Monday, 12 May 2014

Ten Random Things


Inspired by Annie, here are ten random things:

1. The contents of my handbag today: 1. lightweight cotton scarf, 2. wallet (I like the ones that zip up all around the edge), 3. lipbalm, 4. sylvanian family toy (no idea how that got in there), 5. re-usable shopping bags, 6. pens, 7. buttercups, picked by Angus, 8. sunglasses, 9. A DVD (Game of Thrones) ready to post back to Love Film, 10. tissues, 11. filofax. There would usually be a lot more used tissues and scrunched up receipts but I swapped bags last week and had a clean out.

2. I never wear lipstick or lipgloss - I hate the sticky feel of it - but I am addicted to lipbalm and get through tubes of my favourite brand (the one above). I bulk buy it when it's on offer and keep about three tubes dotted around the house.

3. I am very broody. John says no. We are thinking about getting a dog.

4. For someone who likes nices things, I really couldn't give two hoots about cars. Ours is seven years old and a little battered (mainly by me) but the more anonymous it looks, the more I like it. It gets washed maybe twice a year. The interior is a mess of crushed bread sticks, raisins, tissues and pay & display tickets. There is a big juice stain on the middle back seat and I'm fairly sure it smells.

5. I get hayfever.

6. My first job was as a silver service waitress for a local catering company where I grew up, on the South Coast. We'd often do events on HMS Victory and HMS Warrior, which involved carrying all the plates, glasses, food etc on to the ship before the event, then off again at the end of the night. This was especially hard at high tide, when the ramp on and off the boat was very steep. It was incredibly physically demanding. We had to wear a uniform with tights and bow ties no matter how hot it was. I had no proper training and once spilled food on a bloke's dinner jacket. He didn't notice. I didn't say anything.

7. I learnt piano as a child and gave up when I was thirteen. I've regretted it ever since.

8. I love butter, salted especially. It's my weakness. Or, more accurately, one of my weaknesses.

9. I have very vivid dreams. They are like films in my head, full technicolour glory, and can affect my mood right through the day. Last night I dreamt I was in a helicopter with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Liam Neeson was in their security team. Weird.

10. For breakfast this morning I ate muesli with some chopped fresh fruit and skimmed milk. I really wanted to eat toast with butter and marmalade. 


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Join in, if you like, and post your ten random facts. Or just tell me one in the comment thread. I'd love it, I'm very nosy. :-)







132 comments:

  1. I would be ashamed to photograph the contents of my bag right now. It is overflowing with receipts and used tissues (my children's, not mine). Love your OK wallet.

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    1. It's not normally that tidy! The OK wallet was a Christmas present from hubby. x

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  2. I don't see the point of unsalted butter. If it's served in a restaurant, I butter my bread and then sprinkle salt over the butter. :)

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    1. I always knew we were kindred spirits! x

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  3. I absolutely adore 'little old lady' sweets. You know the rose and violet creams? Well if they weren't so damned expensive I'd eat them every day as my treat with coffee. I love Parma Violets too but these are a poor substitute for the creams. There you go.

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    1. Oh yes, parma violets, I love those too! I don't know if I've ever had a violet or rose cream - I will have to look out for those. x

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    2. May I jump in and suggest Selvridges rose and violet creams? They sell them at Christmas and they are absolutely Amazing!

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  4. Are you sure you're not describing my car?

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    1. Ha! It seems that once children come along, pride in one's car leaves. x

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  5. I am working on a 10 random things post. It is harder work than I thought. Narrowing it down to 10 is hard! I agree about the butter thing and have been known to do the same as Jennifer. Perhaps that is an American thing. Lovely to read a bit more about you. xx

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    1. Thank you Amy! I'm glad I'm not alone in my love of salted butter... x

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  6. I think I might join the ten random things, I'll think for a bit this afternoon. As an American, I don't really understand the point of unsalted butter, either! I believe it's supposed to be for baking, but whenever I've actually followed the directions and bought unsalted butter, I usually end up thinking, "This could use more salt", haha. I just don't worry about it anymore, guess maybe I'm not cultured enough!

