“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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Friday, May 8, 2009

Inspired and in great company

Lovely Josephine at A Brit In Tennesse surprised us last week with the wonderful Renee Award and, while we were extremely pleased, we were rather unsure about whether we should accept at all because, while the Prodigal is English, he is, well, a he; and this award "honors someone who is incredibly inspirational in her intelligent and witty writing."
Josephine further states, "this award celebrates women's smart, strong and inspirational spirit! It honors women who spread joy and love like an Acorn......a small package growing into a tall and sturdy oak tree which gives more acorns......." So you can see our dilemma. Should Frances alone accept (this blog is her baby, really)? Should we gender bend? Should we decline? Then we thought, why not? If Josephine saw fit to bend the rules a bit, who are we to quibble? Why not accept this great honor, allowing us to pass it along to others who inspire us?
So we humbly pass this award along to:
* Sharon at It's Daffy Cat for inspring us with her creativity (and we love that dancing cat);
* Denise An English Girl Rambles for inspring us to look twice when we walk around;
* Melissa at Smitten by Britten because she inspires us to smile when we think about Britain; and
* Toni at Expat Mum for blazing the trail.
Last but not least, we wish to acknowledge Kate, our very own little acorn, at Softball Whisperer , for getting an early start in her writing career.
Great job, ladies! Keep up the great work! And thank you Josephine--you inspire us every time we visit.
Cyber hugs from Denis and Frances


A Brit in Tennessee said...

Well, I know it may seem a little odd, to pass along an award that is primarily given to lady bloggers, but I so enjoy your blog, and think the both of you produce inspiring ,strong and witty writings...
Enjoy...it is well deserved !
Now I'm off to check your recommendations :)

Daffycat said...

Aww, thank you! I am very honored!

Softball Whisperer said...

Thank you so much for giving me an award for my blog. I love yours, of course, and thanks again.

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PurestGreen said...

Greetings - just found your lovely blog through Smitten by Britain. Thoroughly entertained and a bit peckish for puddings.

Expat mum said...

I'm a trail blazer? Well, waddya know?
Thanks so much for this.

The Prince of Wince said...

I hate to break it to you, but the East End is no longer 'blighted' by anything other than my presence. Rather than being a den of depravity and misfortune, it's reclaimed its grime-laden past by populating itself with trendy liberal fopps.

I thoroughly enjoy reading of your adventures, but there's a damn fine selection of cappuccino-slurping yuppies here, awaiting your return...

Denise said...

Congratulations to you on your award from Jo, you have a lovely blog. I do thank you very much for honoring me with the same award. Much appreciated. Have a great week ahead.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Well-deserved everyone--we really enjoy visiting you all.
AV--thank you so much for the great review, really appreciate it.
Your Highness--you gave me a good laugh; next you'll be telling me there's a spa in Dagenham now!