I am not going to answer in order, I confess! Nor am I going to group things. Some questions I was sort of expecting, you see, and some came as surprises. Interesting ones! So I am starting randomly in the middle, but I promise to answer all the questions in the next day or so.
Morning Glory from Seeds from my Garden asks :
If you were coming to the United States for a visit, what three things would you most like to see? (besides ME)
Absolutely, MG. You are up there at the top of the list! I think I have two types of trips in mind, for when I finally get to set foot on a part of the USA which is categorically NOT the transit lounge in LA, about which I have spoken before with varying degrees of disdain. One trip would be a dream, to visit my blogging friends, and hop about the country, pausing to curl up on your couches, or sit in your kitchens, drink coffee and chat in person. Just such fun. See the places you love, and walk along the tracks you have described so beautifully. See the lakes, the mountains, the desert, and the trees. Just look at the map in my sidebar, and you can see what a challenge it would be to see everyone!
And then there is the trip I would love to take, which I have dreamt of for many years. I would love to explore the North East in the Fall (Autumn), and see the trees change colour, like in all the photos I have pored over , visit small towns, and explore the shoreline too. Crafty type of shops, the old historical parts. That has to count as one. Then I want to see the Grand Canyon. I think that speaks for itself. And next, I want to see Alaska. Now I know Alaska is part of the US of course, but in a way, I see it as a separate place. It has been high up on my list for so long! I would love to go to Yosemite and see the redwood trees. Colorado. Oregon. North Carolina. But you said 3, and I have given you 4 or more! This could go on forever!
Jo and JD from Bits and Pieces asks:
Have you ever regretted your move to England and how long did it take for it to feel like home to you?
The big answer to this is No. I have never regretted moving to the UK. Of course, it was incredibly hard to leave my family and friends, and I miss the mountain and the beauty of Cape Town, and always will I suppose. But it had been planned for a very long time, and I always knew we would be returning to England, so in a way, I was always half here. Geoff was British, and we lived in England for a year before we moved back to Cape Town. I was expecting Andrew and wanted to be close to my mother. So we decided to go back for 4 years. Yes. Well. After 14 years, Geoff came home one day and said "Remember those 4 years?" and I knew exactly what he was talking about so I started packing. In actual fact, we would have moved a couple of years earlier, but David made a surprise appearance! So when we moved, it was with a 13 year old, a 9 year old and a 15 month old. Actually, I moved. Geoff had come earlier, and bought a house, and he was in the Far East with his ship when we actually moved.
The practicalities of moving are one thing. The powerful reasons are totally different. South Africa was a beautiful, torn country, and I wanted a future for my children. I wanted them to have choices. Opportunities. I wanted them to be safe. So, no matter how difficult it might have been, that is a very powerful motivationg factor. My ancestral roots are British, so it was coming in a full circle, I suppose. We moved to this village, and were engulfed with friendship and welcome. I hated this house for a good few years, but now it is home. For now. I think it took a couple of years for me to feel as though England was home, while visiting SA. It is a good feeling when you are in a place you love, but want to "go home!"
There is a lot I could say about this. Maybe one day.
Barbara from Ramblings from an English Garden asks:
If you did not have the hair colour that you have what would be your first choice.If you could choose your name what would it be.If you won 100 thousand pounds on thelottery what would you do with it.
My hair was red. Auburn. I was a throwback! Dad was fair and so is Marge, and Mum is a brunette. At times it was the bane of my life, but now it has sort of faded a bit. Well, it is actually streaked with grey. Or stress highlights! I like it now. I have it highlighted with more blonde shades, and as my hairdresser says, it is not red any more. It is mousy! What would I have? Probably blonde. Or a fair colour.
If I could choose a name? Mine suits me just fine, I think. Maybe Anna. That was a name I considered when I started writing.
£100 000? Sounds like a fortune to me! Pay any bills outstanding. Help my children. Go on that trip to the States, and then back to New Zealand, of course. I don't need things. Being free to do something special would be nice.
Okay, that's it for tonight. I will be back with more answers tomorrow.