Tuesday 25 March 2014

Versatile Blogger Award given by The Doll Barn

Nymphaea from the lovely dolly blog The Doll Barn  awarded 15 readers of her blog with the "Versatile Blogger Award", and I am one of them. Thank you Nymphaea for this award!

The rules of this award are: choose 15 bloggers to pass this award on to, and tell the award giving blogger 7 things about yourself.

So here are the 7 things about me:

1. In a previous life, I worked in Scenes of Crime for the City of London Police and then afterwards for Essex Police.  I used to attend post mortems as part of my job as well as have to fingerprint severed hands......however, since then I have become very squeamish!!!

2. I once got lost in the centre of the City of London driving a marked police car......I was soooo embarrassed I could have cried!

3. Again in a previous life, I once did a blind folded walk through a busy London high street being guided by a Guide Dog in training.  Absolutely fantastic experience!

4. I love reading and my favourite book is The Thornbirds by Colleen McCullough, I have read it about 10 times!

5. I got married in Gibraltar at the very same Registry Office where John Lennon married Yoko Ono!

6. I used to look after the working Guide Dog belonging to the late David Blunkett MP, when he went away on holiday.  He gave me a box of House of Commons chocolate mints as payment! LOL 

7. I had my eyes lazered in September 2005 to correct my short sightedness.  I now have excellent long distance sight...I wish I'd had it done years before!

Next I have to pass the award on to 15 other bloggers but I don't really know too many bloggers very well and those I do know, have already received the award, so here is my short list:

1. Dee from The Sasha Village
2. Kendal from Kendals Sasha Brood
3. Anna from  Doll Mums Blog
4. Digne from Sasha Commoneo
5. Barbara from Dollsgardens
6. Nikola from NixiPixiPuddingPie
7. Ginger from Sasha Shangri-La
8. Sarah from Vintage-Sasha
9. Jenann from The Bryn Derw Kids
And anyone else who would like to take part!!!

Please don't feel obligated to do this if you don't want to!!!  It's all just a bit of fun anyway!

Thanks to Nymphaea for awarding me!!!



  1. Hi Sharon, great facts about you! Wow, your police job must have been interesting (but the post mortems and severed hands stuff: brrr!!! Very courageous of you :-)). Thank you for sharing these things, and I will visit your nominated blogs, a few of them I know, but the others are new to me! A big hug X

    1. Thanks very much for reading it and again for the award Nymnphaea. I have to say that when I was younger I wasn't in the least bit squeamish, since I had my son I've changed and I really don't think I could do the job nowadays!!! I hope you'll enjoy looking at the blogs that are new to you!
      Hugs to you too! xx

  2. wow !!!....what an interesting life, do you not miss it ?....not saying you've now got a boring life but you know what I mean (lol) not sure im a contender on the above list as im not really a blogger, id like to be but just don't have the imagination or the time !.....thanks for sharing bits of your life....sarah xxxx.

    1. Thanks Sarah. No, I don't miss it at all now although at first, when I gave up my police work and went to do a day job, I did find it a big difference, particularly the commaderie that I found working with a 'shift' of guys. It's a lot different to working in a regular office for example. However, I just couldn't do shift work and have Brendan small and at school as I'd never have seen him as I used to work weekends too, as well as nights, lates and earlies. So I went to work for Guide Dogs for the Blind which is where I met my I think it was meant to be!!!

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  4. I'll try again! Thanks Sharon ! I have listed seven things about myself on my blog and thank you for asking me to take part, hope you find them interesting !
    However most if not all of the people I could have passed it on to are all ready listed above, so have only a couple to carry on the baton my end.
    It was interesting to read things about you, you appear to have led an interesting life, which you now continue out in Spain
    Hugs Dee x

    1. Dee, thanks so much for taking part, I really did find your seven things to be interesting!
      I have had some fun and interesting things in my life, but I'm sure that everyone has....I can see you have too! I'm not sure my life here would be found that interesting by many people, but I do enjoy it all the same!!! :) xx

  5. I feel very honoured! Many thanks indeed .....although it might take me a day or two to get down to it due to an already planned busy next few days out and about.

