Share Your World: 15 May 2017

How many languages do you speak?

English, and a smattering of French – oh, and bad. I must admit I’m a bit of a natural when it comes to bad language…

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

I’ve just finished reading ‘What She Lost’ by Susan Elliot Wright – a fictional story about the relationship between a particular mother and daughter that inevitably made me cry – and I’m also working through the non-fiction self-help book ‘Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers’ by Karyl McBride, PhD πŸ™‚

books

We’re currently watching ‘Long Lost Family’ on TV as I write this post, and we’re about to eat some piping hot bread and butter pudding with vanilla ice-cream… Mmmmm… πŸ™‚

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

Well apart from the pic of the books I took to illustrate the previous question, this is the view from half-way along the top deck of an everyday London double-decker bus – actually the 257 taking me from Leytonstone to Stratford yesterday afternoon, and I only took the pic because I was bored and I was wondering how my phone camera would manage the difference in exposure between the inside of the bus and the outside…

257-bus

What is your favourite time of day?

Either first thing in the morning or last thing at night, when I’m tucked up safe and warm in my bed. I’m feeling a bit vulnerable just now, and it really shows in anwers like this…

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Share Your World: 8 May 2017

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

Never shoes indoors, I find them too uncomfortable, but other than that it depends on how cold it is at any given time – so in the winter usually slippers, in the summer generally barefoot, and through spring and autumn most likely socks πŸ™‚

What was your favourite food when you were a child?

I don’t really remember a favourite food as a child – but I know I loved the mobile baker’s van that came round every Saturday morning in our rural farming community. The buttery-yeasty-sweet smell of baker-fresh bread and pastries and cakes is all blended in my memory with the wood-smell of the paper-lined trays displayed at an enticing angle in purpose-built racks on each side of the central galley-way within the van, coupled with the smell of the grease-dotted crisp paper bags filled with goodies we clutched in delight after each making our individual purchase πŸ™‚

Are you a listener or a talker?

I was a very shy child and so used to be mainly a listener, but studying for my degree in my late thirties taught me to speak up and speak out about topics I feel passionate about, so now in my fifties I’d say I’m probably a bit of both – but even when I do have something to say I’ll usually listen to others first.

Favourite thing to (pick one) photograph, write, or cook?

I love all three, so for me I’d choose:

Photographing – landscapes

Writing – poetry – haiku, limericks, sonnets

Cooking – do I have to choose one thing? Hearty stews and big family meals in huge pots…

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Share Your World: 1st May 2017

Would you rather live where it is always hot or always cold?

Hmmm… I’m going to sit on the fence and say neither, I far prefer a temperate climate. But if I do have to choose, I’d probably choose cold over hot any day – maybe it’s something to do with being born in the middle of winter, on the North-East coast of Scotland – cold and me are cool, but heat and me have a really fiery relationship that leaves me all hot and bothered, not good πŸ™‚

Do you prefer long hair or short hair for yourself?

Ah, safe to say my hair and I have a lifelong problematic relationship that remains uncomfortably unresolved to date. Basically, whether it’s longer or shorter at any given time, after a while I dislike it and want to change it… Currently my hair sits all one length just below my shoulders, apart from a small off-the-face fringe – well, for now, at least!

What is your favourite month of the year?

I don’t really have a favourite, each season has its own merits – so perhaps my favourite month is whichever one we’re in at the time…

The Spring flowers have been lovely so far this year, so here are some colourful tulips simply plonked hap-hazard in a vase, currently cheering up my living room…

tulips-vase

What is the easiest way for you to learn something new?

If it’s a practical thing, I learn by seeing and doing, by trial and error. If it’s an intellectual type of thing, I learn by writing things down, always in longhand.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

During this past week we’ve had quite a few people viewing our flat (which is currently on the market) and we’ve had some positive feedback from prospective buyers so far, so next week it might be nice to imagine that some of those viewings might potentially turn into offers… well, I can but hope! πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 17 April 2017

When writing by hand do you prefer to use a pen or a pencil?

