About Rachel

RachelJuly2014Welcome to Tales from Lewis Lodge. In one sentence it’s best described as ‘what just fell out of my head’ and that could be anything.   This is the second incarnation of this blog, the first eight years have been archived and parked on a server for future generations.  Lucky them!  😛

I live in Bedfordshire, in a part of it once referred to in the press as ‘Middle Narnia.’  I liked the phrase so much I nabbed it.  I live here as the self-styled Queen, among the fauns, talking badgers and eating Turkish Delight.  😉

By day I work as a church administrator, by night I write and work towards putting on the Ampthill Literary Festival.  When I’m not doing that I’m usually found in the Albion.

About me

  1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4.
    Here and there were clearings cultivated with vegetables and fruits.
    From The Flame Tree by Yang-May Ooi (2014 Monsoon Books)
  2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can, What can you touch?
    The wall
  3. Before you started this survey, what were you doing?
    Writing a blog post
  4. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
    Strictly Come Dancing, The Launch Show
  5. Without looking, guess what time it is
    Nine o’clock
  6. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time?
    Quarter to ten
  7. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?
    My daughter singing
  8. When did you last step outside? What were you doing?
    Going to church
  9. Did you dream last night?
    No idea
  10. Do you remember your dreams?
    No
  11. When did you last laugh?
    This evening
  12. Do you remember why / at what?
    At the people on TV
  13. What is on the walls of the room you are in?
    Shelves
  14. Seen anything weird lately?
    Yes, some amazing praise for my book
  15. What do you think of this quiz?
    It’s a bit boring
  16. What is the last film you saw?
    A New York Winter’s Tale (2014)
  17. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
    Cornwall, UK
  18. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
    The Daily Mail and close it down
  19. Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
    When I was eight I wanted to be Suzi Quatro.
  20. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?
    End Poverty
  21. Do you like to dance?
    Yes, but I’m truly dreadful at it.
  22. Would you ever consider living abroad?
    For a while.  I couldn’t live overseas forever, I’m too British.
  23. Does your name make any interesting anagrams?
    A China Jewellers
  24. Who made the last incoming call on your phone?
    I did.  I was trying to find my phone so I called it.
  25. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?
    Probably a Windows update.
  26. Last time you swam in a pool?
    I can’t actually remember, but I think it might have been my Brother-in-law’s about 2 years ago
  27. Type of music you like most?
    Rock
  28. Type of music you dislike most?
    Anything that’s just a bunch of pretty boys singing
  29. Are you listening to music right now?
    No.
  30. What color is your bedroom carpet?
    I don’t have carpet in my bedroom I have a wood floor.
  31. If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?
    Put the back garden down to gravel, flags and pots. 
  32. What was the last thing you bought?
    A new dinner service
  33. Have you ever ridden on a motorbike?
    Once, when I was about 11
  34. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?
    No.  I have proper vertigo.  I don’t need more excuses to hurl myself off or out of things.
  35. Do you have a garden?
    Yes, although I don’t have time to do much in the way of gardening
  36. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?
    I know the words to the first verse.  Should I ever be presented with a gold medal at the Olympics (highly unlikely), I will not disgrace myself.
  37. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
    It varies.  Plotline, food or worrying about something
  38. If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be?
    Just one?  Jesus.  It’ll be tuna sandwiches, obvs.
  39. Who sent the last text message you received?
    Jo Walker
  40. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    I don’t have a credit card.
  41. What time is bed time?
    About 11.00pm
  42. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?
    Hahahahahahahaha.  No.
  43. How many tattoos do you have?
    None
  44. If you don’t have any, have you ever thought of getting one?
    No
  45. What did you do for your last birthday?
    Went to Yo Sushi
  46. Do you carry a donor card?
    No, but you’re welcome to any of it – if it still works
  47. Who was the last person you ate dinner with?
    My husband and daughter
  48. Is the glass half empty or half full?
    Half full
  49. What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been?
    Seattle
  50. When’s the last time you ate a homegrown tomato?
    Last summer
  51. Have you ever won a trophy?
    No
  52. Are you a good cook?
    I can follow a recipe, but I don’t make things up
  53. Do you know how to pump your own gas?
    Baby, I can find you a bloody oilfield, I have a degree in Geology
  54. If you could meet any one person (from history or currently alive), who would it be?
    Jesus – I’d still have a lot of questions after lunch
  55. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?
    Yes, I’m British. 
  56. Do you touch-type?
    No
  57. What’s under your bed?
    Dust bunnies
  58. Do you believe in love at first sight?
    No, but I believe in lust. 
  59. Think fast, what do you like right now?
    Good reviews for my writing
  60. Where were you on Valentine’s day?
    At work, it was a Friday
  61. What time do you get up?
    5.00am. 
  62. What was the name of your first pet?
    Tibby
  63. Who is the second to last person to call you?
    Simon Michael
  64. Is there anything going on this weekend?
    Not at the moment.  The diary’s blank
  65. How are you feeling right now?
    A bit tired
  66. What do you think about the most?
    Nothing that I care to mention here
  67. What time do you get up in the morning?
    See Question 61
  68. If you had A Big Win in the Lottery, how long would you wait to tell people?
    I don’t think I’d ever tell people.
  69. Who would you tell first?
    My husband. I’d need to explain why £x had appeared in our bank account.
  70. What is the last movie that you saw at the cinema?
    Skyfall
  71. Do you sing in the shower?
    No, but I plot books
  72. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
    I refer you to question 40
  73. What do you do most when you are bored?
    Check Twitter
  74. What do you do for a living?
    I’m a church administrator
  75. Do you love your job?
    Yes.  Genuinely.
  76. What did you want to be when you grew up?
    A librarian
  77. If you could have any job, what would you want to do/be?
    A paid writer
  78. Which came first the chicken or the egg?
    The Trilobite
  79. How many keys on your key ring?
    Five
  80. Where would you retire to?
    Cornwall
  81. What kind of car do you drive?
    Renault Scenic
  82. What are your best physical features?
    My epic 75cm long surgery scar
  83. What are your best characteristics?
    Loyalty, reliability, the witty retort
  84. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
    Back to the Pacific Northwest.  I have unfinished business with a volcano
  85. What kind of books do you like to read?
    Fiction.  Any genre
  86. Where would you want to retire to?
    I refer you to question 80
  87. What is your favorite time of the day?
    Early morning between 5.00 and 8.00am
  88. Where did you grow up?
    Adlington, Lancashire and Mirfield, West Yorkshire
  89. How far away from your birthplace do you live now?
    175 miles
  90. What are you reading now?
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  91. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Morning
  92. Can you touch your nose with your tongue?
    No
  93. Can you close your eyes and raise your eyebrows?
    Yes
  94. Do you have pets?
    Yes, two cats
  95. How many rings before you answer the phone?
    Depends which phone. Usually 4 for the home one
  96. What is your best childhood memory?
    Falling in wet concrete
  97. What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
    Waitress, Bar work, Administrator, Teacher,
  98. Any new and exciting things that you would like to share?
    I’ve written a book.
  99. What is most important in life?
    To love someone
  100. What Inspires You?
    Music, books, the landscape, people.

Thank you for reading x

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