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Lindisfarne

I was tidying up my computer and deleting loads of old photos, when I came across a folder which made me realise I had never blogged about My First Holiday on my own. It wasn’t abroad, but to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, just off Berwick-upon-Tweed.

I know that may not sound very adventurous to some of you, but believe me, it was a Big deal. I’m not very confident with being on my own, especially in a different place, so it was a good challenge for me.

Unfortunately, I tripped over and broke my hand, but the rest of the holiday was great! Here are some snaps:

family, friends, just for fun

The Name Game

I have a theory. It’s that people know more people called Catherine than they do any other name. So I’ve devised a fun game to test this. The rules are very simple: one minute, as many Catherines as you can. You can include Kates or Katies if you wish, but be consistent. In this example, I have been very strict and kept it to pure Catherine*. Go!

Catherine Mahony, Catherine Zeta Jones, Catherine of Aragon, Katherine Howard, Catherine Parr, Catherine Garman, Katherine Green, Catherine Sikorski, Catherine Collins, St Catherine of Siena, Catherine Bevan, Catherine Earnshaw (this counts double because of Wuthering Heights, and also the fact that I know someone who is genuinely called Katherine Earnshaw).

See? You’ll find you know loads of them. I tried this game with my other sister, Nancy, and all I got was Nancy Mahony, Nancy from Oliver, Nancy Reagan and Nancy Drew.

Variations: try another name. You’ll find Catherine beats all, especially if you include Kate etc.

*or Katherine

So there you go! The Name Game.

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Pastures New

This is my blog.

It isn’t my first blog – that distinction belongs to livejournal (remember that?) in about 2001 – nor is it my first foray into designing my own website – my first wordpress site was www.notyournormal.com, which has my post on ocd that caused a stir on twitter.

But this is my latest blog. It is the blog I have decided to work Jolly Hard on, and give a slightly more cheerful vibe than notyournormal, which had a tendency to veer towards the gloomier side of things.

So you can expect to see more content from me this time around.

Welcome, friend!