Twelve More things you might like to know

So, I wrote a 12 things you might like to know post back in March (Twelve things you might like to know about Me), and it was a fun post to write and, as I don’t feel quite so shy anymore, so I thought I would share another bunch of randomness. Plus, Iv had a pretty rough summer so wanted to have a little fun! By the end of this post, we will be virtually married/roomies/drinking buddies as you will know me so well! Nothing deep and meaningful in this post, just bad photos and random shiz. Enjoy!

1 – When I was 16, I broke my back. Ok, so that sounds far more dramatic than it was! I have had horses on and off throughout my life, and when I was 16, was competing in a show jumping competition, and fell off, landing on the jump! (Sadly on, not over, so we lost points, damn it). I knew I had hurt my back, but had no idea that I had broke two small bones in the base. A few years later, I ended up in hospital with my back in spasm, and the old breaks were discovered. It also showed that where my back had been put out of line by the break, the lower discs were rubbing each other and disintegrating, therefore causing me the constant pain. Not a lot can be done without an operation, so pain killers are my best friend.

2 – I once ran over a Police mans foot. Yep. Not my finest moment. My friend and I had been out, partying the night away in Camden Palace in London, and as we were driving out of London, Police were directing the traffic and doing random breath tests etc. We got pulled over, (we were in my 1973 Beetle, so everything took slightly longer to respond, ie breaks), and, being only 17, Β I got flustered and pulled into the lay-by too quickly, and bumped over the poor PC’s toes. Thankfully he was lovely and just gave me a lecture on driving more carefully.

3 – My trousers fell down, running after a bus in New York. Let me just let that sink in for a moment. Can you feel my shame? I had taken my Mum to New York for her 60th birthday, and while there we decided to do the Sex and The City tour. One of the stops was at a restaurant where they filmed the Carrie and Big engagement dinner, (sorry if you are not familiar with the show, Im obsessed), and Mum and I thought it would be nice to book the restaurant for dinner the following night. We told our tour guide that we would be 5 mins, which she said was no problem, and ran in to book. Just 5 mins later we came out, to see our coach driving up the street. We had no handbags, no coats, nothing! Seeing that we had no choice, we made a run for it after the coach, hoping it would have to stop at the traffic lights a little way ahead. Running like our lives depended on it, up the middle of the busy road, my jeans that I had on decided that they would fall all the way down to my ankles. In the street. With cars everywhere. In the daytime. Yep. What a moment. We did manage to get back on the coach though, and let me tell you I sank a few Cosmopolitans to forget the fact that my polka dot drawers had been revealed to every cab driver in New York.

a rubbish pic, but me and my mum in New York after drawer-gate

4 – I once arrived home with two strays. I am an animal lover, to the point of obsession and from a small child, would think I had to rescue every animal I saw, whether they needed it or not. Countless times as a child I would phone 999 from the phone box to report the poor dog on the park that I was certain was lost. Well, one day a few years back, I phoned my husband to test the water on quite how annoyed he would be that I had acquired two stray animals. His reply was “Kerry, you cannot bring any more dogs home”. Relief flooded through me as I said, “No Nik, don’t be silly, I haven’t got any more dogs, but I do have two Shetland Ponies” I have never put a phone down so quickly as I heard his sharp intake of breath. Belle and Betsy, a mother and daughter, needed a home or faced an uncertain future. I phoned a friend with a horse trailer, and brought them home. We had them a year or so before I found them the perfect placement with a lovely, horse obsessed lady. My poor, poor, long suffering husband.

5 – A “merry” Eamon Holmes took selfies on my phone. He was blooming hilarious. A couple of years ago I was at a posh ladies luncheon in London, and Eamon’s lovely wife Ruth was a guest speaker. Eamon was at the table next to us, and was errr, enjoying the hospitality shall we say. After the meal, he came over to our table, took my phone and was saying “ladies come on, get in, photo time”. He ended up having a good old chat with us, and Ruth, (who is just beautiful in the flesh) Β also came over and my Mum, who is a huge fan of hers, got a photo with her and was chatting about Ruth’s dress she was wearing. It was great to see the ordinary, having fun side of people you see on tv.

