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The Sunshine what?

OK, I’ll admit it, up until about 5 minutes ago I had no idea what the Sunshine Blogger Award was!

So, if you are equally unaware, allow me to enlighten you.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is a peer-recognition achievement for bloggers. That is, bloggers nominate other bloggers who they believe create blogs that are worth reading.

There is no monetary prize. No plaque to hang on the wall or trophy to adorn a mantlepiece.

Just the warm, fuzzy glow that you get from knowing that other bloggers enjoy your work!

Richie’s Room hasn’t been running for very long so I’m really happy that people are enjoying my posts.

Thank you, Rachel

The nomination for Richie’s Room came from Rachel at the Rachel Foy blog.

I really enjoy Rachel’s posts. She is a true blogger, somebody that writes about a range of different issues that interest her. Take a look for yourself.

Sunshine Blogger Award – The Rules

OK, here are the rules for the Sunshine Blogger Award. Don’t panic – there aren’t many!

Rachel’s Questions and My Answers

Where would you travel to next?

We always take Harvey, our Labrador, on holiday with us. So, we stick with holidays within the UK. I think our next travel location, Covid restrictions permitting, will probably be the lovely Devon town of Brixham.

Friendly people, lovely food, and sea swimming opportunities (for Harvey!).

You’re having a dinner party with three people, living or dead, who would you invite?

This is a tough one. I’d be a little concerned about the truth of the old adage “Never meet your heroes because they’re sure to disappoint you

Also, although moderately intelligent, I’m not sure I’d have the mental capacity to make it worthwhile inviting giant intellects like Stephen Hawking or Albert Einstein!

I think I’d have to go with:

Brian Turner. A top chef but completely down-to-earth. I’m sure that he’d be happy to do the cooking so that neither I nor my wife has to do it!

Sandi Toksvig. Hugely entertaining and amusing. Sure to keep the party atmosphere going.

Clint Eastwood (you don’t really need a link for Clint, do you?!). Go ahead, make my dinner party!

What are your writing/blogging goals?

Pretty simple, really.

I want to help people. And if I can do that in an entertaining manner then so much the better.

What is your favourite food?

Lasagne. Cooked by my wife. I’ve never tasted one in a restaurant that comes close to hers.

A song you’ve been listening to a lot in the last month?

A blast from the past. I missed buying it at the time but recently heard it again and made sure that I bought it this time.

Weak” by Skunk Anansie.

What is your favourite thing to blog about and why?

Dogs. Anything to do with dogs, really.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

Henry Wheeler Shaw

Here is a picture of our dog, Harvey.

sunshine blogger award - Harv profile

Your favourite book?

Orphan X” by Gregg Hurwitz.

Which season is your favourite?


It’s not the cold of Winter that I dislike. It’s the absence of light.

Going to, and returning from, work in the dark isn’t my idea of fun. It seems to reinforce the idea that all we do is sleep, work, eat, repeat.

Spring signals the end of this cycle.

What is your favourite thing to do of a weekend?

I’m a simple man with simple pleasures.

A nice walk with my wife and my dog, perhaps with a nice pub meal interspersed somewhere.

What is your favourite TV show?


Can an ex-con successfully become a sheriff and uphold the law?

And re-kindle his relationship with the woman he loved before being jailed?

Contending with a ruthless local crime-lord and his henchmen.

All the while trying to stay ‘off radar’ to avoid being found by the Ukrainian gangster who he double-crossed on the job that resulted in his incarceration. And who just happens to be the father of his love interest!

It was brilliant while it lasted but, sadly, only 4 seasons were produced.

Content warning! This is not suitable viewing for children. There is a lot of fighting of the sort seen in your typical Jason Statham film. If you like that sort of thing, you’ll love this. If you don’t, you won’t.

Do you prefer sweet or salty snacks?

I’m not a fan of very sweet things so I’d have to say ‘Salty‘.

I’d rather have a bag of salted peanuts than a bar of chocolate.

Bloggers Nominated by Richie’s Room

There are so many good bloggers around that I’m a little spoilt for choice.

In no particular order, here they are:

  1. Rebekah Charles –
  2. Lisa’s Notebook –
  3. Alex Faith Writes –
  4. Vicky | Mortgage Free by the Sea –
  5. Olivier Loose –
  6. Ricatography 101 –
  7. Katie | The Twenty Percent –
  8. Faye | Female Original –
  9. Neecee b – (No longer available …)
  10. Britt | Shed Happens –
  11. Lori | CircleSquareOval –

Questions from Richie’s Room

OK, here are my questions for the above nominees:

  1. Picking one option only (no sitting on the fence!), would you say that you primarily blogged for fun or for profit?
  2. Tell us about your most recent pet.
  3. What is your favourite (non-domestic) animal and why?
  4. What is your biggest phobia? (assuming it isn’t answering questions!)
  5. What one thing about you might surprise others if they knew?
  6. Have you ever broken a bone (your own, not somebody else’s!) – name the bone and describe the circumstances that resulted in it being broken?
  7. Jack Reacher, the main character in Lee Child’s books, is 6’5″ tall and weighs around 17 stone (238 pounds, 108kg). Who would you choose to play him in movie versions of the books? (Minus points for putting the actual choice, which was Tom Cruise!).
  8. You are out for a walk when you come across a person being assaulted. Do you:
    a) Intervene physically.
    b) Intervene verbally.
    c) Keep walking and then call the police.
    d) Keep walking and pretend it never happened.
    e) Something else.
  9. What is your favourite alcoholic drink?
  10. If you could go back in time and give your teenage self one piece of advice, what would it be?
  11. What’s your favourite movie quote?

