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I have been Blog Surfing.

It is of no surprise that there are an enormous number interesting, diverse, weird (and truly weird) blogs beyond the world of Gardening Blogs.  I  came across a post called Blog Tag: Oh Meme is Me!  on a blog called “Tale Spinning” .   The title caught my eye so I read on and I thought it would be a fun thing to do.   He was tagged by Flash fiction another blog I am definitely going to follow and would recommend.

The idea is to answer a series of questions and then tag other bloggers to do the same.

I won’t do the tagging  bloggers bit, as a newbie blogger myself, I don’t know others well enough to do that.  However, if you want to answer the questions and add a link back here, please do, it will be great fun to learn a bit more about you.

So, the questions are:-

1.  If you could go back in time and relive one moment, what would it be?

I would like to go back to the 19th Century and meet my Great Grandfather, Thomas Taylor.  He had three wives (two died, one out lived him) and between them they bore him 15 children, sadly 5 died when very small.  I have photos of him and he’s an archetypal Victorian gentleman.  I have traced the family tree  for several years and Thomas is on my  maternal side.  It is so frustrating because I can’t get beyond his birth in 1841.  You have no idea how many Thomas Taylor’s were born in Liverpool in 1841!!  I want to ask him if he had any siblings and where his parents came from.

2.  If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?

I would make my marriage work and still be with the man I married in 1975. Not much more to be said on this one.  We both grew into different people and in different directions – not good ingredients for a long-lasting marriage.   You need some cohesion to make a relationship work.  Just my opinion, of course.

3.  What movie/TV character do you most resemble in personality? 

Tough one this!  We don’t see ourselves as others see us, and whoever I choose, people who know me will probably say “Nooooo, never!”   However, one of my closest friends who knows me, warts and all, has suggested Bridget Jones and I guess she is just about right.  Although I am not called “Miss Marple” at work for nothing, give me something to find/get to the bottom of and I will find it – investigation is my forte.

4.  Name one habit you want to change in yourself.  

Throughout my life, school reports and work appraisals have said different versions of the same thing “She is her own worst enemy”.

I get fed up with things too quickly and throw the towel in.  This is especially true in relationships,  I hear the voice in my head saying:  “I can’t be doing with this” and I walk away.

UPDATE: Having written this habit as the first thought that came to me, I realise it is probably odd being a Miss Marple at work.  In my defence I would say that if I am grabbed by something, and I can see that there is a goal to be achieved, then there is not much that will stop me.   This can also be seen in the hard work involved in searching out the family tree.  

As the question only asks for one habit, I will stick with being my own worst enemy because in many ways I am.

I suppose we are all made up of contradictions, it is what makes us what we are – especially me : a slightly complicated character.

 5.  Describe yourself in one word.

Tenacious

UPDATE:  There we go, another contradiction.  Perhaps I need to look at myself at bit more carefully!   This Meme is becoming more insightful than I realised it would……. interesting, some investigation needed here I thinkI have looked up the meaning of tenacious just to check it out and I will stick with tenacious. 

1. retentive a tenacious memory
2. stubborn or persistent a tenacious character
3. Holding or tending to hold persistently to something, such as a point of view. 

6.  If you could push one person off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?

As this meme is only for fun and this question is theoretical… I hope!  Also the person  pushed off the cliff  must survive, unhurt.

On that proviso, I would probably push Max Clifford off the cliff.  I find him quite unpalatable.

7. Why do you blog? (In one sentence)

I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts, my ideas and my garden (my other blog) and seeing that people are reading my posts.

HAVE FUN!!

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Raindrops on honeysuckle

Well so much for my “A Daily Jotting” alternative  blog – I am not doing too well am I?  Maybe I will have think about altering the title to the “Occasionally Jottings”.  I thought I would find this a useful outlet just to put the odd thing down on paper that was not relevant to my main blog “Hurtling Towards 60 and Beyond”.   I have never been a diary keeper, and this proves it.  Some people write avidly, or is that addictively, in a daily diary, not always a lot, occasionally just one sentence, such as “It rained all day today”.

When I started to write “Hurtling …”  I found a constant source of inspiration,  posts came one after the other, maybe too many.  It is easy to flood the market, readers get tired.  I think perhaps if you are lucky enough to have a following,  there is a fine line between keeping them wanting and overloading.   A blog, after all, is better if you have readers, it gives something to aim for.   It wasn’t long before I found it becoming a struggle and was almost about to lose interest in the whole blogging experience.    My thinking was that there is only so much you can write about a small garden to keep it exciting.

Then a most surprising thing happened…. my viewing figures shot up from 40-50 a day to 400-500.   As you can imagine, this took me back a little, so I investigated.  When you look on Site Stats you can see where your hits have come from.

Herm Island, The Channel Islands

I had a post selected by WordPress as a Top Ten new blog and featured on their Freshly Pressed page for a week.  It was amazing and an incredible boost to my confidence.   The post was nothing to do with gardening, gardens, or pictures of flowers but of a holiday in the Channel Islands I had just returned from , I called it  Glorious Guernsey – beaches and bluebells .  Some of the comments were heartwarming, all were complimentary and to my pleasure, despite the number of hits, over 2000, not one was derogatory.   It gave me the impetus to carry on, a much needed jolt.

Now I usually only write one or two posts a week, with a Wordless Wednesday photo on Wednesday.   There is no shortage of ideas with various blog memes,  such as Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day  on the 15th of each month, hosted by May Dream Gardens.   Then there is  Garden Blogger’s Muse Day which is a short poem with a photo, published monthly on the 1st,  hosted by Carolyn at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.   She also hosts Hope Grows Day on the 5th of each month.   One of the best memes is End of Month View  hosted by Helen Patient GardenerThis helps focus the mind on what has been achieved in the past month.

My task now is to remember to write something daily on ‘A Daily Jotting’, even if it is self-indulgent, one liner nonsense.  It may be interesting to someone!  Also I have discovered that when you start to write, words just flow – this post was going to be small and to the point, but ……

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