Tuesday, 12 July 2011

...keeping it in the family

This week, I am on holiday. I have a bazillion photos to work throught from my trip to the Tall Ships Festival at the weekend but until that happens, I want to indulge in a bit of nepotism. Quite a few members of my family blog, and they are all interesting people who do cool things!

First up, my sister Hazel. She has been writing her blog for a couple of years just now, and is currently using it to chronicle her post university life, while she looks for a job and works out what she wants to do with her life. Hazel is a a keen crafter, and at the moment is knitting and crocheting squares for Knit A Square, a charity who use them to make blankets for AIDs orphans in Africa - she'd like people to join in, and I know a lot of you knit! You can read about her progress on the blog.

Next is my father-in-law Alan - he has just retired, and he and his wife are working toward self-sufficiency and trying to be more green. His blog is a mixture of their adventures in growing food and being retired, photos of their travels, and the occasional bit of medical research (once a doctor always a doctor!). His post about a boat trip on the Clyde reminds me of every school trip I have been on involving a boat!

His sister, an therefore my aunt-in-law Gwenda is a member of a guerilla gardening squad in London called N2 Gardeners. Based in Finchley, their blog (which Gwenda writes) has meet up times and details of their efforts to make their wee bit of London prettier. I imagine the green-fingered among you might enjoy it!

And so to music - this is a really exciting time for Dave and his band. They've just found out they will be supporting a rather cool band, they played at the Talls Ships Festival to about 500 people on Saturday, and this weekend they will be playing 2000 Trees Festival(which I get to go to, YAY!). His blog chronicles such adventures!

My brother-in-law Dan is also a musician (Dave would agree the more accomplished, so I feel I can say it too). He is in several bands, and has recently started a distro, and an accompanying blog discussing it's contents.

Now, I'm away to have a baked potato an continue my holiday pastime of wearing my jimjams and not doing very much!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

That's so cool that so many of your family members blog, too! My sister and aunt do and my brother writes on his blog once in awhile, so some people in my life blog, but not most!

I shoudl try to help out with that square knitting project. Good way to use up leftover yarn!

Jennyboo said...

I really like how you included your family members in this post! I am pretty much the only one in my family who blogs, so it is refreshing to see a family who has diverse interests and blogs about them. Lovely!

Julia said...

that's so cool regarding your other half! I'm the only one in my family who blogs but this is purely my hobby and something to relieve my stress....

annelise said...

Fantastic! I wish more people I knew blogged. A few girls I go to uni with have blogs but don't post all that often at all. Your extended family sounds pretty cool. I love the whole guerrilla gardening thing, I wish there was more of it.

Elizabeth@rosalilium said...

Oooh, your family sounds so cool! Not surprisingly though. ;-)

Do you ever get to say that line "I'm with the band" ?

Lisa-Marie said...

Lisa, it's quite funny, because other than my sister, the rest of my family are a bit technophobic. Knit A Square is an ongoing thing, it would be great if you joined it.

Jennyboo, thanks for commenting! The family blogger are all my in-laws, and very into technology!

Julia, pretty ace isn't it! Blogging is very much a hobby for me too, though one that now includes a large network of people!

Annelise, I think about half the people I know 'in real life' blog, which is quite a lot. My family are pretty ace!

Elizabeth, Thanks :D! I do! Also, on Saturday I had an artist pass with someone else's name on it, so I was 'Julie Atherton' for the day. :)

Hazel said...

This is a really cool post :)

Thanks for linking people to Knit-A-Square, its an awesome thing to do when I am watching the TV or reading something from a website!

I have now followed Alan and Daniel :)

Lynne said...

That's exciting. No-one in my family even reads my blog (except my brother!) Hope you are having a lovely holiday!

mathildeheartmanech said...

Wowsers! A whole blogging family. Most of mine don't even know what a blog is!

Gaynor {Our Day by Design} said...

Very cool you have so many other bloggers; Im the only one in my family who does one and I only have one school friend who blogs!