award-winning

This morning I woke up tired as usual, but please with the events of the night before; a great meal with some friendly people and that very long, but truly great film, The Fiddler on the Roof.

Upon quickly checking my mail before leaving for work this morning I found that I had received an award in the early hours.

Indeed I have been given an award by Grannymar for “creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community.” Awards don’t happen often, and when they do they are to be treasured, and placed in my virtual award cabinet. My award, from Grannymar, is special two-fold. Firstly, to be given an award for any reason by Grannymar makes me feel very special, but then to be the only of her Toyboys to receive one, gives me even greater pleasure.

Grannymar, whose great personality and creative writing has be laughing on an almost daily basis, is willing to try almost anything; podcasting, photography, attending tech events, cooking, and of course hilarious jokes. Subscribe to Grannymar join the fun.

Something about there being a catch… being one of those bloggers who tags everyone else and tries to get them to post a meme/list/favouritism contest thing. But for Grannymar…

  • Pick five blogs that you consider deserve the award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
  • Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
  • Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
  • The award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of the Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award

Donncha at Inphotos (and Holy Shmoly for the tech stuff) is a very talented photographer whose photographs of Cork are partly what inspired my own trip there a couple of weeks ago, as well as being in the know with WordPress.

Since discovering Darren Greene‘s blog after a meetup in Dublin a few months ago I have checked out his photos ever since and always loving each one. The animal shots of late are supurb!

Another photographer who I first met at a recent meetup is Nathalie who shares a blog with Eoghan at Casa Casa Courtney. I admire each of her photographs and some great writing in the mix also.

Moving away from the photographers for a bit (its really hard!), and bringing things to a more local level is Manuel the Waiter. Manuel is a waiter in Belfast. He likes it, to an extent. His writing has a constant air of humour, yet bitterness at the same time. Always a good read.

Finally, a photographer who, like Grannymar, has almost brought a tear to my eye recently with her pics of a newborn baby. Claire, aka Gingerpixel, inspires me with her portraits, she has a great eye and a talent for approaching people in the street for photograph. They always turn out great.

There are plenty more. Some I haven’t even read. But these are just a few of my favs.