When I first discovered this thing called blogging, I used to spend hours going from blog to blog, following other people's choices. It was such fun, but also soaked up so much time that nowadays I tend just to check in to the blogs I know and like. But I also pay attention when these writers and photographers whose work I respect suggest a particular site to visit.
And now with the Liebster award, I need to find my five to recommend. And here's my first: The Living Isle, written by Rob about the natural world on the Isle of Wight, a place that holds for me such happy memories of childhood holidays and has always seemed a slightly "other-worldly" place.
Rob also has another new blog, The Off Cut, which was recommended a few days ago by Phil Gates a botanist at Durham University and Guardian Country Diary writer whose site - Cabinet of Curiosities - I love. Phil doesn't need the award, he already has an extensive following, but it would be lovely to see Rob's sites reaching a wider audience.
Both of Rob's blogs are beautifully written and illustrated. If I hadn't been given this award I probably wouldn't have noticed them. I'm glad I've found them.
A touch of serendipity.