Friday, October 12


I have been awarded the You Make Me Smile Award by Connie W . I recently recieved this, so wont post the badge again. Thank you Connie. I would rather make someone smile, than the opposite!

I have also been retagged for the Facts that Make me me. Last time I did this it was the 7 facts version. Ann has tagged me to play this time, so here goes.

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.

2. List eight (8) random facts about yourself.

3. Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).

4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs.

1. When I was little, I had an imaginary friend. Needless to say, she was the one who did the 'naughty' things.

2. One of my most vivid early memories, was being taken up a bush road, on a horse with my loved Aunt, to my paternal grandmother's house, & watching the little creek that ran across the road.

3. I loved to be allowed to play with my Grandmother's button tin. It had an old button hook for shoes, in with the buttons.

4. I can remember my Grandfather had tinned tobacco, & it was 'Riverhead Gold' with yellow on the label.

5. I still love Macaroni Cheese.

6. I believe babies hold healing powers, for the sick & the weary. I don't know why I believe this, because I dont have religion in my life.

7. I feel that a death that touches us, makes us yearn for life all the more.

8. I don't have a very sweet tooth, but watch me around savoury pastry!

I am breaking the rules here, because I am not going to tag anyone this time round. I hope anyone who would like to do this, will. I like to read all the answers & see how everyone reveals a little bit about themselves.

When I was young, I loved classical music, & we heard quite a lot of it on the radio, which seemed to play most of the day. I was born on the eve of the tidal wave of 'Pop' Music, I guess.

I remember an Aunt who married my mother's youngest brother, who loved all the latest songs, & she would listen to them on a different radio station from the one my Grandmother usually listened to. My Grandmother had her serials she would listen to, one in the morning, & one in the afternoon.

There was 'Portia Faces Life', & 'Dr Paul'. I seem to remember one called the Black Tulip, which seemed quite bloodcurdlingly cruel from memory. It may have been an evening serial.

I confess, I think this is where I got my aversion to 'soaps'. I suffered from Tonsilitis a lot during my Primary school years, & had to spend many days at home, while I overcame bouts of hideous illness it caused me. I hated to listen to the serials, & could never understand why my Grandmother, who was otherwise such a practical realistic woman, would want to listen to these preposterous stories. The twists & turns to the plots infuriated me, & I would try to absent myself from having to hear them. I would cover my head & read in my bedroom. On days when I became delirious from the dratted Tonsilitis, I would somehow imagine some of the gruesome characters from these awful stories were coming to get me.

In the evenings there were comedies, some of which were silly- well I thought so! 'The Glums', was one such, & I remember being so irritated by it. I don't think my Grandmother liked it much either, & she used to go off to bed.

I cannot abide soaps now, on TV & never have watched any day time soaps, and very few evening soaps either. Gom is a secret soap lover, & he will sit & watch the ones in the early evening. I sneak away to write of sew or just read.

I do like some serials, & I like good British thrillers. I enjoy Wire in the Blood, & liked Cracker. I am currently watching Damages, but I am wondering if it is something I might give away soon. We began watching Prison Break, but once it broke down into the realms of ludicrous fantasy, we both stopped watching.

I have found I quite like some TV series made from books written by Lynda La Plante, but I disliked her style of writing, when reading the books.

We have had some thunder storms this afternoon, with a little hail. It is still somewhat surly looking but I dont know that there is much rain amongst the black clouds. It has cooled the air considerably.

I am currently listening to Ben Harper's lovely soft voice. I watched an interview with him once, & was most impressed with how he handled & touched his guitars with such respect & reverance, & obvious love. I felt it showed a real joy of the instruments, and I respected his music all the more, for his passion.

Ben Harper, The Three of Us.


~Bren~ said...

I wish I disliked the soaps...they can become additive. Even the weekly dramas that we do not call soap operas. I do like ER and House though.

Unknown said...

We adults in the house are not soap watchers at all - the kids will try and watch the odd one or two though - with you on Cracker and crime drama like that though :o)

Leigh said...

Meggie we are serious Wire in the Blood fans. It is so well written and well acted but it is such a shame they make such short seasons. Tonight is the last of the new series in Vic. Four episodes in total :-(

Lee said...

Nice meme answers.

I probably shouldn't criticise soaps as I have never watched one. In the two and a half years since I quit work to study I haven't turned the TV on earlier than the six thirty (PM!) news.

Joyce said...

I don't like soaps either or much other TV for that matter. I am a big fan of Ben Harper too. My daughter met him while she was living in Byron Bay and was very impressed with him in person. Lovely voice and great lyrics.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I've come to realize (the wisdom granted by age, I suppose) that time is much too precious to waste on the preposterous. There's enough twists and turns in real life to deal with than living through fabricated lives full of trouble and turmoil!

ancient one said...

Thanks Meggie for playing... I loved reading your meme. And I love that you still posted all the other stuff. I was "done in" just trying to get all the links and things on blogger. I was so excited when I realized every one of my links worked... See it doesn't take much to please me...LOL

Anonymous said...

You have so much gentle wisdom! I used to love to play with buttons too, and I vaguely recall seeing a button hook as well. It must have been at my grandmother's.

Mike said...

I have never been one for soaps, but I must admit that way back in the early 80's, I got hooked on one for a while. I have no idea how it happened, or what there was about the show that caught my attention, but I was hopelessly hooked for a year or more.

My wife loves those British serial programs and I simply cannot deal with them at all. I leave the room when she turns one on.

Linda G. said...

I'm so often struck by the parallels in your life and mine..
As a sickly child, I spent much time with my Grandmother too..the soaps..button box..the imaginary friend, Jenny, who did the naughty stuff..and topping it off.. mac and cheese is still my most desired comfort food..

fifi said...

hi meggie!

just cruising around my blogpals, its six degrees outside and I am recovering from a huge jaunt in the Hermitage in St petersburg.

Nice to read your observations and tales.
And I hate soapies too! My daughter has just discovered them, and talks about the characters like they really exist which drives me mad!!

meggie said...

Hi All,
Isn't it fun to discover how alike we all are, even though we are so different.
Because my throat would be on fire, my Grandmother often made me scrambled eggs, & I still regard them as comfort food!

His Office, My Studio said...

I love the Soaps and I have to have the TV on when I am working or I listen to the radio or music.

Katie said...

I never watch soaps. I don't like them either. In fact I still feel uncomfortable having the tv on in the daytime at all.

Alice said...

Before I married and was living on the farm I listened to 7 x 15 minute radio serials a day. I watched Days of Our Lives for about 6 months more than 30 years ago, and for a few years I watched 'Home and Away' but gave it up a couple of years ago. Isn't that pathetic?

Also love 'Wire in the Blood' and 'Midsommer Murders' and several other English shows.

Do you still like classical music, Meggie?