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New challenges, loads of work and lovely surprises.

I started work this week with a load of new responsibilities and have been working hard to settle in and get my head around things. I think I’m in for a productive and challenging year ahead. This week has left me with little time to visit my favourite blogs or to blog myself, but I did manage to take a peek at notifications  when accessing my emails.

I received two lovely surprises:- This is the first!

A ‘super sweet’ blogging award from BILTRIX.

Only today have I had an opportunity to savour this treat! What a lovely surprise! THANK YOU BILTRIX! I have been following and learning from BILTRIX for many months now. Do be tempted and take a look at BILTRIX – you’re sure to visit over and over again for another taste of the sweet friendship and excellent company available there.

As always, on acceptance of the award, questions are to be answered and the flame is carried on ……..

  • Cookie or cake? Cookies or cake, but not too much of either. I prefer savoury to sweet.
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? A scoop of each.
  • What is your favourite sweet treat? Baklava
  • When do you crave sweet things the most? Late afternoon.
  • If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Jelly Baby

The sweet flame of recognition is passed on to:

  1. Father Acervo’s Corner Brimming with all the goodness that the Faith can offer.
  2. Ascending Mount Carmel (almost typed ‘caramel’….) Take a bite of this chunky , solid Catholic teaching and opinion.
  3. A Solitary Bird thoughts on Carmelite spirituality and contemplative prayer
  4. Stages of Prayer Inspirational
  5. Catholic pure and simple  Truly pure and simple
  6. 8 Kids and a business  a place to relax and enjoy

My second lovely surprise is ……another award from the Champion-award-winning BILTRIX team!

THANX TO BILTRIX!

I accept this award with a smile on my face and a warm glow in my heart, because of who passed this batten on to 1catholicsalmon. The team in this camp is well-trained, super-fit and share the best training tips in order to run the best race. BILTRIX ‘approaches cultural apologetics from a logical perspective, in order to bring truth and meaning to cultural discourse where issues are often blurred by the absurd.’

This award is a biggie for Salmon, because 1catholicsalmon came to life because of all the Salmon is thinking about and mulling over. An award that glows.

Here are the award rules:

  1. Post the award on your blog: CHECK
  2. Thank the one who nominated you and link back to their blog: CHECK
  3. Nominate 7-12 other bloggers you admire and enjoy! CHECK
  4. Share 7 things about yourself: CHECK
  5. Inform each person that you have nominated them: CHECK
  • Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts  ‘Evangelizing the truth, goodness, and beauty of God through the understanding and creation of sacred art.’ Soul food!
  • Transformed in Christ is close to my heart. Sharing ‘some of the experiences of catechesis in our parish in light of the insight and wisdom of the Church’s vision for catechesis.’
  • Secondsightblog.net  ‘ A shared exploration of the relationship between science and faith.’
  • Catholic Pure and Simple ‘For Catholics who love the Faith, for Christians who are well-disposed towards Catholicism, and for genuine enquirers.’
  • Foraging Squirrel  ‘Seeking, cracking and sharing — Soul Nuts • Health Nuts • Mixed Nuts —Delectables for the body and soul!’
  • Reinkat Loves ‘the Lord, icons, my family, my church, dogs, hiking, camping, and the outdoors in general.  I also enjoy reading novels, gardening, and eating chocolate ice cream.’
  • Via Lucis Gorgeous photography of religious architecture.
  • Truth and Tolerance A new one for 1catholicsalmon. Comes highly recommended by BILTRIX.

Seven things about 1catholicsalmon:

  1. Reading is an important daily luxury.
  2. Joined a Cell group meeting last night.
  3. Attends a vibrant and Spirit-filled parish, south of London
  4. Knows that the coming Year of Faith is going to be an exciting experience!
  5. Is saddened by the great divide between those who have and those who have not. It’s just not right.
  6. Seeks to be close to the Lord in Holy Communion daily.
  7. Wants to work for the Lord in any way He sees fit.
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I accept this award with humility and gratitude.

Thank you BILTRIX for nominating 1catholicsalmon for the ‘Very Inspiring Blog Award’. I admit to feeling a little nervous accepting this award, but also very satisfied that the powers that be at BILTRIX deem this blog to be inspirational. There is much  value added to the receipt of the award simply because it’s been offered from a blog with authors who wear the white collar! Somehow there’s added meaning to it.


