Illuminating Blogger Award

It was a huge surprise to find that Pauline, of History Across the Seas, nominated my Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family” blog for the “Illuminating Blogger Award”.  I’m still amazed, humbled and delighted

The reason I started the blog was simply as a means of passing on my knowledge, of our Ancestors, to my adored and adorable Children and Grandchildren. Figured I had to do something to stop their beautiful eyes glazing over whenever I started to “wax lyrical”, yet again, about my latest find/ discovery/ new lead etc. Was a huge surprise to discover that others were interested in my reflections, rememberings and researching.

Thankyou Pauline and many thanks also to the huge number of on-line blogging colleagues for your support and encouragement as I’ve bumbled my way through this new experience called “blogging”, for 5 months now.

My immediate task is to select 6 blogs to nominate for the “Illuminating Blogger Award”. A tough call when there are so many deserving people who’ve enriched my life by their very thoughts and then their words projected into “cyberspace”.  Thankyou all.

My nominations are:

 “A Hundred Years Ago” ~ every day I look for Sheryl’s latest post of her Grandmother’s Diary. Miss Helena Muffly, I feel that I know you and it’s such a joy to read your “Middle Aged grandaughters comments 100 years later”. Maybe one day we’ll work out what “gigger-me-rows” are, eh? 🙂 Thanks to you too Sheryl for your researching of life as it was 100 years ago and all the info about life on a farm both in days gone bye and today.

“Ancestor Chasing” ~  Kerryn’s writing resonates within every fibre of my being. Maybe it’s because we share a common Irish/ Scottish/ Australian heritage? Then there’s also that shared/ growing knowledge of the AIF. Thanks Kerryn… your writing comforts me and increases my under standing 100 fold.

Lisa Hannett’s Blog is one that also gives me great pleasure. Lisa is a young Canadian born, naturalised Australian now residing in South Australia, who writes the most amazing “Speculative Fiction” and is receiving accolades/ awards for her work. However did she manage to complete her PhD thesis and tutor others whilst continuing to write short stories and finalising her first book? Lisa’s “Tuesday Therapy” blogs provide ongoing encouragement for all writers. I suck up every word.  

“Digging up the Ancients”  ~ a blog I enjoy and not just because of its name, which I so love …nor Lynda Crackett’s, and my, shared enjoyment of “alliteration” but because not only does Lynda provide lots of links to a variety of resources but also shares her growing knowledge of working with blogging technology. Thanks Lynda.

“Reconciliation Australia Blog”  ~ is a blog that’s just recently come into my orbit and am so looking forward to having the time to read back through the posts. I love that it’s “chocka block full” of wonderful shared family stories which are so “readable” as well as such positive thinking about ways to help heal our Nation. A blog I strongly recommend.

“Stumbling Through the Past”  ~ resonates with me on many levels, lights up my world and confirms so many of my deeply held and dearly felt beliefs. Yvonne Perkins writes about: books, education, teaching reading, women’s history, indigenous Australians, to name just a few. Yvonne locates this all within her Academic knowledge/growing learning of History with an M.O. of collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. If this appeals to you be sure to check out this blog. 


If you’ve been nominated and choose to accept my nomination … the rules of the award are straightforward:

  1. The nominee should visit the award site ( and leave a comment indicating that they have been nominated and by whom. (This step is so important because it’s the only way that we can create a blogroll of award winners).
  2. The Nominee should thank the person that nominated them by posting & including a link to their blog.
  3. The Nominee should include a courtesy link back to the official award site ( in their blog post.
  4. Share one random thing about yourself in your blog post.
  5. Select at least five other bloggers that you enjoy reading their illuminating, informative posts and nominate them for the award. Many people indicate that they wish they could nominate more so please feel free to nominate all your favorites.
  6. Notify your nominees by leaving a comment on their blog, including a link to the award site (

OH!!!… Just remembered I need share one unknown fact about me.

Well, back in the days when I was young and sprightly I was a “Foundation Member” of the South Australian National Ballet Company. It was an “amateur” company in that we were unpaid and did it for the love of Dance. Proud to have been involved in amazing initiatives like: bringing ballet to school children and performing “Swan Lake on the Lake” at the first South Australian Festival of Arts… and yes it was indeed “on a lake”… in that we danced on a raft moored on the banks of the River Torrens in Adelaide, South Australia, with “Mother Nature” herself as the backdrop.

