Reading My Way Around the World

Wednesday 25 June 2014

Another Liebster Award set of questions

One of the blogs I nominated last month for a Liebster Award - (read more about the Liebster award here) - tagged me back - heartfelt thanks to Stephanie's Studio:)  I am honoured to be nominated. 
Stephanie is an artist and author and teaches about herb lore as well ... really interesting blog.  
Rather than writing about the whole Liebster award again, I thought I'd just answer Stephanie's  questions here.  It's taken me ages to get around to finishing  ... so apologies for the delay (pleads overwork, tours and burn out as an excuse!!) ... 

1.    What is your favourite day of the year and why?
The second last Saturday in July!!
Last year's pre festival gathering
Fiddlers Green Festival runs for 8 days starting on the second last Sunday.  It's a wonderful week of concerts, parties, walks and above all the coming together of friends from around the world whom we haven't seen for a year.  So on the Saturday we have a BBQ outside, weather permitting, or a party indoors if it's raining, and it is the highlight of my year - hearing different accents and languages and catching up on all the news. 
2.    What fairytale resonates with you the most?
Mmmm I really had to think about that one.  Perhaps Cinderella - trying to please everyone and hopefully having strength to win through in the end.  
3.    What is the most important thing for you to do daily?
Sing for even 5 minutes. 
4.    What do you wish you had more time to do?
Morning pages, walking, and meeting up with friends. 
5.    If money was no object what would you spend your time doing?
What I'm doing now. Being a travelling musician - but I would teach less and get an assistant to help with the office work. 
6.    If you could have one magical ability what would it be?
To turn up at a gig without having to drive or set up gear!!!
7.    With which animal do you feel those most affinity?
Cats.  They are so completely secure in themselves and they make me feel so accepted. 
8.    Where do you go for inspiration for your blog?
My touring, the songs and where they came from and snippets of stories I hear along the way.  And sometimes reading other blogs will suggest a tangent to go off on. 
9.    If you could have a one-on-one interview with any author, poet or artist, living or deceased, who would you interview?
Ooh this was a hard one - there's so many.   Bette Midler!  Or George Eliot.  I would love to learn more about the trials of being a woman artist in a time where you had to write under a man's name to be published.  
Or Mozart.  He toured extensively under the most gruelling circumstances and complained about having a sore bum from sitting so much!! Sounds so familiar.  He was managed by his mother and in between everything he managed to write the most incredible music. 
10. What would you most like to try that you have never done before?
Fly a small aircraft - especially one of those planes that lands on water.
11. Pick one word that sums up your work?

Thanks again for nominating me Stephanie ... it's been very interesting thinking through your questions.  

On another note entirely, I read all the blogs I follow, in Blogger Reader, but for the past few days I've only been seeing one blog at a time - so I haven't been around commenting.   So glad normal service has resumed. 
Til next time.
Fil x 


  1. All good and interesting answers. I would love to meet up with Bette Midler also, but not for an interview, just as a friend. What a great and fun person she seems to be and I would love to just hang out with her and plan outrageous things. Of course, we would just plan because we have passed the age of doing.

    1. I'd love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation :)

  2. Ooh! I love Festivals too, and what a great dream--to fly a plane. I'm good with riding, but I think it would be amazing to actually take the controls. My "one day" aspiration is to go hang gliding. Seriously, to fly like a bird...

    1. Oh I'd love to try that out too Crystal, but I think I'd want to just be magicked up there ... the jumping off would scare the living daylights out of me lol

  3. Love your answer to #5! :)

    And BTW Fil, with respect to the garlic … I wait for the tops to start to … wilt and droop and brown a bit. Then I loosen the soil and pull up the bulbs and allow them to cure dry shade for a few weeks.

  4. Hi Fil - congratulations on the award .. and your answers tie in with you and the music side of life ... in my late teens and then again for a short time in my twenties ... I used to glide at Perranporth ..

    The travelling anything two or three hundred years ago must have been trialsome to say the least ..

    Enjoy the Festival coming up - cheers Hilary

    1. that would have been brilliant Hilary ... I used to water ski in my twenties but never had the nerve to try gliding ...

  5. Doing what you love for a living is a great feeling, isn't it?! Very inspiring answers.

  6. Fil, These crack me up. I love reading the responses.

  7. Fil: your responses to my questions brought a big smile to my face! I love your answers they are quirky and unique. I can tell you really thought about the questions a lot before responding. Thanks you so much for doing that. It makes what you say very meaningful.

    1. Thanks again for the nomination Stephanie and good luck with your workshop next month x


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