Many thanks to all of you who gave me an award on your blogs recently - it really does mean a lot to me when you say you enjoy my blog. I have done a few of these "10 things" over the last couple of years, so I'll try and think of things I have not already said.
1. As much as I really love Summer - especially when it is really hot, I don't think I could live without the 4 Seasons. There is such beauty in each one of them.
2. After reading Cybeles blog recently, I was reminded that my favourite Theatre in the whole world is The Minack Theatre in Cornwall. The Minack 's story in remarkable and I would have loved to have known its founder, Rowena Cade. I often visit its live WEBCAM for a Cornwall fix.
3. I am turning into a Grumpy old woman - my patience is running out after 51 years! The people I get most annoyed with are the ungrateful gits on "Relocation relocation" who have HUGE amounts of money but can't find anything suitable!!! Where do these exceptionally young couples get HUGE WADS of cash from? And I don't get the logic either. A recent one showed a couple who lived in London with 2 small daughters and they didn't spend enough time together as a family. So they thought it would be better to get hubby a flat in Croydon where he would live and work in the week, whilst she would move to Cheshire with the girls! They discounted one house because the Feng Shui was bad. Apparently a beam over the bed meant that their relationship would be tested. I would have thought one of them in Croydon, the other in Chester would have been a bigger test! Also the couples who go on "Find a new house - home or abroad" or whatever its called, who have no intention of moving abroad, but are just getting an all expenses paid break!
4. I can scare myself silly when I think about "Space". As Julian Lennon sang, "We are a rock revolving, around a golden sun". When my kids did their Space Projects at Junior school, it made me really think about the Universe, Solar System etc, and what we really are living on, and it is just too much to get my head around. Huge natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, floods etc are tiny tiny blips on this planet of ours, but have such major impact on the human race.
5. At Christmas, I got to thinking about my favourite Christmas Carol - which is "Little Children Wake and Listen" which I used to sing at Sunday School - Thanks to the wonder of Google, I discovered that this is a French Carol. Has anyone ever heard it?
6. I was reminded recently just how much I used to love Rick Astley. I was driving on the motorway and was in exactly the same spot as I was in when I first heard him. I was convinced he was some gorgeous big black singer (in the style of Luther Vandross or Alexander Oneil) as his voice was so wonderful - I think we were all surprised when we actually saw him! But the best thing he did was smarten boys up. Up until then, they had been a bit scruffy, but Rick's Chino's and Blazer style eventually hit Barnsley and the lads looked so much better! Note to self - order a Rick Astley CD from Play.com!
7. I like to squeeze the last drop out of everything. Whether this is toothpaste, a tube of lippy, a day out or just life itself.
8. We paid our mortgage off last year - which is great financially, but it left both hubby and I feeling a bit strange. It felt as if something big was "ending" . I realise that I don't like endings, they don't seem as exciting as "beginnings". And of course, I suppose it made us feel a bit older.
9. I was born with very dark hair. The first grey hair appeared in my 30's and I have been covering it up ever since - which may have been a big mistake. My natural colour now (when I get the badger strip!!) is almost white!!!!!!!! I have a huge dilemma. I am not a white haired lady - I am a brunette. How long do I keep dyeing it? Do I do a Jean Muir and continue forever? I don't recognise the middle aged lady in the mirror as it is, so with white hair I feel as if she would be a complete stranger. If my face was thinner, I would go for a lovely short Annie Lennox white style, but its not. And how the hell do you grow it out without looking a total idiot? I should have done what my Mum did and never dye it. growing into it gradually might have been the better option.
10. I wish I was in St Ives - but I might have told you this before.