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Meet 'annart': An In-Depth Interview With Ann, a Hubber Since 2010

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Ann loves being part of the HubPages community, passing on ideas, thoughts and ways of finding inspiration.

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?

annart aka Ann


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.

South Downs

Rolling Hills & Chalky Tracks

Rolling Hills & Chalky Tracks

Along the ridge to the West

Along the ridge to the West

Across the Weald to the North Downs

Across the Weald to the North Downs

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.

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.

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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.

Inspiring Father

Dad the Photographer

Dad the Photographer


Bridgwater Carnival

Bridgwater Carnival

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.

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.

A School for Dyslexics in the heart of Somerset

A Great Place to Work!

A Great Place to Work!


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.

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 2014 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.


Commemorating the start of WW1 at The Tower of London

Commemorating the start of WW1 at The Tower of London

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 I like to Do

Spirits of Dryads

Spirits of Dryads

Photography & Painting

Photography & Painting

Akaroa, New Zealand

Akaroa, New Zealand



..... and now!

..... and now!

Beautiful Trumpet Daffodil

Beautiful Trumpet Daffodil

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.

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.

Music & Laughter

Music, music, music

Music, music, music

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

My mother taught me the importance of tolerance, gentleness, good manners and a sense of humour. We all laughed a lot together.

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.


Granddad & I on the see-saw

Granddad & I on the see-saw

Heron in Hyde Park

Heron in Hyde Park

Wonderful Trees

Wonderful Trees

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.

The Challenge

This challenge, set by Jennifer Arnett (availiasvision), is to interview ourselves. You can find it at

What's Important to You?

© 2014 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on October 08, 2020:

What a lovely comment, Umesh! Thank you.

I enjoyed writing this, some time ago now. All these things remain my inspirations and above all I still love writing!


Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on October 07, 2020:

Oh! Ann, this is marvellous. I saw this article thumbnail in one of my article ends snd was curious to see your name there. You have put it so nicely and so creatively. Very very interesting. Thanks for making my Thursday morning (8th October, 2020, 6:45 AM, Indian Standard Time) happy and beautiful. Stay blessed.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 15, 2017:

Thanks again, Peg; twice in a morning - I'm honoured! That's interesting about your father. I haven't been on my motorbike for a while as when we moved it was buried at the back of the garage under wraps. Time to get it out next Spring I think!


Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on November 14, 2017:

This interview is truly insightful about your personal preferences, your love of writing, your gift of painting and photography, your lovely family, your rewarding career. I loved that you learned your love of writing from your father. Me, too. And that your most rewarding job was helping others. What a beautiful thought. I also loved that you enjoy riding a motorcycle. So did I many years ago.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on August 01, 2017:

I never mind when anyone manages to visit; you're always welcome, Chris. Thanks for the compliment. I enjoy knowing more about other hubbers as well.

Glad it's inspired you!


Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on August 01, 2017:

Ann, I consider anything within two years a prompt response, but I wish I had seen this article much sooner than this. You've inspired me. I think I'll go back and update my response to availiasvision's challenge. This helps me know you much better. Thanks for sharing it.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 15, 2015:

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.


Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on November 14, 2015:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on August 02, 2015:

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.


Ebonny from UK on August 02, 2015:

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?

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 09, 2015:

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.


Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on April 08, 2015:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 06, 2015:

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


deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on April 06, 2015:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 30, 2015:

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.


Mary Hyatt from Florida on March 30, 2015:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 10, 2015:

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 Carr (author) from SW England on March 10, 2015:

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.


Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on March 10, 2015:

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 on March 09, 2015:

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


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

To new friendships,


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2015:

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.


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 24, 2015:

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!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 01, 2015:

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.


Gustave Kilthau from USA on February 01, 2015:

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 :-)))

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on January 06, 2015:

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.


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 05, 2015:


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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on January 03, 2015:

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.


Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 03, 2015:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on January 02, 2015:

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.


Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD from New York, NY on January 02, 2015:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 27, 2014:

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.


Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 27, 2014:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 24, 2014:

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.


Melody Lassalle from California on December 23, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 23, 2014:

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.


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 23, 2014:

A wonderful way to meet a wonderful writer.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 18, 2014:

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.


Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on December 17, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 11, 2014:

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.


Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 10, 2014:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 09, 2014:

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!


Alan R Lancaster from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire) on December 09, 2014:

(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:


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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 07, 2014:

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!


Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on December 06, 2014:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 06, 2014:

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 Carr (author) from SW England on December 06, 2014:

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.


mothersofnations on December 05, 2014:

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*

Dianna Mendez on December 04, 2014:

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!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 04, 2014:

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.


Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on December 04, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on December 02, 2014:

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.


Jennifer Arnett from California on December 01, 2014:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on November 29, 2014:

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 Carr (author) from SW England on November 29, 2014:

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 Carr (author) from SW England on November 29, 2014:

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 Carr (author) from SW England on November 29, 2014:

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 Carr (author) from SW England on November 29, 2014:

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 Carr (author) from SW England on November 29, 2014:

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.


FlourishAnyway from USA on November 29, 2014:

Well, who knew you were (are) a motorcycle mama?!? This was an enjoyable read, Ann.