I love to draw with a pencil, but I prefer to write with a pen. I used to play about with calligraphy pens once upon a time, but although I enjoyed making ‘pretty’ writing while angling the wide, fat nibs just so, I simply didn’t practice enough to be good at it and it just kind of fizzled out… Hmmm… maybe I might have another go at that, it was really quite fun to do… Maybe I could calligraphy some of my poems, make them into something visually creative as well as aurally satisfying πŸ™‚

Would you rather be an amazing dancer or an amazing singer?

A singer every time, but not a headliner – I always used to picture myself being one of several backing singers, in a slinky dress…

If you were on a debate team, which topic would you relish debating?

I’m not comfortable with the idea of public speaking, so for me to overcome that anxiety the topic would have to be something I truly believed in…

What are you a ‘natural’ at doing?

I’d probably say cooking – not gourmet chef kind of cooking, but the ordinary, everyday cheap-and-cheerful feeding a family on a minimal budget. Keeping a reasonably-stocked store cupboard and a few basic ingredients in the fridge and freezer means there’s always something wholesome and hearty to be made out of whatever’s available, no matter who turns up to be fed πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 10 April 2017

Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running or biking event? Tell your story.

I would love to say yes, but sadly, I never have. Distance walking I could probably do, given enough time, or perhaps swimming a given number of lengths in a pool, but not running, and not cycling. I love the idea of joining in these events, but when it comes down to it, I just don’t really get involved in anything en masse… too many people for me.

Name one thing not many people know about you.

While in the Girl Guides, I received my Queen’s Guide Award

What is your favourite flower?

It depends on the time of year, and my mood, and whether we’re talking about cut flowers in a vase or cultivated flowers planted in a formal garden or wild flowers growing just as nature intended… off the top of my head I generally love tulips and daffodils and roses and chrysanthemums and gerbera and dahlias, but today my favourite is carnations, in orange and cream, sitting in a vase in my living room πŸ™‚

carnations

Things I want to have in my home?

Space… more than anything, I’m looking forward to having space again, if we ever actually manage to get this cramped London flat sold and move to a lovely new house with a garden in Inverness πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 27 March 2017

blossom

Does your first and middle name have any significance, or were you named after another family member?

My parents were either going to call me Ruth or Pamela… I think I definitely prefer Ruth!Β  I wasn’t called after anyone in particular, but mum and dad eventually decided to choose a name that couldn’t be shortened. Ironically, I’ve gone through my whole life answering to Ruthie much of the time πŸ™‚

Music or silence while working?

Silence, always, if I have to concentrate on what I’m doing – I really love music, but I listen to the lyrics and tend to sing along. But if I’m doing housework or painting woodwork or cooking or anything I can do pretty much on autopilot, background music is great πŸ™‚

If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?

Three things… hmmm… I’d probably choose one special thing given to me by each of my three children – so a grey ceramic heart on a ribbon from my son, a fun 21st century chick fabric doll from my eldest daughter, and a mosaic-tiled keepsake box from my yougest daughter – all special gifts given and accepted with love

The Never List: What are things you know you will never do?

Pot-holing – I’m seriously claustrophobic and am getting cold sweats even thinking about it…

Get into a submarine (see pot-holing above for explanation)…

Climb a mountain rock-face, even with ropes and stuff – I’m quite clumsy, so knowing me I’d probably fall off!

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week thankfully has brought us some beautiful spring sunshine, showing off all the beautiful blossom, and at the end of this week I’m looking forward to the start of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge on 1st April! πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: Feb 27, 2017

Ever ran out of gas in your vehicle?

Not personally, but I was once being driven to the airport when the car we were in ran out of petrol – luckily someone kindly stopped and offered us a lift, and we caught our flight on time, even of it was by the skin of our teeth!

Which are better, black or green olives?

Hmmm… Black olives are a little bit softer and sweeter in the flesh, I think, but I also love the slightly sharper crunch of green olives, especially stuffed with garlic and pimentoes – but I have to make sure my husband eats some too, so I don’t have garlic breath all on my own πŸ™‚

If you were a great explorer, what would you explore?

