Which is today by the way! You find me hungover (not enough sleep for the amount of wine I consumed. I should know better at my age!) and feeling very delicate...the sofa and my new Gene Kelly box set awaits.
1.Cake - I know it comes as a shock!
2.When you move a fairy bottle and an ickle bubble pops out of the top. For some reason I have always called washing up liquid shopping up liquid. Mind you I always call cotton buds pipe cleaners. I get names muddled very easily.
3.When my eldest made the joke about an orthodontist being a dentist who writes books.
4. Getting absolutely soaked in the rain and having to strip off and get completely changed, even knickers. I have a vivid memory of one occasion doing this at uni in Glasgow which left me so invigorated with being alive, I have never forgotten it.
5. A really good bowl of soup. I could eat soup every other day easy peasy.
6. The smell of wild garlic on a woodland walk.
7. A robin puffing out its chest. My most favourite bird to see in the garden. Makes me think of the Jackson Five too which in turn leads me to think of 70’s music clubs of my youth in Edinburgh, MC5, very short dresses, hotpants and feather boas.
8. Roast chicken. Easily the best Sunday dinner of all time and number one in our family Top Ten Meals. We do like to do Top Tens whilst sitting at the table together.
9.Pantomimes. I will boo and hiss at the baddies in my loudest voice every time.
10. Feeling part of a crafting community - it’s all so very inspiring.
11. The alchemy of baking - it is truly amazing!!
12. Stroking a newly smoothed, sugar pasted cake. It’s almost erotic how much I love doing it. If you had a go you’d understand.
13. When my hubby makes fun of me mixing up the name of electric appliances. I do every day. He says because I don’t fully pay attention to what I am saying. He has a point.
14. When a plan comes together! Picture me with cigar in mouth. Something I haven’t done for a long, long time but I do remember partaking in way back when a) I was a smoker and b) it was sometimes a great idea to end an evening at a pub. Smelly though!
15. A box of embroidery thread – akin to Willy Wonka’s edible room, it’s so enticing and magical.
16. Harry Potter, Doctor Who and Percy Jackson. I am a geek!!
17. When you’ve been slicing chilli and your fingers numb your tongue for hours afterwards. Me and my Biscuits will take turns for a finger dab on the tongue at the dinner table, much to the annoyance of Mr Biscuit.
18. Brora cardigans. I am lucky in saying I own one ( purchased for our wedding day, cost more than my dress) and would love to be able to afford many more in many colours.
19. Knitting – especially small animals with coloured needles.
20. Cats napping. It is a sight that fills me with such contentment. My Hamish ‘the mancat’ can snore for Scotland making me chuckle to myself when alone. Laughing when you are by yourself, I think, always feels all the more funny.
21. Trampolines. “Bouncy Bouncy. Ooh What a good time! Bouncy Bouncy. Shoes all in a line!” They are just silly and I always end up hurting my back but I will insist on going back on them.
22. Dancing. I LOVE dancing. It makes me so happy. I will be on a dance floor all night. I confess I barely spoke to a soul at our Wedding, I was too busy dancing, from the first dance to Runrig at the end. I very rarely have a partner and care not a jot if anyone else is on the dance floor.
23. Flowers. Lillies, roses, tulips to name but a few.
24. Donkeys. This is the animal I would have if I had land. Of course not just one, never only one.
25. Buttons. Luckily I have a Dealer for this addiction. (Fishy, you know I mean you.)
26. Foxes. I always feel just a little bit wrong in loving an animal that will kill and not necessarily eat its victims. I love their pointy faces, I cannot help myself.
27. Watching trees blowing in the wind. It’s hypnotic and like the next ‘love’, a reminder of my insignificance. Except when I have been watching The Happening, then they FREAK me out something silly.
28.The sea, especially on dull grey Scottish days where it looks like concrete it’s so still.
29. Breaking eggs. Since the days of being a teeny toddler pretending to be Calimero [cartoon chicken who wore half an egg shell on his head] putting a tea cosy on my head, I have be taken with egg shell.
30. Reading for large blocks of time. I don’t do it much these days for lack of such indulgent time yet every now and again I give it a go and usually nod off. I remember reading more than one book in a day and confess when a new Harry potter came out, once I got to the end I’d start over again.
31. A large glass of red. I love red wine, particularly Austrailian. When I eventually get over to visit my brother in law, I WILL be touring the vineyards! NB.not so much today - blast this darn hangover!!
32. Tea in a china cup and saucer. You all know why!
33. Jane Austen. I love the language and the excruciating romance of her books. The rules, the taking of tea and calling cards, visits, the dancing, the humour. Wonderful!
34. Hedgehogs. They can roll into a spikey ball!!! What more can I say?
35. Christmas. Simply Christmas.
36. Disaster films. The more devastatingly ‘end of the world’ the better. Special effects these days make for amazing films but I am still partial to a bit of Towering Inferno or The Poseidon Adventure.
37. Me in a Narrowboat meandering along a canal (Guy Martin optional). If it wasn’t so darn expensive I would do it every year. A custom built one is first on the lottery wish list.
38.Classic Fm. I don’t do radio. I get very irritated by songs with singing, it may aswell be people screaming at me but classical music calms me and I had the best Christmas baking build up ever in 2010 listening to it EVER. Except Lawrence LB, he kinda spoils it.
Can you imagine the length of this post if I was older? Deary me. I think I may share the same trait as the wonderful Stephen Fry in using many words instead of a few to say what I want to say. I so wish I had lemon cake (hoping the sponge would help with the HO) but will suffice with the ickle white chocolate tarts I have in the fridge leftover from yesterdays Mother's Day family gathering. I am in need of a sit down and a cup of tea.