Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Wednesday Hodgepodge- returns!

I'm pleased Hodgepodge is back. I hope everyone had a nice Easter break! If you want to take part then answers these questions and link back to Joyce's blog by clicking the button below.

1. Share one fun thing you did last week, while the Hodgepodge was on 'spring break'.

I went and saw Matilda the Musical in London for the third time. It was awesome to catch up with my friends who I met through blogging, Ruth and Laura Anne. 

2.  April 10th is National Sibling you have siblings, and if so are you close? Share a favorite story featuring one or all of your siblings. If you don't have siblings, did you ever wish you did?

I am the second eldest out of four. I have two sisters and one brother. I would not say I am really close to them but I am close to them each individually in a different way. I always say I could kill them some days but I would kill to have them in my life always. One of my favourite 'close' moments with my younger sister Rachael really sticks in my mind. I'll never EVER forget when we were little (aged around 9 & 7) we went to this soft play which, to us at the time, had the longest and darkest slide. Just before we went down together she said she was scared so I said to her "sit on my lap and we'll make this the best day of our lives". The whole way down she gripped my hand and at the bottom said "you're right this has been the best day of my life" and proceeded to go down the slide alone the whole time we were there. I'll always remember that has been, to this day, the only time Rachael has held my hand...and the only time she has told me I am right on anything.

Rachael, Me, Philip and Nicola

3. Is it important to you to 'buy American'? Why or why not? How much of an effort do you make to 'buy American'? If you're not American, insert your own country in the blank. 

I have to be totally honest and say I don't understand this question. I'm British but I don't know what it means to 'buy British' sorry!

4. Besides The Bible, what book has impacted your spirituality in some way?

I am not really a spiritual person at all and I have never read the Bible either. I did read an amazing book called 'Same Kind of Different As Me' which was written by two Christians. It impacted me because 1) I understood more about the Christian faith (which made me less judgemental of religion). And 2) It made me see that miracles can happen (just not in the way we expect sometimes).

5. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes.  Do you find rainy days calming or depressing?  When were you last caught in a rainstorm? What's blooming in your neck of the woods today?

The odd rainy day is nice. I love the smells it brings so it makes things seem a little calmer. If it's a string of rainy days then the rain can go away- that's depressing!!! I was last caught in a rainstorm in Rome 2 years ago. I have to say it was the most beautiful rainstorm I have ever been happy to run in. 

6. What's your favorite yellow food?

ooo I love yellow! It's my favourite colour. I'd have to say yellow peppers and Mango! YUM!

7. April is National Poetry Month...what's a poem that holds special meaning for you, and why is it special?

I would have to In Flanders Field by John McCrae really stands out. Only because I think it is so beautifully written and the dedication behind it has a lot of meaning personally and also worldwide. On Remembrance day at school we had to read it out just before we did our 2 minute silence for the fallen.  The older I have become the more significant it is. 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields. 


CrysHouse said...

I loved Same Kind of Different As e. It was a really awesome read :)

Life in a Small Town said...

Your spa day sounds marvelous!
That was such a sweet story about your sister! What a great memory!
In the USA, there's a big push to buy products that are made in the USA. They are increasingly harder to find; a lot of products are being made in Asia and Mexico, so many Americans have lost their jobs.

Teri said...

I loved the story about your sister.

Joyce said...

Flanders Field always makes me feel a little lovely and poignant. Sweet sister story! said...

Ooh, spa day sounds wonderful.

I'd forgotten about the Flanders poem, but always remember it every ANZAC and Remembrance Day. So poignant.

To 'buy British' means to buy British products - so buying British beef rather than cheaper imports (cue horsemeat scandal!) or to buy locally grown fruit and veg rather than imports from other countries you often get in supermarkets.

Matilda was awesome - Miss S said to her Mum in the toilets 'I think you should make Rebecca you're friend because she seems nice' - seal of approval!! :)

Chatty Crone said...

Haha - so do you think it is important to buy British??? sandie

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