Thursday, 13 August 2009


I've been tagged by Linda to tell seven amazing things about myself. I'm not too keen on the word 'amazing' as that feels like bragging and makes me feel uncomfortable, so I'll settle for seven 'achievements' instead:

1). Despite the very negative attitude of my teacher, I passed my O Level in English Literature with a grade A. During class I sat with a girl who constantly gave the teacher a hard time. I kept my head down but unfortunately got tarred with the same brush. The teacher hated me and gave me a really bad school report. Luckily my parents took the report with a pinch of salt and I showed him!

2). I was the first person in my family to go to university. I grew up on a council estate and my Dad worked in a factory and my Mum did part-time cleaning. We were pretty poor and I remember that a lot of my teachers were surprised that I did so well academically. I was very lucky to have a couple of teachers who could see beyond my background and were really supportive.

3) This cardigan, made for Miss Muffett, was my first 'serious' piece of knitting. Each row took 12 minutes to knit and I dreaded having to answer the phone etc because I would lose my place in the pattern. Even though no-one else will ever wear it I can't bear to throw it away.

4). I've been researching my family history off and on for a few years and so far have managed to get back to 1790. We are so English and 'northern' at that! My parents live only 2 miles or so from where my Dad's ancestors lived - they just moved off the moor and down into the valley!

5). I am a very poor traveller. I get really bad travel sickness and so any travelling is usually quite stressful. A few years ago I did a tour of Peru - Lima, Cusco, Macchu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and various Inca sites, lots of air and coach travel plus a train across the altiplano, altitude sickness and a touch of 'dehli belly' too. Frankly I don't know how I did it! I couldn't have done it without Mr Earplugs and it's definitely one of my greatest achievements.

6). Having Tiddler has to be my greatest achievement I think. I wasn't sure I could face another pregnancy when I lost a baby last year. Tiddler's pregnancy was such a worrying time, constantly thinking whether everything was going ok, never mind factoring in my age (43). We are so pleased to have him and he's a lovely little lad.

7). My 1st Blogiversary! I have just realised that I have passed the one year mark! Look out for a blogiversary giveaway coming soon (or soonish anyway!)

(Sheep photo from



  1. Wow, that little cardigan is beautiful! Well done you for doing so well and proving that vile teacher wrong :)

    Mel xxx

  2. Happy blogoversary! And what a lovely post.

  3. Hello!
    A lot to be happy with there, children are such a gift.....

  4. this is great. i love number two.

    happy blogiversary!!!

  5. Your baby is getting more and more gorgeous!

    I think it is fantastic about your trip. I love your post and so pleased for your education. I used to love the smell of 1960s sheep ear tags.

  6. Aww Tiddler is getting cuter by the day.
    Im from working class stock and my sister was the first person in our family to go to Uni, I however left school as soon as possible to the annoyance of my dad as everyone always said my sis had to work hard for her exams and I could have walked them, but I just wasnt interested. My dad has never forgiven me!!! Good for you travelling to all those places when you dont travel well, very brave of you and with Delhi Belly too Ewww! X

  7. The word verification was aPOOpt LOL! X

  8. Tiddler is an amazingly beautiful little guy. Too bad it wouldn't be right to put him in the little girl baby sweater because he would look too darling.

  9. Congratulations on one year of blogging! I think that gorgeous sweater you knitted needs to stay with you family, and be passed on through the generations. I'm happy to see your little Tiddler do so well and thrive!

  10. Happy blogiversary! Would love to do some travelling to the places you have been!

  11. Happy belated blogiversary - I loved reading all your answers!! I think the last time I stopped by you were pregnant. Congrats on a beautiful boy!! All the best to you!!

  12. What a handsome little lad.

    I was the only one from my family to go to university as well.


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