Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Some questions, some apples and a large honey drizzler

Some blogger friendships have grown the more I blog, comment and tweet. Others were friends before blogs were ever invented. This is the case with my good friend, Bridget Blair from Thinking of the Days. She's a fascinating lady. Please do visit her blog.

I met Bridget many decades ago at The Leicester Writers' Club. We were even joint presidents for one manic year. This involved having to organise celebrity visits and we had great fun organising ours. I seem to remember that it included supper out for the two of us plus our 'celebrity', an agent from London and, if I'm not mistaken, Bridget got an invite to his London office. *sigh* Those were good days.

Several weeks ago Bridget challenged me to answer some questions here on my blog. In my usual cavalier way I've selected just four of them. So here goes:

1. What was the first band I ever saw perform live?

That was during the 'twist and shout' days of the early sixties. My friends introduced me to live concerts at Leicester's De Montfort Hall and I'm still going to the very same venue. In fact, I saw Joe Brown there two weeks ago and he still sparkles just like he always did! My first concert was to see Billy J. Kramer and the Dekotas. I'd read that his favourite colour was brown so I wore a fake suede brown skirt and jacket and I screamed all the way through the performance. *sigh* Those were indeed good days.

2.  What was the worst meal I ever cooked?

Bad memory. It was the first meal for my ex-husband. It was supposed to be fried eggs on toast but no one told me that you have to use oil in the pan and that you don't heat the pan for ten minutes on full power first! That caused our first of many rows. *sigh* Not all the days were good.

3.  You can only afford two courses so do you have a starter and main, or main and pudding?

No brainer. Main and pudding. How can anyone forgo a pudding?

4.  What's my favourite word in the English language?

I blogged about this in February 2010. It's serendipity, and I just reread my blog post I Don't Believe in Co-incidences and had to smile at my example of a serendipitous event. That lady who noticed my first ever tweet will be coming to a Lapidus Therapeutic Writing meeting here next month and she is still a dear friend.

Thank you, Bridget, for throwing those questions my way. They were fun, but I can't complete a blog today without mentioning apple and honey. This evening at sunset it will be the start of the Jewish Year 5775. (I love palindromic dates!) As usual we will see it in with apple dipped in honey. It truly is a delicious snack but, more importantly, it represents our wishes for a fruitful and sweet new year ahead. So, whenever you celebrate your new year, you might like to try the apple and honey tradition tonight and help us all to pray that this be the start of a peaceful as well as a happy and healthy twelve months. We're all on this earth together. Let's enjoy our time here.

Our first apple from our new apple tree


  1. Hi Ros - I'll pop over to Bridget's ... lovely that you've been friends for 'so long' and blogging together too - gosh I never went to a pop concert - but we were away at school, and then away in holidays .. just something we never did ...

    Oh dear you were learning to cook the hard way, and learning to be married an even harder way ... I could never do without a starter ... I enjoy puds - but starters for me ...

    The apple and honey start of the New Year - we could all do with encouraging others to bring on the happy and healthy twelve months ... your first apple looks just grand ... enjoy ... and Happy New Year ... cheers Hilary

  2. I was AWOL yesterday do missed the start of you New Year. I do hope you are all celebrating, and wish you all a peaceful year. (Actually, I wish that for all of us, but I'll start with you, cos you got in first!)

  3. Well, happy new year, Ros! What happened 5775 years ago to kick your calendar off?

  4. Good answers to the questions Ros!" And being described as a "fascinating lady" was interesting!!! Wishing you a very Happy New Year......

  5. I enjoyed this, Ros. Apart from the worst meal (you're not going to believe it but my first disaster also involved fried eggs for my ex), these are fond memories and experiences. I love the idea of seeing the new year in with apple and honey 0 much better than alcohol! Happy new year!!

  6. great questions and responses. I cooked the driest dullest chicken possible for my husband. I've now learned a tad more about spices. Fortunately he still cooks more. Happy New Year to you. All the best