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 πŸ™‚

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… πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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?Β 

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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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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Share Your World: 19 June 2017

What is something people are obsessed with but you just don’t see the point of?

Package holidays – we Brits seem obsessed with taking annual package holidays somewhere hot and sunny, where the point is to lie on a foreign beach somewhere all day and then drink in a foreign bar all night for two weeks… I’ve never been on one, it simply doesn’t appeal to me…

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

We Brits always form ourselves into an ordely queue – we stand quietly in line and take our turn, but will fidget and tut and glare and comment loudly to our immediate queue neighbours when other people disregard the rules and don’t follow the accepted ettiquette of British queuing πŸ™‚

What are some things you wish you could unlearn?

The one thing I wish I could unlearn from childhood, and am still trying to correct in myself even in grandparenthood, is the feeling that I’m not good enough. It has coloured my life in so many ways, and sadly I can see with hindsight it also has affected the way I’ve brought up my children, so I’m determined that my grandchildren will not be affected in the same way…

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

I really miss my maternal grandmother – I was truly lucky to have had her in my life for so long as she was 92 when she died, and I was already a grandmother myself by then ❀

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Share Your World: 6 June 2017

What’s your strongest sense?

Can I choose common sense? Sometimes it’s a pleasure, and sometimes it’s a bit of a curse to be so inclined…

Which of Snow White’s Seven dwarfs describes you best?

Grumpy, without a doubt – I’m definitely becoming grumpier the older I get πŸ™‚

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?

Old enough to know better!

List of jobs you think you might enjoy?

Doing something wonderfully creative – being an artist of some sort, a painter, or a writer, or a photographer, or something like that. Basically, I’d like to get paid for what I consider having fun – except that once I start getting paid and it becomes a job, it probably wouldn’t be such fun any more…

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

I’m grateful for having spent the last couple of weeks with my family in the North of Scotland, especially my five beautiful grandchildren. And next week I’m looking forward to attending the Annual Blogger’s Bash in London on Saturday! Woo-hoo! πŸ™‚

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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™‚

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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…

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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…

If you want to read everyone else’s answers for this week, or join in yourself, please see Cee’s Share Your World