Jo’s questions tagged me to answer a list of questions – not usually my kind of blogging.  I did suggest my answers might be a poem, but it didn’t work out like that:  sorry, Jo.


1.  Which place would you most like to visit, and why?

My own home, as travel’s too tiring – armchair travel is best for me.

2.  In my next incarnation, I would like to be…?

a domestic cat – they live such a comfortable life.

3.  Which person from history would you most like to meet and why?

Off the top of my head, I should like to meet Artur Rubinstein (1887-1982) and hear him play Chopin as only he could.

4.  What has been the most exciting experience you have ever had?

Giving birth

5.  Have you a life lesson that you would like to share?

Keep on keeping on – little by little, even the biggest task is achievable

6.  The best meal I ever had was…?

Lobster and strawberries at West Wittering on Sea, in 1948, taken on a day out by wealthy neighbours, whose son was “my friend who’s a boy.” As the pickiest of picky eaters, brought up on wartime rations and meat and two overcooked veg, this food was a revelation and changed my life (unaffordably) for ever.

7.  What changes would you most want to implement if you were a leading politician?

Eliminate war; tax the greedy; help the needy.

8.  The best holiday I ever had was…?

Greek island hopping, the first I ever took on my own.

9.  The quality I most admire in a friend is…?        

The ability to make me laugh.

10.  If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Here, where I live now, on the edge of a lively village in lower Normandy, France

11.  Do you have a favourite walk, and if so where?

Along the seashore on a wild winter day.


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8 Responses to Jo’s questions

  1. adinparadise says:

    Great answers, Viv. I guess we’d all love to have a shot at #7.


  2. Tilly Bud says:

    I’m glad you did this one – really interesting facts.

    Number 7 is already a poem; it just needs a title.


  3. Viv, this was great, especially your views on politics… and they rhymed! Also, the subtext to your comment on lobster, so true. After poverty, my mom said she ate her first steak and never had anything tasted so good in her life! I love that your love your home, your place on the planet, and that the best experience was giving birth. You are the real deal! Love, Amy


  4. This all fits my mental picture of you!


  5. restlessjo says:

    Thanks Viv. Nicely done. The ability to make you laugh is a great quality in a husband too.


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