Here are Patrice's questions for this week, for our Chat on the Porch.
1. What was your biggest fear as a child?
You know, Patrice, I can't think that I had any fears as a child. From the age of twelve, I began to fear - very much - dying, because I knew I wasn't saved. That terrified me. But as a child, I think I had no fears of anything.
I must have had a really secure childhood :)
2. Who taught you to cook?
Well, I'm not sure I've learnt a lot about cooking. I think I've just begun to learn - from books, from the internet and from TV cookery programmes. When I was younger, I used to bake in my mum's kitchen, but until I married, I did very little cooking.
I think my own kids will be much better prepared for the kitchen than I was!
3. Do you have a lot of books in your home?
Oh, Patrice! Yes, I certainly do!
Not living in a family of tidy people means I find books everywhere: beside every bed; on every sofa and chair; in every bag; on every table ...
4. Do you like carrot cake? What's your favourite frosting?
I have never made carrot cake, but I certainly do have a favourite. If you go to this post, you will see the carrot cake my friend, Dawn, makes. It actually is the most delicious cake of any description I have ever eaten.
I choose my friends well.
5. What did the last funny t-shirt you read say?
Living in Ness doesn't give me the opportunity to see too many t-shirts - they're normally covered up by a jumper (sweater to you guys across the Pond) ... ! And I can't think of a funny slogan off the top of my head.