Kerrie of Hipknits is running a '30 things about me' contest in honour of her birthday. Here are my 30.
1 I'm an only child.
2 According to others, being an only child has made me somewhat self sufficient and inclined to be a little secretive. No, really?
3 Both my parents were schoolteachers and I never, ever wanted to follow in their footsteps.
4 I was born and brought up in Yorkshire.
5 I did textiles and embroidery at Goldsmiths after a foundation course at Leicester College of Art and Design and year or so of graphics at the London College of Printing.
6 I have been married twice - never again!
7 My son Chris is the community gardener at The Phoenix Garden.
8 I live in a 1930's flat overlooking the A23 London to Brighton road and there's always something to watch out of the window.
9 I hate, loathe and detest hot weather and feel happiest in the winter.
10 My favourite perfumes are Guerlain's Mitsouko and Lancome's Attraction. They're both fairly light; heavy perfumes give me a headache, especially those based on roses.
11 I like cats and only have one right now. I've thought about getting a kitten to keep Flossie company, but she likes being an only cat and at the centre of any attention that's going.
12 My Dad died when I was 21 and I still miss him.
13 Since I got older, I realise that I'm gradually turning into my mother. I didn't think I would!
14 I read a lot. Crime fiction, historical fiction and non-fiction, biographies, fantasy and Sci Fi, labels on jars and packets, anything that has words on it.
15 I harbour a secret desire to be an Egyptologist.
16 I wear a lot of black clothes; have done since I was at art school. Just call me the Henry Ford of fashion.....
17 I don't own any shoes. I wear Birkenstock sandals in summer, Birkenstock clogs in winter and get them rebuilt when they start to wear out.
18 Unlike shoes, I have lots of bags. Mainly black, but I occasionally sport a bright pink Kipling bag.
19 I eat more or less anything, apart from seafood with tentacles.
20 Favourites in the fruit and veg line are blood oranges, bananas, nectarines, seedless grapes and cherries; potatoes, shallots, fresh broad beans, carrots and parsnips.
21 I eat and enjoy any kind of cheese as long as it hasn't come from a goat.
22 I was a strict vegetarian for about 12 years until the idea of eating a bacon sandwich became irresistable.
23 I have the same breakfast every day - homemade muesli with fruit and natural yogurt.
24 Even though I love the sea, I can't swim.
25 I've known my oldest friend for nearly 50 years; we talk at least twice a week.
26 I knit and crochet.
27 I'm a football fan, but I try hard not to bore friends with my obsession.
28 I hate being late for anything and spend a lot of my life waiting for people to turn up or events to begin.
29 Since I've started knitting socks, I realise that time spent waiting has now become valuable knitting time.
30 I don't have a television. Life's too short to spend it watching a box.