The Liebster Award


Thanks to Tara who blogs at After the Rain ( for the nomination.

11 Random Facts About Me –

  1. I had nine driving tests in three different counties over a period of seven years before I eventually passed. I’m now a safe and confident driver and the scrapes on my car are either from other people hitting my parked car or the ridiculously narrow parking spaces in the underground car park at work that is also festooned with concrete pillars.
  2. I used to run cross-country with a running club and one year I represented the country as part of a team of six other girls. At one point I was the third fastest under 17 female athlete in the whole county and I still have the trophy to prove it.
  3. I’ve been on Songs of Praise twice. In one episode it’s quite clearly me but in the other you have to know where I was standing and squint quite hard.
  4. I’ve been collecting thimbles from places I’ve visited since my first holiday to Cornwall when I was seven. I now have over 100 of them which may not seem that many but thimbles with the names of places on them are becoming increasingly more difficult to find.
  5. I went into nursing accidentally after ending up on a university course that really wasn’t right for me. My personal tutor knew the admissions tutor for the nursing course, gave me her email address and three days later I was interviewed for the next year’s intake.
  6. I recently realised my life long dream of taking up horse riding. It’s my half an hour of me time every other week and the Northern One doesn’t complain too much when I come home smelling like horse.
  7. I met the Northern One on a bus, which sounds less than auspicious. However, it was the school bus to sixth form. We met when we were seventeen and have been together for the last ten years.
  8. I once jumped off a harbour pier as a dare and came face to face with a rather venomous looking jellyfish. I can’t stand bloody jellyfish.
  9. I’ve broken my ankle, my nose twice and all of my fingers but not my thumbs.
  10. When I first started nursing I applied to join the army and went to Sandhurst for an interview. I had drinks in the officers mess and made friends with a dog called Monty who belonged to one of the Captains and had free run of Sandhurst. He used to jump out of the window when he wanted to go out for a walk.
  11. I got a B grade AS Level in Law when I was 15, two years earlier than they’re usually taken. Unfortunately this early success wasn’t an indicator of my subsequent AS levels that I took at 17.

Tara’s Questions –

1. What is the story behind your blog name (even if it’s your name)?

23 week socks comes from a teaching session I did for a group of GCSE students about what it’s like to work on a neonatal unit. I didn’t want to overload them with written information so I did a picture powerpoint and took a box of equipment and clothes in various sizes. In the box was a tiny pair of knitted socks that had never been worn by a baby born at 23 weeks because their skin is too fragile but if they did wear socks these were the size they’d be. The students couldn’t get over how small the socks were.

2. Is there one particular post you are most proud of? (Please link it)

This post ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ was also my most popular post and has been viewed over 1000 times.

3. Has anything surprised you about blogging?

I didn’t think so many people would read it to be honest. I’ve had over 2000 visitors and 4000 views so far this year and I only started blogging in November. I also didn’t realise how friendly and supportive the blogging community would be. Some of the comments I’ve had about posts that I’ve found quite difficult to write had been wonderful.

4. What do you do when you procrastinate?

I’ve recently signed up to Twitter and I can spend hours on it, linking posts, finding new people to follow and retweeting things I think need sharing. It’s very useful for when Squidge falls asleep on me and I can’t really move until he wakes up.

5. Do you have a favourite quote? (I’m collecting them for a quote wall in my office, which is actually my bedroom).

“When the day shall come, that we do part if my last words are not ‘I love you’ ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” Diana Gabaldon, The Firey Cross

6. If you had an entirely free day to spend on your own doing something for your own pleasure what would you do?

I’d go to my favourite National Trust property and take my time looking around the house and the garden and all the other areas of the property. I’d have lunch at the Farm Shop and then I’d go to the stables and spend time riding and with the horses.

7. Do you prefer city, country or coast?

I’ve lived in a couple of cities and we live in a small town that’s in a large area of countryside but I love going to the coast. I don’t know how much I’d enjoy living there when it came to winter storms and flooding but the coast brings back wonderful memories of family holidays and rock pooling, beach combing and snorkelling.

8. Do you have a favourite book?

I have so many favourite books that I can’t pick a favourite author never mind a favourite book. My most recent favourite book is ‘Chrome Yellow’ by Aldous Huxley and ‘Three Men in a Boat’ by Jerome. K. Jerome.

9. Are you a morning person?

I’ve become much more of a morning person since I had Squidge and have no choice but to get up when he does, which is usually early. If I get the opportunity I’ll always sleep in but I also quite like getting all the household chores done in the morning and so having more hours in the day to do things I enjoy.

10. Did you have a favourite television programme as a child?

I didn’t watch a lot of television as a child, I was more likely to have my nose stuck in a book. However, I really liked the TV adaptations of the ‘Famous Five’ books and at the weekend I would watch ‘Sharpe’ and ‘Hornblower’ with my dad.

11. What is the one thing you would tell your younger self?

Everything you hope for will come true, maybe not in exactly the way you want or planned but everything will come in time. You just have to be patient.

My Questions –

  1. What was the last book that you read?
  2. Where’s your favourite place in the world?
  3. Name one thing you’d do if you won the lottery?
  4. If you could spend an hour with anyone past or present who would it be and why ?
  5. What’s been the proudest moment of your life so far?
  6. What did you want to be when you were little?
  7. Which song is guarenteed to get you up and dancing?
  8. What’s your earliest/clearest childhood memory?
  9. Who’s your favourite author?
  10. What’s your favourite scene from a film (doesn’t have to be your favourite film)?
  11. Tell me a really bad joke…

I Nominate (in no particular order) –

  1. Life with Baby Kicks
  2. Cupcake Mumma
  3. Adventures of a Novice Mum
  4. Steps with Sarah
  5. Leigh Kendall
  6. Alice and Amelia
  7. Adventures with monster
  8. Life with Tiny Footsteps
  9. Bird from the Wire
  10. Small Steps Along
  11. Blogging Astrid

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