Polly has tagged me. I have been dreadfully slow in responding but in truth I have been giving it some thought and trying to think of interesting things you don't know about me. I mean, started school at 6 isn't really interesting is it? So here goes:
1. I had shingles when I was twelve. In those days it was "impossible" and as I was diagnosed in France (we were on holiday) the English doctor didn't believe my mother and muttered something about "those foreign doctors...". We had to pick his jaw off the floor of the surgery though when I showed him the blisters on my back. Yup, shingles. And it itched like hell - no anti-itch medicine then either.
2. I once got locked in the belfry of Notre Dame in Paris. We were on a school trip and about four of us looked behind the bell and were out of sight when the guide took everyone else out and locked the door. We hammered like mad, very worried that the bells would start to peal.
3. I can't eat red kidney beans - they have a habit of reappearing a few hours later. I make up for it by eating plenty of everything else.
4. I used to ride and me and my horse were the "Southern England Family Pony Champion". Stopped riding at about 18 - usual story, boys took the place of horses.
5. I lived on a boat for just over three years. Max and I left England in 1990 with our two older boys for six months. Very quickly we knew it wouldn't be long enough and when the tennants asked if they could let the house for longer the answer was yes. We sailed the Mediterranean, down to the Canaries and across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Then up the east coast of America. We sailed into New York Harbour at dawn and the boys and I sat on the deck just absorbing the skyline and the enormity of it all.
6. I worked for Music for Youth for eight years and organised, amongst other events, the Schools Prom. Since I never watched television I didn't know what people looked like although I knew their names. One year the Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan was presenting the Schools Prom. He walked into the Royal Albert Hall Green Room and as this was a Schools Prom crew only area I asked him which orchestra he was playing with. The rest of the crew fell silent. They knew who he was and simply couldn't believe I hadn't recognised him (well, they all had kids and anyway, he only looked about 18 in those days!).
7. In 2003 I bicycled across France with a friend for charity. We started at Beziers in the south and finished in St Malo two weeks later. Enormous fun.
8. And finally - and MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL - I've been married to Max for 28 years on Saturday. He's wonderful and puts up with all my quirks. I don't know why although I think I'm quite a good cook.
I think that's enough. The rules of the tag are that I nominate five other blogs. Polly nominated my two blogs jointly so I'm mixing up my nominees to include both Armchair and Garden Path activities. Here they are (and I'm sorry, but a couple are in French but you can still enjoy the photos if that's a problem):
1) Batilou who knits quicker and better than I can talk. I met her last year and she is an inspiration to anyone who enjoys knitting.
2) Buzzylaine who also has an amazing output with her needles.
3) EcoGites of Lenault who are an inspiration of the gardening and self-suffiency kind
4) La Ferme de Sourrou - who are also living a simple life here in France