Thanks to Cee for this week’s probing questions.
How many languages do you you speak?
Only this one. Though I can ask you to fill out a form and give basic directions in Russian. Spakoina Nocha.
What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?
The Tao of Pooh, a couple of biographies and The Seven Basic Plots. Also loads of blogs, obviously.
Follow The Money, The Leftovers, YouTube tutorials on things I’ll probably never do.
Elbow, The Stranglers, Tame Impala, Nirvana and lots of Bananarama (for some reason) (the latter NOT my choice!) Also Max Richter and Johan Johannsson. Birdsong and catwail.
What was the last photo you took with your phone?
I actually filmed a swollen stream after the rain. Dog walking distractions. It was quite meditative with the dripping ferns. The last photo was of creeping buttercup.
What is your favourite time of day?
Dawn is undoubtedly the most magical time of day but I rarely see it as I am such a terrible night owl. Sunset can be a treat for the eyes but I’m really firing on all cylinders at midnight. I do like a nice walk on a moonlit night, there’s something extra special about a moonshadow.
I’m not sure why I’ve been nominated for this but I know who dunnit – it was Jennifer Paetsch. Thank you, Jennifer, you absolute enigma. This award was created by another enigma – Okoto Enigma and you can find her blog here.
Here are the enigmatic rules:
Here are the questions Jennifer asked me –
1. You found something in a drawer you forgot. What is it and what is it for?
I’m not sure but if it’s shiny I’ll make it into a necklace, eventually.
2. Favorite day of the year?
The other day, that was quite nice.
3. Cake or death?
Death by cake? Mmmm…
4. Do you prefer spicy, sweet, or savory?
Did I mention to you before that I was moody..? And indecisive..?
5. How many pets have you had in you life and what were they? Tell us about them!
Awww, three dogs, two ducks and a cat. Last night I dreamt they all morphed together to make one weird looking thing but I really loved it. Whatever the hell it was. Then it got its head stuck in a hole and I woke up. I’m still quite worried about whether it managed to get free. Save the… Dogduckcat thing.
I’M NOT EVEN GOING TO ATTEMPT TO DRAW THIS
These are my nominees for the award:
And these are my questions for them:
Let’s talk while we eat…
Does your first or middle name have any significance (or were you named after another family member)?
My middle name means ‘Peace’ but I am named after various family members and have ended up with the initials – JIF. I wasn’t half cross when they renamed the cleaning product CIF. Hey, maybe with the wonderful opportunities afforded to our newly-fractured country (thanks Cameron) we’ll get JIF back on the shelves. Every cloud…
Music or silence while working?
Music for dancing, silence for working.
If you had a special place for your three most special possessions (not including photos, electronics, people or animals), what would they be?
If I could drive it would be my VW campervan, which I haven’t got. Then I could take my special possessions to the beach. Three special things? It all depends on my moods. I’ve got a couple of rather lovely tarot decks featuring classical works of art, which I’d probably run into a burning house to rescue as I paid so much for them. Ditto my bloody gorgeous six volume boxed edition of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (which, ironically, I can never find the time to continue reading). And, thirdly, the pile of chaos on and around my desk, which includes all the crap I need to draw, paint, create and craft all the various things I feel the urge to produce at any given moment.
The Never List: What are things you know you never will do?
Get married, have children, move to the USA, vote Conservative, climb Everest, swim the Channel, wear anything orange. I feel especially strongly about the orange thing.
See, I haven’t even got a proper orange pen.