Tuesday, January 20, 2009

This week, part 1

I have a long list of things I'm wanting to blog about this week, but rather than one humungeous post that would take all week to read, I thought I'd better split it up into bits.

Today, I have to say thanks to Erna for this award!

Erna is a relatively new blogger who, like me, loves Scotland and stitching, so pop by and say hello to her. Thanks Erna!

While wandering around the web last week, I came across Jan's blog where she was being interviewed on the promise that she interviewed 5 others. It looked like fun, so I volunteered to be one of her interviewees!

Here are the questions she sent me -

1.As a Scot in England (my husband's one too) do you find it very different and is your accent still strong ?

I've been living in England for almost 15 years now and as time goes on, I see less of a difference, although I suspect it's more just me. Recently, I've been feeling a bit kind of 'homeless' - I always used to feel like Scotland was still home, but recently I realised that I'm not so sure it is any more, but at the same time I don't want to live where I do now for the rest of my life. So I'm generally not so sure of the differences.

My accent is still fairly strong, and I certainly wouldn't want to loose it. I do have to moderate it a bit down here, though, to make sure people, particularly those who don't know me well, understand me. Spelling things out loud to people can be a problem as often other people can't tell the difference between my A and E.

2.You have an unusual Blog name - why did you choose it ?

My blog name comes from the part of Lanarkshire in Scotland where I was born and raised. It comes from Tinto Hill which is a biggish hill in the area. In old maps and books, Tinto is sometimes referred to as Tintock Tap. As my blog name, it's deliberately a bit obscure and unusual, but it relates to who I am and where I come from.

3. If you could meet one person dead or alive who would it be ?

As a family history enthusiast, I have plenty of dead relatives I'd like to meet! Such as Sir Samuel Chisholm, Lord Provost of Glasgow 1899 - 1901. Or a certain Jessie McDonald who, as a young woman, had 2 illegitimate children by 2 different fathers, married a 3rd man and had 3 children with him as well as raising her husband's children from his first marriage, and following his death went on to have a further 2 illegitimate children. Could she please tell me which Peter Horn was the father of my ancestor and who fathered her last two children?

If we're talking living people, then I wouldn't mind meeting Gordon Brown, but I wouldn't discuss politics with him!

4 . If you could choose just one craft to do what would it be ? (it can be one that you don't do at the moment) and why ?
The answer to this question would probably change depending on what mood I'm in, or what my latest obsession is. But at the moment, the answer probably has to be my stitching - I could do it all day, given the chance!

5.If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live and why?
Not sure about this one, but the answer has to be somewhere in Scotland. Probably near, if not in, Edinburgh, but I can't be more specific. I love Edinburgh, so it would have to be somewhere with easy access to Edinburgh, but at the same time not too big a place and easy to get away from and out among the hills.

The rules of this interview thing say I now have to offer to interview 5 people now, so if you fancy having a go, here's how it works.

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the questions).
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interviewsomeone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Finally, so as not to end this post without any photos, here's a sneak peek of what I think I'll be posting about next!


Julie said...

Very interesting reading.
Even more intresting is the pic, i'm looking forward to seeing more of that LOL

Kathy A. said...

That was very interesting and though provoking. I love your little tidbit of a stitch. Look forward to seeing the rest.
Interview me!

Kitty said...

That was really interesting Lesley, thanks for sharing. I know what you mean about the 'a' and 'e' thing: I used to be a secretary for two Scots guys. One was from Glasgow and one from Aberdeen - both very different accents. But what the experience did was teach me to understand 'Scottish'!

Love the new blue look by the way. x

Little Rabbit Miniatures said...

I loved the interview, great sneek peek! I cannot wait to see the rest.....