Yep, just me, my cousin and our buddy Eamon

6 – I wrote a song for my primary school. When I was 10, my school ran a competition to write a song/poem for the Harvest Festival that they held every year. I took writing very seriously even then, so spent weeks writing and re-writing my song. I was bursting with 10 year old pride when it was chosen as the school song, and stayed the school’s Harvest Festival song for almost 10 years! I can still remember most of the words to that little song.

7 – I jumped out of a plane to try to cure my fear of flying. When I was on my world travels, we stopped in New Zealand for a while. It was very geared up for backpackers there, with parties that went on for days, pubs that held how “many people can you get in a mini competition” (we were the record holders at the time with 11). They did this thing called the “Awesome Foursome” which was a day of stupidness! It involved white water rafting, a bungee jump, a helicopter flight through a narrow canyon and a 12000 foot sky dive. It was the most terrifying, but exhilarating day ever! It didn’t cure my fear of flying, but I took away memories that will last my lifetime.

8 – I have never been in Nando’s. Not ever. I know that some of you know Iv been a non meat eater for 30 years, so it may come as no surprise to some, but others literally think I have been beamed down from space when I say this.

9 – I was an “old skool, 90’s raver”. Im talking the whole listening to pirate radio stations to hear where we had to meet, to go in convoy to a field where a whole secret, illegal rave night would take place. Some of the best nights of my life took place in a muddy field, dancing the entire night away, then sitting with a thousand other people watching the sun come up.

10 – I had my own library when I was about 8. I have always loved books and reading. When I was younger, I had an attic room in my bedroom. I had my Dad line it with shelves, and my books were all placed on the shelves. I then painstakingly glued little pockets in the back of each book, and put a ticket in each. My friends were then allowed to borrow my precious books, but I stamped the book with a date it had to be back, and the ticket got put in an envelope with their name on. I was a very strange child………..

11 – My first business was a party bag company. When I had my first son, I didn’t want to go back to my stressful banking job, but I had a handbag addiction to feed, so I started looking at ways to earn some money. Being new to the whole toddler party scene, when having my own sons birthdays I didn’t realise how stressful it was for parents to organise a party! I started a business providing party bags, themed tableware and complete party packages. It was called Party Time Parcels and it was such an enjoyable job. I did it for three years, building it up to a great little business, before selling it on. It was my very first business venture.

me and my babies. I had to learn the ropes to toddler parties

12 – Iv always been desperate to learn to play a musical instrument, but Im just rubbish. I have had countless lessons, on various instruments including;

The Recorder, The Violin, The Bugle, Piano, Trumpet and Guitar. I was not successful at any, but I had a great time trying! Im sure my family loved my practise time…………


Thats it. A little bit more random shiz about me. Id love to hear a random fact about you! Let me know in the comments. We are on a speed date after all….




  1. September 20, 2017 / 7:32 am

    Haha! This is excellent! I want to sit down, now we’re drinking buddies and quiz you some more on some of them!
    Did you get all your books returned?

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 8:03 am

      Thanks for reading! Haha, some of them Id have to have a few more drinks to elaborate on……..
      Sadly, I did have to put one 5 year old boy, Ben, on a ban as he went over his return date. I think he learnt a valuable lesson that day πŸ™‚

  2. September 20, 2017 / 7:53 am

    I love the pony story! I didn’t have a library as a child, but I had so many books that I had shelves that went right up to the ceiling in my room and I had to use a step ladder to get to the top ones!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Ohh see, thats kind of like a library.Id love a room like that now wouldnt you? I was such a geeky child!
      Thanks for reading x

  3. September 20, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Loved to read amazing facts of your life πŸ˜‰
    I just really amazed that you broke your back it was so painful.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Funnily enough, it gives me more problems now, almost 30 years later than it did at the time. I live on pain killers these days πŸ™‚
      Thanks for reading xx

  4. September 20, 2017 / 9:22 am

    Such a wonderful list of facts. I won’t like I started reading expecting the usual ‘i like cake, I went to the zoo once, I hate spiders’ kinda thing you usually get with these posts and instead left amused, wanting to know more and genuinely feeling like I know you better 😘

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      Oh thats great! Im so glad you enjoyed it and feel like you know me a little better. That was my intention! See, we are now drinking buddies πŸ™‚

