Sunday 29 July 2012

Great Scot!

Veg here

It's been a great week. At last I can tell you that I have been nominated for the Great Scot Award this year! A really nice lady came with her cameras and took lots of photos. I had my Mary's Meal t-shirt on and my Mary's Meals mug with me. I don't know who nominated me but I think it's really for everyone that has supported Mary's Meals. I am visiting the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen in Malawi when the ceremony takes place so if we win I can share the award with all the children. Fingers crossed.

You can read the article here.

I really liked all the meals on the blog this week. Thank you for sending them in. The Octo-Dogs look brilliant!

As a project I am going to copy the Japanese breakfast from Asuka. I will photograph it and rate it. I have never had a breakfast like it and I hope my family like it.

There are only 61 days until we set off to Malawi. This week Dad booked our flights. It is very exciting but I need to have 2 injections on Thursday. I have forgotten what it's like to have injections but it was ok when I was younger so I will be fine this time too.

We have been watching the Olympics. I stayed up to see the three Malawi atheletes but fell asleep and almost missed the end. Next week the blog is in Perth, Australia (22 seconds). It is winter in Australia but I wonder whether it is warmer than Scotland still. The week after, it goes to Brazil just like the Olympics!



  1. Well deserved!

    I have nominated Veg and NeverSeconds for a BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Award. I cannot think of anyone more deserving who has done more to raise awareness of food. That children deserve something better than a burgher and a can of coke.

  2. Congratulations on your nomination, Veg!
    That's fantastic!

    I've been watching some of the Olympics too - inspiring, hard working, dedicated and such strong and motivating men and women!

    They never give up.

    Looking forward to next week's blog ,
    Take care

  3. Hi Veg,
    Have been following your blog for a few weeks now. Well done on your writing and Mary's meals.

    To answer your question about the weather in Australia, Melbourne (where I'm from) is a little bit colder than Edinburgh today. We will have a top of 13 to Edinburgh's top of 16
    Perth on the other hand (where your guest bloggers are from) is on the other side of Australia (about 5hrs by plane) and they are much much warmer. There is a predicted top of 23deg today. It's not really a cold winter over there.

    Well done again on your blog, keep up the good work

    Melbourne, Australia.

  4. Congratulations and good luck with the jabs!

  5. Congratulations on your nomination Veg! That's brilliant news!

    I love your blog and have really enjoyed your guest bloggers this week. Especially Asuka's japanese breakfast. Good luck with your project. I can't wait to see a photo of your version!

    I watched the opening ceremony last night while chatting on facebook with two other transplanted americans that I went to Uni with. One in Canada and one in Poland (I'm in Surrey near Gatwick). We were thousands of miles apart in three different countries yet we were all watching the same program at the same time and chatting about it. It really made me aware of just how small our world has become.

    I'm sure you are getting excited about going to Malawi. I can't wait to hear all about your experiences there.

    Good luck to you!

    Horley, Surrey

  6. Tremendous news! Congratulations!!!

    I thought about you when I saw the delegation of athletes from Malawi. I'm sorry you missed the cauldron being lit, though, since it was done by kids this year.

    I had to have some "booster shots" before I started grad school. I think they hurt less the older you get, so I'm sure you'll do great.

    Keep up the good work, kiddo!

  7. Love you, VEG! You remind me that students aren't all close-minded and self-involved!

    I'm a former secondary school teacher and current college teacher--I'm going to use you as an example for my students!


  8. I'm so excited for you VEG!!!! You absolutely deserve the award. I've got my fingers crossed for you to be the winner!

    New Orleans, USA

  9. Dear martha,

    i am proud of you.. the god will give u good health and wealth for the whole life.. keep rocking.. whole world will support you.

  10. Congratulations VEG for your nomination for the Great Scot Award !!!

    Wishing you all the best.

    Great blog last week, and so looking forward to the coming weeks.

    1. Dear Martha & Well Done Veg:

      I heartily second all WDV has said! So delightful to read about how people can help each other no matter how old they are - and have others help, too!

      All the best,
      Santa Barbara, CA

  11. It's a pleasure to have you on the helm, taking us to safe havens.

  12. Hi Martha,

    I've loved reading your blog. Entertaining, funny, and just plain interesting. Above all that you have raised a fantastic amount of money for the charity, Mary's Meals. You are a true inspiration to children and adults around the world. How wonderful to hear that you have been nominated for the Great Scot Award. A well deserved nomination, and I wish you the very best of luck with that.

    All the best,
    Peter, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham, England

  13. congrats to Martha and her family! outstanding! well deserved! woohooo!

  14. Hi, Veg

    Congratulations on your nomination! I keep my fingers, toes and everywhere possible crossed for you :)

    I am glad to receive very nice & warm comments from many people and very happy that you will try out the Japanese breakfast for your family. Look forward to seeing your masterpiece! All will go well - just bear in mind to keep the cooker in lower end while cooking omelette so that it won't burn!
    Have fun!

  15. Congratulations on your nomination mo chara! Well deserved!

    I really hope you get it. You're a true inspiration and I've been telling everybody about you.

    Keep going. And you deserve it.

  16. Fingers crossed that you win, I'd be amazed if you didn't :-)

  17. Well deserved!

    I have nominated Martha and NeverSeconds for the BBC Food and Farming Awards, have you?