Here’s a little ‘thing’ that is doing the rounds on some of my favourite book blogs. I first saw it on Kate’s blog Biblophile Book Club and Anne from Random Things Through My Letterbox has joined in. Joanne from Portobello Book Blog has tagged me to take part. In turn I tag Sharon from Shaz’s Book Boudoir to tell us her 25 random things
So, what can I tell you?
What is your middle name?
It’s Jane. My first name was going to be Christopher but I didn’t turn out to be a boy after all
What is your favourite drink?
Tea! It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up in the morning. I can’t drink wine much these days but I do like champagne and a good Mai Tai cocktail.
What is your favourite song at the moment?
Hmm. Life has been busy lately so I haven’t really listened to much music. I’m a big Bryan Ferry fan so one of my all time favourites is ‘Love is the Drug’.
What is your favourite food?
Apart from chocolate? Fruit. I love fruit. Very fond of a curry too.
What was the last thing you bought?
Christmas lunch at my garden group this lunchtime and I ‘bought’ a free ebook today too Married by Midnight by Talli Roland when I got back from lunch.
Favourite book of all time?
So many to choose from, especially lately when I’ve read some amazing books, but I think it has to be ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy. It takes me back to the summer before A’Levels when I read it as I was going to study it and so identified with Tess. It launched me into doing an English degree and teaching English so without it my life might be very different. I re-read it frequently now.
Jade. Although I seem to be buying a lot of pink recently…
Do you have any pets?
Unfortunately not at the minute. We used to have four cats at the same time, one of which was diabetic and we had to inject with insulin twice daily. We have decided life is too complicated for pets at the minute. My husband says I’m a ‘very demanding pet to look after’ so I suppose that’s enough!
Tresor by Lancome. I wear it all the time.
There are two that really stand out. A three week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos and a month long trip to Brazil, Argentina, the Falklands and Antarctica. We swam with sharks in the Galapaogos where I suddenly realised I looks at bit like a sea lion in my wetsuit. Sharks eat sealions!
Are you married?
I have been married to Steve for almost 33 years and we were married within 10 months of meeting. A whirlwind romance that has endured!
Have you ever been out of the country? If so, how many times?
Too many to mention. We have a couple of ‘big’ holidays and several city breaks a year. This year, for example, we’ve done a Caribbean cruise, toured various safari lodges in South Africa and visited Lisbon, Prague and Madrid.
Do you speak any other language?
Yes, French, but I’m not saying how well! I studied it for A’Level and in my first year at university so I can get by. It comes back when we go to France, but it’s very rusty. I was also surprised to find I remembered some O’Level German in Vienna last year.
How many siblings do you have?
I have a sister who is almost 9 years older than me, but she looks younger than I do.
What is your favourite store?
Any book shop. The covers, the smell, the excitement!
I don’t eat out much as we have such lovely meals at home so I don’t really have one.
When was the last time that you cried?
Yesterday when the cancer nurse rang to say the latest biopsy for my husband was benign. I was so relieved. Keeping my fingers crossed for next week now.
Too many to mention. I’ve only recently started blogging and other bloggers have been so generous with their advice and help. One I admire from a writing point of view is Sacha Black’s as it’s quite unusual.
Brigit Jones’s Diary. Love it – especially when she gets her hair blown about in the sports car. (Shh, don’t tell anyone, but I enjoy it more than the book).
Favourite TV Show?
Strictly Come Dancing. Love the romance of it all and the costumes. I wish I could dance elegantly, but a foot injury prevents it.
PC or Mac?
PC (though I have a love/hate relationship with my iPad)
What phone do you have?
An LG smart phone something or other. I’m not in to phones – much prefer email.
What is your favourite pastime?
Daft question – reading. I love to walk and travel too and I’m a very keen gardener.
Can you cook?
Yes, but my skills are rusty because I used to work away from home quite a bit and when I was away 98 nights in one year all over the place including Jersey in the Channel Islands and New York, my husband had to learn or starve and as a result he’s become addicted to it so I am just the sous chef now.
Do you have any tattoos or piercings?
My ears are pierced. I didn’t want them doing but in contrast to most other people my mother insisted I have them done for my 15th birthday. Ugh.