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Sharing My World Week 46

It’s my regular Share Your World time here, with questions posed by Cee from Cee’s Photography blog. Head over and check out all her lovely pictures!


On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?
Not a bed, is the first thing I wouldn’t require, which is not what the question asked.

That was an odd sentence.

I’ve got a choice of two things here. First, I’ll say my phone. I know this is a common answer to a lot of “what would you require” questions, but my phone gives me a timepiece, alarm, “book”, music, video, light, communications etc etc.

As an alternate answer, a bit of peace and quiet! I love regular sounds, like wind, or rain. I find it especially relaxing on the rare occasions I sleep on a boat, with the throbbing noise of the engines and the rocking, but I can’t sleep if there are sudden noises from outside, like sudden shouts, sirens or cars revving.

Music or silence while working?
Music is the thing for me! I don’t generally listen to music at work, though, because then people have trouble catching my attention. I listen to my iPod or phone before people start to arrive. I could listen with just one earphone in, but I find that really annoying, getting music in just one ear.

The alternative isn’t silence, though. There’s the usual office noises, plus the radio in the background.

If you were to move and your home came fully furnished with everything you ever wanted, list at least three things from your old house you wish to retain.
That depends a bit on what “fully furnished” actually means. I’ll take it to mean “actual furniture”, in which case first of all I’ll need my “entertainment corner”.

Entertainment Corner

Matthew MacFadyen, as featured in Entertainment Corner

Second, I have some mementos from my dear Granny, who passed away 15 years ago – the candlesticks you can see in the picture below, and the gong. When we were little and visiting her in Scotland, often before dinner my brother or IΒ would bang the gong to say “dinner time!”

Gong And Candlesticks

From Granny’s house, now on my mantelpiece

The gong-banger (I’m sure there’s a proper name for that) is actually from a larger gong, which is why it’s not hanging on the side.

My third item? I guess my photos, as they are memories which can’t be replaced. I haven’t gotten around to scanning them all to the cloud yet.

What’s your least favourite mode of transportation?
I think that would have to be air travel. It’s not the travel itself, though that can be a bit of a chore. It’s all the security and hassle at the airport. It was bad enough the last time I travelled by air, but it’s awful now. I’m hoping never to have to travel by air again. Although if I ever have enough money to travel to New Zealand to visit the Hobbits, I’ll have to. I’d be willing to put myself through all that to see the Hobbits!

See you again next week for more Sharing of My World!

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  1. November 23, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Great Presentation!


  2. November 23, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Ali, Good questions and answers. I have so many photo albums I dread the thought of moving again. I’d love to visit New Zealand but wouldn’t want to live there–too many earthquakes. It would be just my luck there’d be one when I was visiting. Well done. πŸ™‚ — Susan


    • November 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

      I remember there were some very bad earthquakes a couple of years ago.
      I keep meaning to scan my photos in but there are so many of them!


  3. Lyn
    November 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    If I ever moved house, the only things I’d take would be my photos, my books and my tech gizmos.


    • November 23, 2014 at 9:46 am

      The essentials! I’ll be happy when the rest of my photos are scanned and backed up “off-site”.


  4. NotAPunkRocker
    November 23, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I love the answer to what you would take with you, the modern and the sentimental πŸ™‚


    • November 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

      A mixture of modern comfort and old treasured memories πŸ™‚


  5. November 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Aw, New Zealand’s only about a good 10,000 mile swim from where you are… and best of all, no security hassles!


    • November 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Where did I leave my swimming trunks…


  6. merbear74
    November 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    That’s a wonderful gong banger that you have there!


    • November 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      Why, thank you kindly, ma’am πŸ™‚


  7. November 23, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    I’ve noticed NO ONE like air travel anymore. Maybe the powers that be regards air travel should seriously rethink the way they approach security. When no one wants to use your service and will ONLY use it when there’s absolutely NO choice, you are doing something wrong. We will probably take one more trip … in our case, not to see the Hobbits (though I admit I would LOVE to see the Hobbits), but to see a great old friend and Monument Valley in Utah. After that, if it ain’t local, we ain’t going there.

    We have a lot of peace and quiet in our lives. I don’t know how I ever lived in a city. I don’t think I could do that anymore.


    • November 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      What’s to like? It’s a hideous experience.
      I wouldn’t want to live in a city again either (though luckily I’ve never lived in a city centre).


  8. November 23, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this week. πŸ™‚ See you next week.


  9. Sarah Ann
    November 24, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I’m confused – why wouldn’t you require a bed on holiday? That was the essence of your odd sentence wasn’t it. Good luck getting to see the Hobbits. I’d like to know what airport security isn’t consistent, particularly with regard to taking off shoes, sometimes you do, sometimes you don’t… Oh, and the gong-banger – boringly it’s called a mallet.


    • November 25, 2014 at 7:37 am

      I’d sacrifice the bed for other amenities! I can sleep pretty easily on a chair/sofa/the floor (for a couple of nights anyway) πŸ™‚
      There are some who say there aren’t really Hobbits in New Zealand but they’re fibbers.
      I have to say, I’m a bit disappointed it’s called a mallet. I was hoping for a cool and archaic term!


  10. November 26, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Great replies, nice you keep your Granny close.

    Yes air travel is a hassle but I usually am so excited to be flying somewhere that it doesn’t bother me. I like airports. I love the take off and landings. I love the sound of the engines humming and how the pilots voice sounds over the intercom. I even find joy that the plane is crowded. I like to fly.
    Maybe something is wrong with me.


    • November 26, 2014 at 9:41 am

      I like the take off and landing, especially if it’s a short runway because then you get the g forces, but I hate the rest of it.


  11. November 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    We love that gong and the candlestands. Maybe it was a sign to get into the mindful stuff, Draliman πŸ˜€ Thanks for the insights πŸ™‚ Pawkisses πŸ™‚


  12. November 27, 2014 at 2:25 am

    “On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?”

    A window overlooking the Shire. πŸ™‚


    • November 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

      That would be very nice. I could pop over for breakfast because Hobbits are very hospitable πŸ™‚


  13. November 28, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I love your gong banger memories.


    • November 28, 2014 at 8:30 am

      I remember those times very fondly.


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