Time for nice warm feeling: I’ve been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the lovely Laura Purcell at http://lauradpurcell.wordpress.com/about/ If, like me, you choose to pass your time in the Eighteenth Century, then this is a site worth visiting to see what others are writing about and doing.
Receivers of the Very Inspiring Blog Award have to tell you seven things about themselves and nominate seven other blogs.
So here goes, seven things about me…
1. I married my wife on her birthday, which is on Valentine’s Day. It took me a while to find someone for whom I only have to buy one card each year (birthday, anniversary and Valentine) but the wait was definitely worth-while!
2. I am probably the only blogger in the blogosphere who doesn’t keep cats, or dogs, or guinea pigs. It is not that I don’t like them it is just that animals don’t fit in with my peripatetic existence as I flit from Spain to the UK.
3. I spent thirty years as a lawyer. Ten of them were fun, ten were sort of OK-ish, and ten were frankly boring!
4. I can recite the alphabet faster backwards than forwards (that goes into the ‘not a lot of people know that’ category).
5. I always wanted to be a historian ‘when I grow up’ – lawyering was only ever a way of filling in time!
6. I wrote my first novel when I was eight. I recollect that it was a historical detective book set on the shores of Lake Titicaca and involved stolen treasure! From memory, it was the butler what done it!
7. The reason I wrote the Journal of a Georgian Gentleman (as opposed to a Victorian Gentleman) is that I can barely decipher the handwriting of Richard Hall’s son!
And for the blogs, here is a list which deliberately excludes the ones I can see have just been nominated already:
1. It’s about Time (“Searching centuries of Art, Nature, & Everyday Life for Unique Perspectives, Uncommon Grace, & Unexpected Insights) .
2. English Historical Fiction Authors for the sheer variety of topics covered.
3. Diary of a Mantua Maker because it has some superb examples of clothing, shoes etc and how to make them.
4. The London Historians’ Blog on all things London .
5. The irrepressible Lucy Inglis for her informative (but far too infrequent) blogs on Georgian London
7. Patrick Baty for anything and everything to do with paints (and the history of houses as revealed by their paint).