Getting to know you...

posted on: Saturday, 25 September 2010

Like many things in my life at the moment, I am a bit behind. The summer slow-down had such a profound effect that I can't quite speed up; still ever-so-slightly hazy and floaty, but with all the best intentions. But, I did want to catch up on a 'get to know you' blog tag that Christina from Fashion's Most Wanted gave me back in August (eeek). You thought I'd forgotten didn't you?! Christina is one of life's delightfully flamboyant people; I really like reading her blog.

via from me to you
1. What is your favourite time of day?
Early morning, first person up, dew on the grass, earl grey tea. I never used to be a morning person but now it's the time I most appreciate where we live, how lucky we are to look out and see rolling fields.

2. Where and when did you meet the love of your life?
I married the boy next door, so I first recall ever 'meeting' him when I rode my bicycle the house his family had bought. I guess that must have been in 1981...I was seven years old.

via Copenhagen Cycle Chic
3. What three words would your friends outside the blogging world use to describe you?
 Dare I say? Stylish?

I canvassed opinion from a best friend, she said:

4. What country would you like to visit and why?
I feel I should have a far-flung, exotic and mind-expanding answer here. However, if I am really honest there are places in countries relatively near here that I would like to see. Tuscany for example. Or East Coast USA, like Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Although, I would love to stay in one of those houses on stilts in the Maldives or Fiji. I love the beach and the sea, in any I would choose proximity to water any time. But not on a boat...!

Nantucket beach house - Country Living
5. What is your favourite dish to cook?    
There is a Nigella chicken recipe which is just home-food personified for me. Roast a chicken, use the hot roasting tray juices to soften sultanas, add pasta, toasted pine nuts and torn basil. Add roast chicken shreds, toss it all together in the tray, top with grated Parmesan and lots of salt and pepper. Just heavenly...

6. Salt or sugar?
Salt - especially on tomatoes. It has to be crunchy sea salt too...Maldon is the best.

7. What are your must have make-up or beauty items?
Categorically could not live without lip balm. Not ever.
I am also now rather partial to this Ren serum...smells divine.

by Olivia Graham

8.  What are your favourite flowers?   
Orchids - for their delicacy.
Hibiscus - for their tropical feel.
Tulips - for their Spring-filled loveliness, brimming with hope.
Roses - for their scent.

via prettystuff

9.  What do you think are your worst vices, honestly?
Despite my apparent advancing years, I still persistently spend money that I don't really have.  I do have pious times where I pass a few months economising but then ruin it all every time there is new season of clothing or a 'look' for the farmhouse that I want to achieve. 

Also I have noticed recently that I mentally make excuses for things that I should be doing with the justification that I am too busy/tired. I realise that actually I opt out of too much and I wonder if people feel they could rely on me. Something a friend said to me recently gave me this slightly painful insight into the fact that I am not reliable; the inference that I wouldn't 'come through' if it mattered.

10.  At what time of your life were you happiest and why?  
Hard to say; happiness is a tricky emotion to define. The times I have been distinctly unhappy are easier to pinpoint as being noticeable and prominent. On the whole, I have been lucky enough to be happy in life, although I wonder if people who know me would describe me that way? I am a pensive soul; does that ever equate to happiness in its unadulterated form?! I do feel complete now; there is not much I could wish for. I spend alot of time wondering if I am indeed happy and conclude that I am. There are things that stress me and I get anxious about stuff, but the underlying principles of my life make me very happy, more so now than ever. 

So that's me; for what it's worth :-)

I would like to pass this on to the following bloggers, some of whom I have only recently come across...

Laura @ A Place for Tea
Racheal @ C'est Bon Bon
Alison @ Cowparsley
Olivia-Rae @ Everyday Musings 
Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem 
Marcie @ Lemons & Laundry

Love Lou Lou xx


  1. lovely post. I can't leave without lip balm either.

  2. Lou, I loved this insight into you...all that I imagine and more.
    We share so many similarities. No surprises there!
    Big Sis xxx

  3. We all love our lip balm, I also love Ren rose body oil I have not tried this serum but will now xx

  4. Dear Lou, lovely to read your answers. I didn't want to bombard you with blog tags. I still have a few I haven't done.

    I can't be without lip balm. I think I've used it for so many years my lips can't function without it.

    I wish I could be an early morning person, where you live sounds sublime.

    I'm terrible with money, it's not got any better with age.

    Have a gorgeous weekend xx

  5. "Honey-dewed" lovely, I think the definition of that might be a whole post in itself LOL! What a lovely description :)

    I loved reading this Lou, I am really so glad we are friends.

    I love serums and will definitely be checking out the REN one.

    I know just what you mean about it being easier to think of times you were unhappy, they seem to stand out more I think.

    And our places to visit are exactly the same :) I just know I would visit Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard and NEVER want to leave. I want a home there, a modest one with a white picket fence....and I want to wear linen and a large hat and sit and drink iced tea and read :)

    I went back and read Christina's original post on this and realised that she tagged me too....yay :)

    Happy Week-end my lovely friend xoxo

  6. Awe I like your answers! :) Great answers! Oh and I agree about lip balm 100%! And Super cute that you married the boy next door.

  7. Hi Lou
    Love reading this. Great Q&As. Lovely that you met your man when you were just 7 - wow. Great to see the Hibiscus flower in your list too! Thanks for tagging me. I shall set to work on this next week. Have a great weekend.

  8. Hello from a fellow lipbalm addict! Belindax

  9. Hello Lou :) First off, love the interview. Fabulous to find out more about you -- and second, thank you for such sweet words about me that you left on Forty Not Out. You made my entire weekend!
    I hope yours is just fabulous :)


  10. Louise,you should come over to Sydney if you love the beach :) they are amazing here.
    Im coming over your way in 2 weeks and 5 days! cannnnnot wait.
    Loving your interview - you make me want to live in the country :)

  11. your go-to dish sound delicious! loved learning about you.

  12. This was very insightful Lou ~ I love reading these as it gives us just a little more insight to people we have connected with over the "wire". Hope you are having a wonderful week-end.

  13. I love these tags, honestly. It's always interesting to learn more about favourite bloggers. :)
    PS: Used to be an early morning person, but something has changed. Weird.

  14. you are D.E.L.I.G.H.T.F.U.L in thought....emotion and lip balm....loulou

    melissa xoxox

  15. Awesome post. So nice to continue to get to know you and to continue to discover all the things we have in common. Salt on tomatoes? Yes. Lip balm? A must. Quiet mornings? Absolutely. And that Nigella dish sounds scrumptious. Hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend!

  16. Hi Darling! Thanks for the peek-I love you even more now! You are one cool chick with a penchant for telling the truth. I like that in a friend.

  17. Thats so lovely! :) City Girl x


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