Blog On Fire Award


This morning it was my honour to open my emails and discover that a dear friend, Katkasia has nominated me for this award – describing me as “A sci-fi fan with guts”. By way of a thank you, I would like for all my followers to pay her blog a visit; not only is she fun to read but you are also treated to her beautiful smile!

Now I’m supposed to tell you seven things about myself, so here goes:

1: When I was eleven years old my class spent a week in North Wales. We visited Gelert’s Grave, Fisherman’s Walk, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (yes, that is a real place name and I was taught how to say it!) and had a ride on the Ffestiniog Railway. Our greatest achievement was being the first fourth year class in our school ever to reach the summit of Snowdon. For previous fourth years the snow had been too thick.

2: I have been told on several occasions that I bear a striking resemblance to actress Katy Manning, who played ditsy, loveable Jo Grant in Doctor Who. I play up to this as much as possible, because I have quite low self-esteem and take these comparisons as a true compliment:

Although I shan't be draping myself naked across a Dalek any time soon.

This is me before my oral surgery. I look even more like Katy now I have my partials than I did in this picture!

3: I once met Robert Llewellyn (Kryten of Red Dwarf) at a petrol station in Cheltenham, my hometown. He was quite pleasant and we speak on various social media on occasion.

4: I once stepped out into the middle of a busy main road to save the life of an elderly gentleman with severe dementia – he didn’t want to return to the nursing home and his friend was too weak to get him to safety. Since I knew him and was a care assistant at the same home, I considered this to be a part of my job, even though I was off duty at the time. His wife and son sought me out to thank me, declaring me a “hero”. I still believe that any decent person would have done exactly the same.

5: On the day I was born in 1973 the song Killing Me Softly was at number one in what was then the Top Twenty. By a quirk of fate, Killing Me Softly (The Fugees version) was also at number one on the night that my son was born in 1996!

6: I am the only true blonde in my family, and nobody knows why. On both sides of my family everybody else has dark hair. My mother’s is closest to blonde, being a medium brown, but I have red, gold, white and silver ash all over.

7: I am very at one with nature and feel out of place in urban towns and cities. I need trees and fields around me to feel content. My main wishes before I die are to swim with Dolphins, see a wild Golden Eagle and touch a Whale. Sadly I shall probably never have the opportunity to even see these amazing creatures, but I live in hope!

And now come the nominations from me. Please check these fabulous bloggers out!

1: Henchman-4-Hire. A mild-mannered journalist by day and a sci-fi geek and critic by night.

2: Aspie In The Family. One Mum’s crusade to educate on Aspergers and Autism. A strong, feisty, spirited lady who has a strong voice on this very important subject.

3: Inmyinternest. An insightful, well thought out blog concerning feminism, which manages not to be all stompy and aggressive.

4: Angela Shella. Strong in opinion and self, Angela is a wise, kind lady and an incredible jazz artist.

5: Marc Schuster. Novelist, Doctor Who Fan and all round nice bloke with a sense of humour.

6: elaine4queen. Long-time friend, lover of Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Sweet, adorable lunatic.

7: WordsFallFromMyEyes. Possibly the most powerful, emotional journey through self-awareness and life as a single mother that you will ever read. Noeleen is definitely spellbinding and will hook you from the first sentence of any blog entry.

8: littlesundog. Life as a Deer mummy and other stories from the countryside.

9: Thingsmybellylikes. A colourful, unique approach to food. Gorgeous pictures, concise recipes and fun to boot!

10: willowdot21. A poet of the deep and meaningful variety, her latest poem brought tears to my eyes.

Please check all of these amazing blogs out – each and every one deserves every award it recieves.

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About The Hairy Housewife

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
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21 Responses to Blog On Fire Award

  1. Congrats! I’m not at all surprised since your blog is brilliant and heartwarming and captivating all at once.

    P.S Kryten was always my favourite Red Dwarf character :)

    • Missus Tribble says:

      Awww, bless you! I’m so glad you enjoy reading my blog – thank you!

