The last couple of days have been ever so exciting. First of all Beth nominated me for my first ever award – for a beautiful blog. Yay – lots of times! I’m so chuffed to get this from Beth. Her work is stunning and her very kind words and comments, and her blog, were what inspired me to give blogging a go. I’d been mulling it over for ages but she has to take the blame for me getting started and for all these ramblings that give me so much pleasure! Thankyou so much Beth.
To accept my award, I have to tell you 7 random things about myself. Now, are you ready and braced for 7 highly exciting ‘things’ about me and my riveting life?! Well, you’re not getting a choice, so here they are::
1. John and I met in Peru when we were both on the same trekking holiday. But, and much more corny, he was the tour leader. Oops. Actually, in my defence, I had nothing to do with him on the holiday. I was highly suspicious of the motives of a tour leader. However, when I got back to my middle-of-nowhere cottage in Aberdeenshire I decided I really liked him rather a lot and sent him a letter. He did the same and the letters crossed in the post. How sweet. I went back out to Peru on holiday a year later (having seen him for a grand total of 2 1/2 weeks in the UK during that time) and we got engaged.
2. My family were brilliant about my, what must have seemed very rash, decision and didn’t question it at all. But the one person who I knew really understood, and wasn’t just being supportive, was my Grannie. She joined up with the RAF, as a nursing sister, during WWII. On the ship out to Burma she met my grandad, a captain in the gunners, who was on the way out to India. They were engaged by the end of the 2-week voyage and were married in Calcutta during the war. Sadly my grandad died quite young and she has had a long time on her own. She’s now 90 and struggling with dementia, but thankfully, very contented. She’s a special person.
3. When my youngest brother was born my dad phoned from the hospital and said he had red hair. I burst into tears, another brother was a bit of a blow at the time (sorry Don I love you lots), but the idea of red hair was really awful. Actually dad was wrong and he’s mousy blond. But rather ironically John is a red-head and so is my no. 2 Angus!
4. I’m horribly allergic to mussels.
5. If you ever need some sheep midwifery I’m your person. I’m great at getting out stuck lambs, pretty efficient at milking ewes for their colostrum, and can stomach-tube said colostrum into a weak lambs tummy. From the age of about 10 I had pretty much sole charge of any ‘orphaned’ (usually actually triplets who couldn’t be paired off with another ewe) lambs and mum and dad paid me £5 for every one that made it to market. That was big money for me. I loved it and would have done it anyway but I really appreciated the reward.
6. I rarely wear anything other than trousers, mostly jeans, but after a discussion at the school gates this afternoon I’m going to try to make 2010 the summer of skirts.
7. There are lots of places around the world, and in the UK, that I’d love to visit. But top of my list is the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. We were booked to go, for our honeymoon, a year after we got married. But little Finn came along as a surprise and we had to cancel. One day.
Hope these were mildly interesting. I need to pass this on to 2 other people which I’m finding a little difficult. I’m not that good at picking ‘favourites’. I get a lot of pleasure from lots of people’s blogs but have decided to go for: Jenny at sew obsessed as she hasn’t been blogging for all that long either and Abby at Mutterings from the Moor because she, like Beth, has been very kind and helpful and her blog is always a fun place to visit.
Byeeeee for now.