Award Guidelines:

  • Display the award logo on your blog.
  • Link back to the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers  for this award and link to them. (as my blog selection is not very wide, I will find this guideline difficult to fulfil, but I’ll do my best!)
  • Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements.

7 things about myself:

  1. I want the experience of painting an Icon.
  2. I find small-talk difficult.
  3. I laugh at slap-stick comedy
  4. I hate hearing anyone crunch nearby.
  5. I enjoy debates and discussion
  6. I am forthright and honest
  7. I love Mediterranean food

The 1catholicsalmon nominations for the very inspiring blogger awards are:

  1. Steve Gershomhttp://www.stevegershom.com/ He’s Catholic, Gay, and feeling fine, thanks! An amazing blog that moves me every time I read it.
  2. Transformed in Christ @ http://transformedinchrist.wordpress.com/ a catechetical blog, with loads of useful information.
  3. iBenedictines @  http://www.ibenedictines.org/ This is a blog written by Benedictine nuns from Holy Trinity Monastery, formerly of East Hendred, now at Howton Grove Priory, U.K. They prefer to call themselves cloistered rather than enclosed because the word ‘enclosed’ may suggest a closed mind. They have a special interest in using contemporary technology to reach out to people who would never otherwise come to the monastery.
  4. The Philosopher Mom @ http://philosophermoms.blogspot.co.uk/  Gems can be unearthed at this blog.
  5. Aliens in this world@ http://suburbanbanshee.wordpress.com/ Inspirational posts galore!
  6. Happy Catholic@http://happycatholic.blogspot.co.uk/  Great.
  7. Salvation history@ http://www.salvationhistory.com/ Can’t be matched.

Two more awards for 1Catholicsalmon!

ImageI have received this award from ‘To have a Heart’and ‘Biltrix’ Thank You! Thank You!Image This lovely award was granted by ‘Biltrix’ Thank You!

The rules of the award indicate that 1catholicsalmon needs to declare seven things about itself:

  • Loves reading a good book, whenever there is time.
  • Loves to learn new things about The Faith, on a daily basis.
  • The Salmon really wants to make a difference in this coming ‘Year of Faith’.
  • Thinks the idea of ‘New Evangelisation’ is a great opportunity for committed Catholic Christians to share their Faith in a creative and interesting way.
  • Is blessed to receive nourishment from the Eucharist.
  • Loves the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Has the utmost respect for priests.

Passing on the ‘Illuminating Blog’ award to …..

  1. ‘What Does The Prayer Really Say’: Tells the Truth, the whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth!
  2. ‘secondsightblog.net’ : Always interesting, with a scientific slant on life.
  3. ‘standingonmyhead’:  Every day Catholic issues shared with a tongue-in-cheek approach. Informative and enjoyable.
  4. ‘The Digital Nun daily’: Up to date news. Always on target.

Do take a look at these blogs. They ‘re inspirational.

An award!

Award

The title ‘Versatile Blogger’ can mean lots of different things to many people, but SR said about nominating 1catholicsalmon : ‘ This blog is something different and uplifting all the time…’ A lovely compliment, thank you!  This accolade was  given by a fellow blogger who  is a  well-acquainted friend of 1catholicsalmon : she can be found at this address. Spend some time peeking in at informative, friendly and down to earth Christian posts. Feels like you’re popping in for a chat and cup of tea, every time.

As a recipient of this award I now need to fulfil these criteria:

  1. List 7 things about myself
  2. Nominate blogs for this award myself.
  3. To inform the nominated bloggers that in order to achieve the status of ‘ VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD’,  they have to fulfil the same criteria as I have.

Seven facts about a catholicsalmon:

  1. It’s a fish with determination.
  2. It’s on a mission to find out it’s purpose in life..
  3. It thinks creatively, in order to get where it’s meant to be.
  4. It is focussed and open to instruction, especially from older and more experienced swimmers.
  5. It swims against tides of dislike, open hostility and derision of it’s game plan in a secular society.
  6.  It is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  7. It looks to the Lord God for True North.
Blogsites that inspire and uplift me on a daily basis: