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I have been tagged by Andrew in this simple meme: to list seven things I love. Like Andrew, I’m going to skip the predictable mentions of friends and family, though I do love you all!

In no particular order:

  1. Sunsets and sunrise. The ones where it looks as though someone has thrown together every bright colour in a pattern that shouldn’t work, but oh, how it does.
  2. Kindness from strangers. When people you don’t know go out of their way to make your life that little bit better, even for just a moment, for no reward, simply because they have the power to do so.
  3. Speeches, whether in real life or in a film/play/on TV, that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, even as you find yourself wanting to (or actually) rise to your feet, your hands beating together in a tempo that matches the rhythm and tempo of the speaker’s magical words. For that moment, you would walk to war. In the wrong hands, this power is amongst the most dangerous weapons known to humanity. In the right hands, well… a slice of heaven.
  4. Nature at work. From the highest mountain ranges to the deepest gorges, the idea that nature is still constructing some of the most spectacular and terrifying sights on earth, even as we sleep, is wonderful. Nature is the best architect we have ever known and we should spend more time getting to know her work and less time destroying it.
  5. A book, film or TV show that completely captures you. From the moment you start reading or watching, life outside those pages or pixels is non-existent. Having laughed or cried (or both), your heart stopping through fear that the worst would happen to these people whose emotions you are experiencing with them, and racing when the best happens, you re-emerge, blinking, confused.
  6. Being in the water on a hot day. By this, I do of course mean the sea or a pool, not the bath! The feeling of the sun’s heat on your shoulders while your body is submerged in the most delicious, soothing coolness is unbeatable, especially if you are surrounded by a spectacular landscape.
  7. Good food, good company, good laughs. I don’t think I need to expand on this one, do I?

I tag… Jennie, Welshpurpletree, and The Garden Smallholder. And anyone else who fancies a go!

Desert Island MP3s

I like music but I’m not a an aficionado. Most of the time, I hear a tune or a song and think to myself about how much I like it, but I couldn’t tell you who sang it or what it was called, and I can generally only remember one or two lines – and I often mishear them or get them wrong in some other way.

So, when Jennie tagged me to take part in her version of Desert Island Discs (or MP3s, as she calls it, coz she’s young, hip and happening, unlike me, an old fogey), I panicked slightly as while there’s lots of music I love, how on earth would I describe it? That song by the singer with short hair that goes “dum dum dum” somewhere in the middle… Think she’s a red head. Could be brown, though…

Still, with only five songs (these modern versions are rubbish! Should be 8!!!) I couldn’t go too far wrong! And I even managed to resist the urge to pick albums, even though I got permission!

  1. Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi
  2. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  3. Do you Hear the People Sing? from Les Mis
  4. Respect by Aretha Franklin
  5. I’m a bit rubbish when it comes to classical music but as a recent convert to Classic FM (I’ve given up on Radio 2 other than Sarah Kennedy, Terry Wogan, Chris Evans and Mo Dutta), I’m slowly becoming a big, if uneducated, fan. So, for my fifth and final choice, all I can say is this: A classical piece. Something with the full orchestra. The type of thing that makes you want to jump up on your feet and do something. The classical equivalent to a rock anthem!

My book would be the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and while I like the idea of a wireless laptop and a broadband connection, in truth, my luxury item would have to be my dogs.

Passing it on people, passing it on. Ye all be tagged!

100 books

I saw this on a friend’s Facebook account but thought I’d share it on here instead:

1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally your total at the bottom.

(Instead of the ‘x’ I’ve put the ones I’ve read in bold and I’ve underlined the ones I love. The ones I plan to read are in italics.)

1 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bront
4 Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11 Little Women – Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch – George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
26 Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34 Emma – Jane Austen
35 Persuasion – Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41 Animal Farm – George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving
45 The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50 Atonement – Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi – Yann Martel
52 Dune – Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
62 Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road – Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72 Dracula – Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses – James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal – Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession – AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
94 Watership Down – Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

If my counting skills are accurate, I’ve read forty six, loved sixteen and have put six on my “must read” list. Not bad, considering the point of this meme is, supposedly, because the BBC claim that most people have read no more than six of the books on the list which is, I presume, the top 100 best-selling books or something.

Tree of Happiness

Tree of Happiness I have been tagged by Jennie to list six things that make me happy and to tag a further six people to list six things that make them happy …….. and so on.

Well, I am going to break the rules slightly as I’m not going to tag anybody as I’ve done a lot of that recently and I suspect it’s getting a tad repetitive so if you want to do the meme, feel free to do so – just let me know so we can all read what you say!

I’m also going to refrain from general things such as “loved ones” or “my animals” and will try to be specific.

So, here goes…

1. Cwtching in bed at the end of a long day. A good DVD playing. The dogs asleep in their beds. Belly full after a delicious meal. Pudding to come later once dinner settled! Clean sheets. Relaxed after a soak in the bath. Cold enough to warrant the cwtch. Warm enough to banish cold feet.

2. Being outside first thing in the morning when everyone else is still asleep. You own the world at that time and there’s nothing to disturb it. Best experienced in spring or summer when you can enjoy the early hours without feeling chilly. Having said that, a cold, frosty morning when you’re well wrapped up is justifiable when the trees (and pavements) sparkle with the ice that’s formed overnight.

3. Mind you, save the winter woolies for this. Have you ever stood in the middle of the countryside, miles from anywhere, on a moonlit night with nothing between you and the heavens apart from millions of stars, all so tantalisingly close that you can almost reach up and pluck one from the sky? It’s beautiful in summer but for some reason, a shockingly cold winter’s night suits this best. If you can’t feel your feet, you’ve picked the right night.

