Blue Sky Tag

A fortnight ago, Emma from Curly Girl Abroad nominated me for the Blue Sky Tag; I’m not entirely sure of its origins, but I’m only too happy to tag along (pardon the awful pun). Emma’s blog is a lovely mishmash of general ponderings, baking and travelling – so if you fancy touring Europe (and a chunk of the US of A) from your sofa, then head on over! Thank you for the nomination Emma, and without further ado on y va!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
  • Write a post answering their questions
  • Nominate other bloggers and write eleven questions for them
  • Let them know you’ve nominated them

Questions:

  1. Where are you from?

I’m from the North of England, where there are half a dozen words for a bread roll, anything above 15°C is basically summer (and we’ll dress as such), and the evening meal is called tea not dinner (unless it’s Christmas).

  1. Share something from your country: a story, a picture, a recipe . . .

Since I’m from “up north” (as opposed to “down south”), it seems only fitting to share a picture of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the region: the Lake District. Wast Water, according to ITV viewers, is Britain’s favourite view – and it’s certainly one of mine too!

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  1. Favourite season?

Winter clinches top spot for me: the minutest prospect of snow has me feeling like a giddy child; the festivities in the run-up to Christmas never fail to put a smile on my face; and it’s socially acceptable to curl up in your jim-jams at 4pm, because it’s already dark outside.

  1. Are you on Instagram? Share someone you are following.

I’m not on Instagram for blogging purposes, so I’ll have to pass on this one.

  1. How do you drink your tea or coffee?

I don’t drink coffee – I’ve tried it with a splash of milk and without, with sugar and sugar-free and I just can’t make myself like it. As for tea, on the rare occasions I have a cuppa it has to be with a dash of milk and no sugar. When it comes to hot beverages, I tend to opt for infusions or hot chocolates (preferably with cream and marshmallows, unless that costs extra).

  1. How do you like to celebrate your birthday?

When I was younger, I used to love having birthday parties with hide and seek (squeezing into the gap between the wall and the washing machine was always one of my favourite spots), musical bumps and pass the parcel. These days, it’s a more low-key affair – and as long as there’s cake involved I don’t mind too much what I do on the day.

  1. Favourite mode of transportation?

Wherever possible, I like to use my own two feet to get from A to B – I like walking safe in the knowledge that I can take as many detours and photo stops as I like, and that I’m completely in control of where I go and how fast I get there. For longer trips, I like to let the train take the strain.

  1. The dessert you like the most is . . .?

This is a toughie; I have rather a sweet tooth so I’ll eat almost any dessert (except crème brûlée). I can never resist a wedge of sticky toffee pudding, but my all-time favourite would have to be the trusty carrot cake. (I’m firmly in the camp that vegetables do belong in cakes.)

  1. Do you know an original question? If yes, answer it!

Since I’m currently out of original questions – my brain is zapped from marking papers over the last week – I’ll share a joke instead:

Five English cats and five French cats have a swimming race across the Channel. Which cats won?

The English, because the French cats cinq.

  1. Guacamole or salsa?

Neither – I’m not a fan of sauces and dips. (Yes, I’m a picky eater.)

  1. Favourite board game?

Scrabble is hands-down my favourite board game. I’ve pondered buying the French edition, but I’d have relatively few people to play it with! I’m also rather partial to an afternoon of Monopoly or a spot of Scotland Yard.

My nominees:

Rebecca Goes Rendezvous | Rebecca is the living definition of wanderlust and her archives are chock-a-block with travel tales and misadventures.

Travel Gourmand | Allison’s posts are sure to sate any armchair globetrotter’s thirst for travel. (And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try one of her recipes!)

A Girl With Geography | Natasha’s blog has gorgeous photos by the bucketful and narratives that transport you to the places she’s been.

Travel and Trouvailles | Jessie’s currently studying abroad in Toulouse, and her blog is jam-packed with posts on nibbles, cultural havens and more.

Questions for my nominees:

  1. If you could speak another language fluently, which would you choose and why?
  2. What do you never travel without?
  3. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
  4. Where in the world would you most like to go?
  5. Are you a bookworm or a movie buff?
  6. What’s your favourite ice cream/ sorbet flavour?
  7. Which song would you pick for karaoke?
  8. If you had Hermione’s Time Turner for a day, what would you do with it?
  9. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
  10. Does pineapple belong on pizza? (I think so, but you may think otherwise.)
  11. What’s the strangest food you’ve ever eaten?

 

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13 thoughts on “Blue Sky Tag

  1. Three thoughts and a question: I like your joke, I am shocked about the crême brulée, and pineapple definitely belongs on a pizza. Do you call herbal tea “infusion”? We don’t have a separate word for it which I also find inconvenient (some people make the difference between “herbal tea” and “tea” but “tea” is usually a blanket for both. But you’ve just said that tea is dinner… or rather, that dinner is tea… so it all seems rather complicated now.)

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    1. I can’t even remember where I first heard that joke, only that it’s one of only two French jokes I know. (The other being: “Vous avez besoin d’un avocat?” “Non, je n’ai pas faim.”) Crême brulée is just one of those desserts I can’t get on board with, but I think it’s a texture-related issue (my pickiness with food usually stems from its texture not its taste). Hooray for Hawaiian pizza! To complicate things further, I think a herbal tea would still be called “herbal tea”, but for fruity flavours I’d use “infusion” (apple and cinnamon, red fruit etc.). “Tea” is often used as a blanket term on menus, unless you’re in a café with a wider choice of teas, in which case it’ll likely make a distinction between the two. Calling dinner “tea” is a northern thing, though it is definitely a source of confusion for others (Are you inviting me over for a drink? Or a meal? Or an afternoon snack?)

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      1. Hahaha, I love it! Hugo loves jokes like that but I don’t think he knows that one!

        Thanks for the explanation! That actually makes sense, since I picture those fruity teas being “infused” with a certain flavor. It took me a long time to stop calling all tea “thé”(“C’est pas du thé, c’est de la tisane!!!”) but now I borrow “tisane” in English because it’s such a handy word.

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      2. Those jokes are so bad they’re good! It does sound somewhat more logical, I guess the distinction is that you add milk to tea but not to infusions. I hadn’t heard of the word ’tisane’ before, it does indeed sound like a handy word to know!!

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      3. Wait – what kinds of tea can you add milk to? Only black tea? or all tea except the fruit infusions? (I don’t tend to put anything in my tea, but I know in England there are Rules about this, right?) Yes, Hugo’s family says “tisane” instead of “infusion” so that’s what I’m in the habit of saying. My mom, however, knows the word “infusion” because she only drinks herbal tea, so that’s what she asks for when she’s in France. They are very confused by it in the morning.

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      4. I don’t drink tea all that often, but I’d say you only add milk to black tea (and possibly rooibos/ red bush tea though I’ve never tried that tea)… it would definitely be considered odd to add it to fruity infusions, green teas and the like. It’s rather funny how the English are considered the authority on what is OK and not OK when it comes to tea! I think the French find a lot of foreigners’ hot drink habits confusing – my mum always asks for a coffee with milk, and this time we got a lot of vendors saying “Sorry, we have no milk. Sugar?”

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    1. I’m so sorry for not replying to this comment sooner – somehow it got caught up in my “spam”, even though it most certainly isn’t! Thank you again for the nomination, and apologies again that I haven’t got time right now to do it – these posts always take longer than I think they will! If I do find the time over the coming weeks then I will endeavour to participate 🙂

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