    I always enjoy hearing things about my internet friends that I didn't know after reading your seven facts here I'm 'extra' looking forward to finally meeting you at the CnS in October to hopefully learn more!

    1. You're very welcome Kendal and I look forward to seeing some things about you on your blog if you get the time, but please don't feel pressurised into feeling you have to do it!!!
      Goodness me, I hope you're not disappointed when you meet me Kendal! :)

  6. Thank you Sharon for nominating me! I loved reading your seven interesting things! Your experiences are fascinating!! I will list on my blog seven things about me. Have a great day!!! ;) xx

    1. Thanks so much Ginger and you're more than welcome! I enjoyed reading your interesting things too!
      Hugs Sharon xx

  7. Wow! You've had some really interesting experiences!

    (I once got lost in a mall. As an adult. So you can feel better about the getting-lost-in-London thing! ;) )

    1. LOL thanks Lynn, but these are probably the extent of my life experiences!!!
      For me, it wasn't so much about the getting lost bit as getting lost whilst driving a marked police car!!!! It had a radio link to the control room and everything but I just couldn't bring myself to call in and say that I didn't have a clue where I was!!! :)

  8. Wow, Sharon i have just found your blog, lol. I have to admit i am not a great follower of blogs, but i do try and follow, Kendal's, Dee's and Sarah's and now of course yours!!!!
    My dad was a City of London Policeman Sharon, what a small world. We were not close as i always felt that i was a big let down in his eyes (he much prefered my Sister and Brother, lol). How long ago did you work for them?
    Loved reading your seven things about you! xxxx

    1. Hi Steve, welcome to my blog! I'm glad you have found me!
      What a coincidence about your dad, I wonder if I knew him? I was there from about 1983 to 1987 if I remember rightly. I only left because I had my son in December 1986 and going up and down to the City every day was just too much with a brand new baby. I was stationed at Snow Hill.
      It's very sad that you felt you were a let down to your dad, well we all love you anyway! xx

    2. Hi Sharon
      I am sure my dad would of still been in the City police during the dates you gave me, i think he was at a station near Moorgate. I worked at the Bank of England then (as a chef) and he used to drop me off when he was on earlies, lol. I can remember going to his police station once and couldn't beleive how different my dad was around hs friends, laughing, jokeing, totally different to how he was at home. His name was Jeff Kingaby.
      On a different note Sharon, i love your little BJD dolls (if that's what they are called), i wonder, do you have any Blythe dolls? I brought an Ashton Drake Blythe a couple of weeks back on ebay and i am struggerling for insperation in what to dress her in, lol xxx
      Ps i am over my dad, i tell you more one day. He died fifteen years ago (he was only 62). xxx

    3. Yes, Steve, your dads name does seem a little familiar, although I may be only thinking that because of your surname....I'm really hopeless with names, although never forget a face!
      The police station would probably have been Wood Street, I believe that is near Moorgate. I guess your dad would have been one of the officers who had to deal with the terrible tube crash at Moorgate all those years ago now. I remember our guys having to do the scene, although it was way before my time, I did see the photos. Horrible.
      Anyway, as you say, on a different and more cheerful note, I'm glad you love my BJDs, they're such fun....but then aren't most dolls fun!! I do indeed have 8 Blythe dolls, all but one customised by myself (I really enjoy customising them!) but none of them are Ashton Drake ones....I've never met one of those in the flesh yet. I will do a blog post now just for you so that you can see how I dress mine. I tend to make most of their clothes myself but there are some great seamstresses who sell on Etsy for them. There are sooo many clothing styles available. I will have to give you some names so you can have a look. I'd love to see a photo of your girl too! glad to hear that you're over your dad and moved on. Good for you! My dad died young too, he was 61 and last week was 19 years since he died. Luckily we did have a good relationship, thank goodness.


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