Recently I was nominated for a Liebster Award by mamacormier (http://mamacormier.wordpress.com). Wowee! Lovely to receive the nomination. Many thanks, Carol.
The rules of the award are to –
• List 11 random facts about yourself
• Answer 11 questions
• Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers
• Comment on their page to let them know
• Tag the person who nominated you in your post
So here goes.
Eleven Random Facts About Me
1. I get flights of fancy. So does my husband and we usually agree on them, so fine.
2. I am a hoarder. Some in collections eg Victorian perfume bottles, some because stuff belonged to family members, much because it might just come in useful – some day.
3. I take loads of photographs, often looking for an unusual angle or combination of items.
4. At bedtime I drink green tea – we have quite a selection of different ones to chose from as our bedtime tipple.
5. I dislike being photographed and dislike even more seeing the result.
6. Since a child my favourite colour has been red. With the passing years bright has deepened but I still love the colour.
7. Olives are my chocolate. I used to ask the family to buy me a tub/jar of olives instead of a box of chocolates. Rather weird considering that when I first tasted them I thought them ghastly.
8. Have to admit I signed up to Twitter but can’t suss out how to use it. Stupid or what!
9. I tell myself I don’t play to win…but I do like to succeed.
10. I like long nails – makes using a keyboard fun!
11. Publishing an e-book is on my list of things to do.
The Eleven Questions I have to answer –
1. If you could be any famous person from history who would you be?
2. If you could choose anything what would your last meal consist of?
3. Where in the world would you most like to live?
4. What languages do you speak?
5. What is your favourite name for a boy? … a girl?
6. If you could change careers what would you like to do?
7. What is the most dangerous or reckless thing you’ve ever done?
8. What is your go to meal when you get unexpected company?
9. Do you have any regrets in life? or what would you do differently?
10. Who was your favourite teacher and why?
11. What would you like to invent?
My attempts at answering –
1. Famous person, difficult as so many came to a sticky end. I became quite fascinated with Fanny Stevenson, the American wife of Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. Her guts, determination and hard work had to be admired. Her life was never dull, and even in later life she managed to have young male ‘companions’. Her ‘press’ has tended to be negative of the ‘older temptress lures unsuspecting male who stands to inherit family money’ type. But a great biography of her by Alexandra Lapierre to me was extremely convincing in evening the scales and fuelling my fascination.
2. I tend to think simple meals are best. So probably crispy salad with lots of cheeses and home made bread.
3. Scotland has a great pull on me though I often wish it was warmer. Perhaps for the winter the eastern Algarve would be nice.
4. Languages I speak are my Scots English, with a smattering of French and a pinch of Spanish. The Latin I learned at school still comes in useful, and in Scandinavian countries we are amazed by the number of words we can understand because of their similarity to Scots words.
5. Favourite names…don’t know if I have any, though I suppose I favour Scottish names, and perhaps ones not too easily abbreviated. Having said that I don’t stick to that when writing when I tend to go for an unusual name or a more ordinary name that I can abbreviate to something unusual. I spend ages looking for names that I feel fit my characters.
6. Getting on in years for changing careers but am open to adding new skills, like writing novels and plays (and having them performed). There is a rich life outside careers, and interests in that life should be as wide and satisfying as possible. I am also grateful I learnt to use computers years ago as an inability to be conversant with them nowadays closes so many exciting options such as blogging and learning of the world from the perspective of others..
7. Not by nature a danger-enjoying or reckless person. Starting and running a business was often pretty scary, as was running an annual 10 day festival for eight years. Suppose visiting Albania in the 1970s might come into the scary category too. I’m sure it has changed much since then but in those days it was very basic so quite scary for a young (innocent of the world???) Scots girl.
8. Back to salads, I suppose, for unexpected guests. A quiche perhaps, or an omelette with mushrooms. Depends who they were and how much time they and I had. Or I might have to revert to haddock, chips and peas from the freezer. Staying in a very rural area, we don’t tend to get too many unexpected guests.
9. Regrets? I’ve reached the stage in life where regrets are rather pointless. What matters is to make the most of your life. No point in wishing you had done something differently. It’s past. Over. Unless you can change it move on. Nobody ever gets everything right, and it’s silly to waste life agonising about what might have been. Enjoy the now.
10. My favourite teacher I think might have been my infant teacher as she introduced me to A Childs Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems for children. For many years Stevenson was the only Scottish author I knew of. His life story still fascinates me. See my reply in 1.
11. My creativity tends towards the decorative rather than invention (except in cooking). Mind you, as I would much rather be creative than bore myself stupid with housework, a robot housekeeper would be a brilliant invention. Dusting, hoovering, bed changing, window washing…it would be so useful. And for it to be suitable for purpose it would probably have to be invented by a woman!!! Guess I’d be proud to have invented the automatic washing machine as it liberated women from the weekly chore that it was in my grandmother’s day.
My eleven questions
1. Who would you most like to have dinner with?
2. Do you read your horoscope?
3. Your best memory?
4. A great family time?
5. Your most embarrassing moment?
6. Your favourite piece of clothing?
7. A nostalgic piece of music and why?
8. Where did you meet your current boyfriend/partner/husband?
9. Would you swim with dolphins?
10. How ambitious are you?
11. What present would you buy for your best friend?
To select 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers is difficult for since I started to blog I have come across a rich tapestry of blogs from people around the world. I love to see their photos of places they love, to learn what they, in countries, often so far from Scotland, do. and think, the differences and similarities fascinate me. All the bloggers I follow have widened my horizons, so thank you all. To all those not nominated, I think you’re just wonderful, too.
So, my list of nominees for the Liebster Award so you can dance with joy with me –
(Anyone who is unsure what this is can Google it.)