Saturday, 7 September 2013

Liebster Love III

It doesn't feel like five minutes since I received my last Liebster Award and now I've been awarded another!

The lovely Annatha at Prattle and Froth nominated me for one on Thursday and it cheered me up greatly after spending the evening listening to Andy Murray's dismal match at the US Open. I was not a happy bunny until I crawled into bed, had a flick through Bloglovin on my phone and read her post. 

Thank you so much Annatha - it was very kind of you.
So here's my answers to her interesting and tricky questions...

1. Why did you start blogging?
I started reading blogs in the winter of 2009 - Attic 24 and Domesticali were two of the first I became  an avid reader of. I like that they were about the simple things that I were interested in rather than magazines that were full of material things to lust after. More and more I thought of things that I would write about and then I just decided to give it a go. Pink Cat, Custard and Cake was born over at Typepad in late February 2009.

2. What is the best thing about the place that you live?
Mum and Dad living nearby. I'm so lucky to have my parents living only five minutes walk away. I wouldn't want it any differently. My part of London is interesting: slowly becoming more affluent but still a real melting pot. I like that I can get to lots of different places in and out of London very quickly as the transport links are so good (starting to sound like an Estate Agent now).

3. Who/what inspires you?
Hard question - so many people but I've decided to go with The Queen. She turns up at everything still looking cheerful even when she would rather be doing something else, always says the right thing and never stops learning about the people and places she's meeting. I hope I'm just as 'with it' when I'm in my eighties.

4. What is your favourite thing about yourself?
My ability to retain information about people, places and dates - it helps with remembering faces, names, birthdays and other special occasions. It helped me be a successful PA, I'm hoping it will be a useful skill as a teacher and it certainly makes me happy to know that I rarely forget to send a card. (I love sending cards for any occasion!)

5. Do you have any unusual talents?
Ummmm. I'm good at playing along with Popmaster on Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show. I guess it goes along with the skill mentioned above but I seem to easily remember names and lyrics of songs and what year they were released in.

6. What is your favourite smell?
Cinnamon and mixed spices - mmm.

7. What is your favourite book?
'I Capture The Castle' by Dodie Smith - it is beautifully written and really captures the feeling of moving from teenager to young woman. I love the period and still long to be Cassandra. The film is also lovely and I felt it captured the atmosphere of the book very well.

8. What do you hope to achieve in the next ten years?
I'll be 41 then - eek! I'd love to have a couple of children and just be happy with Mr P. I also hope to be a successful Early Year's Teacher and because I know that finances will demand that I'm a working-mum, I hope to be able to balance both successfully.

9. What is your favourite time of the year and why?
I used to always say autumn and winter but I'm starting to think that each season is special for different reasons and worth making the most of, rather than longing for something several months away. I imagine the glorious summer we've had this year may have something to do with my thinking. But I do still love the freshness of autumn and the feeling of 'starting over' and getting back in routine. I always loved October half-term the best because of walks, baking and cosying down and I'm hoping I'll have that feeling this year.

10. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Another hard one! I love to be at home (when it's tidy) pottering, relaxing and doing my own thing. I like long walks in the country - Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire is a favourite place for a Sunday wander as it's easy to get to on the M40. I also love Fortnum and Mason's - it just feels special and decadent!

Wow - that was a challenge!

I'm opening this up to anyone who would like to join is as I am reading far too many lovely blogs at the moment to pick particular ones. I look forward to finding out more about you!


  1. It is always fun to learn more about you, Jo. You are definitely good at remembering to send cards - and making them! The birthday card you sent last was so bright and pretty.

    1. Thanks Shannon, that's so kind of you! I received your note yesterday - it was lovely. I'm so pleased that you liked the gifts and card. Thank you x

  2. I like reading these posts and I though your answer about the queen inspiring you was brill, some good points there! I have two of these posts still on my to do list from months ago, but I don't think I'll find time for them now... it has been a tough first week adjusting to long days (I've worked half days only for the last fours, not by choice though) - I'm so tired! One week down though!

    I hope your first NQT week went well :)

    1. I'm glad your first week went well. You'll soon adjust to the long days and time really does fly by. I hope you're enjoying it! x