Meet 'annart': an in-depth Interview with Ann, a Hubber of 5 years' Standing

The Challenge

This challenge, set by Jennifer Arnett (availiasvision), is to interview ourselves. You can find it at http://availiasvision.hubpages.com/hub/Interview-Yourself-A-writers-Challenge

annart aka Ann

The Interview

Yesterday, I sat down with a friend of mine to find out a little more about her life, her passions and her dislikes. Her hub name is annart; she’s otherwise known as Ann.

I’m a devil for being nosy about others’ lives and sometimes ask too many questions but I just can’t help it! Who doesn’t want to know secrets and fears, successes and failures and how a person ticks?


South Downs

Rolling Hills & Chalky Tracks
Rolling Hills & Chalky Tracks | Source
Along the ridge to the West
Along the ridge to the West | Source
Across the Weald to the North Downs
Across the Weald to the North Downs | Source

General Background

Ann’s originally from the county of Sussex, in the south of England, specifically a village called Hurstpierpoint, just north of the Downs from Brighton.

In case you’ve never heard of the South Downs, they are beautiful, rolling chalk hills which stretch from Eastbourne in the east to Winchester in the west and support a walker’s paradise, The South Downs Way. From that, to the south you can see the English Channel, to the north is the wide open Sussex Weald with the North Downs in the misty distance. Stand atop Devil’s Dyke and you can see all three!

She now lives in the rural county of Somerset, one of the gateways to the South West of England.


Sports & Interests

Sports loving, playing tennis, badminton and netball in school as well as with family and friends, Ann loved climbing trees when in tomboy mode, couldn’t wait to learn to drive and adored walking in the countryside over her beloved Downs and Weald.

Several visits to France lit the spark of a foreign language before tuition at school. Her interest in driving led to going straight out on the road the day after her 17th birthday, later rallying with a local motor club and, much later in life, learning to ride a motorbike. She still loves driving (currently an old Subaru Forester) and riding (a Honda 125).


Personal Answers

I put the following questions to Ann and she answered cannily, with warmth when talking of her family and high points and with candour when explaining setbacks and failures.

So grab a coffee, sit back and find out a little more about your co-hubber.


Dad the Photographer
Dad the Photographer | Source

We know you’re a writer but how did you come to love writing?

It’s in my genes, even in the pockets! Dad wrote and directed plays, penned technical articles about optometry and loved concocting stories. His passion was photography and the two skills marry so well. His enthusiasm rubbed off; we were always on the same wave-length so it made sense that we shared and loved the same things.

My love of the English language meant that I enjoyed reading and writing stories well before the age of 10, also encouraged by an enlightened primary teacher who was what would now be considered as totally un-PC. He smoked at his desk by the door of the classroom, threw chalk and blackboard rubbers at us if we were talking too much, had no respect for the head teacher who terrified us all (and therefore made him even more popular) and he also had a passion for English. Because he recognised that same passion in me we got on famously.

Writing poetry came much later, in adulthood, when I grew to appreciate it more and realise its potential for saying so much in so few words; somehow it pinpoints the emotions more directly.


Events

Bridgwater Carnival
Bridgwater Carnival | Source

What do you like to write about?

I find inspiration from my life’s experiences, from my career as a teacher and from my knowledge of a variety of subjects. Something on the news might spark a sudden interest or inspire me to voice my opinion. My family, especially the grandchildren, provide me with endless ideas for stories or social comment. Seeing life through the eyes of a child gives you such a fresh outlook.


A School for Dyslexics in the heart of Somerset

A Great Place to Work!
A Great Place to Work! | Source

As a Teacher

I’ve taught right across the age range. As I'm a retired teacher of Literacy, hubs on dyslexia come at the top of my list. I like to publish help and advice for dyslexics themselves, for their families and teachers, promoting a positive approach, concentrating on the person’s strengths.

My best years of teaching were in an independent specialist school for dyslexics, working in a mediaeval manor house surrounded by verdant grounds in a Somerset village. I had small groups or 1 to 1 classes. It was the most rewarding job I’ve ever done.


TEFL

TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) is another string to my bow. I obtained my diploma and taught at an English Language School in Gloucester Road, London. That experience taught me far more about teaching than any college lectures ever did!

Having classes of mixed nationalities means that you have to teach using lots of visual aids, repetition, games and humour. Iranians, Japanese, Spanish, French and Indians all in one class presented a challenge which I thoroughly enjoyed. It gave me the skills to help my foreign dyslexic students later too.


