"Self-sufficiency does not mean 'going back' to the acceptance of a lower standard of living. On the contrary, it is the striving for a higher standard of living, for food that is organically grown and good, for the good life in pleasant surroundings... and for the satisfaction that comes from doing difficult and intricate jobs well and successfully." John Seymour ~ Self Sufficiency 2003

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Liebster award

I am very honoured and thrilled to be one of five recipients, chosen by Astra, of the Liebster award.

Astra, bless you :)

Liebster, according to my Collins German / English Dictionary, is a German word, meaning favourite.  The Liebster Award is a way to show big love to bloggers which currently have less than 200 followers.

The rules are:
1 Thank the recipient and link back to their blog.
2 Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
3 Copy and paste the award to your blog.
4 Have faith that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers.

The five blogs I have picked, in no particular order, are:

 http://africanbliss.blogspot.com  (Rae & Dino from near Joubertina in the Eastern Cape) :
 http://companionplanting.blogspot.com  (Jeannine of Scottburg in KwaZulu Natal)
3  http://greenhavengoodlife.blogspot.com/  (Linda of Victoria in Australia) 
4  http://tanyahighet.blogspot.com/  (Tanya of the Isle of Man)
5  http://this-newhouse.blogspot.com/  (Mrs Mac's from North Idaho, USA)

... but, I can't help myself, I'm going to bend the rules, just a little bit, because there are a couple of others I'd like to mention too...

I don't know how many followers this next one has, as Mr H (from Idaho, USA) has no followers gadget, but has shared sooo much information / experience that I cannot omit him, and his blog is at...

and, then there are these too...
http://500dollartomato.blogspot.com/  (Tami of Piedmont in North Carolina, USA)
http://enjoyingthegoodlifeathiddenmeadowfarm.blogspot.com/  (farmer of Annaplois Valley in Nova Scotia in Canada)
http://johnnybgood46.blogspot.com/  (John of Northwest Kansas, USA)...

... and (this last one is cheating, as she has more than 200 followers, but she is such a totally off-the-grid person who has given me so many brilliant eco-kitchen ideas / solutions :) ) 
http://hardworkhomestead.blogspot.com/  (Jane from Western Pennsylvania, USA)

... oh, it's not fair.  There are so many others I follow that I'd love to share.  But, I have to contain myself...

Each of the above bloggers entertains, enriches, educates and/or inspires me, and I can't wait to see what their next posting is.  I hope you find their blogs as delightful as I do...

I obtain such enjoyment from every blog I follow.  Thank you - for taking the time to give of yourselves, to share what you know and what interests you, and for all the encouragement you give me.  I am richer for knowing you.


  1. great list Dani, was going to make some bread this morning but spent the last 2 hours looking at those blogs! Ah well was so worth it and I'll just make some soda bread instead - super quick! xx
    ps. so funny you had to add more than 5 - total cheat lol but Im really glad coz that last one was my favorite :)

  2. Looks like some MORE blogs I have to check out. Do you realize how LONG my list is already?????

  3. Congratulations to you and thank you for becoming a follower of my blog. I hope you enjoy visiting. I am really impressed with your solar oven - fantastic.
    Love from Mum

  4. Thank you for including me in your award list.:)

  5. Dani Thanks so much for this award! i will go an look at your list! all the best.
    ps. win a copy of my book by entering the competition http://www.sprig.co.za/2011/11/companion-planting-competition/ and please share. Thanks again. Jeannine

  6. Astra - I had to force myself to stop. There are so many stunning blogs out there...

    Sue - Mine too LOL

    Mum - Welcome :) Look forward to reading what you write :)

    Mr H - No - thank YOU :)

    Jeannine - You're welcome. I have LOL

  7. Thanks for the "shout-out" Dani! After all our posts and comments, I'm starting to think that we may have been seperated at birth @;)

    Now I have to get busy checking out all the other blogs you've mentioned. Love to find new sites to visit!

  8. Dani, congratulations! Well deserved, plus, you've given me some great looking new blogs to explore!

  9. Tanya - You're welcome :)

    Tami - S'funny - I have the same feeling LOL

    Leigh - Thank you. Sharing is caring :)

  10. Thank you so much Dani, that was very sweet. You are very deserving of the award :)

  11. Jane - Thank you - and may I immediately forward that compliment to you :)

  12. Thank you Dani .. for the shout out! It's always a learning experience when I 'drop by' for a visit! You're a gem :)

  13. Mrs Mac - You're very welcome :) And thank you.

  14. Ha, I didn't know you already had the award and I chose you again today!


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