First up is The Garden Monkey - this is the blog I turn to for a good belly laugh, especially when it's a Dig Brother episode. He (why do I think GM is a he?) can also make me snort with derision at times, but as he says on his blog - that's monkeys for you.
Secondly, it has to be Esther in the Garden. I think her blog is unique (well I haven't found anything else quite like it yet) and like any good story, I find myself tuning in daily for her next 'chapter'. She also cheered me up immensely recently on a very wet day in Dorchester.
Thirdly, I'm giving this award to Frankie at Veg Plot, just for her profile picture alone. I smile every time I visit her blog and see it. Her regular posts are short, but her sense of humour shines through. I just wish I could say so much in so few words.
Lastly, I'm going to award this to R Pete Free of Typing on the Void. I love the regular glimpse into the world of gardening at a National Trust property and the quality of the writing is very good too.
Now awarded people - you have a choice and its entirely up to you. You can accept your award with grace, but not hand it on - don't post about it or display it either if you don't want to. It's your privilege and I won't be offended. Or you can do a similar post to mine - let me know if you need instructions on how to copy the award badge, please don't link to the one above as this might slow down the speed of my site. Or you can choose to hand the award on fully AND display your shiny new badge on your sidebar. If you want to do the latter, then you will need to do the following:
"If you are a recipient of the "You Cheer Me Up" Award, please find the blogs that cheer you up, copy the code to post on your sidebar and pass Ethel and Lucy (in the pic from the 'I Love Lucy' show) across the blogosphere. You can use what cheers you up in your post, or copy this one, but please send your award recipients back to the original post on A Nice Place In The Sun to get a copy of the award code, post the image and read the instructions. I want to try to maintain a page of original and ongoing award recipients, so feel free to let me know if you've received an award when you pick up the image code."
When I received my first award, I made the decision just to post about it but not to show it permanently. I was very tempted to make an exception in this case (I even toyed with the idea of having a separate 'trophy cabinet' blog, but haven't the time at the mo'), but I think it would be unfair on the other generous bloggers who've seen fit to reward me before not to treat them equally. I hope you don't mind Deborah - when I finally get round to altering my blog to have a second sidebar, you can rest assured that I'll not only be displaying my awards in their full glory, I'll also be giving you a permanent credit :)
Suburbia, Growing our Own and Simon - I've still got your memes to do and I haven't forgotten, but this post's long enough already. Soon, I promise.