Remembrance

Commemorating the start of WW1 at The Tower of London
Commemorating the start of WW1 at The Tower of London | Source

Other Inspiration

I write about things which annoy or niggle me, like bad grammar, social injustices and corruption in business and politics. I hear or see something and that prompts me to react and more than often to write.

Other topics are nature, family and anything which grabs me and reels me in. It may be a beautiful scene, a remarkable bird, a good deed from a stranger or funny words and phrases from my grandchildren. An event such as the recent centenary of the start of WW1 can kick-start a million thoughts in my mind; then I have to let those thoughts flow onto screen. The final published article might be miles from my initial draft but the catalyst is there.


What I like to Do

Spirits of Dryads
Spirits of Dryads | Source
Photography & Painting
Photography & Painting | Source
Akaroa, New Zealand
Akaroa, New Zealand | Source
Then........
Then........ | Source
..... and now!
..... and now! | Source
Beautiful Trumpet Daffodil
Beautiful Trumpet Daffodil | Source

What do you do when you're not writing?

Take hundreds of photographs! Every time I venture forth from my home I study people, nature, architecture, weather, shapes, art. There is so much around us that many miss or take for granted.

The wonders of the world are right on our doorsteps. We look down at our feet, lost in contemplation; we should look up to the rooftops, to the skies, look around us. It's amazing what's right there in front of us.

I spend as much time as possible with my children and grandchildren. They are a source of constant joy, fun and worry! I hate to be away from them for more than a few days. Thank heaven for texts and emails.

The most therapeutic of my pastimes is drawing and painting but I have to be in the mood; I can leave it for months then take it up again when the inspiration strikes.


What else?

Well, travel is exciting, learning about new cultures, visiting beautiful locations. My partner and I are trying to pack in as much as possible before we are too old to move!

I still enjoy driving despite our crowded roads. There’s nothing like an open, gently winding road to oneself where you can put your foot down, wind up the music and sing your heart out! Riding a motorbike is a different thrill; wind-in-the-hair stuff and the added kick of a little more danger.

Pottering in my garden is relaxing. I have little expertise and know none of the Latin names for plants but I do know what I like; magnolias, nerines, cornflowers, hisbiscus and, above all, daffodils. Give me a bunch of daffies and I’m in heaven. Must be something to do with being born in the spring. I’m a May baby and it’s my favourite month because it’s full of burgeoning plants, heralding the warmth of summer.

I still love tennis but don’t have the opportunity to play as much but interrupt me watching Wimbledon at your peril! Walking, exploring and visiting my beloved Sussex now and then is perfect for me. Family, though, is all.


Do you have an interesting cultural background?

I'm not sure what that question means but I am patriotically English. I have good friends who are Scottish, Welsh and Irish but I am English through and through, with a passion.

We don’t stand up for our nation enough. The others fly their flags but we pragmatic English are not so good at stating our importance. I have an English flag in the garden which is sometimes mistaken for a football allegiance (I hate soccer but love rugby!); it’s there because I love my country.


Are there any obstacles you've overcome?

Not any more. I’ve had plenty in the past; two failed marriages, a failed business.

I’m lucky in that I’ve always had good health. That's why I like to help local charity groups like Cancer Research and anything to do with Parkinsons research (my Dad had that).

Life is good now. Actually, life is wonderful. I have my soulmate, my two gifted and successful daughters and their husbands and five fun-filled, kind grandchildren. April 2015 saw the birth of my third granddaughter, so the tally is now 3 girls and 2 boys. They are my delight and I’d die for them.


Music & Laughter

Music, music, music
Music, music, music | Source

Any pet hates? No, Let's be Positive

Aside the obvious like cruelty and corruption, I can’t stand unkind, rude and arrogant people. There’s no need for being like that. It’s not unreasonable to expect others to treat you with some respect.

I’m a bit of purist when it comes to language. Those in the public eye (politicians, presenters and the like) should be able to talk well, use good grammar and have personal and social skills.

I’d prefer to talk about positive things, though, like who makes me laugh, what music and films I enjoy. Michael Macintyre is a comedian who has my sides aching, Motown and Rock ‘n’ Roll make me want to dance. Good entertainment like ‘Mama Mia’, ‘High Society’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ are great for a Sunday evening’s relaxation but one of my favourite films is ‘The Italian Job’, the original with Michael Caine, a superb actor.


What's your view on life?

Life truly is what you make of it. You can grab it by the collar or you can let it slip by. Work hard, be optimistic, fight anything which tries to push you under! Perseverance and determination go a long way.

It’s important to use your talents, make the most of opportunities and learn as you make your way, as you make your mistakes. You’ll live with the mistakes as long as you don’t repeat them, as long as you forgive yourself and move on.


