Sunday 23 January 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you to Pauline Barclay for passing this gorgeous award on to me. I love Pauline's blog and also follow her on Twitter @paulinembarclay and was thrilled to receive this.

The rules are that I have to tell you seven things about myself and also pass this on to seven people.

So, let me think. Um... I've mentioned in the past that I write in a shed, can ride side-saddle, my father survived a plane crash and that when I was small I had three cats and called them all Smokey.

1) I used to be the only one of my siblings with darker hair - I know, who would have guessed I'm not a natural blonde - and believed my sister when she told me that I was adopted. Of course, having a wild imagination, I then went on to configure an entire scenario of where I'd really come from, until my mother insisted she'd actually given birth to me and put a stop to my fantasy world.

2) I've been trying to locate a photograph of my great grandfather for years. He died in 1922. My grandmother was an only child and her mother burnt all his photos. His family originate from Stroud, so my next step it to try and contact someone there who may be descended from his family. Not sure who.

3) Having insisted I wouldn't ever get used to an e-reader, I now have a Kindle and love it. I still prefer actual books though.

4) I like my job.

5) My uncle brought the Beatles over to Jersey in the 1960s, but hasn't kept any of the memorabilia.

6) I love New York City & Sorrento, but can't decide which I prefer.

7) I used to put on plays for the family at Christmas time with me getting all the best parts and my cousin Jane always playing 'the crowd scene'. She still talks to me too.

Now I have to pass this on to seven other versatile bloggers:

Talli Roland
Faye over at Summit Musings
Sue at Flowerpot Days
Debs at Bluestockingmum
DJ Kirkby
Kath at The Nut Press
Karen at Coming Down the Mountain: From Reclusive Writer to Published Author


B.E. Sanderson said...

LOL, I think my siblings might've tried to pull the same trick on me. I know they told me I was left by gypsies at least a couple times. So sorry you don't have pics of your great grandfather. Good luck finding someone with a photo.

Congrats on the award. I really enjoyed learning more about you. =o)

Sue Guiney said...

The bit about the Beatles is sooo cool. And I never would have guessed about your hair :-)

Queenie said...

Very interesting and funny. And thanks for not passing it on to me, I'm a bit rubbish with awards!

Kaye Manro said...

Interesting Debs. When it comes to awards, you deserve it. Your blog rocks!

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Congratulaions on the award, Debs. Great to learn more about you.


Melissa Amateis said...

Now that is intriguing...the fact that your great-grandmother burned all her husband's pictures. I wonder why? There's a story there...

I'm still on the fence about the Kindle. :-)

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Debs, thanks for the award! I am reeling from your 7 things. Your uncle brought the Beatles over??? Wow, there has got to be a story in that!

D.J.Kirkby said...

Oooh thank you for this. I enjoyed reading your 7 things, you have an aamzing back history! I'll have to see what I can drag up from the depths of my family history. xo

Flowerpot said...

Thanks for the award Debs - and it's always fascinating to hear about other people! Have to get my thinking cap on now....

Cait O'Connor said...

Congratulations on the award and thanks for the interesting facts,

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

B E Sanderson - siblings can be rather horrible sometimes :)

Glad you liked my seven bits of info. x

sue - I know, I thought it was a little far-fetched until he was interviewed last year about bringing them over. I think it was when Hard Days Night was at the top of the charts too.

queenie - lol

kaye - thanks so much.

suzanne - thank you.

melissa - I gather it was because she was so angry with him for dying so young. He was 47 at the time.

I didn't expect to like my Kindle at all, but I do.

karen - I'm sure there is. I'll have to get thinking.

dj - having read your first book I think your life has been incredibly interesting.

flowerpot - I'll look forward to reading your seven points.

cait - thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Talli Roland said...

Yay! Thank you so much for the award! :)

Stroud! Did you know Katie Fforde lives in Stroud? Maybe you're related!

HelenMWalters said...

Very interesting facts.

Cheryl said...

I love that you called all three cats smokey - hopefully you dont do that now - could make for a confusing story lol.

Thanks for the interesting facts :)

Cheryl said...

I love that you called all three cats smokey - hopefully you dont do that now - could make for a confusing story lol.

Thanks for the interesting facts :)

Troy said...

I would never have guessed number 1 from your profile picture.
You are very lucky regarding number 4 - I loved many aspects of my job but there were others I loathed. Didn't you switch jobs recently?

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

talli - it would make it so much easier if we were, then I could ask Katie for a photo. Unfortunately I'm not though.x

helen - thank you.

lily - What an unoriginal child I must have been :)

troy - thank you kind sir.

I changed my job last June and it was the best thing I could have done.

Pauline Barclay said...

Loved your Blog and love your new look too....the paws are great! Thank you for your kind words too! x

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

pauline - glad you like the new look. I enjoy your blog very much and was thrilled with the award. Thanks.x

Liane Spicer said...

And well deserved too! You're a very natural looking blonde. I'd never have guessed.

Ooh, has Grumps been trampling in the paint? Lovely effect!

Anonymous said...

You deserve the award. Interesting post. Thanks.

All the best, Boonie

Lane Mathias said...

Good facts Debs. Very interesting.

I wonder why your great grandmother burnt all the photos too. Mysterious!

Phillipa Ashley said...

Congrats on the award - I love the new paw print background.

When you say 'grandad brought the Beatles over' I'm intrigued - and what a shame he didn't collect lots of rare and valuable memorabilia!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the reminder. The lovely Pauline gave me the same award and (whispers) I'd forgotten. Must rectify that.

I still love that you called all your cats Smokey. It makes me feel better. Oh yes, I had guinea pigs that were called Prince, Prince II, Prince III and so on. I hope I've mastered the art of original thinking by now. :)

Faye said...

Thanks for the award, Debs. I like being thought of as a versatile blogger! Will pass this award on to others are versatile too.

Too bad about destroying the family photos. Did you ever learn why? I once knew a woman who journaled every day and then instructed her family to destroy them when she died. What a waste of family history.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

Liane - I was blonde (for a while) when I was about 2-3, but went darker after that.

It does look like he's been in the paint pot, doesn't it?

boonie - thank you very much.

lane - I've no idea and my father is desperate to see a photo of his grandfather as he supposedly looks very like him.

phillipa - I know, I couldn't believe he'd not kept anything either. How disappointing.

shirley - I'm glad I'm not the only one to use the same name so many times, at least I'm in good company!

faye - my pleasure.

What a strange thing to have done. People are fascinating when they make such unexpected decisions.

Chris Stovell said...

Nooo on the Beatles memorabilia! Can you actually talk about them to your uncle or does it make him weep?!

So glad you are pleased with your Kindle - it won't replace books for me either, but I do love having such a portable selection of reading at my fingertips.

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

chris - I know, can you believe it. He's not fazed at all.

I love my Kindle far more than I would have thought.

Kath said...

Thank you so much for the award, Debs, and I am incredibly sorry at just how long it's taken me to come over and collect it. I should have sent Squizz but his acceptance speech would have gone on for hours!!

I love my Kindle, too, way more than I ever thought possible, but I do still love stroking and sniffing a book way too much to ever give up the real things in its favour!

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

kath - I'm sure Squizz's acceptance speech would have been thoroughly entertaining.

I agree. I love my Kindle, but adore my paperbacks.