Wrapping Up

OK, that’s it.

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40 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger Award”

  1. Hey, Richie, thanks so much for the nomination! I’m in a great group of bloggers here, many are familiar to me. I will have to contemplate your questions carefully, they are good ones and not the “typical” stuff you get asked. I like that. I will get to work! Thanks again.
    P.S. Tell Harvey that Ozzie says hello!

    • Hey, Lori. You are very welcome. And, you have to ask yourself why you are in with a great group of bloggers – it’s not by accident you know! I did try to come up with some questions that weren’t the sort that everyone has seen many times before – have fun!
      PS: Harvey says ‘Hello’ back to Ozzie 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for the nomination! You made my day!
    I love that picture of Harvey. Definitely one worthy of being framed. I can tell from following you and your blog for a while now that he’s one well taken care of (and spoiled) pup. They deserve it! Right?

    • Hi Britt. My pleasure!
      It’s weird with Harv and photos – he’s rarely still long enough to take a picture, but when we do (I say ‘we’ – my wife is the photographer!) he usually looks really good. And yes, he is spoiled … and in all likelihood will continue to be 🙂

  3. Congrats on the nomination. I love seeing people have success writing about topics that they clearly enjoy. As it so happens, my family and I visited a park we hadn’t been to in quite some time. There were three very large dog runs there with probably about 60-70 dogs. We had a great time watching them, and my kid was in awe of all the different breeds. We will definetly be back there soon. All those happy pups made our day.

    • Thanks, Josh, appreciate it. Here in the UK, we don’t have the same sort of dog runs that you do. Do the dogs tend to get along OK with each other? Dogs certainly know how to enjoy themselves, don’t they – glad your kid enjoyed it.

  4. Thank you so much for the nomination, Richie, that’s so kind. I loved reading your answers, it’s always interesting to find out more about fellow bloggers – and that picture of Harvey is gorgeous, he’s a very handsome boy! Lisa

    • Hi Lisa. It was my pleasure. Yes, it’s often interesting to read a little about bloggers themselves rather than their blogs. (And Harvey says ‘Thank you’)

    • Hi Jodie. It is nice, isn’t it? Yeah, Harv is a cracking dog – we’re very lucky to have him 🙂

  5. Congratulations on being nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award! Interesting choices for dinner guests! You can’t go wrong with a top chef. Based on the blog posts I’ve read so far, I enjoyed the tips about dog care. Thanks for sharing these facts about yourself!

    Nancy ✨

  6. Hey Richie,

    Congratulations for this nomination! And also thank you for nominating me.
    Who knows, there might be another nomination coming on your way 🙂

  7. Congrats on the sunshine blogger award I am new to the blogger stuff so never heard of it I am learning more each day.
    but it is good for bloggers to work to a goal to achieve the award and know that there posting good content.

  8. Congratulations!!! You deserve it. It’s fun reading your answers to the questions, getting to know you a bit! Looking forward to reading your articles. Cheers!

    • Thanks, Vinn. I enjoyed answering the questions … and I’m going to enjoy reading the answers to the questions that I posed for my nominees too. 🙂

  9. I love any sort of post like this. It’s always fun learning a bit about the person behind the blog. Thanks so much for nominating me! I’ve got a new series planned where I’ll be doing a few Q&A’s so I’ll make a note of your questions for then 🙂

    • Hi Faye. I’m glad that you enjoyed it. And, you’re welcome! I look forward to reading the new series.

  10. Hi Richie, throughly enjoyed this post and thanks so much for nominating me. It’s great to learn more about my fellow bloggers!

    • Hi Rebekah. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post. And it was my pleasure to nominate you – I look forward to reading your own post in due course 🙂

    • Hi Clarissa. Thank you very much. It’s always nice to get some peer recognition, isn’t it? Yeah, Harvey is popular pretty much everywhere that he goes – and he loves it!

  11. Richie, thanks for the detailed post letting us know what exactly is a Sunshine Blogger Award. As I am new to this blogging world I was little confused about this but your article cleared my questions.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 🙂

  12. Congratulations on your nomination. Harvey looks like a very good boy! How did you end up giving him such a normal human name?

    I think I prefer salty too, but there are no snack foods I like that are salty, so I end up eating sweets instead

  13. Congratulations on winning the award, Richie – it is so deserved! I love the idea of having Clint Eastwood at my dinner table, I wonder how fun he would be! Loved reading some more bits about you, so keep it coming!


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