We're another ten blocks in so here's another ten things... just a few days late
Block 51: Nottingham Swing
We had an English ceilidh at our wedding and our first dance was Nottingham Swing: "long ways couples for as many as will". All the guests were up on the floor and as a couple we danced with every single one of them. Infinitely preferable, in my mind, to standing in the middle of the floor with everyone looking at us!
Block 52: Well-Padded
When I was pregnant with Mia I had to see a consultant, because I have an elevated BMI. Now I just call that fat, but my consultant described me as having a "well-padded physique". With me, what you see is what you get. I'd rather you didn't tiptoe round - just call me "fat" or "overweight". I will add that my consultant was no fairy and had certainly eaten his fair share of cake! I went into work after the appointment and told my team, who found it hilarious, except for a colleague from Nigeria. He was absolutely appalled! Far more so than I was. I have to admit that for a while, my password was "w3llpadded"!
Block 53: Apple Pies
Growing up, my Great Aunt, Lil, made fabulous apple pies. Loads of them. Her pastry was legendary. She use to store them in my Grandad's freezer, so every time we visited my Grandad, there would be apple pie and ice cream for pudding. I will continue to try and make pastry that good!
Block 54: Seagulls' Feet
Every summer we go to Sidmouth folk festival. The main concert venue is a large marquee about 200 yards from the seafront. On more than a few occasions the artist or band on stage was up-staged as everyone watched seagulls' feet walking up and down the marquee. All you could see through the canvas was the shadow of the feet. Unless you were very lucky. And after it had been raining, the tent got slippy and the seagulls lost their footing. Then you would see a seagull's bottom slide down the tent until they were able to fly off. It makes me smile...
Block 55: Reverend Ian Graham-Orlebar
As a child we went to church, particularly the toddlers service. And after the service we would go and feed the vicar's horse and the ducks on the duck pond. He retired many years ago, but just this summer we heard that he had passed away. There was a lovely obituary in The Telegraph - it made him sound like a parson from a Jane Austen novel, and brought back lots of happy memories.
Block 56: Cape Cornwall
In August 2004, at Sidmouth Folk Festival, my husband accidentally proposed to me... after I'd said yes, we went on holiday for a week with my future in-laws. We stayed on a campsite just outside of St. Ives and visited Cape Cornwall. My future mother and father in law gifted us a beautiful photograph of it as an engagement present. If you don't know Cape Cornwall it's just a few yards short of being Lands' End, but as the second most westerly point on the UK mainland, it has avoided commercialisation. It is rugged, beautiful, and unspoilt.
Block 57: Tintagel
One of my favourite spots in Cornwall. I love the rugged north coast and the myths and legends from Cornwall. I haven't been since the summer Michael proposed, but we've booked to go back next summer. Just need to buy a tent!
Block 58: AuntyPoo
This is for my brother-in-law, Phil. We may has misheard Mia mispronounce "Uncle Phil" as "Aunty Poo" and it seems to have stuck. Sorry, Phil!
Block 59: Archie and Charlie
This is for our puppies who aren't puppies anymore. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Archie earlier this year.
Block 60: The Danube
I've spent quite a few months of my life living on the banks of the Danube. In 2006 I lived in Vienna for four months as part of the Erasmus exchange programme. When I arrived it was covered in Snow, and by the time I left it was warm enough to be swimming in the Danube! Then in 2013 I spent a while working out in Budapest. We were put up in the Mariott Hotel with a picture-perfect view over the Danube. It was snowing again!
Here's to another ten blocks...