Nomination for the 2017 Bloggers Bash Awards Are Now Alive

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This is the time of the year for you to nominate your favorite bloggers. The nomination party will be held in London, but the nomination is for every blogger anywhere in the world. If you have not participated before. Please jump in for fun. This is my first time, so I had to do some study about the rules.

Basically there are 9 categories of Bloggers Bash Awards. You may nominate one blogger per category. If you want to nominate more than one blogger, you fill out the form several times.

Nominees receive only one category award. If you are nominated for more than one categories, you will be contacted to choose one of them.

Some bloggers seem not to be able to find the nominees’ email addresses. I’m posting some info from the original hosting blog. I also did a demonstration of where to find info to fill out the form. It’s easy, so please have fun for nomination at Sacha’s blog http://sachablack.co.uk/2017/04/17/nominations-for-the-2017-bloggers-bash-awards-are-now-live/

You’ll see “purchase ticket,” that is for bloggers who are in London and would like to join the party.

Nominations close on May 8th, then the voting will commence soon after!!!

Sample information:

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Broken Highway at Key West

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Key West, Florida is the southernmost point in the continent of USA.  It’s one of the best places to watch sunset. Key West is humid. The fog came in at nightfall.

The second day of the trip, we drove up and down the Highway to visit other Keys. Apparently, part of the Highway was broken. Instead of repairing, a new section of the Highway was built, parallel to the broken section. The two ends of the new were connected to the original Highway. The broken section was left alone.

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We went to the Ernest Hemingway House, I took a photo of the picture of his fishing boat named Pilar. Hemingway regularly fished off the boat in the waters of Key West, Florida. Several of Hemingway’s books were influenced by time spent on the boat, most notably, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream.

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The winter White House of President Harry S. Truman was his white house away from the White House. Today it is a public Key West museum.

Successful fishing trip! Many birds around were waiting for the scraps from cleaning the fish.

Wreck Museum displayed the treasures found from the shipwreck. Marilyn Monroe’s famous Seven Year Itch status was in front of a theater.

One of the highlights for my husband was his diving trip.

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow

We went on the afternoon walk around Laguna Lake in our neighborhood. It’s always intriguing to watch these graceful ducks go with the flow on the water leisurely.

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Once in awhile they make a turn with no hurry.

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The water reflects the late afternoon sun creating golden color. What a relaxing life the ducks have!

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Flow

Camera: Canon SX 700 HS 30X Optical Zoom, Point and Shoot

– Photo by Miriam Hurdle

Tuesday Travel Highlight – Alaska

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Alaska was one of the exciting places we have traveled. We watched so much about glacier on National Geographic or BBC channels. But there is nothing like seeing it close up.

We flew to Anchorage. I had my heaviest jacket on when we went to the tourist center. The tour guide said, “Are you from California?” Then I looked around and realized that I was the only teddy bear.

We took the cruise boat to watch the glacier. I felt cold only when the boat got close to the glacier.

 

After the cruise, we did rafting on a calm river!! When driving around town, we noticed that more people owned seaplanes than cars. It makes sense because only seaplanes can get to and from many of the islands.

The exciting part of our trip was the helicopter ride to the top of the glacier. My husband is a helicopter pilot. The tour pilot said if my husband had his license with him, he would let my husband fly. Anyway, I took a lot of close up photos of the glacier. Eventually the tour pilot found a flat spot to land. We walked around and took photos, and took one for the cruise boat from above!

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– Photo by Miriam Hurdle

Glitz Event

Our church adult fellowship has an annual auction fundraising event. Funds collected are used for the fellowship sponsored missionaries as Christmas gifts. We named the event Glitz. The idea is to create a glitzy atmosphere. The attendees feel they are so blessed and are generous to give.

Members of the group sign up to decorate the tables using their best China. Some gentlemen put on their tuxes, and ladies have a chance to show off their fashions. The auction items are donated by the group members and are auctioned off to the members. Examples of donated items are “3-day stay at a beachside condo,” or “dinner with the host at a known restaurant.” The event is a fun event of the year. The slogan is “It’s all for the missionaries!” (I decorated the first table!)

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Daily Prompt: Ostentatious

– Photos by Miriam Hurdle

Blogger Recognition Award

Hi, this is my 5th Blog Award. MY DEAR READERS AND FELLOW BLOGGERS. I can’t thank you all enough for all the love and support. You made me feel so loved by liking, commenting my posts consistently. You get me going and without a day that I don’t think of blogging (I don’t like to read or write double negative but I go for this one!)!

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I want to express my special and sincere thanks to Eddaz at https://eddaz.com  for nominating for the Blogger Recognition Award. She has a lovely blog, and a basketful of awards. Please visit her blog.

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The Rules:

  1. Write a post to show your award.
  2. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  3. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  4. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog.
  5. Select other blogs you want to give the award to them.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HOW MY BLOG STARTED

I posted my first blog in 2011, then made 13 posts in three years, because I was not sure which direction I wanted to go as far as blogging. At the end of July (July 29th), 2016, I decided to return blogging. This time around, I started writing poems and posted photos. My love for blogging just started to grow and grow. My poems reflect my Christian journey which I was gladly to share. I have been taking photos since I was a teenager. All the photo challengers gave me chances to post my favorite photos. My writing is honest and personal which reflect my thankfulness and gratitude of all the blessings God has bestowed on me and my family.

ADVICE TO NEW BLOGGERS!

I discovered that the “About” page is very important. It tells about yourself as well as the presentation of your blog.

You may have a lot of wonderful ideas to share with other fellow bloggers. They can’t find you in this international blog world. You have to go find them, read their blog, like, comment on their posts and follow. Then you invite them to visit you by leaving a link to your blog. I regularly visit new bloggers from blog parties, other posts from Daily Prompt, or Weekly Photo Challenge. By doing so regularly, you will have many of them come to visit you and follow you.

With pleasure this is my nomination:

Follow Him

Carly

Akkshara Kiran Shetty

MEENAKSHI SETHI

Dahlia

Frédéric G. Martin

Me Raw

Jen Gary

Please feel free to accept or decline the nomination. Either way is well respected. If you do accept the nomination, enjoy and have fun with it.

Eddaz’s Nomination Link

Tuesday Travel Highlight – Australia

My husband was born in Australia. When we started our travel journey, it was logical that Australia was our destination.

Our first visit was the Sydney Opera House. In addition to the tour, we watched an opera that was available during our visit.

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Climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge was quite an experience. Special suit with belts and hooks were required to attach to the steel railing leading to the top of the bridge.  It is the tallest steel arch bridge in the world, measuring 134 m (440 ft) from top to water level. Climbing to the top of the bridge was the climb of our life!

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Bondi Beach, Sydney

We visited his aunt and uncle who lived by Blue Mountain, which is less than two-hour drive from Sydney. We drove to Three Sisters, and followed a Giant Stairway that provides a spectacular entry to the Jamison Valley, descending approximately 300 m (1000 ft) via more than 800 steps and runways.

Other sites of visit were the Koala Zoo and the Crocodile Farm.

Before we went further north, we stopped by Port Douglas.

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My husband always wanted to dive in the Great Barrier Reef. It was his highlight of the trip, and a pleasant experience for me to ride along the boat to have a spectacular view of the ocean and the mountains.