Challenging Questions

In the film version of your autobiography, who would you like to play yourself?

Audrey Hepburn, without a doubt. I’ve never been anywhere near as good looking as she was, though I was once almost as slim! It’s just that she’s my idol, she had a lovely soft voice, she was a kind person and her rôles were usually fun-loving and gentle. She was so glamorous, a bit of a tomboy, frivolous, genuine, sincere and loving; all the things I’d like to be!


Shy Teenager
Shy Teenager | Source

What quality or talent do you wish you could cultivate?

I’d like to speak more languages, especially Italian. I speak fluent French but feel I should stretch my abilities as I have a good ear for accents and language.

I should also develop my artistic talent; I’ve painted in watercolours and I love using pastels, sketching and doing pen and ink drawings. I always make an excuse as to why I don’t do any of those regularly, so it’s time I devoted some hours to them now that I’m retired.

Being kinder, more tolerant and reaching out to others more would be good. I was a shy child and teenager so didn’t develop the social skills which help us to look out for those with whom we share this earth. I should’ve been more aware of the world and that’s what I try to be now.


My well-thumbed edition of 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte
My well-thumbed edition of 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte

Who is your favourite fictional character ever?

That is such a difficult question. I love the fiery nature of Elizabeth Bennett in ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and the passionate, kind nature of Elinor in ‘Sense and Sensibility’ (both by Jane Austen) but I suppose my favourite would be Jane of ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte. She was strong, passionate, loyal and had a deep insight into human nature. Her love for Rochester made her travel through toil and torment to find him and to stay by his side. I’m an eternal romantic and believe in the existence of a soulmate for each of us.


If you could have the career of any author, who would it be?

Jacqueline Wilson, who is a popular and successful English author of children’s books. She was Children’s Laureate from 2005-07 and was born in Bath, not far from where I live. Millions of copies of her books are sold around the world and she often judges children’s writing competitions. Her most successful titles are the ‘Tracy Beaker’ books, ‘Girls in Love’ and ‘Double Act’.

Her stories appeal to young teenagers. Ms Wilson remains seemingly unaffected by her fame, her feet firmly on the ground. She is always approachable, willing to help young writers and give advice on how to succeed.


Inspirations

Granddad & I on the see-saw
Granddad & I on the see-saw | Source
Heron in Hyde Park
Heron in Hyde Park | Source
Wonderful Trees
Wonderful Trees | Source

What inspires you?

My family, family history and our stunning countryside. My sister and I (mostly her) have investigated our family tree and it has unearthed some fascinating stories. Our paternal grandfather worked as a Home Guard interrogator during the war and unearthed information regarding the Great Escape. We believe he worked under cover when working with the National Coal Board as he spoke fluent German and High German. He was in Germany in 1933, supposedly on holiday with my father; when he came back he expressed his concern about the Nazi Youth Camps. Granddad was on the Nazi black list and constantly looking over his shoulder until the day he died. I adored him; he made me laugh and never minded spending hours amusing me with games and jokes.

My father was, and continues to be even after his death, an inspiration; I talk to him often. My mother’s cousin inspired me to learn French, play tennis, apply myself to learning and, by example, be a more tolerant person.

The beauty of nature never fails to amaze and delight me. A majestic Horse Chestnut tree, the colours of autumn, an open sky, a blackbird, a heron, a water-vole on the canal.

Sorry to bang on about them, but it’s my family and friends who are always in the forefront of my life, inspiring me, occupying my thoughts and my time, surprising and delighting me. I’m blessed to have them and I’d go through fire for them.


When did you first realise you were a writer?

I’ve already mentioned that I loved to write from before the age of 10. However, realising that I was truly a writer only happened some months, perhaps a year, ago.

That was when I accepted that my writing had improved from being on hubpages, when I saw that others valued me as a writer of some worth. Not until then did I become committed, even addicted, to improving my skills and to using them as a voice to be heard above the parapet.


What's on your bucket-list?

Making the most of the rest of my time on earth.

Seeing all my grandchildren grow up.

Writing a book (published or not).

Post Script

When agreeing to talk to me, Ann stipulated that I mention how much she values you who are her friends and co-writers on hubpages.

Without you she would not have developed her writing and found the outlet of expression for her views and ideas. A huge ‘thank you’ from her to you.


Copyright annart/AFC 2014

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annart 12 months ago from SW England Author

Oh yes, Alun, always make sure you're prepared for the questions! Writing about oneself gives a better insight into one's own thoughts and actions, I find - a bit scary though!

