Yes. The amazing work of evolution that has meant plants and animals have adapted in strange and wonderous ways to be able to survive in their environment (heck, us humans too!). Like anteaters. Their back looks like it could be their front so other animals don’t know what bit of them to attack. The beauty of things that are beautiful just ‘because’. The amazing landscapes we have in Scotland (and in other countries) that have been carved out by glaciers past and present. The power of things like tornados, hurricanes, the ocean currents that can literally take our breath away in a few seconds and yet in other moments we can paddle in a calm still ocean or sit in a breezeless garden.
I also believe that it is important that we look after this earth. As a Christian, I believe that God commanded us to do this. I do get angry when I see people driving crazy gas guzzling cars, chopping down forests, building on flood plains, not recycling etc. We do so much that is against nature, and there is such a delicate balance….we are ruining it for our own convenience, then get shocked by months of crazy weather!
2. Down to earth, four corners of the earth, move heaven and earth, not have an earthly chance, or salt of the earth…which earthly idiom have you most recently encountered? Explain.
Much like my friend Rebecca, these past few weeks have been a huge bump down to earth as my Dad started getting gradually more paralysed on his right side and because he didn’t seek medical attention more quickly and stuck his head in the sand, almost ended up paralysed permanently. An untreated herniated disc and trapped nerve turned very nasty as fluid and swelling pressed down on his spinal cord – in the neck. One scary operation later he was en route to recovery – until he got rushed into hospital with what turned out to be a nasty lung infection causing a high fever and the worst pain he’s been in his life. He now (thankfully) on back on that road to recovery (I hope).
3. Share one piece of advice you might give a newly engaged couple.
Don’t get so caught up in planning the ‘perfect’ wedding that you forget to be planning for your marriage.
Keep it simple, and don’t become bridezilla. Although it’s a hugely important moment in your lives, friends will have their own important moments. (Like, not all your friends will have a spare £500+ to spend on going to your expensive once in a lifetime hen/bachelorette weekend).
4. When did you last engage someone to perform a job, task, service, home repair, or improvement? On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the best) how would you rate their work and/or your satisfaction with the job or service provided?
I guess the last time I did that was when I got a friend of a friend who is a joiner to refurbish the kitchen in my Aberdeen flat. It looks great in the photos, and my tenant was super happy with how he did the work at minimal inconvenience to her.
5. When did you last find yourself engaged in small talk? Are you awkward or an expert or somewhere in between?
I find myself engaged in small talk all the time. I find it awkward but I’m used to it.
6. What was the last historic place you visited?
I was at Glasgow University yesterday. As it was founded in the 15th century it is one of the oldest universities in the world, that is pretty historical!
7. The world would be a better place if we just__________________________.
thought more about what we were leaving behind for future generations to sort out.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
It’s been a busy few weeks, but I finally caught up on the A to Z challenge last night. Also hope I’ll have the chance later to visit some fellow HodgePodgers! The last one I joined in I came down sick that day so never managed to visit anyone… :(