Friday, 5 June 2015

Five on Friday - Random things about me














1.  I prefer to eat baked beans cold, though I don't eat them straight out of the tin......honest.....well sometimes.

2.  I can't park a car, it is always at an angle......seriously, EVERY time. (and I'm getting a truck!  What am I thinking!)


3.  My family trees goes back hundreds of years in Cornwall, mostly miners. Before that my ancestors were landed gentry, including Lords and a Prince of Denmark apparently!!  Delaware in America was named after one of my ancestors.  It's o.k. you don't have to curtsy,  I think I take after the Cornish Miners and feel prouder of them.


4.  I am  5' 1 ",  see I told you I take after the miners, we are all short so we could fit down the mines.  I have blue eyes and originally had reddish brown hair, but it changes every few years.  I am an 'apple' shape.  Oh how I wish I was born tall and naturally thin, but I am a typical 'celt'.


5.  My blood group is O Negative which makes me very popular with the Blood Donation service.  I have not felt able to give blood in the last few years because of health issues but today I will go on to their site HERE to find out when and where the next session is being run.  They are desperately short of supplies.   If you feel that you may be able to help them pop over and look at their page.  I have been lucky to have received first class care from the NHS over the years, this is my way of giving something back.

Would you like to share 5 things about yourself?  I would love to learn random things about you :)

For this post I am joining Amy over at love made my home

Chickpea xx

Welcome to my new followers!!



55 comments:

  1. That was such a great post, always nice to find out a little more about somebody. I will certainly do a similar post. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you, I look forward to reading yours :)

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  2. It was lovely to read those random things about you, I have never tried cold baked beans and I'm useless at parking too I usually circle until I see at least two free spaces together. Have a great weekend. :)

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    1. Haha yes I think I will be looking for BIG spaces!

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  3. Sounds like you have had great success tracing your ancestry so far back. I'm not a keen baked bean eater but cold roast potatoes are nice. Have fun :-)

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    1. I'm afraid I didn't do all the work, it was a distant cousin, I would like to trace my mothers side when I have more time. I like cold roast potatoes as well :)

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  4. Have you changed how your blog looks, today it really 'zings' and looks fantastic. I'm an unusual blood type too and they love it when I give blood, such an easy thing to do to help. Loved learning a little about you x

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  5. Interesting 5's. I'm 5ft 1 inch too & my paternal grandparents & previous were welsh coal miners x

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    1. Hello there fellow Celt :) Don't you get annoyed that the shelves in the supermarkets are so high!!

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  6. You are petite, but I would guess you are as cute as a button! A prince in your ancestry? I will curtsy, in fact! I love baked beans too, but I like them heated on toast with lots of salt and pepper! Have a wonderful weekend!
    www.queenbcreativeme.blogspot.com

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    1. mmmm short, not so petite these days :)

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  7. Love your post, I feel tall at 5'4", but have the same weight issues, who comes from a long line of Somerset farmers.
    My random fact is I love my garden, flowers, veg all of it but I hate worms, if I see one as I am digging I have to let it get away before I can carry on, and if ever I cut one in half, I have to walk away, how crazy is that!!

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    1. You wouldn't want to go near my compost bin then, it is full of worms!

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  8. Hello, just got to tell you that you are not alone in not being able to park a car!! Me, either. I am always crooked. And, I like baked beans cold, too. And, I will eat them straight out of the can. We say CAN 'over here' not TIN. Isn't it odd how different country say and do different things and yet we can be so alike in some things.

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    1. Vive la difference :) I get confused with the different names for herbs/veg if I am following an American recipe.

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  9. I drive a truck too. Even though everyone groans when I'm parking, I just repeat to them "I don't park, I re-park". You will learn that people with trucks park far away from other vehicles because there is more space to maneuver. Is that first shot your family stronghold? Nice shack by the sea ;) Enjoy your weekend!
    Wendy

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    1. Yes, I already re-park and I only have a little mini cooper at the moment! I wish it was my family stronghold, what a view!! I expect I had ancestors who worked there though.

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  10. Brilliant post! I'm also an apple and not very tall. I can't park for toffee either! I have done a family tree but nowhere near that far back! My great (x5 ) grandparents were illiterate farm workers in Suffolk!

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    1. Thats where you get your green fingers from then :)

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  11. Well done on the blood plug and thank you for the link. I heard it on the radio this morning too. I enjoyed your 5 xx

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    1. Yes, it seems they are desperate at the moment!

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  12. First of all, it is thrilling to see that amazing photo of the ruins! WOW! Secondly, I am new to Five on Friday so this is my first visit to your blog. Thoroughly enjoyed your five! Love that you know your very interesting ancestry...so you are related to Lord de la Warre! Pretty cool! But, I love the miner connection as well. Good, hard-working, homey, honest folk! My kind of people!

