IScentYouADay wins a Real Neat Blog Award!


Well I’m tickled pink to be nominated for a Real Neat Blog Award by dear MeganInStMaxime, who writes beautifully about perfume and life in the sunny South of France.  The Real Neat Blog Awards were started by DearKitty and I am delighted to participate. Thank you Megan, and thank you Kitty!

Here are the rules for accepting a real neat blog award  (Naturally participation is optional)  1) Put the award logo on your blog. 2) Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you. 3) Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs. 4) Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs. 5) Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

Since Megan nominated me, she has sent me seven questions, which I am happy to answer.

1)What is your most developed sense?

Well my eyes are getting worse now I’m 45 and I always have to wear glasses to read so much as a price tag.    I guess it has to be the nose! And taste, because I love food. ( a bit too much)

2) London / Sydney / New York or Tokyo and why?

I’ve never fancied Tokyo- too noisy and buzzy, and Oz scares me because  it just looks enormous and overwhelming ( although I’m a big fan of Kath and Kim). I love London and lived there for five years in my twenties when I was single.  It was a fantastic time: turbulent, colourful and eventful and when you go off the beaten track it is truly a stunning city, almost like a separate country.  New York is top of my wishlist- I’ve never been and fully plan to, so New York and London in joint first place!

Little Venice, London. Photo by
Little Venice, London. Photo by

3) What are your thoughts on climate change?

I think we have become a wasteful, disposable society and we have moved on far too drastically from the make do and mend generation. I find it sad that a tree was chopped down to make paper for food wrapping that is thrown away minutes after eating it.  It’s all too easy and I think we should learn a few lessons from older generations who reused everything and never threw it away unless it was on its last legs.

4) Who is your favourite old school glamour movie star and what is your favourite film that they appear in?

You can’t beat Bette and Joan.  Together or apart. “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” is a gothic classic.  For sheer beauty and charm though, it has to be Marilyn in Some Like It Hot.  And for poignancy and because I love her, Celia Johnson in Brief Encounter.

5) What could you survive one year without buying – clothes, shoes, books or cocktails?

Definitely cocktails.  Not since having children. Just can’t mix my drinks anymore…

6) What is the most over rated book in your opinion?

I did my degree in English Literature and I can say, hand on heart, that Middlemarch and Romola could not hold my attention after many, many attempts (with apologies to George Eliot).  And I eschew chick lit.


7) Name your favourite super hero movie.

I have to watch a lot of these as my sons are aged 5 and 8. Yesterday we saw Big Hero 6, which was brilliant.  There are two I like.  The first one is Avengers Assemble  (Hello Robert Downey Jnr!) and the second is the unintentionally hilarious 1966 Batman move starring Adam West and Burt Ward.  It’s currently on UK Netflix and I laughed til I cried.

And Now I Nominate…

The blogs I nominate  for A Real Neat Blog Award are all wonderful, articulate blogs that always have something of interest to say whenever I drop by for a nose around.  They are EauMG,  Undina’s Looking Glass,  and AllIAmARedhead.

Here are your questions:

  1. Cats or dogs?
  2. What do you smell like right now, name everything you smell of.
  3. What could you survive one year without buying – clothes, shoes, books or cocktails?
  4. What are you doing tonight? (not a propostion!)
  5. If I gave you five thousand pounds to go on holiday tomorrow, where would you go?
  6. What’s the one bottle of perfume that you would never part with?
  7. What was the last film you saw in a cinema?

Thanks again Megan and happy sniffing everybody!


6 thoughts on “IScentYouADay wins a Real Neat Blog Award!”

  1. Loved your answers and I agree with you on The Avengers – that movie is a bit hit with my boys and I can even watch it over and over and not find it terminably boring. Robert Downey always gives things a bit of a lift, he’s so good. Love Bette and Joan too and like you I’ve never been to New York and now I’m starting to see it as a character flaw. It’s on the list though – bucket one that is.

    1. Hi Megan

      If you have boys too, you will probably be happy to sit through any film that isn’t Alvin and The Chipmunks. At least Superhero films are slightly more interesting for grown ups than the pre school stuff, and I was delighted when they got into Star Wars.

      Thank you again for your kind nomination. It put a spring in my step even when the weather has been distinctly un-Springlike.

      warmest wishes

  2. Congratulations , firstly on your award and secondly, for letting us get to know a little more about you! Lol! I also love your choice of questions for the others! When you finally get to New York, you will love it! I’ve had the pleasure of going twice, and went perfume shopping every day I was there! Inspiration and samples are easy to come by! And I laughed at the postcard which you slipped into a recent package – it said “the new Yorker” which was the name of the hotel we stayed at there! Happy memories! 🙂

    1. Why thank you. I’m blushing. 🙂 Perfume shopping every day in New York? I am so doing that. Plus- the added attraction of Sales Assistants who actually give out samples! What a novelty these days. Thank you Patsi for your kind words. What serendipity about the postcard! When the times comes I shall be asking you for fragrant recommendations in the Big Apple.

      warmest wishes

  3. Nooo, Middlemarch is a fanastic book! That said, I threw my half read copy of Washington Square into a litter bin in Swindon, so I have had my own struggles with the literary greats.

    1. Hi Vanessa

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting. You may be right about Middlemarch in hindsight but I read it when I was 19 and the call of uni type freedoms was louder than the pull of Middlemarch. I stick by what I say about Romola though! And whisper it if you dare, but I could never take to Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure either despite forensic study of it.

      What other books did you hate but felt you were supposed to love?

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