Quite a long time ago, way back in November, writer Georgia Rose passed the ‘Lovely Blog’ award to me, and it’s been on my to-do list every since. One of my reasons for putting it off for a while was that I’ve already participated in something very similar and blog posts all about me are probably less than fascinating to most people – but last week I had an idea. I’m going to cheat a little…
The rules of a Lovely Blog post are to write seven facts about yourself and then link to up to fifteen (yikes!) of your favourite blogs, inviting them to do the same. Long-standing readers of this blog will know from the last time that I love EastEnders, hate flying, cut my own hair and have a messy car – etc etc. So I’m going to write seven facts about living and writing in Switzerland, and hope that Georgia doesn’t disown me…
1. It is said to be illegal to hang out your washing on Sundays here. In fact there’s quite a long list of things you can’t do on Sundays, like mow your lawn and wash your car. I’m not sure how much of this is actual law and how much just social tradition – many people including me do hang out washing – but I’ve yet to see someone mow their lawn on a Sunday.
2. I live in an absolutely lovely area, on the banks of Lake Constance. (Click the link for photos and info.)
3. There are 208 mountains over 3,000m high in Switzerland. The most impressive views I’ve seen were from the Jungfraujoch, between the Jungfrau and the Mönch mountains. The photo here is the Eiger north face, the Mönch and the Jungfrau.
4. My favourite Swiss city is Berne. It’s on the banks of the River Aare, and the old town is amazing. (Click the link for photos and info.)
5. I have dual nationality and can travel all over Europe with my Swiss identity card – in fact I don’t have a passport. Applying for a British passport is so horrendously time-consuming, complicated and expensive I’m not sure I’ll ever have another. If I wanted to travel outside Europe, a Swiss passport would be easier to obtain.
6. The last time Lake Constance froze completely in winter was 1963, when it was possible to walk from one side to the other. You can see on the video there are literally hundreds of people stamping about on the ice!
7. Since becoming a published writer I’ve been in contact with many others on the www, people I’d never have ‘met’ otherwise. And it’s not always writerly things we chat about. A Twitter contact gave me the recipe for the best banana ‘ice cream’ ever, so as a reward for getting to the end of this post, here it is:
Ingredients: 1 or 2 ripe bananas.
Method: Slice bananas onto a plate. Freeze for 2 hours. Put frozen banana slices into your mixer/liquidiser and blend them until you have a creamy dessert. Serve with whatever you fancy.
To finish up with, I’m passing the Lovely Blog award to the following blogs I enjoy reading. Possibly some of you have already been a Lovely Blog, and there’s no ‘must’ at all about joining in, but if you do please link back to me, share your seven facts, and nominate (up to) 15 others. I’m doing seven to match the seven facts: