Lovely surprise last night when I visited Confessions of a Doctor to be and found Helen Qin had nominated me for a Liebster Award. I couldn’t help feeling flattered to be first on the list .. thanks Helen!
Helen is a final year medical student at the University of Melbourne in Australia and regularly writes interesting and thought-provoking posts that I enjoy.
Rules to the Liebster Blogger awards:
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and give a link to the blog.
- Answer the 11 questions given to you
- Share 11 facts about yourself
- Nominate between 5-11 other bloggers
- Ask your nominees 11 questions
- Notify your nominees once you’ve uploaded your post
Helen’s questions, and my replies:
1. What piece of writing are you the most proud of?
My poem about opposite seasons north/south: Time in Two Hemispheres
2. How long does it take for a post to go from an idea to fruition?
Single-image post, 15-30 mins including prepping the image. Normal post with a few images and some explanatory text – 1/2 hour to an hour. A more involved post that requires research and links, or perhaps an original poem, is likely multi-day.
3. What has been your most enjoyable new hobby during this lockdown?
Walking locally. The streets in our small country town have hardly any traffic, not even the highway, and we can walk wherever we want. We leave the town and walk way out into the country. Normally there’s too many big trucks and farm vehicles for road-walking to be pleasant or safe.
4. If you could go somewhere for a week, all expenses paid and you could do whatever you wanted, where would you go?
For somewhere new I’d choose Ireland; to re-visit a place I love it’d be Venice.
5. What’s one thing you wish you were better at?
Eating! My throat muscles don’t work right so it’s hard to swallow food (just the smell of food starts spasms). It’s like in the movie ‘Holiday’ where Amanda is on the balcony and suddenly gets a bad “oesophagus spasm”.. remember that? I always wonder who came up with that idea … it’s exactly like what I get all the time.
6. What language would you like to learn and perfect if given the opportunity?
I adore Italian as does Nigel. We tried learning it but it was a struggle to find the time on an ongoing basis.
7. What’s an irrational fear you have?
That if I choose to put a load of damp washing on the outside line .. it’s sure to rain 😦
8. What’s something you might be embarrassed or self-conscious about, but you know you shouldn’t be?
I’m self-conscious for all sorts of reasons, it’d be awesome if I had a single answer. We live in a very image-conscious society – I’ll just say that I wish we lived in a world where we were far more accepting of each other’s differences.
9. What food are you craving the most right now?
I permanently crave my favourite fruit feijoa – they grow prolifically up in the North Island but don’t travel well. They’re not from NZ but are native to Brazil, Uruguay, Paraquay and Argentina. I’ve read they’re called ‘pineapple guava’ in California, also ‘guavasteen’. They were bought to NZ in the 1920s.
10. What’s your best party trick?
Honestly? Vanishing. I’m not a party person.
11. What brings you the most joy in life?
The colours of our New Zealand landscapes, seascapes, mountains, rivers and beaches, flowers and trees; the song of our songbirds; and being out there to enjoy it all.
the colours of my life … i colori della mia vita
11 Facts About Me
1. Born in a brick hospital in the small-ish rural town of Waiuku, south of Auckland.
2. Earliest years spent on large orchard developed by my father before I was born.
3. Dad, Mum and I lived in a caravan for 3 years (orchard sold when I was 4-5).
4. We travelled all over NZ when we lived in the caravan.
5. My education started with 2 years remote learning via Correspondence School.
6. Mum was a great stand-in teacher. I enjoyed home education in the caravan!
7. First school: a tiny two-room country school of ~30 pupils, in the Far North.
8. Us school kids did a huge long journey by school bus over a VERY long gravel track to get to a parent’s farm for swimming lessons in a river with a log as a ‘bar’. There were resident eels and looong strands of green algae that we couldn’t avoid!
9. In high school a teacher introduced us to multi-day tramping/hiking carrying our own tents and food. Later Nigel and I did a lot of tramping in NZ and the SW of UK.
10. In the UK Nigel and I once sat on a mown-grass roadside verge to have a food-stop while backpacking. A middle-aged florid bloke drove down the nearby driveway to the road, stopped opposite us and yelled that he’d shoot us if we were still there when he came back. We fled 😦
11. When working, I was a librarian (public, university and medical libraries and even in a photo library). I also did about 6 years working in the smelly office of a tannery!! I was a shipping/wages clerk and the tannery was in Onehunga, Auckland.
My Nominees …*
- Kay McKenzie Cooke NZ
- Ann Mackay UK
- Mike Powell USA
- Ellen Jennings USA
- Peter Hillman UK
- Michael Scandling USA
- Robert Parker USA
- Tracy Australia
- Wendy Montrose NZ
- Platypus Man UK
- Anyone else who follows my blog and would like to participate!
*P.S. I’d love it if you respond – but please don’t feel obliged!
My 11 Questions:
1. What connection (if any) do you feel that you have with New Zealand? 🙂
2. What place in this world do you most love?
3. Your favourite colour(s) are what? –and what do you associate with the colour?
4. What connection do you feel/experience with Nature?
5. Your favourite ‘active’ recreational activity …?
6. Your favourite ‘quiet’ hobby/interest?
7. Is there something you enjoy ‘having a go at’ regardless of skill?
8. What was (or is) your favourite children’s book?
9. Your current or past ‘occupation’ ie. work / study / keeping busy is …what?
10. What’s your favourite creative activity.. what do you have a passion for?
11. Is there something you can share about a challenge you face, or have faced?
Many thanks Helen for the nomination! It was fun responding, and this was definitely a more time-consuming post!
Thanks in advance to kind readers who read this post 🙂
Huge thanks in advance to anyone who responds – in which case I look forward to your post with much anticipation!
Posted by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)