Sunday, 3 May 2009

The latest meme

I've been tagged by Mountainear, originally a customer, now friend, of my sewing sister Annie. Thank you F. It’s nice to be asked.I am sure I shall struggle to write something of huge interest to anyone else but will have a go. Of course then I have to find other bloggers to tag who will be willing to suffer likewise! My problem is everybody else seems to have got there first.
Here goes…..

What is your current obsession
When I worked full time, I never had time for my love of crafts. Now I am able to indulge myself and I love every minute. My obsession of the moment (it changes on an almost weekly basis) is smocking. (See my earlier blog!) I am busy working on some gorgeous, pink, floral fabric with pale, peachy pink smocking – so pretty!
What are you reading?
I have just read Gloria Hunniford’s Always with You. I heard her on Radio 2 discussing the loss of her daughter Caron Keating to cancer and I was very moved by the way she talked about the grief that the loss of a child brings.
Her book describes how she has faced life after this loss and includes poems and letters from other bereaved parents. It sounds sad but I found it very uplifting.
First spring thing?
We always look out for that first swallow. It usually appears on or around Dad’s birthday April 17th. This time I saw one about two weeks earlier, so maybe that’s a sign of a good summer to come.
What's for dinner?
Jamie Oliver lamb – a leg of lamb, roasted slowly in white wine, with rosemary on a bed of root vegetables, accompanied by a huge Yorkshire Pudding – yum!!
Which item from your wardrobe do you wear most often?
Living a rural life means most of my time I am in jeans – usually of the M&S variety.
Planning to travel to next:
We are thinking about a trip to the Isle of Man. A good friend is a frequent visitor and loves its peace and tranquillity. We would love the scenery – hills, coast and good walks. I am just a bit anxious about the ferry crossing as I don’t like being on the sea much. I suppose we could fly.
Last thing(s) you bought:
A gorgeous, little necklace to wear to my niece’s wedding. It’s made with little petrol blue pearls which match my new frock perfectly. The Jewellery Stop in Shrewsbury has some beautiful items to suit a wide variety of tastes and occasions so I am sure I will be back for more.
Flowers of the moment

Wild Spring flowers. On my walk last week, I photographed primroses, cowslips and violets in the hedgerows near to our home. They looked so fresh and delicate. The photos have been printed off and sent to elderly relatives who are unable to get out to enjoy them.
Favourite ever film
All my family know that it has always been South Pacific. My cousin took me to see it in Liverpool when I was a very unworldly nine year old. I was enthralled by the big screen, the colour, the music, the humour and of course the romance of the whole experience. I still treasure that treat to this day and when I am having a home alone day, out comes the video and the box of tissues and I enjoy it all over again!!!
Earliest memory?
My first trip to the sea-side. I think I must have been about two when we went on a coach trip to Barry Island. I have vague memories of the feel of sand in my little spotted sunsuit and the way that the cold waves took my breath away as my dad dangled my feet in the surf.
Favourite childhood toy?
Our garden swing (Does that count?).
My dad built it for us. My little sister and two older brothers spent hours on it, being pushed back and forth as little ones and then gradually gaining the skills to be able to make it go all by ourselves. Then, as young teenagers, we progressed to swinging as high and as fast as we could before leaping off, at full height, to see who could soar the furthest across the garden. (Please don’t try this at home folks!!!)
Care to share some wisdom?
Give something to someone every day – a smile, a cheerful comment, your time – you will find something good will happen to you in return.
What do you wish you were good at?
Planning and entertaining. I am hopeless at organising special events. I need someone to tell me what to do and when to do it and then I am fine.

Well that’s it.
Now to tag….

Rural Villager
Calico Kate

How about it?

Here are the Rules - because there are always rules:
Respond and rework. Answer questions on your own blog. Replace one question. Add one question. Tag some people. It should be 8 but I can't believe there are 8 people left in the world who've not had this tag.


Wipso said...

Love the blog big sister :-) I don't blog but will have a quick go here for you.
Current obsession?...planning daughter's wedding.
Reading?....No time for reading at the mo [see above!!]
First spring thing?...Is it spring already ? must get on with the wedding dress, stationary etc etc
Dinner? I have to stop to cook and eat then?
Wardrobe fav?...which toile do I wear today? [lots been made recently to get THE outfit ready for the wedding]
Travel?...Not this year [no money...see above!
Last thing bought?...Material & beads for my clutch bag for wedding
Flowers of moment? to be my flowering crab apple tree [the one I can see in the brief moments when my heads up from my sewing]
Earliest memory?..taking car reg numbers sat on wall by the gate.
Fav childhood toy? to be the swing too
Wisdom to share?..Make someone smile every day cos you get back so much more.
What do I wish I was good at?...losing weight! [but then of course none of the toiles would fit!!]

Twiglet said...

Thanks A! We love you just as you are - even tho' you are not stationary for long!!!!

Calico Kate said...

Goodness! I've been tagged, golly whatever next, that makes me feel like a real blogger!

Thanks for sharing a bit of your world.

Lindsay said...

Will try the meme but sas you say - not many people left to take part!!!!

mountainear said...

I thought you said you were a beginner at such things...that's a fantastic blog.

I'm with you on the giving something to someone every day - a lot of what we give - as you suggest, costs little or nothing and can mean so much.