      I love Kryten as well (although the entire Red Dwarf cast were fab). Just for you, I shall look up an old Doctor Who/Red Dwarf crossover fic that I wrote a couple of years ago and blog it for you :)

  2. Marc Schuster says:

    Thanks so much! I’ll have to give some thought to my seven facts. In the mean time, and apropos of points 2 and 3 on your list, I met Matthew Waterhouse once. He was a tour guide at a historical site I was visiting. A surreal experience, to say the least!

    • Missus Tribble says:

      Stephen Briggs stole (okay, he requested) a chair from my table during a Discworld Convention – that was a bit surreal too! At the next Convention he allowed me into the lift before him due to my walking stick and friended me on Facebook! Lovely bloke; definitely spend time with him if you ever meet him :)

      And you are very welcome :)

  3. katkasia says:

    Climbing mountains, saving peoples lives, giving birth – these all sound pretty gutsy actions to me!
    Congratulations again – I really enjoyed reading these. :)

    • Missus Tribble says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading. I try to remember all the good things I did before disability hit me when I get frustrated about being so restricted nowadays, and if my past acts inspire others then so much the better :)

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Dear Rose thank you again for awarding me this award I shall acknowledge it next week after I have got through this Child Abuse Month I only found out about it on Tuesday so I am trying to make up for wasted time!! II hope you are well and not pushing yourself too hard. I love the answers you have put on this blog !! Be well be happy!! Hugs :) xxx

    • Missus Tribble says:

      I’m not getting the chance to push myself, don’t worry – D has ears on elastic and is straight up here glaring at me if he can tell that I’m not going in the direction of the bathroom!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the seven things about me, and I look forward to reading yours next week :)

  5. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    You do, you DO look like that actress!! Amazingly so. That’s such a lovely photo of you, too. So wistful looking….

    Thank you so much for the honour – xxx Many thanks :)

    • Missus Tribble says:

      Oh, that actually is Katy Manning – I ought to edit the entry to include a picture of me (I have a lovely one of me with my son, looking very like Katy in spite of my glasses).

      If anyone deserves this award, it’s you. You’ve survived so much and write so beautifully about it that you truly draw the reader in to your world.

      • WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

        Thank you dearly for that comment – dearly. I seriously thought the pic was you because you had written that you wouldn’t be lying across the desk any time soon! She really does look wistful, doesn’t she. I’d LOVE to see a picture of you! But of course, privacy is good too…

      • Missus Tribble says:

        Katy Manning is still a gorgeous woman, in my opinion. Just before Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) died they starred together in an episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. I’d always wanted to see the two best (to me) companions together and it was fabulous to see how their completely different personalities (scatty Jo and composed Sarah Jane) bounced off each other and gelled.

        I’ve added the photo of myself now. I’ve lost a lot of weight since then and I still had my bad teeth (a genetic thing that causes them to disintegrate and crumble) but I love this picture because it was a lovely day, I’m with my son, partner and mother and I felt genuinely happy :)

  6. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    GREAT picture of you & your son. Just lovely :)

    • Missus Tribble says:

      It’s one of my favourites, and if I try to imagine glasses on Katy (who I’ve seen a picture of wearing a similar hat to mine) I can see what people mean about a likeness – especially now that I have my new, straight, white “teeth” :)

  7. fpdorchak says:

    Nice post, Missus Tribble, and bravo on your #4 of 7 (unintentional Star Trek reference…)! May your Tardis never break down!

    • Missus Tribble says:

      Thank you for the compliment – and for mentioning Seven of course!

      I’m just taking a look at your blog and have decided to come along for the ride :)

  8. Thank you again! I’m glad if I don’t come across stompy and aggressive. :D Some of the things I’ve been writing about are pretty infuriating but I try to keep a cool head.

    I’d love to do this, too, but I’ve been on WordPress for such a short time that I haven’t had the time to read enough blogs to hand out awards. There are a few promising ones that I’m following but I’ve followed them for such a short time, and half of that time was at a place with a ridiculously slow internet…

  9. Congratulations it’s certainly fun to do this.

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