  5. September 20, 2017 / 9:34 am

    This is such a great post idea, love hearing more about the bloggers that I follow. You’ve done some reall interesting things as we. I really enjoyed reading this post and learning more about you. I love the selfie with Eamon, you and your cousin look so similar in that picture (beautiful)! I love that you were a raver as well, this post left a smile on my face. I love love love it xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Ahhhh Im so glad it left you smiling. I reckon I still have a pair of white raving gloves somewhere hahaha. My cousin and I do look similar dont we, we blooming loved Eamon πŸ™‚

  6. September 20, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I love this! Probably because I’m nosey and enjoy finding interesting things out about people.
    I’ve always wanted my own library, and still at 32 the best I’ve got is a crammed bookshelf. Jealous!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Ahh Im glad you enjoyed it x. When my husband and I talk about moving, one of my boxes to tick is if there is a room that I could have as a library. Us book worms need our books around us dont we! Thanks for reading x

  7. September 20, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    So great to get to know you better, loved these facts. I wrote a lot of songs before, but I don’t remember where I left my note book. I think I need to start writing again, it’s a lovely hobby. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you for reading xx. Yes you must get writing again, do it!. I actually write a lot of poetry, and have been trying to write a book for almost 20 years. Iv wrote two chapters…………

  8. What Abby Says
    September 20, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    What an interesting life you have had kerry! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ i bloody loved reading this my life is so boring by comparison. Im gonna go find the other one now amd give it a read! X

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 9:02 pm

      Im sure your life is fabulous, but remember, Im an old bird so had a few more years to do great stuff haha. Thank you for reading xxx

  9. A-
    September 20, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Ohmygoodness, I had a library too as a kid! It’s so nice to know I wasn’t the only one πŸ˜‰

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Yayyyyyy! This makes me so happy. Hi fellow strange library child πŸ™‚ Thank you for stopping by xx

  10. September 20, 2017 / 5:40 pm

    Loved reading this!! Now we know just a little bit more about you… thanks!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      No, thank you for reading! Im glad it had its intended outcome. xx

  11. September 20, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Love this – I did the same with my books and only let my sisters read them. One of them was ruined and I never let her forget it !

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      hahaha! See, us book worms are precious with our books. I had a one strike your out rule……Thanks for reading, Im so happy there are more of us geeky kids xx

  12. September 20, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Kerry I absolutely loved this post! I laughed countless times! You’ve done so many crazy things in your life, I wish mine was half as exciting! I honestly can’t pick which is my favourite story, though your jeans falling down in NYC must have been so insanely embarrassing!! I’d have completely died!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 20, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Ahhh Im so glad it made you laugh. I wanted light hearted fun. I was absolutely mortified by the New York Knicker drama. I ran at least 15 steps with those blooming jeans round my ankles. The shame……..

  13. September 22, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    Kerry – you need to go to Nandos! They have great veggie options – I’ve been vegetarian for 25+ years and am a regular at Nandos with my stepkids. They have 3 different veggie options, veg burger, veg beanie and portobello/halloumi. You can add avocado and halloumi to all and they have great sides, corn on the cob, roasted veg, sweet potato fries and mash and macho peas (the best). Honestly it’s one of the best chain restaurants for veggie options (although I was also very surprised the first time I went)

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 22, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Well, you have amazed me with this! I was drooling just reading it. I never knew! Thank you, I may just have to pop go in there now. My sons always suggest it, and I thought it was just a chicken shop. Thanks for educating me, and for stopping by x

  14. September 29, 2017 / 4:30 pm

    Oh my goodness Kerry! I love how much we get on already BUT I had no idea just how similar we are! I love that you have such a passion for rescue animals too. The ‘jeans falling down’ story really gave me a giggle too. Beautiful photos of you as always xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 30, 2017 / 11:52 am

      Ahh Grace, thank you for reading xx. We are kindred spirits, for sure, you know your one of my faves xx xxx I actually still blush when I think of Knicker-gate……

  15. October 2, 2017 / 8:26 am

    Kerry, this post was so fab! Has me howling with laughter. Ruth Langsford is one of my fave celebrities – she seems so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these brilliant moments xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      October 2, 2017 / 4:16 pm

      Ah thank you Delyth, so glad you enjoyed it xx. Ruth was just beautiful, and so lovely to my mum, who adores her x

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