Share Your World: 20 November 2017

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

I don’t actually know what I would do in that situation – whether at school, college or university, I was usually the one other people would try to copy from!

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?

Either the big things – particularly huge vast landscapes or seascapes, with a soft horizon disappearing into the distance – or the really small things – the tiny magical details that always fill me with a sense of wonder ❤

Complete this sentence: When I travel, I love to…

Take photographs of the travelling en route as well as of the destination 🙂

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What inspired you, or what did you appreciate this past week?

Family troubles are at the forefront of my mind this week, so however difficult things may be just now, with so many lonely people living alone in the world I truly appreciate actually having a family to worry myself sick over…

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Share Your World: 13 Nov 2017

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than 10 minutes?

Often – I love sitting just watching the world going by…

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone light?

I’d probably use my phone light to find the candles and matches 🙂

Would you rather be given $10000 for your own use or $100000 to give anonymously to strangers?

If I had plenty of money I might give the larger amount away, but right now I would keep the smaller amount for myself and my family.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Spending time with my youngest grandchildren inspired me this past week, and although my dad is currently still in hospital having suffered a stroke, I really appreciate that at 81 he is still with us for now ❤

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Share Your World: 30 October 2017

Where do you eat breakfast?

Nowhere – I’m really not good with eating anything at all when I first wake up and need to be up for a couple of hours at least before I eat. But I always like to have my first cup of tea quietly curled up on the sofa, contemplating the day ahead.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want to have an evening with?

My long-gone paternal grandmother, who first inspired my love of cooking – a farmer’s wife with a large family and a large farmhouse kitchen, I discovered at her knee the traditional task of coaxing minimal food ingredients into making maximum impact with a lot of love and practical ingenuity. So I’d choose to spend just one more evening cooking a huge family meal with her as she was in her prime, but with me at the age I am now – two women two generations apart but with hindsight a lot more in common than I’d ever imagined was possible during her lifetime ❤

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

I’d be a beautifully delicate yet hardy snowdrop, triumphantly pushing through the partially-thawing frost and snow every winter to herald the promise of spring ❤

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

My mum is newly home from hospital after having another chest infection – she has chronic respiratory problems – so while mum was being treated in hospital, instead of staying with my youngest daughter as planned over the last couple of weeks I stayed for several days with my 81 year old dad who is in the process of recovering from a recent mini-stroke.

It felt quite poignant being once more in the house I grew up in, as it has become resoundingly clear to both mum and dad that they simply can’t go on living there alone for much longer – the sprawling house is just too big for the two of them rattling around in, too impractical for coping with ongoing failing health issues as they grow older, and far too isolated from the increasingly necessary intensive support of the rest of the family.

Sadly they know now they need to think seriously about moving somewhere smaller and easier to access for them and for everyone else. So this last week or so I’ve truly appreciated the chance to spend precious time quietly with my dad in the rural landscape of my youth, which will always hold a special place in my heart ❤

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Share Your World: 25 September 2017

What is your favourite outdoor activity?

Walking for pleasure – preferably either with friends, with family, or with a camera ❤

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Here in London, snarled up as it usually is with traffic jams and aggressive drivers, I’d rather be a passenger no matter what. But out on the open country roads I’d rather be driving, with suitably revved-up music blaring in my ears while I’m singing my heart out at the top of my voice…

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

To have a full night’s undisturbed sleep, to wake up without any body part aching, and to be able to eat anything I like without getting fat or unhealthy…

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

I had my eyes tested this afternoon (long overdue appointment) and finally have new reading glasses – and ooh, everything close-up looks nice and crisp and clear again! Amazing! 🙂

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Share Your World: 4 Sept 2017

What colour do you feel most comfortable wearing?

I’ve been going through a bit of a colour metamorphosis lately, adding bright splashes of cerise and purple and turquoise and red to my usual basic blacks and greys and blues. But I’m not so keen on green and I never wear yellow – it really clashes with my skin-tone 😦

What is your favourite type of dog?

When I was growing up we had a golden lab, and later a black lab, so I think I’ll always have a soft spot for labradors…

List at least five favourite flowers or plants?

Roses, carnations, dahlias, tulips, daffodils 🙂

What inspired you this past week?

I’ve been inspired to try playing about with different blog themes this week – I’ve gone from the subtle pale blue ‘Nucleare’ with randomised blue header images, through an unconvincing phase of charcoal grey ‘Sela’ with various unsatisfactory (and therefore short-lived) header image options, to today’s experimental ‘Plane’ with an abstract flower header image… I just need a change!

