Friday, August 03, 2007


I have been tagged again, this time by Bethany, and I feel rather ashamed because I still haven't completed the last 3 or 4 tags. I find these really difficult and I cannot think why. I start to respond to them and then I overthink the darned thing and then I lie awake at night thinking about the darned thing and usually feel quite happy with the responses I come up with at 2am in the dark but they have left my mind by morning. This time I am just going to start writing and if I don't get to the end then so be it, here goes.

Eight Facts

1. I was born in 1970 in Northern Ireland, that makes me a child of the Troubles. In 1977 I appeared in a television advert for peace, the slogan was "7 years is enough" and mine was one of the faces which the camera particularly honed in on. The cameras had come to school and I had no idea what they were doing which is probably why I was looking at the camera so mu
ch. Sadly the advert did nothing to avert The Troubles which continued for quite a few more years.

2. I can try on clothes really quickly, faster than any of my friends, this is because of fact number one. There is nothing like a bomb scare being announced while you are in you knickers to teach you to be quicker in changing rooms.

3. My little fingers bend inwards, my Nana had the same affliction and my son has it too.

4. As a student I had a number of temping jobs and on one occasion I was a postwoman, it was my worst job ever, the sack across my back was so heavy that when I bent down to one of those ground level letterboxes the weight of the sack toppled me over and I couldn't get up again. I rolled around on my back with my legs in the air for several minutes before I managed to undo the sack.

5. I hate Marmite.

6. I cannot bear to have my hair stroked.

7. I was once really good at ballet, I have lots of trophies, medals and exam certificates. I wanted to go to ballet school from age 4 until age 14 and I could have gone at 11 but my parents wanted me to wait until 16. At age 14 I discovered boys and started skipping ballet. In spite of all this I am a pretty rubbish dancer nowadays with a distinct lack of rhythm which unfortunately in no way stops me dancing at parties.

8. I love to wear dresses. I wear trousers and skirts too but rarely jeans. I like dress up whenever possible and as I don't get out a great deal these days I just dress up to do the shopping. As I live in the country with dogs and children dressing up is not particularly practical but you only live once. The Technical Advisor thinks my clothes are becoming more eccentric and this does not bother me at all, in fact I am quite pleased. By the time I am 60 I plan to be really, really eccentric, I will wear purple hats whenever I please.
The pictures in this post were taken on a recent (rare this summer) sunny day at Shell Island, Llanbedr. I am not going to tag anyone because I am so late doing this that I think most people have done it already but if you would like to have a go then please do, I love reading tags, just find them difficult to do myself.


Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I love the beach photos. I long to be at a beach right now. ANY beach.
I studied ballet right up until the time I went to art school (17), one more thing we have in common (I always got in trouble for not counting!)
You are the first person I've heard of in the UK that does not like Marmite. That stuff is like tar ;)

Friday, August 10, 2007 4:50:00 pm  
Blogger Charity said...

I know what you mean about these memes being difficult, but I LOVE reading them! I always find the little things so deeply fascinating to learn. :0)

Friday, August 10, 2007 4:57:00 pm  
Blogger Bethany Hissong said...

Thanks for sharing :)) I didn't mean to stress you out!!! You are a very talented person-- dancing and art work! I felt like hugging you when you described your dad went through WWII in Germany and I can't imagine the anxiety of bomb warnings. I'm so glad you share the things you do in your are inspiring to me!!!

Friday, August 10, 2007 5:01:00 pm  
Anonymous kim said...

I dread that someday I, too, shall be tagged. But I do love reading these, and I thank you for sharing. I would never be able to come up with eight things, but I am fascinated by yours, particularly the one where you were in an advert. Thanks also for the lovely photos.

Friday, August 10, 2007 5:23:00 pm  
Blogger Queen of the froggers said...

Lovely beachy pictures! I am the opposite of you with my clothes but I am trying to be more girly as I too want to be a purple hat wearing , mad old lady when I get to 60! I have recently bought a lovely flowered bag and girly shoes so I am getting there.

Friday, August 10, 2007 7:00:00 pm  
Anonymous 1snowflake said...

