Knowing Me, Knowing You

Another angle on me….

I’ve recently joined a parent bloggers network called BritMums, and as a way of getting to know the new bloggers, I’ve been asked to do what I call a Knowing Me, Knowing You exercise. If you don’t know me, you mind find it interesting, and even if you think you know me, you may just well be surprised! If you fancy, feel free to send me your answers to the below questions, even if you’re not a blogger….

So, this is what I have to do:

– choose 5 other deserving blogs with less than 200 subscribers to nominate and link their blogs in your post.

– post 5 random facts about yourself

– tell your nominees you have chosen them for this award by leaving a comment on their blogs

– answer the 5 questions the tagger has asked you and ask your own 5 questions to the people you nominate

– no tag backs

Five random facts about myself

  1. I have a twin brother who is about as opposite to me in temperament as you can imagine, but who shares the same problem of not easily falling asleep.
  2. I had a ‘mango worm’ grow in my forehead whilst living in Uganda in my gap year. After getting the critter out I had to go around with a plaster stuck to my forehead. Not sure which was more painful or embarrassing.
  3. I’ve eaten fried ants which are considered a delicacy in parts of Africa. I hasten to add I did not eat them out of choice, but out of respect to my host who presented them to me like they were chocolate truffles. What’s a girl to do?
  4. My love of The Muppets, coffee, wine, books, singing, swimming, cycling and a family recipe called ‘Dead Dog’ come in equal proportions (no wonder I’m busy).
  5. My father was Irish, my mother English, my husband is Australian and although I love anything international, if I emigrated I would miss the green fields of England for the world.

If you have a favourite author why does their writing appeal to you?  I love many authors, but probably the one I read the most these days is Marina Lewycka who wrote A History of Tractors in Ukrainian amongst others. I love her subtle humourous observations of people and her slightly eccentric plot lines, which cleverly touch on serious issues relevant to modern Britain at the same time as making me laugh.

What’s your favourite activity to do as a family?  Usually going out in the great outdoors for either a bike ride or walk in the woods. Currently, reading the hilarious zany book ‘You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum’ by Andy Stanton

Why did you start blogging?  I’ve had a passion for writing slowly brewing in me over the past few years. I also reflect a lot on life, parenting etc and tend to have wry observations of life that make people laugh. I feel parents need encouraging in what can feel like the toughest job in the world, at a time when the bar has never been set so high (see The Culture of Comparison post). My oldest friend and my husband both kept encouraging me to write one. I was reticent for a while, aware of the need to sometimes live with your writing before making it public…..But I’ve absolutely loved it and can’t get enough of it – let’s just say, my house is rather dusty.

When blogging which do you think is more important: quantity or quality? Definitely quality. I believe in only posting something when I’ve got something to say (yeah, I know, you lot out there who know me too well are laughing at the thought of me NOT having something to say!). My blog posts are more akin to reflections on parenting rather than a regular posting of what’s going on in my life as a parent. They’re sort of like short magazine articles sometimes. So I will sometimes take up to 2 weeks between postings.

What’s your favourite part of the day? If I’m at home when the kids are at school, it’s 10ish when I sit with a cup of coffee and stare at the beautiful tree in my garden and clouds scudding past, read the paper, pray or meditate.  It’s my half hour of peace. You might think me an introvert with that answer, I’m actually an extrovert who gets energized by being with people, but I know my need for time alone, without which I’d lose perspective in life.

So, that’s me. Ok, to my 5 nominees (see list at end), I want to know:

  1. What’s the funniest thing any of your children have said lately?
  2. What’s the best thing about motherhood for you?
  3. What skill/talent have you got that few people know about or that you’ yourself have forgotten you had?
  4. What’s your best blog post? (in your estimation – do not count how many hits or likes you’ve had)
  5. What’s the best way you’ve found to encourage a child to eat something they don’t like?


2 thoughts on “Knowing Me, Knowing You

    • You know about mango worms?! Wow, that’s something round here. I’m intrigued re your trip to Ethiopia. Where did you go? What for? Its an amazing country, isn’t it? Incredibly rich in heritage and national pride.

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