Wednesday 14 November 2012


Camilla has kindly invited me to join in a tag!  (If you don't know Camilla's blog, you should check it out - her photography is beautiful as are her quilts.)

The rules of the tag are: 
  • Tell us 11 things about yourself
  • Answer the 11 questions that the person who tagged you has asked you
  • In turn you can tag up to 11 bloggers and ask 11 questions of them (the people you tag should have less than 200 followers). But skip this if you prefer!
  • Mention the blog that tagged you, but don't tag them back of course!

I really enjoyed Camilla's post - it's a fun way to find out about another blogger.  So here goes, with 11 random things about me, me, me:
  • I'm rather partial to Colin Firth.
  • Except for bright, clear, snowy days, I do not like the winter!
  • I love red wine and it was the only thing I craved when pregnant - I could smell an open bottle across the other side of a restaurant.
  • I struggle to find a true blogging "voice" - I'm essentially quite reserved and shy in real life, but have to rein in a tendency to burble on a bit.
  • My favourite thing about blogging is making contact with some really nice people who are interested in the same kind of things and face the same kind of difficulties in managing to do them!
  • I don't like heights - this is me, taking a photo to prove that on the third attempt I'd managed to make it to the middle of a rope bridge over a river crashing through a gorge.  Husband and kids had already crossed to the other side, had a good look around and come back.  You can see that I am hanging on for dear life.

  • I met my husband eleven years ago at a party that neither of us had planned to go to.    
  • During a stint as a Literary Agent's assistant, I briefly hobnobbed with the rich and famous who  aren't nearly as nice or interesting as the poor and obscure:-)
  • I never could understand why Mr Rochester had to lose an eye and a hand in order to have redeemed himself.
  • The bravest thing I have done in life is undertake an overnight bus trip from India to Nepal while suffering from dysentery - from Camilla's story about the goat I'm guessing our experiences here have been somewhat similar.
  • I love food and will eat pretty much anything except raw oysters. 

and here are Camilla's questions:
  • What is one of the best places you've been to?    In my backpacking days I went to a tiny island, called Siberut, off the west coast of Sumatra and trekked through the tropical forest with a local guide, staying with tattooed Mentawai people in log huts on stilts above pigs and chickens. From the depths of the forest we could hear the sound of chain saws so I hate to think what it's like now.

  • Where would you like to travel to, even if not possible at the moment?   Tibet. Or Ankor Wat in Cambodia.  
  • What's the best thing you've made?   I was pretty proud of this quilt, but generally feel that the best is yet to come.
  • What do your family/friends think about your blogging?   I tend not to mention it to anyone else in case they scorn it!   But my lovely husband is very supportive, sometimes literally.  

  • What else do you like to do in your spare time other than make stuff?  Reading, listening to music, walking, playing the piano, taking photos, going to the cinema, drawing/painting/etching, eating, and gardening on my allotment. Exciting, huh?!
  • What's the last good book you read?  I just re-read Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. By today's standards it's a short book, but there's so much in there.  It's intelligent without being unreadable, enjoyable on many different levels, and the character drawing is amazing.
  • What's on your "to read" list? There's a big hole in my knowledge where Charles Dickens should be.
  • What's your real job?  Jobbing gardener.
  • Would you choose it again? Why or why not?  At this stage of my life, definitely.  My entire career until babies ate my brain was in publishing, but I like to work outdoors, for myself, and whenever I can fit it in around family life. 
  • How many places have you lived in since you were born?  Three. NE Scotland, SE Scotland, London.  Now I'm back in SE Scotland again!
  • If you weren't living where you are, where would you live?    In the last six years we managed to save enough for road trips with the kids through British Columbia and New Zealand and we briefly considered living abroad for a while.   We are too close to our families to up sticks permanently but I think Vancouver would have been the place, if we had been rich enough to live next to Stanley Park! Or almost anywhere in NZ!

Now my questions for you:
  • Why do you blog?
  • What is your favourite thing about blogging?
  • Would you consider that you are the same person in real life?
  • What would you change in your life, if you could?
  • Where is your favourite place to be?
  • Do you admire anyone (historical or contemporary) and why?
  • What would you do, given sufficient funds?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What is your favourite food?
  • Have you ever had an adventure?
  • What is the thing you've done of which you are most proud?
Thank you, Camilla, for inviting me to take part!

I'm tagging eleven lovely blogs below in the hope that at the very least this directs some extra and deserved traffic their way.  But although I found this great fun I know that this kind of thing fills some people with horror - or maybe you have already participated in something like this recently - so please, people, don't feel obliged to participate!


  1. Great post Catherine. I really enjoyed learning more about you. You have had and adventurous life. I love what you said that the best is yet to come, it is a wonderful motto for life in general.

  2. Thanks for the tag Catherine ... and you are right not everyone is a fan of chain things - so no further tagging from me, but of course I did answer all of your questions. I don't mind doing that - I actually enjoyed it. But now I really need to start packing my backpack. Have a nice evening!

  3. Thanks Catherine! I'm pondering my responses now :D You've put in some thought provoking questions!
    I love the look of your travel photos, you've been to some gorgeous places.

  4. Oh man I hear you with Colin Firth, what a dream boat! That photo in sumatra is fab! I am off to check out the others tagged :)

  5. Fantastic to read thanks Catherine! Now you're making me nostalgic with those NZ pics! I really like the quilt- justifiably pride-making but also great to feel that the best is still to come- what a great way to say it- exactly as I feel about most of the things I make!

  6. I see we have another common interest (red wine) ;) I must say, that for a shy person you are quite adventurous! WOW!

  7. Oh, now I remember reading this post before! I knew I had the moment I saw your comment about Colin Firth! :)


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