Thank you for your kind comments; I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Ann


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Greensleeves Hubs 13 months ago from Essex, UK

Well finally I think I know you a little better Ann. I think with anybody who likes to write about a range of subjects there must not merely be a love of writing and expressing oneself, but also a lively mind and diverse interests. From all that you have written here, that is clearly the case with you.

An interesting read to find out what motivates you. And quite brave to interview yourself - although I guess you insisted on previewing the questions prior to the interview! :) Best wishes, Alun


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annart 16 months ago from SW England Author

Hi Ebonny! Good to see you. Thanks for your kind comments.

I do have loads of drafts from way back but also quite a few I'm working on at the moment.

As for the book, the memoirs are coming on and a the children's story still on the go.

Ann


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Ebonny 16 months ago from UK

Your positivity, zest for life and generosity shines through and has me smiling. Thanks for sharing all this with us.

Am wondering if you have started your book and/or if you are the type to have several unfinished manuscripts on the go?


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annart 20 months ago from SW England Author

Hello Rochelle! Thank you for visiting and for following me. Glad you liked this. Do take part in the challenge; it's fun and it's good to let everyone know a little more about you as it helps build up the profile and common interests.

I'll be having a look at your profile too.

Ann


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Rochelle Frank 20 months ago from California Gold Country

So glad this popped up on my feed. Youseem to be a very interesting, thoughtful person-- perhaps because I am also finding commonalities. I also enjoyed teaching ESL students.

You also live in a beautiful place... and appreciate the beauty. This almost makes me consider participation in the challenge.


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annart 20 months ago from SW England Author

Well hello again dghbrh! Thank you so much for your great comment, votes and sharing.

Ann


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dghbrh 20 months ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Awesome hub and its really wonderful to know about you, Ann. You are very beautiful inside out. The pics of you on bike is really awesome. Hats off for being true brave heart dear to explore your inner self through this hub and expressing so well about yourself. Shared and votes way up.


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annart 20 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Mary. I get the feeling we could sit down for a good chat, we have that much in common.

Thanks for the vote and sharing.

Ann


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida

Well, it was certainly wonderful to get to know you better! I have a lot of your interests, except for the motorcycle like. My hubby used to ride a big Harley, and that scared me to death.

I do enjoy painting and "playing in the dirt".

It was hard for me to vote on your poll, I am inspired by SO many things.

Voted up, etc. and shared.


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annart 21 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Pamela, for your lovely comments, votes and sharing.

Yes, motorbiking is dangerous but we are fair weather riders and we stick to the least busy roads. We do, of course, have all the gear too. I've always loved speed and the open road, having rallied, then when my partner introduced me to motorbikes, I was hooked!

Great to see you here today.

Ann


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annart 21 months ago from SW England Author

Hello DJ! Good to see you this morning.

Yes, we go to France a lot, in fact we're off there in April, to see friends and to travel about a little.

Coming from a family of tea drinkers, I was the odd one out and yes it's been replaced by wine and cheese - after all, what is France for?! They know how to cook and they know how to party.

These chalk hills are in Sussex and I now live in Somerset. However, there are several chalk drawings on the hills in or near both. The 'White Horse' you're probably referring to is in Wiltshire, not far from here. Somerset is more rolling hills and levels (below sea level).

You could have mild dyslexia, though the typos are common. Left/right confusion is typical but do you have difficulty following directions or remembering instructions? There are often organisational problems as well but it all depends on the individual. It sounds as though you're fine though - your sense of humour certainly is!!

Thank you very much for your kind comments. I'll raise a glass (or two) to new friendships.

Ann


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Pamela Kinnaird W 21 months ago from Maui and Arizona

This was wonderful to read -- So many interesting questions and intriguing answers. You have a very full life and a zest for living it. And I really like your bucket list -- simple and important.

I see you and I have quite a few things in common. Not the motorcycle riding, though. I've handled a lot of bad motorcycle accident claims in my working days and so my nervous system won't allow me on one of those machines, but my brother is (was) like you. Loved his motorcycle riding time. Gotta have chutzpah to ride, that's for sure.

Loved this. Voting up, across and sharing.


DJ Anderson 21 months ago

Ann, I appreciate you having the nerve to step out of the shadows and

into the spot light for an interview. What an interesting life you have lived. Do you get to go to France often? I would go for the food, alone.

Pardon me, but I am somewhat confused at your admission to not liking the taste of tea. Sounds like there could have been a secret switch in

the family. Do you crave wine and cheese? What about croissants with

smoked ham or spinach & Gruyere quiche? Just a thought.

