Have You Met Pseu? I Have!

17 Sep

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.

45 Responses to “Have You Met Pseu? I Have!”

  1. sharechair September 17, 2012 at 12:33 #

    I gotta get my hands on a Malteser! 🙂


  2. mairedubhtx September 17, 2012 at 13:06 #

    Sounds like you had a lovely afternoon. It’s nice to meet other bloggers, especially when they’re cooperative.


  3. granny1947 September 17, 2012 at 13:12 #

    Yes…we want a pic of the toilet!!!


  4. laurieanichols September 17, 2012 at 14:44 #

    That was a lovely afternoon and you offerings looked very delicious. Pseu is tall and has nice curls. The raindrop picture makes me want to get better at photography. I trust you that the toilet was clean, when you tidy up and I’ve seen the results you do a bang up job! No need for pictures.


  5. terry1954 September 17, 2012 at 14:48 #

    wonderful! how nice!!!


  6. jmgoyder September 17, 2012 at 14:48 #

    I will be visiting Pseu!


  7. SchmidleysScribbling September 17, 2012 at 15:04 #

    I visited her blog once and felt inadequate. I’ve never been back. Love that last photo, (which she took).

    I thought about how I might answer those questions. Forget it. My life is mostly censored. As for Malteasers, I could probably find them, but the SA wine, forget it. You haven’t lived if you haven’t tried VA wine. I don’t drink so I am only repeating what I have been told by a few alcoholics I know (who would probably drink anything).

    Nice piece. Is she still your friend? Dianne


  8. Janet Williams September 17, 2012 at 15:04 #

    I love Earl Grey, but not quite so sure about alcohol…..

    Thank you for this interview, Tilly.

    How delightful! Wonderful friendship. I must say the sandwiches were beautifully presented and they looked enticing.


  9. SchmidleysScribbling September 17, 2012 at 15:07 #

    PS the food platters look nice, but what are those round brown things on the end of the plate? They look like miniature Yorkshire puddings or something else. Suspicious given the topics of your last few blogs. ~D


  10. gigihawaii September 17, 2012 at 15:33 #

    Haha! Dianne cracks me up! I visited Pseu’s blog and added it to my Blogroll. Thanks for the heads up. That sandwich platter looks artfully arranged. You are an artist!


  11. faydanamyjake September 17, 2012 at 17:33 #

    Pork pies of course.. Sounds a bit dodgy.


  12. Pseu September 17, 2012 at 17:36 #

    How very…..


  13. adinparadise September 17, 2012 at 18:55 #

    Great interview, Tilly. How lovely to get such a nice thoughtful gift, especially the Maltesers. 🙂


  14. grannymar September 17, 2012 at 19:33 #

    Sounds like a fun afternoon. The food made me hungry, the gifts made me jealous and the interview was gave more of the character behind the name Pseu.


  15. Three Well Beings September 17, 2012 at 19:41 #

    I think it would be wonderful to spend time with a blogging buddy! I am always amused at the really, truly, under-no-circumstance camera shy, but on the other hand, it’s the joy of blogging when we can each do it our own way, and with our own rules! I do like that. Great gifts and a thoughtful presentation of lunch, with yes, hopes that hands were washed! I’ll now pop on over to Pseu’s place. I’ve seen her name everywhere, but haven’t previously introduced myself. Lovely! Debra


  16. viveka September 17, 2012 at 20:23 #

    Great stuff …. seems to be a girl .. with her head on !!! Great and entertaining post. You have such a talent in expressing yourself. Wonderful – wonder what I have to pack in my cabin bag. Maybe some Swedish snaps. *smile


  17. Tom (Aquatom1968) September 17, 2012 at 20:53 #

    Yes, that was a good interview Tilly and Pseu! It looks like you had a good time at your meet-up! I knew it was Pseu all along!


  18. kateshrewsday September 17, 2012 at 22:22 #

    That was fun: two of my favourite bloggers in the same place…


  19. bluebee September 17, 2012 at 22:22 #

    Lovely, and glad there wasn’t an axe anywhere to be seen 😉


  20. benzeknees September 18, 2012 at 07:43 #

    Anyone who would dream of showing up at your place without Maltesers should be drawn & quartered. Nice interview!


  21. Perfecting Motherhood September 18, 2012 at 21:41 #

    I can’t believe she let you take a photo of the back of her head! You must have been really nice to her. I love your gifts, they’re so for you.


  22. Tinman September 19, 2012 at 11:25 #

    I’m so delighted that you met Pseu, I hope you had a really lovely time together. I do a Welsh accent too, though people say that it sounds like I’m from India.



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