This meme was passed to me by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. It is built around questions involving the number four and it seems that people have adjusted it to suit themselves. So, here is my version, which has taken me ages to write – but most enjoyable.
4 places I’ve lived:
- Timperley, Cheshire where I was born and grew up.
- Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire for about 1 year when we were first married.
- Baguley, Greater Manchester for about 4 years – then we moved back to Timperley. (I’ve lived in three different houses there.)
- Great Kimble, Buckinghamshire for about 11 years when we first moved south.
4 places I’ve visited outside the UK
- Bergen in Norway and other places on a hitch hiking/Youth Hostel holiday as a student.
- Rome – twice.
- Florence – stayed near Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo. From here we visited Florence and San Gimignano.
- Jerusalem – on a tour of Israel.
4 places in the UK I’ve visited
- Snowdonia – I’ve spent many holidays in Wales. At one time we had a caravan near Llanberris and went there many weekends during the season (March – October). I’d love to go to the top of Snowdon again, even if it’s on the mountain railway rather than on foot.
- Broadway Tower – the second highest point in the Cotswolds. An 18th century folly tower, William Morris and his friends Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti used it as a holiday retreat. On a clear day you can see 13 counties from the top of the tower.
- The Smallest House in the UK is in Conwy, Wales – it’s dimensions are 3.05 metres by 1.8 metres. It dates back to the 16th century.
- Kinder Scout in the Derbyshire Peak Distict – the highest point in the Peak District and Kinder Downfall the highest waterfall. The place where the ‘Right to Roam’ was born with the mass public trespass on 24 April 1932 when 400 ramblers climbed the downfall to the Kimber plateau and came into conflict with the Duke of Devonshire’s gamekeepers.
4 places I want to visit
- Venice – one of the places in Italy I still haven’t visited.
- The Grand Canyon – it’s not very likely that I’ll ever go.
- Hadrian’s Wall – easier to get to, so maybe I will get there one day.
- China to see the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors etc – most unlikely that I’ll ever go! Sadly, I missed seeing the exhibition when it was in London.
4 Four works of art before which I have stood (or sat) and gazed at with wonder
- Ophelia by John Millais in the Tate Britain
- The Fighting Temeraire by J M W Turner in the National Gallery
- Pegwell Bay, Kent by William Dyce in Tate Britain
- Mr and Mrs Andrews by Thomas Gainsborough in the National Gallery
4 Favourite things I like to eat (not in any order)
- Pasta – all types, particularly penne
- Bread – fresh crusty wholemeal or granary is best
- Creme Caramel – although I also love chocolate desserts this is my favourite
- Yoghurt – plain, natural – preferably Greek
4 of the latest blogs I’ve found (not new, just new to me)
4 books I could read again tomorrow
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
- What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt
- Love, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie Siegel
- Saturday by Ian McEwan
So now I’m supposed to choose “victims” to carry on the meme. As this has been going the rounds for some time I expect most people (who want to) have already done it, but if you haven’t please feel free to have a go.