Monday, 19 March 2012

A Leibster award

To my great pleasure and surprise Joy from A-Roving I will go emailed me to announce that I had been awarded a Liebster award.

Many thanks Joy!

This is a German word, which my online searches translate as 'Sweetheart"   A better idiomatic translation would seem to be  “favourite".   I have enquired of a German friend who has responded that as an adjective 'favourite' is a good translation (literally 'lieb' = like and the suffix 'ster' = most, so the whole word becomes "most liked").  As a free standing noun it indeed is an old fashioned term to refer to a person you are emotionally very close so 'sweetheart is a pretty good match.

Receiving the award involves certain obligations: I had to decide on five blogs, each with fewer than 220 followers, to pass it on to. The idea is to bring attention to these small blogs who deserve more notice.  

Rules for giving the award

  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you (thank you, Joy!). Done
  2. Reveal the five blogs you have chosen and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.Done
  3. Copy and paste the award onto your blog (see above). Done
  4. Request the people you have chosen to receive the award pass it on to their favourite bloggers.Done
Choosing the 5 nominated blogs does of course become trickier that it appears.  I didn't want to simply nominate Joy, or any of the blogs she awarded (The Nature of Robertson being an obvious example) and a couple of other worthy examples (I am looking at you Anthony and Lisa) have not been updated for a couple of years.  Another blog I follow regularly is an official site using Blogger technology, but I suspect the bureaucracy underlying Flagpost would have trouble meeting the conditions for the award.

And the winners are …

In no particular order …
  1. Mary's blog about her and Joe's adventures in the Bahamas;
  2. The Biking Birder's site with details of his BIG year in 2010 and subsequent activities;
  3.  fnkykntr (aka Hazel Parry)'s  site which started off in Canberra but has now moved to Brisbane, covering many interesting observations
  4. The Australian Fungi blog - it hasn't been updated for a while but is so useful it must be included.
  5. Gouldiae's blog.covering goings on in Gippsland - and particularly the natural things on a golf course. Now, a golf course that encourages nature: that really deserves to be encouraged!

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