Real Neat Blog Award


A very big thank you to Alex from Brian and Lily for nominating us for the Real Neat Blog Award. Her blog is about her passion for helping dogs lead better lives through education and dedication. She chronicles life with her rescue dogs Brian and Lily with lovely photographs and informative stories.

Here are the rules for the Real Neat Blog Award:

  1. Post the Award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you and link to their blog.
  4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like and link to their blog.
  5. Let them know you nominated them by leaving a comment on their blog.

Alex had been nominated by Dolly from Koolkosherkitchen and could not find the original questions. When I visited Dolly’s blog I could see them all there.

Because this is the last award we are going to accept before going ‘Award Free’ I am answering the questions that were originally intended to go with this award when Dolly nominated Alex:

  1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?
    The top ten countries of origin for our visitors are US, UK, India, Canada, Australia, Philippines, Turkey, Nigeria, Norway and Denmark.
  2. What is your favourite sport or exercise?
    Hiking, pilates and Qi Gong.
  3. What has been a special moment for you so far in 2016?
    Our silver wedding anniversary which we combined with our first holiday with Eivor and Pearl earlier this year.
  4. What is your favourite quote?
    When the worlds you create in your mind connect with your heart you create what you love (Marc Allen)
  5. What was your favourite class when still at school?
    French. I loved the language, the culture and the teachers were such fun and so warm-hearted. At secondary school they organised ‘French evenings’ complete with music, wine, baguettes and french cheeses. The passion they instilled in me for all things French stayed with me. I later took a degree in French Studies and we have visited France many times before we started adopting dogs.
  6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?
    Horse riding. I have always loved horses and after exploring remote villages in Mexico on horseback I thought it would be so wonderful to ride back home. We were in our thirties then and both my husband and I took riding lessons and rode for many years. I had to give it up after a bad riding accident and then got involved with volunteering for Riding For The Disabled. Horses will always have a special place in my heart.
  7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?
    I am teaching myself to play the mandolin. When I used to write much longer poems it helped me create rhythm in the poetry.

My nominees for the award are:

Maisie the Newfie and Company, a lovely blog with beautiful photographs and stories about rescue dogs Maisie and Annie.

Ramblings of a Writer, a lovely blog by Elsie Hagley where she writes tanka and hosts a weekly tanka challenge.

The World is a Book, a beautiful photography blog by the very talented Amy.

The One Year Photo Project, a lovely photography blog by Molli Lowry.

My First 10,000 Photos, another wonderful photography blog by Candice-Marie.

It will be lovely if you accept the award and if you prefer not to I can totally understand. Please know that your blogs are appreciated.

My other intended nominee, Sascha Darlington, has just announced that she is going award-free. She is a very talented fiction writer and you may want to check out her blog as well.


We are very grateful for all the awards we have received for this blog so far. This is award number seven and the blog has only been going for seven months.

After a long discussion with Eivor and Pearl we have decided that all your visits, likes and comments are more than award enough and that from now on this is going to be an Award-Free blog.

Thank you again to all our readers and much love to you all,

Eivor, Pearl and Xenia xxx

Photograph by Xenia Tran, unedited.

Camera: Lumix Panasonic FZ38, setting: Outdoor Action.

Daily Prompt: Millions

Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her adopted and fostered whippets.

38 thoughts on “Real Neat Blog Award”

  1. Well deserved, you blog brings so much happiness to me and many more people on the site I am sure, long may they continue. xxxx

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  2. You very much deserve this award and all that you have received. Your blog is one of the very special places here at wordpress and I know that I often feel spiritually improved after a visit here. I thank you for mentioning me and thinking of me. All the best, Sascha.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Sascha and it was a pleasure to give your blog a mention. You are such a gifted writer. Much love to you from all of us here πŸ’œπŸΎπŸΎ


  3. Congratulations, you deserve it.
    Thank you for nominating me, it is a real honor “Real Neat Blog award” fantastic, will carry on the role of nominating more blogs worthy of this award.
    Have a nice weekend.

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  4. Congratulations, another lovely award for your lovely blog! It’s always interesting to see other people’s answers too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, lots of love : ) xxx

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