Beautiful + Inspiring…GO ME!

I’ve been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award by Hezalyte at Iridessence Indeed and by Ayesha Shroeder Anushka at Finding My Creature Kristi at Dressed To Quill Jane Ayres Patsy Collins and Cheryl at Catching Fireflies for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award *squeals* Thank you so much ladies πŸ™‚ What can I say? How many nominations can a girl get in a 2 week period? Lol *blush*

I’ve already received both these awards in the past, so wow! Surely I should be drop dead gorgeous by now and inspiring everyone across the world *snigger* No? It doesn’t work like that? Oh well πŸ˜‰

The rules are the same for both of these. Say thank you to the blogger who nominated you (done). List 7 facts about yourself and then nominate 7 bloggers….so lets see, you know I’m a rule breaker, so rather than list 7 things about myself I’m going to show you the town where I live. All the photos taken by me πŸ™‚

Some of you may know I live in Rochester (Kent) in the UK. The town was frequented by Dickens who lived close by. He loved the place (as do i!) so much that he was inspired to use a lot of the locations in the town for his books.

This is the Cathedral graveyard where you’ll find the grave of Little Dorritt.


Below, The Vines, where Dickens would often be seen walking (no doubt mulling a plot over). He was seen in here, leaning against a fence people watching the day before he died.


The Cathedral, 2nd oldest in the country, after Canterbury.


Dickens chalet, where he wrote some of his masterpieces. It was moved from his garden to its current location after his death.


The Castle, site of many a battle! Dickens would often be seen walking round it talking to himself.


Dickens wanted to be buried in the Castle Moat, but when he died, Queen Victoria wouldn’t allow it and insisted his body be laid to rest in Westminster Abbey. The first, and only time an English monarch has ever over ruled a persons last will and testament.


Eastgate House, featured in two of Dickens novels. He obviously found it inspiring as a location.


Restoration House, famous in its own right, but now, people come to stare at it because Dickens used it for Miss Haversham’s house in Great Expectations. I don’t know if Dickens ever got to go inside, but I have πŸ˜‰


And finally, Minor Cannons Row, which lies behind the Cathedral. Dickens used it in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.


I could have shown you sooooo much more, but this post is turning into 2 posts lol πŸ˜‰ So now, back to business πŸ˜‰

I’m nominating the following bloggers for the Beautiful Blogger Award
Holly Michael
Bridget Whelan
Florence at Ramblings From The Left
Sabrina at Creativity or Crazy
Sam at Him, Her and Us
Madalyn Morgan
Bel Anderson

I’m nominating the following bloggers for the Inspiring Blogger Award
Cheryl at Creating Space 365
Sue at sassyspeaks
Lin at Voices in My Head
Joanne Phillips
Morgen Bailey
Patsy Collins
Sue at The Long & The Short Of It

So on top of all that I’ve also been nominated again for the Blog Of The Year award, this time by Hunter Emkay and Chris Stocking so a huge thank you to both! It appears I now have 8 stars πŸ™‚

Please take a moment to visit some of these wonderful bloggers and I hope you enjoyed the mini tour πŸ™‚ Do you find where you live inspiring?

37 thoughts on “Beautiful + Inspiring…GO ME!

    • Thanks Tina πŸ™‚

      I LOVE it! My only regret is the pub at the bottom of my road, which is where Dickens use to stop for a drink on his way into Rochester. He always sat in the same spot, on the same bar stool, up at the bar. I kept meaning to go in there, to sit at the bar in his spot, but it burnt down last year 😦

      Moral to that story….DON’T PUT THINGS OFF! πŸ˜‰

      Thanks honey πŸ™‚



  1. Thank you for the award You are the most inspiring and prolific blogger I know. I wish I had the time to chat but as you know I am preparing for a trip to your side of the world. And if you e mail me your number I can add you to the list of people to phone so at least we can hear, if not see, who we chatter to on line. Have a great holiday!


  2. I love all things Dickens, so thanks for sharing these great pics. On a recent visit to London, I was sooo disappointed to learn that the place at the top of my list to visit, the Dickens Museum, was closed for refurbishment. Maybe next time πŸ™‚
    Oh, and congrats on the awards. Well deserved!


  3. Congratulations! You take beautiful pictures. Yes, I do find where I live inspiring though has no where the sights around like you have near…lol…those are some amazing places. I live in a rural area on a few acres, love all the wildlife, and enjoy the quiet outdoors. I will never be a city gal. πŸ™‚


  4. Hi Vikki – you totally deserve your awards! You are one of the hardest-working bloggers I know (you certainly put me to shame…) Thank you for the Beautiful Blogger Award – I will post in January at some point! Rochester looks fascinating – it will go on my list of places to visit πŸ™‚


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