Continuing our Member A Month Series, here is Ten Minutes with Anneke Kraakman from the Biodynamic Garden
Q What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
A unusual, superactive, strong
Q What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
Q Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
A the Scottish one
Q Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
A photograph of my dog
Q Last meal on earth?
A brown rice
Q Dream dinner party guests?
Q First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
A no clue
Q Quiet night in or big night out?
A night walk along the canals of Amsterdam at the moment with the Festival of Light going on.
Q City break or weekend in the country?
A I was in Liverpool for Christmas and enjoyed it.
Q Early bird or night owl?
A I love listening to the owls
Q Save it or spend it?
A I am saving to travel.
Q Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
A After a really busy day at the garden I love sitting on my couch.
Q Home or abroad?
A There are no barriers.
Q Early or late?
Q Cats or dogs?
A border collies
Q Happiest memory?
A cycling in the Netherlands seeing a kingfisher in an unexpected place
Q And most embarrassing?
A I do not really do this kind of thing. It depends on your attitude and openness to your own and other people’s perceptions and judgement.
Q Biggest regret?
A see above
Q What are you proudest of?
A My PhD in Organic Farming at the University of Aberdeen, which I did when I was working full-time as a gardening instructor. I don’t know how I had the energy to finish it.
Q Who do you admire most?
A children in Gaza
Q And who do you detest?
Q Who would you like to thank?
A my dog for her zest of life and Love.
Q What advice would you give to your younger self?
A move on
Q What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
A When I was an off-set litho printer I had to solve technical machine problems every day when there was always the pressure of having to finish the job .
Q Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
A cycling on a daily basis to go to work when I came to Scotland.
Q Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
A Without a doubt I would try
Q What keeps you awake at night?
A Reading the papers
Q And your biggest critic?
A I believe in Positive Thinking
Q Mobile phone ringtone?
A Sea sounds with sea gulls