LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, welcome to the Grefri Awards ceremony!
I'll be your host tonight as we give out these coveted awards, and are entertained by the best in their fields.
Huun Huur Tu, Billy Joe Shaver will be joined by Willy Nelson and Emmylou Harris to keep you on the edge of your seats!
My blogging efforts have generally been about our travels, in an effort to chronicle the experiences of a lifetime of travelling. To broaden my talents and improve my skills I have joined a few diverse blogging groups, so I guess people begin to read and appreciate my site and my articles- I know I am reading and loving sites ranging through specialist photography, conservation, life experience, brilliant literary sites, along with my main interest of great and inspiring travel sites. The online blogging field is an amazing library, a university open for all to further their learning.
It is an honour to get this from Jim, as he publishes some beautiful photos. I'm amazed how crisp and clear he gets them, the sharp contrasts, and the vitality of life captured in his wildlife images. OK, he may have top of the line equipment, but it still takes a good eye, and good skill to know what is a great pic-when to take it, how to take it, how the light is, etc.
And how to process the picture. My skills in that field are severely handicapped. Something I need to learn....
Now Ladies and Gentlemen before we carry on we have entertainment for you.
Just as a photographer attempts to capture or portray the joy of nature, Huun Huur Tu also use their skills to illustrate through their performances the closeness of how some cultures are with nature.
That's a hauntingly evocative performance of how people have lived a harsh life on the open steppes as close to nature as it may be possible.
Awards given, also carry with them responsibilities- I have to tell you all tonight 7 things about me. Oh dear, where do we start....
1. I've seen my 60th birthday. Incredible, it just sort of came along so quickly while I was having fun one day.
2. We married way back in the 70's, then took off to see the UK and Europe. That travel interest has stayed with us, and truth be told, probably helped us stay together. Often when times got tough, the travel goals we had set together, brought us back and lifted our heads from the troubles we currently faced and forced us to look at the brighter horizon.
3. If you didn't know, I'm a custom shoemaker, self employed for the past 28 years. We had a small factory at one time with 10 staff, but as cheap imports flooded in, when staff left we did not replace them. Now it's just me and the dog knocking out those shoes, with part time help from Chrissie my machinist. And Kay cracks the whip and does the accounts. I have to actually work when she's around.
4. I come from a family of 6 sisters and 4 brothers...competing for the food was a great diet plan.
5. We're comfy but not rich. The skill of living from one wage allows us to save all Kay's and that is our travel fund.
6. Growing vegetables helps us save. This season's crop of 41 pumpkin and squash has to be eaten before we leave for holidays. I have recipes for pumpkin everything and if I haven't, I invent one.
7. Kay goes to church.
8. I'm going to retire when Lilly, my dog dies. I have told her that. She's a bit fawning and very obedient around me these days.
Ooops that's 8 things.
9. I can't count, and love breaking the rules.
Emmylou and Willie are here to sing a fantastic Rodney Crowell song duet for all you lovers out there tonight! Let's hear it for them! Yahoooo!
Not too bad for old rockers hey! I've followed Emmylou from way back in her Gram Parsons days, and got stuck on her with "Boulder to Birmingham." Hardly a day goes by when my workshop isn't filled with her beauty from 1 of my 35 CD's of hers.
It also means I don't have to tell you 14 things about myself....Ha.
When deciding how to make these awards, it was so difficult so I spent a long time trying to decide how to make such a call. Finally I thought about how I actually feel when going to their sites- the impression of anticipation, of positivity, or joy I feel when clicking in and seeing their site come up on screen.
So in the Versatile Blogger category I have tonight selected the following-
1. http://rednomadoz.blogspot.com/ I enjoy this her site. We started blogging around the same time, found each other and still read and comment regularly on each other's site. Her site is crisp, clear and delightfully insightful on the Australia so many of us would miss. She takes us to quirky interesting places, with even a few dunnies along the track. If you don't know what a dunny is, pop over and find out.
2. http://jorietravel.blogspot.com/2011/04/moments-in-time.html Jorie- irrepressible, exhilarating, articulate, impish, romantic, roamantic,- the sort of traveller you'd love to be sharing a tour with. I get a kick out of seeing her site- orchids, more orchids, birds, tigers- whatever. Oh, she's some photographer also!
3.http://allergiesandceliac.blogspot.com/2011/04/reflections.html#more Mary exudes care, love, concern. You can see that in the stories she writes about family and life, and it's a blog bringing knowledge and awareness to many with allergies.
4.http://ascendingthehills.blogspot.com/ Jessica's blog envelops you with warmth, bringing a message of comfort and inspiration.
5.http://debrasblogpureandsimple.blogspot.com/ Debra and I clicked on an ethereal wavelength. Perhaps we both understand and accept there is more to this life, this level of awareness than we are able to measure or quantify.
6. http://healingmorning.blogspot.com/ And what would this blogging world be without the peace and grace- oh and a very fancy parasol- of the one and only Dawn Sievers.
5.http://astorybookworld.blogspot.com/ Deirdra with her enthralling fantasy site, dragons, heroes, princesses...stories published, all there to be explored.
6. http://englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com/ Pedro Carlos is blogging on a wide range of topics- music, books, history, life issues. Very creatively presented.
7.http://almostthere.biz/ Hard working, sensitive, thoughtful, and jazzing that Blogplicity group along.
Hope you all enjoyed yourselves tonight. The entertainment has been awesome, the crowd has been massive, the food and wine excellent, and I've just hit my head on the shelf and got a whacking headache!
Goodnight, God bless, and enjoy your awards, and pass them on!