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    1. Baking recipes here always call for unsalted butter, then list "pinch of salt" in the ingredients! So I just think err, why not use salted butter...? I think the idea is that if you use unsalted butter and add your own salt you have more control, or something. x

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  7. Lovely random facts - I think I went a bit overboard with mine almost a life story x

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    1. Thank you Sue. When I get a moment, I will read yours. I like the sound of a life story! x

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  8. Mmm Liam Neeson, a bonus in any dream! We got a dog last weekend and she is adorable, almost as much work as a baby though.

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    1. Yes, I have heard that. But puppies don't want night feeds,,,do they? x

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  9. I love number nine - how completely random!!!

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  10. I've thought about doing the ten ramdom things, but don't know where to start (maybe too "Old"). I only use unsalted butter in my cooking and seeing my children are all grown up, don't have a lot in my handbag these days. One odd thing about me is I've never had sugar in hot drinks even as a child and ask for half strength hot chocolate as otherwise it is too sweet. There that is one thing. Take care.

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    1. I can't abide sugar in tea or coffee either, Susan, and often find hot chocolate very sickly and sweet. Better to stick to a good coffee! x

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  11. You and I are so very similar. I've been meaning to do one of these posts for a while and have even written my random things down in a notebook. I too don't care about cars (mine's a bit grubby and covered in little dents and scratches). And I have vivid dreams every night, sometimes three or four of them in a row. And feeling broody? Yes to that...
    S x

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    1. I feel better knowing that other people have such vivid dreams too! Would love to know your random facts. x

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  12. I'm still in love with your filofax cover, from the very first time I saw a picture of it.
    The Sylvanian bear in your handbag made me smile - in my fantasy, that little bear decided one day he wanted to see the world, and got in your handbag, which he thought would be the perfect travelling way :-).
    Don't take the flowers out of your handbag, the bear may need them if he meets a little sylvanian female bear ;-)
    I'm going to stop my fantasy now, before this comment will turn into a children's book...
    But I still love your filofax cover !

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    1. Ingrid, that's adorable! What a skill, to be able to create a story based on a few objects - my kids would love you. x

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  13. Hi Gillian, thanks for this idea! I chose 10 random things from my desk ;) http://xelenacrochets.blogspot.ru/2014/05/blog-post_13.html
    I love your wallet! I never wear lipstick or lipgloss too.

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    1. Thank you - I will pop over and read your randoms things Helena. x

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  14. I love this idea, my very first job while in sixth form was as a waitress although it was in a local pub. The chap I poured gravy down did notice though.

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    1. Oh no! I hope he wasn't too cross. Waitressing and bar work - both are hard graft (and I seem to remember getting a lot of unwanted attention from drunk men too...) x

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  15. I had a really vivid dream about Russell Crowe once. And I mean *really* vivid.

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    1. Ha! Oh Sue. It wasn't that kind of dream, sadly. x

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  16. Brilliant post, I love it! All wonderfully interesting and I completely agree with 2 and love no 4! ;)

    S x

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    1. Thank you Sandra! I am feeling a whole lot better about my grubby car now. x

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  17. I could have written number 4! Lovely, cosy post :-)

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  18. I could not live without butter and if I had to give up everything else I would live on butter. Random fact - When I started teaching I used to teach the daughter of the drummer in Simply Red. I would go red and giggly when he came to pick her up, but I did get free tickets to one of their gigs at the Manchester Apollo.

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    1. That's a brilliant random fact! I wonder if she inherited his musical talents? x

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  19. I share 4,5,6,8 and 9 with you! Have you tried the West Country Butter with seasalt from Aldi? It's divine ... I often have a little bread with my butter xxx

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    1. No I have not, but thank you for the tip, I will look out for it! M&S do a divine butter with big salt crystals in it, perfect for smearing on bread, but I expect the Aldi one is half the price. :-) x

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  20. I'm the same with no.4. I think when you have young kids it's impossible to care about cars. Mine is dusty and messy. There are mud marks from rainy shoes in the back, pencils, lego, school pamphlets, half used sweet packets. I think when the bears get their own wheels then perhaps i'll start to take pride in what I drive! Until then, it gets us all from A to B.

