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It’s thumbs – up for the Salmon in 2012 !

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An unexpected , greatly appreciated thumbs-up!!

An unexpected , greatly appreciated thumbs-up!!

I received a rousing ‘Thumb’s Up’ from two super-bloggers whom I follow diligently on a daily basis. Thank you both 8 Kids and a Business and BILTRIX for your loyalty and heads-up!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen — there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required — and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award —http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/ and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group — click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012′ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award — please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award — and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes — that’s right — there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once — this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ’1 star’ award — and every time you are given the award by another blog — you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

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Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs — and even if they have already been given the award by someone else — you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

The Nominees for the 2012 Blog of the Year Award from 1catholicsalmon are:

  1. 8Kids and a Business: Visit this here to enjoy Catholic food for thought and  inspiration which includes well-seasoned Christian values. Thank you 8KAAB for your comments and outstanding Catholic reading in 2012. I look forward to your posts in 2013. Thank you too for posts written from the heart.
  2. The Salmon’s dedicated mentor, most faithful supporter and follower who made time to comment on posts at  1Catholicsalmon during it’s fledgling year on the web, not only with flair and wit , but with the definite sense of camaraderie and encouragement. Thank you!: BILTRIX– visit here if you want a delicious recipe for mulled wine, as well as  sound, Catholic cultural apologetics for the New Evangelisation.
  3. Catholic Pure and Simple: Only generic ingredients of Catholicism used in this kitchen!
  4. Reinkat: Adding beauty and creativity to the Faith.
  5. Fra Angelico Institute for the Sacred Arts: Its mission is to deepen the prayer life of it’s participants by evangelising the truth, goodness and beauty of God through the understanding and creation of sacred art.
  6. Rebecca Hamilton at Patheos: Shoots straight from the hip. Excellent aim. Never misses.
  7. Teresa Rice at Catholiclibertarian: The Truth as it is.
  8. MyHopeBox:  This box is filled with good things.
  9. Foragingsquirrel:  FUN, talent, ENTERTAINING, sincere.
  10. Gracie’s Quest:  A quest worth fighting for.
  11. Therainyview:  Fresh and uplifting.
  12. Catholicteenapologetics:  Where love of Church meets love of blogging: this from a teenager! What more could you wish for?
  13. Catholic cravings: A journey from Protestantism to Catholicism.
  14. The Lonely Pilgrim:  A Christian’s Road Home to Rome and Journey Onward: excellent posts. 
  15. Shalom Mystic Wind: Strategies of sowing Faith pathways of Christian living- an Ecumenical outreach. Detail and depth. 

 

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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.

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.