Tea and Portraits. A personal project to break the cycle of ‘seeing’ people on the internet but never actually seeing them. We meet for a cuppa, have a little chat and I take a portrait, or two…or three. Just good old fashioned human interaction. This is episode six and my chat with the wonderful Jo…
If you could gain two new skills (and be totally awesome at them!) just by just clicking your fingers, what would you choose and why?
‘Two skills….ummmm…..I think it would be really cool to be a gymnast. I’d love to be a gymnast. They’re just so flexible and bouncy!’ Laughs. ‘And they’re amazing to watch!’
Ok, but now I’m curious to know what your speciality would be?
‘Probably the ribbons!’ More laughter from both of us! ‘I love the ribbons. They’re so twirly, whirly…and they make it look so beautiful!’
I love that answer! And your second skill?
Ponders for a moment. ‘I think, probably…..to be able to paint…with oils. The paintings I have seen with oils are just beautiful, particularly the texture. I love the texture….and I’d like to paint abstracts. I’m more into shapes than faces.
If you could live in another time period (let’s just say for a week) which era would you choose and why?
‘Just for a week, ok that’s good! Because women have traditionally not been treated all that well in a lot of past eras. For the clothes, I’d have to say the late 40′s and 50′s. Just because I love the clothes! But you know, women didn’t have a great time back then’ Thinks again. ‘And also around 1000AD.’ I’m all like whaaaat! Why?! ‘Cause it was just such an interesting time in history! With the crusades…..it was fascinating. I mean, if it’s only for a week, it’s fine….so long as I didn’t get killed or die of some horrible disease in that time.’ We’re both laughing now! ‘And this probably isn’t all that interesting but surnames were starting to be used around that time too….I studied medieval history at uni….and I loved it!’ A sound of understanding from me! This answer suddenly makes so much more sense! Jo continues. ‘It’s just that so many interesting things happened then….but yeah, I’d probably die.’
Can you tell me about something, or a few things, that excite you?
‘Finding a really good book….that’s probably a really boring answer!’ Laughs. ‘But yeah, finding a book that you can just really get into and lose yourself in. Also, music. I love getting lost in some fantastic song. That excites me! And probably going off on a multi day bush walk. I love being out in the bush, and having everything you need on your back, and just getting out there in your tent. I love it! I’ve got a bunch of friends and we go every year….we have for the last three years now. It’s great! It’s life at its most minimal.’
Ok time for your quick seven!
Silver or gold? ‘Silver’
Numbers or letters? ‘Letters’
Truth or dare? ‘Oooh….truth.’
Elmo or Ernie? Groans at the thought of either ‘Ernie. Definitely.’
Latter or espresso? ‘Espresso’
Chocolate or vanilla? ‘Vanilla’
Knit or sew? ‘Sew’
Jo, you are gorgeous inside and out. I love your laugh, your happiness and your gentle nature. Thank you for having me over for tea at your wonderful home in the bush. It was delightful and so fun to be able to chat with you kid free. I don’t think we’ve ever even had that opportunity before! Also, I will forever have an image of you in mind, relishing your week of life back during the Crusades! Totally classic.