I’m taking part in the Ultimate Blog Party! This is my welcome post – come in and say hello. It’ll be lovely to meet you.
As an introduction, here are some little-known facts about me:
1: As a child I lived in St Kilda in Melbourne, Australia (with Mrs Hall)*. I loved it. We went to the beach after school, we had pie for lunch, we had suntans, wore sandals and had skinned knees.
2: One of my ambitions (besides running the London Marathon) is to compete in the Tevis Cup, an endurance ride which covers 100 miles across the Sierra Nevada in one day. The motto of endurance riders worldwide is To Finish is to Win. I like that.
©The New Albion Stud, CA, USA.
3: I’m obsessed with Arabian horses.
I blame Patricia Leitch and her beautiful Jinny at Finmory series of pony books. I read them so often as a young girl that when I turn to them now on a rainy afternoon for comfort reading, every word is an old, familiar friend.
4: We rarely call anyone by their proper name in our family. I blame my dad for this. As a result, at the age of 3 I introduced myself to a stranger as Freddie Blootus. My children are Vortimul, Archimus-and-a-mul, Noodling and Pickleish.
5: I am extremely bendy. I can almost do the splits, I can high kick above my head, and I can sit in the Lotus position. Not bad for a fat girl.
I can also bite my own toenails, but that’s not something I do on a regular basis. Unfortunately my daughter is a nailbiter, so the cry of ‘stop biting your toenails’ is often heard in our house.
6: I am an extremely fast reader. I read a book in a night, more often than not. When I go on holiday, I have to take about 12 books with me. Last year I devoured the entire series of Sookie Stackhouse novels on a ten day trip to France. If you haven’t read them, do. They’re far better than True Blood.
7: I have the attention span of a peanut. It’s true. Ask my friends.
I’ve been given this award by the gorgeously-named Utterly Scrumptious. In exchange, I’ve told you you seven things about me. I’d like to tag Rhona, Hannah, Garry, Karyn, Joanna, Julia, Rebekah and Suzanne to tell me 7 things about themselves, because I’m nosey.
*Mrs Hall is a family joke. I don’t have a clue who Mrs Hall is. Ask my mother in law, she knows.
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