Rants and Whimsy, Travelling and Poking About

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

January 12, 2016

Frankie - Little London

I am writing this post because Angie from SilverspoonLondon held a gun to my head and forced me to. Ok, she didn’t hold a gun to my head. She just left me alone in a dark snake pit until I agreed to do her bidding. Her bidding being writing this blog post about the blogging sisterhood and travel adventures. To be fair to Angie it was more of a metaphorical snake pit. There were no actual snakes.

Ok, really it was more of a nomination in a blog-chain-post-link-up type dealy. But that’s not a terribly interesting way to start a blog post, so if anyone asks, the snakes had guns and I’m off somewhere with Indiana Jones getting raunchy. Here are the questions Angie wanted answers to:

Where is your all-time favourite destination?

This is going to bore the tits off you all, but it’s obviously London. I came here once with my husband to be in late 2007 and decided pretty much straight away that I would move here.  Then in an uncharacteristic wave of efficiency I was living here by January 2009. The love story continues…

Frankie - Trafalgar Square

Me, in the throes of deciding to move to London

Which post are you most proud of?

Wow. I only get to choose one? There are a few that I really like, and occasionally when I trawl through my posts I find a few more that I’ve forgotten about. It’s probably the ones that dwell in my mind for a few months, being shaped and formed before I get them out into WordPress. I like this. And this. This was therapeutic. This was fun to write. I wish I had illustrated this better, but the general idea is there.

Generally, I’m most proud of the posts that I suspect may be a little bit funny to people who aren’t me.


Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, alive or dead?

This poses quite the conundrum. I don’t usually invite dead people to dinner as their presence is quite off putting to the old appetite, but I suppose they don’t really eat much either thus leaving more for me.

Aside from that, they say you should never meet your heroes as you’ll only be disappointed, so I guess the key is to invite people who you suspect will be entertaining, but who won’t spoil your life if you find out that they are actually twats.  4-5 people is a good number. You can sit at a table and carry a conversation without splitting into factions, or having the person on the end feeling like a gooseberry.

With all these factors in mind:

  1. Me (obviously)
  2. My husband (he’s nicer than me and can keep things ticking along if we discover that any of the other guests are twats, whereas I’d just let my temper flare)
  3. Jenna Marbles (I think she’d be interesting and she’d be honest about all the interesting stuff she’d be saying)
  4. Johnny Depp (he’d have some stories to tell, wouldn’t he?)
  5. Connie Booth (I once turned down the opportunity to meet John Cleese because of the whole “don’t meet your heroes” thing, but while Connie is also a hero of mine I think it’s a little bit less of a risk. And she’d be cool. And I want there to be more women than men, as men just take over)
Frankie - Stone Henge

Me with something ancient. This is how I feel when using most apps.

Do you have a favourite travel app?

No. I don’t do much booking and planning on my phone travel wise, I prefer to use a computer. But I do like playing mindless games on my phone (like Candy Crush) if I’m having anxiety issues on a train or something.


What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?

Favourite thing: It’s a tie between using it as a creative outlet and being able to get feedback on my creations and meeting so many lovely people who become real life friends

Least favourite thing: The pressure that we’re all kind of under to be “successful” even though none of us are quite sure what that is. Is it brand attention? Twitter followers? Instagram likes? Millions of readers? Actually being happy with yourself and your blog? No one can quite answer that one…

Watchbell Lane

Exploring quaint little lanes

Is anything you like to do any time you visit somewhere new?

Walk around. I have quite a good sense of direction (just ask my high school orienteering team mates) and you really get a feel for a place by walking for hours on end. You also discover the quirky little bits and pieces that make a city / new location unique: graffiti, little independent cafes, funny street names, friendly cats.


Where is somewhere you’ve been or something you did that you didn’t expect much of, but ended up loving?

I guess it’s the Isle of Wight? It’s not that I didn’t expect much, rather that I had no preconceived notions. I went because my grandfather had grown up there and had always told me stories about Carisbrooke Castle. As he was born in the early 20th century I didn’t have any expectations about the island circa 2011 matching his stories but it was bright, summery and magical.

We went at Easter and the weather was sunny, the pubs were friendly and the beaches were lovely. My husband loved it as much as I did and always wants to go back.

Isle of Wight Sails

The Isle of Wight. Well, this is the sea. I’m sitting on the actual island, photographing the sea.

What’s your pet peeve?

People who are rude yet completely cluessless about how rude they are. I’m generally rude back which never helps but I have little patience. As Mr Darcy once said, “My temper would perhaps be called resentful. My good opinion once lost is lost forever” and he could have been talking about me. Go, Mr Darcy. Get in that lake.


What’s your most treasured possession?

My husband, Mark. I’ve told him he’s not allowed to die until scientists have discovered how to download his brain onto a USB stick or something so I can load him into a robot or regenerate him. Some people would say a husband isn’t really a possession, and I would say to those people “he’s mine and you can’t have him”. So there.

Frankie Mark - Egypt

Hanging out with Mark and a camel

So now comes the time when I nominate four other bloggers to answer these wildy interesting and perplexing questions and share a little with us a little more about themselves:

Connie from Connie Consumes. I’m particularly interested in her pet peeves.

Gianni from Across The Hog’s Back. She’s traveled far to be with us today.

Steph from Being Blonde, It’s a Lifestyle. She’s amazing and she’s the person who I forgot to draw for my Blog Awards. I walked to work the morning that went live kicking myself. Which is an awkward way to walk.

Laurie from New Yorker Meets London. Totes one of the nicest bloggers out there and one we all need to get to know a little better.

Your questions are:

  1. Where is your all-time favourite destination?
  2. Which post are you most proud of?
  3. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, alive or dead?
  4. Do you have a favourite travel app?
  5. What’s your favourite and least favourite thing about blogging?
  6. Is anything you like to do any time you visit somewhere new?
  7. Where is somewhere you’ve been or something you did that you didn’t expect much of, but ended up loving?
  8. What’s you pet peeve?
  9. What’s your most treasured possession?

You Might Also Like