SWEETEST & KINDEST
Coffee cups strewn across the loft, chill hop radio on the waves, piles of reading and marking to do : This pretty sums up the scene within which I’m sat.
The background beats, ticking away as I wait for important emails to filter through, in an attempt to distract myself from the fact that today marks the last day of Harrison’s freelance career! So, as you can imagine, I was delighted when the lovely Amber, of The Ramble Company, sent me the sweetest, kindest, loveliest Liebster Award nomination.
She included 9, wonderful other blogs, so I would definitely recommend you shimmy over and have a read of her post. But first! What is the Liebster Award?
The gist is as follows. In order to pollinate our little corner of the internet with as many blooming, beautiful, blossoming blogs as possible, I will do the following:
1. Thank the person who nominated me and link back to their blog. CHECK!
2. Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
3. Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked.
4. Nominate 10 new bloggers.
5. Create 10 new questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer in their own posts (if they want to!).
6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog.
So here goes. Amber asked me:
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
To put it simply, I was born in London. However, to romanticise the tale slightly, I grew up in Spain until the age of 3/4 and was conceived under the stars in Sweden- which I think makes me basically Scandinavian, right? My parents flew home to London for my birth (mainly to make my citizenship less complicated) and took me back to Spain a few months postpartum.
TREES OR FLOWERS?
Off the top of my head, I think I’d have to say flowers for 3 reasons:
Firstly, I love bringing the outdoors in and this can get complicated with trees. Logistically speaking flowers have the edge.
Secondly, I am more allergic to trees than I am flowers. I developed hayfever around the age of 16 and to this day trees and long grasses are my arch nemesis, unless I’m on top of my antihistamines.
Thirdy, being the meagre height of 5’3 I tend to experience the tip of the iceberg when it comes to trees. Despite being fantastic for climbing in and eating fruit from, I’m not sure how many trees I’ve got to know from top to bottom. A flower on the other hand is much more my size.
However (if I could slightly bend the rules) I would say all edible plants- herbs, vegetables, fruit trees and bushes etc. have to be my favourite.
DO YOU SPEAK ANY FOREIGN LANGUAGES?
Alas, no. My ‘C’ in French GCSE stretches to the ordering of coffee and croissants and that’s about it.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PERFUME?
At the moment Equinox Bloom, by the beautiful Penhaligon’s has soaked into my collar and damp, just-showered hair, making the loft smell like a heady mix of turkish delight and musky, spring blooms. However, at the ripe/tender age of 22 I have yet to find MY perfume.
Smell has always been one of my keenest and most visceral senses, so I’d love to find the one fragrance that feels at home against my skin. But until that day comes I’m enjoying a seasonal array of scents.
WOULD YOU SAY THAT YOU ARE AN ARTIST?
I think not. I love the idea of embodying the word ‘Artist’, but for me it feels very grounded in the old-fashioned definition of the word.
My mum went to fine-art school at Oxford, she was an Artist; My dad on the other hand produced music, some might call him an Artist, but in our family he was a Musician; My Grandpa made films, to us he was a director; My Grandma acted, to us she was an Actress. I write, and therefore I’m a Writer. You get the gist.
COOK FROM SCRATCH OR TAKEAWAY?
From scratch, every time! Ask me again in 10-15 years when they may be any number of tiny people running around, demanding food 24/7 and I might think differently, but for now H and I love to cook. Particularly together. At the minute one of the things we’re looking forward to most about moving onto the boat, is the prospect of HAVING OUR OWN KITCHEN! 🙌🏽
WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT THE STATE OF THE WORLD?
The Power ✊🏽
(Honestly, this is way too hard a question, and rather than ranting about over population, border conflict politics, land ownership or humanities obsession with ramming opinions down each others throats, The Power seems like a nice and simple answer.)
WHICH SONG WOULD OPEN THE FILM OF YOUR LIFE?
Easy! Ask me on any day of the month, year, decade or century and it would have to be this baby.
Followed in very close second place by this little number:
I am 100% stealing this question for my 10 by the way, so be warned.
WHAT’S YOUR OPINION ON OVERHEAD LIGHTS?
Honestly, I have never given it much thought. Beyond it being a contentious issue when it comes to filming, I’ve always disliked all forms of indoor lighting. Without wanting to play to the hipster, hippy blogger stereotype, sunshine, a warm fire and candles are 1000 times nicer than any form of artificial lighting.
WHAT WOULD YOU LOVE TO DO WITH THE REST OF TODAY?
I cant skate for 10 seconds without falling off yet and H is busy lusting after boards left, right and centre, so we’re off to the park to practise on his brother’s pre-loved number, before committing to these beauties- board for H; board for Em.
I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE
MY 10 QUESTIONS
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
Which song would run during the opening credits of your biopic?
Describe your favourite book to me?
If you had to live in another country, which would it be?
Tell me about your favourite food memory?
Do you collect anything?
The weather’s good and you have a whole afternoon ahead of you; what do you do?
Seas, rivers or lakes?
Where do you hope or plan to have your next holiday?
What’s your favourite thing you’ve written to date?