I am sorry but I did have a giggle at the image of you beetle like with your post sack. Shell island is great fun isnt it...its years since I have been but we loved sliding down the dunes as kids.

Friday, August 10, 2007 7:01:00 pm  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I like Marmite, but we have knitting, reading,gardening and baking in common. I love your blog i find it really inspirational.You have inspired me to dust of my sewing machine and peruse the Vogue pattern books.
Your childhood must have been quite scary but retrospectivly really interesting.

Friday, August 10, 2007 8:23:00 pm  
Anonymous Debbie said...

great photos and really interesting 8 things about you

Friday, August 10, 2007 9:10:00 pm  
Blogger Ali said...

I had to call hubby in here just so I could read him your postwoman story. So funny!

Friday, August 10, 2007 9:42:00 pm  
Blogger Marie said...

having grown up in a very peaceful country I can only imagine what your childhood was like. Thanks for sharing. The beach photos are beautiful.

Saturday, August 11, 2007 9:14:00 am  
Blogger Midsummer night's knitter said...

Eccentric? My son just calls me plain weird at times....

Saturday, August 11, 2007 9:16:00 am  
Blogger Lina said...

I think I know what you mean. You want the answers to be interesting and represent the true you, so you think and think and think... and then you realize that's not really the point as they are supposed to be fun for you as well and not a chore... and then you become annoyed with yourself. At least that's what sometimes happens to me ;)

I enjoyed reading through your eight facts and looking at the beach pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Saturday, August 11, 2007 12:19:00 pm  
Blogger yvette said...

Eccentric/weird, clothes are clothes and I for one don't want to look like everyone else all the time, I love dressing up. Thanks for sharing your 8 facts, I love reading them.

Saturday, August 11, 2007 1:40:00 pm  
Anonymous wendy said...

I hope you dont mind but I have added your lovely blog to my list of favourites..Thanks

Sunday, August 12, 2007 12:34:00 am  
Blogger sue said...

Oh the beach pics look so nice, especially since we are having grey drizzly weather today. I sometimes stress over those memes too, and rush the answers out. When I read other people's answers I always think of better ones I could have listed, but its too late then.

Sunday, August 12, 2007 4:58:00 am  
Blogger Min said...

Your answers were very interesting, reflecting the person you seem to be. I love the collection of dresses you share with us and I wish I was more a dress and less a jean person. I have 3 dresses I love but I'd like to find some more for every day - it's so hot here in Singapore.

I love you blog

Monday, August 13, 2007 5:08:00 am  
Blogger Artis-Anne said...

I thought I knew that beach :)Wet today unfortunatley !!
I too find these memes difficult but they are also fascinating. I am well on my way to wearing purple ; its all I'm knitting at the moment and I too would rather be eccentric :0

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:46:00 pm  
Anonymous Maggie said...

I have the same problem with tags Rebecca, therefore, I don't even attempt them. See? At least you Do you still have the Irish accent that I love so much? I don't hear it as often anymore, now that my Grandparents (both from Belfast) are gone.

The photos are amazing btw.

Thursday, August 16, 2007 7:03:00 pm  
Blogger Arianwen said...

hehe there is something being wonderful about being 30 something you can wear what ever you want! why wait till 60 for the purple I wear it now- but I left the hats behind when I left london - huddersfield is not ready for hats.

Saturday, August 18, 2007 4:45:00 pm  
Anonymous Simmy said...

Thanks for sfaring that interesting stuff with us. I sympthise about the dancing as I used to play the violin till I was 13 and now I can't even read music!

By the way what is Shell Island? We're off to Harlech on Friday and I see it's nearby - is it worth a visit to?

Sunday, August 19, 2007 10:25:00 am  
Blogger Cherry Rolfe said...

Ooh Number 6 - can I have your share please?

Sunday, August 19, 2007 9:35:00 pm  
Blogger Di said...

I agree - talking about myself rather than my wool or my wanderings is difficult but I like your 8 things and I love your pictures of the beach!! Lucky you finding a sunny day this summer!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 6:34:00 pm  

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