Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Navel Gazing Q&A (aka my first tag)

Lovely Mama at Manana Mama has just tagged me.  So now I've got to bare all.  I hope my happiest moment is yet to come.  I have gone straight to The Guardian piece that inspired MM's tag, and have not come up with my own version (as the ever-creative MM has).  We have Wyoming in common when it comes to happiness!

When were you happiest?
Oh God - can I have three moments?  No, make that four:

1.When I realised I was pregnant with my twin girls

2. & 3. in South Africa and Wyoming, both times up a mountain on a horse (not the same one, and not when pregnant).

My POV astride the stupendous horse Ace, descending a mountain into a lush valley
4. Walking my dogs down a valley in Gloucestershire where we rented the gatehouse of a famous writer.

Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Bryn Parry (Help for Heroes charity founder) for showing us that compassion and drive can take us a long way

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

What was your most embarrassing moment?
At Prep school when, as usual, I wasn't concentrating in a history lesson and thought shell-shock happened on a beach

What is your most treasured possession?
My under-used office at the end of our garden
My office in the London snow

What makes you unhappy?

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
Frown lines

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Meryl-bloody-Streep - sometimes my life is that serious
The most flattering photo of Meryl Streep of all time?
Which living person do you most despise, and why?
Nicole Kidman - overrated and over-botoxed

What is your favourite book?
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate

What do you owe your parents?
I owe my father everything, and I owe my mother a care for personal grooming

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
My father, for not being able to introduce him to his grandchildren

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My children

What does love feel like?
Unconditional, except when I'm tired and somebody is tantrumming

What was the best kiss of your life?
Wiith an ex-flatmate in Antibes in about 1998

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Bradley Cooper for sex appeal, Michael Macintyre for humour, Daphne du Maurier for creativity, and closest friends for friendship.
Bradley Cooper: the photo speaks for itself
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
My Greek rescue dog, Klefti
Klefti, our charismatic Greek stray and a very pregnant me (not sure why K is wearing a harness and a lead)
What is the worst job you've done?
At the BBC working for a woman who hated.....women

What has been your biggest disappointment?
The conviction that I needed to settle down in my early thirties

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The Wild West

When did you last cry, and why?
Can't remember, but it won't have been long

How do you relax?

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
A bigger home

What song would you like played at your funeral?
Imagination by Belouis Some

How would you like to be remembered?
Did her best (kind of)


  1. Lovely list! Ah, Wyoming...I can't wait till my kids are big enough to go camping with me there.

    Your garden house looks bigger than my flat! What a great thinking spot to have lurking at the back of the garden.

  2. It's almost bigger than my flat too. For that matter, our huge garden is definitely bigger than our flat!

    Yes can't wait to take the girls riding in wild places - only another 10 years to wait til I can take them to the TX Ranch (a real working ranch, not a dude one).

  3. Hello! Lovely to see you back. I like that you put pics in too, love the office. If I was in London I would def ask to borrow ;)
    laughed lots at shell shock too!

  4. Dear lofty Alexander Residence, thanks for stopping by unbidden - I hope one day to be a proper blogger and not a slogger (so-named by Manana Mama - and she's hardly slow) - the pace is just too fast for my under-financed and over-packed life but I hope that will change. Of course you laughed at shell shock! It is the most stupid thing I have ever said (that's why I remember it).

  5. Lucky you re the garden, and ditto re taking my girls riding in wild places. My other half grew up on a ranch, and now in its place there's a family farm (they have llamas and stuff, they don't actually farm families), so we hope to send the girls out there every summer when they're older.