Thursday, 6 October 2011

Shocked and stunned.

I feel very honoured (and slightly mystified) to have been given a Blog Award by Erin.  Thank you!!!
I've only been blogging for a little over a month, and thought that these things were for the seasoned blogger who's 'been around the blog' a couple of times.
Looks like I'm going to have to find a virtual DIY shop so that I can get a virtual shelf to place it on :o)
The award rules are:
1. Thank and link to the person who nominated me. (Done. But think I'll do it again.  It's Erin Summerill)
2. Share seven random facts about myself.
3. Pass the award along to 5 newfound blogging buddies
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.
Oh blimey!  Seven facts… Ok, here goes:
1) I belong to an Amateur Drama Group.  We've just finished a small tour of  'Allo 'Allo. 
It's a wartime spoof set in France.  I played Herr Flick of the Gestapo.
2) I used to do trampolining competitions.  I can still do double somersaults with twists but I ache like hell the next day!
4) I received confirmation last week that I have a place in next years London Marathon.  Initially I was excited, but then I realised that I'll have to start training. (Where was number three?)
5) I first met my best friend when I was five years old on the first day of school.  I had an argument with the teacher about adding up numbers. ( I said I could do it, she said I couldn't and wanted me to add up pictures.)  The end result was that I was sent out of the classroom.  Bill was already out there, having been kicked out for some other offense.  We've been firm friends for the subsequent forty two years!
3) (Ah! Here it is!) I once made a crop circle in my friends lawn with his sit-on lawn mower.  It took two years to grow out.
6) I can say the longest place name in the world: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu
It was used in a song called The Lone Ranger, and it charted in the UK in the late seventies.  There was an interview with the singer, and he said it slowly.  I taped it, and learnt it.  My kids never tire of me saying it to their friends.  No, really!!
In case you are wondering, it's in New Zealand, and means: The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one.
7) I'm afraid of heights.  I mean really afraid.  It's a big relief that I'm not that tall, as I don't think I would cope very well.  Driving over bridges gives me the willies, and if I'm up a hill and I can't see the ground running all the way down (because of the brow of the hill gets in the way), then I get very cranky.
Now for the Five newfound blogging buddies (in no particular order):

1) So You're A Writer - I love Carrie's take on things.  She always does great posts.

2) Something To Write About - A fellow chocoholic.  Go check her site out. 

3) Get Bust Writing - Emily has some brilliant guest posts on Mondays.

4) Alexi Bass Writes About Writing - A great blog.  The Friday Five's are worth looking out for.

5) Will Write For Cookies - Peggy's posts always make me re-think things.  I always feel inspired after reading her latest posts.

I just want to say thank you all for making me feel very welcome and a part of the Blogsphere :o)


  1. Hah! I love that you made a crop circle. That's hilarious.

    Anyway, thank you, Iain! That was so kind of you, and I really appreciate it. :)

  2. You're very welcome Carrie.
    The crop circle was dead funny. Every time he looked out of his window it was there!

  3. Thanks so much! What an awesome award!

  4. You just made my day! Thank you so much! I will pass on the love on Monday. I am so impressed with all of the things you do. I am ridiculous at my trampoline tricks these days. It's pathetic. Wish I could do it like I used to, but I never would have matched you. Cool stuff!

  5. Thank you!!! Love the story about how you met Bill :)

  6. Iain, I really think you are so funny. In fact, I'm sitting in the room with Peggy Eddleman and Jessie Humphries, and we unanimously think you're uber cool.

  7. Emily - Glad you liked it. Keep up the great entries :o)

    Abby - You're welcome. What kind of tricks did you used to be capable of?
    As for 'all the things I do', getting kicked out of class on my first day, and crop circles just seem to come naturally. Lol

    Alexis - You're welcome. I did include some of the things Bill and I got up to when we were growing up in the first book I wrote. Those incidents alone would have made it unpublishable, long before the issue of how poorly crafted the MS was. One day if I'm brave enough, I'll post an entry on some of them.

    Erin - I don't know whether to be concerned or flattered that I came up in conversation with you, Jessie and Peggy. I don't know about Uber cool though. The nearest to cool I get is my email address being Fridge.criminal. (It's a long story!)

  8. Aw, thanks, Iain! That's awesome and I'm crazy flattered. I think you feel about heights the same way I feel about being trapped in enclosed spaces.

    And don't be concerned. :) We were just hanging out, blogging, talking about everyone's blogs that we love.

  9. You're welcome Peggy. I look forward to seeing what gems you come up with each day :o)
    I wasn't concerned, just not used to coming up on anyone's radar. (unless it's to be kicked out of the classroom. lol)