Regina – No 1.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATrumpets! Fireworks! Champagne! OK, maybe not champagne. On this blog’s budget, more like fruit cordial. Anyway, the point being, it’s ready! The very first responder has responded. A huge thank you and some sort of medal (may not actually contain a medal) goes to Regina from Tipperary, a kind and funny lady I follow on Twitter. She emailed her answers and is happy to get the ball rolling. And so, over to Regina :


1. Tell me about your favourite pet.

He’s my current one. Sir Gawain, a grey and cream lop-eared rabbit, who holds my heart in one comically oversized paw. He has eyes bright with mischief (seriously, you should see what he’s done to the couch upholstery with them needle-sharp fangs) and a sweet and utterly lovable disposition. Seeing him never fails to lift my spirits.

2. Describe your perfect day.

Time with the land, time with the people I love, at least two pots of TAAAAAAYYYYY and something home-baked. An absorbing read. Rachmaninov on the wireless.

3. What are you most grateful for?

The constant is the people in my life. The other ones are tea in the pot, the time spent making things from other things, the fact that Betty White is still getting work, continued decent health, enough to eat.

4. At what time in your recent past have you felt most alive?

In a good way, on honeymoon last year. Sitting having breakfast in Carcassonne with my new husband, my back to the most glorious morning sun, eating croissants with jam that tasted like sunshine in a jar. In a bad way, during a house fire a few months later.

5. What is the one thing you like most about yourself?

Um.. I’ve a really nice fountain pen?

6. What are you most proud of?

I made it this far.

7. What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?

Thought “expect little, forgive much” was a good way to live. (Kids! It’s really not!) I was *shudder* very young.

8. What’s your biggest regret so far?

I didn’t take that helicopter ride cross-country. Other than that, I regret any cruel or thoughtless words and/or deeds.

9. What has been your lowest point?

The period coming up to and including the death of a loved one. It was an absolute sustained punch in the gut, that whole time; I floundered. I didn’t know how to be at all.

10. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?

Learning to swim. I’ve always wanted to swim outdoors. What’s holding me back is the practical (finding the time and money, health woes) with a little drop of fear.

11. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

I’d make my music public.

12. Think of the last time you were angry. Why were you angry and how did you react?

Someone was taking the piss in a professional setting. I laughed it off with someone else there and fumed for a solid hour. Bah!

13. Is there something you’re ashamed of? Are you prepared to share it here?

Yes. I’m ashamed that there is so much I don’t know that other people take for granted (see: swimming).

14. What have you learned that you think other people should know about?

Use the best china, as life is painfully short as it is. Use your “no”; it really is okay.

15. What did you dream of being when you grew up?

A feminist Tanaiste who made all her own clothes.

16. What have you been thinking about lately?

Change, the nature of being stuck and getting unstuck, living life with fewer things.

17. What gives you butterflies in your stomach?


18. What’s the one thing you’d like to change about the world?

I’d like there to be easy access to clean water for every world citizen.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time, on weekends?

I make things from other things (knitting, papercrafts, jewellery making, baking), I walk, I read, I watch films and some very dodgy TV.

20. Name one thing you’ve done that has made a positive difference to someone else.

I told someone the truth about themselves (as I saw it) and it gave them a lift at a difficult time.

21. What one question do you wish I had asked you today?

With two such magnificent legs, how is it you weren’t in show business?



Again, thanks to Regina for making it easier for the rest of us.


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