Oh, and on the London bus coming home today I was inspired (much to the amusement of my fellow passengers) to take a picture of the Transport for London roundel design incorporated into the apparently-newly-upholstered seating fabric, just because I’d never seen bus seats so clean and I know they definitely won’t stay pristine for long! The roundel design itself is a couple of inches in diameter, set in a never-ending pattern repeat… 🙂

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Share Your World: 28 August 2017

What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?

Wake up naturally, with no alarm, and enjoy a leisurely cup of tea. Spend the entire warm and sunny day in and around my ideal large family home (non-existant to date, but I can dream!) with my husband and all three of my adult children and their families, cooking and eating and laughing and relaxing together… perfect! ❤

Complete this sentence: ‘My favourite place in the whole world is…’

My bed…

Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)?

That would be Anne – we’ve been lifelong friends, our dads were at school together and we were born only six months apart 🙂

What inspired you this past week?

I’ve really been enjoying the warm weather this week, and have been getting down to grass level with my camera to take some close-up images of the wild flowers growing there…

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Share Your World: 27 August 2017

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?

Nope, but I’ve been handcuffed once – a friend who was a special constable was demonstrating to me just how uncomfortable it is to be restrained in handcuffs, and I must admit they were truly horrible.

What have you always wanted? Did you get it?

I’ve always wanted a quiet, peaceful life, and sadly no, so far it has eluded me… but I keep searching and keep hoping that maybe one day I’ll get there.

What is your perfect pizza?

Tomato, mozzarella and basil on a thin crispy crust – er… well… either that or ham and pineapple, which is probably a very British thing!

What inspired you this past week?

Late August starts to show signs of moving from summer to autumn, with acorns and berries and rosehips giving a good show – I love the changing seasons, and nature always inspires me no matter how low I’m feeling…

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Share Your World: 7 August 2017

What was the last URL you bookmarked?

The website for a restaurant I’d never been to before, but where we were due to meet up with friends

Do you believe in the afterlife? Reincarnation?

I’m not religious at all, so have no particular affiliation to one set of beliefs over another, but I don’t really like the idea of us just ending abruptly. I love wandering around old cemeteries, I find them really peaceful places, and sometimes I can almost feel energies from the past walking with me and keeping me company. So… hmmm… not sure what the exact answer is to that question…

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing poems, short stories or novels? 

Just a blogger not a writer, but it’s poems all the way for me – the framework really challenges me to find exactly the right words to convey what I want to say in as few key words as possible!

What inspired you this week?

A bunch of carnations I bought cheap at our local supermarket – they’ve been pretty much photographed to death, poor things, as anyone who regularly follows this blog will happily testify to… and I’m still not done with them yet 🙂

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Share Your World: 31 July 2017

If you had to have your vision corrected, would you rather glasses or contacts? Or what do you use if you already need to have your vision corrected?

I wear reading glasses (and have done for the past few years), but am noticing my current prescription probably needs tweaking a little bit, so I suppose a visit to the optician is on the cards in the very near future.

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person?

Ah well, that depends! If I’m in an active, tramping around the countryside mood, then I’m a dog person all the way – dogs are the perfect walking companion. But if I’m in a curling up on the sofa with a good book mood, then nothing keeps you company quite like a purring cat curled up next to you. So ideally, I’d have both 🙂

If you were to buy a new house/ apartment what are the top three items on your wish list?

A good sized kitchen diner, more than one bathroom, and a bit of garden all around ❤

What inspired you this past week?

My new marco conversion lens – a new toy to play with!

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Share Your World: July 10th 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day?

Indoors, maybe reading, or perhaps colouring-in – either can keep me engrossed for hours! colour-in.jpg

List a least five favourite treats?

Right now I’m trying to be a little less unhealthy in my food choices, so am retraining my palate to yearn for less fats and refined sugars. So for now when I want a snack-sized treat I’m enjoying a variety of alternatives like wholewheat crackers with sharp cheese, a few baby tomatoes, some olives, a handful of seedless grapes, or this afternoon’s particular favourite, a little bowl of black cherries. cherries

What’s your favourite place to take out-of-town guests?

We live in London, so there’s never any shortage of available tourist options – it would really depend on our visitor’s preference 🙂

You are trapped in an elevator – who do you want to be trapped with?

I was stuck alone in an elevator when I was three or four – I was out shopping with my mum and baby brother and as I stepped in to the elevator first, just in front of mum, the doors immediately closed and up it went to the next floor with me inside. A kind lady got in and asked me if I was alright, and pressed the ‘down’ button. A few seconds later the door opened again and there was a very worried mum still waiting with my brother in the pram. The whole experience (however short) absolutely terrified me, and I’ve maintained a healthy suspicion of elevators ever since. So it’s taking the stairs for me, if any are available, every time…

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