'd like to pass on this award to several people more deserving than us:
* Brian at The New Author for trying to help poor fools like us get a book published;
* Mike at My Thai Photo for not only sharing his beautiful photos of Thailand but also helping people learn English;
* Josephine at A Brit in Tennessee for her big heart and for moving us to tears with her stories about rescued pets and other furry and feathered friends; and
* Carol at The Writer's Porch and Christine at Scully Love Promo Reviews for giving us hope that someone out there is still reading books.
Thanks everyone!


TheWritersPorch said...

Congrats you guys! you DO deserve it!

Denis and Frances.....I am just Speechless! Really! Can you believe
that? Ha! I really am honored and humbled, this is a beautiful and very meaningful award! I thank you sooooo much!I will display it with Bloggy Pride!


A Brit in Tennessee said...

Well...Bless my furry ears and whiskers !
First, congratulations to you on receiving this award. What a truly inspiring and motivational message it is representive of.
I am honored that you saw fit to pass it along to me, I seem to be in the company of those far more deserving.
A HUGE thank you, I will display it proudly !


Scully Love Promo said...

Thank you so much for such a lovely honor! I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day (or that I never needed to sleep) so that I could read more! I can't keep up with everything I'd like to read in book form and/or online. This is a wonderful blog and you deserve the award! You're very kind to think of me in passing it on. When you do get your book published, I'd be honored to review it! Wishing you all the best, Christine

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

What a delightful blog! Visiting with you via The Writer's Porch. Congratulations on your award!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. It is always great to receive an award. I appreciate this very much.

I big congratulations to you for receiving this award as well.

Afternoon Tea Break said...


I think that's a fair assessment of what my blog is about :-) It's supposed to be a blog of my journey as I change career coupled with advice and tips (though so far the only practical advice I've managed to offer is financial, but there you go). And you're right that I'm still new to all this - only started it a month ago and still learning!

As for point (1) of the award, yeah I think you "respect the nuances that pervade among different cultures and beliefs" - you provide a very good picture (both literal and photographic) of the places you've been in England, and interesting historical titbits, that anyone who'd never been to England could understand or learn from. I also noticed you included the odd explanation for a non-UK audience. So I suppose in my eyes your blog fulfilled that criterion.

On another subject - I didn't know Chislehurst Caves were supposed to be haunted, actually, but then I've never been (despite the fact that they're not too far from where I live!) I'd heard a lot of things about them, just not that - guess I've learned something new!

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Well, thank you very much, ATB. Means a lot to me.