    A great post, I may try and sneak one in too!

    Have a lovely day!

    Vanessa xxxx

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    1. I feel a lot better! Yes, the muddy shoe scuffs on the back of the seats, and hair slides, I always seem to find hair slides and hair bands by the hundred.

      I will pop over and read your list soon - looking forward to it! x

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  21. Hi Gillian,
    I'm with you on 2,4,5 and 7. I'd be too embarrassed to reveal my bag contents and I only dream (or remember them) if I am too hot. My random fact: I developed a love of the smell of rubber whilst pregnant and it has never quite gone away. I am the one to be found lurking next to gym shoes in the shoe shop! x

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    1. Did you? That's so interesting! I have always loved the smell of pharmacies, that sort of medicinal, antiseptic smell mixed in with other fragrances, and breathe deeply whenever I go in to Boots! x

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  22. Hey Gillian,

    I couldn't care less about cars either. Mine is a disgrace. And I have always wanted to learn to play the piano. I am considering learning when Pops starts school. As for being broody. I became broody at 34 and didn't have Pops until I was 40. Marc also said no. I can be very persuasive..

    Leanne xx

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    1. Ha, Leanne! I love it! Ok, I won't give up hope yet, maybe there is time. I think a dog is more likely though. x

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  23. Hi Gillian... I too love salted butter, my random fact - and claim to fame - is that as a child I received a 'Blue Peter' badge for naming the guide dog, Cindy. I still have the letter with best wishes from Valerie, John and Pete and signed by Biddy Baxter. Shows my age!!!

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    1. How wonderful! Now that is a fabulous memory to treasure, I am glad you kept the letter. It's a small piece of social history. x

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  24. Good morning Gillian! I think you've stolen my bag...oh wait, mine has a lot more rubbish in it along with the Sylvanians, picked flowers and post. I have those same pens. Two years ago I was complaining to my mother that pens disappear from this house all the time, I was terribly grumpy about it, so for Christmas she sent me a red velvet stocking full of *200* of those very same pens! I hate to say it, but it was one of the best gifts ever! Chrissie x

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    1. I bet it was! Do you know, every time my parents come to stay, my Dad moans about never being able to find a pen in our house (he likes to to the Times crossword). So I buy those ones in packs of ten and keep them everywhere now. x

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  25. Brilliant Gillian, I love these random posts don't you ? They're really fun to put together too aren't they ?
    Very impressed with the tidiness of your bag and also that you met Liam Neeson last night and as for the love of butter, don't even get me started...
    Have a great day
    Kate x

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    1. The bag is really not that tidy today, I can assure you Kate! x

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  26. Love your list Gillian. I am so with you on the butter, I can eat it straight out of the tub. Our car is a tip too. It is eleven years old and we are about to buy a new car and I am not sure I am up to the responsibility of keeping it feral free. I have been only eating white bread and butter for five days and am dreaming about muslie and fruit ( I am having a colonoscopy tomorrow). I hope you post again tomorrow as I will need distraction from the fact I will be very very hungry. mel x

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    1. Oh, a colonoscopy - ouch. I do hope that you are ok and that it goes well and it's not too uncomfortable. Take care.

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  27. I'm a fan of the random Posts. Unsalted butter is like low fat cream, they should be banned! If baby no. 3 truly is not on the cards can I recommend a Whippet? They are about as much work as a child. Couldn't care less about cars either and ours is a frightful sight right now. I'd happily have Liam Neeson on my security team :-) Mel x

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    1. Yes, and the same goes for low fat mayo - it's revolting! Just eat less mayo would be a better idea, I always think.