Beautiful, innovative, creative etc., indeed!!! However, ever tried to dance on an unstable surface like a raft? … Ever stood waiting for your music cue with the “stage” rocking and the dark waters looming before you? … Ever found that “cramp” had seeped through your pink satin “pointe shoes” making movement all but impossible when the music cue finally came.  HA HA HA…. Was certainly not the end of the world and just another part of life’s rich tapestry, which makes me smile with the remembering. 

My own particular “swan song” was as “the bird” in “Peter and the Wolf”. Below is a photo of one of our rehearsals which appeared in the South Australian “News”, circa 1963.

Copyright © 2012. Catherine A. Crout-Habel “Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family”

16 thoughts on “Illuminating Blogger Award

  1. Congratulations, Catherine. To let you know that I also have nominated you for the award – see my posting

    Some gremlins seem to have hit my computer as I have tried a number of times to submit a comment on your blog without success – so apologies if you end up with four of the same message. Aty least it is worth shouting from the rooftops!

    • Oh… thankyou SO much Sue. I’m glad you enjoy my writing and am very honoured indeed… and congrats to you as well. Your blog is just fabulous and It’s well deseved. Shouting from the rooftops…YIPPEEE!!! 🙂 Incidentally I did get your message just the once.

    • Glad you’re still smiling Kerryn. It’s so exciting when someone thinks your work is deserving of an award, isn’t it? Re: the message on your blog… I’m sure your children will be very grateful, in time, of all your wonderful researching & stories… and you’ve got that gorgeous little grandson now, too 🙂 … Enjoy!

    • Oh, it’s my pleasure Sheryl. I’ve become very fond of your teenage Grandmother and reading about her “doings” of 100 years ago… and your follow up research is a delight. Thankyou!

  2. Congratulations Mum, how wonderful this bloggers world has become for you. Not only is all this extremely important family history stuff down in writing for us to access, but to know it brings pleasure to others is fantastic. Well deserved.

    Lots a love

    • Oh darling… it is SO good to be communicating with like minded people who so wilingly share their knowledge and help you on your way. I just love it!!! … Praise be… for the wonders of this technology. e.g. when Sheryl’s teenage grandmother was writing her diary, she could never have guessed that 100 years later people all over the world would be hanging on her every word and “talking” with their fingers about her daily activities. Thanks for commenting. It means a lot, Much xxx always.

  3. I’m so pleased you got so much enjoyment from the award -well deserved. I read some of your nominees but a number are also new to me so time to go check them out. Keep up the great stories that we all enjoy so much. I love the new fact about much talent!

    • Whooo Hooo!!! and, as the old saying goes Pauline,”I’m as happy as a pig in slush.” 😀 … and what a joy it is to pass the happiness on, eh? I’ve got a bit “disrupted” because of my “Grave Concerns” etc… but have found the “I” pictures, at long last, so must get on and write/publish my “Ii – is for…” story.
      My lovely mum used to shake her finger at me and say…”just too clever for your own good Catherine”… that’s probably when I was giving her “a bit of lip”, so to speak… ha ha ha… Cheers and thanks again.

  4. Great acceptance post & loved your story about dancing on the lake … not many of us can say that about ourselves 🙂

    • Love your comment. It’s always a surprise to read people’s responses re: what was just “life” for me. The SANBC went on to repeat “Swan Lake on the Lake” but, on these occasions, it was on a stable surface in the middle of the man-made lake in Rymill Park. A wooden stage was built over the concrete/ garden beds but the time we were called out for PR with a TV station there was no stage. What an experience trying to remain “swan-like” without landing amongst a patch of recently watered pansies 😀 “Cracks me up” with the remembering. Thanks for your “Illuminating Blogger Award”.

  5. Thankyou for your kind comments Catherine. I’m flat out at the Australian Historical Association conference so don’t have time to do the follow up (saw your post at 4am before leaving on an early morning flight). Well done for having your blog nominated.

    • Thankyou Yvonne for your reply and for letting me know that you don’t have time to accept the nomination and do the “follow up”. Not a prob at all. Sure do understand what “workload” is all about.

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