Q1. Name a cartoon that you love.
I don’t really love cartoons. I adored Popeye when I was a child but occasionally I will now watch Futurama.
Q2. What is your favourite song right now?
I usually only listen to music in the car. I have always liked Fields of Gold especially the version by Sting, but at the moment I really like Katie Melua’s version for Children in Need.
Q3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading?
I have always enjoyed walking by water; along a beach, a promenade or a clifftop path.
Q4. What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?
A few months ago I started Tai Chi lessons. I enjoy the stretches, the breathing and the mindfulness. I hope it will improve my terrible balance.
Q5. What is your favourite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?
I like finding out about my ancestors who built Thames barges or worked as lightermen on the Thames. I also have researched the lives of my ancestors who were born in Gibraltar, Nova Scotia and Barbados as army brats because their father was a 19th century soldier.
Q6. What is something unusual you know how to do?
Not so much know how to do, but always remember. I can tell you most of the main Dewey decimal numbers for topics in a Library, such as 821 for poetry or 595.7 for Insects. I can also remember book authors, especially of children’s books even though I can’t remember the names of people I know. It’s a symptom of a lifetime of working in school libraries.
Q7. Name something that you’ve made in the last year.
I made a blanket out of crocheted squares with a crochet along challenge on Facebook.
Q8. What is your most recent personal project?
I am researching and writing about what happened to children from the Workhouse who were sent to a sail training ship or into service as a maid.
Q9. Tell us something that you think of often.
I think about my grandchildren even though I see a lot of them and when I’m not there I think about our little house in Portugal.
Q10. Tell us something that’s your favourite, but make it oddly specific.
My favourite activity is discovering new cousins through genealogy, and either meeting them or corresponding with them. I have met several lovely people this way, from all over the world.
I’m not going to Tag anyone else as I’m not sure who would like to do it but if you are reading this and would like to accept the challenge. I would love to read your answers.