    I don't have any trouble parking, and I'm not sure why that isn't an issue with me....I have a lot of other "Issues." :-) It was fun to learn that baked beans is popular in the UK! I think of it as largely an American food (you know, bar-b-que and baked beans and potato salad....or with hot dogs, that sort of thing). So I learned something! :-)

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    1. Hi Marie and welcome. It is an old mine near where I love to walk at St. Agnes, they are dotted all over Cornwall.

      Yes I am from the de la Warres, I believe his mother was a 'de la Warre' and he took that title. When my ancestor moved to Cornwall the 'de la' bit was dropped and we were just plain old Warres without the title, it went to an older son. A distant cousin spent many years researching our family tree, it is fascinating.

      We love baked beans over here :)

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  13. Nice opening photo. Don't ask me to parallel park because it definitely won't happen. Parking is a big issue in this country. I'm not good at backing out when other cars around have parked too close. Just not enough spaces here and way too many cars. People park every which way and all over the place. I'd have to look at my driver's license to know my blood group. Never, ever can remember. Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Thank you Tammy. My parallel parking is embarrassing!

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  14. Five great random things to share about yourself!!! Perhaps your new car will have parking sensors or better mirrors that will help you to park straight! Your reminder about blood donation is a great and important one. It is a great service to offer to us all to donate your blood, so I and I am sure many others thank you for that!! Thank you so much as always for taking part. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Yes it has parking sensors, pity it doesn't park itself though :) It's my pleasure to take part Amy x

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  15. That was a great 5 post - it's always nice to find out a little more about each other :)

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  16. Thank you as a regular recipient of blood transfusions, I am extremely grateful for both your donation and plug xxx imagine I could be get putting the gift from Danish gentry ( deep curtesy) ha! I have a Celtic build too and regular parking issues. Have a lovely weekend and thanks again xxxx

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  17. I'm visiting from Amy 's Five on Friday link up and enjoyed reading through your blog and finding out about a certain Cornish Chickpea!
    Glad to be following along now to join your adventures in Cornwall.
    Happy weekend wishes!

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    1. Thank you Christine and welcome :)

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  18. Interesting post. I'm visiting from Five on Friday/

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  19. The baked beans here in the 'States have a molasses based sauce... I can't imagine eating them cold. I do like room temperature chickpeas with a bit of lemon, olive oil, and garlic.

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    1. I'm going to make some proper American baked beans one of these days. We will recreate the scene from Blazing Saddles :)

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  20. great idea for a five on friday. I can't park either. I am Hopeless............ and we have a 7 seater, so it's often a problem.............

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    1. I looked at a 7 seater, we had one when our kids were younger, I decided it was just too long for me!

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  21. Five super random things about you, love baked beans but not cold and I think I may have a little celt in me with a scottish and a welsh ancestor in the mix:)

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  22. Great post! I'm terrible at parking as well. I'm sure I'm close to the curb, but when I get out and look there's often a gap of a couple of feet. When I saw the picture in your post I thought it was from a scene in Poldark. :-)

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    1. Apparently some of it was filmed around here, if only I had known!!

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  23. Hello. It was great fun reading your whimsical post on Five on Friday! I too have Danish ancestry. I love the photo you shared. My best to you.

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    1. Thank you, I took it on a walk last year, one of my favourite places to visit.

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  24. I'' m o negative too and they love me !!!

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  25. I enjoyed reading your five things, so here are mine: I am an Essex girl, but moved to Cornwall when I was sixteen which is fifty years ago; lobster is a food I could eat every day; I like to grow vegetables in my three raised beds; I am a cat owner and have only ever had one dog, but have had seven cats; my preferred exercise is walking, but particularly around the Helford.
    Looking forward to your next post.

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    1. Hi Lynn, thank you for sharing five things about yourself. It is beautiful around the Helford, I must get down that way again soon!

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  26. Hey Chickpea,
    Long legs are so over-rated ;))
    I am from a long line of Bristolian dockers. Hence the sausage fingers and a very firm grip. I am the one people turn to to open their jars!
    Leanne xx

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  27. That photograph is an absolute stunner. Thank you for sharing it. I have been driving for 25 years and I can't parallel park. It hasn't had any detrimental affect on my life. I know loads of (male) people who can't do laundry and I'm really good at it, but nobody ever makes comments about that. x

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    1. Thank you Mrs Tiggywinkle, love the name :)

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  28. We have a lot in common Chickpea based on these 5 points! I too am Redhead, a tall 5 foot 4, my family are the Oats of Francis Oats who ran the mines on Cape Cornwall- I am fiercely proud of my Cornish background.St just grave yard is 90% my ancestors. If things had turned out differently I may have been in a position to buy back the family pile- Porthledden, Cape Cornwall http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-48390547.html www.porthledden.com/porthledden I LOVE baked beans cold or otherwise, and partial to a chickpea too being vegetarian. I am a survivor of Lymphoma cancer and like you making every day count. Thank you for your blog it brightens my day.

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