Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What Have I done?

Recently our friend Ami posed a series of interesting questions. Have I or haven't I? Scroll down to find out!

Have you ever:

1  Stood on top of a very high mountain or cliff, looking down at countryside, or out to sea? 
Yes, every autumn we travel to a local conservation area, climb the hill, and look out over the valley brightly decorated in fall colours.

2  Lain on your back on a hot summer's night, listening to the crickets chirping, and watching the satellites as they chase each other across the heavens?
Once upon a time I did this, but satellites hadn't been invented yet so I had to settle for falling stars.

3  Skinny-dipped at midnight? 
No chance. That's way past my bedtime.

4  Intentionally or inadvertently swum with sharks?
Not that I know of.

5  Broken a bone in your body?
The little toe on one foot, more than once.

6  Driven a car at speeds in excess of 120 mph?
Never! 80 kph sets my heart racing.

7  Played "Pooh Sticks"?
No, but I've seen it done on television. I must find some sticks and a bridge so I can try it.

8  Run in a "Pancake" race?
Pancakes are such slow runners, I wouldn't want to humiliate them by racing against them.

9  Had your eyelashes dyed?
Only with waterproof mascara that wouldn't come off.

10  Ridden a horse naked?

Where there are horses, there are horse flies, deer flies, and all manner of biting insects. I always stay fully dressed when I am around my equine friends.

11  Punted down the River Cam? (or any other river)
Punting is against the law in Canada, but I have paddled a canoe on a few lakes.

12  Played tennis in a short white tennis skirt whilst wearing minimal knickers?
My lessons didn't progress far enough to require an official skirt.

13  Helped an inebriated husband up the stairs at 2 in the morning?
No, he'd be in bed by then.

14  Been too scared to get out of a swimming pool whilst on holiday, due to a very large Doberman sitting on the edge watching you?
I love dogs, so I would probably have invited him to join me in the pool.

15  Sat in a deckchair snoozing happily whilst the sound of leather on willow echoes distantly in your ears?
Leather on willow? Is that some sort of kinky reference? I've heard wind in the willows, but never leather.

16  Taken a ride on the Maid of the Mist under the Niagara Falls?

I've been to Niagrara Falls, but I stayed on dry land.

17  Climbed up something - rock face, climbing wall, rope in a sports hall, long ladder, tree - and been too scared witless to climb back down?
I have always been to scared to even think of climbing up.

18  Been too liberal with the "Eau de Cologne" which then ran down where it shouldn't, which in turn caused you to hop madly around and rip your knickers off and throw them as far from you as you could?
I've had it run down "there" but just gritted my teeth and enjoyed the sensation, because I'm a masochist.

19  Made snow angels?
Every winter as a child.

20  Lost a shoe in a ploughed field on a moonlight walk home after a party?
No. The ploughed fields around here are fenced and tresspassers are not welcome.

21  Shrieked loudly, due to being spanked hard, and frightened away a visitor/s who turned and ran back down your drive - and now you never will know who was about to knock on your door.
And you are desperately hoping they will never ask... 

Possibly, but I'll never know for sure. No one could hear a knock on the door over my shrieks.

From Hermione's Heart


Simon said...

Punting is against the law in Canada?

Roz said...

Great answers Hermoine, loved reading this. I had to giggle at No 18, done it too lol. The punting question surprised me also.


Unknown said...

Hi Hermione, great answers, I think watching the stars without the satellites is much nicer and less hectic. I am fully with you on the flies and biting insects, fully dressed is much better around horses. Thank you for sharing this, I enjoyed learning a little about you. :)



Lindy Thomas said...

Loved your answers Hermione. Especially the riding a horse naked. Wouldn't be nice to have an insect biting in certain places.
Lindy x

Hermione said...

Simon - Just a joke! It sounds naughty to me.

Roz - I think a lot of us have let it dribble down.

Nina - It was my pleasure.

Lindy - Not nice at all!


Minielle Labraun said...

I love your answers! The cologne made me giggle! I also love your answer to riding bareback!! Great!
Oh, and enjoyed the the picture!

Aimless Rambling said...

Love the answers and I just borrowed it for my blog today.

Erica said...

Hmmm... I said yes to exactly one of these (skinny dipping at midnight). Riddle me this -- if the person who came to the door ran off without knocking and never said anything about it, how would you know they were there and you scared them off?

ronnie said...

Loved reading your answers Hermione. No 18 made me laugh.


abby said...

Loved your answers ...especially to numbers 8 and 10!
hugs abby

Enzo said...

Hermione, loved all your answers; thanks for sharing and the laughs.
I didn't realize #18 was such a common thing.


Cat said...

Loved your answers Hermione...thanks so much for sharing. ;)

Hugs and blessings...Cat

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Hermione said...

Minelle - I'd been saving the picture because I knew it would come in handy someday.

Leigh - I 'll look forward to reading it.

Erica - Exactly!

Ronnie - Grin and bear it :)

abby - Thank you!

Enzo - I think it's happened to most of us.

Cat - You are very welcome.


P.S. I looked up leather on willow, and it seems to be a cricket term. The only cricket we have here is the chirping kind.


Targetarear said...

Yes Hermione, leather on willow' is a cricketing term. It's the sound made by a cricket ball (leather) being struck by a cricket bat (willow).

jimisim said...

Well my Saturdays in summer are spent watching my son play cricket, and so I love the sound of leather on willow- cricket balls are wrapped in leather, against willow which is the wood cricket bats are made of.
I live near the river Cam, and of course have punted down the Cam. Unfortunately it's very busy and commercialised on a pleasant summer's day, but the view of the colleges from the river is beautiful.
Fortunately in England we have public footpaths, based largely of ancient pathways, many dating back centuries BC on which the public have absolute right of way across whatever the surrounding land.Indeed it is an offence to block public access. I have reported a farmer who ploughed over one , he was made to roll it flat a few days later.