The hike was great, all 270 kms, and now all I have to do is to re-adapt to civilization...

On my return, I discovered that I had been given the Sunshine Award by Tima Maria Lacoba. Of course, I had no idea what a Sunshine Award was, but a bit of googling informed me that the Sunshine Award is given to those who, via their blogs, inspire others both positively and creatively.

Thank you, Tima.

There are, however, a few rules associated with the Award; among them the need to answer the following questions:

1. Favourite Colour
Possibly blue and/or purple, but every colour is wonderful, and, while gravitating towards blue, I would definitely be intrigued by all the reds and oranges and yellows and greens. Without the presence of other colours - even in muted form -  no single colour can possibly make much of an impression on its own. It is this relationship and contrast between colours that give individual colours life and prompt the question: what is your favourite colour?

2. Favourite Animal
I can't say for sure; I suppose they are like people - some become more favourite than others at different times and in different places simply because of who or what they are and/or what is going on in one's life at that particular time.

3. Favourite Number
Is it possible to have a favourite number? After all, a number is a number... On the other hand, one definitely has a connection with certain numbers. I suppose mine are 6, 7 and 5.

4. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink

5. Facebook or Twitter
I have never been on Twitter, but I do have a Facebook Page for information about my book and nothing else.

6. My Passion
Goodness! I might skip this one. I have a number of things that I am passionate about; if you are all that interested, you can check my website for some of them...

7. Getting or Receiving Presents
Another very strange question, though possibly not so strange given today's materialistic society.

8. Favourite Pattern
When life is made up of countless patterns and combinations of patterns, it would be very sad to be completely focussed on simply one pattern.

9. Favourite Day of the Week
Every day. After all, each day gives us new opportunities and new experiences. 

10. Favourite Flower
I don't think it is possible to isolate one flower, among the millions of different flowers around us, and label it 'favourite'. Gardenias at Christmas, proper roses with heavy perfume, small, perfectly formed flowers on rocky headlands, brightly coloured daisies... No, I don't have a favourite, but I love flowers.

Having answered the questions, I would now like to nominate the following people:
Keith Tilley, a wonderful scenic artist
Melanie Lee - creative, inspiring and wonderful
Annette Abolins, another fantastic artist
Alison Booth, author of Stillwater Creek