History – I’d probably like to go back in time and explore the past for myself, instead of having to try to read between the lines of everyone else’s propoganda-led agenda, trying my best to interpret fact from fiction. I suppose human beings have always chosen to tell their own somewhat skewed version of the ‘truth’ at any given time – the only difference nowadays is that because everyone potentially has a voice these days (rather than just the church and the elite being literate) we can pretty much catch them out and question their account.

Well, unless they are the President of the United States, of course, in which case they can tell whatever ludicrous lies they like, call everything else they don’t like (however much truth there may be behind it) ‘fake news’ and make a big show of closing their freedom-of-speech doors to anyone who isn’t prepared to report ‘on message’…

Quotes list – at least three of your favourite quotes?

‘And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom’ – Anais Nin

‘If you’re going through hell, keep going’- Winston Churchill

‘This above all – to thine own self be true’ – William Shakespeare, Hamlet Act I, Scene III

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Share Your World: Feb 6, 2017

Regarding your fridge – is it a mess or organised inside?

Organised – if it was only my fridge, the contents may be rather more, um, randomly placed than at present, but my husband is a bit of a neat-freak so everything currently sits in its rightful spot… so no nasty surprises lurking at the back of the fridge for us.

Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?

Depends what it is… I like my curry mixed up with my rice, but keep my mash reasonably separate from my gravy – and I don’t like my fried eggs too close to my baked beans on the plate for some weird reason…

Do you prefer reading coffee-table books, biographies, fiction, non-fiction, or educational?

I read anything and everything, books, magazines, blogs, cereal cartons, chocolate wrappers… you name it, I read it!

Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?

My elbows are badly aching today, and sadly I don’t need to close my eyes to feel them… my joints are simply telling me I’m getting old.

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Share Your World: 23 Jan 2017

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

I prefer oranges and pineapple to be juiced, but cherries, apples, bananas and grapes I like to eat as nature intended. Oh, and I also like fermented grape juice of course, that’s always a firm favourite – glass of wine, anyone? πŸ™‚

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

As a child I grew up in the countryside, in a rural farming community along the North East coast of Scotland. As an adult I lived in a small fishing village for 14 years, before moving to London, which is the biggest city in the UK, where I’ve lived for the last 15 years. However my husband and I are planning to move back to Scotland later this year, and we can’t wait… I’m certainly more of a country girl than a city woman, even now.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colours would you use?

Lots of fresh greens and brown muddy earthy colours from spring to summer, blue skies and golden ripe crops from summer to autumn, and a multitude of beautiful greys of all tones to remind me of the inevitable rain throughout the rest of the year πŸ™‚

Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm…

Walking in nature, through the trees, along the coast… just walking anwhere I can feel the ground beneath my feet.

Having a long soak in a hot bath in peace and quiet.

Taking photographs, anywhere and everywhere.

Chilling on the sofa watching TV… πŸ™‚

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Share Your World: 16 Jan 2017

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Closed – I usually get up in the night at least once to pee, so tend to keep all potential obstacles as un-knockable-into and un-trippable-over as possibleΒ  πŸ™‚

Do you take shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?

Nope, I’ve got allergy problems so tend always to take my own toiletries with me, just incase of any unwelcome reactions to unknown ingredients or fragrances…

What is your usual bedtime?

Usually around 10.30pm-ish

Do you like to use post-it notes?

I used them regularly when I worked in an office (I spent 10 years as a University administrator), but not so much at home – although I once completely covered our kitchen cupboard doors with pink heart-shaped post-its for Valentine’s Day, to surprise my husband (he’s definitely the more romantic out of the two of us), and that was quite fun ❀

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

Um, my sister, a couple of years ago – she wrote a ‘proper’ letter to me, so I wrote her one back!

Any phobias?

I’m quite claustrophobic – being asthmatic since childhood I freak out at the idea of not being able to breathe in an enclosed space. Oh, and I’m not too hot on really big heights, either – like those glass-bottomed bridges or viewpoints at tourist spots – no bloody way would you ever find me on one of those!

How tall are you?

Five feet two inches, or 157cm, depending on your preferred yardstickΒ  πŸ™‚

Share Your World: 16 Jan 2017