I received the A Hoy Award from Herrad, a remarkable woman who has an outstanding blog:


Herrad’s blog is about courage, grit, love of life, plants, dogs, beautiful images, imagination, marvelous food, wonderful memories of living in Trinidad, and so much more. She is an inspiration, my heroine, my friend. And I am honored to receive this award from her.

The A Hoy Award is named after Chris Hoy, the exceptional British track cyclist, Olympic medalist, and philanthropist, http://www.chrishoy.com/wp/chris-hoy-biography

The explanations and rules for the prize are at http://www.threegoldsinonetournament.blogspot.com/

Here is a quote from the blog above:

“I'd like to think that receiving A Hoy will be different to most blog awards, because of the stipulation that one makes an onward award to at least two blogs that one has never seen before. It's a psychological thing. Suddenly having somebody turn up, out of the blue, and say 'your blog's cool: have an award,' has significant positive impact. I know this, because when I receive awards, I make a point of searching for blogs I've never seen, which are 'off the beaten track' of stuff that I usually look at, and the responses are worth the extra effort. This is, I would argue, also beneficial to the giver, because it requires them to think of things that they like - and you'd be surprised how few people think in those terms.”

Rules for Making an Award:

1. Pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award.
2. The awarding blogger should choose at least two blogs not on his or her own blogroll.
3. Your five choices must be published in a dedicated post on your own blog. This post must contain the name of the author (which may be their logon name), and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
4. In the same dedicated post, each winner has to show the award and acknowledge the blog that has given him or her the award.
5. Both those awarding and receiving A Hoy must show the link to A Hoy blog, so that everyone will know the origin of this award.”

My immediate impulse was to give one A Hoy Award back to Herrad because her blog certainly deserves every prize there is. But I realize I would not be “spreading” the prize, which is the strength of the A Hoy Award. In that case, Herrad, I give you the “Remarkable” A Hoy Award in spirit.

It is difficult to decide to whom to give the five Awards. I started blogging less than a month ago, and I still find the technology daunting. I graciously blame my 10 year old clunker computer…but that, too, will soon change.

The five winners of the A Hoy Award are all exceptional women and their blogs are inspiring, intelligent, beautiful, witty, sharp, articulate, and I am running out of well deserved praise for them. Two of the blogs I discovered today after researching quite a few, but the two I picked are in my opinion the best. The other three blogs I have been following and learning from since I started my own.

This blog is created by Pat Spiller. “PatStudio is located on the southern Maine coast. This is where I live and where I am blessed with the gift of time to do work that nourishes my soul.” This blog is intelligent, inspiring and visually gorgeous with photographs of Pat’s work and of the area where she lives.


She calls herself the “Old Woman”, but she is young and spirited and bold. “My blog is about the events of my life and my thoughts and ideas. I plan to include some of my mother’s, my father’s and my aunt’s memories as well. I live in an island in Puget Sound and in Manley Hot Springs Alaska.”


Maggie is amazing, her blog well worth reading. She lives in Ocean Beach beside the Point and is interested in architecture, architectural history, writing, poetry, fiber arts, rigs, ships, photography, food. “An arts lady living at the beach with a car guy. Imagine, a meeting in the middle.”

And my two new blogs:


Suzanne is lots of fun, brave, and wonderfully articulate. “I began Twenty Four At Heart in April of 2008 without a clue about what I was doing. (note: sounds familiar…) For that matter, I didn’t have a clue about the blogging world in general. In hindsight, that was probably for the best. I live in Orange County, California.”


Nina’s blog, “Destinations – journeys of a restless mind”, was a great discovery for me. I had a lot of fun reading her entries and learning about her sharp “restless mind”. “I am a middle-aged single mother, a feminist raising a boy, a city girl living in a small town. I have an urge bordering on the obsessive to make art out of the minutiae of my life.”


  1. Thank you so much for including me in your list! I look forward to reading your blog and learning more about you! : ) Congratulations on being a new blogger. I've been at it for a year, but still consider myself quite new to the blogging world.

  2. Thank you, Celeste Maia, for the lovely award. As soon as I can figure out how to get it into my blog I will do that. At the moment I don't have a clue. I love your blog, and you are on my blog roll. How was your trip? I'm eager to hear about it.

  3. Thank you so very much for this award. How thoughtful of you. My husband and I are going out for the day, but I will tackle research of new blogs as soon as I get home again.

  4. Hi Celeste Maia,

    Great post and interesting list of blogs you have passed the A Hoy Award onto.

    Slight problem could not open any of the links copied and pasted them one ofr one still did not work then removed the s from https and got access to all blogs.

    They are all very interesting really good to find new blogs brilliant work.

    Have a good evening.

  5. Thank you Herrad for correcting the problem of opening the winnning blogs. So http and no s. See, I learn every day...
    I'm glad you liked all five blogs.
    Thanks for the address which I also received separately.
    Hugs, Celestes

  6. Wow, thank you! You are very kind. I can't wait to explore your blog and that of the other winners. What a wonderful idea, and I'm honored to be included.

  7. Congratulations!
    Being seen, really SEEN, for who one is, is such a blessing!
    I am so glad so many have "seen" you and found you and that you have searched and found more to "see".
    On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur... from Le Petit Prince.
    Your heart is as huge as the Universe!
    Congratulations, I award to you the Prize for most wonderful FRIEND!
    All love and Joy,