      Do you know, we are looking at whippest and lurchers. They seem to tick all the boxes for the kind of dog we are after and I have heard only good things about them. x

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  28. I just loved reading this this morning. When I read Annie's that was brilliant too. I must have a go at this myself, if only to make myself laugh!

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    1. Yes, and to read the comments! I've loved hearing everyone share their stories here. x

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  29. What a brilliant list. For a start, I can't believe you can get so much in your handbag! It must be huge. I also don't like wearing lipstick but have to keep applying lip balm from the various tubes/pots/sticks I have all over the place. My dreams are also very vivid and affect the rest of my day - there's always a sort of mood (could be good or bad or tense or whatever) that's there for the rest of the day. As for my car; it's thirteen years old, a mess inside and only gets washed by the nice man at the garage when it goes to get serviced. Thanks for the laugh! Oh, here's my random fact - I was born in Peru and have lived in Northern Ireland since I was 5.

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    1. It is quite a big bag, I have never managed the art of small handbags. Born in Peru, eh? Now that is interesting! A place that must feel very far away, I would imagine. x

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  30. Great post Gillian!! It is always interesting to see people's handbag contents.... mine always has loads of papers inside, little receipts, Uni papers, travel cards.... and ends up being a mess...
    Like you, I've never been interested in cars either and mine is a mess too..... it definitely needs a clean before we send it to the garage for its annual MOT.....
    Not broody here, though...3 is enough.... but recently I have been thinking about dogs.... but what do you do with them when you go on holidays? It's a very big resposibility....
    Have a lovely day!! Pati x

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    1. Thank you Pati! Yes, the holiday thing is an issue - although we only really go away once a year - and something we will have to think about and build into budgets. x

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  31. Your car and my car --- twins!!!

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    1. Yes! And I think quite a few other people here might have similar looking cars... x

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  32. Loved the idea of 10 random things post. Was intrigued by No 4 ... they get in everywhere!
    Jacqui x

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    1. Thank you Jacquie. I am glad I'm not alone in my slutty car ways. x

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  33. Holy crap Gillian. Well if this isn't a bit spooky...because apart from 1, 6 and 10...I could have written this. My car - abominable, my dreams - save the world vivid variety, hayfever, piano, butter, broody....yes yes yes yes.

    Now I feel like one of those creepy people with that identity stealing thing .....don't worry, it's not the case. In fact I'll write my own 10 just to reassure you ;)

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    1. No, I love it that we have so much in common Andrea! And I want to read your random list now - I will be popping over and blog stalking you soon, don't worry. x

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    2. :) hey, i wrote a message on your full time mom is enough post, which got eaten. It is enough. It is more than enough. We need to value SAHM's far more in our society. I wish I was one. Right now I have no choice (breadwinner), but maybe that will change again, I hope so. I believe it is important for children to be raised by their parents as much as possible where possible and for parents to be able to go to school to volunteer, see the easter parade ( I missed Trouble's :( ), cheer them on at athletics, and be available to be present in their childhood. It is hard to do when you come home late, stressed and exhausted. I wish our society would support parents more. Instead there is this counterproductive 'it should be as hard for you as it was for me'' attitude.

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  34. Wow, great idea! Lovely post Gillian. Hugs :D

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  35. We got a puppy because my five year old son really wanted one and baby three wasn't an option. Nine months in my son loves his dog dearly but my goodness they are a lot of work. They may be harder than children at the start!

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    1. Yes, I am hearing that a lot here! But I bet they add a lot of joy and fun to your lives too. x

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  36. Well hello, I've just discovered your blog via Coco Rose. Are you me?? Ditto above for #2 (have you tried Kiehl's lip balm - my fave), 3 (except I won - baby#3 due in 5weeks!!), 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9!!!

    I'm off to have a mooch around your blog now!

