16 June 2023

Fun Facts


I "borrowed" this post from Coffee on the Porch With Me.  As I think, did quite a few other bloggers.  It's such a good idea, especially if you're stuck for something to write about.

The hobby I could never give up is... Crochet.  It really keeps me sane.  I can pick it up and put it down whenever I want.  There is no expectation from it.  It really helped me when I was going through a particularly hard time, as it kept me from dwelling on things I can’t control.

My biggest role model is... nobody. I’ve never been one to follow a particular person.  I try to live a good, honest life and be kind to others.  I haven’t always managed that, but I keep on trying.  I think we all fail at life sometimes, but we pick ourselves up and keep trying and that’s what matters.

One of my favourite books is... I don’t think I have just one favourite.  I like to read (or listening to someone reading) books that have been recommended or passed along, ones that I see advertised and think it sounds interesting or ones I’ve read before.  My secret pleasure is to listen to Stephen Fry reading the Harry Potter books.  He has such an amazing voice that can keep you listening for hours.

I would love to learn how to... be more adventurous.  I pretty much stick to the thing I know and like.  It would be nice sometimes to step out of my comfort zone and go and experience the world.

I first travelled solo when I was... 17.  I boarded a train at Liverpool Lime Street station and headed off to Hereford to join the Royal Air Force.  I had no idea where Hereford was, I just knew I had to change trains at Crewe.  I must have made it there OK as I spent the next 13 years travelling the world.

If I won the lottery, I would instantly... Pay off my mortgage.  It’s one of those debts that is acceptable but is a long time in seeing the end.  I would then sell up and move to the country.  Win, win all around I’d say.

The best advice I was ever given... Always volunteer first and get it out of the way.  This was very true when I was doing a management course in the RAF.  We had to write a pen picture of ourselves and then read it out to the rest of the group.  I went first and then felt relief that I could then sit back and relax whilst everyone else did theirs.  I went first on everything after that.  Drill instruction, problem solving, night manoeuvres, you name it.  My instructor commented on me volunteering first for everything over the two weeks.  He seemed impressed and I passed the course, so it was definitely good advice.

If you're ever stuck for something to blog about this might be something you'd like to try.

8 comments:

  1. Your crocheting is absolutely stellar - you have great skill in this hobby. As for being more adventurous, after reading that you traveled alone at 17yrs to join the Air Force, then traveled the world in that role, I would say is certainly very adventurous, but more than that, very brave!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words about my crochet. It is nice to be appreciated.

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  2. this was fun, i enjoyed reading your answers!!! i could never give up knitting, my hands and my mind would not allow it!! i was given very good advice as a teen that i have never forgotten...don't marry someone you can live with, find someone you can't live without and marry him!!

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    1. I love the advice you were given. It sounds like you took that advice too :0)

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  3. I love your advice. I loved hand quilting for the same reasons. It was great getting to know you better. I would love to hear more about the RAF.

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    1. I keep thinking I should find some RAF photos and do posts about them. I'll need to hunt around in the attic for the box of photos first.

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  4. My answers would be absolutely the same as yours! Except for the lottery - We have now reached an age where we have finished paying ours off (one of the benefits of getting older!) so now I need to sit and think about how to spend any winnings ... ;-)

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    1. We still have 11 years to go as we basically had to start again when we came back from Texas. It can't come quick enough. A lottery win would help though :0)

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