4. Food. But not just food. I mean food. All your favourites, there in front of you. Not be be stuffed mindlessly into your gob, but to be savoured, slowly, enjoyed. Be it comfort food, junk food or fine dining, take your time, let the flavours glide slowly over your taste buds. Smell each forkful, taste each ingredient, sit back and enjoy. Excellent company and lots of laughter enhance the flavour!

5. The moment the animal you chose chooses you back. Not just a wag of a tail or a purr or a grunt of recognition. The moment their let their guard down and show you true devotion, loyalty and trust. There are many examples with the current menagerie, not to mention previous pets, but the one that stands out in my mind is the day Snipe chose me over Mum, B and Teal when they headed off in one direction (the way home) and I set off in the other. I didn’t call Snipe to me and let her go home with the others but she got half way across the field and then, when she realised that I was missing, turned round and came to find me.

6. Driving. I’ve loved it since the moment I first got behind the wheel and I will always associate it with independence and freedom. I love long drives (so long as the goodie bag is well stocked!) and my favourites are the routes you know but haven’t driven for ages so the scenery is refreshing in its contrast to your daily drives. The longest journey I’ve ever driven was from west Wales to Glasgow (via Birmingham to drop a friend off) – and then back again three days later. We went up overnight and the sun came up just as we approached the border – truly spectacular, though I could have slept for a week! We stopped at every single service station on the M6 and I had an expresso and a latte – enough caffeine to keep me going until the next stop!

So there you have it, six things that make me happy. What about you?

What colour is your rainbow?

Simply because I have loads I want to blog about but don’t know where to start!

Your rainbow is shaded red.


What is says about you: You are a passionate person. You appreciate energetic people. You get bored easily and want friends who will keep up with you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Thanks for the cheat, Suzy!

Six ‘interesting’ things

I’ve been tagged by Welshpurpletree to tell you six interesting things about my good self.

  1. I have three tattoos.
  2. My mum’s side of the family are ex-pats in Argentina. I believe the family history goes something like this: my great-grandmother’s grandfather and his brothers were told by their father that their ranch in the US wasn’t big enough to divide between all his sons after his death so he gave the youngest sons thousands of cattle and horses and told them to ride south. Some of the brothers made it as far as the northern parts of South America but my great(something) grandfather kept going until he hit the southern Atlantic Ocean. My great-grandmother was born and raised on the most southerly inhabited house in the world! Of course, this may just be something I misheard when I was a kid and have clung to ever since, but I think that’s the way it happened.
  3. I chopped off the top of my thumb when I was four and it never grew back properly.
  4. Since graduating from university eight years ago, I’ve never lived in the same property for more than 12 months.
  5. In that same period, I’ve had eight jobs, though four of them are / were different jobs for the same organisation / company.
  6. I used to have long hair. I mean long hair. Almost butt length. My friends were horrible and never told me to get it cut – even though old photos stand as proof that they really should have!

I tag ……………… anyone who fancies a go!

4th photo meme

Jennie hasn’t tagged anyone for this meme so I thought I’d take it up.

The rules:-

  1. Go to your pictures file
  2. Go to the 4th file
  3. Go to the 4th picture
  4. Post it and tell the story
  5. Tag 4 more people
Chicken - 3 November 2007

Chicken - 3 November 2007

This is one of the Warren hens that Mum bought as a cheap job lot at a poultry sale last autumn, and in the background you can see one of the two Leghorns she got at the same sale. Once they’d become accustomed to having their freedom (we assume they were ex-commercial hens), they loved ranging round the garden and pecking away at various bugs and beetles. They were fantastic layers and did us proud all winter. Sadly, despite our efforts, every last one was eaten by the fox 😦

I tag:

Andrew @ wongaBlog
Tony @ Storyteller
Liz @ Violet Posy
Andrew @ Skuds

What Kind of Sandwich Are You?

You Are a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You are a traditional person with very simple tastes.
In your opinion, the best things in life are free, easy, and fun.
You totally go with the flow. And you enjoy every minute of it!

Your best friend: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Your mortal enemy: The Ham Sandwich

Hat tip to Jennie and Welshpurpletree.

Where Were You When

Just seen the Where Were You When meme over at wongaBlog and since he’s opened it up to all, I thought I’d have a go!

Princess Diana’s death – 31 August 1997

I was farm-sitting in Pembrokshire for a friend of a friend of mum’s. It was my penultimate day and I was driving across the fields at 7 in the morning on my way to check the sheep when the news came on. A first I thought it was a really sick joke and it wasn’t until I arrived back at the house a couple of hours later and switched the TV on that I disocovered the truth…

Margaret Thatcher’s resignation – 22 November 1990

I ws at school and all my teachers seemed really happy but I didn’t get why! My grandmother’s Arab mare gave birth to a filly foal that day so she called her Maggie. Mum bought an ex-Racehorse a week later, on the same day that Major was elected. Guess what she called him.

Hmm, I wonder why how I turned out to be Labour?!

Attack on the twin towers – 11 September 2001

I was at work when someone (can’t remember who) came in and said we had to turn the TV on. I don’t think anyone did any work for the rest of the day.

England’s World Cup Semi Final v Germany in – 4 July 1990


President Kennedy’s Assassination – 22 November 1963

Erm, a bit before my time. But I do remember when the Berlin Wall came down, if that counts for anything? I watched it on NewsRound!

Anyone else fancy a go?