My blogging friend Mel of Crushed Caramel has nominated me for this award, my first of the year. Thank you Mel, you are a wonderful person. I recommend everyone reading this click on the link below and have a good browse of her blog.
Some of you may have been aware, some may not, that I have had a brief hiatus from blogging. Basically, from the 21st of December, until just the other day, I have been very quiet.
That is because we had family visiting from Australia and they, of course, wanted to see a lot of London the my corner of England while they were here. The three best things we did?
- Duxford Imperial War Museum of the Air.
- Macbeth at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Visiting St. Pauls Cathedral again.
I also did a lot of cooking, Onion soup, Jerusalem Artichoke soup, Venison Casserole and of course Christmas Dinner with Goose and all the trimmings. Yum. For that reason, I had no time at all for blogging and I still feel pretty exhausted, like I’ve hit a wall. Today I had a migraine and so have been laying down on the sofa with a frozen bag of peas (slowly thawing) on my head.
My head no longer feels like a pounding volcano, so I have picked myself up from my sickbed to write this post.
- Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blog so others can find them – Thank you, Mel, you lovely person, you. 🙂
- Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated you.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify the nominees about it on one of their own posts.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or your blog site.
Eleven Questions set by Mel:
- DO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS KNOW ABOUT YOUR BLOG? – Yes, they do and they are broadly encouraging. They probably were shocked at first, because I am a complete technophobe. I do not use a mobile phone, for example. Once they got over that initial shock, I have had some nice comments. They do not visit and read a lot of my stuff, I have found much greater encouragement from my fellow bloggers. Some of you have really been so wonderful (You know who you are 🙂 )
- ARE THERE ANY LESSONS YOUR PARENTS TAUGHT YOU THAT YOU ARE VERY GRATEFUL? – My Mum taught me right from wrong, good manners and high standards. My Dad taught me that Women often make better role models than Men. 😉
- ARE YOU A SWIMMER? WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SWIM? – I am a terrible swimmer. I didn’t actually learn to swim until I was Nine or Ten and I have never really felt comfortable in the water. If I am one of only a handful of people in a pool, then I’m not too bad, but if there are a lot of people splashing around then I’d rather not get in. My Natural nervousness wasn’t helped when a horrible teacher in Australia threw me physically into a polo pool which was three metres deep. She would never win caring teacher of the year.
- DID YOU HAVE TO HELP OUT WITH CHORES WHEN YOU WERE GROWING UP? IF SO, WHAT WERE YOU ASSIGNED TO DO? – At home, growing up, my Mum pretty much liked to do everything herself. I sometimes got the washing in for her if we had a sudden rainstorm (In England, that was very common). When we went away in the Caravan my chores included helping to put up and take down the awning. Collecting the water and emptying the black (dirty water) Container. That was the only time my Dad did the washing up too.
- HAVE YOU EVER HAD A PENPAL? – Yes but not for very long because I don’t stick at anything for long (except blogging, apparently).
- WHAT DO YOU DO TO CHEER YOURSELF UP ON RAINY DAYS WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL HAPPY? – I play music from my happy list then watch one of my old films. That normally helps. Then I find a long soak in the bath and an early night very helpful.
- HAVE YOU EVER RESEARCHED YOUR FAMILY TREE? WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR FAMILY’S ROOTS? – My Mum’s family was quite interesting, but my Mum’s father had a great number of brothers and sisters, but his mother died when they were still quite young and his father remarried. She sounds like the original wicked stepmother because she refused to have all the children in the house and they were farmed out to various foster homes around London and that meant many of them lost touch with each other. He claimed to come from a wealthy, aristocratic family, but I haven’t found much evidence for that.
- WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS? – A new job, more writing, perhaps another writing course, a trip to the Isle of Wight at some point…
- DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS? – I have a few, but then again, too few to mention. 😉
- WHAT NEW SKILLS OR TALENTS WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN OR DEVELOP? – Hmm, If I could discover the skill of teleportation, that would be helpful. Maybe learn a new language, or brush up on my Russian.
- DO YOU FIND IT EASIER TO BE HOPEFUL OR DOUBTFUL ABOUT A BETTER FUTURE FOR THIS EARTH AND ALL IT’S CREATURES? – I am generally a hopeful person. I believe that the people who care about the planet outnumber those that don’t and also the planet it quite tough and will recover if given the chance too. Some of the animals may not though.
Well there you go. 🙂
I will boil down my 11 questions to just Three.
- What is the thing that happened to you in 2018 that you are most happy about?
- What would you like to happen to you in 2019?
- If you could go back and change one thing in 2018 what would it be?
So, there are lots of people out there I would like to nominate, but I have always have a constant anxiety attack about whether people are too busy, or sick of doing these things or have already stated that they don’t do awards and I have foolishly missed it, so in order to bypass that whole stressful scenario, I am going to nominate anyone of you who read this, and want to have a go. Oh and you Mel, you’ve got to answer my three questions too. 🙂
Hope you all have a nice weekend.