Welcome to my very first Ask Away Friday. I started off just peeping in quietly to see what it was all about and before I knew what was happening, I’d volunteered to give it a go. The lovely Stacey from ‘This Momma’s Ramblings‘ welcomed me into the family and explained how this all works: we ask each other ten questions then post our replies – simple and a great way to get to know other bloggers.
I had fun browsing round Stacey’s blog. I picked up a recipe or two, discovered there were ‘Meandering Mondays‘ and ‘Turn it up Tuesdays‘. I got to know a little about Stacey through reading her other #AskAwayFriday interviews, and following her links I discovered a friendly little community of mummy bloggers.
1. Okay, now after reading some of your stories and your about me page, your area of the universe sounds like a dream for me. Someday I dream of touring the whole of the UK. Where would you suggest that I go? Where would you take me?
Oh how to choose… each county in England has its own areas of beautiful countryside, attractions and historical interest. The National Trust properties are a great way of touring these whichever area you find yourself in. I would take you back to my home county Lancashire, with its rugged, wild moors and friendly folk. I’d take you out to a quaint old village pub and let you sample a Lancashire hotpot.
Shhh don’t tell anyone! I watch Big Brother. I simultaneously hate it and love it and vow each year not to watch the next series. Then it comes on again and within a couple of shows I’m hooked for the duration.
I would give up my current job as a college lecturer and run activity days in our little woodland. I love the freedom of being out in the woods but even better is seeing the joy it brings to others. I have organised several themed days with woodland crafts and activities for my daughters and their friends. I’m currently planning a spooky Halloween adventure, complete with witches stew cooked on the camp fire, apple bobbing and scary stories.
Cleaning without a doubt! Juggling a job and entertaining three small girls AND keeping a spotless house is impossible. When my children are grown up they won’t remember if the floor was swept or the dishes were washed but they will cherish the time we spent making special memories. I know this and it is my priority but a little part of me wishes the cleaning fairy would flutter round and wave her magic wand. I wish I could kiss the girls goodnight and relax in a clean and tidy house.
Since my eldest was toddler, I have made up ‘mummy stories‘ to keep her and then her sisters entertained. Then when my littlest was feeding, I passed the time cuddling her on one arm and typing up the stories with my other hand. My children are a good a audience but my fondest dream would be to have my stories published. Maybe one day…
We secretly got married on the beach on the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It was idyllic; sea, sunshine and fabulous food. We mailed everyone a wedding photo when we got home and sat back and waited for the shocked replies. I would love to revisit the area but this time with the children to see it again through their eyes.
1) Reading – a good book in peace and quiet – bliss!
2) Writing – whether it be stories, poems or blog posts, just time to dream is lovely.
3) Cryptology puzzles – this is a new hobby. I took part in the US Navy cryptology challenge ‘Project Architeuthis‘. I learnt as I went along and ended up being one of the winners. I will definitely be doing the next challenge.
4) A child free bubble bath – without rubber ducks and plastic toys floating round me.
5) And finally snuggle up on the sofa with my husband in front of an open fire and watch a good movie.
I used to love reading psychological thrillers and about forensic anthropology – authors like Kathy Reichs. When I find an author I like I obsessively read everything by them. By chance I met author Lesley Hayes through Twitter, she linked me to an indie author group and encouraged me to read and review other genres. My favourite book of the moment is Lesley’s ‘The Drowned Phoenician Sailor‘.
I loved reading all the books by Enid Blyton as a child (another guilty pleasure.) I recently shared the Faraway Tree trilogy with my girls. I can’t wait until they’re old enough to read the Adventure series and the Secret Seven.
My idea of a pamper day has changed considerably. Forget spa days and manicures, I’d rather spend my day in the woods; blue sky above, the sound of the trees swaying in the breeze and the smell of campfire smoke. I’d sit on my log at the fireside and dreamily ponder life as I watch the flames flicker and smoke swirl. Nearby my husband would potter doing ‘man things’ and my children would play nicely together (okay the last bit is unrealistic but this is my dream!)
Thank you Stacey for being my first #AskAwayFriday