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    1. Hi there, thanks for visiting and commenting! I daren't try Kiehl's lip balm as I'll probably fall in love with it and I bet it's more expensive than the brand I'm currently using. Congratulations on your pregnancy, how wonderful, x

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  37. I love your list of random things Gillian - (1) your car sounds like mine, (2) my daughter's 21 and Sylvanians and/or the little bits that go with them still turn up from time to time, (3) it's never too late to start learning/re-learning an instrument: I started having piano lessons at 40 and have now started to teach it, best thing I've ever done. Have a great week.
    Jane x

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    1. Did you? Gosh, that's wonderful. I did try and pick up the piano again when I was about 21 but I got so frustrated with how my hands wouldn't work together like they used too...I can just about read music still though. x

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  38. I love posts like this. I also have vivid dreams. Last night I dreamt I was getting married the next day and had planned nothing. I was trying to do the catering and a shop in Aldi.
    The night before I was at the Eden Project which had closed down. I was sat in the canteen with the cast of Jurassic park, eating Baby bells.

    I worry about my sanity sometimes. xx

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    1. Oh that is so funny! Really, I chuckled there, thank you for sharing. I remember before my wedding having loads of anxiety dreams about my lack of dress/wrong dress/absence of guests etc... x

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  39. That bit about your dream made me laugh. I do have vivid dreams too but oftentimes I can only remember a few things when I wake up in the morning. I don't think I've had a dream yet with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Liam Neeson! x

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    1. I hope I have another, it was very entertaining! x

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  40. Loved this post Gillian. I get your thing abut your car completely - as long as it gets me from A to B reliably I don't care what it looks like. Your handbag is so tidy! Thanks for sharing your 10 random things
    Caz xx

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    1. Thank you Caz. I can assure you that my handbag is not usually that tidy. x

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  41. Brilliant post Gillian! I'm with you all the way on the car and the dreams! So glad I'm not the only one that experiences Jame Bond action movie dreams, and then, as you say, they kind of stay with you all day in a weird way - the feelings you felt in/from the dream stay with you!
    Must check out Annie and the others posts!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Gill xx

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    1. Thank you Gill - yes, do check out Annie's it's great. x

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  42. I absolutely love these random posts!

    I don't wear lippy or gloss either because my hair gets stuck to it and I could eat salted butter by the spoonful. The state of your car made me laugh - mine isn't perfect but it sounds a teensy bit more fragrant than yours, you heathen!!! ;-)

    Heather xx

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    1. I know, I'm sorry...it really is a disgrace! Maybe some dangly air fresheners would help?? x

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  43. Hey Gillian,

    Just to say that I posted some leaflets to you today. You may find some of them useful for planning your jolly to Cornwall.
    Leanne xx

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  44. I really enjoyed reading about your random facts! Your bag must be very tidy, mine is always quite disgraceful I have to say. I'm with you on the car thing, I have no interest in cars at all and neither does my husband...ours is pretty old and a bit scratched in places. Random fact....in the secret santa at work this year, I received a "granny wig" complete with hairnet and bun! I assume this is because of my not well hidden love for teacups, knitting and crochet! I was actually delighted with it ;)
    Marianne x

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    1. A granny wig?! Brilliant! They obviously know you well. ;-) x

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  45. I do love unsalted butter and guess what I have actually been known to get upset with husbeast when he has been bad in my dreams! The poor bloke putting up with me!

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    1. JEn, that's so funny! I have dreamt that John left me and woke up crying. Honestly, how needy does that make me sound? Tragic. x

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  46. Random fact: I make my own peanut butter, keep it in the fridge, and eat it by the spoonful along with a handful of chocolate chips - homemade peanut butter cups!

