I had a visitor on Friday, the lovely Pseu. Although she takes a mean photograph, she is a little camera-shy. However, she agreed to allow a rare photograph to be taken, as proof that she was here:
She came, as all good visitors ought, bearing gifts:
Really thoughtful gifts, prettily arranged in a basket:
- Writing Magazine, because I write
- Earl Grey loose tea, because I drink Earl Grey tea
- A strainer, because I…well, let’s not go there
- A bottle of South African wine, which is where all wines given to me should come from
- A bag of Maltesers, because anyone visiting me without them is refused admittance
- And a delicate vase, for which she omitted to bring delicate flowers, but I let that pass.
As I said, truly thoughtful gifts.
I gave her a piece of paper and a cardboard box.
That reminds me of when our Anglican church was based at the local Methodist church for a couple of years: when we moved on to our present home, the congregation of St John’s commissioned a beautiful banner of half a rainbow, to match one that we had, of the other half of the rainbow.
We gave them a tin of biscuits.
Pseu was a delightful guest, if tall; and we had a lovely afternoon together. I forced myself to make lunch:
And I even cleaned up, in her honour:
She arrived as I was washing the toilet, but I’m not showing you a photo of that. Unless there’s a demand for it?
I’m pretty sure I remembered to wash my hands before serving the food.
I interviewed Pseu a couple of weeks ago, and I saved it for today, so you could share in the fun.
TLH: What’s the weirdest request you have made/someone has made of you?
PSEU: That’s a trade secret.
TLH: This interview might be a little duller than I had envisioned… How many colours has your hair been?
PSEU: When I was little I was blond. It didn’t last long. By the time I went to school I had dark brown hair. Since then I have been darker brown. I tried henna once in the 70’s but it didn’t change my colour at all. Occasionally I’ve had low lights – hints of copper, little glints of gold. They never looked natural, and I’m not a great one for artifice. Maybe next time I should come back as higher maintenance? Currently I’m going silver at the edges, so my hairdresser kindly combs a little colour to match my own. So not very exciting there, hey?
TLH: Well at least it’s an answer… How do you feel about misplaced apostrophes?*
PSEU: I read Lynne Truss’s Eats, shoots and leaves and agreed with her every step of the way.
TLH: The right answer. It’s why I let you through my front door. Can you do a foreign accent?
PSEU: I’m pretty good at a Welsh accent, boyo.
TLH: Will you share an embarrassing moment?
PSEU: When I first met my Cyclomaniac, he wasn’t a cyclomaniac, but a medical student. He had a red rose delivered to the ward where I was working as a student nurse.. it was Valentine’s day, but he didn’t realise I had days off. So a few days later, when I came back on duty the whole ward knew about my rose and presented it to me, in front of the desk, so everyone could see. I didn’t even know who it was from and took an hour or more to stop blushing.
TLH: Sweet! I’ve got one like that at home. Annoying, aren’t they? Tell us something about yourself you haven’t yet shared in your blog.
PSEU: I passed my driving test when I was about 26 because no-one does district nursing on a bicycle any more, and it was about time I got my act together. I wanted to get out of ward nursing. It took two attempts to pass. I had given up on learning at 17, without even trying the test, as I found my father very difficult to learn from. I nearly gave up at 26. I’m glad I didn’t. (Nowadays I would have reported the instructor for intimidation or harassment, or something, but we didn’t do that in the 80s).
TLH: What are you reading at the moment?
PSEU: I’m currently reading several things…including September’s Good Housekeeping (in order to try out a few new recipes), the latest issue of Prole - there’s some good stuff in this magazine (and I’m looking to see if maybe I could write well enough to submit something!). I’m also reading Dark Matter, a ghost story, by Michelle Paver (a gift, and not my usual style of book) and The Children’s Book by AS Byatt, (though not progressing very well with it). In the queue: Engleby by Sebastian Faulks, Temples of Delight by Barbara Trapido and Brief Lives by Anita Brookner. Well that’s just a few in the queue. I have a propensity to buy more books than I can read…often in second hand book shops. My read books are in alphabetical order, in a bookcase. My unread books are not (though my spice rack is).
TLH: What would you give up rather than your computer?
PSEU: I’d give up TV, but DON’T take away the radio. (Please).
TLH: Could you give up blogging?
PSEU: I feel I’m a little addicted, so it would be hard.
TLH: Tell us why we should read your blog.
PSEU: My blog is a hotchpotch of glimpses. I love taking photos, especially close-ups. I like to write and the blog is an outlet for that, and I love the interaction with those who come to visit and to make comments.
Photograph ©copyright Pseu at Pseu’s blog.
Not a dull interview after all; and I hope it tempts you to visit Pseu at her blog, where you will see some fabulous photography, at the very least, and read some interesting poetry and snippets about her life.
Thank you, dear Pseu, for the interview, the gifts and, best of all, the visit.