Thursday, 16 June 2011

Born to be Wild

I was delighted to received the imaginatively spelled Kreativ Blogger award from lovely Scarlett from Scarlett loves Elvis.

And then not one but two awards from gorgeous Lakota from Faith, Hope and Charity Shopping:

Thank you guys, love you both!

1.  I work with Florence Welch's mum (Florence as in Florence and the Machine)!

2.  We have a family song!  Yes, when I heard that neighbours of a friend of mine had a "family song"  (namely "American Pie" by Don Mclean), I thought we ought to have one too.  It is "Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf.  Not only did we all sing it once, en famile, at a karoke session at a friend's house (yes, Little Miss J and P is a fan!) but also, it's a personal favourite of Mr J and P and myself.  It reminds us both of the time when we were in Thailand, many moons ago, and we hired a moped for a few days.  Unfortunately, Mr J and P couldn't quite master the workings of the moped and we used to ride along the main roads at a heady 20 miles an hour, with our ridiculous peaked helmets (no-one wore helmets in Thailand as far as we could see) singing:                                        

 "Get your motor running,
   Head out on the highway,
   Looking for adventure
   And whatever comes our way".

Here we are in all our helmeted glory:

3.  I went to university with Eddie Izzard, cross-dressing comedian extraordinaire:

OK, I admit it, he wasn't a friend of mine but a friend of a friend but that's good enough for me.  And, no, I don't remember seeing him in any girlie frocks.

4.  A friend and I were once thrown out of a convent where we were staying in Munich, Germany, after a visit to the local brewery!  Oops!

5.  I've had a couple of near-death experiences in my time and one of those was when another friend and myself were nearly run over by a tram in Amsterdam.  Mr J and P says it was a case of a coffee shop too far.  I say we were simply looking the wrong way!

6.  I was once mistaken for Sue Perkins (British comedienne) in my local Sainsburys. 

I happened to be battling with a tantrumming two year old Little Miss J and P at the time which made it all the more embarassing and I thought the woman who was staring at me was going to comment on my dreadful parenting skills.  Hell no!  She was Sue Perkins' number one fan and thought I was she! 

7.  My friends and I like to pretend we are characters from Upstairs Downstairs (the original series).  One friend is Mr Hudson, the butler,  another is Mrs Bridges, the cook, and I'm Ruby, the scullery maid!

As you can see, Ruby rocks...

Now to pass on the awards (always so hard to choose):

Sunshine Award to:

Elizabeth at Making Good Use

Ofelia at My Intended Life

Emma at Sylvie's Garden

One Lovely Blog Award to:

Becky at Hazel and Blue

Justine at EmmaBearForEver

Sarah at Modern Country Style

Kreativ Blogger Award to:

Sarah at The Blueberry Patch

Lisa at Kandipandi's Pad

TTFN.  xx


  1. Congrats on your awards. I did chuckle at the Thailand bit, when me and hubby where backpacking we were the same on the bikes with the crazy helmets. I was given one with a chin strap. I looked like someone out of the tv prog Chips! We only wore the helmets for a day (after much laughter from the thai people!). Scarlett x

  2. Yay! Thank you, lovely!!

    And what a list of tidbits you've given us!! I'm jealous you knew Eddie in any manner of speaking! LOVE that man!!!

    And those photos of you on your adventures are LOVELY!!


  3. Loo, what a life you have led! :) xx

  4. congrats on your award, Loo! so glad to know a little bit more about you, your life is so interesting! i do love born to be wild song too, now that's a thought of making a family song!! as for the helmet, well i came from Indonesia, not much different and so it's something common to drive moped with that crazy helmet haha i know! i thought i look silly too! hahaha

  5. Aren't you well connected?! Is Florence's mum nice?

  6. Hi Loo! Thanks so much for the award, I'm really chuffed! Loved reading and learning a bit more about you, it was really interesting.

  7. I love Steppenwolf, I've been playing them loads lately.
    Those pictures of you and Mr JP in Thailand are fantastic. xxx

  8. What fascinating facts - puts mine to shame! A friend of mine made a compilation cd for me once, entitled "Born to be Wild". (He knows me so well!) xxx

  9. Can't get that song out of my head now Loo (thanks alot! ha-ha!) You look so c-u-t-e and happy in that last pic. Love it!
    I have never watched Upstairs and Downstairs so I can't comment on Ruby, but if you say she rocks and your friends reckon you're like her then she must rock! Gosh what a brown nose I am! Night x

  10. Ha, wow, my facts are never as cool as those! Thanks for passing on lovely!
    Kandi x

  11. Congratulations on all of your awards! You have a lovely blog.

  12. I love it when bloggers reveal that they are quite insane! I think its why we all get on so well!!! Did you go to SHeffield Uni? I thought Eddie Izzard went there. xxx

  13. I bet we rubbed shoulders at some stage!! Its still wonderful - the music scene is BRILLIANT, but the bus fares have gone up loads! xxxx

  14. Hi Loo, love the idea of a family song and it's too, too hilarious imagining you putting along on your mopeds at 20 mph singing born to be wild.........classic!

    lily x

  15. Great post Loo. I loved reading all about you.
    I once had a near death experience in Amsterdam too, although mine involved a canal and was definitely related to coffee shops.
    I finally made it to Ikea today and was chuffed to bits that they had the duvet cover. I'm now £200 worse off though!
    Thank you so much for the award you are so very kind.
    Much love x

  16. thanks for the comment on the drawers.
    As for the foot warmer, I don't think Mr.T will thank me for taking a picture of him in his loungers. lol
    Never mind, blog comes first....

  17. Congratulations on all your awards, you deserve it all! Brilliant factoids!

  18. awww lovely post ;-)) great to read a bit more about you. Have a lovely weekend, dee x

  19. Hi Loo, So chuffed to get this award! What a lovely gesture, and much appreciated. Congrats on all your awards too! I love Florence and the machine, so cool to see you work with her Mum. Bx

  20. Ooooo,nice little titbits!!!

  21. Loo, thanks so much my dear for The Sunshine Award!
    I love to find out that you are actually kind of a super-women-blogger to survive some of the stuff on the list and I'm delighted that you went to the same school as Eddie Izzard because I adore him.

  22. It was a very very wise move to wear those helmets. Imagine if you had had a fall, and landed in a filthy Thai hospital. You would have only got home in a body bag!

  23. I love you facts list Loo! I love the idea of having a family song, funny and good for embarresing the kids about when they are older, I'm going to think about one for my bunch now! I'm a Sheffield Uni person too!

  24. Congrats and well deserved m'dear! I enjoyed these facts, not least because I am a MAJOR Eddie fan! xxx

  25. just came over to say good luck with the camping and thanks for entering my giveaway
    have a great (hopefully dry) weekend!

  26. Congrats on your awards, very well deserved they are too Lou.
    Loved reading your list.I think EI has greatly improved with age!
    Lisa x

  27. Wow! Congratulations! You definitely deserve these awards! I really enjoy reading your fun facts! Such a lovely post as always!!!
    Thank you so much for your lovely words on my blog, I do appreciate!
    Take care and hope you have a great week ahead!xoxo

  28. Buonasera carissima! Complimenti per i tuoi molti premi, danno sempre soddisfazione.
    Ti auguro buon lavoro, *Maristella*.

  29. congrats, you deserve them all amor.
    cute fotos of you and your hubby on bike.
    will check out these blogs.