Blog Awards Update and Christmas Show

Expats Blog Awards

A huge thank you to everyone that voted for Algarve Blog in the recent Expats Blog Awards – we are very proud to display our new Silver Award – and send hearty congratulations to Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal for winning Gold!


We received so many lovely comments and votes on our blog it was quite humbling – and encouraging! Thank you so much to everyone that took the time to vote.

Blog Layout

You may have noticed that our sidebar on the blog is looking decidedly less cluttered – I decided to have a clear out and tidy up a bit – so now all of our awards and badges can be found via the drop-down menus above:



New Subscribers and Followers

A huge welcome is extended to all of our new subscribers – we seem to have had a flurry of new visitors, followers and people commenting on the blog recently – thank you so much – and thank you too to all the lovely followers that have been with us for ages – all of your comments and feedback really do make it all worthwhile.

Beautiful Blogger Award


It seems fitting that today we also celebrate being awarded the Beautiful Blogger Award – this came from The Palladian Traveler – his post A Cowardly, Gunslinging Blogger Award is fantastic and well worth a read! We are now one of his Magnificent Seven – an entertaining thought! I might be pretty good behind the wheel of  car but I doubt I could manage to ride a horse!!

The rules of the award are quite simple:

1 Link back to the person that nominated you

2 Post the award to your page

3 Tell seven facts about yourself

4 Nominate seven bloggers and tell them about it

So here are seven ‘facts’ about me you may not know (or even want to know!) (although long-time readers of The Thought Palette might recognise them!)

1 I was born and grew up in inner-city Birmingham

2 I only learnt to ride a bicycle when I was 17!

3 I can’t sing in tune (at all!)

4 I love Cadbury’s chocolate and ‘Percy Pigs’

5 I am a very quick reader

6 I went on a ‘silent’ retreat time – and lasted less than 2 hours and went home again!

7 My ideal dinner party would have John Barrowman and David Tennant sat at the table! (Oh – and I wouldn’t be cooking!)

And here are the seven blogs I have nominated for this award:

Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal  Well it’s not quite a shiny gold award but she definitely deserves this too – and I noticed that she doesn’t have it yet!

Marsha Lee

Life is a Journey 

Detours by Deepali 

Eat, Travel, Photograph

Beyond the Brush 

The Urge to Wander

All of these blogs are interesting, inspiring and well illustrated with great photographs and worthy of the award.

Christmas is Coming!

We can’t really get into the festive spirit yet as we are surrounded by printer inks and paper – yes we are busy getting ready for our Christmas Sale!

A3 Art Christmas Sale

If you are in the Algarve then do come along and see us!

You can enjoy seeing our recent work – and as it is Christmas and it is a sale – there will be lots of ‘Saldos’ signs and discounts!

A3 Art Algarve Coast Dave Sheldrake

 You can enjoy some of Dave’s fabulous photographs of the Algarve Coast

A3 Art Daisy White by Alyson Sheldrake

And some of my new big bold flowers alongside my modern style pieces.

We have had some fab write-ups in the local press and online again – and thank you to everyone that is supporting us – especially the fabulous Holiday Inn Algarve hotel.

A3 Art Algarve Resident article

 So have a great weekend everyone – and hope you have some sunshine wherever you are!

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31 Responses to Blog Awards Update and Christmas Show

  1. Congrats and haven’t you been busy!

  2. Congratulations on all your lovely awards – no wonder you’ve had to build a new page for them! And thank you for yet another one – my shelf would be quite empty without you :)

  3. Marianne says:

    Congratulations on your very well deserved award, Alyson!

  4. Yeah – congrats and so well deserved!

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  6. Deepali says:

    Congrats for all the so very well deserved accolades! Thanks a lot for the beautiful Blogger award. Loved your blog and following you now :-)

  7. Sami Veloso says:

    Congratulations Alyson. Best of luck with the art sale.

  8. Candy S says:

    Congratulations on your awards also. You have some really beautiful art work too.

  9. B3Yourself says:

    I have proposed you for Blog of the year 2012! Congratulations!

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  11. Uzoma says:

    Your blog is beautiful and interesting and deserves a lot of awards.

  12. Beautiful work. I could lose myself here.

  13. tchistorygal says:

    Congratulations and thank you for nominating me for the Beautiful Blogger award. Please forgive me for being SO slow about responding. That was so kind of you. I will post it tomorrow. :) Marsha Lee :)

  14. Madhu says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved awards Alyson! I am touched and honoured to to be on your list of nominations! Thank you so much for the award and for leading me here. I look forward to exploring your beautiful blog :-)

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