What a lovely area you live in. You mentioned the chalk hills. Is this the

area where there is an abstract of a graceful horse on a hill side? I have felt an affinity with the elegant chalk markings for as long as I can remember seeing them.

Ann, I have know I have slight dyslexia as I confuse left and right and east and west. Never up or down or north or south. I have been working on a novel for over a year. When I type, I notice that I invert letters, as

cta instead of cat. I'm not sure if this is dyslexia or lousy typing. Care to

comment?

Thank you for sharing a look at the beautiful and talented Annart.

To new friendships,

DJ


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annart 21 months ago from SW England Author

Vellur: Thank you for your lovely comments and compliments. It's a while since I read one of your hubs so I must catch up!

Good to see you.

Ann


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Vellur 21 months ago from Dubai

Great to get to know about you! Your photographs are beautiful and you have accomplished a lot in the field of writing. You love gardening too! A great interview!


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annart 22 months ago from SW England Author

Hi Gus! Thanks for the kind comment. I would be interested in most hubbers' bios; I think everyone has an interesting life to talk about, more than most realise. I'm sure you do. Nor do I believe that you are less talented than anyone else; you write with humour, interest and conviction. The interview was a billybuc challenge - try it and I'll let you know how you do! I'm sure it'll be fascinating.

Ann


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GusTheRedneck 22 months ago from USA

Hello Ann (annart on HubPages) -

It would be foolhardy for most of us less talented Hubbers to attempt writing their own bios. What a great job you did with the task.

Gus :-)))


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Patricia: Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I did enjoy writing this and I'm glad you like it. I know you're really family orientated like me, so you understand how I feel.

I hope 2015 is wonderful for you and yours.

Ann


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

Ann,

You nailed it with your positive view of things ---life is too short to be negative, period.

And how lovely that you adore family and your country. I love that. Too many times that is not the case.

I am so happy I stopped to read this...I feel like you gave us a great peek at the Ann that you are .

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Catherine, for your kind comments and votes. Writing and photography I get from my father, so I have him to thank.

I appreciate your support; it's good to see you today.

Ann


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CatherineGiordano 23 months ago from Orlando Florida

It was nice to read this and get to know you better, Ann. Your love of, and talent for writing and photography marry-up so well in hub writing. Add to that your many interests. Voted up and Interesting.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you for your lovely comment and the votes, lawdoctorlee.

Yes, we do seem to have quite a bit in common. I like the word 'intriguing'!

Have a great weekend and a wonderful 2015.

Ann


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lawdoctorlee 23 months ago from New York, NY

Ann, I loved this hub. Voted up, beautiful and interesting. You and I have a lot of things in common. I too love to take photographs when I'm not writing. Sometimes I use my photos to stimulate my writing, especially about my travels. I see you enjoy traveling as well! I, too, have loved the English language. I am dying to travel to England one of these days.

I am with you on your pet hates. There is nothing worse than people who are unkind and arrogant.

Thank you for sharing so much about yourself and your family history. You are one intriguing lady.

May 2015 be full of blessings for you.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Martie. Sadly, the Downs and Weald are somewhere I no longer live, though I do live in another beautiful area. I often visit though.

I'm glad you enjoyed this.

Ann


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MartieCoetser 23 months ago from South Africa

Nice to meet you, Ann aka annart. I have recognized a lot of myself in you. What a beautiful valley you are living in! The pictures remind me of the Sound of Music.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

MelRootsNWrites: Thanks for reading. It's good to share and I love reading about others; we all have a lot in common, it seems but all have our individual, interesting little quirks!

I appreciate your visit.

Ann


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MelRootsNWrites 23 months ago from California

A very interesting look into yourself and your writing! Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself in the this self interview.


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annart 23 months ago from SW England Author

Ericdierker: Thank you so much. I'm pleased to see you here and I appreciate you following me. I have a great respect for your writing.

Ann


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

A wonderful way to meet a wonderful writer.


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annart 24 months ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Mel. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I was lucky to have a wonderful family upbringing in a beautiful area of England.

Good to see you today.

Ann


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Mel Carriere 24 months ago from San Diego California

You have led a remarkable life, and you come from a beautiful place. It was fascinating to learn more about you. Great hub!


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annart 24 months ago from SW England Author

Perspycacious: Thank you for your kind comments and compliment. I enjoyed doing this but there's always a danger of being too self-indulgent; I cut out a fair amount!

Thanks for your visit this morning.

