Because I have been spending vast amounts of time tackling the really difficult border which has been ignored for about five years - the one knee deep in brambles, nettles and horrible big spiky things, I have been out of the zone for thinking up posts (mainly because I have been rather exhausted from all this gardening - but in a good way). I have done things I've never done before, hard physical things - hosing down the ground until it resembles Glastonbury at its muddiest, lots of bending, tugging, double digging with a big fork, clambering up slopes and not falling in the dirt (but still being covered with mud at the end of it all). Losing weight has really helped with moving of the body and I'm hoping that all this exercise will minimise the calories gained from the bagel-fest in which I have been indulging (I'll know by this afternoon - it's weigh-in day*).
Anyway there has recently been a meme going round where people had to answer ten question and pose ten more. I have already picked up Scarlet's tag and now I will do that of the fly in the web (who is erudite and funny and tells me the truth about what is going on in France)
1. What will you be doing while the football world cup is on?
I've not watched any of the matches but that doesn't mean to say that I don't want England to win (yeh, like that's going to happen). I have been watching Big Brother which I know is something most bright people hate, but I happen to adore watching people get up to game-playing and bitchiness. In fact I have found a 'naughty' channel that is streaming it 24/7 (I'm not able to sign up to the official stream because of being out of the UK and deciding not to carry on down the proxy route). In fact I am now a moderator on this BB channel and I am having a lot of fun there. Mail me for the link if you want to see it for yourself.
2. What picks you up when you're down?
I've got to say that all this physical stuff I have been doing is keeping any down moments at bay. They always say exercise gives one a mental boost and I have proven it. There is nothing like being out of doors, muddy and tired, the mp3 player keeping one amused (although I have to watch I don't sing along loudly and give the neighbours a laugh) and bags and bags of garden detritus to show for my pains.
3. Indian or China...we're talking tea here, not economics...
I like very very strong breakfast tea. I keep the bag in the cup for about five minutes, a splash of soya milk is added (in France they say sojjer for soja - like Roger) and I won't drink it very hot. When in London I always used to drink Earl Grey with a squeeze of lemon but all my finesse left me when I moved here.
4. What do you value most about blogging?
The people I have got to know - and I do consider I know them and care for them just as if they were friends that lived round the corner and that I saw regularly. I really hope that before I die I will have met each and every one of the people whose blogs I enjoy and who come to kindly visit me here.
5. What can't you bring yourself to throw out of your wardrobe?
I have a very ornate and glamorous jacket that I have worn a few times to go to fund-raising dinners (an earlier life). It is totally OTT, came from the designer room at Selfridges and is about as far removed from my current life as my Earl Grey with lemon is)
6. Would you rather someone didn't ask your views on controversial issues?
I've never been afraid to speak out, have not much pc-ness about me and have often said things that I later do regret. My mother taught me early on to say what I thought about something with confidence - that doesn't mean to say I know what I am talking about though.
7. Do you recommend people..and then wish you hadn't?
A few times in my life I have managed to get people positions with whatever job I was doing at the time. I eventually learned that it is daft to recommend someone because it never quite works out.
8. Do you own up to reading light novels, or hide them under the cushions if visitors arrive?
I very very seldom read what I term 'airport' novels. I admire well-written prose and the likes of Jeffrey Archer or similar just make me cringe and despair.
9. Content with your own company or gregarious?
Both - I used to be the original party girl in London, always out and about with a gang of people. That changed to being out and about with a few close friends and now I am in the French sticks I spend a lot of time on my own.I'm happy with solitude and happy with people. It has been said I have a sunny disposition and it takes a lot to make me down.
10. One thing which would noticeably improve your life.
A private plane on standby to take me to the theatre in London.
If there is any question you would like to ask me feel free - see, this muddy gardening has thrown my caution to the proverbial wind.
*obviously eight bagels and hours and hours of muddy clambering are good - 800gm lost this week.