I have been tagged by Tanya, which means I have to reveal six weird facts about myself on my blog. Hmm, only six? Well, here we go:
1. I am phobic about mint-flavoured toothpaste and all chewing gum, can't bear the thought of it. And don't ever offer me a Polo. Uurgh!
2. The small town I live in (Daylesford, Australia) is weird, or at least very eccentric. People tend to move here for 'lifestyle reasons' (eg more time with their kids, no bosses, gay scene, country air etc.) and while they may have nice houses, nobody has much cash flow as there isn't much in the way of local employment. I have discovered that everybody in town has at least two or three part-time jobs on the go. One of my son's nursery teachers is also a farmer, for example. The lady in the newsagent's is also a massage therapist. And the American handyman who is installing our new shower is an actor from LA, Jim Knobeloch. His wife, who is also here and lives up the street, created 'Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman' - isn't that bizarre? As I say, it is an eccentric place...
3. I share Tanya's addiction to the smell of Dettol. I often put it in my kids' baths, and sometimes even my own - it has the most comforting smell, and reminds me of being little and loved. If your mum or dad never used Dettol when you were little, you will never understand this!
4. I used to be a life model for an artist and his students. OK, that's not weird, but I'm a pretty shy person so most of my friends are surprised when I tell them. It feels odd to know that somewhere in Newcastle, England, there are lots of nude portraits of me as a 22-year-old!
5. Talking of shyness, when I was five, at primary school, there was a girl in my class called Gillian Davies and she looked a little bit like me. One day in school I was sick and the nurse decided to send me home. She wrapped me in a big blanket and phoned my parents. Only she didn't - she called Gillian Davies' parents. The weird thing about this is that when Gillian's mum arrived to take me home, even she didn't realise I wasn't her daughter and she took me all the way back to her house before she realised! I was so shy I didn't say a word the whole journey!