Ann


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Perspycacious 24 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I wish more people in general would do autobiographical sketches. Who knows them better? Looking back over a good part of a lifetime is sure to have highlights and lows, but viewing them through the eyes of the participant gives clarity and perspective. Nicely done.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

alancaster149: Thank you for your kind comment and your interesting input. You should write your self-interview, I'd like to read it.

Yes, Sussex and Somerset are both lovely places.

I'm half Northern (Dad) and half Southern (yes, Mum!) so I have divided loyalties. My grandparents were from Newcastle and Durham and my father a Yorkshireman, other grandparents and my Mum from Hove. Ancestry is a marvellous thing!

Ann


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alancaster149 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

(Interesting, Bill started the ball rolling. By the time I get to his pages I come in at the foot of a column of comments).

There should be another word at the bottom of the article to tick off:

'Impressive'.

My great grandad, Joseph Balcombe came from St Leonards. His family were lighthouse keepers there, but he ran away to join the cavalry - twice. First time they bought him out, second time they must've just shrugged and left him to it. He moved to Leeds after leaving the army, then ended his days in the shadow of Dorman Long steel works at Grangetown (east of Middlesbro') where Grandad worked. (That's another story). If I did one of these the family would take up more space than me - I'm only the piano player.

Both East Sussex and North Somerset figure in my books. I've been to East Sussex, Somerset would have to be next I think.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Elsie, you're very kind. I'm glad you enjoyed this.

It can get confusing with all these challenges and different interpretations.

My advice would be to just read the original 'rules' of the challenge with the suggested questions, answer the questions you feel able to and maybe make up some of your own to cover other things you want to say.

It seems that's what many have done. I didn't use all the questions; just tailored them to fit me!

Thanks for your visit. Good to see you!

Ann


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Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

Another excellent challenge "Interview with yourself", but that's what it would be with a talented writer like you.

There are so many different ways this challenge is being written, I'm trying to get ideas to do it myself, I think I will stop reading them for a while and write my own as I'm getting a little confused, this will be my second writing challenge finding it a little hard to get started.

All the best, enjoy life and your family.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

teaches: Sorry, thought I'd replied to your comment but it doesn't seem to have worked! Thank you for reading and for your lovely comment.

I do have a few more paintings and lots of sketches but none I'm really happy to share as I don't think they're good enough. I like doodling for therapy, that's about it!

Your continued support is much appreciated and I'm glad to share so much in common with you - yes, grandchildren are the best!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

mothersofnations: Thank you so much for your visit and lovely comment. It's great meeting like-minded people and meeting new hubbers. I'm off to look at your profile now.

Ann


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mothersofnations 2 years ago

I enjoy learning about other people. Very interesting! This is what stood out to me most:

"Other topics are nature, family and anything which grabs me and reels me in. It may be a beautiful scene, a remarkable bird, a good deed from a stranger or funny words and phrases from my grandchildren."

Those are all things I enjoy as well so I think I have a pretty good idea how it makes you feel. Very nice "meeting" you and I look forward to reading more! God bless you*


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I enjoyed reading about your hobbies, beliefs and background. I love your view on life, very positive and encouraging. I think you should post some of your paintings. I'll bet they tell more of your story. I share the same passion for family, especially those wonderful grandchildren!


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you Jamie. Good to see you here. It's good that we're all finding out about each other, isn't it? Great idea and so interesting reading about everyone.

I'm still playing catch up with hubs and I know there are some of yours to look at, so apologies for the delay!

Hope you have a great weekend.

Ann


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

It is really nice to meet you Ann, I feel that this was a pleasant introduction. I am glad to have made your acquaintance. Jamie


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Jennifer, for your kind comments. It does make a difference seeing the 'real' hubbers and finding out more background; I've enjoyed all the others and it makes us feel more like friends!

Thanks again for creating this challenge.

Ann


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Availiasvision 2 years ago from California

I learned so many wonderful things about you and especially admire how much you are connected to your family and your roots. You are artistic in so may ways; in writing, painting, and photography. Thank you so much for sharing about your life. You are so much more to me than an avatar picture now.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

FlourishAnyway: Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for your great comments. I think there were a lot more 'characterful' teachers in those days. I know some were awful and that things are much more PC these days but in some ways it's a loss.

Yes, I left biking a bit late but I'm making up for it now!

Good to see you this evening.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Iris: Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I did reply earlier but it obviously didn't get through; I have been having problems with my internet so that's probably why. Apologies.

Yes, the BBC does do great drama series and Austen always lends itself well to that.

Glad you liked the humour; I wanted to make it lively so I'm glad it worked in some way at least.

