Versatile Blogger Award


Many grateful thanks go to Lauren at for nominating me for this award. I feel lucky to have even one person look at my blog, which has only been wound up to anything like ‘full capacity’ in the last few weeks. I am grateful to everyone, and apologies to all if I seem a little rusty or ‘green’, I’m not very good at keeping up to pace!

And the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award is :

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award pic on your blog post.

1. When I was three or four I used to tinker on an old harmonium and make up songs about werewolves.

2. I was born almost exactly on top of the Greenwich Meridian line.

3. I’ve always loved music as well as writing and painting and in the past have owned far too many guitars.

4. I was brought up in an agricultural community which seemed very old fashioned, even in the 70s.

5. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a cat (or two).

6. Like over 90% of the English population, I am descended from Edward III

7. Unfortunately (or should it be ‘fortunately’?, like nearly everyone in western Europe (and many in North America, Australasia etc..) I am also descended from Charlemagne.

Now, it’s time to nominate 15 bloggers:

I hope you all don’t mind being nominated! (perhaps again) I have enjoyed all your comments and look forward to great future postings.



  1. journeyintopoetry · December 1, 2011

    Thank you David; i feel humbled



  2. reading-stars · December 1, 2011

    I don’t normally take part in awards but I will accept this from you (thank you) and congrat’s to you too. My pleasure!


  3. Emma · December 1, 2011

    Hey David, thanks for the nomination…what an honor πŸ™‚


  4. Dianda · December 1, 2011

    Thank you so much!


  5. Dianda · December 1, 2011

    And ofcourse, congratulations for being nominated. πŸ˜‰


  6. sarahdorrance · December 1, 2011

    I loved learning a bit about you, though I am ….to do so myself. I am also, like ‘ finding the BIRD stickers in Islenska’, glad I followed you, off the beaten path and before you were nominated, ‘clearly attracted to your words.’ I also like and can appreciate your nominations.


  7. David Francis Barker · December 1, 2011

    Hi – yes, I know what you mean. I find it difficult to find the time, perhaps others do, but at least I responded. Anyhow, you’re welcome!

    Kind regards

    David Francis Barker Paintings in oil and mixed media. Painting commissions



  8. David Francis Barker · December 1, 2011

    Thank you!!!


  9. timeculprit · December 2, 2011

    What a coincidence! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Your blog has inspired me, and I look forward to reading more. Visit for details.

    +2 awards = you are x2 awesome. πŸ™‚


  10. neelthemuse · December 2, 2011

    Thank you David!


  11. Ina · December 2, 2011

    Hi David, congratulations. I think we are related lol, I also have this family tree passion and have Charlemagne there too as ancestor, as well as William the Conqueror and Alfred the Great. (my family tree is linked on my weblog) πŸ™‚ And I also love cats!


  12. David Francis Barker · December 2, 2011

    Hi Ina! Yes, I think at some level we are all related, aren’t we! Thank you.


  13. Seeking utopia · December 3, 2011

    Thanks a lot for the nomination, and keep up the good work, I bet there’ll be more coming πŸ™‚


  14. David Francis Barker · December 3, 2011

    Hi, thank you!

    Kind regards

    David Francis Barker Paintings in oil and mixed media. Painting commissions



  15. Marcie · December 12, 2011

    I’m a little late on checking messages, but congrats on your nomination!


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