I pinched this from a lovely lady - Given that I have not been a good blogger lately - I am currently fighting a pitched battle with my last-but-one assignment for year 3 of my counselling course and am nursing a snozzly beak at the moment as I have another cold! I thought I could just cheat a little and run a sort of meme...
Everybody say "Ahhhhhh!"
There's another instalment of this bilge, by the way, when I realised this posting was pretty long in the tooth!
Anyhoo, here are 11 random facts about me - Courtesy of the delightfully wonderful and wild Vix, Queen of West Midlands Vintage, she's 'on tour' with Gilbert the Camper at the moment, but she usually blogs magnificently chez Vintage Vixon:
- I played the violin from the age of 9 to 19;
- I never knew it, but my great grandfather had been the Second Violinist in an important working men's orchestra in my town in the Thirties...
- I love stained glass art and studied it for 6 years - I am just waiting for the right time to get back there... This art is by Sylvia Laks - Gorge!
- I speak three languages well, and two more badly!
- I am addicted to cheese and biscuits!
- I grow competition leeks - I think you knew that, already?!
- Gerry Rafferty is such a musical hero of mine - It's a year now since he died...
- I've never read anything by the Mitfords - The idea is anathema to me because of the characters!
- I've written seven chapters of a novel, but then my laptop broke, so I don't know if I'll ever be able to get it, or that time, back!
- I worry too much that I'm not a very interesting person and have sneaking paranoia when I'm stressed...
Here's Sandy's questions:
- What is your favourite dessert? I am a stickler for anything chocolatey these days, so Tiramisu! (NB: Currently I am trying to do without chocolate for 6 months - I may not survive!)
- If you could live in any decade which would it be and why? I think as I've already lived through some of my dream era - The Sixties - although I was a bit young to appreciate it, I'll plump for the Edwardian era - I'm currently fascinated by it...
- What is your favourite Disney film? Was Bedknobs and Broomsticks Disney?
- Who is your favourite historical person and why? I'm very fond of Marie Stopes, for without whom we would still be living in the dark ages for women's health...
- What is your favourite book? Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. It's true! Reader, I married him!
- If you were given £1000 to spend in any one place, where would you choose? I'd be off to Paris in a squeak! Here, in fact, the Old Navy on the Rive Gauche...
- What is your favourite childhood memory? Of my Dad pulling me along on a sledge through the shallow snow as we traversed the pavements of my childhood town on our way home in the twilight. He had made my sledge for me. I have such happy memories of it. And him.
- If you could hold a dinner with only 2 other guests (dead or alive, celebrity or historical) who would they be? Oscar Wilde - for his wit and the gossip, and Stevie Nicks, because I'm an obsessive fan, lol!
- What would you choose to be your last supper? Cheese on toast as made by my late Dad. No-one has ever made it nicer, before or since...
- Name one beauty product you couldn't live without. Toothpaste! If we're talking proper make-up then it'd be lip salve!
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Paris, most definitely - For the culture and scenery, for the food and quirkiness of the people - I'd also have a pied-a-terre in Nice, for the sunshine and faded grandeur!
- What was the name of your first love? He was called Brian - I know if I met him again today we'd hug as if we were best friends - We were both five when we met and then were parted for years when my family moved house, until we met again in our twenties par hasard - The big bear hug I got in front of my husband, who was with me, needed some explaining later!
- What was the first car you owned? Goodness me! It was a Lada Riva, which I could never drive very well, but the first car that was mine own was a 'C' reg Nissan Micra. Nowadays I drive a Nissan X-Trail and it's just as easy to handle as the Micra, believe it or not!
- Who is your favourite TV character? I think it's Wile E. Coyote - I love the fact that he's perpetually thwarted, and never gives up...
- How did you meet your partner? I met him at a University ceilidh - He'd gone with his sister, my then-friend. Our eyes met and that was it! (In reality, I asked him to dance with me and he drove me home - He said later I wasn't his type, but I think I terrified him into asking me out!)
- What pisses you off the most? Like Vix, bigotry and I'd add racism.
- If you weren't living where you are now, where would you live and why? See above for Paris.
- What's your favourite drink? Mine's a Guinness or a Bombay Sapphire and Slimline Tonic. I also like the odd pint of Lime and Soda to wet my whistle!
- Confess something naughty! I once 'lifted' a particularly pretty glass from my table when I was at a conference - It slipped into my conference goodie bag nicely when no-one was looking - It's a particularly vivid turquoise glass and I still have it... That and a perky cream Novotel mug which caught my eye about fifteen years ago at another conference! I promise you, I don't make a habit of it - I is a good girl really!
- If you could be reincarnated, who would you be and why? I wouldn't mind a spell as a famous female author or poet, someone like Joanne Harris or Elizabeth Barrett, who was married to Robert Browning and whose poetry inspired Poe and Emily Dickinson - I'd like a life devoted to writing and lounging, I think.
- What skill would you like to learn? I'd love to be able to sing properly - I love it, but I am awful at it!
- If this was your last day on the planet, how would you spend it? With my family and friends, telling them how much they mean to me - We'd be on a sunny beach somewhere, eating nibbles and sipping all kinds of exotic cocktails and we'd be at peace with one another and the world...