Thanks for reading and for your input. Great to have you round for tea!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

travmaj: Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I am very attached to my country even though there's much wrong with it these days. The countryside is still beautiful though!

Great to see you here today and thanks again for visiting.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, sally, for your lovely comments. I know your photography is wonderful, much better than mine! I love those nature shots of yours; amazing.

I'm glad you enjoyed this and thanks for reading and providing your input; much appreciated.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Wow, Jo! Thank you so much for that wonderful comment. I'm thrilled that you liked this so much. Both my sister and I look quite like my Dad.

I'm lucky to have had such a good life and I'm so grateful for my upbringing.

Thanks for your votes too.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

suzettenaples: Thanks for your great comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this. It's amazing how much I've found out about others through this hub too, apart from all the other interviews.

Challenges are great fun to do and I enjoyed setting one too.

Thanks for the visit; good to see you.

Ann


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Well, who knew you were (are) a motorcycle mama?!? This was an enjoyable read, Ann. I think we had the same elementary school teacher -- the one who threw erasers. I also had a high school biology teacher who who'd call us all "mo-rons."


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

Hello Ann, this was a pleasure to read and your passion for life and living comes shining through. I connect on many levels, love of nature, family. friends. Audrey Hepburn of course and the passion for England. I share it from afar and my wanderings in my birthplace never cease in delighting me. I'm also in awe of these self interviews - very nice to meet you.


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sallybea 2 years ago from Norfolk

One of my favorite interviews. It surprised me to learn that we have so much in common. Lovely to hear that you have a passion for photography and nature as do I. I take my camera everywhere with me. Always loved Audrey Hepburn - quite a lady just like you, thanks for sharing.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

yea! :-) I am so blessed, tickled and thrilled as all it gets to read this! :-)

You are such a beautiful woman! And I am just in *awe* :-) How interesting and fascinating a life you have lived. Our parents provide so much of the examples and teachings for us, as we grow into the special individuals we later become because of or in spite of.

Your dad is handsome, I can see a resemblance of your dad in you.

Audry Hepburn would be excellent to play you. Although, you look striking similar to Ann Murray! :-)

Wishing you the dreams you search for. The blessings you give to so many and let them be 100 x 7 times 70! Excellent read. Thank you dear lady for the invite and the tea. :-)

Shared and voted up across the board. Facebook too. :-)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Ann: Wonderful interview and I feel I know you so much better. I enjoyed reading this. I am a retired teacher also and it is good to meet a fellow educator. Kudos to you for teaching those students with dyslexia and for your dedication to helping them and being their advocate. This was interesting from top to finish. Thanks for sharing yourself with us and I loved the challenge you gave us several weeks ago.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Hi Frank! Thanks for the great comment. Some of the real me is here; I could've gone on for hours but that would've bored the pants off everyone! On a serious note, it is difficult to know what to include and what to leave out. I decided a general overview was best. Oh dear, rambling again!

Good to see you today and thanks so much for your support.

Enjoy the weekend!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

brakel2: Thank you, Audrey, for your visit and your kind comments. Yes, it's great to get to know each other a little better and hubpages is a great outlet for us writers.

I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Have a great weekend!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, John, for your kind comments and the vote.

I wish I could play more tennis; there are some clubs round here but not good ones. I should perhaps try to find one a little further afield. You have much better weather over there in which to play!

It's great that so many of us have 'given away' a little more about ourselves as it brings the whole community a bit closer. The more you know about someone, the more you understand.

Hope you enjoy your weekend, John!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Faith: Your comments are always so full and personal - lovely! It's great to find out so much about everyone, not only through their interviews but also through others' answers, like yours. Lovely to know we have a lot in common.

Biking isn't so scary! It's fine as long as you wear all the protective stuff; the danger comes from others on the road so you have to have your wits about you even more than when you're behind the wheel.

Thanks again for your continued support. I truly appreciate having you as a friend here on hubpages.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

DDE: Thank you for your wonderful comment. Your compliments are humbling and I'm honoured. So glad you enjoyed the read and the photos.

Enjoy your weekend!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Kevin, for your kind comments and the votes. Glad you liked it. It's so difficult to know what others are going to find interesting in our own lives!

Your visit is much appreciated, as always.

Have a great weekend!

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

MsDora: thank you so much for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the read and it's great to know I can inspire!

