I need to thank Sue (https://globehousesitterx2.wordpress.com) for shaking me out of my narrow world and nominating me for a Liebster Award. I can be inclined towards self absorption and miss what’s going on around me. What a shame it would be to never share some of the wonderful blogs out there.
I have to admit, some of these questions are hard to answer. There are some things I haven’t really thought too deeply about but here goes anyway.
What country, city or continent would you most like to visit and why?
I am a homebody and like nothing more than travelling around my own country. The big islands are almost like two different countries; different landscapes, climate and even differences in language. There is always something wonderful and new to see when you step outside your back door.
One day I would like to go to Scotland. I think I must have a little Scot’s blood in me because something beckons.
What was the most inspirational time in your life so far?
Wow, hard one. Personal challenge can bring out the best and the worst in us. Moving to the farm was by far the most challenging time in my life; I learnt more about everything but mostly myself, accomplished things I never imagined I could do, discovered that life is what you make it and nothing is more important than the people you share it with.
What are you passionate about?
My family, my family, my family are by far the most important thing to me. I would do anything, go anywhere at any time for them. Without them I have nothing and am nothing. Everything else is cream; home, garden, birds, music and the colour green.
What is your favourite book and why?
What am I reading now? There is no one favourite and every one is a favourite. Among this year’s – Maggie O’Farrell’s ‘Instructions for a Heatwave’ and ‘I am, I am, I am’, Susan Fletcher’s ‘Witch Light’, and everything else I’ve read to the end.
What is your favourite time of year?
I’m starting to sound monotonous, every time of year is wonderful for it’s own particular reason; summer – holidays, swimming, pohutukawa flowers and Christmas, autumn – those fiery colours, orange, yellow and red and golden light and the slowing down of the natural world, winter – crisp cold, warm fires and rest, and spring – roses and the all pervading sweetness of our native flowers.
What other interests do you have besides blogging?
I have a big garden, I like to walk, love all kinds of birds, belong to a writer’s group, an environmental conservation trust, read, do crosswords, play sudoku and play the violin, badly.
Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
I live in the hills, 1000 feet above sea level and love the clarity of the air, the cool summer nights , heavy rain, being in the clouds and the bush that surrounds me. But I also love the harbour, the ever changing tidal landscape and the birds. Always birds. I love the beach in a storm; wind, sand, salt and the roar of the sea.
Where did you go for your most memorable holiday?
In 2010 on our first holiday in about 15 years we, the Man of the House, our 11 year old daughter and I flew to Christchurch, hired a camper van and spent two weeks meandering around the bottom of the South Island. It took 5 days just to get to Dunedin after going up this road and that road and we had a new adventure every day. Pre earthquake Christchurch churches, Catlins penguins, seals and waterfalls, the Milford road and sounds, fossicking on Gemstone Beach, Central Otago, all fantastic places but the best thing about it was doing it together in the van.
Do you prefer a sunny or a rainy day?
Sunny days beckon me outdoors and rainy days give me an excuse to sit and read. Cold days need a warm fire lit and misty days are when kokako are at their most melodious.
If you had a day all to yourself, how would you spend it?
You mean like today? I would blog, walk, eat, write to a friend, sit in the bush under a kokako, read and read and read and not do any housework, well maybe the dishes.
Finally I need to nominate some other blogs for the Leibster Award. Here are a few that I enjoy following. If you want to have a go, answer all the same questions I have and pass on the love to some of your favourite blogs.