A shopper, collector and vintage loving librarian. History and books are a passion, so are clothes, old movies, Snoopy, Gene Kelly and heavy rock. I know, I know not the most obvious of combinations but there you go! I always have about 5 books and about 55 stitching projects on the go at any one time.
Teenage Kicks by The Undertones is my favourite song ever and The Hound of the Baskervilles is my favourite book.
Monday, 13 April 2015
Profoundly Lovely Blog Party
So Mim of Crinoline Robot has nominated me to join this, like her I dip in and out of joining in after being nominated for these sort of question and answer type blog round ups.
She's suspecting me of having wisdom I suspect I may disappoint!
However here goes....
1. Tell me about something you
love and why?
Gardening. It’s hard to describe
really, but for me it is the thing that soothes the savage beast as they say. I
feel my cares lift the minute I get amongst my flowerbeds, sometimes it’s only
for the few hours I’m out there, but mostly I find things seem to somehow work
themselves out in my head whilst I potter about thinking of nothing in
My first ever job was in a plant nursery where they worked me like a
dog. I was completely exhausted at the end of each day but I loved every minute of it, well apart from the time I had an allergic reaction to the
growth powder they put on the hyacinth bulbs to make them bloom in time for
Oh and the other time when I had to remove a large dead rat from
middle of the shop floor after someone nearly stepped on it.......
As it turned out I didn’t make my
career in horticulture but it’s certainly a big joy in my life.
2. What is one thing you do
that makes you feel like "I could do this forever"?
Seriously now, I think I must say Reading, the sheer joy of losing
myself in a good book cannot be beaten.
It’s no surprise I ended up working in a library for so very
many years. I just wish I could find more time to indulge in this
3. What do you love about
My sense of humour and my joie de
vivre. As someone who has suffered from depression but found their way through,
I think I find more delight in life now. I appreciate things more because once
you have been in the very deepest dark, the bright beauty of the day is all the more
If we are talking physical
attributes I used to be damn proud of my behind. Sadly age, greed and laziness have
all caught up with me and it, alas it’s no longer the firm peach it once was. So
instead I’ll go with my eyes which I have always liked.
They are half green and half blue. Not one of each like
David Bowie but top half green bottom half blue for each eye, it's unusual and I like their
4. What advice would you give
to someone who doesn't believe he/she is beautiful?
Now that is a hard one because if
someone is really in that place, whatever you say to them they probably won’t believe
It’s so much easier to look in the mirror and see the faults rather
than the good things. I think my inclination
would be to listen more than advise. Ask them why they feel that way.
Having had so many self doubts myself it
breaks my heart when I see someone beating themselves up or thinking
they don’t deserve any better.
Be kind to yourself and to others.
There are a great many people in this world who are superficial and
to whom beauty is literally skin deep, but there are an equal number who see the
beauty of the soul.
My Nan always used to say “you get the face you deserve” The
older I get the more I see there’s truth in that statement. Think about all the people who at first glance might be pretty but on closer inspection have sour faces or hard mouths because they are never satisfied with life.
Then think of the person who at first glance looks lined and weary, but then you see the twinkling eyes and the gorgeous smile and the goodness glowing out of them. Now there was a wise old bird, my Nan.
5. What is the best piece of
advice you've ever received about confidence?
You know I wrack my brains and I
genuinely can’t recall a single piece of advice on confidence.
The only thing that springs to mind is
when I did a coaching session for speaking in public. Something I can now do if
I have to, but something that I never have, and never will enjoy. The guy said if you do dry up just
pause, take a breath and carry on because no one is sitting there waiting and
willing you to fail. More likely they are actually sitting willing you to do
On the whole that seems to be the case, though there was one girl in the
front row of one presentation I did recently who looked so apoplectic with rage the whole
time I was talking, I was thankful she was nowhere near any kind of implement
with which to run amok.
Most off putting.
6. If you were your own
daughter/son, what important things would you tell
Sorry love, no matter how much you
truly believe it WILL happen, you aren’t actually going to marry said
actor/rockstar (delete as applicable) that you swoon over.
I know this because I am living proof, I myself was utterly
convinced I was going to marry Jon Bon Jovi and as you can see this did not come
Thank. The. Lord.
7. A verse, poem, sonnet,
ancient-old proverb that inspires you to love yourself and
'All shall be well, and all shall
be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.'
So there you have it and in my place I nominate Charley from LandGirl1980 because I would be interested to hear her thoughts.