January this year saw John and me taking a two-week Dawn Princess cruise to New Zealand. Some of the highlights? You guessed it: the Hobbiton movie set, the Bay of Islands, and Sydney Harbour.
I was born in Leicester, the midlands of England, and came to Australia with my family when as I was four. I had a wonderful childhood roaming the coastal wilds and beaches of Adelaide, ranging as far as my bike and legs would take me in a day. My mother soon learned not worry, saying she quickly realised my brother and I always returned home in time for dinner. I met and married John, the Gawler boy who made my toes curl when he kissed me, in 1967, and in 1980 we and our three children moved to Canberra, Australia’s national capital, where I worked with the Commonwealth Court Reporting Service, spending a lot of my time in the Supreme Court. Check out my Books page for the story behind automaton.
In 2004, after the kids had left home, John and I moved to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Much as we enjoyed the sun and living by the sea we missed the family, so returned to Canberra for several years until uprooting ourselves once again in 2016 to move back to South Australia. Opting for coastal wilds yet again we are now enjoying life at the mouth of the mighty River Murray.
I may be a ring-in as an Aussie but the place has my heart and soul embedded deep in its soil. Hopefully this comes through in my novels – after you read them let me know, I’m always contactable through my Contacts page.
One of the things I’ve always enjoyed as a past-time is sewing and not long after we moved to Canberra I undertook a three year garment making course to hone my skills. Several of the outfits I’m most proud of making (in fact I look at photos of them now and think ‘Heavens, did I make that!’) were my two daughters’ wedding dresses and their children’s christening/naming day outfits.
In 1989 we took a three month trip to the UK, our first time back since both of us left as children. In the last 10 years we’ve returned there yearly because our daughter Simone lives in West Sussex. If you’re interested in make up have a look at her website—Simone Graham, make-up artist.
And because John and I have been going so frequently, in 2013 we decided to do a foray further afield and did an 18 day walk across England (the famous Coast to Coast walk). I now have a Travel Tales blog and am writing about this walk at the moment.
You can view these photos individually with captions on the Photo Albums page.