Tuesday, October 31, 2006

People Collection

Sharon started a fact-finding quest some time ago. It was aimed at writerly folk thus I escaped it for quite a while but Kate has dragged me in. I must now divulge 5 facts, mundane or profane, about me for the benefit of literary data banks.

1. I studied piano to Grade 8 and used to teach it until breast-feeding interfered with a couple of Etudes. I sold my piano for 25 quid after a friend's wedding and am now on the look-out for a baby grand to fill an empty void.

2. I play saxophone too but haven't owned one since I traded it for a moped, much more practical when living in the sticks.

3. I started to play trombone but my right arm was too short to comfortably reach bottom F.

4. My sister and I regularly collected sheep droppings for my Granddad which he would then use to make fertiliser for his tomato plants. We were soon wise to restrict our harvest to picking up the pale ones and it is only in recent years that I have appreciated home-grown tomatoes.

5. I had elocution lessons. My father never was very good with money.

Remember that it isn’t always the sensational stuff that writers are looking for, it can just as easily be something that you take for granted like having raised twins or knowing how to grow beetroot. Mind you, if you know how to fly a helicopter or have worked as a film extra, do feel free to let the rest of us know about it :-)

Would Frontier Editor, KJ, Ces, Quietman and West Tigers ( or whatever he is calling himself these days) add to the collection please.


Blogger Ces said...

I like your musical traits, Cherry Pie. I hope you find a baby grand!

2:40 am  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Hmmmm, maybe I will and maybe I won't. After all, some web quiz now has me slumming in Dublin . . . >B^D>

4:47 am  
Blogger Pamela said...

You're quite musical! How wonderful. I know what you mean about 'needing' a piano. We were without one for a while and I coudn't bear it.

5:26 am  
Blogger kj said...

cp, from musical instruments to sheep droppings: this diversity is one of many reasons why i'm so fond of you.

cherry pie, i need your forgiveness regarding my snarly comment about lawyers. i take it all back. please give me dispensation.

i will do this list of the mundane and profane (is that right?).

be well, cherry pie!


5:49 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I've raised twins.

Not on my own, obviously. I am a man, after all.

8:22 am  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

Oh, thanks for taking up the challenge, Cherry. Your musical accomplishments will no doubt be very useful (they're now on my 'people list).

One day I shall learn to play piano, too. I very much wanted to when I was a kid, especially as we had a piano. But my dad sold the piano to my aunt who had insisted my cousin had lessons, even though she hated playing! What injustice!

9:40 am  
Blogger Kate said...

CP - I think breast-feeding your pupils went a bit beyond the call of duty. Teaching them a few tunes would have been enough.

Being serious, you are very musical, I do envy that. I only ever learnt to play the recorder, and the violin very, very badly. Oh, and you never want to hear me sing.

12:58 pm  
Blogger andrea said...

I love reading these (though I'm less keen on doing them) because they say so much! And re. the last post -- I think you'd be a good match for a comedian, bricks notwithstanding (presumptuous as usual).


PS My trombone-playing sons have long arms.

9:23 pm  
Blogger Mise said...

I know you don't have a piano or a sax anymore Cherry, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you don't play, but I do know a lot of talented musicians who never play, who have actually made a decision not to play.

That's a pity. When I scrape on my fiddle, I dream about being able to join in a session, and not just sit and admire.

Although it makes perfect sense, the link between long arms and the trombone never dawned on me before! :D

9:50 am  
Blogger Ces said...

Hey Cherry Pie, I have mine up.

10:44 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

you very talented lady! - I left my piano when I left my husband - I'd like it back really but it wouldn't fit in the Tescos carrier in which I took the rest of my possesions. My girls play it when they're there so it's not completely wasted - and also, I can't play it :o) (but it was my Granny's)

11:24 am  
Blogger ziggi said...

possessions ?? does it have 2 x 2 Ss?

4:25 pm  
Blogger Carlz said...

i also wanted to learn to play a musical instrument! never got round to it and I'm tone def and impatient - all round not a good candidate for such a disciplines!

10:41 pm  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...


I posted my collection of facts and then went to throw a brick through my neighbor's window. Guess Doncaster inspired me ;^D>

2:31 am  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Few experiences in Life can compare to reaching a comfortable bottom F!
Yeah Baby!
I expect to see you tinkling the ivory on YouTube for your Christmas Post.
I guess that your Dad just wanted you to be able to hook up a stereo and change light fixtures, money well spent.

4:21 am  
Blogger tom909 said...

I am more familiar with sheep shit than I am with making music, but babe, buy yourself a sax, play some music and put the video on your blog - how sexy will that be!

12:26 pm  
Anonymous Sharon J said...

Hey, that's a good idea of Tom's! I think you should go for it!

12:29 pm  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

Fronty - oh, go on. You know you want to really.

KJ - there's nothing to forgive. I can't stand bloody lawyers.

Dave - you're not still talking about that kidney stone are you?

Sharon - I've never understood parents that wouldn't encourage music. I tried with Jack but the only thing he excelled at were the rugby songs.

Kate - I still have a recorder. A treble. I use it torture Jack occasionally. I tried violin too for a while but I didn't like what it did to my chin.

Ziggi - can you ask one of the girls to sneak it back for you? That's what Mum got me to do with her Bridge Over Troubled Water album.

And it's 2 lots of 2 but you can use as many S's as you like.

Tom/ HE - I will provide complimetary ear-plugs for you both should I ever get round to it. x

9:21 pm  
Blogger Ian T. said...

Cherrypie, I used to play keyboards and saxophones (alto and tenor) in a band many years ago!

BTW, check out JacqueLynn's pic of a Cherry pie :).

6:24 am  

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