1.When did you start your blog and why?
I started my blog last September – 2017, six months ago now. I have been improving my photography for a few years and putting shots on Flickr. I have always been interested in poetry as well and thought I would like to link the two interests. Thus I describe my blog, “Thoughts can put pictures in your head and pictures can put thoughts there. Pictures and words go together to reflect our lives, thoughts and feelings.
2. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the UK mostly in Liverpool, a wonderful vibrant city with brilliant theatre music and poetry associations. The humour of Liverpudlians is amazing and words are important to everyone. There is a lot of repartee even on the buses and I am sure you all know of some famous names from Liverpool!
3. Who, living or dead, would you most like to meet/have met?
I would have liked to meet Shakespeare or if Shakespeare was really Marlowe, as so many stories suggest, then it would have to be him. Shakespeare invented words, created worlds on stage and had so much knowledge of the world and of how people’s minds work, he must have been a fascinating person to be with! Once you get used to the blank verse and stop worrying about whether you understand every word, he is amazing to get to grips with. I have seen some brilliant productions.
4. Who was the greatest influence on your life?
That’s a hard question because I have been influenced by lots of different people. I suppose when it comes down to it if you have had lovely parents as I have, then what you take from family life into your future stands you in good stead forever. So Mum and Dad.
5. If you could go back in time, when, and where would you go?
I used to think I would love to go back to Tudor times in England, because that was when Shakespeare was alive, but I honestly think it was also a very brutal time and that death was around the corner if you so much as disagreed with whichever king or queen was on the throne and as I would probably have been poor, I think my life would have been drab and hard and painful! So I’d rather just stay in modern times thank you.
6. If you could stay at any age, what would it be?
I suppose thirty is a good age. You are grown up enough to be more confident and you tend to know who you really are by that time. You’re at your peak in so many ways. However, I think to stay at one age is a bad thing. I always like to think there is a future, a change and a difference.
7. What is your favourite pastime?
At the minute I think my photography is my favourite thing to do. But I like to get out in the countryside with my camera, so walking is part of that and visiting special places where I can see and reflect on the beauty of nature.
8. Do you have a pet , or pets?
Sadly I have no pets at the moment but I have had fish and hamsters and cats. and a long time ago a dog. I think you need to be able to offer a very settled home environment to offer a home to a pet, and at the moment I can’t do that.
9. What is one highlight of your life?
I have spent some time in Africa and travelled quite widely there. I am very interested in wildlife and one experience that sticks with me was when we walked through the forests on the border of the Congo and Uganda and encountered a family of gorillas. Sadly my photos were very poor at that time. It was quite magical though and I was within a metre of a baby gorilla. The animals were so at home in their own environment and so peaceful, it was amazing.
10. What’s your favourite holiday?
Well if you have read my answer above, you will probably have guessed that to be out in the wilds of Africa and encounter animals is a big favourite with me, not a big posh safari camp, but a vehicle to camp from in the bush.
11.What’s your dream job?
Wildlife photographer/ writer but I know I could never get to the fitness level required to make these amazing programmes with David Attenborough! So sadly it will remain a dream.
I nominate the following to join the Liebster award if you would like to. Thank you.
writing in north norfolk
haiku out of Africa
A Patchwork of Perceptions
Despite my deepest thoughts
Randoms by a Random
11 Questions for my Nominees:
1. When and why did you start your blog?
2. Who has most influenced your life choices?
3. Where have you spent most of your life and what is good/ bad about living there?
4.What is your favourite food and what makes it so special for you?
5. If you could do something for the world what would it be?
6. What is your favourite film and who did you see it with?
7.What would be your favourite holiday?
8. If you could have your life again what is one thing you might you do differently?
9. If you could meet anyone from the present or from history, who would it be and why?
10.How much time a week do you reckon you spend using the internet? (Include time spent using internet at work, please.)
11. If you had three things to do or achieve, on a bucket list, what would they be and why?