The Very Inspiring Blogger Award :)

Sandra Connor ( has very kindly nominated me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’ :)!  Thanks so much Sandra, you are very kind :)!  I consider myself very much a learner in terms of blogging so to be considered inspiring is very special and humbling!


I believe I am meant to say seven things about myself – hmm, well here goes:

1.  I have worked at Bournemouth YMCA for 14 years although I am now gradually reducing my hours towards full retirement, probably next year.

2.  The YMCA is my second career – my first was in banking.

3.  I am looking forward to more writing, photography and walking as my third career and am working on a book about walking in Dorset.

4.  I drive a 40 year old MG BGT.

5.  I have two tortoises, mother and son.  The son, known as Titch, came about because we looked after a friend’s male tortoise – I had thought that mine was also a male prior to that (he was Toby, she’s now Tobi 😉 )!

6.  I collect ‘things’ for my garden, mostly things found on my walks, including numerous rocks, bits of old chain, old bottles etc.  I once brought a vine stock back in my suitcase from France, and this week I brought back a large chunk of driftwood which I found on a walk along the coast.  The funniest thing I have collected was a large chunk of what I thought was Pink Quartzite but when it gradually shrunk in size, I discovered that it was a sheep salt lick :)!

7. I am a Christian and the more I walk in the countryside, the more I am bemused that anyone can believe that there is no creator.

Thanks again Sandra, and to all of you for reading my blog.

The award does lead me to ask the question, ‘What do you think of my blog?’  I am always conscious that it could easily become a bit ‘same-ish’ and lose its freshness, especially with the number of walks I do.  I try to break it up by putting up single pictures or poems now and again just to vary the content but it was intended to be a blog of my walks in Dorset, usually involving around 1,500 words and 15/20 pictures.  Are my posts too long, too short, interesting, repetitive etc etc – if you have any thoughts, I would appreciate your feedback.

Thanks for stopping by and reading the ramblings of The Dorset Rambler.

Until next time,
Your friend
The Dorset Rambler.

If you would like to contact me, my details are on my website which is – comments and feedback are welcomed.

All photographs, poems and words in this blog are the copyright of The Dorset Rambler and must not be reproduced without permission.


  1. I’ve enjoyed reading your entries over the months since discovering your blog. The length is perfect and I wouldn’t start shortening the entries. Reading your blog does much to remind me that there is good and beauty in this world and that it is worth highlighting!


  2. Hi Terry,
    Since having the pleasure of meeting you yesterday outside my house on White Nothe, I’ve been trawling through your photos and blogs. All are a delight. Your pictures capture those very special moments when being alone on the cliff is so magical and such a priviledge.
    One or two facts about the cottage are not quite correct though…..
    You see I do have internet !!
    I will be keeping up with your ramblings and look forward to more of your captivating images.
    You have deserved the VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER award.

  3. Well, I’m sure I don’t have to say this, because you know how I feel — but — DON’T CHANGE A THING! Every time I visit your site I feel as though I have made a visit to Dorset and come away refreshed and at peace. This is more than a blog, Terry. It is a ministry. Thanks for being so faithful to it.

    By the way, I also posted an article relating to blog awards. I think it’s past time that we in the WordPress community started concentrating on honoring our fellow bloggers in ways that have NO STRINGS ATTACHED. So many bloggers feel that way, but most people don’t want to say much openly. So I went out on a limb and made that point this week. I hope it helps others think about the situation, and maybe we can convert to a way of honoring people without putting a heavy burden of rules on them in doing so. I’m very glad you went ahead and posted the award. You are so deserving of it.

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