Who was your childhood hero or person you most admired and why?
I don't think there was any one person in my direct environment whom I admired more than anybody else. I did like the heroine of Kurt Held's 'The red Zora and her gang'. Based on real-life orphan Zora La Rouquine, the streetwise leader of a gang of homeless children in the little town of Senj in 1920's Jugoslavia, this girl was one of the few fictional females I felt at home with. In the book she is a confident girl with a social conscience - somebody who was good a climbing, running and generally doing boy-things. A tomboy myself I was relieved to find somebody to relate to.
Who was the last person you hugged?
Do you nap a lot?
Something drastic has to happen to make me nap. I napped in the car yesterday when jetlag and a weekend of tango on the continent made me feel a little drowsy.
If you were a tree, what tree would you be?
I'd love to be a beech in one of the little woods which are common around here.
What is your current obsession?
Hmmm - is it taking photos? Is it Argentine tango? I guess both in equal measures. Both have been popular for more than a decade now.
What’s for dinner?
Red lentil soup with home-baked rye bread. We didn't manage to go shopping.
What was the last thing you bought?
A round of drinks.
What are you listening to right now?
The humming of our pellet boiler. I would like to write "trusty pellet boiler" - but sadly it isn't, it's in fact quite fickle.
What is your favorite weather?
That must be hot and sunny. I suspect that's because I had so little of that in the last few years.
Say something to the person who tagged you:
Hello Elizabeth, I love visiting your blog to see what's going on in the West Country. Thanks for tagging me.
What would you like to have in your hands right now?
If you could have a house, fully furnished and paid for, anywhere in the world, where would it be?
What a difficult question - at the moment I'd quite like one in Buenos Aires, with a roof terrace. But that can change quickly.
What are you wearing?
I'm wearing a black pullover, a black pair of harem trousers (the non-drop-crotch variety) and a pair of pink stripy socks.
Favorite vacation spot?
Oh no, another difficult question. The two most current favourites are these:
I adore the Andes and didn't have much time to explore them because I had to do research. Now I'd like to go back for fun. And I love California - I first went because I wanted to see friends, but then it had even more to offer. I won't mention France which is such a staple, I hardly call it holiday spot....
What would you like to get rid of?
The flying freehold which overhangs part of our bedroom. It means I get woken up by my neighbours' shower. Most of the time they're very good, but occasionally they shower far too early.
What is your favorite tea flavor?
Roiboos. And Peppermint. And Echinacea plus. But all that will change next week.
What is your favorite snack?
Russets, figs or white peaches from the garden. When those can't be had, I make do with chocolate (but only if it is 'Divine').
Dog or cat?
They're both great. My dog was a tad easier to live with than my cats, though - she never had a disagreement with her chum on my bed early in the morning, nor would she poo into the kitchen just because I didn't like her to sit on my paper while I was trying to write on it. I also think there's nothing more enjoyable than a dog in a good mood.
What do you always fail to do, even though you think you should be doing it?
I desperately want to do our garden up which is currently unusable, but having restored and ecovated our little cottage I just can't muster the strength yet...I'd also quite like to do my yoga but I never find the time for it. Instead I dawdle on the computer far too much and bewail once a month that I can't lift my foot over my head as easily as I used to.