17 Dec 2008

7 Things

Hi there - I'm back from the craziness that was the Athens riots and ready to make my 101 post - The 7 things about me challenge. You know you have arrived in the blog world when you are nominated. I was kindly nominated by the marvelous Millie at The Laurel Hedge - Thank you :)

This is how is works: Share 7 things about yourself. Challenge other blogs at the end of your post through naming their blog, and post a link to it. Let them know they have been challenged by leaving a comment in their blog.

Ok lets go...........

1. I was born in the tiny town of Levin, New Zealand in the early 70's

This is me Dad and Mum - I look like I'm thinking - what is he wearing???!

Its amazing when your growing up you think of your parents as so old, but Mum and Dad were 26 & 25 in this photo - crazy. When my mother was my age she had three kids, a house, husband, garden and 16 cats! I on the other hand have no attachments - people, property or otherwise.

Levin, NZ

2. I am oldest grandchild on my Dad's side and the first girl on my Mother's. My Grandmother (my mother's mother) we called her Nanny, was a big influence on my childhood, we would visit her at least once a month. Whenever we went to her house, about 2 hours drive from ours, we always (perhaps its my childhood mind playing tricks) seem to have ham and salad for lunch.

She very sadly passed away when I was in my early 20's, but I can still hear her saying 'Slow down and enunciate your words' - good advice for life I think! I wrote an essay for school when I was in 7th form about NZ woman at war (WWII) and interviewed her for this; she said something that I will never forget and is a great example of her wit and can do attitude,
'My husband was British and felt it was his duty to go back to home to help sort things out - in hindsight I really should have gone rather than him, I was far better at sorting things out than he was' - now if that's not gold I don't know what is :)

Nanny and I

3. When I was 3 1/2 we moved to the outskirts of a little town called Featherston in the Wairarapa and for those of you reading my blog regularly you know how much I love the Rapa :) Sadly I don't have any pictures here of the cute cottage I grew up in with a beautiful English style garden surrounded by 100 year old trees and farm land - a rather idyllic place to grow up; but the images following give you a flavour of the country side around Featherston.

This picture is taken on Underhill Road my old road in Featherston

South Wairarapa

South Wairarapa

4. I have a brother, sister and a niece and nephew

My gorgeous sister - who is recently engaged

My handsome brother and his two great kids

5. I was completely obsessed with Princess Diana from the wedding in 1981 until I was about 16, I had scrap books of articles and pictures I had cut out of magazines plus books and even Charles and Diana paper dolls!

Wasn't she gorgeous and so young

6. Wellington and Interior Design
I studied interior design and lived in Wellington for 8 years - such a gorgeous city - great music and cafe scene.

Wellington Harbour

My first flat was in the suburb of Brooklyn, which is so lovely. It was the first of many many flats - last count 22!! I really wish I had my own house.

The view of Wellington Harbour from the Brooklyn Hills

Brooklyn Village

7. London and Europe
I came to London in 2002 and the first European city I visited was Venice - I thought I'd walked into a fairy tale.

Me in Venice

The bridge of sighs

My current flat is on the top floor of this art deco building in south west London - it looks a bit like an ocean liner I think

So there we are a few things you may not have known about me.

I would like to pass the torch to:
Amanda @ Oliveaux
Kit @ That Unreliable Girl
Trudi @ The Deco Detective
Tracey @ Porchlight Interiors

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Blogger Porchlight Interiors said...

Thanks Vanya! It was great to read about your life - I think your London flat looks fabulous! Tracey x

17 December 2008 at 12:02  
Blogger DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

I really enjoyed your 7 things, beautifully done! I loved princess Di too.

:-) Cathleen

17 December 2008 at 16:36  
Blogger TheDecoDetective said...

Thank you for the tag Vanya - maybe I'll have time during Christmas. I'm not good at these things! I was wondering: are there seven specific questions to answer, or can I tell whichever seven things I feel like sharing?

17 December 2008 at 20:15  
Blogger Millie said...

Welcome back from dodgy Athens Vanya & fabulous post! What a lovely family you are part of, I think your Nanny looked gorgeous. I didn't pick you for a Princess Diana fan - so that was a little surprise!

I guess that's what so good about the 7 Things challenge, we need to throw our pre-conceived ideas out the window about people & listen to their story with a new perspective.
Millie ^_^

18 December 2008 at 09:55  
Blogger OLIVEAUX said...

I love the picture of you and your Nan. It is wonderful to read and learn more about you Vanya. Amanda x

18 December 2008 at 12:27  
Blogger Terri said...

Vanya, what a wonderful list and thanks for sharing some bits about your life. And my goodness - you come from a gorgeous family and look how cute you are!!!

Your building in London does look like an ocean liner! I know what you mean about all those flats. I had about 20 in total also and we only bought our first house 2 years ago (I was 36). I am so happy to have a home but all those years of moving around was wonderful also!

I also live the pics of you and your Mum and Dad and your lovely and witty grandmother.

Merry Christmas and welcome back! Terri

19 December 2008 at 10:34  
Blogger A-M said...

That photo of you and your Nanny is so precious. I can see the love! What a lovely post! A-M xx

20 December 2008 at 14:01  

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