I appreciate your support so much.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Ann


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

you took the challenge head on and detailed the heck out of it now we know the real you..bless you Annart :)


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Ann Those of you who interview yourselves have so much to say. So many passions exist in your life, and it is admirable. You are very honest and allow everyone to get to know the real you. Family is so important, and many of us have that as the greatest passion. I am glad this site made you a better writer. Pinning. Blessings. Audrey.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wonderful interview Ann, an a pleasure to know more about you. You have certainly had an interesting and fulfilling life so far. I can relate to a lot of what you mention..I love tennis but don't have an opportunity to play much now(always wanted my own tennis court) so now I watch it on tv at every opportunity, Wimbleton, all the Opens etc. I also love Rugby, but mainly Rugby League...not football/soccer (that bores me). Also love Michael Caine, a great actor and his voice and accent so distinctive. Anyway great stuff..voted up for sure.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, what a fascinating interview of your good friend and writer extrordinaire, and ours, Ann aka annart on HubPages! Ann, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your most interesting interview here of one of my favorite writters/hubbers, You!

What a blessing to grow up where you did, surrounded by such beauty, there in the South Downs. It is like a piece of Heaven right here on this earth. I knew you loved riding your motorcycle from reading your comments and hubs. However, I did not realize you have been writing here on HubPages for five years!

Wow, Ann, I love your photos, including seeing your lovely face and your beautiful countryside there. I am delighted to find out that we are so very much alike in many ways ... so very shy as a teenager, but no longer really, our love of music, art, family and especially our precious grandchildren, for whom I would die too. I cannot stand to not see them or have them up at our home every two weeks. Your dislike of public corruption ranks right up there with mine, as well as hate, etc. The field in which I work, we attempt to keep public officials and employees ethical ...an arduous task no doubt, but we investigate complaints against them for using their public office for personal gain.

However, I have always been too scared to ride a motorcycle LOL. However, one of my sisters has a Harley and not in the least bit afraid.

I, too, studied French for four years in high school, but never had the opportunity to travel as much as you have to use it. You have touched my heart in learning that you have taught Dsylexic students. I have some family who are Dsylexic.

Your bucket-list is the best bucket-list one could ever have in this life!

Up +++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

You are beautiful, inside and out!


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Iris Draak 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Ann, I always enjoy your turn of phrase but I never realized how funny you are until I read this. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel as though we are kindred spirits in many ways. Your answer to the fictional character question delighted me. And may I say that no one does Bronte and Austen like the BBC! You do have much to be proud of.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Most amazing! I learned so much about you. A beautiful read about one of the best writers on HP. Your life sounds challenging and very interesting. I enjoyed the lovely photos.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

What an interesting interview Ann. I would say that you did very well in the conversation answering the questions. I voted this up, shared and G+ it.

Kevin


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

"It’s in my genes, even in the pockets!" Hilarious. Wonderful to meet you, Ann. From your description of South Downs through your view of life to your writing attractions, you held my interest. You inspire me with the idea of writing a book, published or not. Great read!


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Jo. I'm a rebel at heart! Didn't get into biking until I met my soulmate; he taught me. I used to ride pillion all the time but now we go out on our respective bikes.

So glad you liked this. It is good getting to know our fellow writers better.

Hope your weekend is great.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

always exploring: Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I'm glad I've been able to help out a bit. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

Hope your weekend is wonderful.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, Alicia, your very kind. Yes, it's great reading everyone's response; I like getting to know other hubbers better.

Have a great weekend.

Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thanks, bill. I'm a dark horse really! Glad you enjoyed this.

I was worried it was a little long but I had so much to tell you all!

Thanks for your support, as ever, bill.

Ann :)


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

How cool!! Ann..a woman biker, I sooo love that about you.:) These self interviews are opening up a wonderful window into the lives of so many people we've come to admire through writing.

Most of what is revealed in this interview, your love of nature, love of language, family, your art, are as I've imagined. Well not far off. The motor bike however, surprised me. This is a fascinating look at Annart, thank you for sharing.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

This was a great read. I admire you so much, your love of language and your free will to share your knowledge with others. I'm not ashamed to admit that I've learned from you and I thank you. We do share the love of tennis. I never miss any of the tournaments. My son Jack knows not to call when they're on. lol..Thank you for sharing a part of what makes Ann tick. I really enjoyed it...


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is very interesting! Thank you for sharing the interview. I'm thoroughly enjoying reading interview hubs and learning more about writers. This hub is a great contribution to the challenge.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well that was fascinating, my friend. I didn't know you rode a cycle....nor did I realize you enjoyed sports so much...and I love that you are passionate about your country. I've noticed that the English tend to be more subdued about the patriotic feelings, which I've always found hard to understand...so it's good to meet a flag-waver from the UK.

All in all a brilliant read. Thanks for the peek into Annart. :)

bill

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