Firstly, here are the rules:
1. Copy and paste the pretty picture which you see above onto your own blog. [TICK]
2. Thank the person who gave you the award and post a link to their blog. [TICK]
3. Write 7 things about yourself we do not know. [See below]
4. Choose 7 other bloggers to award. [Again, see below but do not feel obliged bloggers!]
5. Link to those 7 other bloggers. [Will do]
6. Notify your 7 bloggers. [again, will do]
Ready steady here we go.
Seven things about me which blog readers don't know (gulp)
1. I spent my formative years happily in Devon and Somerset and apart from the coastal places, my favourite areas were Exmoor and Dartmoor, which drew me deeply into their wild combes and allowed me to listen to the wee folk who inhabited the banks of moorland rivers.
2. My first paid employment was at the age of 6 months old as a photographers' model. Is it then any wonder that my early retirement started when I was at 48?
3. Assisting in the design of Concorde paid my mortgage for five years. I also worked in a Nuclear Power Station for 3 months and vowed never to return! My most satisfying jobs were :-
i, The design and conversion of a standard double decker bus into a Playbus for disabled children owned by the Children's World Charity run by the late Arabella Churchill.
ii, An in-between job of working as a Stone Mason's Labourer for Richard (Dick) Dunn of Frome in Somerset, who believed in doing everything the hard traditional way. With him I learned much about stone and lots about myself.
4. I have conducted three funerals and several handfastings.
5. Neither myself nor my Father, my paternal Grandfather nor paternal Great Grandfather ever fought for their country or served in the armed forces.
6. Am the 15th cousin removed of the writer Wm. M. Thackery
7. The sea has played are large part in my life, I have nearly drowned 3 times, the first at the age of three near Milford Haven, the memory of which stays with me; as do the third at the age of 16 in the upper reaches of the River Teign. My first official paid employment : I completed 5 yrs. apprenticeship as a Ship's Draughtsman in a shipyard at Teignmouth, Devon & stayed on 1 year before seeking pastures new, of which over 15 years were connected to the sea.
7a, I am twice married and my wife Mrs Heron is a well known artist and illustrator.
7b, I take numerical liberties.
The next part of the tag after posting the picture, listing seven things, thanking the person who tagged you and putting a link to them, is to nominate seven other bloggers, notify them and put links to them in the post. I shall do this because I like doing it but I know it may not appeal to the people I have chosen. That's okay, to not do it I mean. It's a pleasant thing to do occasionally though as a way of introducing other bloggers and what they're at.
Lady North of Here Be Dreams we have a long connection and I enjoy her humour, ideas and sensitivity.
Hen at Heart and Soil because of her ethos and connectivity to nature plus her crafts of basketry, music and song.
Wildernesschic of The Path To A New Me tucked away in Wales. To change ones self is
never easy and to be encouraged is often half the battle.
Julia from East of the sun West of the moon I like her art and Cornwall with its pagan heart holds such wonderful memories for me.
Eddie at Clouds and Silvery Linings is another mischievous master (a friend of grumpy old ken) I cannot possibly leave him out.
Aíne at Whispers from The sperrins 'Aine MacAodha' an Irish poet of distinction.
Samantha A day in the life of Sam I Am A sailor in the USN with grit & sensitivity.