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    1. Yum. I love peanut butter cups, and got really excited when you could buy Reece's cups here easily. I am the only one in our house who likes peanut butter though, sadly. x

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  47. I was amazed how much I have in common with you, and then I read the other comments and it seems I'm not alone! Lip balm (never lipstick) dotted all over the house, a car that is washed twice a year, hayfever, a love of butter, muesli for breakfast, vivid dreams and giving up the piano too young - it's all me. I have three pens in my bag, one for each child in case we go somewhere with a trail - it is not possible to share without drama! I loved this post, maybe I should think of some random facts about me. Have a good week Gillian. CJ xx

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    1. Three pens in your handbag, one for each child - now that is a good idea! I am glad we have so much in common CJ. x

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  48. I have exactly the same car 'thing' as you, I would have written it word for word! I love these posts they are really fun. Jo x

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    1. It was fun to write, and even more fun reading other people's random facts. x

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  49. I could never find those kind of pretties in my hand bag... it's always filled with baby wipes, bits of dolls, bobbins, old tissues but i would have two or three vaseline post or lip balms in there for sure! I do like the randomness though.. and the being nosey part! I like that too :) Hazel x

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    1. Hazel, when Angus was younger, there would have been wet wipes, dummy caps and probably a few tubes of nappy rash cream too. I still take wet wipes if we're going out for the day though. x

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  50. How alike are we all! Same here re. butter, and the first job, and the car. Although mine is full of canine paraphernalia these days. I will of course agree with Mel about the importance of having a whippet in your life. My first was a baby substitute when the mister wouldn't agree to baby number five, and now we have five whippets!

    Loved the list, and thank you for the link :)

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    1. Thank you for the inspiration Annie. You know, whippets and lurchers are quite high on our list already, and what you and Mel have said about them has been really encouraging. :-) x

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    2. Lurchers are lovely, but having co-founded/run a whippet and lurcher rescue in the past I'd always recommend a whippet to a family with young children. Whippet pups are wild, but in the best possible way, and an adult whippet will be the most loyal and loving dog you could could ask for.

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  51. I'll join the club, then… sadly, salted butter is hard to find here in Switzerland so I love it in Britain and Brittany :) Hayfever, check. I don't care about car status but mine had to be the same model as the old one so I had to buy a 7 yr old one, and now my hubs is getting a 7 yr old car, too LOL (he kept wanting to buy me a posh one but I kept refusing!). I never learnt an instrument properly but my daughter had lessons, had to stop at 12 but still loves playing and does so for her own entertainment - great investment for us as parents! I use a tiny handbag that is very organised and always have a spare doggie baggie for my spaniel - child no. 3 is now 18, so I got both ;o!!
    Random: although I adore history and am a real history buff, I failed my history A'level :O

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    1. Is it really? I wonder why that is? Maybe it's a health thing.

      I'm sorry you failed your history A level but very pleased to hear it didn't diminish your love of history in any way. x

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  52. Great list, Gillian. I so enjoy getting to know you a bit better. I love your wallet!!!
    Salted butter...I could almost eat it with a spoon! I could care less about cars too...as long as the one I'm driving is safe (mine is a 13 year old volvo, and we have a 10 year old 15 passenger van for the family), and I also regret not being able to play the piano (after many years of lessons). I took Annie's suggestion a few weeks ago and posted my own Ten Random Things...it was so much fun! Thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. ThanOou - the wallet was a Christmas present from my husband a few years ago. Old and grubby but still going strong! I remember reading your random list and enjoying it very much. x

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  53. I'm loving reading all the list about at the mo, the contents of my handbag would be to sacry to share, so much stuff crammed in it.
    Clare x

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    1. Yes, since taking that photo my handbag is now an absolute disgrace, nearly as bad as our car! x

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  54. I've loved reading other people's lists, my list was posted on my blog today. Completely agree about the butter, you can't beat the real thing!

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    1. Hi Amy, thank you. Good to know it's not just me who loves the salt! x

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  55. Great post idea, enjoyed reading it.

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  56. So great to get to know you a bit better, Gillian! I also have hay fever... it's no fun. I rarely wear lipstick, but I am addicted to lip balm, like I have to always know where it is! We have one newish car in the family, and my husbands car is ten years old. I am NOT a morning person at all. I am a bit of a nerd. Dogs are the best... I miss mine. Toast with butter and marmalade (my favorite) sounds so good right now!

