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I’m very chuffed to have received a 2014 Irish Blog Award in the Green/Eco Blog category. Yay! It’s always nice to be appreciated. The competition was fierce which makes me even more honoured. Check out the other worthy finalists here and you’ll see what I mean.

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Apparently today is Yorkshire Day which is fortuitous as that’s exactly where I am. Sitting at the cafe in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park gazing out onto the Peak District with a brass band thumping out jolly tunes behind me. I’m sipping a well earned cuppa after a few hours meandering through curvatous Henry Moores, a stately Anthony Gormley and several totem-pole inspired Barbara Hepworths. Hepworth was born locally and is in so many ways the star of the show. I imagine her life and work initiated the idea of a park.

Map of Yorkshire sculpture park

Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth

One of many Henry Moore's bronze sculptures

One of many Henry Moore’s bronze sculptures

The park, known as YSP, won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2014. It’s easy to see why. Located in the 500-acre Bretton Estate it houses over 60 sculptures throughout its grounds where sheep and geese are free to roam.

Many of the pieces are huge installations that nestle at ease in their wide, open-air positions. There are also several indoor galleries exhibiting art which has a connection to the natural world. Even though the Yorkshire populace have come here to celebrate their special day I still managed a secluded woodland walk by the lake before rejoining the crowds back at the YSP centre. Now that I’ve have my caffeine fix I’m off to find the work of Chinese sculptor Ai Weiwei on exhibition in the chapel. Spoilt for choice, the variety has given me food for thought on how to work with my substantially smaller patch of green at home. Hmmmm…..

 

Sculpture by Ai Weiwei

Sculpture by Ai Weiwei

Sculpture piece by James Capper

Sculpture piece by James Capper

Giant Mosaic Octopus by Marialuisa Tadei

Giant Mosaic Octopus by Marialuisa Tadei

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blog awards irelandIt’s a lovely purple badge this year. The Blog Awards Ireland has chosen Green Jam Jar to be in the final of the Best Eco/Green blog category. I can tell you the competition is stiff and I’m honoured to be in among such talented eco-bloggers. Good luck to all the finalists in the different categories. October 12th is Ceremony night- a date for the diary!

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What a week it’s been. Full of pleasant surprises and memorable moments. Last Wednesday morning myself and two friends got up at 4am to watch the sunrise from the Wexford coast. Arranged on a last minute whim I wasn’t  sure if everyone would pull through. But, as planned we rose at day break and headed for the sea. The air was fresh and clear, silent but for the morning chorus. It was both peaceful and invigorating at the same time. We came away vowing to rise earlier in the morning…. (I should point out that particular good intention has yet to be realised….)  Then, on Friday I enjoyed my first swim of the year in the sea. I couldn’t say it was warm but it wasn’t arctic and it felt amazing. More good intentions followed……

GJJ_first BirthdayLast Friday was also a day of celebration as Green Jam Jar turned ONE!. It’s been a thoroughly amazing year of blogging. I started off with great gusto – posting up to 3 times a week (where on earth did I get the time?) I’d caught the bug – bigtime. I deciphered WordPress, discovered like-minded individuals and researched interesting subjects. I doodled, I snapped, I took notes. I crafted, created and cooked. I loved every minute of it. An unexpected blog award spurred me on and consolidated my new found passion. Now I was blogging with conviction. But, as always, real life intervened and the posting began to wane. The pace slackened to an average of 3 posts a month. So it’s time to lay down a few more good intentions. I intend to up the ante on the blogging front and deliver one post a week at the very least. With a tad more organisation in my life- it shouldn’t be a problem.

Yes, yes… I know. My track record isn’t the best but I’m proud to report that I have since had another dip in the sea. There is hope on the horizon!

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Winner of best green/eco blog!!!!

I am so thrilled and honoured to have been chosen for the best green/eco blog award for 2012. Fantastic news and I am only sorry I wasn’t able to make the awards ceremony on Saturday night. Thanks so much to all the organisers and volunteers of Blog Awards Ireland. It looks to have been a very successful and enjoyable affair. Congratulations to all the other winners.

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I’m shocked and stunned but very chuffed to be a finalist in the Blog Awards Ireland 2012 in the category Best Green/Eco Blog. The long list of nominees has been whittled down to just five. I am in great company so wish me luck!

Blog Awards Ireland

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About four weeks ago I was honoured with the Kreative Blogger Award from fellow blogger mytwicebakedpotato . As proud recipient of the award I am obliged to pass the parcel, so to speak, to six other bloggers. Them are the rules. After a pleasant month of perusing blogville I have narrowed down my favourites to just six. No easy task I can tell you but here are my nominations:

bronwensdowry.blogspot.ie   for Belinda’s fantasy writing- compulsive reading!
oneoutsiderinside.wordpress.com   for Karen’s beautifully observed ink drawings
ourprocess.wordpress.com   for Aaron’s thought-provoking cartoons
www.katescreativespace.com   for Kate’s innovative and elegantly presented craft projects.
maisondjeribi.wordpress.com    for Djeribi’s inspiring words about all the things I love most
stevenleocampbell.wordpress.com   for Steve’s entertaining cartoons and his lovely post about giving

Congrats to all concerned! With kudus also comes responsibility…(and hopefully some new friends)….The Award calls for the recipient to share ten little known things about themselves. This is a little more daunting, but here it goes:

1. I hate mushrooms

2. I’m allergic to poster paints

3. I can never figure out the difference between “effect” and “affect”…..

4. Once I was bitten by a wild poisonous snake (luckily it was a baby….with no teeth…)

5. I didn’t think I was scared of spiders ’til I went to Australia

6. I have a soft spot for long-tailled tits

7. As far as I’m concerned the band “The Go-Betweens” are the best thing since sliced bread

8. Nearly all my paintings have a bird in them

9. I harbour fantasies of one day writing a self-help book

10. My favourite sound is the call of a curlew– it defines home

That’s all.

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