Q&A: Eleven things

E + B

One of our favourite bloggers, Janet at Words That Can Only Be Your Own kindly nominated us for a Liebster Award last week – which is good news as we love a good questionnaire!
So, the rules of the award are:

– List 11 random facts about yourself (we of course have made this a joint effort)
– Answer 11 questions given to you by the nominator
– Set 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate
– Tag your chosen bloggers and wait to read their answers

Raspberry Sherbet Bundt cake

11 Random Facts About Us!

1. A shared love of photography and cake brought us together
2. We both prefer noting our ideas with pen and paper, than keyboard and software
3. Yesterday E dyed her hair pink (temporarily)
4. B studies French at night class, but is never brave enough to speak it
5. E had a green front door, B has a blue front door
6. E makes her own ice-cream and sorbet, B doesn’t own a freezer
7. We’re both terrible at the geography rounds in Articulate
8. Until earlier this week, B genuinely thought K2 and Kilimanjaro were the same mountain
9. We are both big Kasabian fans (the extent of this will be revealed in November…!)
10. E hates bananas, yet really loves those foamy banana sweets
11. B hates horseradish sauce, but has a bit of a wasabi pea addiction

Loughborough, Great Central Railway

Janet actually asked us 13 questions (just disguised as 11!), which were…

1. Why did you start blogging?
B: I’d tried unsuccessfully to get a blog going on my own in the past – just as an outlet for some creative urges – but it was joining up with E that really gave me the momentum
E: I too had dipped my toe into the blogging sphere, without great success. Meeting B through Leicester lo-fi helped me realise there are many other people out there who had the same ambition and B helped me get the kick start I needed to put myself and my ideas out there
2. What post are you most proud of?
B: My post that has had the most hits is oddly one I wrote in just 10 minutes, so it feels odd to be proud of it. I really like looking back at our posts and remembering all the things we’ve done – like the fun of our steam train and cake ride, and the patience involved with baking Herman
E: It’s a great feeling to write a popular post, one that gets people coming back to visit your blog time and again but my favourite posts are the more personal ones, Mutley springs to mind instantly, as does the post I wrote about My Grandpa,..
3. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?
 B: That it has inspired me to try new things and meet friendly new people, online and in ‘the real world’ – and as a space to share creative thoughts with those outside of my direct circle of people
E: I love the freedom it gives you to express yourself creatively and to write about what really matters to you, (No matter how mundane!) this isn’t necessarily an easy thing to achieve outside of the blog world
4. And a least favourite?
B: The feeling that we don’t always keep on top of writing posts as perhaps we should do
E: Yes to the above, time is precious and you’d think with two of us we’d be churning out at the very least 1 post a week, sadly sometimes work and  life get in the way. That’s my least favourite part, so many ideas, so little time
5. Important matters now: what’s your favourite colour of sweet?
B: It always used to be green, but at some point in the past 10 years I think I’ve moved over to red (or red and yellow ideally – I’m a fan of rhubarb and custards!)
E: I adore this question! I love sweets, though I’ve learnt a lot about what goes into them in the last 10 years that should really put me off ever eating them ever again. Purple wins for me, every time
6. And what’s your least favourite?
B: White. I never trust what flavour it could be
E: Blue, billiant blue. It’s really and truly not natural, seriously. Google E133… in fact Google the Southampton 6, it may change how you feel about all sweets, or at least make you check the packet first!
7. What is your favourite flower?
B: Tough one! Tulips are lovely (especially after my trip to the Keukenhof last year), as are violets, and I do love a simple daisy
E: Daliahs! No, wait. Maybe sunflowers…….actualy, can I change my mind? Ranunculus. These are definitely my favourite, this week.
8. Did you have a favourite dressing up outfit as a child (or, indeed, as an adult)?
B: Definitely my Grease outfits – I made up one for both Sandy (in her pink, frilly phase) and Danny (I spent ages cutting out a ‘T Birds’ logo from white sticker paper to attach to my uncle’s old leather jacket!)
E: As a child I was heavily influenced by my Dad’s musical taste, this involved a lot of jazz and an obscene amount of opera. My go to fancy dress outfit was always Carmen. It was only in my teenage years that I was enlightened to the fact that Carmen, my childhood heroine was actually a prostitute. Oh the shame. Dalmations featured heavily too.
9. Zayn or Harry?
B: I genuinely don’t have an opinion on this – so let’s go with neither
E: Who? Seroiusly, I just had to Google them (my god daughter would be so disappointed!)
10. What was your best holiday, and why?
B: Such a hard question! One of the stand outs was a two week road trip around Canada – only some of which I managed to post about – the highlight of which was going dog sledging!
E: All childhood holidays in Menorca win, hands down. Such magical memories
11. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
B:This questionnaire is really highlighting how indecisive I am!  There’s so many places in the UK I’d love to live, let alone thinking about the wider world. Just a few – Bristol, Amsterdam, Montreal, Edinburgh… and Leicester, of course
E: Leicester is home, but I have strong family links in Norwich so this would absolutely be my second choice, I’m a home bird at heart
12. What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?
B: I love practically everything about Christmas (minus the crazy present shopping stress) – I love the morning in particular – when I was a kid I’d shake with excitement about opening my presents from Father Christmas. I’ve calmed down a bit, but I still can’t wait to sit with my family, in our PJs with mugs of tea, and share gifts with each other
E: The best, and perhaps most traumatic thing about Christmas is the build up, so I’d have to say Reading the Night Before Christmas en famille on Christmas Eve. Then more recently, Christmas Hampers
13. Do you have a nickname?
B: Well, B is actually one of my nicknames – despite the fact my full name doesn’t actually begin with B!
E: Jelly

Ice cream

Many of our favourite bloggers seem to have already been nominated – luckily there’s still a few we can target!

So we’d like to nominate Kerry from Kerry Cooks, Fiona from Big Hungry Gnomes, Holly from Holly Loves Cake, Bridget from Thinking of the Days, and Ruth from Clarendon Spark to answer these 11 questions…

1. What’s the best thing about blogging?
2. And the worst?
3. What do you like most about the area you live in?
4. Spring/summer/autumn/winter, which season is your favourite and why?
5. What’s your favourite form of transport?
6. Your top three most-loved pieces of clothing?
7. What was the last thing you watched at the cinema? And theatre?
8. Favourite childhood book?
9. What one piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about starting/just starting a new blog?
10. Now for the important question – whippy or scooped ice-cream?
11. Which flavour?

7 thoughts on “Q&A: Eleven things

  1. Holly says:

    I’m on a google frenzy now as I’m intrigued about your colours reference!
    Very fun quiz!
    Well done!

  2. Holly says:

    Thanks guys! Already plotting my answers

  3. Janet says:

    Oh no, I’m so sorry, I feel such an idiot for doing too many questions, that’s what happens when you copy and paste and don’t proof read! Thanks for answering them anyway. Also I LOVE that photograph of the two of you at the top of the post, such a great shot.

    • makedospend says:

      Haha, don’t worry! I only realised when I was formatting our own post, after answering all the questions. Thanks, we like it too :)

  4. Ruth says:

    Thanks again for the nomination ladies – this was a lot of fun to do, although I did go a bit off message at the start… http://www.clarendonspark.co.uk/eleven-things/

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