Blue Sky Tag is a fun event for June, the height of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, with plenty of blue sky days! Mind you, here in our milder Candelo Winter in the Southern Hemisphere, we are still being graced with beautiful blue skies, albeit a little cooler! So I guess I still fit the bill!I was nominated by Sophie, who writes a lovely blog: https://oldhouseintheshires.com/ , and shares many of my interests in gardening, vegetable patches and wildlife; children and education; interior decoration and antiques; upcycling; reading and writing; and travelling! I have been particularly enjoying her series: #MyGloriousGardens, where she describes some wonderful gardens with great photos as well! For a sample, see: https://oldhouseintheshires.com/2017/06/07/my-glorious-gardens-series-lacock-abbey-gardens-in-june/. So, thank you very much for your nomination, Sophie, and now, I will try to answer all your questions!! The photo below is of Blue Skies at Potato Point, 1.5 hours north of us, taken at the beginning of Winter, while the following one is of a pair of Wedge-Tailed Eagles, soaring in the blue blue skies above Bunga Head, 45 minutes away!Rules:
1.Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Answer their 11 questions.
3. Formulate 11 questions for your nominees.
4. Tag 11 bloggers and let them know.My Answers to Sophie’s Questions
Why did you start blogging?
I started my blog to document the development of our new garden, as well as share some of the magical gardens we have visited over the years and the incredible beauty of our new area. Since then, it has extended to include my twin passions of Old Roses and books!
What is your least favourite part about blogging?
Keeping up with the technical computer aspects, like when WordPress occasionally makes changes and I have to figure out a new way of doing the things I want to do!!!
How long do you spend blogging each day?
It varies, according to the day of the week and particular post! I like to keep well ahead with my drafts, so there is no last minute panic, which requires a fair degree of organisation and planning ahead! Usually, on a Tuesday, I will recheck the drafts for editing errors before I post, so probably about half an hour maximum. Also commenting on other blogger’s posts and replying to comments might take another half hour. While the writing may take an hour or two and choosing, reducing the size and inserting the photos may take another hour, it is the initial research that takes the longest and this can take a whole day! I love the researching aspect and easily lose track of time when discovering a new subject area! I try to reserve Thursday for producing new posts, but occasionally may use part of Wednesday as well.
Do you have another job? What is it?
I volunteer at a charity organization, which recycles clothing, bric-a-brac, books, media and furniture, then resells them, so lots of variety in the job. Tasks vary from sorting, pricing, displaying, retail selling, and general cleaning.
How many pets do you have?
Our beautiful old dog, Scamp, died 2 years ago and while we will probably get another one at some stage, we are thoroughly enjoying the freedom of being able to visit our beautiful National Parks and take holidays without having to worry about kennels! We also love all the birds and insects, which visit our garden!
Do you speak any other languages and what are they?
I learnt French back at school and while there are limited opportunities to practise it here, it has been very useful on our two visits to France, as well as for translating French texts! It is a beautiful, romantic and lyrical language!
Which book are you reading right now?
I am really enjoying a library book: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman, a love story between two characters from very different backgrounds during the first decades of the 20th Century and set in New York. It is so good at conveying the magic and sense of wonder and curiosity of the time, as well as keeping you reading to the very end to discover the mystery of the main character’s upbringings.
Which moment in history do you wish you could witness (and be safe!)?
I have always been fascinated by the time period from 1880 to 1910, when there was so much potential and so many things happening! I adore the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau and also love the beautiful feminine wardrobe of the time, though I probably wouldn’t have liked the corsets!
Cake or Wine?
Definitely cake, which is not so good for my waistline nor weight, so I don’t have either cake or wine much these days! Unfortunately, wine gives me headaches now – I think it’s the preservatives! And I’m an incorrigible sweet tooth, so I always loved the tokays and sweet dessert wines the best, which isn’t good for my health either! So really, I should say neither!!!
If you could find out one secret or unknown from history or now, what would it be?
As an armchair amateur archaeologist, I would love to know the whole picture about the origin of modern humans. Archaeology is like a jigsaw with missing pieces and consequently, knowledge is always changing as each new piece is found!
Which is your favourite plant or flower and why?
Definitely Old Roses, because of their scents, generous blowsy forms, their subtle colours and their romance and history!
My Questions for My Nominees:
- What do you enjoy most about blogging?
- What other hobbies and pastimes do you enjoy?
- Given your time over, without any restrictions, what would be your ideal job? Why?
- Which new country would you like to visit?
- What is your favourite quotation?
- If you were an animal, what would you like to be and why?
- What is your favourite time of year and why?
- What is your favourite film?
- What are the 3 most important character attributes to you?
- What is your favourite book and why?
- What is your favourite garden and why?
I look forward to reading all your responses! x