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    1. Hi Julia! Thank you, you always leave such lovely comments and I appreciate them so much. I don't think I'm too bad in the mornings, but I'd rather sleep in given the choice! x

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  57. Like so many others you are describing my car, but I don't like salt. I have 2 dogs and 2 cats, too old to be broody! A couple of my own random facts. I spent 2 years in a convent school, though not a catholic, I've been unsuccessfully married twice, I was auditioned to present a community TV programme (unsuccessful obviously), i wanted to be a film director and the careers advisor told me to take a secretarial course, so I did! Xx

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    1. Oh Mags, I enjoyed those random facts very much! What an interesting woman you are. To think you were almost on tv, that is quite exciting! Practice for when you go on GBSB... ;-) x

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  58. #9, vivid dreams. Me also. They can be rather disruptive to the entire day. I'm doing my annual reading of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and one of the characters keeps visiting me in my dreams this week (Remy, for those who know the book). Needless to say, you have my complete sympathy. Except for then they are fabulous, heart lifting dreams...and then I'm very happy for you.

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    1. Bizarrely I was thinking about that book today! It's a great read. They are not that vivid every night, thank goodness, but I'm encouraged to know that I'm not alone and also that I'm not going mad! x

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  59. I always seem to have a bottle of Arnica and rescue remedy in my bag too, not quite sure what catastrophy I think I will avoid with those, but they are always there! My first job was a saturday girl in the local wimpey bar. They were a tough bunch of girls, the cooks used to see how many girls they could make cry. ( i wasn't a cook!) We used to duck down behind the counter and eat whole flake bars at once, from the knickerbocker glories! Heather x

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    1. Heather that's a great story! Although I have to say Wimpey does not sound like a very happy place to work. But at least you could nick the chocolate. x

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  60. I love your random things. I also get hay fever (trees and spores) but not during the grass season...roll on June! Love salted butter. My car would be the same way if it wasn't for the ABO. He's very fastidious when it comes to the car (actually he's very tidy and puts me to shame!) and takes great pleasure in it being clean and tidy, there's time for a quick dust at the traffic lights!!

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    1. I can never remember whether it's trees or grass that do it for me, but I've been very sneezy this week. Thankfully I am ok with cut flowers.

      Dusting at the traffic lights - that's hilarious! x

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  61. I love these facts :-) I will definitely join in at some point but the way things are going at the moment, the post might only appear in about 2 months! (Busy, busy, nothing in particular... just life!) x

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    1. I'm not surprised you're busy, all the running around you do after your two!! I hope you're well Col. x

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  62. Loved your random facts and we share some of them - I don't like lipstick/lipgloss, I get hayfever and I also have vivid dreams. I heard somewhere that some people dream in black & white which seems really odd - mine are full technicolour - the weirdest was when a load of voodoo people rampaged through my workplace randomly shooting people. My dreams aren't usually so violent! Does that count as a random fact? If not, I'm allergic to the whitening ingredient in whitening toothpastes. x

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    1. Gosh that does sound very dramatic! And rather exciting too. Do you ever wonder where our brains get all this stuff from?! x

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  63. Another great post and yes, it's nice to get to know you better!
    I love salted butter too (especially with real sea crystals and on fresh baguette) and my purse is an Orla Kiely one too but from the tapestry range.
    A random fact from me: my first (summer) jobs were cleaning holiday appartments in a ski resort (luckily I was in charge of the kitchen while my friend did the toilets and bathroom), grape harvesting (totally exhausting and back breaking but great atmosphere and great great fun) and working in childrens holiday camps!

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  64. I played the piano as a child and gave up at 13 too. I adore butter and often double it in recipes and I'm always broody too, Mr H says no which is probably why our pet quota is growing. xo

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  65. I really enjoyed reading your random facts Gillian :-) I'm beginning to wonder if I should do one too.
    Tracey xxx

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