Thank you Liz!

I have a dream to be self sufficient someday, or at least as close as my will power allows. I’ll admit I am in the wrong job to be preaching about atmospheric pollution. Trucks don’t help the ozone but they pay the kids’ college fees. So…I’m still working on it.

The Dutch are the daddies when it comes to clean living. Anybody who has ever been there will testify to that. I reckon babies born in Holland can cycle before they can walk. Bicycles everywhere!  In fact, the photograph for my blog site was taken in Holland. Those windmills are situated along a dam which keeps the tide out. Everything is planned to perfection. On motorways they even use ‘glow in the dark’ paint for the road markings (white and yellow lines) to save on street lighting.

I dabble a bit in ‘vegetable growing’ at home. Very small scale; a polytunnel and a few other veggie patches here and there.

How d'ya like 'those' apples! I mean strawberries.

How d’ya like ‘those’ apples! I mean strawberries.

On the other hand ‘Green Lizard’s blog’ are the experts. They hail from the land of tulips. Apart from growing their own, they keep chickens etc, and seem to invent new uses for any object. Recycling is their speciality.  Here is a link to the blog site

Liz has bestowed upon me a ‘Thanks for reading’ badge. What a neat way of saying thanks!


I am allowed, in turn, to say thanks to devoted readers of my diesel scented dribble. I am only allowed fourteen so I hope that nobody feels left out.

In fact lots of people will be relieved to be left out. Because by receiving this badge of thanks it means you have to pass the love along to your own readers when you find the time.

Firstly, thanks to those readers who quietly follow by email (mostly friends and family who were never supposed to find out about my blog until my dear wife spilled the beans).

Now, any nominees thankees that decide to abstain from this madness are forgiven. In fact they may have received this badge before. But here…

There are loads more who encourage me by hitting a like button or adding a comment. It’s a pity I am not allowed even three more thankees.

I thrive on encouragement. For years I thought I could be content without it. But when I got a taste of it I realised that it is encouragement which fuels my ambition, my drive…to be the best blogger the internet has ever seen.

Cue the Rocky music..

Thank you for reading and thank you Liz (the only girl in Holland who can’t ride a bike, tut-tut) 🙂




31 thoughts on “Thank you Liz!

  1. Now that’s just awesome my friend! You have a great blog and I look forward to what turn your next post will take. Thanks for the laughter and the thoughtful moments. Congrats! I appreciate the nomination. And I feel the same way about encouragement. 😀

  2. Hi Frankie,

    You da man! Thank you for sharing your life and thoughts with us.

    Thank you, too, for the shout out. That’s very kind of you.

    It’s a great community here. So many talented, creative, thoughtful people.

    I bet Holland is a neat and refreshing place to visit.

    Thanks, again for your generosity.

    Oh, and Rocky is such a fantastic movie. I bet I’ve seen it 20 times. 🙂


  3. Thank you, Frankie! I always get a little jolt of “yes” when I see your posts in my reader.

    I would love to learn more about your gardening ventures.

    And I was going to make some smart ass comment about Adriaaaaan, but you beat me to the punch, so to speak! You sir, are a gem.

  4. Thank you Frankie for the unexpected surprise you gave me on my dreadful day. I love to read your writings. They gave me hope that truly nice people like youself still exist in this world.

  5. Thank you, Frankie. Far too kind. I stop by and read and comment when I can because I like what I read, your writing strikes a chord, and it just seems honest and what you want to write. I appreciate and like that.

  6. Thank you, Frankie! I don’t know if and when I’ll get around to passing along the thanks, but you know, it’s mostly because at the moment I barely know which end’s up. 🙂

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