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I was born in Staffordshire in the early 1960s but lived in the West Midlands and Derbyshire before relocating to the wilds of rural Scotland when I was in my forties. It was a mad adventure to move so far away from the Midlands for me and my husband. We turned our lives upside down and had no regrets about doing so. We both felt drawn to the northern Highlands. The scenery and wildlife are staggeringly beautiful and the air is pure. Both of our families had Scottish ancestry and our maternal grandmothers were born with clan surnames.
After a lifetime in education, working in primary schools as both a teacher and later as a head teacher, I retired early in 2019. The decision to retire was not a whim. The thoughts had been in my head for a few years. I wondered if I was 'past my self by date'; a feeling I am sure many people get when they reach their fifties. I had only ever known school life. I did not want to reinvent myself. I only wanted to find the little girl who loved reading and writing and to become acquainted with her once more.
With dreams from childhood of becoming an author, I decided to dip my toes into the world of writing, successfully publishing two books in 2022. When not writing, I spend my time photographing the night skies of Sutherland and Ross-shire, hunting for sunsets, aurora borealis, and the milky way. Retirement is bliss.
'A dream doesn't become a reality through magic;
it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.'
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