That lady is the brilliance behind Blah Blah Magazine. She nominated this blog for a Liebster Award last week which is very lovely and gave me the chuffed feeling that most encounters with her leave me with. I did the Liebster thing last year and so I thought I'd participate today in a slightly different way. I'm going to answer Cybele's 10 questions and then I'm going to share some blogs with you that I think are completely 'BLAH'.
1. What are five components of a life well lived?
Compassion, kindness, confidence, love and personal responsibility. They are the no brainers for me. To live with these five things as the foundations of all you choose for yourself and for others is to give everybody the freedom to be the best person they can be, to live in a manner which is open to experience, to embrace all things as educational and empowering, be an active participant in their own journey and live devoid of the insidiousness of hate, bitterness or regret.
2. Do you prefer holidaying in urban or rural areas?
I'm a fence sitter on this one. There are so many places still to go on this planet, both urban and rural, I'm just going to tick them off one after another until they're all done. I find it unfathomable that people can have a bad holiday. A non-relaxing holiday sure, but a bad one? Nope.
3. Is there a song that makes you cry?
Yes. Several. One that gets me EVERY time is Brandon Flowers' "The clock was tickin'" from his Flamingo album. Every. Single. Time. The other is Dusty Springfield's "The Windmills of your mind" which I want played at my funeral. It's an amazing song. It just makes you feel.
4. Has a view, artwork, building or similar taken your breath away?
One of my favourite views in the world is the rolling red dirt fields filled with crops that you see as you drive up the inland road heading towards the Queensland border. There is something so naked, so magnificent, so endless about that vista which is uniquely Australian and makes me go all Dorothea Mackellar.
I find photography a more moving medium than art in general, but I am a sucker for anything my girls create. If I had to choose a professional artist who I always enjoy the impact of, I would pick Sidney Nolan or Paul Gauguin.
Buildings - the older the better. I love them all. Tin sheds, stone castles, old queenslanders, cottages, verandahs, you name it. It's not so much breath away as that being surrounded by buildings that have borne silent witness to so much kind of feeling.
5. Favourite season?
Summer. Because heat.
Oh, and the smell of dry grass, the hum of heat around the trampoline, the long evenings, the crackling of tyres on steaming roads, the hopping of small children and adults across concrete too hot too walk on. And Christmas. And my birthday. And New Year's. It's the very best season of all.
6. Your ideal Sunday?
A late breakfast at our local cafe, time to read the papers, spontaneous walks or park visits, hanging with the trio of happiness, visits with friends, an afternoon glass of wine, an easy dinner. Anything which surrounds me with people that I value. Then I'm all set up for real life the other six days.
7. A book, film or story that has had a big impact on you?
So many. So so many. But I'm going to pick "To Kill a Mockingbird"as one of those stories that never ever stops impacting because so many elements resonate at so many levels.
I find the character of Atticus retains his relevance across the ages which is a positive. On the flip side, I find it sad that the book's key themes are still playing out in real life in places like Ferguson, USA and Darlinghurst, Australia.
8. Why did you start your blog?
While I adore my two daughters with all my heart, the truth is that they were crap conversationalists when they were 2 and 20 months respectively. And I had lots to say and explore and they just weren't up to political debate, lamenting bigotry or hating on tuna.
They are much better at conversation now but we still haven't quite reached a point where we want to talk about the same things. We'll see how we go once they get to school.
9. What is your idea of an amazing meal?
Anything I don't have to cook pretty much. But if you can somehow make it a full English roast beef meal - that'd be pretty dandy. Oooh.... and popping candy topped creme brûlée. That stuff was the bomb.
10. Are you the eldest, middle or youngest sibling or an only child?
I am the second of six children, eldest female and by far the most interesting it has to be said. Right siblings? What? What? Not reading the blog today? Phew.
We are very well organised - boy, girl, boy, girl, boy, girl. They got the looks, the brains, the coordination and the talent but I got generally hilarious and I genuinely enjoy Dad's uninteresting tours of places, so it's like we're all winners really.
|me. aged five. darwin.|
And now I'd like to introduce you to the following BLAH bloggers.
Obviously go and check out Cybele at Blah Blah Magazine
In no particular order and with no offence mended if I have missed somebody I love, I invite you to meander over to the following places and check out:
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