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.
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
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.
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
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.