Thanks to those of you who posted questions. So here we go . . .
Rose P asked:
I'm a bit sorry but not significantly so. I like my life just as it is and I really don't want to spend the time it would take to keep it going properly.
Blogger seemed the easiest platform so I dipped a toe in with this blog as my first attempt and one that started off as My 30-30 Challenge (or something - spending £30 for 30 days). This one, of course, started as 'Diary of a Teacher' - the 'retired bit was added when . . .
The other one has morphed into 'Losing Deliciously on Slimming World'.
I've got a couple of deleted blogs - one has just a few entries and is called 'try it out' and was never meant to be published and the other is called 'Teacher's Recipes' which I stopped when I started the 30-30 blog. I can still access them but had forgotten about them until your question reminded me.
What sort of music do you like listening to?
I think my favourite single thing is Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet - not just the suites but the whole thing from beginning to end. The ballet, with the MacMillan choreography is my favourite ballet too.
One is allowed the Bible anyway, isn't one? I think I would like either a Nigel Slater or a Nigella Lawson recipe book because they are far, far more than just recipes and there's a lot to them. Or - if I had the luxury item, a nice, big book of Bach chorales - that's a lot of music to dissect and analyse, improvise to, develop and generally enjoy without being terribly hard to play.
As for a luxury item - er - I think it would have to be that keyboard I was talking about earlier (with power and assuming I'd have my hearing aids anyway, as they are essentials, not luxury!)
Sue (Beachcomber) asked: How often do you use your Thermomix and do you own an air fryer?
What do you cook in them/it?
Are they as useful as you thought they would be when you bought them?
I use Thermione on a very regular basis. I make soups, steam all sorts of things, make casseroles using reverse spin, cakes, meringues, sauces, lemon curd, things that need continual stirring - she makes a mean risotto - oh, there's so much. There's an amazing recipe site called Cookidoo.
As I type this, she is steaming my lunch vegetables and earlier she made breadcrumbs out of both ends of the bread for which she made the dough yesterday.
She doesn't fry, bake or roast but does pretty much everything else.
I have a Ninja Dual Zone and that also gets used a lot. For example, this evening I will be roasting some veg in one side and making chips in the other. I've hardly turned the oven on since I got it.
Right now, it's making some chips for lunch and yesterday it baked a small wholemeal loaf.
Yes, they are both very used and useful and I feel so lucky to have them.
And, finally, Jablog asked:
If you could live your life again, would you follow the same path?
Are there any skills you wish the Good Fairy had given you?
I wanted to be a teacher all my childhood after a brief flirtation with the ideas of being either a famous opera singer or a missionary (inspired by Gladys Aylward after I read her biography). The first was - er - unrealistic, given I only had a choral voice and don't like opera much anyway and the second died the death very quickly!
But you can't look back really, can you? We all have regrets and have made unwise choices and they, as much as our successes, are what make us what we are now. At this time in my life, I am OK with what and who I am.